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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 04:46 PM
Anybody else into TCM ? I am HOOKED ! Flirted with it over the years then I really got into the old stuff through Netflix and that led me to watching as much TCM as possible. Have watched a boatload of Joan Crawford ( the definitive "movie star") lately and never realized what a great actress she was. Her reputation was so tarnished by "Mommie Dearest", and rightly so, that I never gave her a chance. TIVO'd a bunch of Rosalind Russell too. She is TCM's feature star for July. Got Greta Garbo on tap (Camille) for tonight. MmmmHmmmm...

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 04:53 PM
Love old movies but do not have TCM. Basic cable only - I miss the oldies that AMC once showed. Try out some of the old Bette Davis movies - she has a boat load of movies (good ones) that I wasn't aware of until somebody turned me on to them.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 05:16 PM
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Love old movies but do not have TCM. Basic cable only - I miss the oldies that AMC once showed. Try out some of the old Bette Davis movies - she has a boat load of movies (good ones) that I wasn't aware of until somebody turned me on to them.



AMC is not a classic movie channel IMO. It is very rare for them to even show a B&W movie. The other day I tuned in to AMC and they were showing 'Roadhouse' with Patrick Swayze. The movie is entertaining, but about as far from a classic as you can get. TCM is much better if you want real old classic movies.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 05:34 PM
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Love old movies but do not have TCM. Basic cable only - I miss the oldies that AMC once showed. Try out some of the old Bette Davis movies - she has a boat load of movies (good ones) that I wasn't aware of until somebody turned me on to them.



AMC is not a classic movie channel IMO. It is very rare for them to even show a B&W movie. The other day I tuned in to AMC and they were showing 'Roadhouse' with Patrick Swayze. The movie is entertaining, but about as far from a classic as you can get. TCM is much better if you want real old classic movies.
AMC used to have a lot of classic movies in their programming and also newer movies that I would consider modern classics (stuff like Dog Day Afternoon). I agree that their current programming is FAR from this (which is why I rarely watch AMC anymore ).

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 05:41 PM
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Anybody else into TCM ? I am HOOKED ! Flirted with it over the years then I really got into the old stuff through Netflix and that led me to watching as much TCM as possible. Have watched a boatload of Joan Crawford ( the definitive "movie star") lately and never realized what a great actress she was. Her reputation was so tarnished by "Mommie Dearest", and rightly so, that I never gave her a chance. TIVO'd a bunch of Rosalind Russell too. She is TCM's feature star for July. Got Greta Garbo on tap (Camille) for tonight. MmmmHmmmm...


Great post. TCM is one of my favorite networks. I've loved old movies as far back as I can remember,but watching TCM has increased my appreciation.
I liked your post because I have the same feeling for Joan Crawford. I think she was of the best. One of my favorite films of all time is The Unknown w/Lon Chaney. Pehaps you've seen it. It's a silent film, which was made in 1927. So, her career spanned decades. Tina's book was published when I was a kid; I had seen Mildred Pierce, but the book certainly did discourage any further interest I would have had in her films. I really glad that TCM sparked my interest in her movies,again. She's one of my faves of Old Hollywood.

[Edited on 7/28/2008 by Bessie.Smith]

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 06:33 PM
LOVE THE CHANNEL

great stuff, Boogie and Becall, the friends of Mr. Cairo, I love it all.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 06:41 PM
i love tcm. a couple of years ago when i had surgery and couldn't do too much but watch tv i got hooked. tcm underground is great when you come home from the bar at 2 in the morning.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 07:12 PM
I'm hooked and have been for a number of years now. I still find treasures that I never knew about all the time. Haven't been able to watch much the past few months, but I know it will be there showing great movies when I return. Seen some clunkers on there too! So watch out, they do get some of those on there. HA HA!

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 07:27 PM
Hey thanks Bessie. I haven't seen The Unknown yet. Probably because it's not available on Netflix. You just have to wait 'em out on TCM. Have seen Humoresque, Possessed, The Women (Ros Russelll was great in that as was Joan), Sudden Fear, Mildred Pierce, Sadie McKee, Flamingo Road, Dancing Lady, Grand Hotel, Autumn Leaves and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane ? That got me started on Bette Davis and I have several of hers lined up on Netflix now.
I bought the book, Leading Ladies (50 Most Unforgettable Actresses of the Studio Era), and it is great ! The foreward is by Robert Osborne.
Also just finished Joan Crawford-A Biography by Robert Thomas, today. It seemed to rate the highest of her bios that I found on Amazon. I would highly recommend both of these books.
Will start working on the men of the studio era when I've exhausted the women but the men just don't interest me like those beautiful ladies. Yessir buddy ! But, of course, great male performances in these films too.
As good as some movies are today there's just something about the old black & white stuff that have that magic.
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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 07:40 PM
Bird, first let me say it was great seeing you at Bill's service, it's been awhile...

I don't have cable, but TCM is tops in my opinion. I love old film and am looking at a Battleship Potemkin Kino copy on my desk that I bought awhile back. I love silent film and Kurosawa. I own 25 of Kurosawa's 30 films. TCM is the only place I've found that plays this stuff COMMERCIAL FREE.

Catch Kings Row whenever it plays.

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 07:51 PM
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Anybody else into TCM ? I am HOOKED ! Flirted with it over the years then I really got into the old stuff through Netflix and that led me to watching as much TCM as possible. Have watched a boatload of Joan Crawford ( the definitive "movie star") lately and never realized what a great actress she was. Her reputation was so tarnished by "Mommie Dearest", and rightly so, that I never gave her a chance. TIVO'd a bunch of Rosalind Russell too. She is TCM's feature star for July. Got Greta Garbo on tap (Camille) for tonight. MmmmHmmmm...


I am right there with you man. I like this much better than AMC. TCM shows all the oldies which I like.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 09:10 PM
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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 09:16 PM
Both those books seem like they would make for excellent reading, Bird. Thanks.

It was refreshing to read your comments about Joan Crawford. She was great at what she did. I'm always reticent to mention my admiration for her films,because the first thing people usually say is "Mommie Dearest!". Good work deserves to be recognized, though.

I can't even begin to name all the films I've seen for the first time on TCM: Silent films; movies from the 30s & 40s, and foreign films. Some more recent films too. TCM has a very impressive and diverse library.

Also, I'm a subscriber to the TCM monthly program guide. There's always a great photo of the "star of the month' on the cover. I usually end up saving them; they are too nice to throw away.

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 09:20 PM
I LOVE TCM!!! And Bessie, The Unknown is one of my most favorite movies ever. I love Lon Chaney. TCM got me hooked on the silent movies.

I remember when AMC was a classic movies channel without the commercials. They were similar to TCM.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 09:26 PM
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I LOVE TCM!!! And Bessie, The Unknown is one of my most favorite movies ever. I love Lon Chaney. TCM got me hooked on the silent movies.

I remember when AMC was a classic movies channel without the commercials. They were similar to TCM.


Mitzi, you're a kindred spirit! I go through phases-- for a while Lon Chaney was my beautiful obssession. I saw The Unknown for the first time on TCM. I think it was the late 1980s or early 90s. I started collecting his films after I saw it. One of the most haunting stories of unrequited love i've ever seen.

 

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I LOVE TCM!!! And Bessie, The Unknown is one of my most favorite movies ever. I love Lon Chaney. TCM got me hooked on the silent movies.

I remember when AMC was a classic movies channel without the commercials. They were similar to TCM.


Mitzi, you're a kindred spirit! I go through phases-- for a while Lon Chaney was my beautiful obssession. I saw The Unknown for the first time on TCM. I think it was the late 1980s or early 90s. I started collecting his films after I saw it. One of the most haunting stories of unrequited love i've ever seen.


No joke. And the lengths he goes to to "get the girl". WOW!!!!

 

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  posted on 7/28/2008 at 10:34 PM
Dan ! It was so good to see you too ! Hey, saw my first Kurosawa film on TCM a couple of months ago...Seven Samurai. A classic that I'm sure you must have loved for some time. I'll have to attempt to catch up on him too so we can have some great conversations on his genius. Kings Row...will do.

Gosh, some of you folks are waaaay ahead of me. It's never too late though. And I'm trying to make up for lost time. Like a comment somone made at Bill's service, " I'm like a mosquito in a nudist colony, I don't know where to begin."

Well, I've got about 4 Ros Russell's and 12 Angry Men on TIVO. Time to get busy again !

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 02:13 PM
Hey Bessie, thanks for the prod on the Turner Monthly Movie Guide. I ordered a 12 month subscription last night. Also googled up Joan and found some great stuff. Saw some gay pride t shirts with Joan's picture and WWJD underneath (What Would Joan Do, of course)...hahaha...that's good ! Ahhhh, we miss you Miss Crawford !

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 02:23 PM
Kurosawa films rule!

That and catching 'Stalag 17' every Memorial Day

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 02:29 PM
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Kurosawa films rule!

That and catching 'Stalag 17' every Memorial Day




Stalag 17! I remember watching that with my dad when I was a kid. Great, great movie and strangely enough, the basis for Hogan's Heroes.

 
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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 02:47 PM
Love it. The other night I caught "Ride the High Country"...1962 w/Joel McCrae and Randolph Scott...

I appreciate the little education on the film you get before viewing.

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 03:13 PM
Some great John Wayne there.

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 05:12 PM
"I'm ready for my closeup Mr.DeMille."

 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 07:38 PM
I don't watch a lot of TV but when I do, TCM is definitely a favorite! I love those old movies!
 

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  posted on 7/29/2008 at 10:13 PM
I did find The Unknown on Netflix and put it in my queue. Thanks Bessie ! Just finished The Damned Don't Cry. Another good 'un.

 

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