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    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    One of the key hints that Hawks had a large hand in the direction is the "overlapping dialogue" between characters. See His Girl Friday for an excellent example.
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    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    A couple of nights ago it was The Polar Express with the grandkids. I had never seen the whole thing until then. Fun story and fun to watch. We're easing into the Christmas Movie Season slowly: I'm old-fashioned and think we should wait until after Thanksgiving to begin watching, but I was...
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    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Paths of Glory is a masterpiece of film-making. I rave from time to time on the FL whenever I watch it. The performances of Maceady and Menjou overshadow the Anderson performance as the smooth yet servile lackey who knows his non-combat assignment depends upon currying the favor of Macready. His...
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    What was the last TV show you watched?

    The original Lost in Space, which ran 1965 - 1968. It looks like they spent a lot of money on sets and props. And those aluminum foil space coveralls must have been hot under studio lights. About 4 episodes in.
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    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Courtesy of Amazon Prime, Adam Had Four Sons (1941) with Warner Baxter, Ingrid Bergman, and Susan Hayward. Pre-WWI family suffers the loss of a parent, and French governess Bergman steps in to raise the titular sons. Fast forward to the Great War, and one of the sons marries (after a whirlwind...
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    What Are You Reading

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, at the insistence of my daughter; her book club read it and discussed it and she wanted my thoughts. About 2/3 of the way through. The bibliophilic thread throughout the story, and the transforming impact...
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    Hats and Drinks - A Match Made in Heaven

    The crown on the Whippet looks remarkably tall. A quick search for a Stetson Whippet resulted in nothing approaching what I'm looking at. If I may be so bold, may I ask where you obtained such a fine looking hat? Thanks--
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    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    That silly auto-correct inserted "century" instead of "sentry." It really bugs when they due that.
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    What was the last TV show you watched?

    Remember WENN, episodes 2, 3, and 4. Episode 3, A Rock and a Soft Place, relates how station director Victor Comstock must keep two program sponsors happy. He devises a mash-up of Hamlet and Sam Spade. Writer-creator Rupert Holmes pulls it off superbly.
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    What was the last TV show you watched?

    Remember WENN, season 1, episode 1. Finally, after years and years of trying to find the show, it is available on AMC+. I subscribed just for this excellent series. The dialogue rivals the Golden Age movies in snappy chatter, and its delivery by the actors is remarkably smooth. Looking forward...
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    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Black Angel (1946) w/ Dan Duryea, June Vincent, and Peter Lorre, directed by Roy William Neill (imdb claims it was his last film). Some poor sap is blackmailed by femme fatale Constance Dowling, and when the blackmailer is found murdered, evidence points to the sap. Loyal wife June determines to...
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    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Dead End (1937) with Sylvia Sidney, and Joel McCrea, with Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie, Claire Trevor, and Allen Jenkins (billed in that order). Directed by William Wyler. Based on a popular stage play, it's a snapshot of life in an urban slum and what it does to the people. Social clashes are...
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    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Ivan the Terrible, part 1 (1944) and part 2 (released 1958). While clearly Soviet propaganda designed to justify Stalin's frequent purges of those in power around him, it does not approach the epic qualities of Alexander Nevsky (1938). Mostly confined to the tsar's fortress stronghold, the...
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    What Are You Reading

    The 39 Steps by John Buchan, pub. 1915. The 1935 film version is quite different from the book. First person narrative about an international plot to provoke a world war (we figure out that the story begins just before the outbreak of The Grear War). Richard Hannay, a mining engineer from South...
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    What Happened to Bar Snacks?

    Not relating to bar snacks, but I remember a general practice of the relish tray, brought to the table while your steak was cooking. The tray was usually green onions, olives, carrots, radishes, and so on. Years ago we dined at a restaurant that had maintained their "old-fashioned" style in...

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