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  1. Julian Shellhammer

    What Are You Reading

    Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall.
  2. Julian Shellhammer

    Hats and Drinks - A Match Made in Heaven

    Good day, your posts are always appreciated- If I may ask a question, and if I am not being nosy: are your libation-accompanied walks for exercise, or do you perform tasks on your property? I would like to think you stroll outside, brew in hand, to commune with nature and catch a breath away...
  3. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Hondo (1953) directed by John Farrow, with John Wayne and Geraldine Page. Neither the Missus nor I had ever seen it, and it was a pleasant surprise. Time is spent to allow for character interaction and development, and the Apache get a decent, sympathetic presentation (in response to violations...
  4. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    From 1953, courtesy of Jeanne Crain, Jean Peters, Richard Boone, Elliot Reid, and Max Showalter, it's Vicki, a whodunnit laden with troubled people and multiple twists. Check out a pre-Dr. Alex Stone Carl Betz as a dependable police detective, and, I am not kidding, Aaron Spelling, future show...
  5. Julian Shellhammer

    What was the last TV show you watched?

    With the grandkids and kids, we watched the most recent season of All Creatures Great and Small. We finished up all four seasons of Remember WENN, which we had not seen since the original run in the late 90s. Real good stuff. Alternate evenings feature Murdock Mysteries or Castle.
  6. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    711 Ocean Drive (1950) with Edmond O'Brien, Joanne Dry, and Otto Krueger, dir. by Joseph Newman. Did someone review this a little while back? If not, O'Brien is a telephone installer and electronics pro who joins up with a bookie operation to modernize their racket. But O'Brien is ambitious, a...
  7. Julian Shellhammer

    What Are You Reading

    I read Shute's A Town Like Alice due to a television adaptation and, like you, found well-defined and believable characters and an interesting plot, all unfolding in accessible settings.
  8. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947), with Don DeFore, Ann Harding, Charles Ruggles, Victor Moore, and Gale Storm, directed by Roy Del Ruth. We watched it well past the end of Christmas Movie Season, but, remarkably, the grandkids really wanted to watch it. The Missus considers this a Christmas...
  9. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) directed by Gordon Douglas, with James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter, along with Ward Bond, Barton MacLane, and a ton of familiar faces. Produced by James' brother William for their very own production company. Leapin' lizards, what a rough movie. Violent...
  10. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Pickup on South Street (1953), written and directed by Samuel Fuller, so you know the story and the visuals are tough and gritty and dark and you can't stop watching. Top-billed Richard Widmark plays Skip, pickpocket extraordinaire, who lifts some of the contents of Jean Peters' handbag, which...
  11. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    In no particular order- The Square Jungle (1955) with Tony Curtis as good kid who becomes successful in boxing thanks to trainer Ernest Borgnine, to the joy of Tony's dad Jim Backus. But you know how ambition can drive some people just too far! Directed by Don Siegel, who delivers with gritty...
  12. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Road House (1948) with top-billed Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, and Richard Widmark, directed by Jean Negulesco. The road house in this case is not a crummy side of the road dive, but a really nice nightclub-fishing and hunting-bowling alley thing run by hard-working Wilde and...
  13. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    It's the Lawrence Tierney festival at stately Shellhammer Manor. First, Shakedown (1950) thanks to Fading Fast's review. Howard Duff's character makes you gasp with disbelief at his snaky-ness. For a fuller, richer look, see FF's exemplary essay. Keep an eye open for the doorman at the...
  14. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    12 O'Clock High (1949) directed by Henry King, with Gregory Peck, Hugh Marlowe, Gary Merrill, and Dean Jagger. If you have seen it, you know how good it is. If you haven't seen it, it is well-acted, well-directed, and free of filler. Peck takes over a bomber group in order to prove the...
  15. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Radio Program You Heard?

    Two episodes of Let's Pretend; the first was a trial run for one of the grandkids, who liked it so much that another show was requested. ...aaaaannd, a fine podcast called Christmas Stories, which is just that. The big draw for me is that most stories are from about a century ago, or even more...
  16. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Sometime last week it was The House on Telegraph Hill (1951) with Richard Basehart, Valentina Cortese, and William Lundigan, directed by Robert Wise. Cortese is a Polish concentration camp prisoner who upon Allied liberation assumes the identity of a deceased fellow prisoner in the hopes of...
  17. Julian Shellhammer

    What Are You Reading

    The Christmas Reading Season is afoot - traditional kick-offs Peter Spier's Christmas! and William Joyce's Santa Calls whetted the appetite for A Christmas Carol. The Missus and I already started Merry Christmas, Mr. Baxter. These should keep me busy for the rest of year.
  18. Julian Shellhammer

    Thanksgiving Traditions

    Not unique, but perhaps scarcer than it was a while back. We gather as many of the family from all generations as we can, and invite those individuals and families who are not able to travel to be with their families. I almost always cook the turkey and make the dressing, while green bean...
  19. Julian Shellhammer

    What Was The Last Movie You Watched?

    Christmas movie watching has been unleashed. Selections, based on the choices of the grandkids, have been Elf, A Christmas Story, and The Muppet Christmas Carol. The last was new to me and was a lot of fun; Michael Caine played Scrooge without any exaggeration, and Gonzo and Rizzo as sort of...
  20. Julian Shellhammer

    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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