If the Kazan directed Brando/Steiger cab scene in On The Waterfront (1954) is the quintessential dramatic one in cinema history, on TCM 8/28/16- the Joel McCrea/Jean Arthur/Charles Coburn taxicab scene in George Steven’s The More the Merrier(1943) was the all-time best comic one.
The remarkable fact about Edward G Robinson is that he always looked the same but had a different persona in every movie! Catch on TCM Sun 8/28/16 John Ford’s The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) where he convincing plays two different roles, a meek guy and an aggressive gangster looking the same.
A TCM Halloween perennial – The Body Snatcher (1945), a Val Lewton produced horror film where master director Robert Wise fills the screen in NOIR style with screen greats: Bela Lugosi in a striking cameo as the doctor’s servant Joseph; Henry Daniell as ruthless Dr. MacFarlane and Boris Karloff in an all-time great performance as John Gray, the taunting local cabman/body snatcher whom the doctor could “never get rid of.” We have the NOIR streetcar to doom here-only it is a horse drawn carriage!
On TCM today 11/13/16- A very entertaining MGM musical about a turn of century Chicago music store owned by S. Z. “Cuddles” Sakall— with feuding employees Van Johnson and Judy Garland unknowingly exchanging secret love letters and comic support by screen great Buster Keaton. Look for the screen debut at the age 2½ of future Oscar winner Liza Minnelli!
TCM 8/25/16–the William Wellman directed classic Battleground (1949) where we see how the 101st Airborne Division held off the Germans on a snowy WW II battlefield and how the Oscar nominated here James Whitmore (talk about a great performance as a tough combat veteran) started a long successful career as a character actor cumulating with his brilliant role in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) as aging inmate Brooks Hatlen.
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On her 87th birthday today – I cannot forget the great performances of Vera Miles for two master directors: John Ford in The Searchers (1956) and The Man Who Shot Liberty (1962) where she understood the Fordian concept of the Western …and Alfred Hitchcock in The Wrong Man (1956) whereas Henry Fonda’s wife she gave extra bite to Hitchcockian terror!