1941 (1979)-Very funny Slim Pickens!

In Steven Spielberg’s 1941 (1979)-When timber merchant Hollis P. Wood played by comic genius Slim Pickens is taken prisoner on a WW II Japanese sub and sees a German office on board – he reaches the brilliant conclusion that there is a conspiracy between Japan and Germany- “I knew it you guys are in cahoots with each other!”

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The Clock (1945)- Vincent Minnelli directs Judy Garland and Robert Walker!

 I  saw The Clock (1945) this afternoon on TCM for more than the fifth time—and was struck with:

1-      The super real performance of Judy Garland as Alice-we feel like she is a personal friend…

2-      The personable Robert Walker as Joe—Could this be the same actor who Hitch directed as Bruno Antony in Strangers on a Train (1951) ? Talk about casting again type!

3-      The usual extraordinary support from James Gleason as milkman Al Henry and Keenan Wynn as the Drunk—never to be taken for granted.  

4-      The world of 1940’s NYC crowds brought back to life on MGM sets by Vincent Minnelli’s camera.

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Friendly Persuasion (1956)-A gift from William Wyler!

Friendly Persuasion (1956)-William Wyler’s Thanksgiving gift to us–
A very soul searching movie about a pacifist family during the difficult times of the American Civil War with lovely photography and music scoring.
Dimitri Tiomkin (seated at piano), with (left to right) director William Wyler, actor Gary Cooper, actor Walter Catlett, actor Robert Middleton and choral director Jester Hairston. Taken during the music rehearsal or recording session for “Friendly Persuasion,” circa 1955-1956.
Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

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Crossfire (1947)-Great NOIR with Robert Young, Gloria Grahame, Paul Kelly, George Cooper, Robert Ryan, and Robert Mitchum!

On TCM Monday 11/28/16- Oscar nominated Crossfire (1947) set in post WWII DC where great director Edward Dmytryk utilizes NOIR technique (first person narrated flashbacks told with harsh lighting & shadows) and compelling psychologically driven characterizations: Robert Young as the calm pipe smoking fair cop; Oscar nominated here Gloria Grahame as Ginny, the tough understanding lady; Paul Kelly as the mysterious friendly man in Ginny’s apartment; unknown George Cooper in a strong performance as the depressed GI; also Oscar nominated here Robert Ryan brilliant as the hate monger; and my favorite Robert Mitchum as the charismatic Sgt. Keeley who has clarity about what is going on here: “the snakes are loose.”- to result in a socially conscious movie about post-traumatic stress and hate crimes.    mysterious friendly man in Ginny’s apartment; unknown George Cooper in a strong performance as the depressed GI; also Oscar nominated here Robert Ryan brilliant as the hate monger: and my favorite Robert Mitchum as the charismatic Sgt. Keeley who has clarity about what is going on here: “the snakes are loose.” —to result in a socially conscious movie about post-traumatic stress and hate crimes.

Umberto D. (1952)-A masterpiece directed by the great Vittorio De Sica!

On TCM very late11/27/16-One of my favorite movies is a film called Umberto D. (1952). Some (including Martin Scorcese) cite as this film about a poor retired Italian civil servant and his dog as the high-water mark of the Italian Neo Realism cinema. It is directed by the great Vittorio De Sica who was so good that in this film he got a performance worthy in my opinion of a best supporting actor Oscar from the dog-Catch the heart breaking scene where the dog begs to supplement his best friend’s pension