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Capturing a Golden Moment #12

In this series I'd like to present some exceptional scenes inspired by cinema's most gifted artists of yesteryear.


Monkey Business (1931)

Director: Norman Z. McLeod

Scene: "Punch and Judy Show"

Harpo is one of the Marx Brothers, all of whom are cruise ship stowaways running from the authorities. His exuberant infiltration of a puppet show fits right in with its slapstick nature, and increases the children's enjoyment, judging by their rambunctious response. Notice their adorable "waves goodbye" as Harpo makes his exit.

Monkey Business is available on DVD along with four other Marx Brothers' movies here:

"Now Listen To Me..."

Just some thoughts on current happenings:


There are 12 recommended films to watch on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. this month. Many of these are previous recommendations, the reviews for which will be linked.


The first is John Boorman's bullet from a gun, 1967's Point Blank, previously recommended here. This is perhaps the best neo-noir ever made: Focused, stylish and tremendously impactful. It 'hits' TCM Sunday October 4 at 1:30pm PST.




Next is Barbara Loden's incredible directorial debut Wanda, Hidden Gem #29, a previous TCM recommendation here. 'Her' appearance will occur on TCM Thursday October 8 at 5 pm PST.








One of last year's October recommendations was made in keeping with the Halloween spirit. It is also showing this month on TCM: Georges Franju's terrifying Eyes Without a Face reviewed here. This is one of the horror genre's greatest accomplishments. It will be 'revealed' Friday October 9 at 1:15 am (technically Saturday morning) PST. 




The next recommendation concerns an other worldly spirit but could hardly qualify as having a "horror" or even "haunted" theme, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, one of the most beautifully touching love stories ever brought to film. It is reviewed here. The romance will commence Wednesday October 14 at 7pm PST.






TCM's current monthly schedule can be confirmed by clicking on any of the above 4 images. For those who live in parts of the U.S. other than the western region, the time zone can be adjusted in the upper right hand corner of TCM's programme.



(To Be Continued)

Sterling Silver Dialogue #18


Sterling Silver Dialogue From The Movies:  

Do you know where they're from? Answers coming soon.


(to her grocer) "What do you have in the way of steaks?"

(reply) "Nothing in the way of steaks, I can get right to them."


(checking his watch) "This sun dial is ten minutes slow."

(his wife) "Yes, the sun is wrong, but your watch is right. Of course."



(waiter) "Would you like to have anything before lunch?"

(reply) "Yes, breakfast."


"I don't like this innuendo."

(reply) "That's what I always say: Love flies out the door when money comes innuendo."


"Nice old piece of melodrama, kidnapping a girl. You've been reading too many dime novels."



"Why don't you go home to your wife? I'll tell you what, I'll go home to your wife, and outside of the improvement she'll never know the difference."


"I married your mother because I wanted children. Imagine my disappointment when you arrived."


"Dad, let me congratulate you. I'm proud to be your son."

(reply) "My boy, you took the words right out of my mouth. I'm ashamed to be your father. You're a disgrace to our family name of Wagstaff, if such a thing is possible."



(predicting what kind of person a mob wife is before meeting her) ”Sixty-cent special. Cheap, flashy. Strictly poison under the gravy.”



"You know that because you’re perfectly sane."
(reply) "I’d rather be insane and alive than sane and dead."



"Well, could I get in touch with you?"

(reply) "You've touched enough already!”



"Why don't you take a couple of drop dead pills?"



"Well, what did you think of the picture?"

(reply) "Oh, it was fine. It was just a little long - about an hour and a half."


"They tell me you killed Ferraro. How did it feel?"

(reply) "He didn't say."


"Well, you see how it is: Fools get away with the impossible."

(reply) "That's because they're the only ones who try it."


"She is beautiful as well as interesting, isn't she?"

(reply) "She's beautiful - that's always interesting."



“When I get to likin' someone, they ain't around long.”

(reply) “I notice when you get to DISlikin' someone, they ain't around for long neither.”



"A little earlier I gave some thought to stealin' a kiss from you, although you are very young... and you're unattractive to boot. But now I'm of a mind to give you five or six good licks with my belt."

(reply) "Well, one would be as unpleasant as the other."



"Whenever you want sanctuary, babe, here's where you'll find it...(taps thumb to chest) right here, in the ol' temple."

(reply) "Don't tap your heart, you'll break your finger. And if you're sanctuary, I'll take whatever else is lying around."


"When you've drifted as much as I have then you're glad to drop anchor - even if it is in the mud."








Top Ten: Cinema's Most Treasured Images Part 7 (#61 - 70)

I'll continue with some of Cinema's most treasured images. For those familiar with the films represented they're bound to invoke a strong emotional response. Like the previous selections, these will be listed in ascending order with #61 as the most iconic. The narratives' indelible moments are the primary reason these captures were selected. 

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End Credits #33: Cinema's 2015 Lost Treasures

Guest blogger Bob DiMucci has provided another of his informative and entertaining tributes. This time he's honoring Coleen Gray and her cinematic accomplishments. My sincerest thanks. (A.G.)


Coleen Gray's is a name of which I have a vague familiarity, but not one that I associate with any particular films. Let's take a look at her career.

The Films of Coleen Gray

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