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Just some thoughts on current happenings:



To all of you lovers out there, my sincerest wishes for a most romantic and memorable Valentine's Day, Sunday February 14.








There are 7 recommended films to watch on Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. this month:


(From the left) Sterling Hayden, Brad Dexter, Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe

(From the left) Sterling Hayden, Brad Dexter, Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe

The caper film first laid its roots in The Asphalt Jungle previously reviewed here. The depth of its characters and their fascinating interactions as the drama builds to its cathartic resolution, is why this film has become one of America's finest cinematic achievements. The 'planning' will start on TCM the morning of Sunday February 7 at 3am PST.







Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell

Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell

Then there's Gold Diggers of 1933 a brilliant extravaganza of romance, comedy, catchy tunes, and outrageous pre-code show numbers, especially 'Pettin' in the Park' with its strange, sexual undertones that even Freud would have struggled to explain. This was also previously recommended here. The fun will begin Thursday February 11 at 7pm PST.







Walter Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt

Walter Huston, Humphrey Bogart, Tim Holt

Next is The Treasure of the Sierra Madre with Humphrey Bogart portraying perhaps his darkest, and most psychologically troubled character. Watching his slow transformation from an honest and idealistic adventurer to a haunted, paranoid psychotic is one of the art's most stunning, dramatically forceful experiences, perfectly matched to a most magnificent and fatalistically ironic conclusion. My previous thoughts on this film are here. This "treasure" can be discovered Monday February 15 at 9:15pm PST.





Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison

Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison

Perfectly appropriate for the romantically inclined is The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Its sublime depiction of supernatural romance is enhanced by the intelligence and maturity of the artists who guide us through a profound exploration of love's true nature and spiritual acceptance. It has previously been recommended here. The romance will commence Tuesday February 16 at 9:15pm PST.     



TCM's current 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 #19

Sterling Silver Dialogue From The Movies:  

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


"I'm surprised that you're going away with him."

(response) "I'm surprised you think I would. Why, the guy's no good, never was any good, never will be any good. He was born that way. His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."



“The stork that brought you should have been arrested for peddling dope.”



"You, on the level? Why, for six bits you'd hang your mother on a meat-hook."



"You'll always be a two-bit cannon and when they pick you up in the gutter dead, your hand'll be in a drunk's pocket."



"I remember the first time you told me that... that you were just one punch away from the title. Don't you see Bill, you'll always be one punch away."



"Prayer's not gonna keep you from being killed."

(response) "People don't pray to keep from dying. They pray to keep from being disappointed when they do."


"You don't know what a love affair is."

(response) "It's what goes on between a man and a .45 pistol that won't jam."



"It was the bottom of the barrel and I scraped it, but I didn't care. I had her."


"Oh Jeff, you ought to have killed me for what I did a moment ago."

(response) "There's still time."



"If I were a ranch they would call me the Bar Nothing."



"You know, Johnny, when you play solitaire you can only beat yourself."


"My old man always said, liquor doesn't drown your troubles... just teaches 'em to swim."


"You can't take the law into your own hands! Things aren't done that way!"

(response) "That depends on who's doing them."



"Killing you is killing myself... but you know, I'm pretty tired of both of us."



"This guy's got 'em like that. He's everything they say he is!

(response) "What about you, Sal? Are you everything they say you are?"



"There's a lot of nobility in this room. Must be the panelling."



"Beware the beast man... for he is the devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport... or lust... or greed. Yea he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home, and yours. Shun him. Drive him back into his jungle lair: For he is the harbinger of death."


Capturing a Golden Moment #13

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


Jaws (1975)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Scene: "The Indianapolis"

This scene with almost no action is perhaps the film's most terrifying. The immensely talented Robert Shaw plays Quint, who recounts his experience aboard the U.S.S. Indianapolis with his customarily unique and intense delivery. The harrowing ordeal he describes is enhanced by an awareness of the real-life incident itself and the actor's reported authorship of his vivid account. Shaw, an accomplished playwright, submitted his own re-write of the scene after an uncredited John Milius' first draft sparked a disagreement between credited writers Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb. Its added realism is in part due to the clever way the writers structure the moment by suggesting Quint's subtle reluctance to remind himself of the horrific event. Director Spielberg deserves credit for securing such natural performances from all 3 actors, (including Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss).    

Jaws is available on Blu-ray here:

Jaws [Blu-ray]
Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

It is also available on DVD here:

Starring Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton

Plundering the Genre: A Halloween Tribute to Horror in Cinema Part 2

The following montage is compiled from a selection of motion pictures that have included some noteworthy moments of horror throughout the years. None of the entries are repeats of last year's montage here. This year, the net has been cast a little wider. Not all of the films referenced are as highly recommended as those in Part 1, although there are some truly remarkable entries like The Innocents and Wake in Fright. The music from Dracula (1992) is by Wojciech Kilar. The list of stills selected is printed below in the order they are presented. The sum of both parts are still far from definitive. I've already noted over 50 films to be used in next year's montage of noteworthy Horror films. *Note: Some of the images may be disturbing.

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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: