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Welcome to another edition of Fedya's "Movies to Tivo" Thread, for the week of August 20-26, 2018.  I see over in the Brewers forum that a lot of you seem to be giving up on the season, so why not comfort yourself with some good movies?  TCM has seven new stars in Summer Under the Stars, and there's interesting stuff on other channels as well, so I've used my good taste to pick out a bunch of movies I know you'll all be interested in.  I even selected something from the 90s, and I don't mean 1890s.  As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.

 

Monday's star on TCM is Stewart Granger, and I'll mention one of his lesser-known movies, Soldiers Three, at 10:00 AM. Based on stories by Rudyard Kipling, the movie stars Granger as Pvt. Ackroyd, one of three privates along with Sykes (Robert Newton) and Malloy (Cyril Cusack) who have been together under the command of Col. Brunswick (Walter Pidgeon) and Capt. Pindenny (David Niven) in 19th century India. Brunswick eventually gets promoted to general, and that's a framing device for the main action of the movie. Although the three privates are best friends, they're also a constant headache for Brunswick – and after 18 years together you'd think one or all three of them would have been promoted at some point. In fact, it's eventually decided by the higher-ups that the way to deal with these three is to promote one of them, so Ackroyd is made a sergeant, not that he wants it. The regiment then gets sent to defend a backwater fort against some native commander which is really a ruse to prevent a bigger war.

 

A movie on FXM Retro I haven't recommended in a while is Rio Conchos, at 10:10 AM Monday and again at 11:30 AM Saturday.  It's some time after the end of the Civil War, and you've got folks who can't let go of the Lost Cause and people who are just trying to put their lives back together.  In the latter group is former Confederate Major Lassiter (Richard Boone), who has since also suffered the loss of his wife and kid to an Apache attack, so he's become a bitter drunk and absolutely hates the Apaches.  Anyhow, a bunch of repeating rifles have been stolen from the US Army, and Lassiter eventually winds up in possession of one, which brings him to the attention of the authorities.  Eventually, he's given a chance to clear his name by taking part in a mission led by Capt. Haven (Stuart Whitman) to find the stolen guns.  Also on the mission is Rodriguez (Tony Franciosa), who's trying to escape a murder rap; and the captain's Sgt. Franklyn (Jim Brown in his first movie).  They eventually discover that the rifles have been stolen by a Confederate military officer (Edmond O'Brien) who is still fighting the Lost Cause.

 

Tuesday's honoree on TCM doesn't get much mention: Anita Louise. Among her movies is Green Light, which will be on at 12:15 AM Wednesday (that's still late Tuesday LFT).  The star here is Errol Flynn, playing Dr. Newell, second in the pecking order at a hospital to money-conscious Dr. Endicott.  Hospital benefactress Mrs. Dexter (Spring Byington) is due for surgery, and Newell eventually agrees to do it because Endicott is out raising money.  Endicott eventually shows up and joins in on the surgery, but his incompetence kills Mrs. Dexter.  Newell takes the fall for it at the inquest, and tries to redeem himself by going off to Montana to do research on tick-borne illnesses. Anita Louise plays Mrs. Dexter's daughter, and one or two l0ve interests in the movie, the other a nurse played by Margaret Lindsay.  The movie has a strong g Christian ethic of "no man is an island", represented by an Episcopal bishop played by Sir Cedric Hardwicke.

 

It may be hard to believe, but it's been over a quarter century since the premier of Passenger 57.  You can see the movie this Wednesday at 8:20 AM on HBO Signature.  Wesley Snipes, years before problems with the tax man, plays John Cutter, an Secret Service agent who has recently suffered the death of his wife.  Since then, he's been teaching self defense to airline stewardesses.  One of his friends, thinking a change would be good, gets him a job as chief of security for an airline, which will entail flying out to Los Angeles for the introduction to all the corporate bigwigs and whatnot.  Also on the plane is Charles Rane (Bruce Payne), a master terrorist who was captured by the authorities and is being transported by a couple of US Marshals to Los Angeles for trial.  But it turns out that Rane has several of his men on board, and while John is using the facilities, they take over, so when John comes out, he finds a hostage situation and he has to try to figure a way out of it.

 

Meanwhile, back on TCM, Wednesday brings us 24 hours of Dana Andrews movies. Among the well-known movies is one less remembered: Curse of the Demon, at 3:15 PM. Andrews plays John Holden, a professor of the paranormal who's headed for a conference in London. In fact, Holden wants to debunk the phonies, and is going to the conference to meet Prof. Harrington (Maurice Denham), with the two planning to debunk Dr. Karswell (Niall Macginnis).  But Holden arrives and finds that Harrington has died suddenly, with his niece Joanna (Peggy Cummings) claiming it was the result of black magic on Karswell's part.  Not that Holden believes, but he goes to Karswell's place to investigate. It turns out that perhaps that old black magic is real, and Karswell really can conjure demons. Worse, he's conjured one to do away with Holden.  Holden has to work fast to foil Karswell's scheme.

 

I think a lot of you will enjoy Play Misty for Me, at 8:33 AM Friday on StarzEncore Classics.  Clint Eastwood, in his directorial debut, cast himself as Dave, an overnight DJ at a radio station in Carmel, CA.  He's got one caller who calls every night requesting that he play the song "Misty", hence the title of the movie.  One night after his show, he goes to a bar, where he meets the caller, a woman named Evelyn (Jessica Walter).  The two eventually get into a one-night stand, which is fine by Dave since he's still getting over his old girlfriend Tobie (Donna Mills) walking out on him.  But Tobie, as it turns out, has regrets about leaving Dave, so she returns and trie to patch things up, something which Dave is willing to do.  Evelyn, however, is extremely unhappy about that.  She wants Dave for herself, and she starts following Dave around, trying to interfere with his life in all sorts of ways from irritating to downright violent.  How is he going to deal with this psychopath?

 

On Friday, we'll be treated to a full day of Peter Lorre.  Since he was at Warner Bros. in the 1940s, he got paired quite a bit with Sydney Greenstreet.  One of those movies, The Verdict, will be on at 1:30 AM on Saturday.  Greenstreet is the star here, playing Scotland Yard detective Grodman circa 1890, who was good at what he did until he screwed up his final case.  Unfortunately, that murder case sent an innocent man to the gallows, and when the innocent man's alibi was found, Grodman is forced to retire in shame, replaced by his rival Buckley (George Coulouris).  And then another murder with echoes to the old one takes place.  A man is murdered, and the landlady (Rosalind Ivan) just happens to be the niece of the murder victim whose case cost Grodman his job.  Peter Lorre plays Emmric, a friend and neighbor of Grodman living in the same building as the murdered man, and Grodman realizes he can use Emmric to get back at Buckley.

 

I don't think I've mentioned Branded in quite some time.  It's going to be on StarzEncore Westerns at 12:52 AM Saturday (the very end of Friday LFT).  Alan Ladd plays Choya, a gunman who is recruited for a job by Leffingwell (Robert Keith).  Only this job isn't shooting anybody, but impersonating a man.  The Laverys (Charles Bickford and Selena Doyle) are wealthy cattle ranchers who many years ago had their son kidnapped.  Choya could pass for the kidnapped son, and if he does, he's in line to inherit half the ranch, which is why he's been asked to impersonate the son.  But things get complicated as Choya begins to fall for the Laverys' daughter Ruth (Mona Freeman), which is a problem as he's supposed to be her brother. So he tells the truth and decides to redeem himself by finding out what really happened to the son and rescuing him if possible.

 

Saturday on TCM means a whole bunch of Carroll Baker movies.  This week, I'll pick one of Baker's movies in which she only has a supporting role: Star 80, at 4:15 AM Sunday.  This is the story of Dorothy Stratten (played by Mariel Hemingway), a young Canadian girl who, at the start of the movie, is a high school student working at a Dairy Queen, which is where she's spotted by the rather older Paul Snider (Eric Roberts).  He thinks she's beautiful, and throws her some BS about how she could really be a model and perhaps he could help her.  In fact he's really looking for somebody he can ride to glow in their fame, and getting Dorothy into modeling would do just fine.  In fact, Paul's grooming works well enough that Dorothy gets the call to do a spread in Playboy (Hugh Hefner played by Cliff Robertson), ultimately becoming Playmate of the Year.  But as Dorothy's stardom rises, she finds she wants Paul in her life less and less, and this really gets him ticked off, leading to.... Well, if you know the Dorothy Stratten story you'll know how this ended since Stratten was a real person.  Carroll Baker plays Dorothy's mother.

 

Finally, on Sunday we get a day of Anthony Quinn on TCM.  The day includes what I believe is the TCM premiere of A High Wind in Jamaica, at 6:15 PM Sunday.  Quinn plays Chavez, the captain of a pirate ship, but more on him later.  The story starts off in Jamaica in the Victorian era, when it was still a British colony.  The Thorntons (Nigel Davenport and Isabel Dean) think it might not be the best place for the kids to grow up, so they decide to send their children back to England to get a proper education.  However, on the way back to England their ship is waylaid by Chavez's pirate ship, and during the confusion, the kids board the pirate ship.  Worse, the pirates leave without realizing they've taken on a cargo of children!  Chavez and first mate Zac (James Coburn) like the eldest child Emily, so they decide they'll try to get to a safe port like Tampico and drop the kids off there with the only women they know, who just happens to be brothel madams.  But one of the kids dies in an accident in Tampico, putting the British Navy on Chavez's tail and really complicating matters.

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I ****ing hate the cardinals 

...because it's (pre-season) football

...because I'm at the Holiday Inn Express Apopka hoping somebody posts a link to the game on-line.

..because the next time somebody posts the term "crisis actor" on this board, I'm gonna give them a mid-life crisis to worry about.

 

Aretha

I think this deserves a prominent spot.  Aretha passed away.

Sorry, but this is hilarious. Or ridiculous. Or just plain entertaining. 

You have to wonder if the Jag's have any control of his mouth:

Ramsey was suspended this week for violating team rules and conduct unbecoming of a Jaguars football player. Before that ban, the talkative corner ran down what he thinks of every NFL QB with Skipper.

Let's take a gander at some of Ramsey's thoughts on many of the NFL QBs:

Aaron Rodgers: Does not suck.

Tom Brady: Does not suck.

Marcus Mariota: Great for the Titans.

Tyrod Taylor: "Actually a better quarterback than he gets credit for, because he does not make mistakes."

Jimmy Garoppolo: Not sure if he's sold on the hype yet.

Deshaun Watson: "He'll be the league MVP in a couple years."

Carson Wentz: Ramsey says Wentz and Watson will be battling for MVP trophy for the next five to 10 years.

Jared Goff: "average to above average... For what his team ask him to do, yeah, he's good."

Dak Prescott: Good. Alright. OK. But Cowboys run through Ezekiel Elliott.

Kirk Cousins: "Winner" "Competitor." "Coming off the play action, he's the best quarterback in the league."

Derek Carr: Good.

Eli Manning: "It's not really Eli. I think it's Odell [Beckham, Jr.]. I won't say Eli's good, I'll say Odell's good. And their connection is good."

Russell Wilson: Good. Good leader too.

Ben Roethlisberger: "Decent." "It's not Big Ben, it's [Antonio Brown]. Big Ben slings the ball a lot of the time. He just slings it, and his receivers go get it... I played him twice last year, and he really disappointed me."

Drew Brees: Ramsey is a fan.

Andrew Luck: "I don't really think he's that good."

Ryan Tannehill: Don't know much about him.

Matthew Stafford: "He do what he gotta do."

Philip Rivers: "Pretty good."

Matt Ryan: "Overrated."

Joe Flacco: "Sucks. I played him two years in a row. He sucks."

Lamar Jackson: going to be good.

Baker Mayfield: "...if they want that type of quarterback-confident, get out the pocket, throw on the run, big plays, charisma-then yeah, I understand Baker going number one."

Ramsey's commentary on the Mayfield pick lead into a scorching hot take on Bills rookie QB Josh Allen, whom the CB has attacked several times publicly since the draft.

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Let’s just go ahead and win this series

Welcome to another edition of Fedya's "Movies to Tivo" Thread, for the week of August 13-19, 2018.  We're well into the football pre-season, but the games aren't meaningful yet.  So why not watch something you don't have to find a possibly sketchy stream to watch?  Once again I've used my good taste to select a bunch of movies I know you'll all find interesting, and one that's not quite as good, but more recent for those of you who are allergic to black-and-white movies.  As always, all times are in Eastern, unless otherwise mentioned.

 

On Monday, TCM is giving us 24 hours of the movies of George Brent, who was nominally a leading man but generally was playing second fiddle to the leading lady. An example of this is the pre-Code They Call It Sin at 7:30 AM Monday. (Warning: there's not as much sin as you might hope for.) Loretta Young plays midwest girl Marion, who one day meets traveling businessman Jimmy Decker. She falls in love with him, not realizing he's engaged to the boss' daughter Enid (Helen Vinson). Things get bad with Marion's family, and she decides that she's got musical talent, she's going to run away to New York City to try to make it big, as well as to look up Jimmy. It's now that she finds out that Jimmy's gotten married. So she turns to theater producer Ford Humphries (Louis Calhern), who as it turns out really wants Marion for things other than her musical talent. George Brent plays the third man, Jimmy's doctor friend Travers, who also finds himself falling in love with Marion. Una Merkel shines as Marion's best friend in the big city, chorus girl Dixie Dare.

 

It's been a while since I've recommended Hondo, which is going to be on StarzEncore Westerns this week at 2:15 AM Monday and 8:404 PM Wednesday. John Wayne plays Hondo Lane, a rider for the Cavalry who is looking for isolated homesteaders who are going to need to be evacuated if the Apaches start attacking again. Indeed, his horse has been shot out from under him, which is how he winds up at the ranch of Angie (Geraldine Page) and her son Johnny (Lee Aaker). Angie begins to fall in love with Hondo as he helps the ranch get back on its feet again, and when the Apaches led by Vittorio (Michael Pate) capture Hondo she claims that Hondo is her husband. This, although Hondo already knows the truth about Angie's husband who, as it turns out, wasn't a particularly good man. But it's only going to buy time until the Apaches try a more decisive attack to get all the homesteaders out of the territory. Can the cavalry save them? The movie was originally filmed in 3-D, although it's not as egregious as other 50s 3-D movies.

 

Moving forward to Tuesday, there's a full day of the films of Lupe Velez on TCM. Velez appeared in a bunch of B movies, such as The Half-Naked Truth, which TCM is showing at 12:30 AM Wednesday (obviously still late Tuesday evening in LFT and points further west). Velez plays Teresita, a dancer at one of those traveling carnivals that fleeced people back in the day (the carnivals, that it). Teresita is the girlfriend of carnival barker Jimmy Bates (Lee Tracy), who is the real con here, at least at first. He comes up with the idea of passing Teresita off as a Turkish princess and getting her a role in a Broadway show out of that. Frank Morgan plays Farrell, the producer Jimmy is trying to con, and Farrell falls for it, but he also falls for Teresita and the possibility of that romance starts to drive Jimmy and Teresita apart (sounds familiar, doesn't it). Also in the cast of this wild comedy are Eugene Pallette as Jimmy's buddy who helps drive the action on at key points, and poor put-upon Franklin Pangborn playing another hotel concierge.

 

Wednesday's star on TCM is Peter Finch, an actor you'll most likely remember for playing Howard Beale in Network (11:45 PM Wednesday). The movie I'll mention instead this week is Far From the Madding Crowd, at 5:00 PM Wednesday. Based on the novel by Thomas Hardy, the movie stars Julie Christie as Bathsheba, a young woman in rural Victorian England who inherits her uncle's farm. She decides to run the place herself, but she could really use a man to help. The obvious choice ought to be Gabriel (Alan Bates), a shepherd she hires as a farmhand, but it seems Bathsheba would rather have wealthy and higher-class William (that's Finch). He even proposes her, but she ultimately decides to marry a third man, army officer Frank (Terence Stamp). Frank has a past involving having knocked up another woman, and when that past catches up with him, he fakes his death, seemingly leaving William free again to marry Bathsheba. But things don't quite work out that way…. A lot of sprawling movies based on old-fashioned British novels got made in the 1960s, and this is one of them, with nice cinematography filmed largely on location.

 

I actually have a pair of more recent movies to recommend this week.  First up is F/X, at 9:09 AM Thursday on StarzEncore Classics. Roland Tyler (Bryan Brown) plays a successful special-effects artist who gets approached by a pair of FBI agents (Cliff DeYoung and Mason Adams) with a unique proposal.  Apparently the mobster De Franco (Jerry Orbach) is going into the witness protection program, and the FBI needs someone to help stage the guy's death.  Now, you'd think the Bureau has its own people to do that, and they'd want to keep these things secret, but Tyler accepts anyway. Sure enough things soon go wrong, and that it seems as the two two agents were really trying to frame him. But since Tyler is an effects man, he can use his skill to disguise himself and stay one step ahead of the investigators. Meanwhile, a detective with local jurisdiction, Lt. McCarthy (Brian Dennehy), is also on the case, and having trouble figuring out why he's getting no help from the FBI. 

 

Back on TCM, Thursday is the day for Miriam Hopkins, who was a lead in the 1930s and eventually became an excellent character actress.  It's easy to forget that she was the female lead opposite Errol Flynn in Virginia City, which will be on TCM at 1:45 PM Thursday.  Flynn plays Kerry Bradford, an intelligence officer in the Union Army during the Civil War.  He escaped from a Confederate prison camp, and got sent west to Nevada, which was mining a fair amount of gold and silver in those days.  Apparently there is a substantial number of Confederate sympathizers out there, and they plan to rob one of the shipments of gold bullion and divert it to the South the keep the Confederate cause going.  It's Kerry's job to find out more about the plot and foil it.  Hopkins plays saloon singer Julia Hayne, whom Kerry meets on the stagecoach west and who may or may not know anything about the Civil War plots.  Randolph Scott, who was playing a lot of bad guys, probably does know about the plot.  But it could be scuppered anyway by Mexican bandits, led by Murrell (Humphrey Bogart).

 

For those of you who want something more recent, I'll oblige you, but don't blame me if you think the movie is no good: Cop and a Half, at 8:10 AM Friday on StarzEncore Family.  Burt Reynolds (there's your first warning) plays a Florida cop who's always in trouble with his superiors.  Devon (Norman Golden II) is an eight-year-old kid living with his grandmother Rachel (Ruby Dee).  Poor Devon is constantly picked on at school, and gettin in trouble because all he can think about is becoming a cop based on what he's seen on TV cop shows.  Then one day Devon goes off and witnesses a murder (well, it wasn't his intent).  But he also decides that he doesn't want to help the cops unless they treat him like a real cop.  So Nick is assigned to take on Devon for a "partner" as a sort of punishment.  Meanwhile, the bad guys figure out that there was a witness to their crime, which puts little Devon's life in danger.  Ray Sharkey plays the bad guy.

 

On Saturday we get 24 hours of Clark Gable, which gives me a chance to mention a movie I don't think I've recommended before: The King and Four Queens, at 4:00 PM Saturday on TCM.  Gable plays Dan Kehoe, a conman in the old west who's learned about the notorious McDade brothers.  The four brothers robbed a bank and made off with $50,000 in gold.  Three of them were killed; nobody knows what happened to the fourth.  But the gold was supposedly buried on the ranch run by Ma McDade (Jo Van Fleet) and her four daughters-in-law (Eleanor Parker, Jean Willes, Barbara Nichols, and Sara Shane), and Dan is now in the town where the ranch is located.  Dan decides he's going to approach the old lady with a story about having met that fourth brother in jail, using it as a way to get on the ranch and try to find where all that gold is buried.  But will Ma just shoot Dan?  It's not as if the McDades are very welcoming of outsiders.

 

There's not much on FXM Retro that I haven't recommended recently, with the exception of The Neptune Factor, which will be on at 3:00 AM Sunday.  There's  deep-sea research going on, led in the underwater research station by Dr. Hamilton (Michael J. Reynolds) and on the surface by Dr. Andrews (Walter Pidgeon).  One day there's an earthquake, and it sends the research station into a trench where the regular divers won't be able to get at it, thus dooming the scientists in the station.  Except that the Navy has a new research sub that might be able to rescue the scientists.  Cmdr. Blake (Ben Gazzara) plays the captain of the sub, and his crew includes the diving instructor MacKay (Ernest Borgnine) and Dr. Jansen (Yvette Mimieux).  Oh, Dr. Jansen just happens to be the fiancée of Dr. Hamilton.  Finding the station itself is going to be tough, but wait until you see what's on the ocean floor!

 

Finally, on Sunday on TCM, it's a day for the movies of Judy Garland.  I don't like her singing, so I'll mention a non-singing role in The Clock, at 10:00 AM Sunday.  Garland plays Alice, a working girl in New York.  One day at Penn Station, she runs into Cpl. Joe Allen (Robert Walker), a man on leave from the Army during World War II (the movie was released in 1945).  Literally they run into each other, as the interaction breaks off the heel of Alice's shoe.  Cpl. Allen tries to make it up to her, and she responds by showing him around the city. They plan to meet again, and it leads to an adventure after also meeting milkman Al (James Gleason) and save him from a predicament with a drunk.  Ultimately Alice and Joe fall in love, but will they be able to do anything about it in the short 48 hours they have together?  Even if you don't like Garland's singing, a movie like The Clock shows that she was an extremely capable actress.  And playing the part of Al's wife is James Gleason's real-life wife of 40 years Lucille.

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