this needs a thread. i know there must be tonnes of other tcm addicts on mubi. what have you guys thought of this year’s SUTS so far?
i’m not that keen on a lot of the people being celebrated but nonetheless there’s some awesome stuff. marilyn has been my favourite day so far even though i only caught 3
it’s picking up huge coming up imo. toshiro mifune is next thursday! james mason on caturday!
tmrw is van heflin day, not too exciting, but wait: they’re playing this losey film i have long wanted to see
not your friendly neighborhood watch
thanks for the heads up on the Losey. Have been wanting to see it myself.
Wait, what? Van Heflin day not exciting? Oh man, I’m going to have to pretend I didn’t hear that…
just being facetious greg. heflin is totally underappreciated. help us out here xD
not too excited for van heflin either. will probably only be catching POSSESSION, and that’s just cos joanie is <3
curtiz’s THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HEAD is starting in about 3 hours. have heard great things from a couple people whose opinions i greatly value, so i am p psyched
can’t go wrong with errol flynn and his band of merry men
SUTS is always one of those events I always look forward to and then never see any of it. :/ August is usually a busy month and my DVR cant record TCM!!
Act of Violence ain’t bad.
sigh…Sadly I don’t have cable, so no vanheflining for me. I gotta say that TCM not using Strange Love of Martha Ivers as one of the selections is just plain wrong, but Van Heflin is great in Johnny Eager as the “best friend” of Rod Taylor. I’m also a big fan of Minnelli’s Madame Bovary despite it’s distance from the book, and A Presenting Lily Mars fan too, though the Garland musical thing is sure to put some off. 3:10 to Yuma is good, though not Delmer Daves best film, and I’ve always been curious about Patterns. So, really, there’s no good excuse to not stay home watching TCM all day tomorrow for those who can. Okay, I guess there is that need to work to get money so you can pay for the cable, but that’s what Tivo is for…
are they showing that? love that movie. ROBERT RYAN!
i had cable last summer, and thoroughly enjoyed the jean gabin tribute =)
Oh yeah, I’m definitely recording Patterns.
I’ve never had cable, but nonetheless, a full day of Elvis movies on TCM makes me cringe.
i feel that way about john wayne most of the time but i still watched she wore a yellow ribbon and they were expendable ;)
I must tell my mother -in-law about Elvis day!!
Yes, it’s on tomorrow.
Damn, it’s Rita Hayworth on the 8th, my birthday.
I don’t have TV anymore. I remember it was Bob Hope two years ago, and I watched the road movies as well as some worthless piece of shit with Phyllis Diller.
disappointed by curtiz’s ROBIN HOOD. i enjoyed it but it didn’t blow me away
buh, gotta be up in 6 hours to catch POSSESSED
what’s everyone else catching today?
Patterns. Rod Serling, and Boris Kaufman DP.
For those who haven’t seen it, The Prowler is definitely worth watching. I don’t see The Strange Love of Martha Ivers on the Heflin schedule.
mervyn leroy’s johnny eager is a real sleeper. and it features one of the most beautiful screen couples i’ve ever seen. heflin plays an alcoholic intellectual type who’s best pals with the title gangster for some reason
these two aren’t exactly known for their acting chops but they do alright here
Hey…I thought Clift and Taylor were the most beautiful screen couple you’ve ever seen!!!!!!! Turner is like 18 in Johnny Eager…and Taylor’s in his 30’s….that’s kind of creepy don’t you think? ;)
You’re right about their acting chops….although I loved Lana in Postman Always Rings Twice.
….but I always feel Taylor is outshone by his leading ladies (Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo, Liz Taylor)…..
rgrimes, they actually had an affair during filming and taylor offered to leave his wife barbara stanwyck but turner wouldn’t let him break up his marriage or so the story goes. either way, barbara never spoke to lana again :\ taylor has never impressed me but he was actually pretty tough in this one. liz and monty are still #1
Yeah I think back then the age thing wasn’t really a big deal…..
I forgot he was married to Barbara Stanwyck….I remember a film they both did in the 1960’s….I think it was called The Night Walker or something…..it wasn’t very good if I remember correctly. Do you recall that film? I think Stanwyck did it right around the time she did Roustabout with Elvis. She always brought class to bad scripts…..that’s a sign of a great actress.
yes they were married for 13 years which was like forever in hollywood. i haven’t seen the night walker, it was her last theatrical release. and yes she always improved her material no matter how bad :P
also the film was released in ’42 which would make lana 21 so all perfectly legal
Yeah, Robert Taylor was a pretty & pretty limited actor in a lot of ways. he was alright as long he he only had to portray primary emotions, but he never really was all that convincing when he had to suggest things going on beneath the surface. In Eager that isn’t too much of a problem as he is meant to be somewhat full of himself and a little unaware of the more nuanced emotions surrounding him.
My question is how can you watch the movie on VanHeflin day no less and not mention Van?
i did mention van!! heflin plays an alcoholic intellectual type who’s best pals with the title gangster for some reason
he was very good. it was his only academy award nomination and he won. i thought he was even better in the prowler. what a wacky film that was
For some reason? I don’t want to go all ehrenstein on this, but to me Van was clearly playing a man in love with Eager. When I saw the film back in my high school years, I was stunned to see Hollywood had made the film due to Van Heflin’s portrayal of Hartnett.
haha ok in fact i had mentioned to a friend that van plays an alcoholic intellectual and he said that was code for gay. and seeing the tear rolling down his face in the last scene i have to admit u guys are probably right
For my money, it’s still one of the best portrayals of a gay man that Hollywood has done. Wholly sympathetic and the film, in a way, revolves around the emotions Heflin brings to the film as Eager doesn’t understand emotions at all and Turner is playing so directly that without Hartnett to provide the background depth to those two the film would seen flat.
Edit: Oh, and it’s also worth noting that Mervyn LeRoy allowed or wanted the film to go that way as I tend to think he is a underappreciated director who could get something interesting out of most of his films.