Saturday, February 28, 2009

Misc. Thoughts on Bombs, MGM, Princesses, etc.

I finished watching Robert Taylor & Eleanor Parker feud in Above and Beyond last night. The story of Col. Paul Tibbets & the atomic bomb, this has to be the only movie that made family life come off as more dangerous than nuclear war. Best scenes: listening to B-29 engines, the nuclear scientist fixing Mrs. Tibbets' kitchen faucet because she thought he was a plumber. Greenbriar Picture Shows has a good writeup if you want to learn more.

Speaking of nuclear bombs, if you're a fan of nuclear history (like me), you may enjoy the PBS special The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer. In between interviews and historical photos, the program recreats the "flogging," I mean "trial," of Oppenheimer via recreations. Best part, David Strathairn plays Oppenheimer.

Think you're a MGM fan? Check out Stars in Heaven: An MGM Blog. Michael & his wife are making their way through the MGM catalog and blogging their thoughts along the way.

Princess O'Rourke: Ahh, what a refreshing romantic comedy from the war years. Robert Cummings, Jack Carson, Charles Coburn, and Olivia DeHavilland make a great combo. Laura has a good overview on her blog - I'll lead you there...

I saw a commercial last night for a new Nicholas Cage movie Knowing. I'm already there. Oh wait, it looks National Treasure-ish, I might even go see it in the theater.

Finaly, your Bob schedule for March on TCM (check your local listings):

Sunday, March 1
4 a.m. Night Must Fall (1937)
A charming young man worms his way into a wealthy woman's household, then reveals a deadly secret. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Rosalind Russell, Dame May Whitty. Dir: Richard Thorpe.

Sunday, March 15
2 p.m. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
A prizefighter who died before his time is reincarnated as a tycoon with a murderous wife. Cast: Robert Montgomery, Evelyn Keyes, Claude Rains. Dir: Alexander Hall.

Thursday, March 19
3 p.m. Night Must Fall (1937)


Anonymous said...

What is wrong with double goodness of Night Must Fall? LOL

Thanks for the link to that blog :D

Unknown said...

I don't mind them repeating Robert Montgomery movies (that should be a good thing) but the problem is that the one or two they repeat seem to be the ONLY ones they play! I was in the mood for Private Lives recently and had to tap into my old decaying VHS collection and watch it with all the static, etc. because TCM hasn't played it in so long!

Carrie said...

I wonder if the double NMF is a typo?

KG: I agree. And what's weird, to me at least, is a lot of the titles were released on VHS, like Private Lives, but went nowhere on DVD. Private Lives really isn't that obscure of a title.

Hey, They Were Expendable isn't on in March ;0)

la peregrina said...

Thanks for the Stars In Heaven link, Carrie. Great site.

Classic Maiden said...

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Carrie said...

Sebina, thank you for the honor!

Curious George said...

I just stumbled across your blog, and love it! I was looking for information on "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," which I absolutely love.
I just think that movie is funny as hell.
Anyway, great blog and some wonderful posts. I'm sure I'll visit again.

Carrie said...

Curious George: Thanks for stopping by!