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#GetTV – Medaska’s Lost Treasures

Hello – this is Rob with this week’s GetTV Lost Treasure pick…

…Roy William Neill’s SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE WOMAN IN GREEN from 1945 greenscheduled to air on GetTV at 8am est Saturday July 19.

First let me say right off the bat that in my opinion there is no Sherlock Homes other than Basil Rathbone, the rest simply don’t measure up.  Of course this may be due to the fact that I grew up watching the old Universal Pictures Holmes movies starring Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.  All of those pictures had that great music, as well as eerie sets that helped to add and create a fantastic atmosphere for murder and mystery.

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Brooke and Rathbone

THE WOMAN IN GREEN features many of the great character actors that Universal employed around the time period, all playing up to their strengths.  The story is solid, revolving around murder and blackmail.  And the performances are all first-rate, especially that of Hillary Brooke, the film’s villain.  This movie is a bit longer than some of the other HOLMES films, but for me moves at a nice pace.  There are plenty of the usual twists and turns to the story,and the script has a nice ending.  As part of the Universal series of Sherlock Holmes films this is one of the better ones.  So, set the alarm, get breakfast in hand, set the channel to GetTV and be ready for a mysterious ninety minutes tomorrow (Saturday) morning.

Thanks for your time and remember if you look hard enough you will always be able to find a lost treasure.

- Rob

 

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#TCM – Medaska’s Pick of the Week

THE WASP WOMAN on TCM July 19th @ 12pm est

Hi Guys….

…welcome back to my TCM pick of the week….and what more can be said except THE WASP waspWOMAN from 1959 and directed by Roger Corman and Jack Hill, simply one of the worst B-movies of all-time.  It is so bad it is awesome.  

To celebrate THE WASP WOMAN”S awesomeness let’s start out with the buzzing bee sound throughout the beginning of the movie, a sound so loud you can barely hear anything else – fantastic!  Next, the almost nine minutes of bee-related material at the beginning, with very little dialog – stupendous!  Then w1there are the board room scenes, a big company that apparently works in a shabby office – inspiring!  Add the casting, the costumes and the conclusion….WOW!  THE WASP WOMAN must have been the PERFECT drive-in flick as it fit the mood of the times and delivery of film to a T. 

If you have not already seen this Roger Corman horror movie you must!  It is simply too “bad” to miss.

Till next week, this is Rob saying thank you so much.

 

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#TCM – Medaska’s Pick of the Week

Hi all,

Hoping everyone everywhere is having an enjoyable summer.

jewelMy TCM pick for this week is William Dieterle‘s JEWEL ROBBERY released in 1932. It stars Kay Francis and William Powell, one of their many starring vehicles around that time period.

In JEWEL ROBBERY Ms. Francis plays a wealthy wife who is looking for excitement in her life that is currently not there. Along comes Mr. Powell who plays a smoother than silk robber who sweeps the stones and Kay away in one fell swoop. The style of the film and chemistry between the two is outstanding. They have terrific interplay and Powell is at his masterful best wpplaying a scoundrel you just can’t help but like. This is no easy task.  In fact, it’s something that is extremely hard to pull off, but as usual Powell does it marvelously.

JEWEL ROBBERY is a briskly paced, 68 minute treasure trove of great lines and even better locations. Please try to stay up late….east coast time….12:15am, Monday night…actually Tuesday morning, July 15th.  You must catch JEWEL ROBBERY.

Till next week.

ROB

 

 

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#GetTV – Medaska’s Treasures

Hello gang,

Sorry no post last week, I was on a mental summer holiday.

The lost treasure airing on GetTV this week is Charles Barton’s AFRICA SCREAMS (1949) airing on Tuesday July 5th at 3:50am (this one is for insomniacs like me). The film stars the comedy team of afBud Abbott and Lou Costello, one the greatest of all teams ever put together (my favorites are Laurel and Hardy, but that’s a topic for another post.)

In AFRICA SCREAMS Bud and Lou encounter trouble (as usual) along their route, this time – as the title mentions – it’s in Africa where the duo searches for a wealth of diamonds. While this is one of their lesser vehicles, it is still something to see – two top-notch comedians giving it all they have. Along for the ride in this movie are Shemp Howard and Joe Besser, both a part of the Three Stooges at different times

Costello and Shemp Howard

Costello and Shemp Howard

(yet again a topic for another post).   AFRICA SCREAMS features some funny animal gags and as usual Costello gives it his all, despite his ever increasing poor health at this point and the fact that the business was wearing on him after all the years of hard work. Much can be learned on the way down, as can be on the way up.

AFRICA SCREAMS is a fascinating film and absolutely worth a look for anyone who is able to tune in.  Watching Abbott and Costello is never a waste of time, a team that left a tremendous mark on the history of film comedy.  Remember, it’s on July 15th at 3:50 am – only on GET TV.

May you always find what you are looking for…..

Rob

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#GetTV – Medaska’s Treasures

Hello gang,

Getting right to my lost treasure for this week on GetTV, Fred Zinnemann’s FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) airing on Saturday, July 5th,eternity back to back both at 7 pm and 9:40 pm est  (which is somewhat odd?).  FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is the film that garnered both Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed their first…and only competitive Academy Awards.  The film was nominated for thirteen Oscars, with a total of eight wins ( a very impressive feat).

For those of you not familiar with the film it is a take-off on the James Joyce novel of the same name.  However there have been many changes made from the novel, which I highly recommend, to the film.  Zinnemann’s movie has some of the strongest performances ever put on film and features some legendary stories.  For

montyinstance there’s the one about the ghost of Monty Clift still haunting the old Roosevelt Hotel in West Hollywood where it is said you can hear him practicing the bugle he plays in ETERNITY  in the room he once stayed in.

FROM HERE TO ETERNITY is a film for the ages with some all-time great performances.  Whether you’ve seen this movie before or not tune in…you do – after all – have two scheduling choices to catch it when it airs on GetTV this Saturday both at 7 pm and 9:40 pm est.

May you always find what you are looking for…..

- Rob

 

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#TCM – Medaska’s Pick of the Week

Hi all!

I’m back with my spotlight on a film I think all classic film lovers, like myself, should try to catch.  For this week I am choosing Joseph L. gMankiewicz’ GUYS AND DOLLS airing on TCM at 3 PM, est on July 5th.  GUYS AND DOLLS is a great film worthy watching if only to see Marlon Brando sing….but seriously the score is one of the great Broadway masterpieces.   With both music and lyrics written by Mr. Frank Loesser, GUYS is unlike any other musical, an over-the-top portrayal of the world it depicts making it the ultimate “show” musical.

GUYS AND DOLLS features one great character after another, played by some of the great character actors of all time including: Sheldon Leonard, Vivian Blaine, Stubby Kaye, and B.S. Pully just to name a few.  The film has great sets and costumes and features Frank Sinatra at the height of his powers.  He was IMO

Still of Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine

Still of Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra, Jean Simmons and Vivian Blaine

correctly cast as Nathan Detroit…..Brando however is another story.  While Brando’s acting in the film is first-rate, as is most his vehicles of that time period, however there is no way on God’s green Earth he should have sung, it is brutal to say the least.  Frank made references many times on stage that it reminded him of a yak in heat.  Nonetheless, it is a great film, with a great cast, fantastic score and some of the greatest actors of their time…or for that matter any time.  Be sure to tune in to watch GUYS AND DOLLS on July 5th, a great way to relax after the July 4th festivities.

- Rob

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