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Title: NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 12:01:45 AM
Well, you've read the notes, you've smelled the notes, you've deodorized the notes, and now it is time to post until the cows come home. ::)
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Post by: Tomovoz on April 27, 2004, 12:32:14 AM
Didn't really get past the Wizard Of Oz and the Mickey Rooney movies myself.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 12:37:49 AM
Sad to say, nature is taking it's course in our home, as well.

Der Brucer and I went to an informal concert yesterday, up in Northern New Jersey, a fundraiser Marc Shaiman was doing for a theater group up there.  He performed and told stories, and was joined by Annie Golden and Christine Ebersole, both of whom sang his songs and were quite wonderful.

When we returned home (a three-hour drive each way), we found our eldest dog, Kelsey, sprawled in the kitchen covered with his own soiling.  I cleaned him up as best I could, while der B. cleaned the kitchen, but he isn't responding much to our attention.

This has been hardly unexpected.  Kelsey is eighteen years old, and this last year has been hard for him.  Der Brucer and I agreed that I would keep the other dogs out of his room, so that he and Kelsey could be alone together.  

No vibes, please.
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Post by: Tomovoz on April 27, 2004, 01:14:30 AM
Peaceful wishes from Magnus & Fosca (and the humans in the pack). Not vibes - just compassion.
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Post by: Michael on April 27, 2004, 04:05:26 AM
Let's get it out of the way early.

Who is Aunt Judy?
Never heard of those songs?
I wasn't even born when she died
Never saw the Wizard of Oz, Meet Me In St. Louis, A Star is Born or any of her other movies.
I hate Over the Rainbow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Man That Got Away and all the other songs she sang.

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Post by: Emily on April 27, 2004, 04:12:14 AM
Lol Michael! :)

My favourite Judy movie (grrr "judy movie" comes close to rhyming but really doesn't) is definitely The Wizard of Oz... as shocking a revelation that might be.

My favourite Judy song is "Get Happy" because it's what my family sings together (off-key and and differnt tempos of course) when we're cooking (literally).  I just wish it weren't so darn religious - you can get weird looks singing that song in public.

One more exam today!  Huzzah Hooray!

Der Brucer and S. Woody: I'm not going to send vibes because you specificially asked us to not send them, but I will let you know that I'm hoping Kelsey isn't in pain and that he knows he has two owners who love him dearly.
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Post by: Ben on April 27, 2004, 04:43:30 AM
Missed chat (obviously) but I'm glad to know that DR Jose is back! And on the mend.

DR Tom. France! I'm jealous. Haven't been to France since 1992. I (we) needs must find the time and means to go back, at least to Paris if not Honfleur also.

TOTD - I love most things Judy. I think my favorite performance is A Star is Born. One of my favorite songs is The Man That Got Away but I also love her performances in I Could Go On Singing (an underrated movie, IMHO). Meet Me in Saint Louis is a wonderful treat ast well.
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Post by: Jennifer on April 27, 2004, 05:59:30 AM
DR Jose, it was so nice to hear from you again.  I was wondering where you had been.  Hope you feel better.

DR S. Woody White: lots of prayers for Kelsey.

BK, sorry about your dead rodent.  Is there any room in the house you can hide in?  I would just move into the backyard! :)
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Post by: William E. Lurie on April 27, 2004, 06:28:19 AM
Where do I begin with Judy... from "Pigskin Parade" (The Balboa", "Texas Tornado") to "I Could Go On Singing" (title song, "It Never Was You") her songs are often the only worthwhile things in these movies.  Her television show featured everything from "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" to "Battle Hymn of the Republic".  And her concert version of "What Now My Love" caused goosebumps.  She grew from a cute plump pre-teen to a beautiful young lady to a mature woman before our eyes.  It's impossible to pick out only two songs.

***

Last night was the first New York production of THE VANISHING POINT, a musical that has been produced in L.A., Chicago and several other cities.  It is about three famous women who disappeared at one time in their life played by three Tony® nominees.  Two vanished for only a short time - Agatha Christie (Allison Fraiser) and Aimee Semple McFerson (Emily Skinner), while one was never found: Amelia Erhart (Barbara Walsh).  With a cast like that, it would be easy for the actresses to overpower the material, but fortunately the material was fascinating with a varied score that gave all three ladies great material to work with.  I do hope that the show will get a regular run with this cast.  These are three of the musical theatre's brightest talents and this work shows them off at their very best.
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Post by: Panni on April 27, 2004, 06:56:17 AM
SWW and Der Brucer - My thoughts are with you.
Having lived a long life, Kelsey is surrounded by caring and love in his last days, so that he can make a peaceful, dignified exit.
What more could any creature, human or animal, desire?
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Panni on April 27, 2004, 07:01:12 AM
As for Miss Judy Garland - I'll be accused of being a copy cat, but I also pick as favorites "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "The Man That Got Away." And I also think she was luminous in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. There are some other faves, of coure. I'll post later about them. Going for a walk before it starts getting hot.
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Post by: elmore3003 on April 27, 2004, 07:11:31 AM
[quote author=S. Woody White link=board=4;threadid=253;start=msg40190#msg40190 date=1083051469
 
This has been hardly unexpected.  Kelsey is eighteen years old, and this last year has been hard for him.  Der Brucer and I agreed that I would keep the other dogs out of his room, so that he and Kelsey could be alone together.  

No vibes, please.
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This is very sad.  You have my sympathy.  My brothers and I always had animals around, several cats, lots of dogs ranging from bassett hounds to Irish setters to sundried mixed breeds.  As my brothers and I left home, my mother ended up caring for the animals and their lifespans.  She went through enormous grief as each one passed on, and I think she may have been a better mother, over all, to them than to her sons, who never gave her the total love and affection her pets did.

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Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 27, 2004, 07:11:38 AM
DR SWW, just want to let you know that Kelsey, Der Brucer, yourself and your whole family are in my thoughts today.

I was once again deaf, blind and dumb (mostly dumb) in my attempt to join chat last night.  It seems that whenever I enter the chat room I'm okay for a while but then the java applet freezes and I stop seeing what everyone is saying.  DR Jrand tried to help by instant messaging me and, while that helped for a bit, I froze up again.  I think it may be that the java applet doesn't like communicating over my sometimes skitterish cable connection.  What I might try next week is to open an instant message window to myself and just keep "pinging" myself to keep my connection active.

Judy-ciously speaking, it goes without saying that TWOO is my fav Garland movie, with Meet Me in St Louis a close second.  But coming up as a strong third is The Harvey Girls.  Along with one of my favorite big production numbers ("The Atchison, Topeka and the Sante Fe"), I've also come to love the trio with Garland, Virgina O'Brien and Cyd Charisse--I'm not sure of the title--"It's a Big, Cold World"?  I've never seen this number outside of the movie (probably due to its length), but it's a wonderful sing that's beautifully sung and staged.  It reminds me of something out of Gilbert & Sullivan.  Another great number in this movie is Virgina O'Brien's "Wild Wild West"--she's a gas and manages to steal the scene away from Ray Bolger.



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Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 07:11:39 AM
Wow, hard to pick a favorite Judy performance...but tops would likely be WIZARD OF OZ, SUMMER STOCK, and A STAR IS BORN. When I was a kid I loved her movie A CHILD IS WAITING.

Fave Judy songs, THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY and GET HAPPY!
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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on April 27, 2004, 07:11:47 AM
Going for a walk before it starts getting hot.

Going for a walk (4 degrees C) before it starts getting cold (minus 1 later on).
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Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 07:13:43 AM
Finished Kritzer Time last night. What a wonderful emotional joy-ride that book was for me. There were so many things in it that I could identify with and that made it so much fun for me. And it was like a travelogue of Los Angeles!

I truley enjoyed this book, as well as the other two Kritzer books! Thanks Bruce!!!
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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on April 27, 2004, 07:15:36 AM
Bruce and Woody,

I know this is a private time, but I hope it helps to know that your family is in our thoughts.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Emily on April 27, 2004, 07:19:05 AM
Going for a walk (4 degrees C) before it starts getting cold (minus 1 later on).

Oy.  Isn't it May yet?

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Post by: elmore3003 on April 27, 2004, 07:24:53 AM
Dear Friend BK, I've put on my deerstalker and I know what's behind those walls!  Dead rats indeed!   I think it's more sinister than you've led us to believe!  I have to consult with my panel of experts - Mr Poe, Miss Christie, Mr Conan Doyle - and I will solve the case!

So, Judy.  I hate to say it, but my two favorite songs as well are from MEET ME IN ST LOUIS and A STAR IS BORN:  "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "The Man that Got Away," the two numbers that for me epitomize the films they are in.  I think she's wonderful in JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG, but I haven't seen the film in years now, and I like THE HARVEY GIRLS a lot.  As for that film about Dorothy Gale from Kansas, it's one of the greatest fantasies ever committed to celluloid, and the songs ain't bad either!
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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on April 27, 2004, 07:39:28 AM
My favorite? No question about it - The Trolley Song.
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Post by: Panni on April 27, 2004, 07:45:47 AM
I think she's wonderful in JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG, but I haven't seen the film in years now,

I didn't want to post it, lest I be accused of being a morose Magyar, but now that you've brought it up, I can. She was heartbreaking in that film, as was poor Monty Clift.
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Post by: Matt H. on April 27, 2004, 07:48:17 AM
Like DR William E. Lurie, it seems cruel to have to have any limits to favorite Garland songs since I adore everything she did, even on her TV show when sometimes her voice was not at its optimum. But choices:

movies - A STAR IS BORN, EASTER PARADE

movie songs: "The Man That Got Away" "Better Luck Next Time"

TV series songs: "As Long as He Needs Me" "Just in Time"

I also rank IN THE GOOD OLD SUMMERTIME as one of her best efforts, but as I said a week or so ago after I watched it, my biggest disappointment was that Warners didn't include her outtake footage of "Last Night When We Were Young" (obviously to be sung after getting stood up at the restaurant by Dear Friend). It's on the laserdisc as a bonus feature and is one of Judy's most moving and heartbreaking performances. I guess it was edited out because it's TOO emotional for the basically lighthearted piece, but it should have been an extra on the DVD.
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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on April 27, 2004, 07:56:29 AM
I was about to post my favorite Judy Garland movies, and see that they match DR Matt H's - Easter Parade, and A Star Is Born.

I saw Easter Parade with my dad, when I was in my very young teens. After the picture my father and I schmoozed about the leading ladies. Judy Garland captured my heart, but Ann Miller really caught my father's fancy.
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Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 08:17:33 AM
SWW:  we know what you're going through, having had to put both our elderly dogs to sleep over the last two years.  This is the first time in our lives we haven't had at least one dog, and it's been hell.  We're already counting the days until after our vacation is over this summer and we can get at least one new dog.  We're thinking of getting them from a local Golden Retriever rescue organization.
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Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 08:19:15 AM
Not a whole film per se, but the outtakes of Judy's aborted work on Annie Get Your Gun provide at least one great laugh--when the director yells cut during, I think, "I'm an Indian, Too" and Judy gives him a look like "I can kill you now, or I can kill you later--your choice."
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Post by: Matt H. on April 27, 2004, 08:24:55 AM
I think I didn't list THE WIZARD OF OZ or MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS simply because I've overdosed on them. Their quality and entertainment value is so immense that repeated viewings in my house are an almost monthly occurrence. On the other hand, some of her other films don't get as often a playing and I tend to really appreciate them all the more when I do sit down and decide to watch them.

That song in THE HARVEY GIRLS is "It's a Great Big World." And Warners very kindly supplised us with THE HARVEY GIRLS outtake musical numbers, and I'm delighted to have them looking and sounding so good.

BTW, I love Judy's "Madame Crematon" number from ZIEGFELD FOLLIES, too. What a delightful routine Charles Walters dreamed up for the chorus boys to do in support of Judy.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 08:30:14 AM
LOL JMK - and there is always the take when he cuts to soon and Judy says:  "You didn't let me say my line!"

Well.....Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born but coming in a close third is I Could Go On Singing.

I also really like For Me and My Gal.

As for songs:  The Man That Got Away, But Not for Me, and Zing! Went The Strings of My Heart.

I really liked just about everything Judy did - and the DVD collection of her television series is one of the BEST things that ever happened on DVD!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 08:36:15 AM
I'm awake.  I slept pretty well.  It's helpful that I get fairly stuffed up, nose-wise, during the evening.  I awoke to the buzzing of a fly, however, and I do think until nature takes its course that that will be a bit of a nuisance.
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 08:37:18 AM
Here is your Allison Hayes picture of the week....a lobby card from COUNTERPLOT.  Great hat!   8)
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 08:37:49 AM
Maybe the fly can lead you to the dead rodent.
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Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 08:44:09 AM
That's what Mr. Pest Control Man was hoping yesterday, with the three buzzing flies, but he could never pinpoint it.
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Post by: Maya on April 27, 2004, 08:45:56 AM
Well, I had a very full weekend what with going down to JMU and finding my apartment for next semester!!!  And I slept over with some friends, and we went to a concert and "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" which was a stunning and even moving conclusion to what, I think, is a minor masterpiece.  

It IS hard to choose favorite Garland movies and songs, but for movies, I'll choose The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me In St. Louis, A Star is Born, Babes in Arms (because I want to choose something from the Mickey and Judy days), Summer Stock and For Me and My Gal.  My all time favorite Judy song is "The Man That Got Away" but I also love "The Trolley Song," "The Boy Next Door," "Get Happy," "Lose That Long Face," "Born in a Trunk,"  "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe," etc, etc, etc.

Good vibes to Kelsey!!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

BK, I shall have to see "The Driver," if only for Isabelle Adjani.  Looooooove her.
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Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 08:53:44 AM
Hmmm...several months back I wrote to Mr. Peter (star of Lil Abner on stage and on screen) Palmer to inquire as to his availability to do an interview. Well, I recieved a letter from his yesterday...well, not really a letter...it was simply an autographed index card. LOL! Which I did not ask for (but will enjoy adding to my autograph collection!).

Me thinks Mr. Palmer doesn't read his fan mail very closely!

Here is to hoping that he comes across the letter again, rereads it, and realizes what it was the I actually requested of him (because I think he would make a wonderful interviewee)!
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Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 09:02:26 AM
Ooohh--Peter Palmer is part of the answer of the trivia question I posed here years ago that no one was able to answer.  Those with long memories now have an important clue, if not a life.  :)
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 09:03:19 AM
Congrats on the acting gig, MR BK.  Exciting - looking forward to hearing about the part and the process!
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Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 09:06:26 AM
In fact, I'll give you the complete answer and you can then recreate the question in your own minds:

Peter Palmer and Jackie Gleason.

I know you're all breathing a sigh of relief.
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Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 09:07:00 AM
BTW, is Ellen Smith here?  :)
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Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 09:12:48 AM
Love Peter Palmer.  Mr. Pest Control Man is coming back between 12 and 2 to patch up the holes he put in my walls.  Perhaps at that time he'll discover something new.
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Post by: Panni on April 27, 2004, 09:16:16 AM
My mind isn't quite awake yet, despite a walk, coffee, shower... Had a bad night's sleep, finally drifted off  and was awakened at around 4 by Wussburger (aka Abie) who was sleeping comfortably in his bed, but snorring so loudly the walls were practically shaking. He usually doesn't snore, so I don't know what was going on. -- But I'm TIRED.
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Post by: William F. Orr on April 27, 2004, 09:17:07 AM
Was it... What two stars of Broadway shows have absolutely nothing else in common?
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Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 09:19:16 AM
Countdown to 40,000 posts.
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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on April 27, 2004, 09:23:50 AM

Peter Palmer and Jackie Gleason.



Valerie Harper?
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Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 09:28:37 AM
Oh, but they do have something in common (or at least did).
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Post by: William F. Orr on April 27, 2004, 09:36:59 AM
They both turned down the rôle of Indiana Jones before it was offered to Harrison Ford.
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Post by: William F. Orr on April 27, 2004, 09:37:34 AM
They both snubbed DR MBarnum's request for an interview?
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Post by: William F. Orr on April 27, 2004, 09:38:45 AM
Why do I have this picture in my mind of Peter Palmer singing "Sid Old Kid" and Jackie Gleason dressed as Li'l Abner?
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Post by: William F. Orr on April 27, 2004, 09:39:47 AM
Henri Bergson?
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Post by: William F. Orr on April 27, 2004, 09:42:59 AM
For a Wussburger, I am becoming quite a posting frenzy here, waiting for my reading students to arrive.
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Post by: Ann on April 27, 2004, 09:47:22 AM
Good morning all.
Update - looking for a job is a royal pain in the a$$.  
Judy movies - pretty much all the ones that have already been mentioned.  
Enjoyed the bit of chat I was able to attend last night.  So glad to hear that Jose is on the mend!
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Post by: Ben on April 27, 2004, 09:49:59 AM
According to Playbill On-Line PBS will broadcast the Julie Andrews Cinderella. The link to the article is below. I didn't see a date for airing in the article. It's showing just before the production is released on DVD. They are looking for a color copy but said if they only have black and white then they will release it that way. "Andrews will also narrate the upcoming six-part documentary "Broadway: The American Musical." The six-hour program will examine the Broadway musical from the turn-of-the-century to today, including a spotlight on the new Stephen Schwartz musical Wicked." (this from the article at POL). Hope they don't play Cinderella during Pledge Week, although it was originally on CBS, (correct?) so it probably had commercials in 1957. Maybe they will show the entire production, including the commercials from that time. That would be fun.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/85828.html
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Post by: Emily on April 27, 2004, 09:56:09 AM
The 6 part history Julie Andrews is narrating sounds very interesting... does anyone know if it already has a set date for when it will begin to air?
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Post by: Jay on April 27, 2004, 10:00:19 AM
My thoughts are with you, Dear Readers S. Woody White and Der Brucer.
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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on April 27, 2004, 10:04:25 AM
Jackie Gleason and Peter Palmer -



Valerie Harper?

Valerie Perrine?
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Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 10:20:48 AM
Clue No. 2:  It has nothing to do with their careers.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 27, 2004, 10:30:03 AM
Here is your Allison Hayes picture of the week....a lobby card from COUNTERPLOT.  Great hat!   8)

Allison Hayes looks like she smells a dead rodent in that pic!
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Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 10:31:20 AM
Peter Palmer and Jackie Gleason were both famous for keeping dead rodents in their walls.

Favorite Judy Performances
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A STAR IS BORN
JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG

Favorite Judy Movies (Not the same as performances)
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MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS
EASTER PARADE

Favorite Judy Songs
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THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY
YOU MADE ME LOVE YOU

At one time or another, both Peter Palmer and Jackie Gleason wanted to make love to MBarnum.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on April 27, 2004, 10:31:33 AM
I don't know about any of the rest of you, but I have been quite "unwell" since reading about BK's dead rodent problem yesterday.

It's not the thought of a dead rodent (the best rodent IS a DEAD RODENT) that bothers me, but the news about the odor and the flies.

Apparently, the dead rodent has become a maggot nest and the flies are hatching from the carcass.

The finishing touch for me, though, was the news that the stench was horrific, that the deodorizer had not kicked in, and then, just a few posts later, BK was eating a tuna pasta salad.

Dear Readers, I nearly fwowed up.

And I'm still near-gagging at the thought of it.
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Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 10:36:22 AM
They both live/lived in Florida. That is the only connection I have found so far!

TCB, you crack me up!
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Post by: elmore3003 on April 27, 2004, 10:36:51 AM
Allison Hayes looks like she smells a dead rodent in that pic!

I thought it was Nicole Kidman!
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Post by: elmore3003 on April 27, 2004, 10:39:27 AM
I forgot one of my favorite Judy Garland films!  THE PIRATE!!!!
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Post by: Jennifer on April 27, 2004, 10:41:50 AM
I am ready for the Page Three dance!
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Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 10:43:09 AM
Luckily, the odor is totally confined to my bedroom.  I'm going to ask Mr. Pest Control Man to look some more today, because the thought of going another week is truly nauseating.
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Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 10:43:35 AM
Final clue:   Read Peter Palmer's biography in the Broadway souvenir booklet of Lil Abner.
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Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 27, 2004, 10:44:55 AM
Hope they don't play Cinderella during Pledge Week, although it was originally on CBS, (correct?) so it probably had commercials in 1957. Maybe they will show the entire production, including the commercials from that time. That would be fun.


Last week I watched the CBS Roz Russell Wonderful Town (which was originally broadcast two weeks before I was a-born.)  It had all the commercials intact and they were a treat to watch.  Dorothy Collins hawking Westclock watches, Tom Posten's (then) wife giving herself a home permanent and my favorite, "Hey Mable! Black Label! Carling Black Label Beer!"

Definately looking forward to the Julie Andrews Cinderella.
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Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 10:45:27 AM
Final clue:   Read Peter Palmer's biography in the Broadway souvenir booklet of Lil Abner.

Well, now there you go, I have no such souvenir booklet!

I will take a stab at it again...Jackie Gleason was Peter Palmer's inspiration.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 10:46:21 AM
SWW:  we know what you're going through, having had to put both our elderly dogs to sleep over the last two years.  This is the first time in our lives we haven't had at least one dog, and it's been hell.  We're already counting the days until after our vacation is over this summer and we can get at least one new dog.  We're thinking of getting them from a local Golden Retriever rescue organization.
I most fully approve!  Rescue groups are a great way to bring animals into your life.  

One of the factoids der Brucer and I learned during the DogWalk on Saturday, which was a fundraiser for the Delaware Humaine Society, was that the two age-groups that are easier to place are little puppies and older, adult dogs.  The dogs that are a year old or so (think the equivalent of a human teenager) are much harder to find homes for, because they're beyond the "cute" stage but are still growing (and getting into trouble).
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Post by: elmore3003 on April 27, 2004, 10:47:05 AM
Jackie Gleason is Mrs Palmer
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Post by: elmore3003 on April 27, 2004, 10:48:26 AM
I have al LI'L ABNER souvenir book!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 10:48:58 AM
OK, OK, I give up.  No, wait a minute. You give up.  According to the Lil Abner souvenir booklet, Peter Palmer is (was) married to a dancer named....

Jackie Gleason!!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jennifer on April 27, 2004, 10:49:16 AM
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Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 10:49:56 AM
Elmoore gets the sparkling prize.  Unfortunately, there is no sparkling prize.  But you get it anyway.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 27, 2004, 10:50:14 AM
Apparently, the dead rodent has become a maggot nest and the flies are hatching from the carcass.

The finishing touch for me, though, was the news that the stench was horrific, that the deodorizer had not kicked in, and then, just a few posts later, BK was eating a tuna pasta salad.

Dear Readers, I nearly fwowed up.


And that would have really completed the David Lynch reference I think you were unconsciously striving for.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 10:59:30 AM
According to Playbill On-Line PBS will broadcast the Julie Andrews Cinderella. The link to the article is below. I didn't see a date for airing in the article. It's showing just before the production is released on DVD. They are looking for a color copy but said if they only have black and white then they will release it that way. ...Hope they don't play Cinderella during Pledge Week, although it was originally on CBS, (correct?) so it probably had commercials in 1957. Maybe they will show the entire production, including the commercials from that time. That would be fun.

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/85828.html
The kinescope that der Brucer and I saw was in black and white.  I'm not sure they had color cameras in the studio where the original was produced.  As I recall, the commercials were by Pepsi-Cola, which advertised their soft drink as "healthful"!

(These days, of course, the product placement guys would have Julie and her prince, Jon Cypher, kanoodling over a couple of bottles of the stuff.  This would have been after losing the battle to have the pumpkin covered with Pepsi decals.)
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on April 27, 2004, 11:00:34 AM
Dan:  BK's home is haunted.

It has a long history of strange deaths.

Flying dead things.

Dead animals at his doorstep.

Dead bees.

Singing birds that don't seem to be there.

And then he was trying to adopt a dog named Lucky who peed every time BK looked at her.  I'm thinking Lucky could see all the dead things.  That's what I'm thinking.

Now...you were saying about David Lynch...or M. Night Shyamalan?
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 11:07:19 AM
Kelsey made it through the night, and doesn't seem to be in pain.  However, he doesn't want to eat, and is sleeping most of the time.

Der Brucer is feeling very sad, of course.  He was the one who found Kelsey at the pound, and they've always belonged to each other.  Marty is also very concerned, and goes over and washes his old friend.

Our thanks to all for your concern and wishes.
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Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 11:07:30 AM
I thought it was Nicole Kidman!

Allison Hayes smelled Nicole Kidman?



Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 11:08:02 AM
Welcome nine GUESTS.  Come play wiz me.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 11:13:51 AM
Welcome nine GUESTS.  Come play wiz me.

I don't think I would want to play a game called "Wiz Me," but ...to each his own!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 11:14:42 AM
All time greatest kid quote (of today, anyway):

The "Monster Legacy Collection" arrived from Amazon today (amazingly, only one day after the email that it had shipped), with the little statues.  I showed them to my 5 year old and said (pointing to the first one), "Who's that?"  "Frankenstein," he correctly answered.  I pointed to the next (Dracula) and said, "Who's that?"  And he quite calmly and wisely answered, "Bush?"  I am still laughing.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 11:17:42 AM
An addendum to the Marc Shaiman evening last night.  He and his partner, Scott Whitman, are currently working on a stage version of Catch Me If You Can.  Marc performed one of the songs they've written so far, and if the rest of the stuff is as good as what we heard, they'll have another hit on their hands.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 27, 2004, 11:18:37 AM
Now...you were saying about David Lynch...or M. Night Shyamalan?

Brrrrrrr!  I smell dead people...
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 11:19:08 AM
I don't think I would want to play a game called "Wiz Me," but ...to each his own!
Next time you're vacationing in Los Angeles, you need to get invited to a party or two.

 8) ::)
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 11:21:02 AM
There was a brilliant parody of the opening credit sequence of Catch Me If You Can on last week's Simpsons.  One of the funniest things they've done in a long time.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 11:25:29 AM
Well, you mustn't be fooled by one song.  It may turn out to be a great show (I personally find it a weird idea for a musical) or it may not.  Do Re Mi, a flop, gave us Make Someone Happy.  If you'd just heard that song, you'd have thought, "If they're all that good they'll have a hit on their hands".  Same with Here's That Rainy Day from Carnival of Flanders.  I remember hearing Stop Time from Big and I thought the same thing.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 11:29:06 AM
Next time you're vacationing in Los Angeles, you need to get invited to a party or two.

 8) ::)

Now you have tainted my innocent impression of Los Angeles!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 11:30:00 AM
JoseSPiano sure glad you are on the road to recovery.  I wouldn’t worry about the weight, you will begin to eat soon enough and gain some of the weight back.  As for ice cream, it can make reflux worse.  So can soda, chocolate and numerous other foods.  Email me if you want more information.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: George on April 27, 2004, 11:33:33 AM
A few of my favorite Judy:

movies:
Easter Parade
For Me and My Gal
Meet Me In St. Louis
The Wizard of Oz

and songs:
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Mr. Monotony
The Trolley Song
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 11:35:12 AM
SWW and DerBrucer I’m so sorry about Kelsey.  I wasn’t going to send vibes but we will cry with you.  
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on April 27, 2004, 11:35:47 AM
Well, you mustn't be fooled by one song.  It may turn out to be a great show (I personally find it a weird idea for a musical) or it may not.  Do Re Mi, a flop, gave us Make Someone Happy.  If you'd just heard that song, you'd have thought, "If they're all that good they'll have a hit on their hands".  Same with Here's That Rainy Day from Carnival of Flanders.  I remember hearing Stop Time from Big and I thought the same thing.

Also: "My Heart's Darling," from Three Wishes For Jamie.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Sandra on April 27, 2004, 11:41:51 AM
Peter Palmer and Jackie Gleason are two people who have never been in my kitchen.

I really want to know what is going on in the room next door to the library. I swear I heard someone belching the tune to "Rose's Turn" from Gypsy, followed by wild applause.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 11:44:03 AM
And one for Mahler.
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Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 11:45:12 AM
 
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Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jed on April 27, 2004, 11:46:41 AM
Peter Palmer and Jackie Gleason are two people who have never been in my kitchen.
You stole my answer! :D

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I really want to know what is going on in the room next door to the library. I swear I heard someone belching the tune to "Rose's Turn" from Gypsy, followed by wild applause.
Well, at least the belchers at your school have good taste in music!

Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 11:48:34 AM
Poor Marty.  That always makes it more difficult, knowing it’s hard on him too.  When Bogie’s sister was dying, he and our other cat followed her everywhere and never left her alone.  She also gave Bogie special attention, as if she was saying goodbye to him.  Give Marty extra hugs from me.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 11:49:15 AM
Bruce you just stated my two favorite movies, Good Old Summertime and Meet Me in St. Louis. I will add Easter Parade that, simply for the scene where she gets all the men on the street to turn their heads and look at her.  Favorite song, The Trolley Song.

I should know which morning or choice of mornings we can escape from family and have breakfast at Du-Par’s.

Echo got her staples removed today and it looks as if she is going to stayed closed this time. :)

Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 11:51:05 AM
You stole my answer! :DWell, at least the belchers at your school have good taste in music!



You are correct.  They might have been belching the score from CHILDREN OF EDEN.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jennifer on April 27, 2004, 11:53:33 AM
DR Jane, you asked about dinner last night.  It was very delicious.  We started with nachos and spinach dip. Then I had the best BBQ babyback ribs and fries.  Then they brought a big chocolate cake. Yummy!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Ben on April 27, 2004, 11:58:20 AM
More news from Playbill On-Line

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/85841.html

WNYC to Broadcast Chenoweth-LuPone Candide Live

WNYC, New York Public radio, will broadcast live the May 7 performance at 8 PM ET. Interested listeners should tune in to WNYC 93.9 FM; the musical will also be available via webstream at www.WNYC.org.

Candide will star Tony Award winners Kristin Chenoweth and Patti LuPone as, respectively, Cunegonde and The Old Lady. They will be joined by tenor Paul Groves in the title role, tenor Stanford Olsen as Governor/Vanderdendur/Ragotski and baritone Sir Thomas Allen as Pangloss/Martin.

And this regarding the Tony Awards

http://www.playbill.com/news/article/85843.html

Tony Awards Schedule Announced; Tony Honors to Be Announced in Fall. Tthe big night is scheduled for Sunday, June 6 at 8 PM at Radio City Music Hall. Hugh Jackman will return as host for the 58th Annual Tony Awards. CBS will broadcast the three-hour event live.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 12:09:09 PM
Perhaps Mr. Jackman (as host) can introduce himself (as presenter) to present himself the Tony (Best Performance as Lead Actor in a Musical).
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 12:10:01 PM
Jennifer do you have any leftover cake?  Glad you enjoyed the dinner. :D
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 12:16:46 PM
JRand53, I didn't realize that when you posted that picture of Frances Rafferty that you meant that she had passed away. I just saw her obituary in todays paper.

I loved December Bride.
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Great ad for The Vagina Monologues, TCB.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jennifer on April 27, 2004, 12:51:09 PM
Jennifer do you have any leftover cake?  Glad you enjoyed the dinner. :D

The restaurant supplied the cake. And they took it to cut it into pieces. So either we ate it all, or they kept the rest. :)
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 12:58:25 PM
Less than five hundred postings to go.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 12:59:39 PM
Great ad for The Vagina Monologues, TCB.



Ahhh.  It is probably best that I just not say anything.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 01:05:21 PM
Yes Frances Rafferty has gone to the big Desilu in the sky.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Matt H. on April 27, 2004, 01:26:53 PM
CINDERELLA was definitely broadcast live in color (for the few people who had color televisions back in 1957). The kinescope is in black and white because they merely focused a camera on a black and white monitor and shot what was coming over the airwaves. Army Archard put out a plea in his column today asking for anyone to give up their color copy if they had one so a broadcast copy could be created. I doubt there is one in existence, and the black and white is certainly OK. I've seen it several times at the Museum of Television and Radio. I'll certainly record it when PBS broadcasts it and will later buy the commercially issued DVD, especially if there are bonus features as I suspect there will be. Hopefully Julie will add a running commentary. Jon Cypher who played the prince is also still alive and could be brought in to comment. Who else is still around? Edie Adams? Kaye Ballard? I'd love to hear all of their memories of the experience.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 01:31:19 PM
I remember this one and of course the later Lesley Ann Warren broadcast.  I think this was during the CBS/NBC color war when each network had its own color tv system (CBS' was noncompatible and the its color shows could not be seen on b/w tv).  But it has been many years ago!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Robin on April 27, 2004, 01:39:58 PM
First off, deepest sympathies to the Woody/Brucer family.  We're all keeping you in our thoughts.  

Second off, for everyone's edification:

Mr. Jackie Gleason was in Mr. Billion with Mr. Slim Pickens.
Mr. Slim Pickens was in Crazy Horse and Custer: The Untold Story with Mr. Peter Palmer.

Who'd've thought the connection between the two would've been Slim Pickens, of all people?  Slim Pickens, who's in two of my all-time favorite bad movies, The Swarm and Beyond the Posiedon Adventure
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 01:48:22 PM
Woody, derBrucer, and family; you are in my thoughts.
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Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: JoseSPiano on April 27, 2004, 01:53:37 PM
Good afternoon!

As for Judy Garland movies and songs: Ditto.  Ditto.

I actually bought a few Just Garland CDs a few years ago, but I still need to give them a close listen.  However, I will also agree that her rendition of "The Man That Got Away" truly set the standard for that standard.

Thanks again for all the warm welcomes back.  My acid reflux seems to be in check, and the "biggest" thing I'm dealing with right now is just how "small" my stomach had gotten.  I get filled up pretty quickly right now.  As for certain "no-no" foods, I actually had to ask my doc about that since most of the foods she suggested I eat in order to get my weight back on were on the "no-no" list.  So... Apparently, since my acid reflux was triggered by the meds, now that the meds are out of my system, I don't have to be as "careful" as someone who's acid reflux was triggered by certain foods.  However, I do have to be careful in regards to the condition of my throat - now I know what esophogitis is!  Ah, well...  My doc is predicting that I'll only have to be on the Prevacid for two weeks, so that's good - usually it's an 8-week deal.

Well, I need to get ready to head in for tonight's show.

DR Jed - I hope that your late night tonight won't be/wasn't too late.  *And if all else fails, the first act is pretty complete on it's own anyway, so...
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Matt H. on April 27, 2004, 02:09:38 PM
I remember this one and of course the later Lesley Ann Warren broadcast.  I think this was during the CBS/NBC color war when each network had its own color tv system (CBS' was noncompatible and the its color shows could not be seen on b/w tv).  But it has been many years ago!

I think you're right about CBS and NBC (RCA) using different color system technologies, but that cannot be right about CBS' color shows not being able to be seen on black and white TVs. At the time, CINDERELLA was the highest rated show in the history of TV with over 100 million viewers the night it was shown live. They couldn't have achieved that number if your statement was true. There certainly weren't that many color sets around in 1957.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 02:10:12 PM
Well I like all the extras on the STAR! DVD.  The movie does go on and on, but I like it much better than I did all cut up on television.

I don't think it's the glorious musical that even Robert Wise says he thinks it is.  But the numbers are wonderful, and everybody is on the same page.  All of the men seem to run together and of a type so you can't really be sad or glad that she is with one or the other - BUT the sound (if NOT the picture) is great!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Robin on April 27, 2004, 02:10:55 PM
Favorite Judy Garland song: "The Man That Got Away", hands down.  There's a reason drag queen have been lip-syching that song for the last fifty years, people.  But, let's not get into that today.

My favorite Judy performance: it's a tough call, since there are so many I love, but I'm gonna go with A Star is Born.  It has a resonance and nuance that really resonates and is rife with nuance, especially if you're familiar with her real life.  And it just might be the best movie she's ever been in, IMHO.  (That means "in my humble opinion" for you internet newbies and lurkers...)
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Robin on April 27, 2004, 02:12:21 PM
If you've never seen the extras on the deeveedee of A Star is Born, you really need to.  Check out Raymond Burr's date for the premiere.  
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 02:12:49 PM
Ah.....the original CBS color system wasn't compatible, but it was discontinued in 1953.

http://www.novia.net/~ereitan/Color_Sys_CBS.html (http://www.novia.net/~ereitan/Color_Sys_CBS.html)
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Robin on April 27, 2004, 02:13:07 PM
Just doin' my part to get us to the 40,000 mark.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Robin on April 27, 2004, 02:15:45 PM
The Universal Monsters boxed set arrived today.  Cool packaging, great little statuettes.  And really inexpensive, too.

I'm gonna dive into them just as soon as the Significant Other finishes watching today's taped episode of All My Children.  

Oy.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: elmore3003 on April 27, 2004, 02:17:20 PM
CINDERELLA was definitely broadcast live in color (for the few people who had color televisions back in 1957). The kinescope is in black and white because they merely focused a camera on a black and white monitor and shot what was coming over the airwaves. Army Archard put out a plea in his column today asking for anyone to give up their color copy if they had one so a broadcast copy could be created. I doubt there is one in existence, and the black and white is certainly OK.

I believe that half of the broadcast has been located in color, and it's my guess that a color film was made of the broadcast to do the west coast broadcast three hours later.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jennifer on April 27, 2004, 02:18:44 PM
I forget, how can I see the stats?
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Matt H. on April 27, 2004, 02:32:01 PM
I believe that half of the broadcast has been located in color, and it's my guess that a color film was made of the broadcast to do the west coast broadcast three hours later.


One would think that as wealthy and powerful as Rodgers and Hammerstein were, they would have had a color camera photographing the show for their own archives, whether it would have ever been seen again or not. It was my understanding the show was redone with Lesley Ann Warren in 1965 because Rodgers/CBS wanted a color version (this time on videotape) that could be rebroadcast multiple times.

I guess back in those days, these creators were content with the scripts and the score knowing it could alwaus be redone if there was any call for it neglecting the fact that the original performances would be prized and much in demand for future viewing.

If there is color footage of ANY of it available, I certainly would love to see it.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jed on April 27, 2004, 02:39:08 PM
DR Jed - I hope that your late night tonight won't be/wasn't too late.  *And if all else fails, the first act is pretty complete on it's own anyway, so...

Precisely what the choreographer and I were saying to each other last night. :D
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 02:47:22 PM
I will be picking up my Universal Monster Legacy DVD set at Best Buy tonight after I get off of work.

Even after my order cancellation on Amazon (to seperate it from the other DVDs I preordered, thus hopefully speeding up the delivery) it still wasn't going to ship until next week at the earliest!

Well, that was not going to work for me so I cancelled the reorder. Best Buy has it for just a couple of dollars more anyway, so what in tarnation was I thinking!

Besides it gives me an excuse to dig through the bargain DVD bin and go over to Old Navy and see what is on sale!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 02:53:59 PM
I am sure that a color copy of Cinderella will materialize soon.  For years, NBC publicly denied that any copy of Mary Martin's Peter Pan existed.   Although the original version from the early 50s was recorded on kinescope, they were always aware that they had copies of the 1960 production.  They just didn't want to hassle with the rather complicated royalties involved with Pan.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: MBarnum on April 27, 2004, 02:55:50 PM
JRand53, did you buy that set of 50 sci-fi films on DVD yet? I got mine last Friday and it is pretty cool and the pic quality seems to be just fine on most everything...at least no worse or no better then on any other budget dvds. And so many of those films were movies I kinda sorta wanted to see, but didn’t want to buy separately and a few I already had (so will be trading a few DVDs in)...I am glad to have BRIDE OF THE GORILLA now and I must say that COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN was very interesting and very strange...a sword and sandal comedy with Rod Taylor and Ed Fury! What an unusual comedy team they made! And there was a whole village of feygaluhs! LOL! (I think I spelled that wrong)
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 03:02:41 PM
JRand53, did you buy that set of 50 sci-fi films on DVD yet? I got mine last Friday and it is pretty cool and the pic quality seems to be just fine on most everything...at least no worse or no better then on any other budget dvds. And so many of those films were movies I kinda sorta wanted to see, but didn’t want to buy separately and a few I already had (so will be trading a few DVDs in)...I am glad to have BRIDE OF THE GORILLA now and I must say that COLOSSUS AND THE AMAZON QUEEN was very interesting and very strange...a sword and sandal comedy with Rod Taylor and Ed Fury! What an unusual comedy team they made! And there was a whole village of feygaluhs! LOL! (I think I spelled that wrong)


Oh, I used to love Amazon Queen!  They always had the best hot fudge sundaes.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: JMK on April 27, 2004, 03:03:11 PM
No, MBarnum, "that" is correctly spelled t-h-a-t.  Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Post by: Tomovoz on April 27, 2004, 03:05:26 PM
Isn't Amazon Queen where they have one Ice-cream scoop cut off?
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Panni on April 27, 2004, 03:15:08 PM
Jane - Count me in for the Du-Par's breakfast - whenever it is. I want so much to meet you in person!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 03:16:05 PM
Here is a nice site about Julie's Cinderella.....all kinds of information and a few clips.   8)

Broadcast live in Color for the East Coast and shown three hours later via b/w kinescope on the West Coast.

http://ja.freewebsitehosting.com/ (http://ja.freewebsitehosting.com/)
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Post by: Panni on April 27, 2004, 03:20:48 PM
Today should be declared a National Holiday. I bought something for my computer which installed with no problem! My Floppy Drive finally died - I'd been keeping it going by giving it a huge slam onto the desk whenever it refused to work. But today, no matter how hard I slammed, it was DEAD. Can't take the chance of not backing up my work on a floppy, no sir. So I bit the bullet (painful as that was) and bought a new one. It installed in 2 seconds and works perfectly! Zowie!
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Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 03:22:11 PM
Yes I ordered mine MBARNUM but they have not arrived yet!  Looking forward to getting 50 movies all at once!
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Post by: Maya on April 27, 2004, 03:27:41 PM
EEE!!  So excited about "Cinderella" and "Candide!"


(These days, of course, the product placement guys would have Julie and her prince, Jon Cypher, kanoodling over a couple of bottles of the stuff.  This would have been after losing the battle to have the pumpkin covered with Pepsi decals.)

Actually, these days, Pepsi would have young starlet Julie Andrews in a bra and g-string writhing among men in Pepsi shirts.  It's called the Britney Spears School of Advertising.  
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 03:52:21 PM
Jane - Count me in for the Du-Par's breakfast - whenever it is. I want so much to meet you in person!

Great!  I'm looking forward to meeting you as well. :)
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Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 04:01:13 PM
Echo and I had a little excitement this morning.  We were walking along the irrigation ditch, more like a little canal, when we spotted a squirrel on the other side of the embankment.  As the squirrel began scampering around I could just imagine it screaming “what shall I do, what shall I do” when suddenly is flew into the canal and swam across to the other side, immerging right where Echo was waiting.  Never having seen a squirrel leap into water before, I was rather shocked and didn’t know if it could swim.  Of course during the entire time I was yelling “Echo leave” which of course my good girl did.  Wish I had all this on video.
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Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 04:01:36 PM
Mr. Pest Control Man didn't show in time, so I had to go off to an appointment - he's supposedly coming later this afternoon.  It's getting worse, not better.
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Post by: Ron Pulliam on April 27, 2004, 04:28:07 PM
EEE!!  So excited about "Cinderella" and "Candide!"Actually, these days, Pepsi would have young starlet Julie Andrews in a bra and g-string writhing among men in Pepsi shirts.  It's called the Britney Spears School of Advertising.  

Funnily enough, "these" days, Simon Cowell would be telling Julie Andrews that she's not "American Idol" material, that she has no charisma, and that her voice is better suited to Broadway.

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Post by: Ron Pulliam on April 27, 2004, 04:29:32 PM
Does anyone know where Jason Bratton is these days?

What he's doing?

Why he has forsaken his friends at HHW.com?

Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 04:47:00 PM
Yes, Jason simply disappeared without so much as a by-your-leave.  I never understand such things - when people just disappear after getting such nice warmth from the people on this site, such continual support.  But, what know I?  I know not.  
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Post by: Robin on April 27, 2004, 04:52:40 PM
The new and improved version of The Bride of Frankenstein is much, much better than the old deeveedee.  It's not perfect, mind you, but a definite improvment.  

The boxed set just justified its' existence, AFAIC.  (That's "as far as I'm concerned in internet lingo, for you lurkers and newbies.)

The statuettes are nifty, too.  
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Danise on April 27, 2004, 04:57:58 PM
Evening all!

I'm sorry for my strange leaving last night.  I don't know what happened.  I swear the computer knew how tired I was and was blocking me from going into chat or using it anymore.  

I was having a very hard time typing anything.  It would type it but it took several seconds for it to show on the screen and I could NOT get past the java loading screen to get into chat.

I was still having a problem when I came home tonight so I unplugged the cable modem box and left it off for about 5 minutes then I rebooted the whole system.  It worked like a charm and I'm back to my old speed.

S. Woody White, Der Brucer and family.  I don't know what to say except a quote I read someplace and it stuck in my memory.  "Those we have held in our arms for a little while, we hold in our hearts forever."  It's never easy when the time comes to say goodbye.

JoseSPiano, so glad to see you back!  I didn't want you to lose the weight THAT way!  Hope your feeling much, much better soon!

BK, I'm so sorry to hear you still have your problem but I had to laugh about the flys because with my imagination, I saw the guy pull up in a truck and tell you, "Stand back while I release the trained flys!"  He then pulls out a small cage with 3 flys in it and let's them go.  "Find that dead, what have you, boys!  Tally Ho!"  and off they buzz with him in hot pursuit.  Can't you just see the commercial?   LOL!

I must tell you about the life changing, profound experience I had yesterday and the one my boss had today.

Mine was this: Did you know that the toaster does NOT heat up if it’s NOT plugged in?  What a concept!  I put my bagel in the toaster and waited and waited and waited for it to toast said bagel but it wouldn’t do a thing!  Then I discovered the toaster was unplugged!  I plugged it in and like magic I had a golden, toasted bagel in a few minutes.  

My bosses life changing, profound experience today.  The fax machine will not work if you use the wrong number!   She couldn’t figure out why her fax wasn’t going through until she called the place and found they had given her the phone number not the FAX number!  

Is that too, too?   ;)
 ;)
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 05:05:17 PM
Mr. Pest Control Man is here again, and is going to knock some more holes in the wall.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Danise on April 27, 2004, 05:06:12 PM
Did you tell him to release the flys?
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Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 05:13:38 PM
Update: Hammering is taking place.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jay on April 27, 2004, 05:19:53 PM
This heat (it's hot and dry earthquake weather here, Dear Readers) is probably acclerating nature's course with whatever is behind the wall boards, for better or worse.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Danise on April 27, 2004, 05:21:12 PM
Wasn't there a horror movie of some sort about "He who walks behind the walls?"  Change that to "He who smells behind the walls."
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Post by: Dan-in-Toronto on April 27, 2004, 05:22:06 PM
BK.

My friend Susan recently got rid of a dead rodent. (NO - not her husband.) The pest control person she hired was a veterinary school reject, but, she told Susan, she loved animals so much that she went into a related field. Hello? Unclear on the concept. (But she got the rodent.)

"Unclear on the concepts," btw, were collected by the late SF Chronicle writer Herb Caen. He had some some great examples, such as:

"For an Unclear On the Concept, Walt Giachini nominates U.S.
Olympic cyclist Marty Nothstein, who observed a moment of silence for the Atlanta bombing victoms with a Walkman plugged into his ears..."
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 05:22:16 PM
Update: Hammering has stopped and there is silence.  I'm hoping for the best, but I'm afraid to go in there to find out.  He's either found nothing and is patching up the holes, or he's found something and is trying to dig it out.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 05:25:34 PM
Update: Silence.
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Post by: Jay on April 27, 2004, 05:28:01 PM
If the scene in your house at this moment were in a movie, what kind of score would you put on the soundtrack, Dear BK?
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Post by: Danise on April 27, 2004, 05:31:08 PM
Sounds like a real Hammer horror film to me!  The tension is mounting--what will he find?  What WILL he find???

Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 05:34:17 PM
Psycho.  Update: Can't find it.  He's done.  He's one of the experts, so I don't know what good it would do to call someone else.  He's making a stronger solution for the deodorant spray.  Other than that, I'm going to have to tough it out, I guess.  Horrid.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Danise on April 27, 2004, 05:40:52 PM
Major bummer.  My sympathies.  
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 05:44:49 PM
He just sprayed the stronger deodorant, and it's a bit better.  I'll spray again about an hour before bed.  Also, I've turned the air off because I think it's making it worse instead of better.  I've got a window open in there
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 05:49:01 PM
The Universal Monsters boxed set arrived today.  Cool packaging, great little statuettes.  And really inexpensive, too.

I'm gonna dive into them just as soon as the Significant Other finishes watching today's taped episode of All My Children.  

Oy.
Is Erica part of the boxed set?
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 27, 2004, 05:49:55 PM
BK, what's the weather gonna be like for the rest of the week?  If it stays hot and dry (and the hotter the better, actually) the dead creature will quickly dry up and stop with the stinkin'.  If the weather is damp it will take longer.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 05:53:57 PM
Isn't Amazon Queen where they have one Ice-cream scoop cut off?
Only when you order the brass cones.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Robin on April 27, 2004, 05:55:43 PM
Is Erica part of the boxed set?

I'm picturing the Frankenstein Monster strangling Susan Lucci even now...oh, wait a minute.  I'm picturing me strangling Susan Lucci.  God, I hate that show. . . . .
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Robin on April 27, 2004, 05:56:22 PM
By the way, we're on page SIX now.  
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Panni on April 27, 2004, 05:56:30 PM
bk- you need one of those dogs that sniff out people under buildings. I could bring over Wussburger (aka Abie) who has an excellent nose -- but the smell of rodent would scare him. He does not under the concept of dead rodent = harmless rodent.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 27, 2004, 05:58:23 PM
Oy, vey!  Tonight is the first time I've ever watched American Idol and I don't know if this is just an off-night or what, but these people stink like a dead rodent!  How did any of these contestants get this far without the ability to sustain a note or stay on pitch?  Horrible!  It's like chewing on tin foil!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 05:59:30 PM
Update: Hammering has stopped and there is silence.  I'm hoping for the best, but I'm afraid to go in there to find out.  He's either found nothing and is patching up the holes, or he's found something and is trying to dig it out.

I had images of holes all over your walls.  I'm so relieved to know he is patching them up. :D
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 06:00:01 PM
Psycho.  Update: Can't find it.  He's done.  He's one of the experts, so I don't know what good it would do to call someone else.  He's making a stronger solution for the deodorant spray.  Other than that, I'm going to have to tough it out, I guess.  Horrid.
Maybe you're supposed to smear the deodorant on the dead rat's armpits for the stuff to work.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 06:01:15 PM
I'm picturing the Frankenstein Monster strangling Susan Lucci even now...oh, wait a minute.  I'm picturing me strangling Susan Lucci.  God, I hate that show. . . . .
Susan Lucci gets a new hairstyle...
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Maya on April 27, 2004, 06:01:18 PM
Funnily enough, "these" days, Simon Cowell would be telling Julie Andrews that she's not "American Idol" material, that she has no charisma, and that her voice is better suited to Broadway.


You know, I have no doubt that he would.  I love his mean sense of humor sometimes (the perfect antidote to the unfaltering sweetness of Paula) but his hatred for all things smacking of Broadway or cabaret just sickens me.

I watched tonight's show with my mom.  I thought La Toya and Jasmine did the best job.  That John Stevens kid is just horrible (though I do like the fact that he's something of a 16 year old lounge singer, hehe).
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 06:02:53 PM
Panni has a good idea there.  I’m sure Echo wouldn’t mind finding a dead rodent for you.  She is rather good at finding all sorts of things in the woods.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 06:04:08 PM
Oy, vey!  Tonight is the first time I've ever watched American Idol and I don't know if this is just an off-night or what,
Yup.
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but these people stink like a dead rodent!
Yup.
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How did any of these contestants get this far without the ability to sustain a note or stay on pitch?
Two words: William Hung.
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Horrible!  It's like chewing on tin foil!
Yup.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 06:22:05 PM
All holes are patched.  It's broiling here in LA, so if that helps the problem, then let it keep broiling.  I've had the air on and maybe that was exacerbating the problem.  It's off now - just the window is open.

Watching a terrific noir - Where the Sidewalk Ends, with Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney, directed by Otto (ottO, spelled backwards) Preminger.
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Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 06:33:17 PM
Der Brucer has be e&t because of problems with his computer.  Something to do with the Windows interface, I think he said.

In any case, we both appreciate the good wishes.  Kelsey has been doing a little better today, unable to walk but eating some doggy broth (the stuff that comes with his dog food) and drinking water.  He was in really bad shape yesterday.

We've done some checking, found another vet who is a bit more personal than the one we saw before.  Der B. really isn't ready to say goodbye to Kelsey yet, and Kelsey hasn't told us in his way that it's time.

We wait.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 06:34:12 PM
BK, you need to get out of town.  It's been raining here, and on up the coast.  Bring an umbrella.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 06:35:35 PM
Which reminds me of a question, BK (even though it's early for Ask BK Day): Have you ever worked with Christine Ebersole or Annie Golden?
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jane on April 27, 2004, 06:37:28 PM
So hard.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jay on April 27, 2004, 06:38:12 PM
BK, you need to get out of town.  

"...A weekend in the country
How amusing.
How delightfully droll
A weekend in the country..."


Think about it, Dear BK.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: George on April 27, 2004, 06:38:35 PM
All holes are patched.  It's broiling here in LA, so if that helps the problem, then let it keep broiling.  I've had the air on and maybe that was exacerbating the problem.  It's off now - just the window is open.

BK, are you (and the dead rodent expert) sure that the dead rodent is in the walls?  Is it possible that it could be in the air ducts?  Just a thought.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 06:46:54 PM
He was up in the attic and he also stuck his nose in the air vent in the room and he can't smell it there - but that was my first guess.  I'd have to have them send out a whole new guy, though, because this guy can't find it and he's supposed to be their expert.

I worked with Ebersole on the Sherman Brothers album.  I liked her very much, but they did her no favors when they mixed it and left off half the orchestra as well as using one full take rather than comping her vocal.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jay on April 27, 2004, 06:56:48 PM
What a job.  Sniffing for dead rodents in attics and behind walls when it's a hundred degrees.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jrand69 on April 27, 2004, 07:13:05 PM
And for the guy who was in The First Nudie Musical!  Part of Cindy Williams Porn Past - and Why No Man Will Marry Her Now!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jennifer on April 27, 2004, 07:16:46 PM
BK if the awful smell is only in your bedroom, then can't you sleep somewhere else for a few days? (guest room, or sofa bed?).
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Jennifer on April 27, 2004, 07:20:15 PM
Oy, vey!  Tonight is the first time I've ever watched American Idol and I don't know if this is just an off-night or what, but these people stink like a dead rodent!  

It was an off-night.

However, what do they expect making them all sing Gloria Estefan songs.

That style didn't suit any of them. And most of the songs that were sung were too fast tempo for this type of competition.
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Post by: Charles Pogue on April 27, 2004, 07:23:00 PM
JG films...The Mickey Rooneys: Babes in Arms, Babes on Broadway, Girl Crazy, Strike Up The Band, The Pirate, Meet Me In St. Louis, Summer Stock.

BK, my NBC exec. has heard of you and knows Rupert Holmes.  My day was exhausting!  But very good. Can't say any more really...except I have great execs on this project!
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Post by: Charles Pogue on April 27, 2004, 07:25:12 PM
BK, Where Sidewalk Ends...terrific film!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 08:14:12 PM
Who's the exec?
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Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 08:19:39 PM
Countdown to 40,000 posts
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Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 08:20:03 PM
Ooh, and I just noticed that with a mere two more posts...
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Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 08:20:21 PM
I will have crossed the 3800 mark.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: JoseSPiano on April 27, 2004, 08:45:00 PM
Good evening!

What is up with this crazy east coast weather lately?  Some parts of the DC area are under frost warnings for tonight!?!?!?!  What day does the calendar says it is?!?!?

-And, trust me, getting off the subway tonight and breathing in that cold air was not the most pleasant thing in the world for my throat in it's current condition.

Ah, well...

Well, I had an early start today, and I can tell my body is already in shut down mode...

Goodnight.

*Oh, we did have a good show tonight.  Jed - how was tech? ;)
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: td on April 27, 2004, 08:46:44 PM
The new and improved version of The Bride of Frankenstein is much, much better than the old deeveedee.  It's not perfect, mind you, but a definite improvment.  


Ah, the news that I was waiting to hear!

AND I spelled "that" correctly, too!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: S. Woody White on April 27, 2004, 08:55:17 PM
He was up in the attic and he also stuck his nose in the air vent in the room and he can't smell it there - but that was my first guess.  I'd have to have them send out a whole new guy, though, because this guy can't find it and he's supposed to be their expert.
Am I the only one who thought "He" was referring to the rodent at first?
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I worked with Ebersole on the Sherman Brothers album.  I liked her very much, but they did her no favors when they mixed it and left off half the orchestra as well as using one full take rather than comping her vocal.
Damn, that's bad.  Because she is good!  One of the songs she performed Monday night may have had a minimum of rehearsal, but she had the sheet music in front of her and she said it was the first time she'd sung it.  It was a song from The G-String Murders, and while Christine may have been taking liberties with the music, she really sold the number.  Wish your experience had turned out better for the both of you.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 08:55:38 PM
I smell a Dead Rodent.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Matt H. on April 27, 2004, 09:12:17 PM
AMERICAN IDOL:

Nope, Latin music was not the style suited to any of these six. I didn't think anyone blew it out of the water, but Diana did a wonderful job with her song with the truest vocal of the night. Fantasia and LaToya also moved and sang with aplomb. (LaToya had some exceptionally good high notes on her song). George was better than last week but still not suited to anything other than soul ballads and rhythm and blues. Jasmine began well but began dfiting flat the more she sang, and her high head notes at the end were not comparable to her more powerful chest tones.

Poor John Stevens is just a hopeless case. He looks MISERABLE up there, and it would be so humane if he'd get voted off.

As for busy signals, Diana's line was busy the entire night. I didn't get a single vote through to her. George's was busy about half the time I called. LaToya's wasn't busy for long either. Jasmine's wasn't ever busy (but obviously the West Coast is her domain), and neither was John's.

On the basis of busy signals, I'd put Jasmine, John, and George in the bottom three. That's pretty much how I think they sang tonight, too.
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Post by: Tomovoz on April 27, 2004, 09:13:36 PM
Is there a connection between Michael Eisner and the Dead Rodent?
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Ron Pulliam on April 27, 2004, 09:28:17 PM
I think "theme nights" are the suckiest on "American Idol".

Singing "The Best of Gloria Estefan" wasn't up there with the all-time brightest of ideas, even for Fox.

This is not music MOST singers take to, professionals very much included.

Simon's idiotic comments about the contestants sounding like "amateurs" was icing on the cake.  They ARE amateurs, Simon.  They ARE!  What the hell did he think the show was about?  

There wasn't much to LaToya's song...a verse repeated over and over and over and over...b-o-r-i-n-g!

Diana was the best of the night, bar none, I thought, even though she started way off pitch.  No doubt because the first two words out of her mouth were a drawled, "Come on"  -- pronounced "Come OWN" -- threw her right off pitch and it took a while to get it right.

And where has Simon been, really?  Tonight he tells Fantasia she sings like Donald Duck on helium?  SHE HAS ALWAYS SUNG LIKE DONALD DUCK ON HELIUM.  It's part of her charm.  :D

Honestly, this must have been a grace night for Simon where he got to be totally inane without censure.

When he responded to Ryan's question what he meant about "amateurish" (his cogent comment re: John Stevens), Simon sassed, "Like your hosting skills."

I yelled at the screen:  "Oh!  I know!  Like your performance as a human being!"   ::)

I had all kinds of trouble tonight getting through on the voting lines tonight.  Worse than ever before.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: TCB on April 27, 2004, 09:35:07 PM
BK, maybe you just need me to come down there.  Reflecting back on recent years, I can honestly say, that when it comes to finding a rat, nobody does it like me (a SEESAW reference).
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Panni on April 27, 2004, 10:18:17 PM
Shutting off the ol' computer for the night. I feel xxx (rhymes with "pretty").
BTW - couldn't access HHW through AOL. Had to go through IE.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 10:20:01 PM
Man, I hope I can sleep through this tonight.  We shall see.  I do have a sofa bed in the book room, but it's not very comfy, and I do have a nice couch (on which I sit like so much fish) in the den.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 27, 2004, 10:30:23 PM
I will be picking up my Universal Monster Legacy DVD set at Best Buy tonight after I get off of work.

I had sworn that I wasn't going to buy another DVD until I caught up on all the DVDs in my unviewed pile.  But then I stop at Target tonight and not only do I pick up Big Fish, but all three of the Universal Monster sets as well.  Aw, what the hell--how could I resist?  I LOVE these movies!  And I will make Wednesday nights Shock Theatre nights!  I will put my Aurora monster models out on display and watch these movies with the lights out!
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Dan (the Man) on April 27, 2004, 10:34:22 PM
Man, I hope I can sleep through this tonight.  We shall see.  I do have a sofa bed in the book room, but it's not very comfy, and I do have a nice couch (on which I sit like so much fish) in the den.

Maybe you can pick up a cheap window fan and draw the smell out?

There's a screenplay in all of this, ya know.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 11:33:51 PM
There's also a screenplay in why we have been deserted like rats on a sinking ship.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: Ann on April 27, 2004, 11:39:18 PM
There's also a screenplay in why we have been deserted like rats on a sinking ship.


Or should we say rats on a stinking ship :)  I'm sorry you have to deal with the dead mouse problem...it sounds like a lousy situation.  
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 27, 2004, 11:59:42 PM
I cannot believe that we have this kind of incredible posting day and then we are inches from 200 posts and everyone suddenly becomes a WUSSBURGER.  Well, I'm not standing for it.  I'm sitting for it and I shall bitch-slap each and every one of you WUSSBURGERS from here to eternity and hell and back.
Title: Re:NATURE TAKING ITS COURSE
Post by: bk on April 28, 2004, 12:00:08 AM
And one for Mahler.