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WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« on: April 26, 2004, 12:00:46 AM »

Well, you've read the notes, you know the Dead Rodent conundrum, and you are now ready to post until the Dead Rodents come home.
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Re:WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2004, 12:17:32 AM »

Since no one else is stepping up to the plate, let's start our Spy list with three by Hitchcock:

Notorious
North by Northwest

and Torn Curtain.
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Re:WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2004, 12:17:35 AM »

Welcome nine GUESTS.  I must to bed, I'm afraid, and I do hope the smell of what may or may not be a DR (Dead Rodent) doesn't keep me up.

Begin countdown to 40,000 posts.  And let me tell you, when it happens later this week we are going to have some partay.
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Re:WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2004, 12:17:48 AM »

Happy Birthday Jennifer.

I enjoyed reading the Bond books but I really only liked "From Russia With Love". I anxiously await the release of each new movie  but for the theme song.
My favourite "Spy" writer (and films of his work) is John Le Carre. The best filming of his intricate novels has been for TV series such as "The Perfect Spy" and "Smiley's People". That is of course MHO.
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« Reply #4 on: April 26, 2004, 12:20:14 AM »

[size=20]FIRST POST!!!!![/size]

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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2004, 12:23:21 AM »

We have a "Production Company" here in Melbourne that produces 3 shows a year - 9 days of rehearsal and 5 performances only I think. I usually don't like their choice of show as they have usually been "done to death" by non professional groups and Schools. This year's shows will be "Annie Get your Gun" which has not been produced here since the 1950's, the b awful "High Society" which was not done that long ago nad "Carousel" which has not been staged. professionally here since 1964. I will be looking forward to that one as it stars David Campbell. (Seems an odd choice but who knows??) Other seasons have seen the wonderful Caroline O'Connor in "Mack and Mabel" and "Funny Girl".
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« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2004, 01:07:29 AM »

Am listening to the wonderful Rebecca Luker as I type this. What a surprise packet. My first hearing of her "Leaving Home" album. Truly wonderful IMHO.
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Re:WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2004, 02:38:40 AM »

                 



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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2004, 04:03:07 AM »

Happy Birthday Jennifer!

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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2004, 04:03:45 AM »

Argh!

Exam in 6hrs and 57 minutes!
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Re:WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2004, 04:29:03 AM »

I am going out on a limb and saying when I was a kid I enjoyed "
Mrs. Polifax-Spy with Roz Russell. From what I have read about it in recent years it wasn't a good film. But when Darren McGavin first showed up in the movie I reconized him as the guy in the series of Car commercials! I think that was the first time I thought people in tv commercials can act!!!
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« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2004, 04:39:38 AM »

H a p p y

B i r t h d a y

J e n n i f e r

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« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2004, 04:44:59 AM »

What a difference an apostrophe makes. Hairspray is about to open in Toronto. An article in this morning's Globe and Mail says that the producer had also produced

Angel's in America.

And a question for American Idol fans. Playing Tracy Turnblad will be AI contestant Vanessa Olivarez. Any idea of what to expect?

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Re:WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« Reply #13 on: April 26, 2004, 05:07:01 AM »

Another by Hitchcock: The Lady Vanishes.

Thunderball and From Russia With Love are my favorite Bonds.

(And who remembers Sol Weinstein's Secret Agent Oy Oy Seven & Loxfinger?)
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Re:WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« Reply #14 on: April 26, 2004, 05:17:27 AM »

Happy Birthday, Jennifer! May your day be filled with much cake -- and we want a full report!
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« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2004, 05:23:43 AM »

Good morning, all!  DR Jennifer, happy birthday!  I wish you many more happy and healthy ones as well.

I may be E&T or late to Chat tonight; I have a rehearsal to attend for a job in the Lusty Month of May, before June busts out with WHERE'S CHARLEY?  I hope I can get back before chat is over.

Spy movies!  I'm afraid my knowledge of this genre is as limited as my knowledge of making the smilies dance.  I stopped with Bond when Sean Connery gave up the title, but my favorites were GOLDFINGER and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE.  Where do things like 39 STEPS or MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE fall?  I love them both.
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Re:WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2004, 05:45:57 AM »

[move=left,scroll,6,transparent,100%]HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNIFER!!![/move]

Once again, I was e & t this weekend.  My great-niece (who is simply great!) had her first Holy Communion on Saturday and her party yesterday, so there was much of the dressing up, taking of pictures, wrapping of gifts, gathering of family, eating of macaroni shells and meatballs, and playing of catch into the evening darkness.  A good time was had by all.

Spy movies:  Growing up, I was a fan of the spy movies that featured good spy gadgets like the early James Bonds and TV series like Man From UNCLE (wasn't there a MFU movie?) and even Get Smart.  I also liked the James Coburn Flint and the Dean Martin Matt Helm films.  I remember seeing it only once or twice, but Modesty Blaise was a lot of fun, too.  And of course, there's A Man Called Flintstone.
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« Reply #17 on: April 26, 2004, 06:00:21 AM »

Along with spy movies, can we talk about the spy toys we had as kids?  I loved this stuff!  I had a secret agent brief case that had a built-in secret camera which also held a revolver that could be transformed into a deadly, high powered rifle!  I had a few of the Mattle Zero-M toys:  the instamatic camera that--with a flick of a hidden switch--became a deadly, high powered handgun and a pocket knife that--with a flick of a hidden switch--also became a deadly, high-powered handgun.  I also had the Holy Grail of all spyware--the unassuming, portable radio that--with a flick of a switch--became a deadly high powered spy rifle!  These were swell toys!
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« Reply #18 on: April 26, 2004, 06:13:08 AM »

I may as well mention it first, maybe I'm in the minority here, but my favorite James Bond spy film is:
ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE

Then there would be:
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
DR. NO
GOLDFINGER

THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
TORN CURTAIN

I've read most of the Ian Fleming Bond Books, and say that IF some adventerous producer actually filmed CASINO ROYALE, we'd have an S&M classic right up there with Mr. Gibson's piece of religiosity.
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« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2004, 06:17:07 AM »

Dan - Who is playing Edna?

We saw BABY at Papermill yesterday.  Despite some problems with the show and the production, we enjoyed it and it is good to see Papermill getting more adventuresome in their choice of material.  Unfortunately there were more empty seats than I have ever seen there.

BABY is one show where the book isn't as dated as the score.  It 's origins in the early 80s were clear, particularly in Jonathan Tunick's orchestrations.  The score is also not as good as the Maltby-Shire revue scores.  And the book tries to concentrate on three couples equally and therefore doesn't fully develope any of them as much as it could. It  didn't get me as emotionally involved as it should have.

This was a production that could have benefited from supertitles.  At first I thought it was the sound system until I realized that of the six leads there were only two whose diction made the lyrics unintelligble (Moisha McGill and Chad "Milky White" Kimball).  Both have good voices but need to work on their enunciation.  No such problems with Carolee Carmello, Michael Rupert, Norm Lewis or LaChanze.  Actually the show was stolen by Lenny Wolpe in a one scene cameo as a doctor.  The setting was sparse but good and it waswell lit; the costumes were ugly (that 80s influence).  But despite the flaws, it was well-worth the train ride to New Jersey to see.  We're going back next month not because it is GUYS AND DOLLS but because Karen Ziemba is playing Miss Adelaide.  And next season with THE BAKER'S WIFE, OF THEE I SING, SHE LOVES ME and others I' glad that Papermill is only forty-five minutes from Penn Station (oh - a George M. Cohan reference).

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« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2004, 06:58:45 AM »

WEL,

Jay Brazeau is Edna. He's a Canadian actor who's appeared in various TV programs shot in the country (e.g., X Files). The IMDB says he played Dr. Chuck Nelken (Beatrice the Weimaraner' shrink) in Best in Show.

The Producers had an excellent all-Canadian cast, and I'm hoping that Hairspray will be equally first-rate. (Both shows are being produced here by David Mirvish.)
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« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2004, 07:24:31 AM »

Haven't seen them in many a year but I like any of the Sean Connery James Bond films, particularly YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.

I also enjoy the Italian spy films that came out in the 60s with my two favorites being THE FULLER REPORT starring Ken Clark, and MASTER STROKE starring Richard Harrison, along with the fun KOMMISSAR X spy films that starred Brad Harris and Tony Kendall.

Yes, DR Dan the Man, there were some MAN FROM UNCLE movies and two of them, ONE OF OUR SPIES IS MISSING and ONE SPY TOO MANY co-star Mr. Cal Bolder!!!
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« Reply #22 on: April 26, 2004, 07:29:37 AM »

Happy Birthday, Jennifer.

My favorite Bond movie was always GOLDFINGER. I can't remember how many times I saw it at the theater, but every time it came around, first singly and then paired with other Connery-Bond epics, I'd always go to see it. I've bought it in every media: videotape, laserdisc (still have both Connery-Bond boxed sets on laserdisc), and DVD. It's a terrific film, and doesn't suffer from overlength the way most of the later Bonds do.

I can only tolerate the Roger Moore-Bonds. I find him a terrible James Bond. But I liked both Timothy Dalton-Bond films and am sorry he didn't go over with the public because I found him a great Bond.

GOLDENEYE is by far my favorite of the Pierce Brosnan-Bond pictures.

Others have named some classic spy films that I also love: THE LADY VANISHES, FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, NOTORIOUS, TORN CURTAIN (Hitchcock knew how to do a spy movie; glad to see there are others who like TORN CURTAIN).

THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE: a masterpiece.

I especially like THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER and PATRIOT GAMES, the first two Jack Ryan films. Many people didn't like Tom Cruise's first MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, but I loved it (and you won't hear me say that about many Cruise pictures).

The only recent spy movie I really liked is THE BOURNE IDENTITY. I thought it was sensational.
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Re:WHO KILLED THE DEAD RODENT?
« Reply #23 on: April 26, 2004, 07:41:20 AM »

Happy Birthday, Jennifer!

Dead rodents are no fun!  Especially HIDDEN dead rodents!

James Bond spy films:  DR NO.

Cold War spy films:  MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE. NORTH BY NORTHWEST

WWII Spy Films:  FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT, NOTORIOUS

Misc:  KISS ME DEADLY

DTM - I enjoyed THE MAN FROM UNCLE on tv a lot, and even THE GIRL FROM UNCLE with Stephanie Powers & Noel Harrison.



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« Reply #24 on: April 26, 2004, 07:47:36 AM »

Weren't those MAN FROM UNCLE movies merely expanded TV episodes (or perhaps two episodes linked together) and released to theaters. MGM was pretty smart to double dip their product that way, but I wonder if it didn't shorten the life of the show.  The show was canceled before it got through its fourth season.
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« Reply #25 on: April 26, 2004, 08:01:09 AM »

This morning I went for a walk, and this is what I saw:
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« Reply #26 on: April 26, 2004, 08:05:22 AM »

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« Reply #27 on: April 26, 2004, 08:17:46 AM »

And BK, remember -

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« Reply #28 on: April 26, 2004, 08:19:15 AM »

Good morning and good choices so far.  Modesty Blaise, while it hasn't worn that well, has always been a guilty pleasure of mine.
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« Reply #29 on: April 26, 2004, 08:28:54 AM »

Last week, I finally got those back surround speakers hooked up so I could enjoy Dolby Digital-EX and DTS-ES sound. (For those who don't know what I'm talking about, those extended versions of Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound allow you to have seven speakers in your speaker arsenal instead of the usual five; it gives you two additional rear speakers - four instead of the usual two.)

At any rate, the first disc I played that had Dolby Digital-EX sound was HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS, and the extra rear channel of sound did give a nice sense of completeness.

Then, I stuck in the last Brosnan-Bond film DIE ANOTHER DAY so I could hear DTS-ES. I thought the windows in my den were going to blow out. Good lord, is that an active sound field for that movie or what!
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