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TCM Classic Movie Alert 10/31
TCM ^ | 10/31/12 | Vision

Posted on 10/31/2012 10:49:45 AM PDT by Vision

This is your Turner Classic Movie channel alert for Halloween night...

Tonight...the pre-code, original (I assume the controversial unedited version only released in '99) Frankenstein(1931), 8pm est

"A crazed scientist creates a living being from body parts, not realizing it has a madman's brain."

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1 posted on 10/31/2012 10:49:46 AM PDT by Vision
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To: abb; archivist007; Arthur McGowan; BluesDuke; Bockscar; bonfire; boxlunch; Cold Heat; CottonBall; ..


TCM Classic Movie Alert!

Frankenstein (1931), - 8pm est

Happy Halloween!
2 posted on 10/31/2012 10:51:22 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Vision; mickie
I watched a couple of TCM back-to-back horror films last night....and really enjoyed myself....and the break from the Fox evening political line-up.

First, the silent film "The Unknown" (1927), then "Freaks" (1932).

Actually, the films were more eerie grotesqueries than outright horror as we know it.....each with unusual story lines...with some good twists.

I was completely engrossed, leaving my comfy watching post in between the double-header only to grab a Dove chocolate ice cream bar with dark chocolate coating (pop corn and Milk Duds being unavailable).

Ah, classical movies and chocolate ice cream bars, were Paradise enow (Omar Khayyam, 1048-1131)!

Now onward to a Frankensteinian experience tonight!

Leni

3 posted on 10/31/2012 11:22:00 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Vision
not realizing it has a madman's brain."

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [to Igor] Now that brain that you gave me. Was it Hans Delbruck's?
Igor: [pause, then] No.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Ah! Very good. Would you mind telling me whose brain I DID put in?
Igor: Then you won't be angry?
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: I will NOT be angry.
Igor: Abby someone.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby someone. Abby who?
Igor: Abby... Normal.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [pause, then] Abby Normal?
Igor: I'm almost sure that was the name.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: [chuckles, then] Are you saying that I put an abnormal brain into a seven and a half foot long, fifty-four inch wide GORILLA?
[grabs Igor and starts throttling him]
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein: Is that what you're telling me?!!!!

4 posted on 10/31/2012 11:44:51 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (We can’t just leave it (food choice) up to the parents. -- moochele obozo 2/12/2012 (cnsnews))
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To: MinuteGal

Yea, these are great. This version was controversial in ‘31 and am curious how it translates.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein_%281931_film%29

BTW, haagen daz (chocolate with almond, salted caramel) and magnum (triple chocolate) bars are very, very good.


5 posted on 10/31/2012 11:50:32 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Vision; mickie
Thanks for the chocolate chips.....oops, chocolate tips!

(I'm such a chocoholic....sigh)

Leni

6 posted on 10/31/2012 11:55:11 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Vision

Spine Tingling!


7 posted on 10/31/2012 12:08:46 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Vision
I starting watching them last night.

Saw FREAKS (1932 version).

Followed by Bedlam with Boris Karloff. Some Vincent Price flick on right now.

BTW bit a trivia, Vincent Price died on Halloween.

8 posted on 10/31/2012 12:14:00 PM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: mware

He was authentic, even in death.


9 posted on 10/31/2012 12:34:05 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Vision

I always loved the vintage horror genre, as epitomized by the old Universal films. I think much of it had to do with the moody, creepy atmospherics.

The “modern” horror genre, with dizzying wall-to-wall graphic effects, sicko serial killers, and zombies munching on brains... doesn’t particularly appeal to me at all. In fact, I frankly find all that rather tiresome.

I wonder if the “Frankenstein” (1931) print being shown tonight is the restored print, which has been recently touted about. Should be worth a look. I did briefly meet the leading lady, Mae Clarke, one time.


10 posted on 10/31/2012 12:36:51 PM PDT by greene66
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To: Vision; All
I was a little kid during the early '60's, when there was a big monster craze ("The Addams Family," "The Munsters"). I didn't know this at the time, but the reason was that the old Universal horror classics had been recently released to theaters (as matinees) and to TV. I recall that a classmate of mine had the '66 "Monster Calendar" with Don Post's monsters featured (one for each month). I must confess that I coveted that calendar something awful. And I didn't even really know what "monsters" were!

Way back then Forrest J. Ackerman's Famous Monsters of Filmland and some of the black-and-white pulp horror comics would occasionally have advertisements selling classic old horror movies. The catch was--they were sold as reels of film, and you had to have a projector and a screen to watch them. Since then we've had laserdisc, beta, VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and now YouTube.

It amazes me to think of those long ago days now that many classic movies (horror and otherwise) are now available for free 24/7 on the Internet. Needless to say, I don't covet my old classmate's "Monster Calendar" any more!

11 posted on 10/31/2012 12:54:49 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator
It amazes me to think of those long ago days now that many classic movies (horror and otherwise) are now available for free 24/7 on the Internet. Needless to say, I don't covet my old classmate's "Monster Calendar" any more!

But you cherish the memories.

12 posted on 10/31/2012 12:59:26 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Vision

One other little thought about “Frankenstein.” My grandmother always liked John Boles. She also used to proudly mention to me that she had a schoolteacher once who was the sister to Boles’ wife. I mentioned to my grandmother that Boles was in the original “Frankenstein” movie, and she gave me a sour face that conveyed disapproval that Boles had basically slummed in such an ‘icky horror film!’


13 posted on 10/31/2012 1:06:27 PM PDT by greene66
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To: freedumb2003

That’s my favorite scene in Young Frankenstien.
Back it up just a bit though....

Dr. Frederick Frankenstein:”Igor, may I have word with you?”
Igor sits on floor.
Dr. Frederick Frankenstein:”No, no ,no....up here!”


14 posted on 10/31/2012 1:10:38 PM PDT by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: mware
Saw FREAKS (1932 version).

One of us, One of us.....

Frightening.

15 posted on 10/31/2012 2:39:07 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obama didn't fix it!)
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To: Mike Darancette

It is, but it’s also a very intriguing film.

It was one of the first to portray disabled/deformed people in a sympathetic light. Go to the Wikipedia page on the movie (for want of a better source) and check out the bios of the performers. Some were just amazing.


16 posted on 10/31/2012 3:48:07 PM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: freedumb2003

Classic!


17 posted on 10/31/2012 4:35:05 PM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Vision

I never tire of this Classic.
Watching now.


18 posted on 10/31/2012 5:40:27 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mware

Freaks was good!


19 posted on 10/31/2012 5:42:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Vision
Separated at birth?:

Lon Chaney in "The Unknown"

Kieth Richards


20 posted on 10/31/2012 5:54:47 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Vision
Young Frankenstein outakes on YouTube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Ec43f1xdU

21 posted on 10/31/2012 6:43:53 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Vision

Good grief! Vision, I tried to write to you on this thread yesterday, but I see it didn’t post.

I said I hope you’re doing okay up there. Since you posted this thread, I’m figuring you’re doing well, with power and all.


22 posted on 11/01/2012 8:11:01 AM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Vision; All

23 posted on 11/01/2012 8:34:43 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: WXRGina

Yea, we’re ok, thanks. The storm moved north at the last minute and when it was to get nasty it quieted down. Thank GOD. It was quite harry Monday afternoon. NYC/NJ is a disaster area.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2225108/Hurricane-Sandy-2012-pictures-FIFTY-DEAD—NOT-over.html


24 posted on 11/01/2012 9:47:23 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Vision

That’s good to know—you’re fine.

There’s some really bad areas for sure. All the pictures bring back memories of Katrina here on the MS Gulf Coast. Katrina was way worse in destruction.


25 posted on 11/01/2012 10:24:10 AM PDT by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: Zionist Conspirator; PapaNew; mylife; rightwingintelligentsia; Mike Darancette; freedomson; ...

A couple of thoughts on Frankenstein from 1931; I’m curious if they resonate with anyone.

It’s an iconic movie. It had to have been bone chilling to people in 1931 who were seeing movies from the first time. It was probably among the first few talkie films and could have been the first monster movie. The first quick shots of the monster could have freaked people out! The story concept is timeless, it’s the granddaddy of all horror films.

That said, being a sofa critic 80 years later. I don’t see this standing up to time as well as other very early films and it surprises me. They’re weren’t many timelessly clever moments characteristic of pre-code/early movies (even silent movies). Much of the time the story wasn’t a step ahead of the viewer. I was very surprised they didn’t show an early love story between Dr. Frankenstein and his love before he began to obsess on creating life- which would have bonded the audience to the main character better. Overall the characters were dull, with the exception of Barron Frankenstein who stole every scene he was in. Why try to humanize the monster with the flowers in the little girl scene? They could have shown him walking up to her and then faded ominously away.

Anyway, great film, just more basic story telling than many other early movies were capable of.


26 posted on 11/01/2012 10:56:52 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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The story concept is timeless, it’s the granddaddy of all horror films.

Yes, the story of man-made man, the most horrifying evidenced by women's lib.

Frankenstein, written by a woman, was the prophetic allegory of "feminism" (like "liberal" standing for the opposite of its label) AKA beautiful, soft, lovely women recreating themselves to try to be like men.

27 posted on 11/02/2012 4:20:34 AM PDT by PapaNew
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To: Vision; mickie
Yes, the movie is rather plodding....but I couldn't resist tuning in after having seen it multiple times in my life.

As an aficionada of Twenties and Thirties films, I love to concentrate on all the details regardless of imperfect story lines, i.e., the clothes of the period, the room furnishings, the vocal accents, those wonderful, huge dining rooms in the manors, even the graininess of the film itself.....well, you get my drift.

I love Halloween night when all the oldie, goodies are scheduled.

Just me, my flickering screen and my Milk Duds, BOO !

LOL.....

Leni

28 posted on 11/02/2012 7:11:50 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: Vision; mickie; MinuteGal; freedumb2003; Red_Devil 232; mware; greene66; Zionist Conspirator; ...
Thought you might be interested in a little post-Halloween epilogue...

Frankenstein, the story of man-made man, is a horrifying story. But it is also symbolic of the even more horrifying real-live monster of the women's lib movement.

Frankenstein, written by a woman, was an allegory of "feminism" (like the usage of the word "liberal," "feminism" stands for the opposite of its label). The feminine nature, made beautiful, soft, and lovely by God, is stifled and made grotesque in women who recreate themselves to try to be like men. The missing little girl symbolizes the 60-some million aborted children missing since 1970, victims of this monster’s wrath. Men (and women alike) are also counted among this monster’s casualties.

29 posted on 11/04/2012 8:07:29 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew; Vision; All
As as addendum, this is a brief introduction to Mary Shelley's short story "The Transformation," written by Marvin Kaye in one of his spooky story compilations, Masterpieces of Terror and the Supernatural: A Treasury of Spellbinding Tales Old & New, published in 1985:

Mary Shelley wrote many fantastic novels and stories, but she is best known for Frankenstein, written in friendly competition with Lord Byron, John Polidori and of course, Mary's husband, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a Byronic hero-demon who dominated his wife with an influence both inspiring and vampiric. When Mary wrote "The Transformation" in 1831, she was thirty-four. Percy had been dead for nearly a decade, yet his equivocal personality still possessed her, as reflected in the character of the narrator of this bizarre tale, a weak person with a great capacity to do either good or evil. The denouement seems to suggest that the author still could not abandon all hope that her late husband's soul was magnificent, at least in its potential for virtue. Though she died twenty years later in 1851, it is unlikely that Mary even exorcised her great angel-fiend.

30 posted on 11/04/2012 9:33:47 AM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: WXRGina
That's interesting because usually it is a man (father or some male figure in her youth) that triggers a woman's rejection of her delicate and fragile feminine nature (which is actually very strong because it is God made, but she can't trust it under the exigent circumstances).

To extend the allegory, the monster may be a man and the effects on a woman can be "monstrous."

31 posted on 11/04/2012 11:40:54 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: PapaNew

Mary Shelley wrote “The Transformation” in the first-person tense, as a man. The man was an impetuous, hot-headed fool who loved a girl from his youth (as much as any tyrannical egomaniac can love someone besides himself). He makes a sort of “deal with the devil” to win back the girl.

Although the story has a “happy” ending, it was the man who was a fiend, and learned the hard way to humble himself, but the girl never wavered from her beautiful, feminine sweetness and light.


32 posted on 11/04/2012 12:26:29 PM PST by WXRGina (Further up and further in!)
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To: WXRGina

That is neat. Thanks for sharing that.


33 posted on 11/04/2012 1:16:26 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: MinuteGal
As an aficionada of Twenties and Thirties films, I love to concentrate on all the details regardless of imperfect story lines, i.e., the clothes of the period, the room furnishings, the vocal accents, those wonderful, huge dining rooms in the manors, even the graininess of the film itself.....well, you get my drift.

I'm fascinated by life then. People have never had a video window into the past like this before.
34 posted on 11/05/2012 5:33:48 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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