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Honorees missing from this list include General Robert Wood Johnson (Class of 2008). Harriet Tubman (Class of 2008). Lieutenant Brian Brennan (Class of 2009). Michael Graves (Class of 2010). James D'Heron (Class of 2010). Detective Marc DiNardo (Class of 2010). Former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne (Class of 2011). Leon Hess (Class of 2011). Victims of the September 11, 2001 (Class of 2011). Samuel Newhouse (Class of 2012). Raymond G. Chambers (Class of 2013). Joetta Clark Diggs (Class of 2013). J. Seward Johnson (Class of 2013) Thomas Paine (Class of 2013). Kathleen DiChiara (Class of 2013). Elizabeth Cady Stanton (Class of 2014). Maud Dahme (Class of 2014). Bernard Marcus (Class of 2015) Carol Blazejowski (Class of 2016) Alfred Koeppe (Class of 2016) Philip Kearny (Class of 2016)
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
You're right! I am smoking on zhe wrong end, because I have a very good reason.
I wanted to like this entry in the Pink Panther series but I didn't care for it as much. I never got into the film at all. They are looking for Inspector Clouseau who has been kidnapped. The first rate cast has a poor script to work with. The sights of the South of France is highly desirable. I love the cast but not the story. It's a weak entry in the film.
Berlin Tunnel 21 (1981)
Tear Down This Wall!
The movie takes place in 1961 when Berlin is separated between East and West Germany during the height of communism. Richard Thomas did a terrific job in playing an American soldier who falls in love with an East German woman. He and Miguel Ferrer are the only known actors in this largely German cast. The film was shot on location in West Berlin, Germany which added authenticity to the film and subject matter. His character and other men take part in building a tunnel from west to east to get those who want out of East Germany. You can see why they would want to leave East Berlin. It becomes a prison to those who stayed behind, suffered and endured for almost three decades. The Berlin Wall is down and Germany is unified as a country. There are still scars from those Communist years in postwar Germany to this day. The ending credits show the actual photographs of those seeking to leave for a better life in the West.
Back in the Saddle (2001)
It Leaves You Wanting More!
Mel Brooks, Gene Wilder and Harvey Korman look fondly back at the groundbreaking comedic film with others. If you loved Blazing Saddles, you will love the retrospective look in this documentary. It's not a film that could be done today. Sadly, Cleavon Little and Madeline Kahn were no longer around .They were fond of them. Richard Pryor wrote the Mongo scenes. Harvey Korman was a genius.
And let me tell you, rhythm is our business! Is this interesting?
I didn't know much about the Melody Masters but it was series of performing music and dances in short films at the cinemas. Besides the main feature, they showed cartoon and film shorts. This film was fine and easy to watch. There was no storyline but music and dance.
Follow the Fleet (1936)
e saw the Pacific and the Atlantic, But the Atlantic isn't romantic, And the Pacific isn't what it's cracked up to be...
Fred Astaire played a sailor in the fifth of the ten Astaire/Rogers pairings. He trades a top hat for a sailor suit and joins the United States Navy. He teaches his fellow sailors how to dance and falls in love. Notable appearances in the film included Lucille Ball and Betty Grable. Ginger played Sherry, his ex-partner. The film has an all star cast with Irving Berlin music and lyrics.
Isn't It A Lovely Day To Be Caught in the Rain?
Fred Astaire was probably at his best with his top hat, white tie and tails in this film. The special feature goes behind the scenes with interviews from Fred's daughter, Leonard Maltin, scholars and Braodway dancers. They marveled at Fred and Ginger's dance moves like dancing on air.
Swing, Step by Step!
This special feature takes us behind the scenes of the film, "Swing Time," with more emphasis on the dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Fred was outstanding in his performance. This short featured interviews with Fred's daughter, Ava and others with archive footage.
Together Again! Fred and Ginger!
This special feature appeared on the DVD of "The Barkleys of Broadway." Ten years after Fred and Ginger danced their last film together, this special feature included film historians like Leonard Maltin, Broadway performers and choreographers and those who knew the Fred and Ginger legacy like scholars and dance enthusiasts.
Page Miss Glory (1936)
Looney Toons on Parade!
This animated short appeared on the Top Hat DVD. The film is quick and has everybody's favorite characters included Bugs Bunny. The film is only eight minutes long and was often shown at the cinemas before the main feature.
Watch the Birdie (1935)
Watch the Birdie and Bob Hope!
This short film doesn't do enough to show Bob Hope as the wonderful comedic actor. This film is less than twenty minutes and forgettable for the most part. Bob does his best with humor. The short is satisfactory and appeared on the Top Hat DVD.
Bingo Crosbyana (1936)
The eight minute cartoon short was often seen on the big screens in cinemas during the great depression. This short may have irritated Bing Crosby but it was entertaining if not too short. Too bad, they're not shown often enough on television anymore.
Hotel a la Swing (1937)
A lot of singing and dancing in tho short!
The film was probably aired before the main film presentation. This short film included some memorable dance and singing features about an unforgettable hotel. It's campy to today's standards. This film appeared on "Swing Time" DVD. It's a fine short and somewhat memorable.
Toy Town Hall (1936)
Cute Little Short!
For a six minute cartoon, you can't help but like the animation and the story about a little boy who dreams about listening to the radio rather than going to sleep. It appeared on the DVD with "Shall We Dance" and "Sheik to Sheik." There is not much to say in six minutes.
Sheik to Sheik (1936)
Too Bad, They didn't expand it to a a full film!
The short subject of life in the Arabian desert with a salesman is too short. The film was forgettable for the most part. The shorts were often shown before the main film. This short film appeared on the DVD of "Shall We Dance?" It's okay but not great.
Shall We Dance (1937)
We're the only two people in New York who don't think we're married.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers join together in this film in a silly plot about marriage and appearances in pre World War II NewYork City and Europe. They travel on a grand cruise ship and there is plenty of teasing and flirting among the couple. Fred and Ginger danced and sang to Gershwin composed music. Sadly, George Gershwin died a year later. There are plenty of classic and memorable lines and a dance sequence too. This time, they add ballet to the film.
You Say Either and I say Either!
George Gershwin died shortly from a brain tumor after the film was made. Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire may have been the stars but the Gershwin brothers came up with a beautiful music score which survives to this day as a classic. The special feature has interviews with Fred's daughter, Michael Feinstein, Leonard Maltin and other scholars about this production in particularly. There is not much about Ginger Rogers or Fred Astaire.
Swing Time (1936)
No one could teach you to dance in a million years.
Another great Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' dance movie about a lovely lady named Penny and a gambler named Lucky. You don't have to guess who played who. Fred and Ginger did a terrific job in dancing the nights away in this special film. Fred Astaire was first rate in tapping and dancing your heart away. Ginger was a terrific partner in the film as well. Everybody wanted to be Ginger Rogers. A number of great signature songs along the way like "A Fine Romance."
Top Hat (1935)
In dealing with a girl or horse, one just lets nature take its course.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were magical to watch dancing together. Fred and Ginger were equals as partners. The typical romance and the comedy behind it does a find job in getting Fred and Ginger to tap and dance away across the movie screens. Fred Astaire was a genius as a dancer and performer. I could see why Fred and Ginger's legacy of their dance partnership remains to this day. They inspired many others to dance like floating on air in the midsts of the Great Depression. Fred and Ginger made many audiences happy for a moment.
Let The Earth Fascinate You!
I found this DVD with Oprah Winfrey as the American narrator while Sir David Attenborough narrated the British version. Still the ten hours just flew by in watching all of the ten episodes. Each episode has a subject about nature like plants; the hunted and the hunter; underwater; mammals; fish and more. If you want a natural documentary about life and nature, this one was done beautifully. I still feel bad about the cow though being eaten alive by the Kimodo dragons. That was hard to watch.
Wags to Riches (1949)
From Rags to Riches!
The short film about Droopy the dog and the catch to inherit some money. It's a short film that aired before the main feature. It's a quick film almost forgettable but somewhat comforting after all these years.
Annie Was a Wonder (1949)
Our first one was Annie Swenson, from Vallborg, Sweden.
Kathleen Freeman was unrecognizable as Annie Swenson, a Swedish immigrant who had become hired by a family. At first, she creates a terrible impression on the parents when their sons are playing around with her and she turned the hose on them too. Still, Freeman was wonderful in her role and stole the short film.
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
Drive up any avenue, swing down any street, No beat has Manhattan Downbeat beat!
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are glorious in technicolor and reunited again as Josh and Dinah Barkley. The film may not have the great writing but it does have terrific dancing with Astaire and Rogers. There are touching moments in the film like when Fred and Ginger dance on stage. They played Broadway performers who take a break from each other and pursue other options. Dinah wants to prove herself while Josh is still in love with her. You can see why Fred and Ginger are still fabulous onscreen, on the dance floor and stage altogether. Billie Burke has a supporting role as the mother. It's not so much about the storyline but reuniting one of Hollywood's golden couples in glorious technicolor.
From Lincoln Center to Your Home!
While I'm not an opera aficionado, I do appreciate the opera as an art form of the highest class. The opera here is actually an enjoyable production. You feel as part of the audience. Your up close and personal with the cast, stage and even sneak peek behind the scenes. While not everybody will enjoy an opera as an art form, it can be enjoyable if you just take it as it is. The opera has been around for hundreds of centuries and still around today. It may not be as popular as it once was. It usually attracts the highbrow artsy and affluent crowds. You just have to enjoy it.
Little Lord Fauntleroy (1980)
Oh, games are important. They prepare a boy for the larger game of life, I'm told.
A wonderful cast highlights this classic children's novel. A young Ricky Shroeder played the Little Lord Fauntleroy Cedric who immigrates with his mother and Mary to England. His grandfather has summoned his arrival but not without complications. His grandfather hates his mother. Connie Booth (Fawlty Towers) did a fabulous job going up against Sir Alec Guinness in his role as the Earl. The film has some sweet moments. The cast included one of my favorite actors, Rolf Saxon, in his first film role after acting school. I was surprised to see how much of a role. There are many notable performances like Sir Patrick Stewart; Rachel Kempson; Patsy Rowlands; Carmel McSharry; and others. Sadly, this film version of the story isn't shown as much anymore on television. It would be nice to see it on a weekend afternoon. The quality is first rate.
Get Out (2017)
I want your eye, man. I want those things you see through.
Jordan Peele wrote and directed this psychological thriller where he earned an Academy Award for original screenplay. Peele was blessed with an excellent cast like Catherine Keener and Bradford Whitford as Rose's parents. The other cast members were just as excellent in the their performances. Peele slowly introduces the audience into an interracial city couple. They go to the suburbs to visit Rose's parents. They all seem so happy to meet her African American boyfriend. It just seems too good to be true. Their employees, an African American housekeeper named Georgina and Walter who worked the grounds are just strange and off to Chris. The next day at the strangest party, we meet very eager middle aged caucasians and a very strange silent bingo game. Peele carefully reveals the secrets to the audience layer by layer. There is not that much gore and violence until the end. Peele was masterful at building the suspense, intrigue and dilemma. There were a few minor questions about the motives behind the secret. I don't want to spoil the plot. The film slowly builds to thrilling conclusion and that's what makes it a great thriller. Peele was careful about slowly building that with every scene and sentence. You just couldn't help yourself once you first start watching it. I enjoyed the performances from Whitford, Keener and Stephen Root as well. The actor who played the leading role deserved his nomination for best actor in the film.