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What a wonderful show!!!
I had the opportunity to view this filming of Kirk's one-man show on TCM on 7/24/2014. For a man who, at that time, was 92, he was spry and moved around a lot and shared his reflections of his life with the audience. At times very touching, with his own version of a walk of remembrance with a sidewalk of autographs of departed friends, and sitting and conversing by the grave of his son, Eric. But most of the time it was quite humorous. He talks about his depression after his stroke and he moved the audience to laughter when he punctuated it with a joke! He is a rare treasure....hopefully he will be with us for a long time...as he said, he can have another Bar Mitzvah when he is 153 years old!! All in all, a very enjoyable presentation, and if you get the chance, see it!
Stand by for Action (1942)
Entertaining recruiting movie!
A very entertaining and rousing film, with a large part of it dedicated to a comedic angle. With a cast of Laughton, Donlevy, Taylor, Brennan and others, you could not go wrong. Sure....a destroyer trading gun fire with a battleship won't have a Hollywood ending, but still, it is an enjoyable film, and you won't go wrong killing some time enjoying it! I have always been a fan of Laughton..such a skilled actor and he pulls off his role as a seasoned admiral with skill and quite a bit of humor. Brian Donlevy always carried off his roles of authority...a currently under-appreciated actor. Robert Taylor....handsome as ever and good as the "go to" type of guy. The rest of the roles are filled with good characterizations.
Band of Brothers (2001)
One of the two best television productions ever!
It seem a pity to confine this to "best television production".....It is arguably the best production that I have ever had the privilege to view. Every time I watch it, it just gets better.....you LIVE the experiences through the fantastic portrayals. The actual men......truly heroes. My father was in the Pacific theater and never opened up about his experiences; I can only imagine how horrible it was. Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks created a vivid representation of the horrors that these men experienced in Europe. To this day, I still cannot watch "Why We Fight" without crying.
Only one other television production of this quality comes to mind, and that is "Lonesome Dove". Television does not have to be a wasteland!