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7/10
A Merrie Melodies cartoon with the Loony Tunes anthem
22 February 2006
Isn't "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" the theme song to the Loony Tunes? Tex Avery was probably aware of this, which would make it an inside joke, adding to the countless gags which the gang at Termite Terrace used, to make each other laugh. I was watching this cartoon recently from their Golden Collection Vol. 3. This one didn't have a commentary, so I thought I'd put that out there, but I suppose most die-hard fans noticed it right away. (I wish there were commentaries for all of them.)

Also, Mel Blanc voiced the turtle referee, and he did a brilliant impersonation of Chico Marx.

While this cartoon is very good for its time (with Tex Avery to boot), I vastly prefer the 40's and 50's versions, which is why I only gave it a 7. Personal preference.
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The Texans (1938)
6/10
I love historical fiction
25 February 2002
I don't know if this movie was based on a true story, but it is believable, in that it was quite likely that there were mixed loyalties after the Civil War; some wanted to continue the fight, and some that wanted to put it behind them. I've seen plenty of movies where the Confederates are portrayed as bitter sore losers. This is the first time I've seen a movie with the Rebs trying to abide by the new rules, while being persecuted at the same time. Quite believable.
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Wells Fargo (1937)
8/10
I love the Lonestar Channel!
25 February 2002
Since getting a channel exclusively devoted to Westerns, I've seen movies that are never seen on regular channels, like Wells Fargo.

Joel McRea, whom I'd enjoyed immensely in These Three, is impressive in a Western. He's rugged and tough, but goes beyond the stereotype, and is sensitive and understanding. He ages from his 20's to his 60's believably. The story of courier service extending out west makes me want to read more about these pioneers of exploration.
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The Egg and I (1947)
8/10
A better performance than I remembered.
2 July 2001
I first watched this movie about 5 years ago, and I enjoyed it then. I wanted to watch it again, because I'd since seen a few movies with Marjorie Main. I enjoyed her performance, but it was the role played by Claudette Colbert that blew me away. I thought she was better here than in "It Happened One Night", when she won an Oscar. Ma and Pa Kettle stole the show the last time I watched it, but this time around, I was more interested in the lives of Betty and Bob MacDonald. Ms. Colbert and Fred MacMurray had such an easy-going, natural interaction, which I overlooked on first viewing. Isn't that the sign of good acting? When you don't even notice they're acting?
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Ball of Fire (1941)
10/10
A welcome surprise!
25 May 2001
It's like finding a buried treasure. I'd never even heard of this movie before, but watched it since Barbara Stanwyck and Gary Cooper were in it. I found great performances all around, including Dana Andrews. The older scholars living vicariously through Professor Potts touched me. Their total support of a colleague whom each one would gladly trade places with, without jealousy, gave me a warm feeling. It's something lacking in modern movies. Gary Cooper is known for his strong, macho, dramatic roles, and shows his diversity in a romantic comedy. I hope he made more of them. Definitely one of my top ten shows of all time.
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