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John Frederick Ackroyd
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John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"30. Campus Vamp (1928) - Mack Sennett silent two-reeler featuring the risqué and somewhat controversial Sennett's Bathing Beauties, including the lovelies Sally Eilers and Carole Lombard.  Sweet Sally, bright, bespectacled and…"
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Sounds good to me. A lot of the pioneers experimented with tinting and toning on silent movies. I can think of a few examples."
Sep 18
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Some great sight gags and available to watch on YouTube."
Sep 17
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
Sep 17
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"  48, Scared Stiff (1953) - Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis slapstick vehicle, directed by George Marshall.    A reworking of the movie The Ghost Breakers (1940), made a decade before. Likewise, this is also directed by…"
Sep 17

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What are your favorite movies?
Ace in the Hole, The Searchers, Some like it Hot, JFK, Night at the Opera, Mr Deeds Goes to Town 1936, I'm Alright Jack, Arsenic and Old Lace, Papillion, The Great Escape, The Godfather Trilogy, How the West Was Won, Duck Soup, Top Hat, My Fair Lady, High Society, Young Frankenstein, The Big Sleep,
Who are your favorite stars?
Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne, Groucho Marx, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, John Mills, Tom Hanks, Burt Lancaster, Steve McQueen, Peter Sellers, Bette Davis, Maggie Smih, Richard Attenborough, Paul Newman, Edward G Robinson, Orson Welles, James Cagney, Marlon Brando.
Who are your favorite directors?
David Lean, John Ford, Billy Wilder, Clint Eastwood, Howard Hawkes, Sam Peckinpah, Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese, Alan Parker, Oliver Stone, Orson Welles, Leslie Norman, Frank Capra, Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, Coen Brothers, Preston Sturges, Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Steven Spielburg.
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
One of my greatest pleasures is losing myself in a super movie. I can't help myself, whether it's a silent movie of yesteryear right up to the latest blockbusters, so long it's a quality production, I'll love it.. But I honestly believe the young guns of today need to learn a tremendous lot from the past masters.
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At 10:58am on July 7, 2017, Rosie Sayer said…

Hi, John! I just wanted to let you know that I'm enjoying Sons of the Desert. Thank you again for sending it to me!

At 4:43pm on July 28, 2016, Rosie Sayer said…

Nice to see you around here, John! It has been a ghost town lately.

At 9:23pm on January 4, 2013, kareng said…

Hi John,

I wasn't aware that the whole movie was available on youtube, and will endeavour to watch it this weekend (always get worried these ones will disappear).

thanks so much for letting me know.


At 3:59am on April 4, 2012, kareng said…

Yes, its a fabulous thing that there's a place like this to share our love of classic movies and movie stars.  Like you say, where people are respectful and great friendships are forged.  I love Rosie's game that I can learn so much about particular films, old and new.  So many on my wish list!  Its great that youtube seems to be getting a lot of full length classic movies too.

At 7:54pm on March 28, 2012, kareng said…

Hi John

Thanks for adding me as a friend.  You always have such great entries in Rosie's games!

Cheers, Karen

At 9:37am on October 15, 2011, Rosie Sayer said…

Hi John,

Thanks for the suggestions! I have a few ideas up my sleeve, too. I like your butlers/valets idea. I'll post a new line-up soon.


At 1:42pm on October 14, 2011, Paco Malo said…

Dear John,

George Harrison: Living In the Material World (2011) by Marty is dead center what I like. Thanks more than you could know.

Just last night and today I was teaching another player of Rosie's Game the story of the progression of events of 3 hearts that lead the house band for George's All Things Must Pass ran to Miami, sublimating Eric's forbidden love for the Zelda Fitzgerald Emotional Stability award winner for our times, Patti Harrison -- singing and playing until Eric's vioce  metaphoricly bleed the blues.


"Have you ever loved a woman? [I have, but] .... all my love's in vain."

Blues rock for the gods.

Anyway, I love this stuff. I have a CD subscription service through which, right before I wrote this note of appreciation, I arranged to have a copy of the DVD sent to me as a rental as soon as it's released in that format -- won't be long. It's called Netflix, and that's how I found and saw "Croupier", for example.

John, I want to see everything Marty does for the rest of his life. And my interest in the storm around the brilliant George Harrison as the Beatles imploded will never cease to fascinate me. I can't thank you enough.

Your Renegade Colonies friend,

Jim (Paco)


At 6:38pm on August 17, 2011, Paco Malo said…

Dear John,

The pleasure regarding Croupier is all mine, my friend. Thanks again for bringing it to my attention.

Paco (Jim)

At 8:56pm on August 3, 2011, Rosie Sayer said…
Hi, John. Thanks for your suggestions! We're almost to the end of the gambling round, so I'll announce them soon.
At 7:37pm on August 3, 2011, Paco Malo said…

Dear John,

I just finished watching the film Croupier that you let me know about during the gambling scene round of Rosie's game. I really enjoyed it and want to thank you for letting me know about this film. It turned out to be even better than my expectations.

And there was a special element in the film that I really got a kick out of -- the Hemingway quote from A Farewell to Arms: "The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places." I'm a big Hemingway fan and now I've pulled my copy of Farewell to Arms to reread as soon as I finish an old favorite by Joseph Conrad -- Heart of Darkness in it's original setting, a collection of three Conrad novellas entitled Youth (1903).

Thanks my friend for spinning me off into Jack / Jake's world in Croupier. It's quite a ride.

All my best,

Paco (Jim)


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