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John Frederick Ackroyd
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John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"I elect we go for the circus theme, Karen. The previous game has definitely ground to a halt. Did you get my message, Karen?"
8 hours ago
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Ktrek's discussion The Lone Ranger (1956) in the group Movie of the Week
"This feature brings back great memories of when I was kid when my brothers and I looked forward to watching the Lone Ranger on TV on a Saturday afternoon after the sports coverage. Great morality teaching for a youngster and great action!"
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Ktrek's discussion THE GROOM WORE SPURS (1951) in the group Movie of the Week
"Ginger Rogers was such a cutie....mostly know for her talents as a dancer with Fred, but that's not the case, she was marvellous in light comedy roles. This is an example, but my favourite is Bachelor Mother (1939) co-starring David Niven and…"
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"17. 36 Hours (1965)- WW2 spy thriller starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Rod Taylor.   The year is 1950, the War is over and the Allies are the victors.     .U.S Intelligence Officer Major Jefferson Pike (James Garner) is an…"
May 8
John Frederick Ackroyd commented on Ktrek's blog post We've had a good run!
"So sorry to hear that Kevin. Over the years we have built up such great friendships with our passion for classic movies, recommending films we love to each other, reinforcing our knowledge by our comments and suggestions. Looking back through the…"
Apr 23
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Watch this little gem on YouTube."
Mar 8
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
Mar 8
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"  13. My Name is Julia Ross (1945)-  engaging atmospheric film noir, set in London starring Nina Foch, Dame May Whitty, George McCready, Roland Verno, Doris Lloyd.   A young woman, Julia Ross (Nina Foch) seeks employment  and…"
Mar 8
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"  10. The Stepford Wives (1975)- psychological science fiction thriller directed by Bryan Forbes, starring Katherine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman and Tina Louise.   Joanna Eberhart (Katherine Ross), a young mother…"
Feb 7
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
Jan 25
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"  5. White Zombie (1932)- Pre-Code atmospheric psychological/horror film starring Bela Lugosi, Robert Frazer, Madge Bellaby, Joseph Cawthorn.   A young American couple celebrate their wedding in a castle on the Island of Haiti. A…"
Jan 25
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Great call, Rosie!"
Jan 22
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Watch it on YouTube!"
Jan 21
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"  3. Svengali (1931)-Pre-Code Warner Bros supernatural/horror movie directed by Archie Mayo, starring John Barrymore, Marian March, Bramwell Fletcher, Donald Crisp.     Wide-eyed, evil, perverse and scheming, musical…"
Jan 21
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"An old fashioned term for a plum pudding: Steamed suet stuffed with a large amount of dried fruit, liberally drenched with brandy or rum and often set on fire."
Dec 29, 2017
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Bah humbug!"
Dec 22, 2017

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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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