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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 remember watching this on TV late at night when I was a teenager. It must have made quite an impression on me as it scared the living daylights out of me at the time."
Aug 13
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"He was a good character actor, but struggled with poor health most of his life."
Aug 1
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Charlie Chan is known for his wise sayings, Here is one of his best! "Mind like parachute, only function when open"."
Jul 25
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
Jul 25
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"  12. Charlie Chan at the Circus (1936)-   starring Warner Oland as the Oriental famous detective and his overzealous eldest  no.1 son Lee played by Keye Luke.   Charlie Chan, his wife and his twelve children spend a well earned…"
Jul 25
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Ktrek's discussion What's the last DVD you purchased?
"I recently treated myself to the great Frank Capra comedy classic Mr Deeds Goes to Town starring Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur. George Bancroft, Lionel Stander. I've wanted to purchase it for a long time, I'm glad I have. It's just a…"
Jul 21
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Great news Karen! I tried to pledge some money last night but I got there too late. I haven't spoken to Rosie for some time , as you say she's probably busy with her work commitments. Happy birthday to Jim, he was a great ambassador of…"
Jul 18
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Stephen Butler's discussion This Beautiful Corner of the Internet
"Right on, Stephen. It's like an oasis in a desert, or a bright beacon in a dark sky... long may GAOH reign! Thank you Kevin for everything you do to keep this wonderful site going."
Jul 18
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"  10. Circus Fever (1925) -Hal Roach "Our Gang" two reel comedy silent starring the Little Rascals.  The gang feign illness to avoid school to be able to go to the visiting circus. Inevitably their plan backfires..."
Jul 17
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"I need to see this one, Karen!"
Jul 16
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Hi Karen, I think the game needs slightly tweaking. When a player is on a roll she/he should be able to continue posting movies until she/he draws a blank. This will stop the game stalling, make it more competitive and when the contestants finally…"
Jul 9
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"WOW This looks like a gem, Karen. A must-see!   "
Jul 3
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
"Calamity Jane is a wonderful musical, Karen."
Jun 30
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
Jun 30
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
Jun 30
John Frederick Ackroyd replied to Rosie Sayer's discussion A Game I Play
Jun 30

Profile Information

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.

Karen

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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