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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)

At 6:50am on July 9, 2011, Rosie Sayer said…
Hi, John. Thanks for the suggestions. By "holiday-makers" do you mean people on holiday (what Americans would call "on vacation") or do you mean people celebrating a holiday, like Christmas or New Year's Eve? I love your idea of doing Ginger movies. We should make it to 50 very quickly with that one!
At 8:50am on June 14, 2011, Rosie Sayer said…
Hi, John! Thank you for steering me toward my inbox. I'm sorry I didn't realize I had a message there. It took Mad to steer me toward my page, which I also didn't dream had any new comments on it. I think I'm going to have to quit following the game, because it puts so many e-mails in my inbox that I miss seeing the important ones. Anyway, I finally saw your message from last April, and I sent you a reply. Your game suggestions will be appearing soon!
At 2:52pm on May 17, 2011, Shirlee Vaughn said…

John, you are so very me when I say what I have  of film facts and anecdotes is not a mine but rather like little, and I do mean little, nooks and crannies...that is part of the reason that I value being here so much , I've learned  so many interesting things from so many interesting and gracious people who share so kindly.

Thank you for the information on the films..most assuredly it is useful to me and I will look into that. 

I have been missing in action here, so to speak for sometime because of attention to other necessities and commitments at this time of year for me.  Spring is always extremely busy for me

but I'm looking forward to returning to participate before too much longer. In the meantime I just keeping popping in for a quick look at what's going on and am never disappointed at what I see.

All the best to you , John and have a wonderful day!! 

At 5:14pm on May 10, 2011, Shirlee Vaughn said…

Thank you for your  invitation , John. I so enjoy all of your posts. 

I am very  pleased to be on your friends list. 

At 9:10pm on April 13, 2011, Rosie Sayer said…



At 7:12pm on April 13, 2011, Rosie Sayer said…

John, I'm so grateful to you for doing that work. Yes, I'd love to see the list! I've been meaning to gather that data, but by the time I realized the need for it, the game had gotten so huge and the task so daunting that I couldn't find the time.

I love the fruit titles and prison films ideas. I don't think I'll do so well with the Irish films, but we can try. Could you send me the list? Now that we're friends, you can send me a message.

You deserve a trophy for weeding through 600 pages to gather that information! I'll see if I can arrange one for you, but in the meantime you have my most sincere thanks.



At 2:59pm on April 13, 2011, Rosie Sayer said…
I sure will! Thanks for the invitation! It's been great getting to know you through the game and learning about the British titles I've missed. See you there!
At 7:49pm on March 1, 2011, MothGirl Wings said…
At 6:30pm on January 27, 2011, diane said…

Hi John,

We don't get cable TV were we live. We are not in a

metropolitan area and in a valley to boot. I do have

a couple of sellers that I buy from.

cinemaddicts is pretty good, she has a ton of movies,

pre-code and otherwise. ken@myoldmanmovies is very

good, very, very cheap and quite quick postage wise.

loving the classics is pretty good, not as cheap as the

other two but he has mostly public domain films and

he also has a "buy 3 get one free" deal and also different

codes that give you discount as well.  I can recommend

them all. From cinemaddicts I liked "Girl Missing" (1933) - it

stars Glenda Farrell as a stranded chorus girl turned detective

to claim a big reward - I thought that was marvellous.

myoldmanmovies - I liked "The Criminal Code" (1931) - a very

confronting prison story with Boris Karloff as a menacing but at

heart quite nice convict. loving the classics I found "Honey" (1930)

a lovely Nancy Carroll movie, "Transatlantic" (1931) sort of like a

"Grand Hotel" of the Ocean with Edmund Lowe and Lois Moran.

Hope that helps you John.

At 4:00pm on January 26, 2011, diane said…

Hi John, I feel the same way as you about old movies.

I haven't been to the movies for years (that is about to

change as my husband would like to see "True Grit" and

it has had good reviews). At first it was because there was

really nothing at the movies worth watching - and now ,

after years of watching numerous old films, I feel, whatever

the hype they din into the latest movies, they are not as good

as the old ones. I even like the Bs - who am I kidding I LOVE

Bs. I am just about to watch one today - "The Sin of Norah

Moran" (1933). I read that it is one of the best independents

made in the 30s - it has stream of consciousness dialogue,

which was quite new then (I think).

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