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At 10:34am on December 25, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Merry Christmas Mickey: god bless you and your loved ones. Happy new year. :-)
At 6:03pm on July 1, 2012, Al Pearce said…

howdy Mickey: i've just approved you into my CLASSIC ADVENTURE FILMS group. hope you enjot your stay! :-)

At 9:11am on June 19, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Howdy, Mickey! I was wondering if you also had Errol Flynn's westerns in that book you recently finished. He was after all the best of the non-american cowboys. And maybe those with Gregory Peck and the few that Tyrone Power did? :-)
At 6:14pm on May 24, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Howdy, Padna'! Try and guess what this classic exchange of dialogue in a famous western novel/film is from: "I'm Talkin' to you, Trampas!" "when i need anything from you i'll call you, you long legged son of a-" (pulls out revolver): "you wanna' call me THAT.........Smile!" "With a Gun against my Hip, I...........always smile. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!"
At 11:14am on February 18, 2012, Al Pearce said…
You know, Mickey, it's almost as if you've read my mind. I really AM not very fond of movies made after 1976, unless you're talking BACK TO THE FUTURE or PEE WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE. what i consider the Golden age begins from the 1910s at least, all the way to the early 60s. The silver age would be the late 60s, 70s, and 80s. and my, my! That is quite a recasting job you did there. Imagine! 12 ANGRY MEN with Robert Ryan, Ernest Borgnine, Jack Lemmon, And Kirk Douglas! That would certainly have been awesome in it's own way. And i agree with you wholeheartedly regarding Lee J. Cobb. "we shall never see his like again"-Winston Churchill. i left my phone number on your Facebook page. Feel free to Call me about this subject. We'll begin by keeping it private and then i'll let my mother know. :-)
At 7:54pm on February 17, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Michael: i had sent you THAT message on Goldsmith's march for MACARTHUR, and also another with questions on your business propositions. :-)
At 3:39pm on February 17, 2012, Al Pearce said…
I'd definitely love to! But the following questions ensue: 1. How can we? If you're all the way in Oklahoma and i here in Florida. 2. What will my mother think of it? 3. What exactly is the book going to be about? i know how ya' feel about your friend's vexacious attitudes towards the subject. But you can sure as sugar that i wouldn't do that, and i'd be with you to the end!
At 2:11pm on February 17, 2012, Al Pearce said…

they certainly do. right now i'm listening to Jerry Goldsmith's wonderful, bombastic march for MACARTHUR. it captures the spirit and patriotism of the man perfectly.

At 10:36am on February 17, 2012, Al Pearce said…
You know Michael, you may be 48 and i 15, but one thing that we are very similar in is that we rejoice when we get certain movies we love and wanted on our birthday. I usually head for the classic action/adventure genre of film, which obviously includes our beloved westerns.
At 9:46am on February 17, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Yes, one thing i had forgotten to mention about GUNGA DIN. Kipling's portrayal in the movie. Perhaps he didn't like how he was portrayed in mannerisms and character, but you have got to admit that the actor playing him does have a good resemblance to him.
At 4:42pm on February 16, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Another sad cinematic scene is at the end of GUNGA DIN, when Montagu Love and the three Sergeants (Grant, Fairbanks, Jr, and MacLaglen) honor him on his grave by reading Kipling's poem on which the film is based on: "you're a better man than i am, Gunga Din". Then, as the scottish bagpipes sound, the "spirit" of Gunga Din appears saluting proudly with a Corporal Bugler's uniform, what he had wanted to be and what he could have been, as a stirring version of "auld lang syne" plays. What more rousing death ending than that!
At 2:41pm on February 16, 2012, Al Pearce said…

hm. i think his dying at the end of THE IRON MASK prophetically represents the death of the silent cinema, and the taking over of the sound era, much like Steve Judd's death at the end of RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY represents the death of the old west and the coming of the new century. deaths like those have a good deal of symbolism about the very time in which they happen. :-)

At 5:24pm on February 15, 2012, Al Pearce said…

well Happy birthday, Michael! by all means! it's wonderful that you got such a classic masterpiece landmark of cinema on blu-ray dvd. as for Agatha Christie, i'm not much a fan of her's but i do love her mysteries, especially when they are classic films adapted from her work.

just finished seeing one of your favorite pictures, THE IRON MASK. truly an amusing silent swashbuckler! i simply love the pacing and sweep of it all, Douglas Fairbank's, Jr. narration of the movie as it progresses a fine tribute to his gallant father. and quite nostalgic of the Three Musketeers, too, this having been their last battle as they each died one by one, D'artagnan being the last to die. the finest Musketeer of them all. and the ending scene where they are all reunited in heaven is just beautiful. Alan Gray's score, too, is excellent and heroic enough for the film. it's great when a silent film is given REAL orchestral  or organ music, not synthesized nonsense.

At 2:51pm on February 15, 2012, Al Pearce said…

hiya', "mr. harrison"!

yesterday i saw D.W. Griffith's 1915 silent picture on the Alamo, MARTYRS OF THE ALAMO, which he made the same year as BIRTH OF A NATION.

another great classic i saw was AND THEN THERE WERE NONE, starring Barry Fitzegerald and Walter Huston in excellent performances, Louis Hayward his suave self, June Duprez and C. Aubrey Smith (both from the FOUR FEATHERS) and Roland Young all in great roles. i oughtta; say it's the best darn murder mystery i've ever seen next to MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS.

At 6:59pm on February 11, 2012, Al Pearce said…
I'll see it when it comes out on DVD. The public libraries here in florida oughtta' have it when it does arrive. The main actor, whose french, looks so remarkably like an actor from the 20s and 30s, down to the grin and mustache. If you ask me, he looks somewhat like a french Gene Kelly. THESE are the sort of movies Hollywood should begin making. Who knows? maybe THE ARTIST will spark that revival of making films the classic way!
At 6:13pm on February 11, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Excuse me, make that the 10th Cavalry. THEY were the ones that fought the Apaches, while the 5th fought the Sioux and Cheyenne like the 7th Cavalry under Custer did.
At 6:01pm on February 11, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Yeah, when an actor has to portray a certain character like that, he has to become the character. And it really takes it out of you! right now i'm drawing one of things i like to draw best: Cavalry vs Indians! In this case, the 5th regiment campaigning against Geronimo and his Apache braves in Arizona. I wish i could send you a few drawings, but then i don't know how to send pictures from my cellular phone onto the internet.
At 3:55pm on February 11, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Oh, imagine that! But the one the good lord gave me is the one i have. He's very different in tastes and likes, but he is still a very good father. I see him quite often. You see, my mother and father are divorced, so i live with my mother and sister. But i still love my father very much, and hope he can one day finally come back to christ. yesterday i saw the film LUST FOR LIFE. Anthony Quinn gave an excellent oscar winning performance as Gougin, but Kirk Douglas IS Van Gough! He not only remarkably resembles him but also plays him to perfection as a lonely, tormented and greatly talented painter, giving what think is his greatest performance, even better than SPARTACUS and PATHS OF GLORY. I really think Douglas AND Quinn should both have won their oscars for this one. And special mention should go to Miklos Rozsa's underrated score, which really hasn't been considered one of his best. Wonder why.
At 10:42am on February 11, 2012, Al Pearce said…
What baseball person wouldn't be a fan of him? A legend by all means! Even Gary Cooper played him in THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES.
At 12:18am on February 11, 2012, Al Pearce said…
Well, Michael, i really must say that's a' quite a family you've a' got! So you want to bring back old time radio shows? So do i! Classic adventure shows like ESCAPE, for instance (the episode with Vincent Price in "three skeleton key" is a favorite) are a few i have wanted to follow in legacy. To present a convincing old time radio show, one must listen and learn to how the old actors projected their voices and spoke in certain ways, and do the same. And as for old time Baseball, i have just begun to learn how to pitch and catch. My grandfather from Venezuela is an avid lover of baseball, and his dream has been for me to learn how to play the sport, and it all happened ON HIS RECENT BIRTHDAY! but i have yet to learn to bat. But i'll follow the example of them Yankee heroes: Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth!

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