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tom thumb(1958)

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  • In response to Terry

    • Anthony
    • 10/13/17

    So what is so classic about Tom Thumb and who ever heard of George Pal? The thing about Hollywood in its Golden Age is that it produced lots of movies that were both great fun (popular) and high art (classic). Classic vs. popular is not an either/or proposition but a both/and proposition. Hollywood then abounded in directors who embraced fun and art. Hitchcock, Ford, Hawks, Cukor, Capra, McCarey, Keaton, Chaplin, Minnelli, Sturges, von Sternberg, Wilder, etc., etc. were the tip of the iceberg. There work was both fun and art.The other night the splendid Cukor/Garbo Camille was pushed out of prime time in favor of some sort of drivel (can't remember what just now, but I wrote complaining about it at the time.)One would think TCM programmers would have a sense of who the great directors were and the great stars and which were their best efforts and put them in prime time, which is when most people who have to work for a living are watching TV.Soon, we will face a similar situation whereby Anthony Perkins' The Trial (directed by Orson Welles) is being shown at some ungodly hour whereas any number of minor Perkins vehicles are being shown in prime time while he is star of the month. Admittedly, The Trial does not fit the schema of fun/art I set forth above. It is weighted much more towards art than fun, which was characteristic of Welles who, let's face it, broke the Hollywood mold. (In some respects the advent of Welles presaged the end of the Golden Age.). But The Trial is a towering work of art, however difficult. Moreover it is one of Perkins' two greatest films, the other being Psycho. Both movies are stunningly magnificent. It is indicative of something about Perkins that two such splendid artists were keen to work with him. How is it possible that in a month dedicated to Perkins' oeuvre that only one of these two pictures made it into prime time?Well, end of rant. (I'm actually a huge fan of TCM.)

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    • Terry
    • 10/12/17

    To reviewer Anthony . it's Turner Classic Movies not Turner Popular Movies .

  • I don't get TCM's programming priorities

    • Anthony
    • 10/12/17

    Today (Oct 12, 2017), such gems or near gems as Grand Hotel, Key Largo and Night of the Iguana are pushed out of prime time by Tom Thumb. Who needs Tom Thumb? Gives me an incentive to switch over to Tucker Carlson (not that one needs much of an incentive as he's smart and entertaining). Does TCM really imagine there is pent-up demand across America for Tom Thumb? Bizarre programming choices happen all too often at TCM.

  • Family Fun Fantasy(1958)

    • shepardn
    • 9/8/15

    George Pal lovingly recreates the Brothers Grimm tale of "Tom Thumb"(Russ Tamblyn) in the starring role. Jonathon the woodcutter encounters the forest queen (June Thorburn) and is granted three wishes for sparring the oldest tree. After his wife Anne(Jessie Mathews) squander he three wishes they request one more , to have a child, and therefore out of the woods comes Ton Thumb. But as fate would have it there are two crooks Terry Thomas and Peter Sellers who use Tom for their evil devices.\ Excellent musical numbers and a film aimed at childrens' demographics George Pals "Tom Thumb" was a loving tribute to the children of the world time immemorial. Classic . Special effects hold up. Run time 1:32 or 1:38 min depending on print. Color. 5 stars out of 5. Highly recommended.

  • Family Fun

    • Condie
    • 10/26/11

    This movie is humor, lively music and dancing together with animation and outstanding choreography in a Grimm's tale. There is nothing ho-hum or hokie in the production. Even the acting is surprisingly good with the various characters played well. It is loaded with head-scratchers that leave the viewer wondering how the scene was accomplished. Accolades to the director.

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