What a beautiful tribute. The Oscars could learn a lesson from them on how to do tasteful In Memoriam tributes.
What R1 said. You wonder why the Academy even bothers.
I just hope Osborne himself isn't on it anytime soon.
I just saw "Anatomy of a Murder" (from which the Ben Gazzara clip was taken) on TCM yesterday.
Hey, I died this year, too! How come I didn't make the list?
Lindsay Lohan's Career
I guess I'm the only one who finds these tributes in recent years to be too arty. I wish they lingered on the celebrity portraits longer (some of whom deserve multiple images) instead of all the inanimate objects.
And with over 2 weeks to go until the New Year, isn't this a little premature?
I always wonder how they determine the order....is it by the date they passed or just random?
There is no better place than TCM. So classy and tasteful.
That's the Starlight Drive-In in Atlanta.
Mostly random, R5, although they always save the biggest names (Oscar winners) for the last few - in this case Celeste Holm, Nora Ephron, Dick Zanuck and Ernie Borgnine, Oscar winners all.
They always include people not memorialized elsewhere (writers like Gore Vidal, critics like Andrew Sarris, foreign film stars) - that's a nice touch.
R7 Thanks for posting that -- I was going to ask if anyone knew where it was filmed. I guess since it's Turner, Atlanta would've been a good assumption!
Like everything else by TCM, this is once again a class act. They did it well last year, too.
That was really nice. Boy, I guess I've been out of it because there were a number of people there that I hadn't realized died this year.
Sorry if I'm not with it, but what was music background?
Ted Turner, fka The Mouth Of The South, is an unlikely candidate for the description "tasteful & classy". But he's done a huge public service by creating & maintaining TCM, & I'm grateful to him for it.
I am still here, bitches!
" guess I'm the only one who finds these tributes in recent years to be too arty. "
Nope, I COMPLETELY AGREE.
Not a single soul from the silent era...
r17 I don't think there are any silent-era actors or actresses left. They would all be over 100 years old by now.
There were two in last year's tribute. I suppose Mickey Rooney would count as he did some silents.
R14, Ted Turner sold TCM and all his other Turner Broadcasting holdings to Time Warner ages ago. He's not even on the board of Time Warner anymore. TCM is a subsidiary of Time Warner Cable now, just like HBO is.
Mickey Rooney and Dickie Moore both worked in silent films as small children.
See list of surviving silent actors in the link below:
Ann Rutherford just missed the silent era - she made her first pic in 1935.
And I didn't know Susan Tyrrell had died. She was an oddball favorite.
Luise Rainer is still alive. Was she part of the silent era? She's nearly 103.
The silent era ended in 1927.
Neither Rainer nor Rutherford's careers were anywhere close to that - R25 and especially R24 are idiots.
Well, I liked the clips, but the music was awful and the business of the light pouring onto the camera in the projection room was really schlocky.
Shouldn't they wait until later in December to make this tribute in case a couple of stars die before then?
Beautiful tribute. Thanks, OP.
I liked it. I was glad that they put Andy first and Ernest last, I thought they were the best actors we lost this year.
Would have been nice to put Donna Summer in, for Thank God It's Friday. And wasn't "On the Radio" the theme to Foxes?
R26, not exactly correct.
The Jazz Singer, a partial talkie, came out in October 1927. It did not end silent movies overnight! Wings, the first best picture winner, had come out earlier that year and won its award in May 1929. So silents were still viable and not so unusual years after the Jazz Singer.
It took some time to perfect the equipment and to transform thousands of movies houses to talkies.
But by 1935 talkies were the norm, so Rutherford missed the silent era, but not really by much. And Chaplin was still making silents as late as 1936 (Modern Times) so...?
I, too, was surprised that Susan Tyrrell had died.
Simon Ward, "Young Winston" was too unknown, I gather.
I still have good memories of TCM using Joe Henry's "God Only Knows" to memorialize, among others, Heath Ledger.
The silent ERA may have ended at a particular time, but silent films were still occasionally made after it ended, just as black and white films were.
In fact, silent films and black and white films are still made today for artistic reasons (look at this past year's Oscar winner from France).
This wasn't one of TCM's better efforts. But it's always better than the Oscar memorial, which tends to omit a lot of people.
If you're gonna say that Ann Rutherford JUST missed the Silent Era, you may as well include not only Luise but sisters Olivia and Joan as 3 LIVING actresses who also JUST missed the Silent Era.
But I believe all 4 actresses were still in their teens and not acting, even by the end of the 1920s so it's really a moot point.
Kind of like saying, "Gee, The Beatles just missed the 1950s."
How much do you want to bet there will be at least 3 more major Hollywood deaths before the end of the year?
This is the ripest time of the year for that kind of thing.
R28, if someone notable dies after the montage has been assembled, they will edit them in. They did that for Blake Edwards a couple of years ago when he died in the middle of December.
It's not one of my favorites (last year's was one of the best imo), but it's still a beautiful memorial.
Yeah, I bet they keep those shots of the drive-in, etc. in there so if needed they can add more dead people if needed.
The Starlight Drive-In used to have a great flea market during the day. But earlier this year, someone got shot one night while watching a movie.
The nominees for outstanding corpse are:
[quote]I, too, was surprised that Susan Tyrrell had died. Simon Ward, "Young Winston" was too unknown, I gather.
That was a surprise, as I remember TCM airing "Young Winston" seemingly on a loop during the 90s. They also left out one of my favorite 70s heavies, Richard Lynch.
And couldn't they find a more "classic" clip for Larry Hagman? Something from "Fail-Safe" or "Harry and Tonto", perhaps?
r17 The last two adult stars from the silent era died in 2011. The last surviving silent-era "star" is former child actress Baby Peggy.
Speaking of Baby Peggy, did anyone watch the documentary about her last week? Strange sad story but glad it ended well.
Where was Elyse Knox?
Greta Garbo's last silent film was THE KISS and it was released in 1929. It had a soundtrack but it was shot silent so no spoken dialogue, etc. The soundtrack only had the score and some noise effects.
So the silent era didn't end in 1927.
[quote]But earlier this year, someone got shot one night while watching a movie.
Well, they could've at least included the shooting victim as part of the montage.
[quote] if someone notable dies after the montage has been assembled, they will edit them in. They did that for Blake Edwards a couple of years ago when he died in the middle of December.
So the question remains, why not wait until January to put out this tribute?