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Posted on 01/27/2018 08:36

Hi Chip!
Totally agree!    One of the biggest sins this past holiday was committed by This TV they aired The Bishop's Wife a few time but showed it in a 2 hour spot - the film runs 109 minutes - they literally butchered the film - thankfully TCM did show it uncut.   Suggested to WPIX contacts they show the film again like they used too!

Posted on 01/26/2018 15:23

Thanks Chip!

On The Way Ahead VCI's did a great job on the release Interestingly TCM shows the american cut we discussed.    On One Of Our Aircraft is Missing it is a flip of Powell and Pressburgers The 49th Parallel!    In the first film Brits land in Nazi territory and in the second Nazis arrive via the ocean into Canada - two masterpieces! 

Posted on 01/25/2018 12:14

Thanks Chip!   If you really want to see a great and underrated Brit war film grab a copy of "The Way Ahead" starring David Niven - Peter Ustinov appears in this too - one of his first roles.     The film as released by VCI is the original Brit version NOT the American edited version titled "The Immortal Battalion" a really under seen gem!!!

Best and warmest regards,

Also check out the piece on did on Miracle On 34th Street this past Christmas and other clips I shared with PIX! http://pix11.com/?s=grippo

Posted on 01/23/2018 08:01

Hi Chip!

I don't think Sim ever made a bad film!   He always made each film better for his taking a role in it!    Love the Brit war films from the 1940's too just got "One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing" and also "In Which We Serve" too, amazing how even during the war with all the huge sacrifices they made the Brits were making masterpieces of cinema!  Thanks for the info on your Christmas release Quest for this year on Harry Simeone always drove me nuts thatUniversals release on CD dropped songs from the album! 

Best and warmest regards,

Posted on 01/22/2018 08:20

Chip again spot on!    I rec'vd The Holly And the Ivy on dvdr along with another great brit film missing in action here in the states Alastair Sims classic "The Belles Of St Trinians" from a firm in CA I reviewed them on my FB page, according to my sources Trinians is owned here in the states by Paramount!   It was shown last here in the states on WPIX around 1975 in fact it was a New Years Day!
Been trying to encourage Olive Films to release it here on dvd but so far no luck!    Have you seen "Bush Christmas" 1947 a real gem, VCI has it!!!!    Know it is way early but what Christmas re releases would you like to see this year?  I did grab the GREAT Percy Faith release you and Real Gone made happen!!!!!

Posted on 01/21/2018 09:10

Hi Chip!

Sorry for the double post!    Spot on comments about IAWL,   Love You Can't Take It With You!   McCarey had the same problem with pacing his films of the 40's Going My Way and Bells Of St Mary's are great films but the pacing is horrible on both films.   Capra's Pocketful Of Miracles is another long haul to watch - just got the chance to see "The Holly And The Ivy" starring Ralph Richardson used to air on WOR I think up till the 1970's then vanished and it really is a sadly missing from Christmas here in the states gem. thought provoking and has a real feel of a old fashioned family Christmas!   A heads up VCI might have lost the rights at the end of 2017 to 1951's Scrooge starring Alastair Sim, not privy to if they will be able to renew their contract so my advice to others here grab a copy while it is still in circulation! Just in case!

Posted on 01/20/2018 13:51

Used to Like IAFL (It's A Wonderful Life) but really have no interest in it any longer, I find it a very mean film, over long by a good 20 minutes Capra and McCarey were very good at dragging out films!  In the 40's the Motion Picture code still insisted crooks were not to get away with crimes so it still irks me that Mr Potter got away with stealing the money from Uncle Billy.  And the topper is that Clarence the Angel could have easily showed or told George about Potter finding the money and not turning it over to the Bailey family!   

01-20-18 @ 14:56 PM
Follow-up to above message:

Been a fan of "A Holiday Affair" 1949 since I first watched it on WOR
the old channel 9 here in NY when RKO General owned the station and the
film library, saw it in july I think one afternoon on the 1 O'clock
film!   The film was shredded by the NYT's when it was released on
Christmas Eve 1949 but it really is a charmer and a serious topic
-probably taking a cue from Miracle On 34th Street which dealt with a
divorced lady raising a child.   TCM has really gotten the film exposure
and every year it gains more fans!

edited by the Yule Log.com Message Board Administrator on 01/20/18 to
combine two consecutive reply posts by the same member. Also,
double-post was deleted.

Posted on 04/07/2017 07:20

Bravo Chip - now we have to get through the tortures of the Summer heat to get to the Christmas season to enjoy these treasures you have released from the vaults!
Bob Grippo

Posted on 02/20/2016 20:00

Thanks for the understanding on the double post!   Great on your continuing conversations with WPIX - they have a great team in place and are bringing about a coming back of WPIX!  Now all we need is them to air The Adventures Of Superman again!  And great news on the re-issues you and Gordon are working to make happen!   You know Christmas is really the nicest time of the year!   Let's hope we NEVER get a repeat of 70 degrees on Christmas Day - yuck!     Also thank you on the props on the Julie Andrews story!
Best and warmest regards to you and the entire Yule Log .com family!

Posted on 02/17/2016 18:36

Sorry for the double posting Chip after I clicked publish I got an error message so I clicked it again and it posted twice!

Posted on 02/17/2016 18:35

Hi Chip!  Love your comments about your first history with Julie Andrews was Mary Poppins!   Same here that was the first movie I saw way back in 1964 and afterwards my parents to us to a record store near the theater and we bought the original soundtrack album which we still have!   And one of my thrills was meeting her in person and telling her about my first movie being hers!  In person she is warm and down to earth.   A special memory about the meeting she was talking with my Mom and was really interested in a piece of jewelry my Mom was wearing she told my mom "what a beautiful pendant  really unusual and stunning."   Just simply down to earth!  Class act!   (By the way the second film I saw was "Those Magnificent Men In their Flying Machines).

Hopefully you and Gordon are working on a few great releases for this XMAS!

Posted on 10/17/2015 07:55

Amazon had the upcoming Living Voices on pre-order special at $11.99!   Got my order in!

Posted on 09/11/2015 07:38

Up for Pre-Order - Looks like a great set - going to be a "Holly Jolly Christmas" with the Living Voices classic 1965 "The Little Drummer Boy" - never heard the second album in ht e set though!

Thank you Chip and Real Gone Music for making the happen! 


Posted on 06/03/2015 07:50

Hi Chip! 

Never heard of the Luboff Choir.   Thanks for sharing that great version!   Bing's version is great too as is Mr C's.  I never heard of John Gary by the way but that record seems like one that needs to be added to my collection as well.   I have a LP issued by the A and P from Columbia records from the early 70's the cover has a scene of people ice skating I think it has a great mix of songs and artists have you heard of it?

Best and warmest regards,

Bob Grippo

Will PIX be airing your 5th hour????


Posted on 05/30/2015 22:46

Hi Chip!
I am telling all my friends about the The Little Drummer Boy!   You know how many time I mentioned this album to you!  I am so thrilled to being able to finally get it on CD thanks to you and Gordon!  

Can you give us a bit of a background on the Living Voices???

In our home we play a lot of classic albums and cd''s but three get constant play in fact we start playing them in August or Sept and do not stop until April -- they are

Perry Como - Season's Greetings  (we have my grandfathers original 1959 release album and numerous copies on cd for our cars too)

The Living Voices -- The Little Drummer Boy (original Mono 1965 release - never figured out why my pop did not buy the stereo version) this record has the best version of "Do You Hear What I Hear" ever recorded in my opinion.

And Harry Simeone "Oh Bambino" original release has a picture of a woman holding a baby on the cover - do you know what year this came out?????

Sadly the CD of this album is missing one song!

Thanks again my friend!   And you do not know how much more special you and Gordon have made our upcoming holiday and Christmas season with this great album getting a proper cd release - we are already filled with the holiday spirit which will help us get through the long summer! 

Posted on 05/28/2015 07:57

Hi Chip!

A big THANK YOU to Gordon for taking a listen to fans who have wanted  The Little Drummer Boy on CD again after its very brief appearance years ago!   It will be great having it in STEREO as I have the 1965 Mono release - my parents bought it at a store on Main Street Flushing NY way back when!

Never heard of the other Living Voices Christmas album but will be grabbing that one too!   The Little Drummer Boy has that special Christmas feeling and it is a very underrated album, it is a real gem!  

My Barnes and Noble didn't have the Devol album last year so this year I will be buying that and the Living Voices!  

A big thank you to you Chip for all your work on bringing these Christmas wonders back to us!

Best and warmest regards,

Bob Grippo 

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