Tired Old Queen At The Movies #145

Clip recap:

Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury in an Oscar nominated role, bring one of the greatest political thrillers to the screen in John Frankenheimer’s legendary “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962). The suspense builds to a chilling climax as a group of soldiers, rescued from the Communists, gradually realize that something has been done to their brains and they are being used in a plot to overthrow the government. You will be on the edge of your seat from beginning to end.

  • David Milley

    Nice timing for this review!

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      I think is is more the Tangerine Candidate.

  • narutomania

    Tired Olde Queen sticks her finger in Drumpf’s eye!

  • Michael R
    • TuuxKabin

      Good tease. Incredible ending.

  • Gustav2

    The only unbelievable part of the movie is Frank Sinatra in a fist fight.

    He had ‘people’ for that.

    • Acronym Jim

      The Moscovian Candidate.

  • Joe in PA

    Venomous bitch!

    Bwahahahahaha.

  • Carl

    I see what you did there, Tired Old Queen.

    Well played, sir.

  • greenmanTN

    Angela Lansbury is wonderful in that- snake venom as mother’s milk.

    “Why don’t you play solitaire?.”

    Only Barbara Bush could have done it better.

    • Bert_Bauer

      Lucille Ball was considered for Lansbury’s role.

      • greenmanTN

        I guess Lucy might have worked, because she could be quite icy.

        There is an episode of The Lucy Show where Lucy and “Viv” come upon a beach house that Joan Crawford is renting,, and Joan is hilariousky, in light of Mommy Dearest, scrubbing the floor.

        Allegedly Lucy was so nasty to Joan that she screamed ?And they call ME a bitch?!”

        • Acronym Jim

          To be fair, all a woman had to do to be considered a bitch in those days was simply to say, “no, I think we should do it my way.”

          • greenmanTN

            I get the feeling that Joan went for extra credit though.

          • David Walker
          • greenmanTN

            Somehow “This ain’t my first time at the rodeo!” seemed so much more impressive when I said it in my 20s.

            Now it’s like “Yeah, I can tell. Rode hard and put away wet, I’d say!” 😉 🖕

            A lot of quotable lines in that movie though. “I’m not mad at you, I’m mad at the DIRT!”

          • Bert_Bauer

            “Tiiinnnna! Get me the axe!”

          • greenmanTN

            I am not one of your FAAAAANS!

            https://youtu.be/wWJnVymiOvg

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          • olandp

            As if Joan ever said “No.”

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          • HandsomeMrToad

            The article lists Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury, and three of the listed four were fantastic, especially Angela Lansbury, but there were at least two other fantastic actors whose performances are absolutely essential to making the movie so great: James Gregory and Khigh Dhiegh. John McGiver was also very good, but not as essential, someone else could have done equally well in his part. The same is true of Henry Silva. The actress who was NOT AT ALL essential, and should have been edited out, was obviously there just for her looks, was Janet Leigh.

            Here’s an amusing trivia question for you: THREE of the members of the cast went on to appear in Columbo–two as murderers, and one as a murder victim. Can you remember which ones? HINT: one of them appeared as the only murderer whom Columbo deliberately allows to get away with the murder, after solving it.

      • Robincho

        ruh roh. I smell a mame meme coming on…

        • David Walker

          Not from me. It was the first movie I walked out on.

          • greenmanTN

            My first boyfriend had a Lucy Mame fetish. Finally he found a copy of it on video, so I got to experience the wonder that was Lucille Ball as Mame. 15 minutes in and I’m looking at him like, “You’re shitting me, right? I could burn a frog with a cigarette and it would sound better than this!”

            Bea Arthur as Vera Charles was the only saving grace.

          • -M-

            Bea was spectacular.

          • Bert_Bauer

            I finally saw most of it a year or two ago. “Botched abortion” doesn’t begin to cover, especially if one has seen the original.

          • SelectFromWhere

            On the bright side, if any of the stagehands wanted a quick fuck and needed some lube, they could just scrape a gob of that Vaseline off the lens.

      • HandsomeMrToad

        Faye Dunaway would have been an interesting choice too.

      • HandsomeMrToad

        Lucille Ball was great in The Dark Corner

        • Bert_Bauer

          Definitely. I also liked her in Beauty for the Asking. Wish she had done more dramatic roles later in her career.

        • greenmanTN

          I liked her in “Lured” too, with George Sanders and Boris Karloff. It’s kind of a B-movie thriller, with Lucy going undercover for the police to catch a serial killer, strange as that sounds.

          https://reelhollywoodlegends.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/lured_21.jpeg

      • leo77

        Ouch. Giving Lucy Mame over Lansbury didn’t work out so well.

    • Keith D Plane

      Yes Angela’s performance is really something to see. Movie is a bit far fetched but entertaining.

    • HandsomeMrToad

      The line is “why don’t you pass the time by playing a little solitaire?”

  • Joe in PA

    That was great, I have to tell you…I watched this about 10 years ago…and fell asleep. I bet I won’t fall asleep NOW. I just added to my Netflix queue.

    (psst: might have been the gin) 🙂

    • David Walker

      You missed this? Yes, this gives away a plot point, but there’s so much more that this won’t spoil the movie, it’ll make you want to watch it even sooner. And when she turns into Hair Twitler at the end…well, yes, Patty Duke was Oscar-worthy, but good god.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCjBOZ4r9Ck&t=3s

      • Joe in PA

        OMG frightening. I didn’t watch to the end just in case there was a plot reveal. 🙂

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Doesn’t she look a bit like Bannon?

    • Beagle
  • billbear1961

    MUST viewing–just like 1984 is MUST reading!

  • royinhell

    Just watched this again recently, as well as the remake… don’t bother with that one.

  • another_steve

    This movie always makes me think of an episode of “The Outer Limits” — a classic sci-fi / psychological thriller TV series of the 1960s. The 1963 episode is called “The Hundred Days of the Dragon.”

    The bad guys in the Outer Limits episode are Chinese and the premise is that they’ve devised a technique for making human flesh pliable so that a person’s face can be “remolded.” They use the technique to “replace” a candidate for the U.S. Presidency with a Chinese operative who’s made to look exactly like the candidate.

    In look and feel the Outer Limits episode resembles “The Manchurian Candidate,” which preceded it by one year. Highly recommended for anyone into this film genre.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      I wouldn’t mind dimples and a cleft chin.

      • another_steve

        I have dimples and had an aunt with the annoying habit of always pinching them.

        • Daveed_WOW

          The cheek pinches of my youth still haunt me. Pro-tip: just because a kid is cute (weren’t we all?) doesn’t mean you can just mangle them.

  • Acronym Jim

    Was one of the captured soldiers Tony Dow?

    • David Walker

      I don’t think so. He’s not listed on the imbd.com cast list, and that looks to be pretty extensive.

    • Palmer

      Tony Dow, veal on the hoof!

  • Daveed_WOW

    Are some people missing that this is satire? Dark and creepy, but it’s satire. Angela got the memo but I’m not sure about Frank.

  • Mike Knife

    GREAT MOVIE, It shows how somebody can drugged and then hypnotized to do anything, even kill. It is a must see.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Fantastic film and very prescient these days.

  • HZ81

    I adore Steve!

    • grindstone

      And he don’t look half bad in that black on black ensemble, but what do I know?

  • Sabazinus

    Love his reviews. Wish he made them more often.

  • EdmondWherever

    I grabbed this video just about the time that the Liev Schreiber (yeowwllll!) version came out. As much as I love me some Liev (woof! woof! hubba hubba!), the original was much better.

  • rryan

    This is one of the best political thrillers of all time. Angela Lansbury was brilliant.

  • rextrek1

    I just Love his Reviews

  • Kendall

    Great review! But Tired Old Queen, you forgot to the between welcoming Johnny and the review – you didn’t say “Tired Old Queen at the Movies” in a character voice!

  • BeaverTales

    “This was one of the first movies to use martial arts.”

    I would watch it for that reason alone.

  • Andy
  • HandsomeMrToad

    The article lists Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh and Angela Lansbury, and they were all fantastic, especially Angela Lansbury, but there were at least two other fantastic actors whose performances are absolutely essential to making the movie so great: James Gregory and Khigh Dhiegh. John McGiver was also very good, but not as essential, someone else could have done equally well in his part. The same is true of Henry Silva. The actress who was NOT AT ALL essential, and should have been edited out, was obviously there just for her looks, was Janet Leigh.

    Here’s an amusing trivia question for you: THREE of the members of the cast went on to appear in Columbo–two as murderers, and one as a murder victim. Can you remember which ones? HINT: one of them appeared as the only murderer whom Columbo allows to get away with the murder.