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Title: James Garner RIP
Post by: O'Cangaceiro on July 20, 2014, 11:27:02 AM
I will always remember him for Maverick, Support Your Local Sheriff, Support Your Local Gunfighter,  Hour of the Gun , A Man Call Sledge...
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: dave jenkins on July 20, 2014, 11:36:53 AM
How about The Rockford Files? Some of the greatest TV moments ever.

RIP.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: Groggy on July 20, 2014, 12:00:02 PM
Just after I rewatched The Great Escape, too. :'(
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: dave jenkins on July 20, 2014, 12:02:26 PM
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/movies/james-garner-dead-86-report-article-1.1873583
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 20, 2014, 12:22:49 PM
My first thought of him is The Great Escape

RIP  :'(



Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: Groggy on July 20, 2014, 07:20:54 PM
Though I'm not a huge fan of the movie, The Americanization of Emily is probably my favorite Garner performance. Points too for Hour of the Gun and The Rockford Files, rivaling Columbo as the best '70s crime drama.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: cigar joe on July 20, 2014, 07:31:44 PM
RIP Jimmy  :'(
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 20, 2014, 10:28:02 PM
I also saw him in HOUR OF THE GUN (which I liked) and A MAN CALLED SLEDGE (which I liked - particularly the use of Simi's El Paso set from FAFDM - except for the musical interludes, which I skipped). And I liked GRAN PRIX very much.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: cigar joe on July 21, 2014, 06:55:59 PM
TCM has a James Garner day on the 28th & at 6:15 PM Mister Buddwing (1966).
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: cigar joe on July 23, 2014, 08:55:30 AM
Marlowe (1969) is later at 4:30 AM
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: dave jenkins on July 23, 2014, 11:46:01 AM
Though I'm not a huge fan of the movie, The Americanization of Emily is probably my favorite Garner performance. Points too for Hour of the Gun and The Rockford Files, rivaling Columbo as the best '70s crime drama.
You're right about the 2 best 70s dramas (crime or otherwise), but I'd give the edge to Rockford. Columbo only had 45 episodes in the 70s, while Rockford had about 120 (depending on how you count). Yeah, the Columbo episodes were longer (filling 90 minute spots usually, but sometimes 120), but they were paced pretty leisurely, and--especially for the 2hr ones--they have a good bit of filler. Of course, Rockford episodes sometimes had filler, and there were several 2-parters. But in terms of the amount of quality writing, Rockford wins. Still I'm glad both series were produced, and that we can enjoy them today on home video.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: stanton on July 23, 2014, 11:51:01 AM
Yes, Rockford beats Columbo.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: dave jenkins on July 23, 2014, 12:38:56 PM
Huh? All of a sudden you're getting everything right? WHAAAAA?
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: stanton on July 23, 2014, 01:18:15 PM
Right is wrong. Not left.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: T.H. on July 23, 2014, 01:37:47 PM
Garner is one of those actors that was much better than his filmography indicates.

RIP
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: dave jenkins on July 23, 2014, 02:13:21 PM
Garner is one of the actors that was much better than his filmography indicates.
RIP
That's a good way to put it. And it's true largely because he did so much good TV work. He's actually an unusual case--a guy who divided his professional life between movies and TV almost from the beginning of his career. He kept going back and forth between the two formats, and was a success in both. He even did those wildly popular Polaroid ads with Mariette Hartley. American audiences probably know him best for his TV work.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: stanton on July 24, 2014, 03:08:45 AM
None of his theatrical features was a big success. Or am I wrong?
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: cigar joe on July 24, 2014, 04:17:37 AM
None of his theatrical features was a big success. Or am I wrong?

It was a question of timing, he came on the scene at the changing of the old guard, if the counterculture of the 60's hadn't happened, who knows.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: T.H. on July 24, 2014, 02:38:38 PM
I agree with joe that he got lost in the shuffle, and that was pretty much due to bad timing. The US film industry was in a transitional state at the time, as we all know.

Was Garner the first actor to really take refuge with television? I feel like before him, that's where former screen stars went to die or a young actor was relegated to a lifetime of tv roles.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: wind demon on July 24, 2014, 02:39:18 PM
"red sky in the morning, sailor take warning, red sky at night, sailor's delight."
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: titoli on July 27, 2014, 03:43:43 AM
The ideal Marlowe. As pointed out he was probably submerged by the flood of neurotic acting of  the '70's. His underplaying was outdated then, but to me he was as good as any of the greats.
Title: Re: James Garner RIP
Post by: drinkanddestroy on July 31, 2014, 03:03:00 AM
On page 545 of Scott Eyman's new bio of John Wayne, Eyman is discussing who some of Wayne's favorite actors were.

And he had a personal favorite who habitually flew under the radar. "I think the best actor in the world today is James Garner. He can do anything – comedy, detective. Just his facial expressions alone are enough to crack you up. They rave about Brando and Scott, but they couldn't hold a candle to him."

(It would be nice if we knew when Wayne said it - what year it was, at what point in Garner's career, so we can know which movies Garner had recently made, etc. – but unfortunately, while Eyman provides the source for the quote, he doesn't provide a date.)