Everyone will be familiar with the modern term Geek, meaning an expert in a technical field, and possibly a person with limited social skills.

However, did you know it was an archaic term used in carnivals to mean a performer of grotesque acts? How that transferred to the modern usage is uncertain.

Going even further back, Geek came from the English Geck meaning a fool, and in turn from the Germanic Geck meaning to croak or cackle.

Still want to self-identify as a geek?

I'm watching The Big Sleep (1946) for the umpteenth time. The bookstore scene with Humphrey Bogart and Dorothy Malone must be one of the greatest from any film noir, or indeed of any genre.

For my money Dorothy's brief appearance knocks the spots off the big star Lauren Bacall. She can keep her glasses on, too.

The film was, of course:
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)

Quite a different film from the Johnny Weissmuller outings of the 1930s & 40s. Greystoke was closer to the Edgar Rice Burroughs book. It was also more sympathetic towards the animals.

Lambert was good as Tarzan, but the movie could have made more of the love between him & Jane. Andie MacDowell was under utilised. The 130 mins could have been better used.

Still worth seeing.

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If you haven't guessed the name of the movie already, this image will surely give it away.

Christopher Lambert as the famous jungle hero raised by apes.

The building shown earlier is Floors Castle, which sits on the banks of the River Tweed.

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The first half of the movie is set in equatorial Africa. We are treated to typical scenes of European explorers, with their local guides and pack carrying servants.

The actor in the centre of this screenshot, wearing the pith helmet, is fairly well known.

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During the opening sequences of the movie they show the ancestral house with text below stating "somewhere in Scotland". Eh? The movie is based on a famous book, which I haven't read, but I'm certain there wasn't a Scottish connection.

However, the movie keeps showing Scottish imagery. For instance, here is the band playing the the music for the eightsome reel.

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Some screenshots from a mystery movie.

Can you guess the movie?

It was a popular film in its day, but probably isn't that well known now.

An example of how the Doris Day photo was used to promote the film. You can tell this is her film, because her name is in the same text size as the movie title. In comparison her fellow cast members' names are so small they can hardly be seen.

Ms Day's "co-star" was John Rait, the father of Bonnie.

Interesting that in this version of the photo the pajama detailing, and some of the hearts are coloured blue.

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A photo of Doris Day from her 1957 musical film "The Pajama Game" for St. Valentine's Day.

There are only a very few musicals that I really like, and this isn't one of them. Very competently acted, and one or two good songs including "Hernando's Hideaway", but the whole package doesn't satisfy.

The imagery in this movie is a bit of a departure for Doris. Out goes the entirely wholesome image, in comes a more sexy Doris. This photo was used extensively for promotion.

My new coffee grinder is hour glass shaped, which encourages me to hold it in one hand while turning the grinding handle with the other. Consequently, as well as the grinding noise I get a maracas sound from the coffee beans.

Every time I make coffee I feel like Carmen Miranda (minus the fruit on my head).

The 1989 film "Scandal" was based on the Profumo affair events. It stars Joanne Whalley-Kilmer as Keeler, John Hurt as Stephen Ward and Ian McKellen as Profumo.

The film is very entertaining, and the leads give some great performances. JW-K really looks the part, too. The cinematography is great, and gives it a great 60s period feel. The film isn't perfect, but I would recommend it, even if you aren't particularly interested in British politics.

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I was perusing some information on 1930s Hollywood, when I chanced upon a photo of Joan Blondell sitting, with her knees either side of the chair back, and apparently naked. I was instantly reminded of the famous Christine Keeler photo, where she assumes a similar pose. Although the lighting of the two photos are entirely different, I wonder if the Keeler photo was inspired by the earlier Blondell one.

The Keeler photo certainly inspired the movie poster.

The other famous Hitchcock was also a terrier lover, but not , it would seem.

I've come across lots of online references about Alfred Hitchcock having a pair of Sealyham Terriers, and a few mentions of him having a Westie. One of Hitchcock's Sealyham Terriers was seen in his 1941 movie Suspicion, and the director is seen walking two of these dogs in a cameo appearance in The Birds (1963).

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The photo reminds me, conceptually, of a scene in the excellent film Local Hero (1983). In the movie our hero, Mac (Peter Riegert), has to make regular reports to his boss (Burt Lancaster) in Houston, particularly if he sees anything interesting in the night sky. Mac's only means of communication is the public telephone box.

If you haven't seen Local Hero, you really should. Highly recommended.

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Did you know Humphrey Bogart loved Scotties? Who doesn't?

The attached photo shows him with his third wife, Mayo Methot, and two lovely Scotties. Sorry, I don't know anything about the big dog. The photo was taken as part of an article in Life Magazine (1944).

At several points during the film the strange trees, shown in the attached screengrab, make an appearance. The trees have such an unusual shape that they must've been chosen specifically to add drama to the film's landscape shots.

I'd love to know more about these trees. Anyone know?

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On the James Dean story, the film makers were quoted as saying:

"We feel very honored that his family supports us..."

Would money be involved, perchance?

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James Dean has been dead for 64 years. Digitally re-creating him for a new movie is such a horrible idea.

Just because something is technically possible, doesn't make it a good idea.

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