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Previous William Thomas Sherman Info Page postings, quotes, observations, etc.


Tina Turner is so amazing that at times she even makes James Brown look like Lawrence Welk; so that this evidently is what Ponce de Leon (as it turns out) was looking for. I myself saw Tina in concert once, and she's everything you see and hear in such videos, only more.

["Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High (Tina Turner, One Last Time DVD - 2000)"]


It would be possible to post the original film sequences, with concomitant music, from "Les parapluies de Cherbourg" (1964, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg") starring Catherine Deneuve and Nino Castelnuovo, but I will forbear doing so for two reasons: 1) The singing is dubbed; Genevieve Emery and Jose Bartel are the real vocals; and although "Les parapluies" has a very nice "arty" look to it with good shot composition, the script is rather trite, soap opera stuff and simply not worthy of Michel Legrand's inimitable score. For a good Jacques Demy film, I'd suggest instead "Les demoiselles de Rochefort" (1967, "The Young Girls of Rochefort"), also with Deneuve, and which is far more cinematically scintillating. However, if despite these reservations, you'd still rather see the singing sung in "Les paraluies," you can catch the same at -- as a matter of fact, if you look further, I understand you can catch the whole movie there as well.

["Love theme from "Les parapluies de Cherbourg" (1964)"]


I continue, I'm sorry to say, to be disgusted and appalled by the scurrility, the distortions, cheap shots, the hypocrisies, and the crowd placating rhetoric and sophistry of much of the patristic writings; all of which serves as a reminder that one must never blame religion itself for the faults ascribe to it, but rather dishonest, furtive, and irrational religion; because aside from criminal spirit people themselves (and who are the guiltiest people and the greatest force for evil the world has ever known), dishonest, etc. religion must rank as one of the principal causes of misunderstanding, immorality, and strife among mankind. Yet, again, the fault is by no means religion itself, but rather mendacity, secrecy, and feeble logic and argumentation; which not a few exponents and practitioners of religious faith, down through history, have evidently seen as their God given right and entitlement.


I think this group is one of the craziest I ever knew. That's the problem.


Save your breath.
It's not you. It's the demon in you talking.
You can' help it...
I know...
You don't know what you're doing really...
So just...just...go mind your own business, why don't you?


"That's Entertainment..."

["The Battle of the Groups (The Manhattans, Cadillacs, Drifters, Temptations & Four Tops"]


If you can't stop feeling bad, it can only be from one of two inducements: a.) These criminal spirit people and or their regular people servants are continually around or in your personal vicinity and you can't get away or get rid of them, and or b.) you somehow or some way are thinking the way such people think. Remember also that we are living in most dreadful times, and, in the case of the United States, at one of our nation's most perilous and truly dire moments in all its history; when organized crime, empowered by Hell and warcraft, is actually or potentially more powerful than law, government, legitimate business, and church, synagogue, etc. combined. If then you do feel more bad than you think, you should or would, know that there are, to say the least, very strong and compelling reasons why this is the case. Some might pose, "If it is as bad as all that, how come there are some who express themselves as still being content and jocund despite all what you say?" Because a.) such seemingly satisfied people see themselves as altruistic and practical by compromising and agreeing to such people's fellowship, and or, by definition and the same token (unless they are acting out of sincere and heartfelt Christian charity) b.) they do not really think to begin with.


The Best of the "Mohicans"

No matter how much "civilization" progresses and advances, there will always have been and will be people who long to live in a cabin or other dwelling deep in the forest or some other far off place by the sea or in the wilderness. This, naturally, has been one of the great appeals of James Fenimore Cooper's "Leatherstocking" and other novels. And while it is true, as Mark Twain asserts, that Cooper's skill as a writer on occasion leaves something to be desired (Twain uses much stronger language than this), the fact is Cooper, in my opinion, had more to say or impart than Twain. At least, I've always felt that way; and I'll take his idealistic, if not equally auspicious, forays at adventure and the sublime over Twain's shallow sarcasm and cornball humor any day -- or just about any day at least.
Certainly among American novelists, Cooper, like Twain, has been singularly fortunate in the number of films and television programs that have been based on his works. And as someone who has usually found not a little enjoyment in them, I thought it would be a good idea to give some quick reviews of some of what I personally adjudge to be among the best of these films, etc. As with Cooper’s writings themselves, these movies and shows invariably fall short at times of what we want and expect; and it is not unknown to every now and then find in them some amount of goomeristic pandering (e.g., the religiosity of vengeance) -- though this, of course, is no fault of Cooper's but rather Hollywood; so there is as yet no five star rendering, loosely based or otherwise, of any of Cooper's works. Yet, on the positive side, at least it is interesting in watching them to see what one film picks up on that another misses; such that taking in and watching them all you get an interesting picture of or insight into Cooper's vision that no single film or show alone succeeds in capturing.

  • "The Last of the Mohicans" (1920) ****1/2
    Clarence Brown and Maurice Tourneur's "Mohicans," and starring Wallace Beery (who prior to the making of this film had been the husband of Gloria Swanson), does not to my knowledge survive intact (though I may be mistaken); yet from the version I saw of it some years back, and which was missing a reel or two, it's a solid film with artistic classiness and sophistication to it sorely lacking in its 1930's counterparts.

  • "The Deerslayer" (1920) ****
    Originally titled "Lederstrumpf," and "Der Wildtoter und Chingachgook" This German silent film version of "The Deerslayer," cast with Bela Lugosi as Chingachgook, is surprisingly authentic and faithful to the book. (You can download and catch this for free at

  • "The Last of the Mohicans" (1932) ****
    This 12 part serial boasts a rather all star cast, including Harry Carey, Hobart Bosworth (one of silent films very earliest stars), Yakima Canutt, Mischa Auer, Junior Coghlan, and Walter McGrail (who co-starred with Mabel Normand in "Suzanna" [1922]); with sound done by the "Disney Film Recording Company." The story-line used is a far cry from Cooper's original, and more resembles a conventional 1930's Western, albeit one set during the French and Indian War. Yet at the same time, like such Westerns, it makes ample use of the great outdoors and Carey creates a terrific, no-nonsense, rough and tumble Hawkeye. Junior Coghlan as Uncas represents the only time that character has ever been portrayed as a very young teenager; while Bob Kortman as Magua is both menacing and naively amusing, and yet with some sympathy given to his character. This said, it is better to view this serial as a series of television programs than a movie; given its length and sometimes haphazard continuity.

  • "The Last of the Mohicans" (1936) ***
    The treatment of the Indians in the Randolph Scott version of Cooper's novel tends to be somewhat condescending; Chingachgook is almost Hawkeye's manservant than his partner; though there is permitted a little bit of romance between Uncas and one of Col. Munro's daughters (as was seen in the Brown-Tourneur adaptation.) While it has some good touches, particularly in its portrayal of some the British officers, it suffers I think from being unduly violent and brutal (similar to how it is with films these days, ironically.) But this is somewhat made up for by the end of the film; when the drama begins to pick up and draw your interest and empathy. (This film can be seen on YouTube at:

  • "The Last of the Mohicans" (1971) ****1/2
    The BBC's version of "LOTM" produced in the 70's is in some ways my favorite; though people still, rightly or wrongly, object to its having whites playing the main Indian roles at so late a date, and its over reliance on interior shooting. Nonetheless, the cast and script are all otherwise excellent, and I didn't hesitate a moment to procure my copy when I first learned it was out in DVD.

  • "The Last of the Mohicans" (1977) ***1/2
    Shick Sunn Classic's "LOTM," with Steve Forrest, Ned Romero, and Don Shanks (Nakoma from "Grizzly Adams") has everything the BBC version lacked: lush exteriors, a real "man's man" Hawkeye (not seen since Harry Carey), and actual Indians as actors. Yet it has less of an 18th century feel than the British version while suffering from the inexcusable aberration of having the film's narrator (David Gamut) being killed mid film. Check

  • "The Deerslayer" (1978) ****
    Again with Steve Forrest and Ned Romero. Allowing for some totally unbelievable action sequences, this follow up on the 1977 "LOTM" is all in all pretty good -- could have been better -- but still pretty good. See iOffer.

  • "Hawkeye" (1994) ***1/2
    Although short lived, this 90's Stephen J Cannell tv series with Lee Horsley and Lynda Carter and based on Cooper's character has enough remaining episodes to make for substantial viewing. Once more, some of the story points are occasional too incredible and "television-ish" to believe, and there's too much Spielberg-esque mood music also, but Lee Horsley is especially likable in the role, and we get a interesting dose of feminism with Lynda Carter's character, and a more liberal view of Native Americans than we were hitherto accustomed to see. See iOffer.
  • Later Note. To our list we can add Sam Newfield’s (in cooperation with the Canadian Broadcast Company) 1957 tv series “Last of the Mohicans” with John Hart and Lon Chaney, Jr. **** Very good as both 50’s nostalgia and straight-forward tv entertainment; with Hart’s Hawkeye being conscientiously family friendly; not unlike George Reeves’ “Superman” of the same era.