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Top 1940’s Movies (see all)

  1. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  2. Double Indemnity (1944)
  3. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  4. The Lady Eve (1941)
  5. The Bishop's Wife (1947)
  6. Adam's Rib (1949)
  7. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
  8. Ball of Fire (1941)
  9. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  10. Casablanca (1942)
  11. The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
  12. The Big Sleep (1946)
  13. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
  14. Bambi (1942)
  15. His Girl Friday (1940)
  16. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  17. Holiday Inn (1942)
  18. The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
  19. My Favorite Wife (1940)
  20. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
  21. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
  22. Notorious (1946)
  23. Easter Parade (1948)
  24. Meet John Doe (1941)
  25. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

Fan Top Mystery Movies (see all)

  1. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
  2. After the Thin Man (1936)
  3. The Thin Man (1934)
  4. North by Northwest (1959)
  5. Rear Window (1954)
  6. The Big Sleep (1946)
  7. Another Thin Man (1939)
  8. The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  9. Charade (1963)
  10. Psycho (1960)
  11. Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
  12. Vertigo (1958)
  13. The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
  14. Mildred Pierce (1945)
  15. Suspicion (1941)
  16. Dial M for Murder (1954)
  17. Rebecca (1940)
  18. To Catch a Thief (1955)
  19. Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
  20. The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Fan Top Boxing Movies (see all)

  1. Golden Boy (1939)
  2. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
  3. Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
  4. The Set-Up (1949)
  5. Kid Galahad (1937)
  6. Body and Soul (1947)
  7. Champion (1949)
  8. City for Conquest (1940)
  9. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
  10. They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
  11. Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
  12. Gentleman Jim (1942)
  13. Designing Woman (1957)
  14. Kid Dynamite (1943)
  15. Cain and Mabel (1936)
  16. The Harder They Fall (1956)
  17. Battling Butler (1926)
  18. The Crowd Roars (1938)
  19. The Champ (1931)
  20. Monkey on My Back (1957)

Monthy Column: Silver Screen Standards

Silver Screen Standards: Bette Davis Baby Jane Hudson, whose shattered visage mirrors her broken psyche, is one of Davis? most extreme characters, but the earlier roles paved the way for this late tour de force. Recently I rewatched What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the 1962 film starring Bett......
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Monthy Column: Noir Nook

Noir Nook: Love in the Shadows A wise man once said, ?Trip over love, you can get up. Fall in love and you fall forever.? In that spirit, and in this season of love, this month?s Noir Nook celebrates three of my favorite dysfunctional noir couples ? ladies and gents who loved not too wisely…......
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Monthy Column: Monsters and Matinees

It?s easy to think of the 1958 film The Fly in two words: ?help me.? That phrase ? often said in a silly high-pitched voice meant to mimic the film ? is from an iconic moment that still brings chills today. It’s so popular that the actors even signed autographs with “help me.” S......
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Monthy Column: Classic Movie Travels

Gale Storm Gale Storm was an actress and singer who found herself starring in two popular television shows of the 1950s. Several of her songs were top ten hits, with “I Hear You Knockin'” being one of the many favorites enjoyed by fans. While cast in many B movies, Storm nonetheless s......
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Monthy Column: Cooking with the Stars

Cooking with the Stars: Elizabeth Taylor?s Chicken with Avocado and Mushrooms Elizabeth Taylor It may be freezing outside, but here I am with the perfect dish this month to warm you back up again! February is all about Elizabeth Taylor, the darling of the silver screen who I’ve admired f......
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Monthy Column: Western RoundUp

One of the things I especially enjoy about Westerns is discovering lesser-known yet very entertaining movies. There are a great many such films out there for the finding, ranging from “darn good Westerns” — straightforward, solidly made entertainment — to unsung treasures whi......
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Monthy Column: Silents are Golden

Silents are Golden: The Iconic Careers of Lillian and Dorothy Gish ?I remember one day in the early summer going through the gloomy old hall of the Biograph Studio when suddenly all gloom seemed to disappear. This change in atmosphere was caused by the presence of two young girls sitting side by ......
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Monthy Column: Noir Nook

Noir Nook: Peggy Cummins ? Her Path to Film Noir As we begin another noir year, I thought this would be a perfect time to take a look at one of my favorite noir femmes, Peggy Cummins, and the path that she traveled to reach the realm of film noir. A diminutive blonde with emerald-green eyes, t......
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Monthy Column: Silver Screen Standards

Silver Screen Standards: The Court Jester (1955) I turn to colorful, upbeat musicals whenever I feel sick or depressed, especially in the winter, when I most need a bright escape from dark, dreary days stuck indoors. Recently I found myself revisiting one of my very favorite examples of the genre......
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Monthy Column: Monsters and Matinees

Have you ever felt a weird sensation on your leg and reached down to bat it away? Or thought you saw something on the floor and jerked your leg thinking it was a spider ? or worse? Me too. A lot. As much as I am fascinated by movies with oversized bugs, I also am intrigued by the opposite ? fi......
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Legend Tribute: Sidney Poitier

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Sidney Poitier, Born February 20th, 1927! It?s always a hard task to write about a ground breaker. It?s an even harder task to write about an African American ground breaker during black history month. I mean, what can I possibly say about the accomplishments...  read more...

Mini Tribute Victor Fleming at Work

Born February 23, 1889 Legendary Director Victor Fleming! Although this post is labeled ‘Mini’ there is certainly nothing ‘mini’ about the respect due to Legendary Director, Victor Fleming!? This post is simply labeled ‘mini’ because I am paying a pictorial tribute...  read more...

Exclusive Interview with Claude Jarman Jr. Part One: The Yearling and Clarence Brown

Claude Jarman Jr. Child Star of The Yearling Talks about The Yearling, Director Clarence Brown and More CMH is thrilled to say that we’re kicking off a series of exclusive video interviews and articles with Claude Jarman Jr. today. Claude made his feature film debut starring as ‘Jody......Read more

The Bridge on the River Kwai: Honor, Duty, and Madness

The Bridge on the River Kwai: Honor, Duty and Madness – an Unforgettable Film even 62 Years Later… In honor of the anniversary of the US theatrical release of The Bridge on the River Kwai on December 14, 1957, a mere 62 years ago today, I am reprinting an article that I wrote for Sony......Read more

A Big Thank You from CMH: The 3rd Annual Give a Gift, Get a Gift Promotion

That’s Right, We’re Doin’ It Again! The Give A Gift, Get a Gift Holiday Contest. Greetings CMH Fans and Followers!  For the past 2 years, we’ve run a special holiday giveaway contest to express my sincere gratitude to our followers and our columnists. That sa......Read more

Happy Thanksgiving… A Macy’s Day Parade Vintage Pictorial

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Fond Memories! I have such fond memories of the Macy’s Day Parade from when I was a little kid… waking up early in the morning, running downstairs to the living room, and turning on the TV to see what awesome and fun balloons would be making their way down t......Read more

The Marx Brothers – Family Rules!

A Visit to Harpo’s Place: The Marx Brothers Family Rules and More As many of you may already know, I am a huge fan of The Marx Brothers. I’ve enjoyed their movies ever since I was a little kid, thanks to my father, who introduced me to their movies. As I watched these films with my da......Read more

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Classic Movie Travel Sites

Did you know that there is a Mack Sennet Studios (former) in Los Angeles, CA?

Although currently a Self Storage Facility, this building was once part of the original Mack Sennett... ..  read more

National Film Registry

In 2001, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein starring the legendary Bud Abbott, was inducted into The National Film Registry, 53 years after its initial release (1948).
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Grauman's Chinese Theater

Yul Brynner's, Footprints & Handprints were "set in stone" in Grauman's famous forecourt in 1956. So were Deborah Kerr, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, George Stevens...  see more