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Murder on the Campus (1933)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 18, 2019

vt On the Stroke of Nine US / 73 minutes / bw / Chesterfield Dir: Richard Thorpe Pr: George R. Batcheller Scr: Andrew Moses Story: The Campanile Murders (1933) by Whitman Chambers Cine: M.A. Andersen Cast: Shirley Grey, Charles Starrett, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ruth Hall, Dewey Robinson, Maurice Black read more

COMEDY GOLD #19: Greta Garbo in Ninotchka (1939)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Sep 17, 2019

COMEDY GOLD #19: Greta Garbo in Ninotchka (1939) On September 17, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Earlier this year, I had an idea for a Top 10 article and, as a result, I’ve been watching and re-watching films in order to prepare myself for it – i read more

Battle at Big Rock (2019, Colin Trevorrow)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 17, 2019

Battle at Big Rock is a reminder the Jurassic Park Franchise Part 2 isn’t over yet. It’s a suspenseful nine minutes where director Trevorrow puts the preserving lead characters in danger—a family, of course—culminating in an allosaurus about to eat a baby. There’s also the precocious kid Melody read more

Fans before foes

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Sep 17, 2019

Carole Lombard's last full day of life, Jan. 15, 1942, was spent exhorting residents of her native state of Indiana to back the war effort by buying bonds. It likely didn't come to her mind -- not that it would've mattered to her -- that she had many fans in the nations she was urging America to fig read more

On Blu-ray: Constance Bennett and Brian Aherne in Merrily We Live (1938)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Sep 17, 2019

The lightly silly screwball comedy Merrily We Live (1938) was a pleasant revelation for me. Set in the world of the super wealthy, it centers on a family that lives in chaos, much like the brood in My Man Godfrey (1936). While this Hal Roach production isn’t quite as witty as Godfrey, it’ read more

Seven Things to Know About James Franciscus

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 17, 2019

1. James Franciscus met Jane Fonda in 1956 when they were working at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts. In the biography Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, she said: "He was blond, blue-eyed, and movie star handsome...I was smitten. My previous inarticulate philanderings had n read more

Film Twitter Survival Guide

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 17, 2019

“Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing or fighting, my friend.” – from “We Can Work It Out” – Lennon/McCartney (used slightly out of context) I typically go on a rant once a year (give or take a few months), so I figured I was overdue fo read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK (1962)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 17, 2019

I'm a sucker for early 60s Gothic horror, whether it's Corman, Hammer, or Bava, which means my opinion of a picture like Riccardo Freda's The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) is inclined to be positive in spite of its shortcomings. Yes, it's about a necrophiliac surgeon who like his bedmates totally inc read more

Gentleman Jim (1942): Biopic by Marquess of Queensberry Rules

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 16, 2019

Boxing movies and biopics are a mainstay of Hollywood. It’s an established fact so naming names is all but unnecessary. The affable brilliance of Gentleman Jim is its agile footwork allowing it to sidestep a myriad of tropes attached to biopics and the schmaltz that Old Hollywood was always ca read more

book: The Need (2019) by Helen Phillips

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 16, 2019

Whenever terms like “dazzlingly original” appear in the cover quotes for a mainstream novel — in this instance the quote’s from Emily St John Mandel — my first assumption is that the novelist has incorporated some stock premise from science fiction or fantasy, regarded read more

A Quick Trip to TIFF19

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 16, 2019

I've always wanted to attend film festivals, but they're few and far between where I live, and the timing has never worked out for me to get to the big one for classic movie fans, TCMFF. Luckily, my visit to my sister's new home in Toronto this month coincided with the second weekend of the Toronto read more

REMAKE AVENUE: The Racket, 1928 and 1951

Caftan Woman Posted by on Sep 16, 2019

Many of our excursions to Remake Avenue begin on Broadway and today's is no exception. Bartlett Cormack's play The Racket had a run of 119 performances at the Ambassador Theatre in the 1927/28 season. Cormack (1898-1942) was a graduate of the University of Chicago, with experience in theatrical pub read more

Lombard by Thomas, but hardly racy

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Sep 16, 2019

Link "Carole Lombard" with "William E. Thomas," her primary Pathe photographer, and these are the images your mind conjures up: "artistic," sexy pictures of a girl at or about 20 -- commercial erotica for the late 1920s.But Thomas photographed Lombard in all sorts of moods and settings, where any se read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 16, 2019

“When I was a little girl, I loved Rock Island. Now that I’m grown, I hope Rock Island likes me.” –June Haver While many think of MGM studios when reflecting upon some of the best musical films made during the Golden Age, 20th Century Fox certainly had its fair share of musi read more

Musical Monday: The Singing Kid (1936)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Sep 16, 2019

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: The Singing Kid – Musical read more

Tower of London (1962, Roger Corman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 15, 2019

Tower of London almost makes it. The film gets through the low budget, which has a static picture of a model Tower of London instead of a picture of the real Tower for establishing shots, obvious backdrops, not great makeup to age or deform its cast, and the occasional reused footage. Director Corm read more

Basil Rathbone: Union Man!

The Baz Posted by Neve on Sep 15, 2019

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Rd 4 of the 1st Annual Muscle Car Tourney now underway

All Good Things Posted by monty on Sep 15, 2019

Here we go with rd 4: Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like more? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like read more

book: The Courilof Affair (1933; trans 2008 Sandra Smith) by Irène Némirovsky

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 15, 2019

An absorbing political novel by the author whose Fire in the Blood I so much enjoyed a couple of months ago. The tale is told in extended flashback toward the end of his life by Léon M (aka Marcel Legrand), who was part of the struggle against Tsarist tyranny in the years before the Russian Revolu read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 15, 2019

The San Fernando Mission Cemetery is located in an area brimming with history and is located in the Mission Hills community of the San Fernando Valley. It is near the Mission San Fernando Rey de España, a Spanish mission that was founded in 1797 and named for Saint Ferdinand. The mission was secula read more