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Book Review: ‘This Life’ by Sidney Poitier

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 22, 2020

Three weeks ago, I went back to the library to return the book Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew by John Oller. I then took the opportunity to borrow another one. My choice was Sidney Poitier’s autobiography This Life which was initially published in 1980. I chose this book because, 1- Poit read more

Our Dancing Daughters (1928): Joan Crawford Ascending

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 22, 2020

Our Dancing Daughters is an inflection point of silent film for the very fact it stands out for setting Joan Crawford up to be in incandescent star for generations to come. She calls upon her flapper talents and bouncy effervescence fully embodying the jazz age through the character of “Dange read more

'Libeled Lady' is going to press, or at least to Blu-ray

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 22, 2020

It's the fall of 1936, and William Powell is getting rave reviews for his work with Carole Lombard in the Universal comedy "My Man Godfrey." But weeks after that hit theaters in September, Powell's home studio of MGM added to the fun by releasing another star-studded comedic treat -- and we've just read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 22, 2020

Secretary of Labor: The Department of Labor wishes to note that the workers of Freedonia are demanding shorter hours. Rufus T. Firefly: Very well, we’ll give them shorter hours. We’ll start by cutting their lunch hour to 20 minutes. —Duck Soup (1933) Of the many great comedy teams read more

Happy 6th Anniversary to The Wonderful World of Cinema! + Answering a few questions

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 21, 2020

Already six years ago, I decided to begin a blog, and I had no idea by then that it would go so far and that I’ll still be writing it today. I remember writing my articles at the university library back in 2014 and 2015. At the time, I was doing a screenwriting certificate at the University of read more

SCREENPLAY BY: James Ashmore Creelman

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Oct 21, 2020

SCREENPLAY BY: James Ashmore Creelman On October 21, 2020October 21, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized James Ashmore Creelman’s tragic death came after a short, yet prolific career in Hollywood as the screenwriter behind some of the most iconic horro read more

Alias Nick Beal (1949): Ray Milland’s a Devil

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 21, 2020

This is my entry in the CMBA Politics on Film Blogathon. Alias Nick Beal handily flips the paradigm of cinematic angels in vogue with Hollywood, specifically during the 1940s. You could make a whole subgenre out of them. As its name suggests, the lynchpin character of the whole movie is Nick, thoug read more

On Blu-ray: In a Smashing Performance Spanky McFarland Steals Kentucky Kernels (1934) from Wheeler and Whoolsey

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 21, 2020

All the films I previously watched starring the Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey comedy duo were from earlier in the pre-code era and as I remember heavily reliant on scantily-clad chorus girls. The 1934 production Kentucky Kernels trades in shapely legs for the cute factor, a role perfectly filled b read more

Summer of ’84

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 21, 2020

François Simard and Anouk Whissell’s 2018 film Summer of 84 is a surprisingly dark tale of American suburbia. The 80s nostalgia factor makes it kind of like a Stranger Things grounded in reality. The story of a kid across the cul-de-sac spying on his neighbor gives the film a suspenseful Rear Window read more

CMBA 2020 FALL BLOGATHON, POLITICS ON FILM: What Every Woman Knows, 1934

Caftan Woman Posted by on Oct 21, 2020

Politics on Film is the topic for the Classic Movie Blog Association's Fall Blogathon running from October 20th to 23rd. Click HERE for the fascinating contributions to this timely blogathon. John Shand is a young man of great confidence and ambition. Shand has a lot of opinions and a talent read more

The (Almost) Great McGinty

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 21, 2020

There is Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby, who chased a wondrous fantasy that sprang out of his disjointed vision of the American Dream. And there is Preston Sturges’s Dan McGinty whose aspirations didn’t, at first, extend beyond the opportunities of the moment, a warm bowl of soup, a coupl read more

Pre-Code Connie, two 'Topper' tales and an ersatz 'Godfrey'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 21, 2020

This is Carole Lombard's Paramount portrait p1202-69, from late 1930. It was early in Carole's somewhat successful seven years at the Melrose Avenue studio, but there's long been conjecture she wouldn't have landed at Paramount had she not been dismissed from Pathe in the fall of 1929, after she had read more

The Unknown (1927): Silent Cinema Out on The Big Top

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 20, 2020

  As someone always trying to steep myself in more and more silent cinema, I still have much to contend with when it comes to the careers of Tod Browning and Lon Chaney. However, from everything I can gather, The Unknown is a wonderful melding of their talents, Browning drawing on his penchant read more

Feminist Political Flicks: Together Again

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 20, 2020

Together Again (1944) is one of those curious rom-coms that’s so entertaining it’s hard to understand why it isn’t well known. It pits a wised-up, small-town, widowed mayor (Irene Dunne) against her crafty father-in-law (Charles Coburn). She is devoted to her town and to commemorat read more

Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" at 80: Dreamers and Doers

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Oct 19, 2020

This is my entry in the Classic Movie Blog Association's Politics in Film Blogathon. For more examples of how this red hot topic is handled on the silver screen, click here.Spoiler alert: this is going to get political. Typically, I try (sometimes not always successfully) to keep politics read more

Musical Monday: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Oct 19, 2020

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: A Connecticut Yankee in read more

Watch FILM NOIR STYLE: BEFORE THE WAR on Vimeo!

GlamAmor Posted by on Oct 19, 2020

Thanks to all who came to last night's event Film Noir Style: Before the War 1940-1941! A great time was had by all! It was wonderful to step into my beloved world of film noir and celebrate its influential style. In case you missed the event live, the video is now available on demand on Vimeo. read more

Roald Dahl's The Witches

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 19, 2020

Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch."Real witches dress in ordinary clothes, and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses, and they work in ordinary jobs," explains Helga to her eight-year-old grandson Luke. "Witches spend their time plotting to kill children, stalking th read more

We'd like to thank the Academy for hiring Jacqueline Stewart

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 19, 2020

Turner Classic Movies is an essential channel for this Carole Lombard fan. (The artwork above is from 2010, when Lombard was part of its "Summer Under The Stars.") I'm certain anyone who loves cinematic history is a fan of TCM, which for 26 years has served as television's repertory house, packaging read more

Many Thanks to the Participants of the 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 19, 2020

It’s been a pleasure for me to celebrate, in the last few days, the wonderful actress that Jean Arthur was by hosting the 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon! I loved reading all the entries, which showed a great variety in style and gave us many reasons to admire Jean, read more
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