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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 21, 2016

The early 1900s were a fascinating time in cinematic history. Film was considered a novel but intriguing form of entertainment that would soon give way to a brand new industry. Moreover, film would have its fair share of pioneers—aspiring actors, directors, writers, etc.—eager to go West and cultiv read more

Suddenly (1954, Lewis Allen)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Oct 21, 2016

I’m sure there’s got to be some examples of well-written “Red Scare” screenplays, but Suddenly isn’t one of them. Writer Richard Sale’s got a lot of opinion about the dirty Commies, he just never gets the opportunity to have any one character fully blather it out. They’re too busy blathering read more

4th Favorite Film Roles Matches (2016 Lombard Cup) now underway

All Good Things Posted by monty on Oct 21, 2016

The second set of matches for the 4th favorite film roles of the actresses competing in the 2016 Lombard Cup are now underway. Vote on your faves through Sunday afternoon. Here are the match-ups: MATCH 1 The 2016 Lombard Cup: Which film role do you like more? MATCH 2 Th read more

Advise & Consent (1962)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 21, 2016

This is an Otto Preminger film about politics. That should send off fireworks because such a divisive topic is only going to get more controversial with a man such as Preminger at the helm — a man known for his various run-ins with the Production Code. All that can be said is that he didn̵ read more

Eastward Bound

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Oct 21, 2016

I will be on hiatus until October 31 for a road trip to see my niece in Provo, Utah, with some Las Vegas thrown in on the margins.  See you then!   read more

Young and Beautiful ( 1934 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 21, 2016

Hollywood in the early 1930s was a bustling vibrant work environment filled with aspiring screenwriters and directors, ambitious young actors, and seasoned professionals from various fields, all riding on a glorious wave of excitement over the fame and fortune to be found within the land of make-bel read more

Slapstick à brasileira / Slapstick, Brazilian style

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Oct 21, 2016

Slapstick à brasileira / Slapstick, Brazilian style "Nem Sansão, Nem Dalila" (1954) Trago verdades: os melhores cursos online sobre cinema são oferecidos pelo TCM em parceria com a Ball State University. Depois do grande sucesso e da maravilhosa experiência de aprendizagem em 2015 com read more

Book Review--Jean Cocteau: A Life

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 21, 2016

Cocteau: A Life Claude Arnaud Originally published: Gallimard, 2003 English translation by Lauren Elkin and Charlotte Mandell: Yale University Press, 2016 Jean Cocteau never quite fit in with the human race. Lost in fairy land fantasies and opium reveries, with even his hair refusing to part right read more

Ticklish Business Episode 8: Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Oct 21, 2016

In the first of my two-part look at the first three Universal Frankenstein films, guest host Todd Liebenow and I discuss James Whale’s Monster, as played by Boris Karloff. We look at the film’s subtext, how it worked in regards to the Hollywood Production Code, and more. I know it sounds read more

Samurai Vendetta (1959)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Oct 20, 2016

Samurai Vendetta (Hakuôki) Directed by Kazuo Mori Written by Kosuke Gomi and Daisuke Ito 1959/Japan Daiei Studios First viewing/Amazon Instant   This is notable mostly for its swordplay. Nakayama Yasube is one of the 47 Loyal Ronin.  It is helpful but not essential to be acquainted with that read more

It’s A Great Feeling (1949)

The Blonde At The Film Posted by Cameron on Oct 20, 2016

via:  Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. This movie about movies is a cameo festival! Stars and Warner Bros. personnel pop up in guest appearances throughout the film, hence the “Guest Stars Galore” embl read more

ABC Movie of the Week: How Awful About Allan

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 20, 2016

Allan discovers the blaze...too late. Allan (Anthony Perkins) has spent eight months in a state hospital, being treated for the trauma caused by a fire that killed his father and scarred his sister. You see, Allan left the paint cans and thinner by the heater that caused the inferno. Physically, th read more

Sullivan’s Travels: “There’s always a girl in the picture”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Oct 20, 2016

Sullivan’s Travels: “There’s always a girl in the picture” The posters for Sullivan’s Travelsemphasize “The Girl.” Preston Sturges was one writer-director who could make fun of the American public and their conventions without insulting them. Even wh read more

Smithsonian Seeks Funds to Maintain Ruby Slippers

Backlots Posted by Lara on Oct 20, 2016

The ruby slippers at the Smithsonian Museum, taken on my trip to Washington, D.C. last year. A few days ago, it came to my attention that the Smithsonian was raising money to keep one of their most visited and prized artifacts from deteriorating further than it already has. The ruby slippers housed read more

Classic Film Freak Posted by on Oct 20, 2016

My Left Foot (1989)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 19, 2016

As the film opens we watch a foot slowly wiggling its toes. It’s nothing extraordinary because we’ve undoubtedly seen this million of times. If not on film then at least in our own lives. But it’s what the foot does that piques our interest. Quite dexterously but still straining, read more

Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever?

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Oct 19, 2016

Stalingrad: Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever? (Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben) Directed by Frank Wisbar Written by Frank Dimen, Heinz Schröter, and Frank Wisbar from a novel by Fritz Wöss 1959/West Germany Deutsche Film Hansa First viewing/YouTube   This is the story of the German 6th ArmyR read more

1001 Classic Movies: To Catch a Thief

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Oct 19, 2016

To Catch a Thief (1955), starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). October's selections will read more

CMBA Fall Blogathon: "Make Me a Star," or Tom Nix

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Oct 19, 2016

This is part of the CMBA Fall Blogathon: Hollywood on Hollywood! Check out all entries! If "Merton of the Movies" isn't the first spoof of Hollywood, it comes close. Harry Leon Wilson's 1919 novel about a naive small-town clerk who goes to Hollywood with a correspondence course in film acting read more

The CMBA “Hollywood on Hollywood” Blogathon: The Player (1992)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Oct 19, 2016

The Player (1992) is described by some as a satirical comedy, by others as a mystery/crime film. To me, it’s a first-rate neo-noir that will leave you breathless. But it doesn’t start out that way. This Robert Altman-directed film begins innocuously, with a seamless, eight-minute unedited sequence t read more