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Backlots Posted by Lara on Dec 6, 2022

Readers, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted on Backlots! I’ve been very busy with activities related to Captain of Her Soul, which is now out as of September 27. I wanted to share a few things I’ve been up to, and some upcoming events, so you might have some context as read more

Musical Monday: The Pied Piper of Hamelin (1957)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Dec 5, 2022

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 Pied Piper of Hamlin read more

JOHNNY YUMA

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 5, 2022

 Euro Western time again. This one is JOHNNY YUMA, a 1966 German/Italian co-production that has nothing to do with the character of the same name that was played by Nick Adams in the TV series THE REBEL. This Johnny Yuma is played by Mark Damon (HOUSE OF USHER), who was already a spaghetti read more

Bud, Lou, and the Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Dec 5, 2022

Buck Privates, the 1941 comedy that made stars of Abbott and Costello, doesn't rank among the team's best films (e.g.,  A&C Meet Frankenstein, Hold That Ghost, The Time of Their Lives). Still, that's to be somewhat expected since Bud and Lou aren't even top-billed in the cast. Lee read more

Silver Screen Standards: I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Dec 5, 2022

Silver Screen Standards: I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) Like Joan, the heroine of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1945 gem, I Know Where I’m Going!, I thought I knew where I was going as a young woman, but fate altered the course of my journey. My empathy with Wendy Hiller as the ambitiou read more

THOSE FANTASTIC FLYING FOOLS

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 4, 2022

 One of the things John Hamilton's magnificent book WITCHES, BITCHES AND BANSHEES makes clear is that not all of American International Pictures' British co-productions were horror films. AIP was involved in a 1967 film which was titled THOSE FANTASTIC FLYING FOOLS in the U.S. The movie was cal read more

Alone at the Movies

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Dec 4, 2022

To share or not to share... It is a question for this movie lover. All my life I have longed to share this love, to discuss and share this particular passion with enthusiasm. And yet yesterday, when I settled into my theater seat, alone, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of sheer bliss.It is only alone read more

The Third Man

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 4, 2022

(1949) Directed by Carol Reed; Screenplay by Graham Greene; Based on a novella by Graham Greene; Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard, Paul Hörbiger, Ernst Deutsch, Erich Ponto; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: *****  “Carol Reed is the kind of dir read more

Constance Bennett and Brian Aherne top the cast in "Merrily We Live"

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Dec 4, 2022

Constance Bennett and Brian Aherne top the cast in "Merrily We Live" Merrily We Live (1938) is an American screwball comedy directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starring Constance Bennett and Brian Aherne. The supporting cast includes Ann Dvorak, Bonita Granville, Billie Burke, Tom Brown, Alan Mowb read more

Book Review: WITCHES, BITCHES AND BANSHEES

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 3, 2022

 From LITTLE SHOPPE OF HORRORS magazine comes a magnificent 365-page book called WITCHES, BITCHES AND BANSHEES, written by John Hamilton. The subtitle of the book--"The British Films of American International Pictures"--makes things perfectly clear. American International--more fondly reme read more

Shadowy and Satiny Picks: What to watch on TCM in December 2022

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Dec 2, 2022

Sometimes it takes me a while to come up with my Shadowy and Satiny picks for the month, either because there aren’t many good films from which to choose, or I’ve already written about them in previous posts, or there are just so many winners, I scarcely can settle on one! But I didn’t have any read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 1, 2022

Clifton Webb was a gifted actor of Hollywood’s Golden Age, which succeeded in various film genres. He was born Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck on November 19, 1889, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Jacob and Mabel Hollenbeck. His parents separated soon after Webb’s birth. A few years later, Webb’s mother read more

Classic Movie Travels: Clifton Webb

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 1, 2022

Classic Movie Travels: Clifton Webb Clifton Webb Clifton Webb was a gifted actor of Hollywood’s Golden Age, which succeeded in various film genres. He was born Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck on November 19, 1889, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Jacob and Mabel Hollenbeck. His parents separated soon aft read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 1, 2022

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road–in person or virtually–in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to pres read more

A Kiss Before Dying (1956)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 30, 2022

A Kiss Before Dying signals its intent with a score befitting a light musical or frothy romantic comedy headlined by youthful heartthrob Robert Wagner. For the uninitiated, the story is based on Ira Levin’s novel and remains all but prepared to plunge into the depths of deceitful drama. This read more

Noirvember Day 30: Parting Gifs

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 30, 2022

As Groucho Marx once said, time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana. (He slays me.) It’s hard to believe the month is over already, y’all — it seems like just yesterday I was offering up my noir recommendations for November, and now it’s time to say farewell! It read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 30, 2022

We have a really tricky screenshot this month. It is obviously a scene of a woman dismayed about something, but what could she have seen? You would have to be a keen-eyed movie fan to remember this scene....but many of you are! So give a guess below and you may just hit on the right film title.  read more

Western RoundUp: Final Resting Places

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Nov 29, 2022

Western RoundUp: Final Resting Places In my last Western RoundUp column I shared photographs of the final resting places of a number of Western sidekicks and supporting Western players. That column was focused on male actors, and this time around we’ll be sharing the gravestones of a bak read more

Noirvember Day 29: Trivia Tuesday (Part 4)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 29, 2022

On today, the last Trivia Tuesday of Noirvember 2022, I invite you to join me in a shadowy pool of trivia featuring the gents of noir! In the early 1930s, Dan Duryea was making a living by selling ad space in small newspapers for N.W. Ayer, and commuted daily from his home in White Plains, New York read more

Violent Saturday (1955)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 28, 2022

“It’s so stupid and pointless to be alive in the morning and dead in the afternoon.” There’s a lovely contradiction in crafting a De Luxe noir in Cinemascope. It’s visually luscious and still shot on the kind of cheapo budget Richard Fleischer was able to make sing ear read more
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