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Podcasts for Classic Film Fans: January Round-up

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jan 29, 2020

I spent a lot of my holiday break catching up on podcasts, including some great new-to-me shows which I continued to explore throughout January. All episode titles link to the show. If you know of a great podcast, even your own show, let me know in the comments! Gilbert Gottfried’s Amaz read more

Tarnished Angel (1938)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 29, 2020

US / 67 minutes / bw / RKO Dir: Leslie Goodwins Pr: B.P. Fineman Scr: Saul Elkins, Jo Pagano Story: Saul Elkins Cine: Nicholas Musuraca Cast: Sally Eilers, Lee Bowman, Ann Miller, Alma Kruger, Paul Guilfoyle, Jonathan Hale, Jack Arnold (i.e., Vinton Hayworth), Cecil Kellaway, Janet Dempsey, Hamilton read more

The Boston Strangler

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jan 28, 2020

The Boston Strangler Directed by Richard Fleischer Written by Edward Anhalt from a book by Gerold Frank 1968/US IMDb link First viewing/Amazon Instant   Solid performances and direction make a “true crime” story enjoyable. This is supposedly the true story of the investigation and u read more

On The Beach (1959): Peck, Gardner, Astaire, Perkins, and Apocalypse

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 28, 2020

I recall my dad sharing a recollection about On The Beach. Back when it came out he went to the drive-in with his family, and they took in the movie. He fell asleep part of the way through only to wake up and the movie was still going. While not necessarily a profound observation, the film is unequ read more

Announcing the 110 Years of Claire Trevor Blogathon!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Jan 28, 2020

I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve participated in a blogathon (sorry about that!) or hosted one, but, I’m soon going to be back in business, and I’m very happy about it! Not long before Christmas, my friend Crystal from In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood contacted read more

Come on! Please clap! or: Would you like to see my vacation slides 2020

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 28, 2020

I’ve always liked to do movie re-edits. When I was a teenager, I’d make a combined Evil Dead/Army of Darkness or I’d cut the end off a movie if I didn’t like who died. On VHS to another. Discovered the video titling machine in the TV studio at my high school, made some more “professional” read more

Parasite (Gisaengchung)

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Jan 28, 2020

In Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, the Kim family live in a small, filthy, basement apartment. There are stairs to up a toilet they have to crouch to sit on. It’s also the best place to get free WiFi. At their tiny table they drink beer, look up to the sidewalk and regularly see drunk men urinating right read more

How Carole got to Union Station

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 28, 2020

Above is the only known photo of Carole Lombard at Union Station in Los Angeles. She's with Howard D. Mills, a local Treasury Department official, as she prepares to board the Union Pacific's "City Of Los Angeles" train on Jan. 12, 1942. Less than 100 hours later, Lombard would be dead.But for more read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jan 28, 2020

Last week a Facebook friend of mine posted photos of her wearing an outfit inspired by a 1935 film called FALSE PRETENSES. During the movie a similar outfit was worn by the leading actress, Irene Ware. Ware is best known for co-starring in two films with Bela Lugosi: CHANDU THE MAGICIAN (1932) and t read more

book: I Will Have Vengeance (2007; trans 2012 Anne Milano Appel) by Maurizio de Giovanni

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 27, 2020

A fine example of the frequent unhelpfulness of genre categorizations. Homicide detective Commissario Ricciardi of the Naples police has an unusual ability: like the kid at the heart of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Sixth Sense, he can See Dead People — specifically, those who have died a vi read more

book: The Procedure (1998; trans Paul Vincent 2001) by Harry Mulisch

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jan 27, 2020

The front-flap blurb of my copy of this novel tells me that its author has “created an . . . immaculately constructed story.” I can only conclude that the blurbist was deploying the Goebbels principle of “if you gotta tell a lie, tell a big one,” because the reality is that read more

The Battle of Jangsari (2019, Kwak Kyung-taek and Kim Tae-hoon)

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 27, 2020

I’m curious enough about The Battle of Jangsari I think I’m going to read War in Korea: The Report of a Woman Combat Correspondent by Marguerite Higgins, which might have some information about the actual battle of Jangsa-ri because there’s nothing on the Google not about the movie. The big details read more

Bernard Herrmann and Vertigo (1958)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Jan 27, 2020

Bernard Herrmann and Vertigo (1958) On January 27, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized If pressed, I would have to say that Bernard Herrmann’s score for Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) is my all-time favorite movie score. I’ve mentioned t read more

Short Take: Mr. Thank You (aka: Arigatô-san)

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 27, 2020

(1936) Written and directed by Hiroshi Shimizu; Based on a short story by Yasunari Kawabata; Starring: Ken Uehara, Michiko Kuwano, Mayumi Tsukiji, Kaoru Futaba, Ryuji Ishiyama, Einosuke Naka and Available on DVD Rating: **** “So far this fall, I’ve seen eight girls cross this pas read more

An 'MGM slide,' but from a Paramount pic

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 27, 2020

This ad for Carole Lombard's "Safety In Numbers" ran in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on June 13, 1930 ( We know it to be Lombard's initial film for Paramount, but not everyone does. This slide on eBay is proof:It's listed as a slide for MGM studios, read more

Vanishing Point: A High Speed Road to Destiny

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 27, 2020

Barry Newman in Vanishing Point. Rural car chase movies were a staple at drive-in theaters in the 1970s, where you could view Grand Theft Auto, Eat My Dust, and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. The most famous of these films is arguably Vanishing Point, which was released in 1971. Unlike the aforementioned read more

Musical Monday: Beat the Band (1947)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jan 27, 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: Beat the Band (1947) – read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 27, 2020

“You are doing a man’s work here and living a man’s life, and what you do here does count. […] If I were a man, I’d like your chance!” —The Girl from Hollywood (Burroughs 119) Edgar Rice Burroughs was a notable American author who wrote a wide variety of read more

Grantchester (2014) s05e03

The Stop Button Posted by on Jan 27, 2020

Lots ends up happening this issue, even as the episode starts with Tom Brittney getting returned mail from his estranged mother. In fact, there’s going to be something for everyone this episode—except Leonard (Al Weaver); Leonard is background. Will (Brittney) doesn’t just have a murder case—a read more

Transit (2018): Casablanca in The Modern Day

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 26, 2020

Ever since the days of his James Cain-infused Jerichow, it’s been apparent German writer-director Christian Petzold is indebted to the written word when it comes to his brand of filmmaking. However, this time around he takes an oddly unnerving stroke of brilliance by setting his usual period p read more