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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 4, 2022

Marcy McGuire was an actress and singer who was already working in the entertainment industry by her teenage years. She was born on February 22, 1926, in Kansas City, Kansas, as Marilyn Jeanne McGuire, to film projectionist James McGuire and his wife, Annona. Her parents divorced during her childhoo read more


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

 Legendary film composer Max Steiner (1888-1971) wrote the music scores for four of the greatest films ever made: KING KONG, GONE WITH THE WIND, CASABLANCA, and THE SEARCHERS. If these were the only movie soundtracks he created, he would still have a place in Hollywood history--but he did far m read more

Weird Woman Shines Its Spotlight on Three Unsung Actresses

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 3, 2022

Lon Chaney, Jr. and Evelyn Ankers. Fritz Leiber's 1943 supernatural novel Conjure Woman has been adapted for the screen three times. The best version is 1962's Burn, Witch, Burn (aka Night of the Eagle), an exceptionally chilling tale about academic ambition and witchcraft--real or imagined. It's o read more

Musical Monday: Let’s Do It Again (1953)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Oct 3, 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: Let’s Do It Again (1953) read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 3, 2022

The Autry Museum of the American West is a Los Angeles, California, museum that not only features a wide range of exhibits but also includes public programs such as lectures, film screenings, theater performances, family events, festivals, and music. In addition, the museum supports research and con read more

Eleanor Parker, Patricia Neal, and Ruth Roman have "Three Secrets"

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Oct 3, 2022

Eleanor Parker, Patricia Neal, and Ruth Roman have "Three Secrets" Three Secrets (1950) is an American drama directed by Robert Wise and starring Eleanor Parker, Patricia Neal, and Ruth Roman. The supporting cast includes Frank Lovejoy, Leif Erickson, and Ted de Corsia.Three women (Parker, read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 2, 2022

The Chicago International Film Festival returns this October! In its 58th year, there are many exciting films and appearances to enjoy in this iteration of the festival. The Chicago International Film Festival is North America’s longest-running competitive film festival, with venues throughout read more

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

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Oct 2, 2022

I have the same problem every October – most of TCM’s schedule is filled with horror films (which I simply cannot abide), and the pre-Code and film noir pickings are generally slim. This year is no different, particularly on the pre-Code side, but I finally managed to identify two non-scary films read more

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4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 1, 2022

Masculin Féminin (1966) Hello to everyone who has taken the time to read this film blog! First off, thank you so much for reading! I’m really bad at self-promotion so the fact that anyone would take time to look over something I’ve written still humbles me. I’ve been amazed to see read more

The Black Phone

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 1, 2022

The Black Phone hit me hard in my suburban parent gut. The story revolves around a serial kidnapper the kids dubbed The Grabber. In this quiet 1978 suburban town, The Grabber takes tween boys walking alone, or right off their bikes in the middle of their paper route. No one knows what happens to the read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 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

September Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 30, 2022

 The Spiral Staircase (1946) This superior gothic suspense film from director Robert Siodmak (based on the novel Some Must Watch, by Ethel Lina White) is short on plot but heavy on character, and dripping with atmosphere. Dorothy McGuire plays Helen, a young mute woman who might be next on a se read more

The Final Season Of THE A-TEAM

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 29, 2022

 The season five cast photo for THE A-TEAMI know what you're thinking. "The final season of THE A-TEAM??? What's the matter, Dan?? Did you run out of obscure Pre-Code movies to write about??" No...I could never run out of those. The reason for this post requires some explanation. It basica read more

Masculin Feminin (1966): The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

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

“Times had changed. It was the age of James Bond and Vietnam.” The film opens with a casual conversation between two young people: the young man, Paul (Jean-Pierre Leaud), bugs the girl, Madeleine (Chantal Goya), sitting across the way. Then, this conversation between young people in a read more

Film Albums: From Russia with Love ( 1964 ) - Si Zentner and his Orchestra

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 28, 2022

If you ever heard the music of big band leader Si Zentner you would know that he is famous for his exciting bold brassy sound, so, when the James Bond films exploded onto film in the early 1960s with their bold sound as well, it seemed a natural choice that Si Zentner would release an album of Bond read more

Western RoundUp: The Violent Men (1955)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Sep 28, 2022

Western RoundUp: The Violent Men (1955) This spring I wrote here about watching Forty Guns (1957) for the first time. Forty Guns was an outstanding Western directed by Samuel Fuller, with Barbara Stanwyck leading a top cast. Finally catching up with that film has now p read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 27, 2022

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) functions as a private for-profit college with multiple campuses in California, offering degree programs in fashion, entertainment, beauty, interior design, and graphic design.  I was lu read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 27, 2022

The Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF) is back for another exciting round of programming, including an array of new and familiar venues! In this 31st year of the festival, there are virtual options in addition to events being held in-person at Newfields, Living Room Theaters, Kan-Kan Cinem read more

Le Petit Soldat (1963)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 26, 2022

“Photography is truth, and cinema is truth 24 times a second.” Although Le Petit Soldat was released in 1963 — no thanks to the censors — it was actually filmed in 1960. This context is all-important because Jean-Luc Godard is still fresh off the sensibilities of Breathless, read more

Charles Bronson Seeks The Stone Killer

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 26, 2022

Charles Bronson as Torrey.Made two years after Dirty Harry (1971), The Stone Killer stars Charles Bronson as a Harry clone named Lou Torrey. After being suspended for his violent behavior, police detective Torrey transfers from New York City to Los Angeles. After two quiet years, Torrey arrests a fo read more