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Picture Mommy Dead (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on May 24, 2019

Picture Mommy Dead Directed by Bert I. Gordon Written by Robert Sherman 1966/US Bert I. Gordon Productions First viewing/YouTube   I watched this for the Old Hollywood cast.  Unfortunately, the material let the actors down Susan (Susan Gordon) has just returned to the family manse from a stay read more

Vicki (1953, Harry Horner)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 24, 2019

Vicki is an object lesson in why not to cast against type. Richard Boone plays an obsessive, highly decorated police veteran who is also supposed to be wimpy (except, literally, when beating up helpless people). About the only time Boone isn’t absurd is when he’s stalking his suspects, breaking read more

TCMFF Day 3: The Festival Audience

Backlots Posted by Lara on May 24, 2019

Apologies for the lateness of this post, readers. For the past month, I’ve been busy with much planning, for events film-related and not, to the point where I’ve neglected my coverage. More news about upcoming (and now past) events on another post. But in the meantime, here is the late read more

Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage (1934) – a star is born

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on May 24, 2019

Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage (1934) – a star is born On May 24, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Sometimes it’s hard to believe there was a time when Bette Davis was not a star. Yet, between 1930 and 1933 she was mostly a supporting player read more

Gene vs. Jeanne: Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on May 24, 2019

Visually, John M. Stahl’s Leave Her to Heaven (1945) might be one of the most colourful films noir you’ll ever see in your life, but its narrative line is probably among the darkest ones of the movement. This film taking place with beautiful natural landscapes, instead of notorious neig read more

On Blu-Ray: Boris Karloff in Frankenstein 1970

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 24, 2019

Decades after getting his big break in Frankenstein (1931), Boris Karloff revisited the idea in Frankenstein 1970 (1958). This time he was the one harvesting body parts and playing with knobs as Dr. Victor Frankenstein. Karloff is the draw in this low-budget quickie production which recently made it read more

THE GREAT VILLAIN BLOGATHON: Brian Donlevy as Sergeant Markoff, Beau Geste (1939)

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 24, 2019

Karen of Shadows and Satin, Kristina of  Speakeasy and Ruth of  Silver Screenings are hosting The Great Villain Blogathon for 2019. Look for all the baddies on May 24th to the 26th. P.C. Wren's 1924 adventure novel Beau Geste is a touchstone in the genre, giving us th read more

Watching 1939: Each Dawn I Die (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on May 23, 2019

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them. As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, th read more

Classic Film Freak Posted by on May 23, 2019

45th Annual Seattle International Film Festival: A Norwegian Biopic of Ice Skating Star Sonja Henie

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 23, 2019

Sonja: the White Swan (2019) is a biopic of skating star Sonja Henie, who made records as an athlete and sparkled briefly, but potently as a movie queen in Hollywood musicals. I don’t know enough about this phenomenally successful athlete/actress to be able to say whether it succeeded in telli read more

Irreversible (2012, David Levinson)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 23, 2019

Irreversible is blissfully unaware of itself. It’s the story of dude-bro Timothy Paul Driscoll breaking up with girlfriend Alice Hunter, then the story of their relationship in reverse. Get it, irreversible? Reversible? Get it? How writer and director Levinson lifts the title and narrative device read more

Latitude Zero

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 23, 2019

(1969) Directed by Ishirô Honda; Written by Ted Sherdeman; Story by Ted Sherdeman; Starring: Joseph Cotten, Cesar Romero, Akira Takarada, Masumi Okada, Richard Jaeckel, Patricia Medina and Linda Haynes; Available on DVD Rating: *** Dr. Okada (Tetsu Nakamura): “You’re a mo read more

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on May 23, 2019

Cocktails, wisecracks, and murder:the charm of the thin man The Thin Man movies are always charming and fun little gems you can sit down and watch again and again. The magical charm of those movies is the duo of William Powell and Myrna Loy as the effervescent husband and wife team of Nick and Nora read more

Ads 'Made For Each Other,' and that's the Truth

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 23, 2019

Carole Lombard and James Stewart made but one film together, 1939's "Made For Each Other." (They teamed multiple times on network radio.) So this movie is what Lombard and Stewart were known for -- in places such as Australia, for instance. And here's how it was advertised: I don't have an Australia read more

Western RoundUp: Western Stars in The Military

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on May 23, 2019

Western RoundUp: Western Stars in The Military With Memorial Day being celebrated this month and thoughts turning to those who have served our nation in the armed forces, I’d like to pay tribute to several Western stars and directors who were veterans. In doing so, I’ll share phot read more

The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 23, 2019

There is arguably no director who is, in retrospect, more important to the film movement that became classified as film noir than German emigre Robert Siodmak. His name isn’t quite as well known as the Billy Wilders or Fritz Langs necessarily but one can contend his influence on this style is read more

book: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (2018) by Stuart Turton

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 23, 2019

One of the most ingenious and satisfying novels I’ve read in years, this plays with the tropes of the Golden Age Detection novel (murder during a weekend country house party in roughly the Gosford Park era) to produce something that’s arguably a meditation on the human condition . . . read more

Modern Musical Films Tourney Rd 2 Part 2

All Good Things Posted by monty on May 23, 2019

Here we go with part 2 matches of rd 2 Rd 2 Part 2: Which film do you like more? Rd 2 Part 2: Which film do you like more? Rd 2 Part 2: Which film do you like more? Rd 2 Part 2: Which film do you like more? read more

No Man of Her Own (1950)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 22, 2019

Helen Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck) is slighted by her slimy boyfriend who ditches her for a blonde and the only thing he offers her in return is a train ticket out of town. What can she do but take it dejectedly with barely any money, 8-months pregnant, without any future at all? She’s in a read more

Hollow Creek (2016)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 22, 2019

vt Haunting in Hollow Creek US / 116 minutes / color / Newfoundland, First Edge, FilmRise, Cinematic Dir & Pr: Guisela Moro Scr: Guisela Moro, Steve Daron Cine: Jon Schellenger Cast: Steve Daron, Guisela Moro, Dave Ausem, Tony Reichert, Alyn Darnay, Earleen Carey, Steve Alberts, Michael Varde, A read more