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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

Musical Monday: Let’s Face It (1943)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Nov 28, 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 Face It (1943) – read more

The Alternate Movie Title Game (Doris Day Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 28, 2022

Here are the rules: We will provide an "alternate title" for a Doris Day film and ask you to name the actual film. Most of these are pretty easy. Please answer no more than three questions per day so others can play. You may have an answer other than the intended one--just be able to defend it!1. Pa read more

Noirvember Day 28: Happy Birthday, Gloria!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 28, 2022

There was nobody in Hollywood like Gloria Grahame. She could be sweetly naïve, sexy and shrewd, broadly humorous, or just plain deadly. And she was equally adept at each. While I’ve enjoyed her performances in films like It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and Oklahoma! (1955), it’s Grahame’s noirs, read more

British Pathe: Model Village ( 1955 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 27, 2022

It has been quite a while since we shared a British Pathe newsreel but today we have a gem: Model Village from 1955. This 4:33 minute newsreel has footage of a very impressive model village in The Hague, Netherlands...and what a great opening! You think you are looking at a real building until a hea read more

Noirvember Day 27: Sunday Words of Noir (Part 4)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 27, 2022

It’s the last Sunday of Noirvember 2022, but don’t let that stop you from swimming in a sea of shadowy lines from the noir realm. For our final Sunday of memorable quotes, we’re hearing from the gents. Don’t get in over your head . . . “All right, let’s play Twenty Ques read more

November Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 27, 2022

 Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) This gripping thriller from director Roy Ward Baker takes place over the course of one tense night. After being dumped by his lounge singer girlfriend Lyn (Anne Bancroft, in her first feature film), airline pilot Jed Towers (Richard Widmark) looks for some re read more

Silver Screen Standards: Destry Rides Again (1939)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Nov 27, 2022

Silver Screen Standards: Destry Rides Again (1939) The Western was new territory for leading man James Stewart in 1939, when he starred in director George Marshall’s star-studded, action-packed take on the oater, Destry Rides Again, but the film would usher Stewart into a genre where he clearly read more

Noirvember Day 26: Barbara Stanwyck – In Her Own Words

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 26, 2022

It’s not Barbara Stanwyck’s birthday today. And it’s not the anniversary of her passing. None of her noirs were released on today’s date. Nonetheless, I’m shining the spotlight on this iconic noir veteran today – not on the many noirs in which she appeared (including my favorite, Double read more

PAROLE GIRL

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 25, 2022

 Mae Clarke is best known for two things: her role as Elizabeth in the 1931 FRANKENSTEIN and having a grapefruit shoved in her face by James Cagney in THE PUBLIC ENEMY. She deserves to be known for more than that, though. Clarke was an extremely versatile actress who always managed to make an i read more
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