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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 6, 2021

“I am from a little town in North Carolina. I have chosen to keep one foot in that life and my other foot in this life and I’ve had success with that.” –Andy Griffith Andy Griffith is easily one of classic television’s most iconic actors. Best known for portraying Sherr read more

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 5, 2021

 Universal's 1935 feature THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD is based on an unfinished work by Charles Dickens (the author died while in the middle of writing it). It contains a number of elements familiar to classic Universal horror, but it is a mystery melodrama, with a climax whipped up by a number read more

Dune (2021): The Archetype for Modern Sci-Fi

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 4, 2021

For being such an influential piece of Science Fiction storytelling, I must admit I have very little history with Frank Herbert’s Dune. I was aware of David Lynch’s adaptation, and I’ve recently been dipping my toes into the impressive mythos of the original novel.  It works in archetypes that read more

What a Character! The Everlasting Imprint of Conrad Veidt

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Dec 4, 2021

 Conrad Veidt packed nearly 120 film roles into his all too brief lifetime, but it was the last film released before his death that guaranteed him a special brand of eternal life, what could be called the “filmmortality” actors receive when they’ve had a key role in a timeless read more

George Tobias: Hey! That's Abner Kravitz!

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Dec 4, 2021

This is my entry in the What a Character Blogathon hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken and Freckled, and Paula's Cinema Club. Click here for more about our favorite folks who don't need star billing to shine.George Tobias as himselfFor me, the best character actors are the ones who press that au read more

WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon: Kathleen Harrison

Caftan Woman Posted by on Dec 4, 2021

 Paula's Cinema Club, Outspoken & Freckled, and Once Upon A Screen are hosting their annual What a Character! Blogathon on December 4th. It is the 10th anniversary of this highly anticipated event! Thank you, Paula, Kellee, and Aurora.Kathleen HarrisonFebruary 23, 1892 - December 7, 1995"Go read more

THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 4, 2021

 THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK (1946) was made toward the end of what is called Universal's "Silver Age" of thrillers and chillers. The movie is not a sequel to the studio's Sherlock Holmes entry THE SPIDER WOMAN, despite having the same star, Gale Sondergaard. A young woman named Jean (Br read more

The ‘What a Character’ Blogathon: Barton MacLane

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Dec 3, 2021

Perhaps best known to modern audiences as the blustering General Peterson on the hit television comedy I Dream of Jeannie, Barton MacLane was better recognized in his heyday as one of the screen’s most enduring heavies. In a film career that spanned decades, MacLane was seen alongside such cinematic read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 3, 2021

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

Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, and Louis Hayward in "And Then There Were None"

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Dec 3, 2021

Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, and Louis Hayward in "And Then There Were None" And Then There Were None (1945) is a mystery movie directed by Rene Clair and starring Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, and Louis Hayward. The film is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1939 novel of the read more

Pre-Code Crazy: Man of the World (1931)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Dec 3, 2021

Now that another Noirvember celebration is behind us, it’s time to return to Pre-Code Crazy, where I join my pal Kristina, over at Speakeasy, in recommending a pre-Code feature that’s airing on TCM during the month. My pick for December is Man of the World (1931), a film that I’d never heard of read more

True Confession (1937) Carole Lombard, Fibber Extraordinaire

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 2, 2021

“Must we submit to this three-ringed circus in the guise of drama?” – Porter Hall Carole Lombard is a comedienne of unequivocal talents. My guess is that it lies in that extra special dial she had. Yes, she was a Hollywood glamour girl and stylist of the 1930s — married to t read more

Watching 1939: Invitation to Happiness (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Dec 2, 2021

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

CAFTAN WOMAN'S CHOICE: ONE FOR DECEMBER ON TCM

Caftan Woman Posted by on Dec 1, 2021

 Can you believe that winter and the Christmas holidays are practically here? It is time to get cozy and revel in some sweet-natured nostalgia. Released in 1944, Meet Me in St. Louis provided just such a relief for audiences weary from the struggle of World War Two. Enjoying Meet Me in St. Loui read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 1, 2021

“What more could one ask of a scenario?” –Agnes Ayres While many women worked alongside the great Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres was able to do so alongside him in the notable silent classic The Sheik (1921). Though known for this role, she appeared in many other silent films of th read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 1, 2021

Sylvia Clark: You look like a man.Gabby: Who? Me?Sylvia Clark: ‘Course, it’s kind of dark and I can’t be sure. –Helen Parrish as Sylvia Clark, Sunset Serenade (1942) One of cinema’s child stars, Helen Parrish would grow up on screen and work alongside many big names in read more

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Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 1, 2021

 (1955) Directed by Jules Dassin; Adapted by Jules Dassin; Based on the novel by Auguste Le Breton; Starring: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey, Claude Sylvain, Robert Hossein, Marcel Lupovici and Jules Dassin (as Perlo Vita); Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ** read more

I Walk Alone (1948) with Lancaster and Douglas

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 30, 2021

“All the songs sound alike these days.” The title of this movie inadvertently made me think of the Dinah Shore number “I’ll Walk Alone.” Granted, the title is slightly different, and it was birthed out of the WWII context where soldiers left their sweethearts behind to read more

Day 30 of Noirvember: Millie Pickens in Among the Living (1941)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 30, 2021

The final post for Noirvember 2021 shines the spotlight on a gal who’s often more femme than fatale: Millie Pickens in Among the Living (1941). WHAT’S AMONG THE LIVING ABOUT? Nestled in a category I think of as Gothic noir, Among the Living tells the story of a millionaire, John Baden (Albert Dekker read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 30, 2021

Do you have a film fan in your life–or are you interested in keeping Hometowns to Hollywood in your pocket as a handy travel guide? If so, consider purchasing Hometowns to Hollywood: Volume I. The book comes in ebook, paperback, and hardcover form, profiling 40 classic film stars and points o read more
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