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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 21, 2021

While Herman and Joesph “Joe” Mankiewicz were responsible for much notable output in the film industry, in turn, many works of film and literature have also featured them. Herman almost immediately found success in Hollywood with Dinner at Eight (1933), Pride of the Yankees (1942), and c read more

To Be or Not to Be (1942), a Daring Mixed-Genre Satire from Ernst Lubitsch

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2021

This Hollywood-savvy item appeared in the December 1932 issue of Vanity Fair,   “…although a German director [he] is now claimed by America. His gay and cynic touch, his dramatic use of detail, have reconditioned many an otherwise anemic script and saved it from the shelf ̵ read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 20, 2021

During the holiday season, it’s always an extra special time for me to revisit some of my favorite holiday films and to share them with others. However, the opportunity to have a little “taste” of their magic in the form of a fully film-inspired meal is rarely a ready-made offering read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 20, 2021

While the days of the studio system are long-gone, documenting the histories of classic Hollywood’s major studios is a major albeit fascinating endeavor. In some cases, the stories have ended; in others, the studios continue to exist and adapt to today’s audiences and their preferred met read more

Mae West: The Unchanging Heroine

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 20, 2021

I grew up resenting a lot of the rom-com fare on television and film. Always, it felt, the woman had to change to find love. Sandy in Grease was just the start: Learn to strut. Show that cleavage. Pull your hair out of the bun! Relax! Be feminine! Learn to bake or something. Maybe that’s why I love read more

The Stunt Man (1980): The Show Must Go On!

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 19, 2021

From its initiation in the opening shots, The Stunt Man is built out of a comic serendipity allowing it to execute its own sense of narrative rhythm. It leans into coincidence, cinematic logic, and what really necessitates reality. Consequently, all these themes lay the bedrock for what the film is read more

CMBA 2021 FALL BLOGATHON, LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE: Disney's Pluto

Caftan Woman Posted by on Oct 19, 2021

The Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) presents its Fall 2021 blogathon, Laughter is the Best Medicine. The contributions from members can be accessed HERE. Don't crack your funnybone!Look at the adorable face of Pluto. It is a face full of personality and mischief; the face of all lovable and wa read more

Noir Nook: YouTube Bs – Highway Dragnet (1954)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry on Oct 19, 2021

Noir Nook: YouTube Bs – Highway Dragnet (1954) YouTube is a treasure trove of film noir classics – on it, for free, you can find gems like Scarlet Street (1945), The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946), House of Strangers (1949), Kansas City Confidential (1952), and many other major studio releas read more

Silver Screen Standards: The Haunting (1963)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 18, 2021

Silver Screen Standards: The Haunting (1963) If anyone tries to tell you that old horror movies aren’t scary, The Haunting (1963) is there to prove them wrong. This terrifying adaptation of the novel by Shirley Jackson still has plenty of chills and thrills to offer modern audiences, even though read more

The Alternate Movie Title Game (Classic Horror Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 18, 2021

Here are the rules: We will provide an "alternate title" for a classic horror film (they're all pre-1960 so that should help) 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 t read more

Musical Monday: Sweater Girl (1942)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Oct 18, 2021

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: Sweater Girl (1942) – read more

WORLD CINEMA: I Vampiri (1957)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Oct 18, 2021

WORLD CINEMA: I Vampiri (1957) On October 18, 2021October 18, 2021 By CarolIn Uncategorized Not going to lie, picking a horror film for the WORLD CINEMA series wasn’t easy. There are too many great ones that I have already talked about, like Les Di read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 18, 2021

Leonard Maltin is a beloved figure in the film community, popular with fans of classic and contemporary film alike. A film historian, reviewer, and prolific author, Maltin’s prose is always honest and enjoyable to read. This next work from Maltin, Starstruck: My Unlikely Road to Hollywood, cer read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 18, 2021

Director, producer, writer, and actor Ernst Lubitsch was one of Hollywood’s greatest talents, shining as an director of many sophisticated and progressive films. Gaining prestige as his career continued, Lubitsch’s films such as Trouble in Paradise (1932), Design for Living (1933), Ninot read more

The Producers (1967): Here's a Funny Story.....

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Oct 18, 2021

Maybe it's the state of affairs all around us, but I've been in a particularly sensitive mood these days...for so many days, it seems. Almost anything can make me bust out in tears - usually something beautiful; a song, a moment from a film, a memory. And when it comes to comedy, I simply can no lon read more

Five Favorite Directors: Classic Horror

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 18, 2021

Even people who don't care for classic horror movies have probably heard of Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Vincent Price, but behind every horror classic there's also a director asking for heavier fog, more menacing closeups, and louder screams. Alfred Hitchcock, although not primarily a horror dir read more

My Favorite James Bond Vehicles

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 17, 2021

 MY FAVORITE JAMES BOND VEHICLES: Aston Martin DB5 (used in GOLDFINGER)You HAVE to pick the classic DB5 as the greatest James Bond vehicle. 007 will be forever linked to Aston Martin, although for various eras in the Bond movie series the company's cars did not appear. Aston Martin DB read more

The Big Chill (1983): Banking on The Nostalgia Factor

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 16, 2021

When a little baby boy is singing “Jeremiah was a bullfrog” in the bathtub — Larry Kasdan’s son — it’s the perfect introduction to this film. In fact, you always hear rumblings about The Big Chill. It’s a touchstone for a generation: For my parents’ p read more

Watching 1939: Jamaica Inn (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Oct 15, 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

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 15, 2021

Director and producer Otto Preminger was one of the greatest off-screen talents of his day. Raised in Vienna, Austria, Preminger sought work in theater and film before ultimately moving to America before becoming a powerhouse of the film industry. Preminger directed films across a wide array of film read more
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