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Encore podcast: A Very Short History of TV Shows with Very Short Histories

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Feb 22, 2019

What can you say about a TV show that dies after just one episode? We can think of a few things. Here’s a look at some of the most notorious examples, including a show that forced Jackie Gleason to apologize to America, a “Laugh-In” ripoff that was cancelled midway through its only read more

Carole, Will and Leslie at the polo grounds

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 22, 2019

No, not the fabled New York ballpark (which baseball fan Carole Lombard may have visited during her 1930 stay in NYC), but a real polo field, the Uplifters Fields in Santa Monica. During the glory days of Hollywood, the sport was popular with the film set. On May 21, 1934, a team of actors defeated read more

31 DAYS OF OSCAR BLOGATHON: Irving Berlin at the Oscars

Caftan Woman Posted by on Feb 22, 2019

Time again for our best bib and tucker as Once Upon A Screen, Outspoken and Freckled, and Paula's Cinema Club host the gala blogathon 31 Days of Oscar. Thanks, Aurora, Kellee, and Paula! Irving Berlin, born Israel Isadore Baline May 11, 1888 - September 22, 1989  A poor lad from a read more

Silents are Golden: 8 Forgotten Hit Films of the Silent Era

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Lea Stans on Feb 22, 2019

8 Forgotten Hit Films of the Silent Era Much like today, silent era audiences flocked to big-budget spectacles, witty comedies and other crowd pleasers (well, maybe “witty comedies” are a rarity nowadays). If you found a list of the top box office attractions in the 1910s and 1920s, a lot of titles read more

Bend of The River (1952)

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

In Bend of The River, there are glimpses of the man we knew before the war. Joking and smiling with that same face. The affable charm and so on. But it’s also starkly different. In this picture, James Stewart is on horseback leading a wagon train preoccupied with farming, cattle, ranching, and read more


The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 21, 2019

About his newest film, Roma, Alfonso Cuarón has stated, “There are periods in history that scar societies and moments in life that transform us as individuals. Time and space constrain us, but they also define who we are, creating inexplicable bonds with others that flow with us at the same time read more

Classic Film Freak Posted by on Feb 21, 2019

In Search of the Castaways...and an Escaped Tiger!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 21, 2019

Hayley Mills, her castmates, and some spotty special effects. If asked to name the three biggest boxoffice hits of 1962, would one of your responses be In Search of the Castaways? Yet, it ranked right behind Lawrence of Arabia and The Longest Day with U.S. moviegoers. That's not surprisin read more

Watching 1939: When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Feb 21, 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


Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Feb 21, 2019

Some films don’t  sit in areas of   style or content that fit a particular genre. THE BAD  SEED (1956) is thought to be Horror film,   a Film Noir or  a thriller.  Where  it fits  in the canon is not important only that it is  a strong film yet not to everyone’s taste.  THE BAD read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Feb 21, 2019

Hmmm....we have here a handsome Indian brave sitting atop a horse. You're probably wondering when was the last time you saw a movie with a shirtless American Indian on a horse, and I'll tell you something, they are not as common as you'd think!  All you have to do is tell me the name of the read more

A Lombard-Columbo diary, and a rockin' 50th anniversary history

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 21, 2019

The Russ Columbo-Carole Lombard saga didn't end with his mysterious death in 1934, her fatal airplane crash in 1942 or the death of his mother in 1944. (She had a severe heart condition, and family decided not to tell her Russ was dead, but instead was touring the world. While alive, Carole aided th read more

The Mighty Quinn (1989, Carl Schenkel)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 20, 2019

Right until the action-packed finale of The Mighty Quinn, there’s nothing the film can do lead Denzel Washington’s charm can’t forgive. But the finale, which incorporates poorly choreographed and poorly shot capoeira (from obvious fight doubles), a helicopter, a machine gun, suddenly awful music read more

The Tall Target (1951)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 20, 2019

To set the scene our storytellers enlist an opening crawl that runs over the unmistakable strains of train noise. The year is 1861. The event being dramatized is the alleged Baltimore Plot and our hero is New York policeman John Kennedy (Dick Powell). Despite being common and coincidental I canR read more

Murder in the Blue Room (1944)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Feb 20, 2019

US / 60 minutes / bw / Universal Dir: Leslie Goodwins Assoc Pr: Frank Gross Scr: I.A.L. Diamond, Stanley Davis Story: Geheimnis des Blauen Zimmers (1932 screenplay) by Erich Philippi Cine: George Robinson Cast: Anne Gwynne, Donald Cook, John Litel, Grace McDonald, Betty Kean, June Preisser, Regis To read more

'Ethereal,' indeed

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 20, 2019

It's Carole Lombard Paramount p1202-1274, and we also can tell it's from 1935. Thankfully, this photo also has a snipe on its back:Can't read it? Here it is, magnified:It's ethereal, all right, but then again most of Travis Banton's outfits for Carole were. As for the film listed, note "Hands Across read more

Learning more about ‘The Great Buster’ (Keaton)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Feb 19, 2019

A few weeks ago, my dad told me they were going to screen a documentary on Buster Keaton at the Cinéma du Musée in Montreal. We watched the trailer and came to the conclusion it looked like an amazing film and that we had to go see it. Working myself in a movie theatre which has the same administra read more

O Pesado (1920) / The Saphead (1920)

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Feb 19, 2019

O Pesado (1920) / The Saphead (1920) Uma peça da Broadway chamada “The New Henrietta” permitiu que dois dos maiores atores do cinema mudo renovassem suas carreiras. Depois de estrelar a peça na Broadway em 1915, Douglas Fairbanks era a escolha óbvia para protagonizar a adaptação read more

The Furies (1950)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 19, 2019

Frenzied opening strings from a score by Franz Waxman assist in introducing a film that positions itself as another textured portrait of the West boasting a pair of grandiose performances from Walter Huston and Barbara Stanwyck. This particular ride down the well-trodden paths takes place in New Me read more

Black Panther

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Feb 19, 2019

Like many film enthusiasts, I enjoy the Marvel films with their colorful array of superheroes, out of this world adventures and big budget effects. They’re not always my favorite, but they are a fun escape. When I saw Black Panther I knew this was so much more than a simple superhero film. Never be read more