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The Phantom Stage - Universal's Haunted Stage 28

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 25, 2020

The old story of a phantom haunting a Hollywood sound stage was brought to television in a number of episodes of various series throughout the 1970s-1980s ( most notably in the two-part "The Hollywood Phantom" episode from The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries ) but did you know that this plot idea wa read more

THE APE On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Oct 25, 2020

 In the late 1930s, Boris Karloff signed a deal with low-budget Monogram Pictures to star in a series of films concerning the exploits of a Chinese detective named Mr. Wong. Karloff's last film in the contract wound up being a horror film: 1940's THE APE, just released on Region A Blu-ray from read more

Getting to Know Peggy Dow: Harvey and Beyond

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 24, 2020

source: IMDb The L.A. Times headline in 1951 read: “Peggy Dow Sketches Future as She Quits Hollywood to Wed” Many people recall how Grace Kelly famously married Prince Rainier of Monaco and from thenceforward left her stirling Hollywood career behind out of a sense of love and duty. That read more

2nd Annual Muscle Car Tourney Final Rd

All Good Things Posted by monty on Oct 24, 2020

 Final Match: 70 Chevy Chevelle 454 LS6 vs 70 Plymouth Road Runner 426 Hemi vs 67 Chevy Camaro SS 396https://linkto.run/p/93HG6F3B read more

Who's the fairest of them all? Carole's among the contenders

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 24, 2020

"The Gay Bride" wasn't much of a movie, but this Clarence Sinclair Bull portrait of Carole Lombard in a tight-fitting gown is nothing sort of sensational. Lombard certainly ranked among the screen's great beauties in her time, but how does she rate against stars of different eras? Fairly well, accor read more

“The Hitch-Hiker,” a taunt film noir directed by Ida Lupino

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Oct 23, 2020

“The Hitch-Hiker,” a taunt film noir directed by Ida Lupino The Hitch-Hiker (1953) is a film noir directed by Ida Lupino and starring Edmund O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, and William Talman. The movie is based on the true-crime spree of psychopathic murderer Billy Cook. The cinemato read more

Silver Screen Standards: Tension (1949)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Oct 23, 2020

Silver Screen Standards: Tension (1949) Although it’s not as celebrated as noir classics like The Maltese Falcon (1942) or Sunset Blvd. (1950), director John Berry’s Tension (1949) is one of my go-to picks for the genre because it packs so much punch to appreciate into 95 minutes of keenly depict read more


The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 23, 2020

Branching out The Conjuring series, Annabelle tells the story of a young couple and a doll that becomes possessed with evil. Mia (Annabelle Wallis) and John (Ward Horton) are a picture perfect couple living in the California suburbs. Mia is adorably pregnant and John is dutifully sweet, even giving read more

Carole + Rexall: A day in the sun

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 23, 2020

Carole Lombard offers a fetching come-hither look -- in a swimsuit, no less -- on the cover of the July 1935 Rexall magazine. The alliance of local drug stores, dominant in the pharmaceutical industry, published this monthly; copies were sent to scores of pharmacies. This went to a drug store in Hem read more

Book Review: ‘This Life’ by Sidney Poitier

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 22, 2020

Three weeks ago, I went back to the library to return the book Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew by John Oller. I then took the opportunity to borrow another one. My choice was Sidney Poitier’s autobiography This Life which was initially published in 1980. I chose this book because, 1- Poit read more

Our Dancing Daughters (1928): Joan Crawford Ascending

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 22, 2020

Our Dancing Daughters is an inflection point of silent film for the very fact it stands out for setting Joan Crawford up to be in incandescent star for generations to come. She calls upon her flapper talents and bouncy effervescence fully embodying the jazz age through the character of “Dange read more

'Libeled Lady' is going to press, or at least to Blu-ray

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 22, 2020

It's the fall of 1936, and William Powell is getting rave reviews for his work with Carole Lombard in the Universal comedy "My Man Godfrey." But weeks after that hit theaters in September, Powell's home studio of MGM added to the fun by releasing another star-studded comedic treat -- and we've just read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 22, 2020

Secretary of Labor: The Department of Labor wishes to note that the workers of Freedonia are demanding shorter hours. Rufus T. Firefly: Very well, we’ll give them shorter hours. We’ll start by cutting their lunch hour to 20 minutes. —Duck Soup (1933) Of the many great comedy teams read more

Happy 6th Anniversary to The Wonderful World of Cinema! + Answering a few questions

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 21, 2020

Already six years ago, I decided to begin a blog, and I had no idea by then that it would go so far and that I’ll still be writing it today. I remember writing my articles at the university library back in 2014 and 2015. At the time, I was doing a screenwriting certificate at the University of read more

SCREENPLAY BY: James Ashmore Creelman

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Oct 21, 2020

SCREENPLAY BY: James Ashmore Creelman On October 21, 2020October 21, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized James Ashmore Creelman’s tragic death came after a short, yet prolific career in Hollywood as the screenwriter behind some of the most iconic horro read more

Alias Nick Beal (1949): Ray Milland’s a Devil

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 21, 2020

This is my entry in the CMBA Politics on Film Blogathon. Alias Nick Beal handily flips the paradigm of cinematic angels in vogue with Hollywood, specifically during the 1940s. You could make a whole subgenre out of them. As its name suggests, the lynchpin character of the whole movie is Nick, thoug read more

On Blu-ray: In a Smashing Performance Spanky McFarland Steals Kentucky Kernels (1934) from Wheeler and Whoolsey

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Oct 21, 2020

All the films I previously watched starring the Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey comedy duo were from earlier in the pre-code era and as I remember heavily reliant on scantily-clad chorus girls. The 1934 production Kentucky Kernels trades in shapely legs for the cute factor, a role perfectly filled b read more

Summer of ’84

The Best Picture Project Posted by Alyson on Oct 21, 2020

François Simard and Anouk Whissell’s 2018 film Summer of 84 is a surprisingly dark tale of American suburbia. The 80s nostalgia factor makes it kind of like a Stranger Things grounded in reality. The story of a kid across the cul-de-sac spying on his neighbor gives the film a suspenseful Rear Window read more

CMBA 2020 FALL BLOGATHON, POLITICS ON FILM: What Every Woman Knows, 1934

Caftan Woman Posted by on Oct 21, 2020

Politics on Film is the topic for the Classic Movie Blog Association's Fall Blogathon running from October 20th to 23rd. Click HERE for the fascinating contributions to this timely blogathon. John Shand is a young man of great confidence and ambition. Shand has a lot of opinions and a talent read more

The (Almost) Great McGinty

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Oct 21, 2020

There is Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby, who chased a wondrous fantasy that sprang out of his disjointed vision of the American Dream. And there is Preston Sturges’s Dan McGinty whose aspirations didn’t, at first, extend beyond the opportunities of the moment, a warm bowl of soup, a coupl read more