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How Popcorn Saved the Movies

Backlots Posted by Lara on Dec 18, 2018

  Apologies for the delayed post, readers. Holidays and other necessities of living have gotten in the way of a timely posting since the California wildfires of early November. We’re still recovering as a state but the good news is that we’ve had some rain, the smoke has cleared, read more

Film Noir Review: 10 (More) Classic Films Noir for the Holidays

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Danilo Castro on Dec 18, 2018

10 More Classic Film Noirs for the Holidays Novelist Douglas Coupland once said that “Christmas makes everything twice as sad.” His quote may have stemmed from a place of tender melancholy, but here at CMH’s Film Noir section, we’d like to apply it to the lushes and low-lifes that inhabit the read more


Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Dec 18, 2018

A while ago I came across  yet another biography of Humphrey Bogart titled TOUGH WITHOUT A GUN: THE LIFE AND THE EXTRAORDINARY AFTER LIFE OF HUMPHREY BOGART by Stefan Kanfer. It is a slim volume by Bogart biography standards clocking in at a mere 320 pages compared with others on the same subject. read more

in 2019, get to know this Lombard leading man

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 17, 2018

Although fate cut short Carole Lombard's movie career, she worked with many of the era's top leading men, some of them multiple times. She made four films with Fred MacMurray and three with William Powell, for instance.Carole also made two movies with an actor whose star shone brightly during much o read more

Employee’s Entrance (1933)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 17, 2018

Not only is Employees Entrance a film made for the Great Depression, but it’s also a project that would have no life if it were not for the lax enforcement of the Production Codes at the time. The same could be said of its protagonist — if he can dare call him that. Warren William embod read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (December 2018)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Dec 17, 2018

Red Buttons and Robert Lansing. Happy holidays to everyone! If you're new to this game, here are the rules:  You will be given a pair or trio of films or performers and will be required to to find the common connection. It could be anything--two stars who acted in the same movie, two movies th read more

Musical Monday: Mister Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Dec 17, 2018

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 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: Mister Magoo’s Christ read more

Beyond Tomorrow (1940)

The Blonde At The Film Posted by Cameron on Dec 16, 2018

via: Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. Just in time for Christmas, The Film Detective is offering Beyond Tomorrow (1940), a little known B-movie starring Charles Winninger, C. Aubrey Smith, and Harry Carey as three rich men who b read more

Athene Seyler - A Commander of Comedy

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Dec 16, 2018

The first time I saw character actress Athene Seyler she was examining a dead specimen of a man-eating plant from outer space under a microscope. She was doing this with her customary aplomb under the watchful eye of Mrs. Peel in "Man-Eater of Surrey Green", a classic episode of The Avenge read more

It might as well be Spring (Byington)

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Dec 16, 2018

It might as well be Spring (Byington) Ela podia ser a vizinha enxerida porém amável. Ela podia ser uma amiga carinhosa. Ela podia ser uma duquesa ou uma dama – ou mesmo uma empregada. Ela podia ser a forte e cuidadosa matriarca – um papel que ela interpretou várias vezes, e read more

It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984, Bill Melendez and Sam Jaimes)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Dec 16, 2018

It’s Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown has to be seen to be believed… but also doesn’t need to be seen at all. The special is a Peanuts-riff on… Flashdance. Like, Snoopy saw Flashdance and has become inspired to go out dancing until dawn every night. Meanwhile the Peanuts kids are into dancing read more

Screening of "Penny Serenade" December 17 at Daystar Center

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Dec 16, 2018

Screening of "Penny Serenade" December 17 at Daystar Center Penny Serenade (1941) Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State Street, Room 102 When: December 17, 2018 Time: 6:45 p.m Hosted by Stephen Reginald Penny Serenade (1941) stars Irene Dunne and Cary Grant as a couple on the brink of divo read more

George Bancroft: What a Star, What a Character!

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Dec 16, 2018

Big, blustery George Bancroft was in his mid-40s when he became a film star, breaking out in 1927 with a linchpin performance as mob boss "Bull Weed" in Underworld, Josef von Sternberg's prototypical gangster film. Bancroft was third-billed under dependably wooden Clive Brook, fluttery leading lady read more

Mark, Stanley, Harold and Lillian

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Dec 16, 2018

Saw three more great documentaries about film over the past couple days. American Movie Directed by Chris Smith US/1999 First viewing/Amazon Instant     Chris Smith’s American Movie (1999) is a documentary about Mark Borchardt, a thirty-something stoner that still lives with his parents read more

Carole goes 'high-hat,' and you can win a book

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 16, 2018

What's gotten in to Carole Lombard? Generally the unassuming sort, she here looks to be enjoying a night at the opera channeling her inner Margaret Dumont. (Carole and first husband William Powell enjoyed opera at least once, although this 1933 pic of them with Gloria Swanson and husband Michael Far read more

book: I’d Know You Anywhere (2010) by Laura Lippman

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Dec 16, 2018

I’ve been pretty lucky with my reading during 2018, taking things overall, so it’s a surprise that, halfway through December, I’ve encountered what may be my book of the year. I’m normally unhappy with genre pigeonholing except as a guiltily deployed shorthand, and all the w read more

Soylent Green

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 16, 2018

(1973) Directed by Richard Fleischer; Written by Stanley R. Greenberg; Based on the novel Make Room! Make Room! by Harry Harrison; Starring: Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, Joseph Cotten, Leigh Taylor-Young, Chuck Connors and Brock Peters; Available on DVD. Rating: **** “The read more

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 15, 2018

The Bitter Tea of General Yen is no doubt a perplexing film to come at today but, in some respects, that makes the experience all the more gratifying. There’s still something within it 80 years on that will simultaneously rub up against our contemporary perspective while also surprising us read more

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on Dec 15, 2018

“You know, my motto is ‘Excelsior.’ That’s an old word that means ‘upward and onward to greater glory.’ It’s on the seal of the state of New York. Keep moving forward, and if it’s time to go, it’s time. Nothing lasts forever.” – Stan Lee Regardless of whether or not you consider read more

What A Character! blogathon: That beleaguered paterfamilias, Eugene Pallette

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 15, 2018

Every character actor dreams of landing a role as career-defining as that given` a lead, and in 1936 Eugene Pallette did just that in "My Man Godfrey." As businessman Alexander Bullock -- the lone note of sanity in a scatterbrained but wealthy Park Avenue family -- he wins our sympathy, as he's clan read more