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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

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

Western Roundup: Unexpected Western Leads

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Feb 19, 2019

Western Roundup: Unexpected Western Leads There are many wonderful actors we associate with Westerns, from John Wayne and Randolph Scott to Tim Holt and William Boyd, and too many others to name here. Beyond those familiar names, occasionally actors not typically associated with Westerns turn up in read more

book: Blue Night (2016; trans 2017 Rachel Ward) by Simone Buchholz

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Feb 19, 2019

Chastity Riley is a public prosecutor in Hamburg, recently promoted sideways because she managed to put her boss behind bars and, while trying to shoot a bad guy in the leg, rather catastrophically (for him) missed by a few inches. Now she’s been put in charge of witness-protection issues in read more

Oh MoMA, some finds from the Fox

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 19, 2019

As "Fox" fades out of sight as a film studio where Carole Lombard worked (she's seen above with Warner Baxter in 1930's "The Arizona Kid"), there's good news for fans of the fabled studio whose cinematic assets are headed to Disney. Alas, Lombard -- who made several silents for Fox in 1925, then ret read more

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on Feb 18, 2019

Chuck Jones:The Evolution of an Artist You can’t force inspiration. It’s like trying to catch a butterfly with a hoop but no net. If you keep your mind open and receptive, though, one day a butterfly will land on your finger. –Chuck Jones  Chuck is best known for directing hundreds of Looney read more

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on Feb 18, 2019

Buster Keaton the Art of the Gags. I am a very huge fan of Buster Keaton. I would say i adore his work so much. He is one of the biggest joys for me to watch his work on screen as he simply is a wonderful act to watch on screen. I would say he ra read more


Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Feb 18, 2019

Persona Directed by Ingmar Bergman Written by Ingmar Bergman 1966/Sweden Aurora/Svensk Filmindustri First viewing/Amazon Instant One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Ingmar Bergman’s best film?  Gorgeous, haunting, and baffling. Nurse Sister Alma (Bibi Andersson) is assigned to care read more

Hard Luck (1921, Edward F. Kline and Buster Keaton)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Feb 18, 2019

Hard Luck starts as a… failed suicide attempt comedy. Nothing morbid, just absurd and slapstick. And a little dumb. Star, director, and writer Keaton always has dangerous ideas for ending his life, but never particularly good ones. There’s a lot of physical humor from Keaton during this section; read more

The Devil’s Doorway (1950)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 18, 2019

Right here we see the precise genesis of Anthony Mann as a director of westerns. To consider the string of modest classics that followed is nearly staggering. But he was well-suited for the transition taking his acquired skills over the years and translating them easily to the West. The Devil’ read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (February 2019)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 18, 2019

Carroll Baker and Carol Lynley. Never played before? 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 that share a common theme, etc.  read more

Musical Monday: Hallelujah (1929)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Feb 18, 2019

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: Hallelujah (1929) – Musical read more

Give the Oscar to Glenn Close Already!

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Feb 18, 2019

So it’s time again, time to clench my teeth, hoping you don’t screw up, Academy. Don’t blow it, like you did with Thelma Ritter. Don’t blow it, like you did with Barbara Stanwyck. Don’t blow it, like you did with Cary FRICKIN Grant, the only classic movie star so many n read more

The 2018 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival: Still More Adventures in Paradise — Part 5

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Feb 18, 2019

My hotel room is reserved, my plane tickets are purchased, and my traveling companion (my older daughter is going this year!) is secured . . . so you know what that means! Time for another installment in my ongoing series about the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival! Now that we’re into 2019, the read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Feb 18, 2019

My recent post on my favorite silent movies reminded me once again how much I love Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL. I mentioned in that post how the movie is based on a real-life Civil War incident known as the Andrews Raid. In 1862 Union spy James Andrews led a group of Northern soldiers behind enemy l read more

A still FOR a film, but not FROM one

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 18, 2019

This is Carole Lombard's RKO portrait CL-264, from "They Knew What They Wanted." No, not really. Her character in the 1940 drama, Amy, dressed like this......and this......and this:Hardly the glamour type, right?Getting back to the vintage portrait of Mrs. Gable at the top, it's 8" x 10", single-wei read more

book: Tequila Blue (1992; trans 2004 Nick Caistor) by Rolo Diez

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Feb 17, 2019

A truly savage satire of corruption in Mexican society but most especially among the Mexican police, Tequila Blue is strong meat that’s most definitely not for everyone. Carlos Hernandez is a Mexican cop and therefore (according to the novel) a crook — he has to be in order to survive, read more