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Watching 1939: Invitation to Happiness (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Dec 2, 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

CAFTAN WOMAN'S CHOICE: ONE FOR DECEMBER ON TCM

Caftan Woman Posted by on Dec 1, 2021

 Can you believe that winter and the Christmas holidays are practically here? It is time to get cozy and revel in some sweet-natured nostalgia. Released in 1944, Meet Me in St. Louis provided just such a relief for audiences weary from the struggle of World War Two. Enjoying Meet Me in St. Loui read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 1, 2021

“What more could one ask of a scenario?” –Agnes Ayres While many women worked alongside the great Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres was able to do so alongside him in the notable silent classic The Sheik (1921). Though known for this role, she appeared in many other silent films of th read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 1, 2021

Sylvia Clark: You look like a man.Gabby: Who? Me?Sylvia Clark: ‘Course, it’s kind of dark and I can’t be sure. –Helen Parrish as Sylvia Clark, Sunset Serenade (1942) One of cinema’s child stars, Helen Parrish would grow up on screen and work alongside many big names in read more

Rififi

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Dec 1, 2021

 (1955) Directed by Jules Dassin; Adapted by Jules Dassin; Based on the novel by Auguste Le Breton; Starring: Jean Servais, Carl Möhner, Robert Manuel, Janine Darcey, Claude Sylvain, Robert Hossein, Marcel Lupovici and Jules Dassin (as Perlo Vita); Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ** read more

I Walk Alone (1948) with Lancaster and Douglas

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 30, 2021

“All the songs sound alike these days.” The title of this movie inadvertently made me think of the Dinah Shore number “I’ll Walk Alone.” Granted, the title is slightly different, and it was birthed out of the WWII context where soldiers left their sweethearts behind to read more

Day 30 of Noirvember: Millie Pickens in Among the Living (1941)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 30, 2021

The final post for Noirvember 2021 shines the spotlight on a gal who’s often more femme than fatale: Millie Pickens in Among the Living (1941). WHAT’S AMONG THE LIVING ABOUT? Nestled in a category I think of as Gothic noir, Among the Living tells the story of a millionaire, John Baden (Albert Dekker read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 30, 2021

Do you have a film fan in your life–or are you interested in keeping Hometowns to Hollywood in your pocket as a handy travel guide? If so, consider purchasing Hometowns to Hollywood: Volume I. The book comes in ebook, paperback, and hardcover form, profiling 40 classic film stars and points o read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 30, 2021

To date, Charles Boyer remains one of cinema’s greatest romantic leads. Starring in a range of film genres, Boyer proved to be an influential talent, shining in many leading and supporting roles. Though Boyer maintained a strong presence in films, he remains a tragic figure who is often overlo read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 30, 2021

As a major Three Stooges fan, I was so excited to be part of an episode of Karie Bible’s Hollywood Kitchen that was one for the ages! In this special episode of Hollywood Kitchen, Karie was inspired by a recipe from The Official Three Stooges Cookbook, entitled “N’yuk N’yuk read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 30, 2021

Just as mysterious as she was beautiful, Greta Garbo‘s image continues to intrigue and entertain fans of classic film to this day. From silent films to talkies, drama to comedy, and public figure to private New Yorker, there is much to discuss about the life and career of Garbo. Garbo was one read more

The Entertainers ( 1964-1965 ) - Television Series

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 30, 2021

Youtube always puts the most unusual clips on their homepage when I log in. They claim the clips are suggested based on what I previously viewed but I rarely see the connection. Anyway, a few weeks ago there was a black-and-white thumbnail for a clip that I simply couldn't resist clicking on - Carol read more

Walt Disney's Live-Action Robin Hood

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 29, 2021

Richard Todd as Robin.The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is one of the greatest films ever made--with its perfectly-cast characters, vivid color, fabulous sets, and iconic scenes (e.g., the archery contest, the climatic swordfight). Thus, it's surprising that Walt Disney chose to mount his own read more

Musical Monday: The Balloon Goes Up (1942)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Nov 29, 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: The Balloon Goes Up (1942) read more

Day 29 of Noirvember: Joe Rolfe in Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 29, 2021

Today’s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on a stand-up guy on a mission: Joe Rolfe in Kansas City Confidential (1952). WHAT’S KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL ABOUT? Flower deliveryman Joe Rolfe (John Payne) is framed for a million dollar heist and determines to find the men responsible. Simple, right? read more

Day 28 of Noirvember: Connie Wallace in The Great Flamarion (1945)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 28, 2021

Today’s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on a treacherous wolf in innocent lamb’s clothing: Connie Wallace in The Great Flamarion (1945). Never heard of The Great Flamarion? Do yourself a favor and take a stroll on over to YouTube. You can thank me later. WHAT’S THE GREAT FLAMARION ABOUT? read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 27, 2021

 The Way of an Eagle by Ethel M. Dell.....hmmm, now what could this be? We've got a really tricky screenshot for this month's Impossibly Difficult puzzle, so we will be kind and offer a hint: it is from a British film. Now you'll have to put on your thinking caps and see if you can remember whi read more

Desert Fury (1947): Small Town Melodrama in Technicolor

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 27, 2021

The draw to Desert Fury must begin with its intriguing cast running the range of personalities. John Hodiak and Wendell Corey (in his film debut) are driving into town. There’s this sense that their relationship is familiar but they feel like out-of-towners, somehow bringing a ting of noirish read more

Noirvember Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Nov 27, 2021

 Where Danger Lives (1950) Dr. Jeff Cameron (Robert Mitchum) is about to finish his stint at a hospital to go into private practice. His life takes a detour for the worse when he crosses paths with young, attractive suicide patient, Margo (Faith Domergue). They seem to hit it off until he learn read more

Day 27 of Noirvember: Earle Slater in Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 27, 2021

Today’s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on the fatally flawed Earle Slater in Odds Against Tomorrow (1959). WHAT’S ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW ABOUT? Odds Against Tomorrow involves a bank heist engineered by bitter ex-cop David Burke (Ed Begley). To help him carry out his plot, Burke recruits a bigot read more
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