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A Cinematic Argument for Gun Control: The Ale & Quail Club

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jul 5, 2015

The Palm Beach Story (1942), Preston Sturges’ rom-com about love & money, features many screwball moments. But few would deny that the screwiest are with the trigger-happy Ale & Quail Club. I have heard many arguments over the years claiming we need tighter governance over gun ownersh read more

Quote of the Week: Vittorio De Sica

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jul 5, 2015

Image Source Never shed tears for something that cannot shed tears for you. -Vittorio De Sica, to Sophia Loren read more

List of Yankee Doodle Dandy Posts

Classic Reel Girl Posted by BG Voita on Jul 4, 2015

For this fourth, I thought it might be fun to revisit favorite posts devoted to Yankee Doodle Dandy, James Cagney's performance, and the Yankee Doodle Boy himself, George M. Cohan. Enjoy! James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy Where were you in 42 at ImagineMDD - Thorough post covering background i read more

Holidays, Hollywood style

Carole & Co. Posted by vp19 on Jul 4, 2015

"Huh?," you're saying to yourself. What's a Halloween-themed photo of Carole Lombard doing on July 4? As it turns out, while Lombard certainly was a patriot, I don't believe she ever specifically posed for an Independence Day photo -- unlike contemporaries such as Thelma Todd (seeing this should coo read more

Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jul 4, 2015

Young Man with a Horn Directed by Michael Curtiz Written by Carl Foreman and Edmund H. North based on a novel by Dorothy Baker 1950/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Netflix rental Rick Martin: I bet I could. I think I was expecting something along the lines of Champion with a trumpet taking the pla read more

List of Yankee Doodle Dandy Posts

Classic Reel Girl Posted by BG Voita on Jul 4, 2015

For this fourth, I thought it might be fun to revisit favorite posts devoted to Yankee Doodle Dandy, James Cagney's performance, and the Yankee Doodle Boy himself, George M. Cohan. Enjoy! James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy Where were you in 42 at ImagineMDD - Thorough post covering background i read more

The Netflix Classics Massacre of 2015

Cinematically Insane Posted by Will McKinley on Jul 4, 2015

The comings and goings on Netflix Instant have become fodder for every news site on the Internet, with monthly additions and subtractions reported more widely than Kardashian controversies. But as Americans dim their digital devices and hit the beaches and barbecues this holiday weekend, Netflix read more

The Old Movie House has been re-activated !

The Old Movie House Posted by Tom on Jul 3, 2015

  I once told someone I would like to consider as a good friend that I considered this blog as a bit of a refuge. You may wonder what I’m talking about, and some of you may even think “always thought he was squirrelly. This proves it – he’s bats !”. My dad is slow read more

Pic of the Day: “A Time for Killing” revisited

The Timothy Carey Experience Posted by Marisa on Jul 3, 2015

Ending the week and kicking off the Fourth of July weekend here in the US is another look at Billy Cat, the “Yankee from Missourah” of Phil Karlson‘s Civil War melodrama A Time for Killing (1967). Compare this to the iconic shot of Nikki Arano aiming at the racehorse from The Killi read more

Political Correctness And Classic Film

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day Jr. on Jul 3, 2015

The inspiration for this post is the recent movement to eliminate the Confederate Battle Flag in response to the horrible murders in Charleston, South Carolina. This movement has spread into the world of popular entertainment, with the cable channel TV Land deciding to no longer air reruns of THE DU read more

Broken Arrow (1950)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jul 3, 2015

Broken Arrow Directed by Delmer Daves Written by “Michael Blankfort” (front for Albert Maltz) based on the novel “Blood Brother” by Elliott Arnold 1950/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/Netflix rental This film reminded me a lot of Dances with Wolves read more

Excelsior! Set sail with Carole and Coop

Carole & Co. Posted by vp19 on Jul 3, 2015

When Carole Lombard posed for some nautical portraits for Paramount in 1933, studio stablemate Gary Cooper came along as a special guest star of sorts, and they posed for this on-board shot. Now another image from that seaside session has surfaced, one that was used in an Italian magazine:Carole and read more

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jul 3, 2015

Our final Preston Sturges film of the week with Hail the Conquering Hero, one of two Sturges films released in the same year, both starring Eddie Bracken (the other being The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek). Unlike yesterday’s Great McGinty, Hail the Conquering Hero blends Sturges’ roma read more

Pre-Code Crazy: Finishing School (1934)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Jul 3, 2015

Typically, when I review the TCM pre-Code line-up for a given month, several films jump out at me as possible picks for our Pre-Code Crazy series. For the month of July, I’d almost reviewed the entire month before even a single movie caught my fancy – and boy, was I glad to see this one listed! read more

Father of the Bride (1950)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jul 3, 2015

Father of the Bride Directed by Vincente Minnelli Written by Francis Goodrich and Albert Hackett from a novel by Edward Streeter 1950/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental This fun look at some things that never change features Spencer Tracy at his best and Elizabeth Taylor perhaps read more

On the Waterfront (1954, Elia Kazan)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 3, 2015

On the Waterfront is relentlessly grim until the strangest moment in the finale. As the film finally reaches the point of savage, physical violence–it opens with the implication, but not the visualization of such violence–a supporting character (familiar but mostly background) makes a w read more

Old Hollywood Songs: That Yankee Doodle Boy

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on Jul 3, 2015

I'm celebrating the Fourth of July with James Cagney performing That Yankee Doodle Boy in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). The story behind the song is below. That Yankee Doodle Boy is one of old Hollywood's most familiar patriotic songs thanks to James Cagney's electrifying performance as read more

What Price, Hollywood?

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Jul 3, 2015

Debbie Reynolds was one shrewd cookie. On May 3, 1970, David Weisz Co. auctioned off the contents from seven sound stages at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios which included 350,000 costumes. While this 20-day auction event was being held, Miss Reynolds' fellow thespians were lounging comfortably in their read more

Classic Links

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jul 3, 2015

I was saddened to hear that former child actor George Winslow had passed at the age of 69. He was one of my favorite parts of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). What a crazy voice he had! It's easy to see why his nickname was "Foghorn". Speaking of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), I was fascinated by read more

Gangs of New York (2002, Martin Scorsese)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jul 3, 2015

Gangs of New York is a really big, really bad epic. Director Scorsese pays so much attention to the scale of the film, with sweeping crane shots and intense (and terrible) action sequences, he doesn’t pay much attention to the other elements of the film. Like the acting. And the script. First read more
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