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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

Pre-Code Connie, two 'Topper' tales and an ersatz 'Godfrey'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 21, 2020

This is Carole Lombard's Paramount portrait p1202-69, from late 1930. It was early in Carole's somewhat successful seven years at the Melrose Avenue studio, but there's long been conjecture she wouldn't have landed at Paramount had she not been dismissed from Pathe in the fall of 1929, after she had read more

The Unknown (1927): Silent Cinema Out on The Big Top

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 20, 2020

  As someone always trying to steep myself in more and more silent cinema, I still have much to contend with when it comes to the careers of Tod Browning and Lon Chaney. However, from everything I can gather, The Unknown is a wonderful melding of their talents, Browning drawing on his penchant read more

Feminist Political Flicks: Together Again

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Oct 20, 2020

Together Again (1944) is one of those curious rom-coms that’s so entertaining it’s hard to understand why it isn’t well known. It pits a wised-up, small-town, widowed mayor (Irene Dunne) against her crafty father-in-law (Charles Coburn). She is devoted to her town and to commemorat read more

Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" at 80: Dreamers and Doers

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Oct 19, 2020

This is my entry in the Classic Movie Blog Association's Politics in Film Blogathon. For more examples of how this red hot topic is handled on the silver screen, click here.Spoiler alert: this is going to get political. Typically, I try (sometimes not always successfully) to keep politics read more

Musical Monday: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1949)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Oct 19, 2020

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: A Connecticut Yankee in read more

Watch FILM NOIR STYLE: BEFORE THE WAR on Vimeo!

GlamAmor Posted by on Oct 19, 2020

Thanks to all who came to last night's event Film Noir Style: Before the War 1940-1941! A great time was had by all! It was wonderful to step into my beloved world of film noir and celebrate its influential style. In case you missed the event live, the video is now available on demand on Vimeo. read more

Roald Dahl's The Witches

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 19, 2020

Anjelica Huston as the Grand High Witch."Real witches dress in ordinary clothes, and look very much like ordinary women. They live in ordinary houses, and they work in ordinary jobs," explains Helga to her eight-year-old grandson Luke. "Witches spend their time plotting to kill children, stalking th read more

We'd like to thank the Academy for hiring Jacqueline Stewart

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 19, 2020

Turner Classic Movies is an essential channel for this Carole Lombard fan. (The artwork above is from 2010, when Lombard was part of its "Summer Under The Stars.") I'm certain anyone who loves cinematic history is a fan of TCM, which for 26 years has served as television's repertory house, packaging read more

Many Thanks to the Participants of the 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 19, 2020

It’s been a pleasure for me to celebrate, in the last few days, the wonderful actress that Jean Arthur was by hosting the 120 “Screwball” Years of Jean Arthur Blogathon! I loved reading all the entries, which showed a great variety in style and gave us many reasons to admire Jean, read more

The Unlikely Pairing of Katharine Hepburn and Bob Hope in ‘The Iron Petticoat’

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Oct 19, 2020

It’s funny because, these days, I am constantly reminded of my 2018’s trip to England for various reasons. One of them is that I recently re-watched the comedy The Iron Petticoat (Ralph Thomas, 1956), which I had seen for the first time when I was in Liverpool (so yeah, that journey was read more

British Pathe: Model Racing Cars ( 1956 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 18, 2020

This 1956 British Pathe newsreel takes us to the workshop of Alban Adams and Christopher Crockett who are building 1/16th scale race cars modeled after authentic Formula 3 automobiles. Adams claimed to have been the inventor of slot cars ( check out this website for more details about that ) an read more

It's playoffs time..

All Good Things Posted by monty on Oct 18, 2020

 The regular season in the 2nd Annual Muscle car tourney has wrapped up and we move on to the first round of playoffs with these six players/cars that made it:67 Chevy Camaro SS 70 Chevy Chevelle 454 L669 Ford Mustang Boss 42970 Plymouth Road Runner69 AMC Javelin77 Pontiac Trans AmMatch 1 read more

Of Lombard and lipstick

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 18, 2020

The image above was used by Max Factor to promote its cosmetics products in the 1930s (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/657686.html). It brings to mind one of Carole's more celebrated quotes:Where is that engraving from? A semi-vintage lipstick case (by that, made before 2000) that's now on sal read more
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