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The Classic Movie Marathon Link Party #10

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on May 29, 2017

Welcome to The Classic Movie Marathon Link Party #10. I'm co-hosting this week with Elaine Hodges from Classic Movie Treasures and Steve Bailey from Movie Movie Blog Blog. Feel free to jump in and add your links about anything and everything classic-movie related. Welcome to The Classic Movie Mar read more

Musical Monday: Balalaika (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on May 29, 2017

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: Balalaika (1939) – Musical read more

Town Without Pity (1961)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on May 29, 2017

Town Without Pity Directed by Gottfried Reinhardt Written by George Herdalek and Silvia Reinhardt; adapted by Jan Lustig from a novel by Manfred Gregor 1961/USA/West Germany/Switzerland The Mirisch Corporation/Osweg/Gloria-Film GmbH First viewing/Amazon Prime The story had real potential but is v read more

Duck Soup (1933, Leo McCarey)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 29, 2017

Duck Soup is madness. It’s not divine madness or sublime madness. It’s comedic madness, which is fine, but it’s a tad frantic and a tad distracted. The film opens with Margaret Dumont’s wealthy widow getting Groucho Marx installed as a head of state. Turns out evil Louis Calhern–a neighboring read more

Orry-Kelly and WOMEN HE'S UNDRESSED (2015)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 29, 2017

Gillian Armstrong's 2015 documentary film about Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly is currently streaming on Netflix, and it offers an intriguing look at the life of the three time Oscar winner, who dressed stars as iconic and diverse as Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Marilyn Monroe, and Natalie Wo read more

The Movie-TV Connection Game (May 2017)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 29, 2017

What do Bill and George have in common? The rules are simple: Given a pair or trio of films or performers, your task is 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. As always, don't answer all the questio read more

Memorial Day: Remember those who lost their lives in service to our country

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on May 29, 2017

Memorial Day: Remember those who lost their lives in service to our country Lana Turner, Deanna Durbin, and Marlene Dietrich greet Sgt Carl Bell,the millionth serviceman to enter  the Hollywood Canteen Posted by Stephen Reginald at 6:55 AM Reactions:  read more

Love & Friendship (2016, Whit Stillman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 29, 2017

Love & Friendship opens with some non-traditional portrait cards for its cast of characters. The actors all appear in the opening titles, but then director Stillman breaks out introductions to the characters. Along with some narration. There’s some narration early on, which goes away almost imm read more

Kristen Recasts the Classics: Elmer Gantry

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on May 29, 2017

One of two features you fans wanted to see was the return of Kristen Recasts the Classics. Ask and ye shall receive! Before you get into a lather, Hollywood doesn’t have any plans to remake Elmer Gantry….currently. So then why did I single this out for a recast? Well, because I’d a read more

Gene Kelly Biography Contest Giveaway (via Twitter in June)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on May 29, 2017

“He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly” Book Giveaway via Twitter Okay, it’s time for our next book giveaway! CMH will be giving away FIVE COPIES of “He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly” by authors Cynthia and Sara Brideson, courtesy read more

Round Six in Leading Ladies Tourney now underway

All Good Things Posted by monty on May 28, 2017

Here we are at the last set of matches in the first part of the Leading Ladies Tourney. After this round is over, things will shift to focus on the films of the actresses competing. But first things first, this round matches will run through Tuesday afternoon. Good luck everyone! Which read more

The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on May 28, 2017

The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (Ningen no jôken) Directed by Masaki Kobayashi Written by Zenzu Matsuyama, Koichi Inagaki, and Masaki Kobayashi from a novel by Junpei Gomikawa 1961/Japan Ningin Club/Shochiku Eiga First viewing/Netflix rental A reluctant soldier’s war gets read more

A Connecticut Yankee (1931, David Butler)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 28, 2017

A Connecticut Yankee fumbles on pretty much every level, including wasting lead Will Rogers. The big problem is the script, from William M. Conselman. It doesn’t help any director Butler can’t mount an action or comedy sequences, because there’s nothing else in the picture. It doesn’t even work read more

Uma ode a Orson Welles / An ode to Orson Welles

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on May 28, 2017

Uma ode a Orson Welles / An ode to Orson Welles Algumas coisas são fáceis de aprender. Tipo álgebra. E gramática. E a fotossíntese. E uma segunda língua. Estas coisas foram fáceis de aprender se você foi uma criança prodígio, como eu fui. Porque há uma única coisa realmente difícil read more

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of May 29, 2017

Old Hollywood Films Posted by Amanda Garrett on May 28, 2017

TCM is airing a day of movies from director Howard Hawks, including the noir The Big Sleep (1945), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Every Tuesday and Wednesday in May, TCM is airing films from iconic leading man Clark Gable. This week features some of his best later roles, including Mo read more

She Done Him Wrong (1933)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on May 28, 2017

She Done Him Wrong (1933) On May 28, 2017 By CarolIn Comedy Ah, Mae West. Where does one begin with Mae West *cue Mae West-style double entendre*? If you know anything about her, you know she was an original, a trailblazer and a pioneer in many, many w read more

o/t: it’s back! – Todd Mason’s Overlooked A/V: links to reviews, etc. of films, tv, radio, podcasts, stage drama, museum shows, videogames and more . . .

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 28, 2017

After a short hiatus, here’s the welcome return of Todd’s ever-rewarding roundup, Click HERE to be taken to Todd’s Sweet Freedom blog and all the individual links. A. J. Wright: Whispering City; Marilyn McCoo Alice Chang: Dark Souls; PlayStation 4; Persona 5; Ori and the Blind Fore read more

May Quick Picks and Pans – Exploitation Month

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on May 28, 2017

Black Belt Jones (1974) Director Robert Clouse’s follow-up to Enter the Dragon is a real hoot, starring Jim Kelly (who also appeared in Enter the Dragon) as the kick-ass, take-no- prisoners title character. He’s a one-man wrecking crew, working with the cops to take down a powerful mafia read more

Gorgo (1961)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on May 27, 2017

Gorgo Directed by Eugene Lourie Written by Robert L. Richards and Daniel James 1961/UK King Brothers Production First viewing/Amazon Instant If you are in the mood to smile at a ridiculous monster and some bad special effects, this British Godzilla/King Kong rip-off could be just the ticket. A co read more

The Wind in the Willows (1983, Mark Hall and Chris Taylor)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 27, 2017

The Wind in the Willows has an undeniable charm about it. Directors Hall and Taylor send the first act of the film focusing on lovely details. Wind is stop motion, with a lot of intricate “set” decoration. And they do occasionally utilize their control over performers and location to get some excel read more