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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 1, 2022

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road–in person or virtually–in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to pres read more

September Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 30, 2022

 The Spiral Staircase (1946) This superior gothic suspense film from director Robert Siodmak (based on the novel Some Must Watch, by Ethel Lina White) is short on plot but heavy on character, and dripping with atmosphere. Dorothy McGuire plays Helen, a young mute woman who might be next on a se read more

The Final Season Of THE A-TEAM

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 29, 2022

 The season five cast photo for THE A-TEAMI know what you're thinking. "The final season of THE A-TEAM??? What's the matter, Dan?? Did you run out of obscure Pre-Code movies to write about??" No...I could never run out of those. The reason for this post requires some explanation. It basica read more

Masculin Feminin (1966): The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 28, 2022

“Times had changed. It was the age of James Bond and Vietnam.” The film opens with a casual conversation between two young people: the young man, Paul (Jean-Pierre Leaud), bugs the girl, Madeleine (Chantal Goya), sitting across the way. Then, this conversation between young people in a read more

Film Albums: From Russia with Love ( 1964 ) - Si Zentner and his Orchestra

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 28, 2022

If you ever heard the music of big band leader Si Zentner you would know that he is famous for his exciting bold brassy sound, so, when the James Bond films exploded onto film in the early 1960s with their bold sound as well, it seemed a natural choice that Si Zentner would release an album of Bond read more

Western RoundUp: The Violent Men (1955)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Sep 28, 2022

Western RoundUp: The Violent Men (1955) This spring I wrote here about watching Forty Guns (1957) for the first time. Forty Guns was an outstanding Western directed by Samuel Fuller, with Barbara Stanwyck leading a top cast. Finally catching up with that film has now p read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 27, 2022

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) functions as a private for-profit college with multiple campuses in California, offering degree programs in fashion, entertainment, beauty, interior design, and graphic design.  I was lu read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 27, 2022

The Heartland International Film Festival (HIFF) is back for another exciting round of programming, including an array of new and familiar venues! In this 31st year of the festival, there are virtual options in addition to events being held in-person at Newfields, Living Room Theaters, Kan-Kan Cinem read more

Le Petit Soldat (1963)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 26, 2022

“Photography is truth, and cinema is truth 24 times a second.” Although Le Petit Soldat was released in 1963 — no thanks to the censors — it was actually filmed in 1960. This context is all-important because Jean-Luc Godard is still fresh off the sensibilities of Breathless, read more

Charles Bronson Seeks The Stone Killer

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 26, 2022

Charles Bronson as Torrey.Made two years after Dirty Harry (1971), The Stone Killer stars Charles Bronson as a Harry clone named Lou Torrey. After being suspended for his violent behavior, police detective Torrey transfers from New York City to Los Angeles. After two quiet years, Torrey arrests a fo read more

Musical Monday: Rise and Shine (1941)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Sep 26, 2022

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: Rise and Shine (1941) – read more

The Day of the Locust

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 26, 2022

 (1975) Directed by John Schlesinger; Written by Waldo Salt; Based on the novel by Nathanael West; Starring: Donald Sutherland, Karen Black, William Atherton, Burgess Meredith, Geraldine Page, Richard Dysart and Billy Barty; Available on Blu-ray and DVD  Rating: ****½   Bi read more

The Men of Sherwood Forest ( 1954 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 25, 2022

Before Hammer Film Studios began its regular output of horror films, they made quite a number of dramas and also experimented in other genres...including swashbucklers. One year before Richard Greene became the idol of youth in television's The Adventures of Robin Hood, Hammer tried their hand at sp read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 25, 2022

 This is not a Bob Hope-Bing Crosby comedy. It's a 1931 Warner Bros. melodrama, directed by Alfred E. Green. I discovered it on the HBO Max streaming service, of all places. Before he even shows up in the film, Hugh Dawltry (William Powell) is described as "a bounder". The suave Dawltry li read more

Gregory Peck is "The Gunfigher"

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Sep 25, 2022

Gregory Peck is "The Gunfigher" The Gunfighter (1950) is an American western drama directed by Henry King and starring Gregory Peck. The cast members include Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell, Karl Malden, and Jean Parker. The cinematography was by Arthur C. Miller (How Green is My Valley). read more

Classic Movie Travels: Marcy McGuire

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 24, 2022

Classic Movie Travels: Marcy McGuire – Iowa and California Marcy McGuire Marcy McGuire was an actress and singer who was already working in the entertainment industry by her teenage years. She was born on February 22, 1926, in Kansas City, Kansas, as Marilyn Jeanne McGuire, to film proje read more


GlamAmor Posted by on Sep 24, 2022

Last weekend many fans of film and fashion came together online to celebrate the 1950s in the latest of my History of Fashion in Film 1920s-1980s series! The fourth event Opposites Attract featured the costume designers of the era and the stars they helped create - Elizabeth read more

Bitter Rice (1949)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 23, 2022

Doris Dowling has a name that sticks out in the opening credits for the very reason she was an American actress and she offered up a particularly memorable role as Alan Ladd’s vitriolic wife in The Blue Dahlia. Here she’s an Italian playing the moll of a two-bit hoodlum wanted by the po read more

Phillips Holmes: A Pre-Code Fella You Should Know

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Sep 22, 2022

Phillips Holmes is a name seldom mentioned today in classic film circles, and if you’re not a pre-Code fan, you may have never heard of him at all. He led a fascinatingly tragic life (that I hope to explore in a future post) and during the pre-Code era of 1930 to 1934, he was seen in no fewer read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 22, 2022

After two long years, it was so nice to have Noir City back in Chicago for another thrilling lineup! While I could only attend one evening of films this time around, it was an evening well worth celebrating. The pandemic affected lives all over the world and the possibility of gathering. The moviego read more