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book: Who Else but She? (1934; vt Black Widow) by S. Fowler Wright

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 20, 2019

Originally published in 1934 as Who Else but She?, this is I think the first S. Fowler Wright book that I’ve read, although a vague memory nags that I may have read one of his adventure novels forty or fifty years ago. I do remember that, when I was a callow youth (as I still am, although tim read more

Madame X (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jun 20, 2019

Madame X Directed by David Lowell Rich Written by Jean Holloway from a play by Alexandre Brisson 1966/USA Ross Hunter Productions/Universal Pictures/Eltee First viewing/Amazon Instant   This hoary melodrama about infidelity, exile, alcoholism, and mother love has been remade many times. The 196 read more

Classic Film Freak Posted by on Jun 20, 2019

On Blu-ray: Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in Summer Stock (1950)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Jun 20, 2019

It feels appropriate that Judy Garland’s last MGM musical, the farm-set Summer Stock (1950) was one of those “Let’s put on a show” flicks, even if she was swinging with Gene Kelly instead of Mickey Rooney. Garland comes full circle in a performance made complex by her persona read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (June 2019)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 20, 2019

Ronald Colman and Elke Sommer. Never played before? Here are the rules:  You will be given a pair or trio of films or performers and will be required to 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. A read more

Silents are Golden: A (Brief) History of Early Hollywood

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Lea Stans on Jun 20, 2019

Silents are Golden: A (Brief) History of Early Hollywood Today Hollywood, California is one of the most famous places in the world, the thriving axis of the movie industry. For decades it’s drawn countless dreamers hoping to make it in “the industry.” Real estate up in its hills read more

Pre-Code or pro-Code? Debate the issue Sunday

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 20, 2019

Carole Lombard began her Paramount career as an underwear princess of sorts, showing off her sleek figure in 1930's "Safety In Numbers" (with her, in a white nightie, is Josephine Dunn). But were a lingerie-clad Lombard and others in that era exercising artistry, or merely exploitation?That's the th read more

Card-ing some 'girls from the shows'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 19, 2019

It's been a while since we've run an entry on Carole Lombard tobacco cards, but they were a key part of Lombard memorabilia, particularly outside North America, and are cherished and sought-after items today. This piece looks at the British company R.J. Lea, and a series it issued in 1935 titled "Gi read more

The Song of Styrene (1959, Alain Resnais)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 19, 2019

The Song of Styrene is gorgeous. The way director Resnais showcases the plastic press-styrene becomes plastic through chemical processes (Song of is an industrial promotional film)—it’s a solitary object, removed from the factory setting and just amazing and new looking. Even when something’s read more

Women from Headquarters (1950)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 19, 2019

US / 47/60 minutes / bw / Republic Dir: George Blair Assoc Pr: Stephen Auer Scr: Gene Lewis Cine: John MacBurnie Cast: Virginia Huston, Robert Rockwell, Barbra Fuller, Norman Budd, Frances Charles, K. Elmo Lowe, Otto Waldis, Grandon Rhodes, Jack Kruschen, Bert Conway, Marlo Dwyer, Sid Marion, John D read more

book: Behind Her Eyes (2017) by Sarah Pinborough

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 19, 2019

Sometimes it’s hard to understand the minds of fiction publishers. These past few years, every novel that could be deemed even vaguely thrillerish, from The Wind in the Willowsto The Kama Sutra, has seemed to bear the promise “The Next Gone Girl!!!” or “The Next Girl on the read more

Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Glory” (Giveaway runs now through July 6)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Jun 19, 2019

Win tickets to see “Glory” on the Big Screen!In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sun July 21 and Wed July 24 CMH continues with our 4th year of our partnership with Fathom Events – with the 8th of our 14 movie ticket giveaways for 2019, courtesy of Fathom Events! That said, we’ll be giving away  read more


Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jun 19, 2019

Early talking pictures are absolutely fun to watch. You get to see  evolving processes and talent.  One can see the camera move away from locked framing similar to theatrical stage play to actors gradually finding their feet and voices.  Movements become  less  stilted,  voices  become less histrio read more

The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 18, 2019

To watch the original Thomas Crown Affair now is to see a film that is so completely and confidently of its time. It opens with a Bond-esque enigmatic title theme, “Windmills of The Mind,” playing against blocked split-screen images composing the credits. As such, it’s easily date read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 18, 2019

Yesterday TCM showed FOOLS FOR SCANDAL, a 1938 romantic comedy made by Warner Bros. which starred Carole Lombard. Lombard happens to be my favorite actress of all time, and FOOLS FOR SCANDAL was a film that I had never seen. I own a number of books about Lombard, and every single one of them refers read more

'To Be' on set with Lubitsch

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 18, 2019

Here's a still from "To Be Or Not To Be" I've never seen before: Carole Lombard, between takes on the set, getting instructions from director Ernst Lubitsch. Working with the master of sophisticated comedy was a dream come true for Carole, who died before the film's release.The picture is mounted in read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 17, 2019

The 1964 Italian production THE VAMPIRE OF THE OPERA forms a rough trilogy with THE VAMPIRE AND THE BALLERINA and THE PLAYGIRLS AND THE VAMPIRE. All three films were made in Italy, all of them are black & white, and they all feature a group of young, beautiful women being preyed upon by an undea read more

Of Carole, Clark and Coke

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 17, 2019

For the second straight day we have an entry on Carole Lombard and liquids, this time of the non-alcoholic variety.While doing research for yesterday's entry on "The Profane Angel" beer created by a Fort Wayne microbrewery (, I came across a photo I read more

Gambit (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jun 17, 2019

Gambit Directed by Ronald Neame Written by Jack Davies and Alvin Sergent;story by Sidney Carroll 1966/US Universal Pictures First viewing/Amazon Instant   Light-weight heist rom com could be perfect for those lazy afternoons.  Especially for fans of Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The poste read more

Triangle (2009, Christopher Smith)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 17, 2019

Triangle suffers. It suffers from a bad script, it suffers from wanting performances, it suffers… bad hair continuity. There’s just something off about lead Melissa George’s bangs. Not just she doesn’t seem to acknowledge when they’re in the way, but when she turns around (in an obvious cut read more