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Musical Monday: Holiday in Havana (1949)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Aug 8, 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: Holiday in Havana (1949) read more

The Night of the Werewolf

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 8, 2022

(1981) Written and directed by Paul Naschy (as Jacinto Molina); Starring: Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Silvia Aguilar, Azucena Hernández, Beatriz Elorrieta and Pilar Alcón; Available on Blu-ray (Part of the Paul Naschy Collection) and DVD (Out of Print)  Rating: ***½  “The movies read more

Sylvia Sidney and Joel McCrea star in “Dead End”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Aug 8, 2022

Sylvia Sidney and Joel McCrea star in “Dead End” Dead End (1937) is a crime melodrama directed by William Wyler and starring Sylvia Sidney and Joel McCrea. The supporting cast includes Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barie, Claire Trevor, and Allen Jenkins. The screenplay was written by Lill read more

BORIS KARLOFF: THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 7, 2022

 Last night I watched the 2021 documentary BORIS KARLOFF: THE MAN BEHIND THE MONSTER on the Tubi streaming channel. The film was directed and co-written by Thomas Hamilton. It's a fine program, giving a fairly complete retrospective on Boris Karloff's acting career. What makes it a cut abo read more

Babette’s Feast (1987)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 6, 2022

I love fairy tales where we know conspicuously that we are being told a story. They can be delivered by Peter Falk in The Princess Bride, Edward Everett Horton in Fractured Fair Tales, or in this case, Ghita Norby. Let it be said that there’s something inherently peaceful about the rhythms of read more

Judith Durham of The Seekers Passes Away at 79

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 6, 2022

We generally do not write about music on Silver Scenes ( unless, of course, it is film music ), but a legend in the music industry passed away yesterday - Judith Durham. This lovely woman was one of the founding members of The Seekers, a group that had hits in the 1960s with "Georgy Girl", "I'll Nev read more

Exclusive Interview with Greg Schreiner of Marilyn Remembered

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Aug 6, 2022

Marilyn Monroe – Her Life and Legacy Classic Movie Hub is proud to share an exclusive interview — our friend and fellow film fan, Nina Boski interviews Greg Schreiner, the founding member and president of Marilyn Remembered, the longest-running Marilyn Monroe fan club in existence tod read more

Book Interview: Dressing Up the Stars — The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head

Hitchcock Master Posted by Devon Powell on Aug 6, 2022

Publisher: Beach Lane Books Release Date: September 20, 2022 A Conversation with Jeanne Walker Harvey Beach Lane Books is about to release an unusual new children’s book entitled “Dressing Up the Stars: The Story of Movie Costume Designer Edith Head.” The book (which is recommended for young read more

Classic Film Photo of the Week: Suzanne Pleshette and Troy Donahue

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Aug 5, 2022

Embed from Getty Images Suzanne Pleshette and Troy Donahue were married in a civil cermony at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 4, 1964. The guests included Rock Hudson, Richard Chamberlain, Gig Young, and Carl Reiner. The couple divorced just nine months later. read more

FACING NOLAN

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 5, 2022

 As you can tell by the name of this blog, I am a lifelong dedicated fan of the Chicago White Sox. But I'm also a dedicated baseball fan period, and there are several MLB players I've had great admiration over the years who never wore a White Sox uniform. One of my favorites was the legend read more

And Now For Something Completely Different: Christmas in August

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 5, 2022

It may be sweltering outside, but I’ve got Christmas on my mind. To be specific, my favorite Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Sadly, there’s no way I can spin this post into having any kind of durable pre-Code or film noir connection – except maybe read more

Watching 1939: Nancy Drew – Trouble Shooter (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Aug 4, 2022

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them. As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, th read more

The Mouse That Roared (1959)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 4, 2022

There’s something illuminating about getting a movie from our neighbors across the pond that offers a winking look at American society. The movie takes its title quite literally, scaring off the Columbia lady with a critter who subsequently carries away the animated title sequence. Because th read more

Classic Movie Travels: Betty Grable

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 4, 2022

Classic Movie Travels: Betty Grable Betty Grable Betty Grable was one of World War II’s most celebrated pin-up girls, in addition to being a gifted actress, singer, model, and dancer. A top box office star, she was one of the highest-paid women of her day. Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on read more

Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 2, 2022

Otto Preminger famously combed through headshots and plucked Jean Seberg out of her Iowa hometown to be groomed as his latest star. St. Joan was far from a stunning ascension for the young starlet, but her follow-up with Preminger, Bonjour Tristesse, showcases her incandescence. Adapted from Franco read more

Bonjour Tritesse (1958)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 2, 2022

Otto Preminger famously combed through headshots and plucked Jean Seberg out of her Iowa hometown to be groomed as his latest star. St. Joan was far from a stunning ascension for the young starlet, but her follow-up with Preminger, Bonjour Tristesse, showcases her incandescence. Adapted from Franco read more

Shadowy and Satiny Picks for TCM’s Summer Under the Stars

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 1, 2022

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m always sad to see August roll around, because it signals the beginning of the end of summer . . . but it’s also my favorite month of the year because it gives us TCM’s Summer Under the Stars! In case you’re not familiar with this month-long read more

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

“If playing the melody is corn, then I want to be corny.” –Kay Kyser Bandleader and radio personality James Kern Kyser was born on June 18, 1905, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. His parents, Paul and Emily Kyser, worked as pharmacists. Kyser was one of six children. In the years to read more

Seven Things to Know About Buddy Ebsen

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Aug 1, 2022

Ebsen as Jed Clampett.1. In his autobiography, The Other Side of Oz, Buddy Ebsen recalls Beverly Hillbillies creator Paul Henning pitching the show to him by reenacting scenes from the first script: "We were all laughing and wiping tears, and then I got a chilling thought. Most of the laughs were co read more

Musical Monday: Viva Las Vegas (1964)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Aug 1, 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: Viva Las Vegas – Musical read more
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