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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 7, 2022

Portrait of Jennie (1948) is nothing short of haunting. Beautifully shot with an esoteric feel, the film captures the spirit of a star-crossed love letter. A fantasy film based upon Robert Nathan’s novella of the same name, the film tells the story of an artist named Eben, living in 1934, who read more

Classic Horse Racing Comedies

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on May 7, 2022

It's that time of year...the grass is growing green, the magnolias are in bloom - and the horses are racing! Look at 'em go! A Mother's Day Weekend tradition, the 148th Kentucky Derby once again takes place this evening so why not get in the spirit of this classic American tradition by watching read more

Lives Behind the Legends: Greta Garbo – Social Butterfly

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Arancha van der Veen on May 7, 2022

Lives Behind the Legends: Greta Garbo – Social Butterfly Greta Garbo’s most famous quote is undoubtedly ‘I want to be alone.’ But it wasn’t Garbo who said this, it was her character in Grand Hotel who uttered those famous words. Garbo herself made a more nuanced statement: ‘I never read more

CAFTAN WOMAN BLOGATHON: A Paddy Nolan-Hall Tribute

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on May 6, 2022

CAFTAN WOMAN BLOGATHON: A Paddy Nolan-Hall Tribute On May 6, 2022 By CarolIn Uncategorized On March 7th, our dear Paddy Nolan-Hall of the Caftan Woman blog sadly left us. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll have no doubt seen her comments on ma read more

The Caftan Woman Blogathon: Man of the West (1958)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on May 6, 2022

Like so many bloggers across the Internet, I was stunned and saddened to learn earlier this year of the passing of Patricia “Paddy” Nolan-Hall, author of the Caftan Woman blog. I never met Paddy in person, but she felt like a friend. She wrote for many years for my film noir newsletter, The Dark read more


Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 5, 2022

Tomorrow we gather to celebrate our friend and fellow classic film (and more) blogger, Patricia Nolan-Hall aka/Paddy, Paddy Lee - and Caftan Woman, the name of her award-winning blog. When Paddy left us on March 7th, we lost one of classic film's most passionate champions and finest, most devoted bl read more

For the Caftan Woman Blogathon: Champagne for Caesar (1950)

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on May 5, 2022

In memory of our friend and world class classic film lover and blogger, Paddy, we gather to celebrate her with this, our Caftan Woman Blogathon: Honoring Patricia Nolan-Hall. Click here for links to all participating blogs.~I don't know exactly when Paddy and I first virtually met, but it must've be read more

Classic Movie Travels: Virginia Dale

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 5, 2022

Classic Movie Travels: Virginia Dale Virginia Dale Actress and dancer Virginia Dale was born Virginia Paxton in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 1, 1917. Her parents were mechanic Joel Paxton and Lula Helms Paxton. Dale was one of six children: Jay, Frances, Frieda, Joey, and an unnamed infa read more

The Binding Ties Made of Film: Remembering The Caftan Woman

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on May 5, 2022

This is my entry in the Caftan Woman Blogathon, hosted by The Lady Eve's Reel Life and Another Old Movie Blog. Click on either link above for for more Caftan Woman tributes.I hardly know where to begin. My eyes are welling up with tears as I write this. Funny thing is, I never met Paddy, nor di read more

Our Daily Bread (1934) in The Age of FDR

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 5, 2022

The title, of course, comes from the Lord’s Prayer evoking images of contrite men and women thankful for the bounties they’re provided on God’s green earth. Director King Vidor took an immediate interest in the project because it was a timely piece in the age of FDR’s public read more

#TCMFF Festival Friends 2022

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on May 4, 2022

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 4, 2022

In honor of National Classic Movie Day (May 16th), Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting the Four Favorite Noirs Blogathon. I am delighted to spotlight some of my favorite film noirs as part of the festivities! It was hard to whittle my favorites down to just four, but here is my best attempt: Doubl read more

Girls on Film a Cause For Celebration…

Christy Putnam Posted by Christy Putnam on May 4, 2022

Reflections on a Life in Cinema The fans at #TCMFF in Hollywood celebrated Alicia Malone’s newest book, Girls On Film: Lessons from a Life of Watching Women in Movies. Malone’s latest book reveals her journey as a young film lover to a film writer and explores her innermost longings to share read more

2022 Turner Classic Movies (#TCMFF) Recap

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on May 4, 2022

2022 Turner Classic Movies (#TCMFF) Recap The 2022 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival has come and gone. It went by so fast, as it always does, but it was great to see friends I hadn't seen in two years. This year, I went a day before the festival started.It was always tough arriving on the da read more

The Story of Temple Drake (1933) with Miriam Hopkins

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 3, 2022

The Story of Temple Drake was adapted from a contemporary William Faulkner novel called Sanctuary. It’s putting it lightly to say it was the subject of controversy — even in the Pre-Code film era — but part of what the film version gives us is this instant sense of Southern Gothic read more

Musical Monday: Lovely to Look At (1952)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on May 2, 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: Lovely to Look At (1952) read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 2, 2022

Oscar Levant is remembered as an American concert pianist with a sharp wit and an air of melancholy. In addition to his unmistakable talent as a pianist, he was a composer, music conductor, author, game show panelist, talk show host, comedian, and actor. Transitioning through the mediums of radio, f read more

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

Percy Helton was a beloved character actor during the Golden Age of Hollywood, in addition to performing on stage and on television. He was born Percy Alfred Helton on January 31, 1894, in Manhattan, New York. His father was Alfred “Alf” Helton, who worked as a stage actor, and young Helton followed read more

The Columbus Moving Picture Show: A Festival for Classic Movie Fans

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

The inaugural Columbus Moving Picture Show will take place May 24 - 30, 2022, at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The festival will feature 16mm showings of classic films from the silent days to the 1960s, some of them with live musical accompaniment. There will also be ven read more

Preston Sturges’s “Christmas in July”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on May 1, 2022

Preston Sturges’s “Christmas in July” Christmas in July (1940) is a comedy written and directed by Preston Sturges and starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew. Jimmy MacDonald (Powell) was one of the millions of people to enter the Maxford House Coffee contest. He submit read more