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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 24, 2022

The Hollywood Blacklist affected many different entertainers working in various facets of the industry. In Rare Birds: An American Family, Dan Bessie shares his family history and how it was affected by the blacklist. Bessie’s family included numerous creative minds over the course of 150 year read more

Musical Monday: The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jan 24, 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: The Eddy Duchin Story (1956 read more

The One That Got Away

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 24, 2022

Hardy Krüger as von Werra.It'd be hard to make up a story as exciting and unlikely as The One That Got Away (1957), the true tale of a German prisoner-of-war (POW) who escaped from the British army in 1940. Lieutenant Franz von Werra's exploits begin when his plane is shot down during the read more

Grandma Dixie and the Feds

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Jan 24, 2022

I've already written about my Grandma Dixie a time or two. She had the unique ability to play piano by ear, by just hearing a song and then pounding it out. Consequently she kept very busy, playing solo gigs and with musical groups all around Louisville from the 1930s until the early 1980s.The group read more

If Hammer Films Had Made DUNE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jan 23, 2022

 I came up with this idea while watching the 2021 DUNE on Blu-ray. The timeline for this would have had to have been the early 1970s. And yes, I'm well aware that Hammer wouldn't have had the budget to film even one chapter of Frank Herbert's novel. But the cast would have been great.  read more

My most-read article of each series of posts

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Jan 23, 2022

My most-read article of each series of posts On January 23, 2022 By CarolIn Uncategorized So, every once in a while, I check my blog stats. I think it’s important to keep up with your audience as that is a good way of knowing where to go next read more

Making the News with The Muppets

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 23, 2022

 Some years ago my dear friend and fellow popular culture scholar Anissa Graham and I co-edited two books about the works of Jim Henson. They're essay anthologies featuring scholarly discussions by a wide variety of authors, including us, and they were a lot of fun to create. Both of the books read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 23, 2022

Orson Welles is nothing short of an icon from Hollywood’s Golden Age. An innovator and highly regarded director and actor, Welles left a huge impression upon film and radio. While much has been written about Welles’s storied career, What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?: A Portrait of an read more

More Film Reviews of 2021

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

Undine Christian Petzold is the master of methodical cinema and with the conceit for Undine, he proves he’s more than up for imprinting his style onto a modern-day mythical fairy tale. He reunites again with Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski from Transit. Once more it’s a world from a distant past some read more

SILVER BLAZE On Blu-ray From The Film Detective

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jan 22, 2022

 SILVER BLAZE (1937) was the last film in which English actor Arthur Wontner portrayed Sherlock Holmes. It is included in The Film Detective's THE SHERLOCK HOLMES VAULT COLLECTION Blu-ray set. Holmes and Watson (Ian "Not that one" Fleming) are invited to pay a visit to old friend Sir Henry read more


Caftan Woman Posted by on Jan 22, 2022

 Rebecca at Taking Up Room and Gill at RealWeegieMidget Reviews are hosting The Odd or Even Blogathon from January 20th to the 23rd. It was a lot of fun to have a flip of the coin settle the topic for the contributors.  Day 1   Day 2   Day 3   Day 4  read more

Giants and Toys

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jan 22, 2022

(1958) Directed by Yasuzô Masumura; Written by Yoshio Shirasaka; Based on the novel by Takeshi Kaikô; Starring: Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Hitomi Nozoe, Hideo Takamatsu, Michiko Ono; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ****  “You’re behind the times. You don’t understand the age read more

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

The growth of the film industry no doubt also opened the door to many new job opportunities. In the case of B.S. Moss, Moss followed his calling to build a large and prestigious theater chain in New York. To this day, Moss Management continues to keep his theater chain alive, surviving the transitio read more

The Warlords of Atlantis ( 1978 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Jan 22, 2022

An incredible tale of terror and suspense .....above and below the sea! So reads the tagline to Warlords of Atlantis, another one of director Kevin Connor's sci-fi adventure films of the 1970s. In this story, American inventor Greg Collinson ( Doug McClure ) and British scientist Charles A read more

Screen Capture Theatre: "Torch Song," or the Lone Arranger

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Jan 21, 2022

OK, I think we can all agree it's been a tough couple of weeks months years. But buck up! If there's one thing we understand here at Screen Capture Theatre, it's that nothing puts a positive spin on the world like a ... Joan Crawford musical?In this 1953 film, Joan Crawford plays Jenny Stewart read more

Fantastic at 50: Classic Movie Actresses

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 20, 2022

Earlier this month I celebrated my 50th birthday, one of those milestone events that feels important even if the pandemic kept me from doing much to mark the occasion. Several years ago, when I was 42, I wrote a post about 42 year old classic movie actresses and the films they made at that age, so t read more

Silents are Golden: The One-Of-A-Kind Harry Langdon

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Lea Stans on Jan 20, 2022

Silents are Golden: The One-Of-A-Kind Harry Langdon For a long time, most silent comedians were very much of the same “type.” Their appearances might vary and some had more distinctly “dimwitted” personalities than others, but practically all of them had a similar level of easily excitable, read more

The Last Flight (1931) and The Lost Generation

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 20, 2022

The Last Flight could conceivably be tacked onto the end of The Dawn Patrol. Although there is only one full scene of aerial combat, it informs everything that’s to follow because this shared experience colors the lives of the men who pushed through it. Some of them have been pushed through i read more

Podcast: A Short History of Ridiculous Sponsor Interference

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Jan 20, 2022

For almost as long as there has been broadcasting, there has been commercial sponsorship. But from the 1930s through the 1960s, sponsors had an unusual amount of power because, through advertising agencies, they owned entire blocks of time on the program schedule and produced their own shows. In thi read more

Watching 1939: Waterfront (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jan 20, 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