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Musical Monday: Jazz Boat (1960)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Jun 1, 2020

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: Jazz Boat (1960) – Musical read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 1, 2020

While Dorothy Dare appeared in her fair share of Pre-Code films, her name is not remembered as strongly as the names of her peers. Her early roles in film shorts showed promise but, unfortunately, the roles she received in feature films failed to place her in the spotlight. Nonetheless, her work an read more

Mad Scientist May Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Jun 1, 2020

The Alligator People (1959) Beverly Garland plays Joyce Webster, a woman searching for her missing husband Paul (Richard Crane). Her search ends up at an estate in bayou country, where Paul is part of an experiment to restore bodies that have been horribly injured. It’s too bad the process (us read more

Carole and Chester, coming to the rescue

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 1, 2020

If I ever needed Carole Lombard (aided by Chester Morris), today is that day.To put it mildly, this is not the happiest of days, and 99 percent of you should know why. Curfews in hundreds of American municipalities, including both the city and county of Los Angeles. (I reside in an unincorporated pa read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 1, 2020

Mill Creek has recently released what they call a "Classic Crime Double Feature" on Blu-ray. The gimmick is that both films on it (HOLLYWOOD STORY and NEW ORLEANS UNCENSORED) were directed by the famed William Castle. Before Castle re-invented himself in the late 1950s as a self-proclaimed master of read more

Marilyn Monroe and Acts of Political Bravery

Backlots Posted by Lara on Jun 1, 2020

On June 1, 2020, Marilyn Monroe would have turned 94 years old. Though she died at the tragically young age of 36, Monroe was refreshingly candid and unbothered by the concept of aging. “I want to grow old without facelifts,” she told an interviewer, saying she couldn’t wait to r read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 31, 2020

“I think that you die when your time comes and not until then. I feel the same about other things as I do about death. I don’t think you can change anything that is going to happen to you any more than you can change anything that has happened to you. That’s why I never worry, and read more

British Pathe - Bottle Gardens ( 1965 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on May 31, 2020

Live in an apartment? Don't have room for a garden? Start a bottle garden! That's what the chap in this 1965 British Pathé newsreel did.  All you need is a large bottle, dirt, plants, and a teaspoon on a stick, and you'll be growing a tropical garden in no time at all. You'll probably ne read more

DANGER: DIABOLIK On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 31, 2020

A few years ago, I wrote a blog post on my favorite comic book movies. Included in the list was the 1967 film DANGER: DIABOLIK, which was based on a Italian fumetti character. A few folks thought that was a mystifying choice. But DIABOLIK stills holds up as a great comic adaptation, and it is now on read more

Turning a Page on film books: Anita arrives, James Harvey leaves

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 31, 2020

It's still hard to believe a book was dedicated to me, but it happened some years ago when Michelle Morgan wrote "Carole Lombard: Twentieth-Century Star." (I assisted her with research at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Margaret Herrick Library.)Since becoming a Lombard fan three and read more

Classic Movie Coincidence: June Birthdays – Errol, Basil, Marilyn, and More

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on May 31, 2020

Classic Movie Birthday Coincidences:Errol, Basil, Marilyn & More I am happy to be starting a new monthly series today, looking at ‘classic movie coincidences’ among stars born in the same month.  Honestly, I thought it would be difficult to find any coincidences at all, but once I took read more

Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Exclusive Blog Series by Author Gary Vitacco-Robles

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on May 31, 2020

Marilyn: Behind the Icon Blog Series I am so happy to announce that, in celebration of Marilyn Monroe’s birthday tomorrow, June 1, CMH will be launching an exclusive Marilyn: Behind the Icon blog series, penned by author Gary Vitacco-Robles. The series will run through August 5, which is th read more

'A really great role.' And a great photo, too.

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 30, 2020

Carole Lombard knew she had struck gold by playing Lily Garland in "Twentieth Century" (shown away from the set with director Howard Hawks and co-star John Barrymore). No longer was she an actress with a meandering, ill-defined career. Here, she blends the comedic chops she learned as a Mack Sennett read more

Doctor Who (2005) s01e06 – Dalek

The Stop Button Posted by on May 30, 2020

Okay, this one requires some disclaimers. First, when I watched the last episode and saw the preview of this one, I thought it looked terrible. Like, rolling my eyes terrible. Second, I was visually familiar with the Daleks from growing up in the eighties and whatever. I thought they were silly and read more

Classic Film Freak Posted by on May 30, 2020

Classic Movie Beginner’s Guide: Fred Astaire

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 29, 2020

In our ongoing series of Classic Movie Beginner’s Guides, we focus on a single person from Classic Hollywood for those who want an overview. This week let’s look at one of the preeminent film dancers of all-time: Fred Astaire! After starting out on the stage with his sister Adele, during read more

New Mae West Documentary!

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on May 29, 2020

PBS produced a new documentary on my favorite movie wordsmith and feminist rebel, Mae West. Dirty Blonde is coming. Check out the preview to see the subjects talking about her (some welcome surprises), and to hear some of your favorite Mae West quips. I can’t wait! Check it out on June 16 at 8 read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 29, 2020

My last blog post covered the release of the new Blu-ray of THE EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN from Shout Factory. Among the many extras on the disc is the TV version of the film, prepared by Universal Studios for American network broadcast. (Internet sources claim this TV version was first shown in 1968.) F read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 29, 2020

“Acting, the very thing I had been fighting and ridiculing for seven years, had brought me success, riches, and renown. I was a great motion picture artist. Well, I’ll be damned!” –John Gilbert When Hollywood ushered in its transition to sound, many careers flourished as the oppor read more

A comedy writer reflects on Carole's greatness

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 29, 2020

I know I'm largely preaching to the converted here ("Carole Lombard one of the greatest comediennes ever in film"?, some of you are probably thinking), but I didn't write the following piece; it's from a TV writer who knows his comedy, and learning his backstory gives me an affinity with him.His nam read more