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book: Homicide Trinity (1962) by Rex Stout

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 20, 2019

I was recently reading a rave about Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe stories on the blog of a crime-fiction enthusiast whose views I regard highly, and it reminded me it’s been quite a few years since last I read any Stout. Yes, I know he’s a darling of the critics, but for some reason I read more

Rd 5 of The First Annual Muscle Car Tourney is now underway

All Good Things Posted by monty on Sep 20, 2019

Here we go with rd 5.. Rd 5: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 5: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 5: Which muscle do you like better? Rd 5: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 5: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 5: Which muscle car do you lik read more

Belle de jour (1967)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Sep 19, 2019

Belle de jour Directed by Luis Buñuel Written by Joseph Kessel, Luis Buñuel, and Jean-Claude Carriere 1967/France Robert and Raymond Hakim/Paris Film Productions/Five Film Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die   Odd that one of Buñuel’s most mainstr read more

Alien: Alone (2019, Noah Miller)

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

Alien: Alone is one in a series of six “fan-made” but presumably Fox-funded Alien short films for the fortieth anniversary. Based on Alone, it doesn’t seem like Fox had a very high bar when it came to project proposals. Or at least they didn’t care how the shorts turned out, so long as the hook read more

'Life' goes to a Lombard movie

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

"Swing High, Swing Low," the third of four teamings of Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray, received a big push from Paramount. (And it paid off -- the film became the studio's biggest moneymaker for all of 1937.) Part of it included an ad in the new media sensation, Life magazine, which debuted the p read more

On Blu-ray: Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer in Gaslight (1944) and the 1940 Original That Preceded It

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Sep 19, 2019

The 1944 version of Gaslight is one of the first classic films I saw and I return to it frequently. It is Hollywood filmmaking at its best, where talent, story, and production value are so good that a simple entertainment becomes an artistic triumph. I recently revisited the George Cukor-directed fi read more

Watching 1939: The Family Next Door (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Sep 19, 2019

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

You're Invited! Presenting STYLE OF SIN: MARLENE DIETRICH at Aero Theatre 9/29

GlamAmor Posted by on Sep 19, 2019

Sunday, September 29 is the next event in my 6-part Pre-Code speaker/screening series at the American Cinematheque! THE STYLE OF SIN: MARLENE DIETRICH Pre-Code Film with Kimberly Truhler Sunday, September 29 Aero Theatre Santa Monica, CA Talk starts at 1:00 pm  followed by screening read more

To Each His Own (1946): Olivia de Havilland Does Melodrama Well

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

Ginger Rogers purportedly passed over the script for To Each His Own because, at first glance, it’s hardly a glamorous role; but for the right person, it could be something unquestionably special. That actor was Olivia de Havilland. Certainly, the production is bolstered by Mitchell Leisen, a read more

Dragon Inn (1967)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Sep 18, 2019

Dragon Inn (Long men kezhan) Directed by King Hu Written by King Hu 1967/Taiwan Union Film Company First viewing/Criterion Channel   This seminal entry in the wuxia genre of cinema delights with non-stop action and extravagant use of color, design, and score. The plot is intricate but following read more

From the Archives: The House of Seven Hawks ( 1959 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 18, 2019

"Just what does this paper mean?" Robert Taylor seems to be asking. It is obviously written in Dutch and he thinks the Frenchwoman Nicole Mauray would know Dutch....and he is correct, in "The House of Seven Hawks" ( 1959 ) she does! This film was one of Robert Taylor's lesser-known pictures, but it read more

An 'elopement' announced in Chicago

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

I've never seen this photo of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable before, but it's from before March 30, 1939. That's because it was used in that morning's Chicago Daily Tribune as it announced their semi-surprise wedding:Don't see it right away? It's in the upper right-hand corner of the front page:I'm read more

Murder on the Campus (1933)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 18, 2019

vt On the Stroke of Nine US / 73 minutes / bw / Chesterfield Dir: Richard Thorpe Pr: George R. Batcheller Scr: Andrew Moses Story: The Campanile Murders (1933) by Whitman Chambers Cine: M.A. Andersen Cast: Shirley Grey, Charles Starrett, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ruth Hall, Dewey Robinson, Maurice Black read more

Silents are Golden: The Irrepressible Harold Loyd

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Lea Stans on Sep 18, 2019

Silents are Golden: The Irrepressible Harold Loyd If we can credit a single figure for being a silent comedy legend, a gifted performer, a pioneer of the cinema, and the very personification of the can-do spirit of the 1920s, it’s comedian Harold Lloyd. While he’s perhaps not as well known today read more

COMEDY GOLD #19: Greta Garbo in Ninotchka (1939)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Sep 17, 2019

COMEDY GOLD #19: Greta Garbo in Ninotchka (1939) On September 17, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Earlier this year, I had an idea for a Top 10 article and, as a result, I’ve been watching and re-watching films in order to prepare myself for it – i read more

Battle at Big Rock (2019, Colin Trevorrow)

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

Battle at Big Rock is a reminder the Jurassic Park Franchise Part 2 isn’t over yet. It’s a suspenseful nine minutes where director Trevorrow puts the preserving lead characters in danger—a family, of course—culminating in an allosaurus about to eat a baby. There’s also the precocious kid Melody read more

Fans before foes

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

Carole Lombard's last full day of life, Jan. 15, 1942, was spent exhorting residents of her native state of Indiana to back the war effort by buying bonds. It likely didn't come to her mind -- not that it would've mattered to her -- that she had many fans in the nations she was urging America to fig read more

On Blu-ray: Constance Bennett and Brian Aherne in Merrily We Live (1938)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Sep 17, 2019

The lightly silly screwball comedy Merrily We Live (1938) was a pleasant revelation for me. Set in the world of the super wealthy, it centers on a family that lives in chaos, much like the brood in My Man Godfrey (1936). While this Hal Roach production isn’t quite as witty as Godfrey, it’ read more

Seven Things to Know About James Franciscus

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 17, 2019

1. James Franciscus met Jane Fonda in 1956 when they were working at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts. In the biography Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, she said: "He was blond, blue-eyed, and movie star handsome...I was smitten. My previous inarticulate philanderings had n read more

Film Twitter Survival Guide

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 17, 2019

“Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing or fighting, my friend.” – from “We Can Work It Out” – Lennon/McCartney (used slightly out of context) I typically go on a rant once a year (give or take a few months), so I figured I was overdue fo read more