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Monsters and Matinees: A lifetime of being terrorized by ‘Grizzly’

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Toni Ruberto on Sep 11, 2021

Not all movie monsters fade away with the end credits. They might make a lasting impression because of their greatness (Universal monsters), uniqueness (The Blob) or silliness (Attack of the Killer Shrews). They can feed on our fears or leave us with new ones like being afraid to swim in the ocea read more

The Man Who Laughs

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Sep 11, 2021

 (1928) Directed by Paul Leni; Written by J. Grubb Alexander (Adaptation) and Walter Anthony (Titles); Based on the novel L'Homme Qui Rit by Victor Hugo; Starring: Conrad Veidt, Mary Philbin, Olga Baclanova, Brandon Hurst, Cesare Gravina, Stuart Holmes and Josephine Crowell; Available on Blu-ra read more

From the Archives: The Unsinkable Molly Brown ( 1964 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 11, 2021

 Debbie Reynolds starred as Molly Brown in one of her favorite films - The Unsinkable Molly Brown ( 1964 ). Her character transformed from a wild country girl into a tough high society dame....and all along the way she had her true love, her husband Johnny Brown ( Harve Presnell ) by her side. read more

Summer Movie Classics: An interview with John Malahy

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Sep 10, 2021

Even as summer winds down, I’m still grasping to the last few weeks of summer until the fall season begins at the end of September. Reading “Summer Movies: 30 Sun-Drenched Classics” by John Malahy is the perfect read to keep the summer feeling. Malahy highlights quintessential summer films, from read more

The Wild One (1953) and Brando’s Rebel Icon

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 9, 2021

The Wild One will never be lauded as a great movie, but it most certainly proves a seminal one even if you give a cursory glance over what would soon come in its wake. These were not only high school and gang-infused dramas of delinquency and adolescent angst, but it’s an obvious antecedent t read more

Noir Nook: “Killer” Noir

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry on Sep 9, 2021

Noir Nook: “Killer” Noir Film noir is not easy to define. Sometimes, it’s not even easy to determine whether a film is noir or not. Whenever I’m asked to describe film noir, I respond that generally speaking, noir films portray a universe typified by corruption, pessimism, and hopelessness, read more

Watching 1939: Back Door to Heaven (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Sep 9, 2021

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

Five Favorite Films: Leslie Howard

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 9, 2021

English actor Leslie Howard is best remembered today for his role as Ashley Wilkes in Gone With the Wind (1939), but Howard himself was not a fan of the part or his own casting in it. He said of the role, "I hate the damn part. I'm not nearly beautiful or young enough for Ashley, and it makes me sic read more

Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in “His Girl Friday”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Sep 8, 2021

Rosalind Russell and Cary Grant in “His Girl Friday” His Girl Friday (1940) is an American screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell. Based on the play The Front Page (1928) by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, Hawks decided to t read more

Viva Zapata (1952): A Mixed Message of Revolution

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 7, 2021

The place is Mexico City. The year 1909. A contingent of rural farmhands pays a visit to their eminent leader to intercede on behalf of their neighbors. They live a life of poverty and injustice as others gorge themselves on the riches of the land. For all his progressive well-meaning, it still is read more

A Tallulah Tribute in CRUELLA (2021)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 7, 2021

We finally got to watch Disney's latest entry in the live action treatments of 101 Dalmatians characters, which this time moves the focus off the dogs entirely and charts the early misadventures of its title anti-heroine, Cruella de Vil. Early reviews of Cruella (2021) were mixed enough that we chos read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 6, 2021

 Kit Parker Films and The Sprocket Vault continue their DVD series of comedy short subjects from the Hal Roach Studios with CHARLEY CHASE AT HAL ROACH: THE TALKIES VOLUME THREE 1934-36. The three-disc set contains the final 21 two-reelers Charley Chase starred in for Roach before he and the com read more

NO TRUE SCOTSMAN BLOGATHON: Wagon Train, The Annie MacGregor Story (1958)

Caftan Woman Posted by on Sep 6, 2021

 The No True Scotsman Blogathon is the brainchild of Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews. Contributor's mission statement: "An actor or actress playing a Scot even though they themselves are not Scottish." Holy Scrooge McDuck, Batman!I am taking a look at an episode of Wagon Train from the venerab read more

Cold War Thrills in The Bedford Incident

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 6, 2021

Richard Widmark as Captain Finlander.The 1960s was a grand decade for top-notch Cold War thrillers such as The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Seven Days in May (1964), and Fail Safe (1964). Although it falls a little short of those aforementioned films, The Bedford Incident (1965) read more

Musical Monday: Junior Prom (1946)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Sep 6, 2021

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: Junior Prom (1946) – Musica read more

Classic Movie Beginner’s Guide: Method Actors

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 5, 2021

Since we will be reviewing some films from some of the so-called Method actors, who were prevalent in the 1950s, we thought it would be good to do something a little different and pick four actors who are normally associated with the movement. The Method was an approach to acting first conceived by read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 5, 2021

 Last night Turner Classic Movies showed the 1951 British film CLOUDBURST as part of the network's "Noir Alley" series. CLOUDBURST was made by Hammer Films, and it has an important part in that company's history. The movie was the first production by Hammer to be mainly shot at the manor house read more

Bhowani Junction (1956) and Racial Identity

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 3, 2021

“It’s about time the Lord started making all human beings the same on the outside as well as the same on the inside.” – Stewart Granger as Col. Rodney Savage “They’d only change it back again, the moment his back was turned.” – Ava Gardners as Victor read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 3, 2021

Actress, singer, and activist Doris Day meant so much to many different people. To Mary Anne Barothy, not only was she an idol but also a close friend. Sharing her memories of working for Day, Day at a Time: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond offers read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 3, 2021

Jayne Mansfield is remembered today for her many film roles as well as her time as one of Hollywood’s blonde bombshells and leading sex symbols. Though her life was tragically cut short, her story remains one that intrigues film fans to this day. While audiences were familiar with her on-scree read more