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Classic Films in Focus: THE HORRIBLE DR. HICHCOCK (1962)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 17, 2019

I'm a sucker for early 60s Gothic horror, whether it's Corman, Hammer, or Bava, which means my opinion of a picture like Riccardo Freda's The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962) is inclined to be positive in spite of its shortcomings. Yes, it's about a necrophiliac surgeon who like his bedmates totally inc read more

Gentleman Jim (1942): Biopic by Marquess of Queensberry Rules

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 16, 2019

Boxing movies and biopics are a mainstay of Hollywood. It’s an established fact so naming names is all but unnecessary. The affable brilliance of Gentleman Jim is its agile footwork allowing it to sidestep a myriad of tropes attached to biopics and the schmaltz that Old Hollywood was always ca read more

book: The Need (2019) by Helen Phillips

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 16, 2019

Whenever terms like “dazzlingly original” appear in the cover quotes for a mainstream novel — in this instance the quote’s from Emily St John Mandel — my first assumption is that the novelist has incorporated some stock premise from science fiction or fantasy, regarded read more

A Quick Trip to TIFF19

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Sep 16, 2019

I've always wanted to attend film festivals, but they're few and far between where I live, and the timing has never worked out for me to get to the big one for classic movie fans, TCMFF. Luckily, my visit to my sister's new home in Toronto this month coincided with the second weekend of the Toronto read more

REMAKE AVENUE: The Racket, 1928 and 1951

Caftan Woman Posted by on Sep 16, 2019

Many of our excursions to Remake Avenue begin on Broadway and today's is no exception. Bartlett Cormack's play The Racket had a run of 119 performances at the Ambassador Theatre in the 1927/28 season. Cormack (1898-1942) was a graduate of the University of Chicago, with experience in theatrical pub read more

Lombard by Thomas, but hardly racy

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Sep 16, 2019

Link "Carole Lombard" with "William E. Thomas," her primary Pathe photographer, and these are the images your mind conjures up: "artistic," sexy pictures of a girl at or about 20 -- commercial erotica for the late 1920s.But Thomas photographed Lombard in all sorts of moods and settings, where any se read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 16, 2019

“When I was a little girl, I loved Rock Island. Now that I’m grown, I hope Rock Island likes me.” –June Haver While many think of MGM studios when reflecting upon some of the best musical films made during the Golden Age, 20th Century Fox certainly had its fair share of musi read more

Musical Monday: The Singing Kid (1936)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Sep 16, 2019

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 Singing Kid – Musical read more

Tower of London (1962, Roger Corman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 15, 2019

Tower of London almost makes it. The film gets through the low budget, which has a static picture of a model Tower of London instead of a picture of the real Tower for establishing shots, obvious backdrops, not great makeup to age or deform its cast, and the occasional reused footage. Director Corm read more

Basil Rathbone: Union Man!

The Baz Posted by Neve on Sep 15, 2019

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Rd 4 of the 1st Annual Muscle Car Tourney now underway

All Good Things Posted by monty on Sep 15, 2019

Here we go with rd 4: Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like more? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like better? Rd 4: Which muscle car do you like read more

book: The Courilof Affair (1933; trans 2008 Sandra Smith) by Irène Némirovsky

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 15, 2019

An absorbing political novel by the author whose Fire in the Blood I so much enjoyed a couple of months ago. The tale is told in extended flashback toward the end of his life by Léon M (aka Marcel Legrand), who was part of the struggle against Tsarist tyranny in the years before the Russian Revolu read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 15, 2019

The San Fernando Mission Cemetery is located in an area brimming with history and is located in the Mission Hills community of the San Fernando Valley. It is near the Mission San Fernando Rey de España, a Spanish mission that was founded in 1797 and named for Saint Ferdinand. The mission was secula read more

BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 15, 2019

Yet another Hammer Region A Blu-ray release from Shout Factory--this time it's BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB. This 1971 film is best known for what happened during the making of it. Peter Cushing was cast in the role of Professor Fuchs in the movie, but he had barely started working on it when his wi read more

Is there vision to open 'Virtue'?

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Sep 15, 2019

Many deem "Virtue" Carole Lombard's best pre-Code film (while "Twentieth Century" was released shortly before the Production Code was strictly enforced in mid-1934, it really belongs in the screwball category). As a streetwalker trying to go straight, only to have her past catch up with her, Carole read more

'Safety' in an unauthorized DVD

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Sep 14, 2019

Barely remembered today, 1930's "Safety In Numbers" turned out to be a pivotal picture for Carole Lombard. It was her first film at Paramount, as she played one of three Follies girls hired to chaperone young millionaire Charles "Buddy" Rogers around New York. (Lombard had worked with Rogers before, read more

The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Sep 14, 2019

US / 60 minutes / bw / Columbia Dir: D. Ross Lederman Scr: Harold Shumate Story: Charles R. Condon Cine: Al Seigler (i.e., Allen G. Siegler) Cast: Ralph Bellamy, Shirley Grey, Gail Patrick, Kane Richmond, Bradley Page, Vincent Sherman, Clifford Jones (i.e., Phillip Trent), Arthur Rankin, Lucien Priv read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 14, 2019

Hillside Memorial Park is a stunning Jewish cemetery located in Culver City, California. Known for being home to Al Jolson’s elaborate tomb visible from the San Diego Freeway, the cemetery is also the final resting place of many other people of the Jewish faith who were notable in the film in read more

Summertime and the Livin’ Is Easy: The 2019 Summer Classic Film Book Challenge

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Sep 14, 2019

I can scarcely believe that this is my seventh year participating in the Summer Classic Movie Book Challenge, hosted by Raquel over at Out the Past. I’m telling you, time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. (Thank you! I’ll be here all week! Tip o’ the hat to Groucho!) But seriously, read more

The Prince and the Pauper ( 1962 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 14, 2019

Mark Twain had a knack for writing stories that appealed to the common people, especially to children. Most everyone has at one time imagined what it would be like to switch places with someone else. The grass is always greener on the other side. And, in this case, the grass just happens to be in th read more