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Hail Satan? (2019, Penny Lane)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 11, 2019

Hail Satan? starts with a joke and ends with Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves having to wear a kevlar vest to a rally because so many Pro-Life, Born Again Christians are making legitimate assassination threats. The opening joke is one of the first Satanic Temple rallies, when they’re goof read more

THE INFORMER (1929)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 11, 2019

John Ford is my favorite film director of all time, and one of his greatest films is THE INFORMER, the 1935 multi-Oscar winning story of betrayal set in 1920s Ireland. What most people don't realize is that THE INFORMER was a remake--the story had been filmed in England in 1929. That version has jus read more

Prescription: Murder (1968 TVM)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on May 11, 2019

US / 99 minutes / color / Universal, MCA–TV, NBC Dir & Pr: Richard Irving Scr: Richard Levinson, William Link Story: Enough Rope (1960 teleplay) and Prescription: Murder (1962 play), both by Richard Levinson and William Link Cine: Ray Rennahan Cast: Peter Falk, Gene Barry, Katherine Justice, Wil read more

All hail Carole, Hoosier royalty!

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 11, 2019

Carole Lombard appears rather regal in this Paramount publicity still for "The Princess Comes Across," doesn't she? So what if her character isn't really Swedish royalty at all but showgirl Wanda Nash from Brooklyn, trying to parlay her ruse into a Hollywood contract while enabling Lombard to impers read more

Review: Rio Grande (1950)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 10, 2019

Rio Grande is the final chapter in John Ford’s Cavalry Trilogy. It is less of a continuous narrative, held together instead through the maintaining of a similar spirit as well as analogous thematic elements and characters. Much of this must be attributed to Ford and Merian C. Cooper who produ read more

Rain (1932, Lewis Milestone)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on May 10, 2019

Rain is an adaptation of an adaptation. Maxwell Anderson’s script is based on John Colton and Clemence Randolph’s stage script of a Somerset Maugham story. The story’s from 1921, the play first ran in 1922, Rain is from 1932. Maugham’s story is a first-person account, the play is not but does read more

JOAN CRAWFORD, QUEEN OF THE SILVER SCREEN BLOGATHON: Grand Hotel (1932)

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 10, 2019

Pale Writer and The Poppity are hosting this blogathon tribute to Joan Crawford on May 11th and 12th. You can share in all the tributes to the amazing actress's career by clicking HERE or HERE. Thank you, Gabriela and Erica D! Vicki Baum's successful 1929 novel Grand Hotel became a po read more

Me and the Colonel ( 1958 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on May 10, 2019

"In life, there are always two possibilities...." It is quite common to find a film that begins terrifically, loses a bit of its appeal midway through and then flounders at the end. But it is rare to find a film that begins slowly and then gets better and better until it reaches its climax. This is read more

Showing off the 'Show Folks'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 10, 2019

Now sure how I overlooked this Carole Lombard rarity...but I uncovered it just in time. This photo features Carole with the rest of the cast of the 1928 Pathe backstager "Show Folks" (she's seated at lower right, revealing some leg). The 7" x 9" pic, which I've never seen before, has an opening bid read more

Book Review--Forbidden Hollywood: The Pre-Code Era (1934), When Sin Ruled the Movies

Classic Movies Posted by KC on May 10, 2019

My introduction to the concept of pre-Code as a film category probably began with the Forbidden Hollywood VHS series hosted by Leonard Maltin and featuring Warner Bros films. Having delighted in those saucy flicks, I would eventually devour Thomas Doherty and Mick LaSalle’s books on the era, l read more

TCM Classic Film Festival 2019 - It's All About Love at the Movies

GlamAmor Posted by on May 10, 2019

In the 1939 movie Love Affair, the character Terry McKay describes the Empire State Building as the "nearest thing to heaven." For those of us who love classic cinema, the same could be said about Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Appropriately, the theme of this year's TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) read more

The Joan Crawford Blogathon – Humoresque (1946)

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on May 9, 2019

The Joan Crawford Blogathon – Humoresque (1946) On May 9, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized John Garfield’s ultimely death at age 39 in 1952 may have robbed him and us of a long and prolific career, but the performances and movies he left behin read more

Fort Apache (1948)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 9, 2019

Fort Apache gives me the opportunity to consider one of John Ford’s most unlikely long-term collaborations with film critic turned screenwriter Frank S. Nugent. As with all Ford partnerships, it was oftentimes prickly but there’s no repudiating the impact. However, even the writer reali read more

A hair-raising, er, hair-pulling picture

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on May 9, 2019

For much of "True Confession," the relationship between Carole Lombard's Helen Bartlett and co-star Fred MacMurray's attorney husband Ken Bartlett is pretty mellow. But when pathological liar Helen stretches the truth a bit, things can get, well, fairly hairy...Any doubting Thomases should examine t read more

Musical Monday: The Girl from Mexico (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on May 9, 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

Joan Crawford: A Face and a Whole Lot More in "Our Dancing Daughters"

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on May 9, 2019

This is my entry in the Joan Crawford: Queen of the Silver Screen Blogathon, hosted by Pale Writer and Poppity Talks Classic Films. Click HERE for more Joan. "Joan Crawford is doubtless the best example of the flapper, the girl you see in smart night clubs, gowned to the apex of sophisticati read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 8, 2019

“Perhaps you won’t think so much longer because if being a modern husband gives you privileges, then being a modern wife gives me privileges.” –Sylvia Sidney as Joan Prentice Pre-Code films are fascinating to visit in today’s day and age. I often think of them as forwa read more

The Reptile (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on May 8, 2019

The Reptile Directed by John Gilling Written by Anthony Hinds 1966/UK Hammer Films/Seven Arts Productions First viewing/Netflix rental They Shoot Zombies Don’t They? OK Hammer horror entry is marred by ridiculous creature. In Cornwall, locals are dropping like flies from “heart attacks&# read more

Richard III and Disinformation in TOWER OF LONDON (1939)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on May 8, 2019

One probably doesn't go looking for timely political commentary in a film like Tower of London (1939), which offers a mashup of history and horror in its retelling of the bloody rise and fall of England's most reviled monarch. Much of the plot is familiar to viewers thanks to broad cultural awarenes read more

The Horse Soldiers (1959)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 8, 2019

The Horse Soldiers is the one and only teaming of John Wayne and William Holden in a story based on the raids of Colonel Benjamin Grierson during the Civil War. John Ford casts the story as a brand of folklore carried through the air by the songs sung on the trail by a regiment riding in their form read more
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