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Christmas in Connecticut (1945): Yuletide Cheer and The War’s End is Here

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 23, 2021

Christmas in Connecticut functions as a fine way to cap off 1945, a year full of jubilation and relief for the American public. The war was finally over! Given this context, the setup might feel familiar. A sailor who was shipwrecked out at sea in the Pacific was rescued. Now he’s seeing the read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 21, 2021

In September 2015, I was invited to co-introduce a film for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) alongside Ben Mankiewicz. I chose to discuss the 1936 film, Theodora Goes Wild, starring Irene Dunne and Melvyn Douglas. I chose this film for several reasons, because I met two significant people when I had scre read more

Black Narcissus (1947): Another Archers Masterpiece

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 21, 2021

Under their collaborative umbrella, The Archers, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger formed one of the most mystifying and extraordinary partnerships within the annals of British cinema history. Black Narcissus is just one of the many enchanting jewels in their collective crown. Part of the accla read more

The tradition of Tom and Jerrys

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Dec 21, 2021

The holiday season is filled with traditions, and some we see reflected on film. One tradition I learned about from film is drinking the holiday beverage, Tom and Jerry. In the film BEYOND TOMORROW (1940), three elderly businessmen live together and celebrate Christmas Eve. George Melton (Harry Car read more

An Experience at Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Dec 20, 2021

The other day, I realized that I hadn’t written anything on my blog for almost five months. And that’s a shame. The main reason is that last June I got a job working in the communication department for Montreal International Documentary Festival (most commonly known as the RIDM. R-I-D-M. read more

Musical Monday: The Christmas That Almost Wasn’t (1966)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Dec 20, 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: The Christmas That Almost read more

The Movie Quote Game (Holiday Edition 2021)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Dec 20, 2021

This month, we're focusing on quotes from holiday movies--films that revolve around or take place during holidays. We will list a quote from a famous movie and ask you to name the movie. Try to answer these questions on your own without resorting to Google searches. As always, please answer no read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 19, 2021

As the year draws to a close, I wanted to share a few updates on the Patreon front and other ways to support Hometowns to Hollywood– Happy Holidays! read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 19, 2021

 THE FROZEN DEAD is a 1966 British horror film, written and directed by Herbert J. Leder. It's a title I finally caught up with the other day, after seeing various stills from it in books and magazines over the years. The movie has many plot elements that are ripe with possibilities, but overal read more

Wintry Westerns - 8 Classic Westerns Set in Winter

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Dec 19, 2021

I love westerns. I don't review them nearly as often as I should but I certainly do watch plenty of them! And, at this time of year, the best westerns to watch are the Wintry Westerns....those that are set in snowy locales. Most westerns take place in dusty desert areas such as Arizona and Texas or read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 18, 2021

 THE INVISIBLE MENACE (1938) is one of a group of films Boris Karloff made under a contract with  Warner Bros. in the late 1930s. With horror movies temporarily on the wane, Warners gave Karloff character actor parts. THE INVISIBLE MENACE may sound like an imaginative thriller, but it's ac read more

Marnie (1964): An Inflection Point in Hitchcock’s Career

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 18, 2021

“You don’t love me. You just think I’m some kind of animal you trapped.” Forgive me if you disagree, but Marnie has wrapped around it the full confidence of Alfred Hitchcock with all his trick and thematic ideas. Its use of visuals to cue the action. The intensity of both co read more

YOU KNEW MY NAME: THE BOND NOT BOND BLOGATHON - The Persuaders! (Greensleeves), 1971

Caftan Woman Posted by on Dec 18, 2021

 Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews and Gabriela at Pale Writer are co-hosting the unique The Bond Not Bond Blogathon. Click HERE to begin sharing favourite movies and performances by the actors who have given us the big screen James Bond when they stepped away from that legendary character. The read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 18, 2021

Note: Spoilers! Avoid this review if you haven’t seen the film, just to be on the safe side. While my heart is still with the original 1961 film (are we surprised?), I found there is much to enjoy in West Side Story (2021). For one, the score is as sumptuous as ever, as are nods to the origina read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 17, 2021

There is much to be said about legendary screenwriter Robert Riskin. A Hollywood pioneer and highly gifted screenwriter of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Riskin was a man of many accomplishments. In addition to screenwriting, he was a producer and director, eventually founding his own film company. H read more

GlamAmor-ous Holidays - Janet Leigh Glows in Understated Howard Greer in 1949's HOLIDAY AFFAIR

GlamAmor Posted by on Dec 17, 2021

It's fascinating how many of the films we now consider Christmas classics came from the 1940s. The decade began with the romances Remember the Night (1940) and The Shop Around the Corner (1940) as well as the witty The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942). But as the decade we read more

The Trouble With Harry (1955): Hitchcock, Humor, and The Macabre

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 16, 2021

Idyllic is the word for The Trouble with Harry, and it positively crackles with the autumnal delights one can only know in locales where the seasons give way one to another. Alfred Hitchcock’s filmography boasts many opulent and gorgeously shot sequences, but Trouble With Harry might have som read more

Watching 1939: The Great Commandment (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Dec 16, 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

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 16, 2021

During the days of the studio system, Universal Pictures shone as a powerhouse producing a wide variety of films. From lighthearted Deanna Durbin musicals to iconic early horror films, the studio had a strong start under German immigrant Carl Laemmle. From his early days managing a nickelodeon in Ch read more

Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven star in “The Bishop’s Wife”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Dec 16, 2021

Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven star in “The Bishop’s Wife” The Bishop’s Wife (1947) is a fantasy romantic comedy directed by Henry Koster and starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. The film was produced by Samuel Goldwyn with cinematography read more