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The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 23, 2020

The final film in the three-disc Kino Carole Lombard Blu-ray set I am reviewing is NO MAN OF HER OWN, a 1932 Paramount production. This movie is famous for being the only onscreen pairing between Lombard and Clark Gable, long before they became an item in real life. Gable plays Jerry "Babe" Stewart read more

THE FOURTH VAN JOHNSON BLOGATHON: 23 Paces to Baker Street, 1956

Caftan Woman Posted by on Aug 23, 2020

Michaela at Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting The Fourth Van Johnson Blogathon. The fun begins on August 23 through to 25. Click HERE to enjoy the contributions looking at the career of fan favourite Van Johnson. Director Henry Hathaway (The Dark Corner) and actor Van Johnson (Battlegro read more

Just Don’t Do It

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Aug 23, 2020

It seems as if independent filmmakers/distributors of the 1970s and early ‘80s were obsessed with including “Don’t” in their movie titles. But wait a minute… This wasn’t simply a cheap way of riding the exploitation bandwagon, but a public service to warn us about read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Three — Olivia de Havilland

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 23, 2020

Dame Olivia de Havilland Olivia de Havilland once said, “I would prefer to live forever in perfect health, but if I must at some time leave this life, I would like to do so ensconced on a chaise lounge, perfumed, wearing a velvet robe and pearl earrings, with a flute of champagne beside me and havin read more

Two Glassner gems from '31, plus a 'Devil'-ish extra

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 23, 2020

The Lester Glassner estate has been a boon to Carole Lombard collectors for years, providing relatively rare stills from her films in excellent condition. Take the above pic as an example; it's a still-sized semi-lobby card for 1931's "It Pays To Advertise" featuring a line from the film. Accompanyi read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Four — George Raft

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 23, 2020

Hard-boiled on screen and off. George Raft was the essence of the 1930s cinema gangster – calculating, ruthless, and always handy with a gat. Off-screen, he led a life that often mirrored his big-screen persona, rubbing shoulders with such real-life mobsters as Bugsy Siegel and Owney Madden and once read more


GlamAmor Posted by on Aug 22, 2020

Last weekend actress Susan Claassen and I had a wonderful time celebrating the work of director Alfred Hitchcock, costume designer Edith Head, and the women who played his most memorable heroines. We were delighted that such a passionate audience joined us for GlamAmor-ous Conversations: The Hitchco read more

Guess who wanted to look like Lombard?

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 22, 2020

Yes, a notable actress envied Carole's allure. Some hints on her identity:1. She achieved considerable success in her own right.2. While Lombard was married to two Hollywood legends, this lady was married to one.3. She never met Carole.OK, who was she? The answer......Lauren Bacall, shown alongside read more

Olivia de Havilland

The Old Hollywood Garden Posted by Carol Martinheira on Aug 21, 2020

Olivia de Havilland On August 21, 2020 By CarolIn Uncategorized I couldn’t possibly cover 104 years of absolute baddassary and do them justice, but, in my review of The Dark Mirror (1946, dir. Robert Siodmak) a few years ago, I referred to Olivia de H read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 21, 2020

Before Lucille Ball became known as the “Queen of Comedy,” Ball appeared in a wide variety of dramatic roles. Though she would become renowned for her comedic timing in the years to come, Ball also proved to have a worthy grasp of more serious performances. The Big Street (1942) feature read more

Retrocast redux: Carole and husbands go Goldie in "Seems Like Old Times"

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 21, 2020

What's this, you're asking? It's my brain having some fun again, that's what. More than eight years ago, I participated in a blogathon called "The Great Recasting," where post-1965 films were "created" with pre-1965 personnel. My choice was to convert the 1992 comedy "Housesitter," starring Goldie H read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-One — Diana Dors

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 21, 2020

Don’t call her the British Marilyn Monroe. Some said that Diana Dors was England’s answer to Marilyn Monroe. (She resented the reference.) In an interview with famed journalist Mike Wallace, he described her as a “bosomy blonde bundle with a flair for publicity that is extraordinary even by read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty-Two — Natalie Wood

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 21, 2020

Unforgettable star. It’s not often that a popular child star makes a successful transition to screen fame. From the Golden Age of Hollywood, I can only think of a few off the top of my head – Judy Garland. Mickey Rooney. Elizabeth Taylor. Bonita Granville. Roddy McDowall. And Natalie Wood. IN THE read more

Last Train from Gun Hill (1959): Douglas Vs. Quinn

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 20, 2020

The action begins with a chase of sorts, except with the men pursuing a buckboard, carrying a woman and a young boy, it’s more like a game of cat-and-mouse. As a Native American maiden and a pretty one at that, they look to have their way with her. A horrible incident follows, and it’s a read more

For my 4,300th, let's reach the Raft-ers 'Under The Stars'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 20, 2020

The day after my 65th birthday, another milestone, this for my blog: This marks the 4,300th entry at Carole & Co. since it began in June 2007. And today's subject: George Raft, shown heating up the screen with dance partner Carole Lombard in "Bolero" (1934).Raft, who did the "dance" with Lombard hor read more

On Blu-ray: The Magnificent Esther Williams and Victor Mature in Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Aug 20, 2020

Before I saw Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) for the first time, I read the passage in Esther William’s juicy memoir about the hot after hours affair she had with co-star Victor Mature. For that reason, this film has always been extra spicy for me. I’ll never know how much of my enjoyment read more

LEGENDS OF WESTERN CINEMA WEEK: The Big Valley, The Great Safe Robbery, 1966

Caftan Woman Posted by on Aug 20, 2020

Hamlette's Soliloquy and Along the Brandywine are our hosts for the online celebration Legends of Western Cinema Week, during August 17 - 21. The celebration of your (our) favourite westerns will certainly brighten the summer of 2020. The Barkleys of The Big Valley Barba read more

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – Francis X. Bushman, Early Screen Idol

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Lea Stans on Aug 20, 2020

Silents are Golden: Silent Superstars – Francis X. Bushman, Early Screen Idol If you were to name a silent film actor famed for being a sex symbol, who would you pick? “Rudolph Valentino” jumps to mind immediately, of course–as is right and just–and maybe some of you would mention read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Twenty — William Powell

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 20, 2020

William Powell: The embodiment of sophistication. Just picturing William Powell makes me smile. I can’t think of a single performance of his that doesn’t bring me joy, in one way or another – from Double Harness (1933) to How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), and from My Man Godfrey (1936) to Mister read more