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book: The Department of Sensitive Crimes (2019) by Alexander McCall Smith

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 30, 2019

I’ve enjoyed watching the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series on TV but so far as I can recall I’ve never actually read anything by Alexander McCall Smith before. I may have to change my ways because, while I was far from blown away by The Department of Sensitive Crimes, I found read more

Hungry Hill (1947, Brian Desmond Hurst)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 30, 2019

I have never read Hungry Hill: The Novel, but even before I finished watching Hungry Hill: The Film, I’d decided it’s one of the worst novel-to-film adaptations. It’s impossible know what point novel author Daphne Du Maurier was trying to make but it didn’t come through in the film. If she was read more

Candleshoe ( 1977 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Jun 30, 2019

Michael Innes, who is best known for his novels featuring detective Sir John Appleby, was a prolific author for over fifty years ( 1930s-1980s ). In 1953, he penned a little book entitled "Christmas at Candleshoe" which Walt Disney Studios subsequently produced as a family motion picture in 1977. Li read more

Signatures worth $7,020

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 30, 2019

We don't know the "Dolores" this autographed Carole Lombard photo is addressed to, but we do know this sepia-toned shot measures 10 1/4" x 13" and that Carole's signature is in her customary green ink and appears genuine.We also know this item is selling for $5,400 -- down from its earlier price of read more

Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest Posted by Joey on Jun 30, 2019

I always adored musicals ever snice i was little boy i adored the genre of musicals. Musicals and Hollywood glitz and glam go hand in hand. Whether its romance, tragedy, comedy or even horror you’re after, there are plenty of adaptations and original movie musicals that have you covered. In a read more

book: The Black Widow (1988) by Carolyn Keene

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 30, 2019

My first experience of a Nancy Drew novel, this is #28 in the spinoff Nancy Drew: Files series featuring a rather older Nancy (she’s 18 here). The Black Widow was published in 1988, long after the original Carolyn Keene, Mildred Wirt Benson, had ceased contributing to the saga. And, to be read more

O Estranho Caso do Conde (1959) / The Scapegoat (1959)

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Jun 30, 2019

O Estranho Caso do Conde (1959) / The Scapegoat (1959) Sempre que ouvimos o nome Daphne du Maurier, instantaneamente pensamos em Hitchcock como o elo que a liga ao cinema. Hitchcock adaptou os trabalhos mais famosos de Daphne para as telas: “Rebecca – A Mulher Inesquecível” read more

Rebecca Got a Bad Rep

Cary Grant Won't Eat You Posted by Judy on Jun 29, 2019

**Spoilers abound** Of all the femme fatales on film and in print, Rebecca may top them all. The woman isn’t even alive at the start of the book or the Hitchcock film that resulted from it, yet the narrator of the story is so haunted by her husband’s previous wife (and Du Maurier is so skilled at read more

The Psychopath (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jun 29, 2019

The Psychopath Directed by Freddie Francis Written by Robert Bloch 1966/UK Amicus Productions First viewing/YouTube Creepy dolls are always a plus in a horror movie. Murder victims are piling up in London.  All of them are found in grisly positions accompanied by a doll resembling the deceased.  Sco read more

The Universal Horror Collection: Vol. 1 On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Jun 29, 2019

In the past year Shout Factory has released a number of Blu-rays covering various eras of classic fantastic cinema--Universal science-fiction movies from the 1950s, Hammer Films titles from the 1960s, and some of the Val Lewton-RKO series from the 1940s. Now the company delves into the 1930s with th read more

Pre-Code Corner: Sins in The Cheat (1931)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Kellee Pratt on Jun 29, 2019

Pre-Code Corner: Sins in The Cheat (1931) Even the poster makes it clear Tallulah Bankhead is the star One of the captivating traits found in a Pre-Code film is a dark tone, that often reflects a discernible note of danger. I suppose it’s a flair for the dramatics that draws many to the dark read more

Angel in Exile (1948)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Jun 29, 2019

vt Dark Violence US / 86 minutes / bw / Republic Dir: Allan Dwan, Philip Ford Scr: Charles Larson Cine: Reggie Lanning Cast: John Carroll, Adele Mara, Thomas Gomez, Barton MacLane, Alfonso Bedoya, Grant Withers, Howland Chamberlin, Art Smith, Paul Fix, Tom Powers, Ian Wolfe, Elsa Lorraine Zepeda, Ma read more

'Color' pics to Examine

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 29, 2019

This Carole Lombard portrait on the cover of the November 1935 Hollywood magazine marks one of the first times -- in not the first -- that she had been photographed in what was called "natural color," a still cousin to the three-strip Technicolor process employed in feature films for the first time read more

It Happened Tomorrow (1944, René Clair)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Jun 28, 2019

At first blush—with the way too obvious exception of Jack Oakie—It Happened Tomorrow seemingly has all the parts needed for success. Seemingly. Dick Powell’s an affable lead; only the role requires no heavy-lifting, which is problematic considering he spends much of the film in one mortal danger read more

Encore Podcast: Fade to Blacklist, Part 1

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Jun 28, 2019

In the summer of 1950, a booklet called "Red Channels" shook up the East Coast media structure -- radio and TV networks as well as advertising agencies. "Red Channels" listed the "subversive" activities of over 150 writers, directors and performers, from Orson Welles to Lena Horne. If you were named read more

Olivia de Havilland Lecture at Oxford and Other Classic Film Adventures in Europe

Backlots Posted by Lara on Jun 28, 2019

Readers, I returned to the United States on Tuesday after 2 weeks in Europe, and as my jet lag seems to finally have been conquered, I wanted to write to you about the lecture and the other classic film-related things I did while abroad. It was an absolutely magnificent trip, filled with many wonde read more

On Approval (1944)

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Jun 28, 2019

On Approval (1944) “On Approval” começa de maneira criativa com um narrador (E.V.H. Emmett) comparando os tempos modernos de 1939 – antes da guerra que estava então acontecendo – e a era Vitoriana. O narradora diz que a era Vitoriana foi muito melhor porque, entre out read more

For the Formosa, forward into the past

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jun 28, 2019

For Carole Lombard, making "To Be Or Not To Be," a smart if dark comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch (whom she had long admired, and vice versa), was a dream come true. It was made for United Artists on its one-time lot, in what's now known as West Hollywood, and then known as the Samuel Goldwyn studi read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name That Movie Game

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Jun 28, 2019

It's time to make an announcement! Or so it seems.....this comely duo look like they are happy to say something, but what could it be? If you know what film this screenshot is from, then drop a comment down below and see if you are the winner of this month's Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game read more

Here Is Your Life (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Jun 27, 2019

Here Is Your Life (Här har du ditt liv) Directed by Jan Troell Written by Jan Troell and Bengt Forslund from a novel by Eyvind Johnson 1966/Sweden Svensk Filmindustri First viewing/Amazon Instant   Beautiful, if overlong, coming-of-age story. It is 1914 in rural Sweden and our hero Olof Persson read more
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