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YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 7: Cry Vengeance (1954)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 7, 2020

Many classic film fans have never heard of the star of my Day 7 recommendation, let alone the movie: It’s Cry Vengeance (1954), starring Mark Stevens. But I’m hoping to change all that. Before I started working on today’s post, I’d only seen Cry Vengeance once, and that was nearly 20 years ago. read more

Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (1954): Gabin’s Aging Gangster

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 7, 2020

On only two occasions have I had the pleasure of watching a Jacques Becker film, and I hold him in the highest esteem even based on this admittedly meager sample size. It seems a fitting observation to acknowledge how closely he was tied to one of France’s foremost titans, Jean Renoir, servin read more

Ida Lupino performs at the “Road House”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Nov 6, 2020

Ida Lupino performs at the “Road House” Road House (1948) is a film noir directed by Jean Negulesco and starring Ida Lupino, Cornell Wilde, Celeste Holm, and Richard Widmark. The black and white cinematography was by Joseph LaShelle (Laura) and the film contains two songs: Johnny Me read more

Destination Tokyo (1943) and There’s No Place Like Home

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 6, 2020

“This is sort of a blind date. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.” – Cary Grant as Captain Cassidy No pretense can be made to suggest Destination Tokyo functions as an original entry of a “men on a mission movie” from a couple decades later. For one th read more

Another Columbia gem, and a Chuck Lorre interview

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 6, 2020

Nice-looking Carole Lombard portrait, isn't it? This still is from Columbia Pictures, but since the rear of the photo is blank I have no idea which of her five films these it's meant to promote. Doesn't matter, though -- it's quite stunning.It's up for auction at eBay; as of this writing, one bid ha read more

Classic Movie Travels: Mary Carlisle

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 6, 2020

Classic Movie Travels: Mary Carlisle Mary Carlisle During her time in the film industry, Mary Carlisle took on many roles as an ingénue. A talented singer, dancer, and actress, she appeared in over 60 Hollywood films. Carlisle was born Gwendolyn Witter on February 3, 1914, in Boston, Massac read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 6: The Damned Don’t Cry (1950)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 6, 2020

If you know anything about me, you know that I love Joan Crawford. Her picture is in an art deco frame in my breakfast nook, and my wall is graced by a gorgeous Italian poster from her 1947 feature Possessed. Her face is the screen saver on my phone. And she’s the star of two of the YouTube noirs read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 6, 2020

Classic Hollywood musicals have showcased many singing stars, including many memorable baritones. While the likes of Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra are well remembered today, Dick Haymes is yet another notable tenor; although, he is one who is not discussed as often. Haymes is one of my favorite singe read more

Watching 1939: Rough Riders’ Round-Up (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Nov 5, 2020

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

'Mom' enters the post-Anna era

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 5, 2020

Save for having her films appear on the late show or on Turner Classic Movies, this was as close as Carole Lombard came to appearing on television -- having her old RKO pal Lucille Ball hold up a fan magazine with her picture on the cover. It would be Ball who would make a spark in the new medium, f read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 5: Detour (1945)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 5, 2020

If you’ve never seen Detour (1945), you’re in for a down and dirty, noirishly good treat. I envy you. Detour is one of those “B” noirs you may have heard about, with a budget so low that the director, Edgar Ulmer, used his own car for filming. But it doesn’t feel cheap, and it packs a noir read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Nov 4, 2020

 Kino continues to release rare silent movies on Blu-ray. A couple weeks ago I posted a review of their offering of Tod Browning's 1921 OUTSIDE THE LAW. The company has also brought out a Browning silent double feature, containing DRIFTING and WHITE TIGER. For today's purposes I'll be writing a read more

From the Archives: High Barbaree ( 1947 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 4, 2020

Who said you can't kiss with a mask on? Van Johnson and June Allyson prove that it can be easily done in this photo from a scene from High Barbaree ( 1947 ). From the Archives is our latest series of posts where we share photos from the Silverbanks Pictures collection. Some of these m read more

On Blu-ray: John Wayne and Robert Ryan Butt Heads in Flying Leathernecks (1951)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Nov 4, 2020

Flying Leathernecks (1951) is an unusual entry in World War II cinema. While it leans into the familiar camaraderie and hijinks of many war films from the era, it offers a few visceral glimpses at the violent realities of war. This is most likely due to the influence of director Nicholas Ray, who wa read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 4, 2020

Classic Hollywood films have their fair share of heroes as well as villains. In the case of actor Dan Duryea, villainous roles were the usual way that movie-going audiences got to know his work. While typified as a more sinister on-screen character, Duryea’s screen image was quite different fr read more

YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 4: New York Confidential (1955)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 4, 2020

I frequently find myself talking about how this noir is one of my favorites, and how that one is on my top 10 list. But I can’t help it – there’re so many noirs to love! And today’s YouTube noir is one of them. Incredibly underrated, New York Confidential (1955) is simply great, in my estimation. read more

#Noirvember: Robert Siodmak Signature

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Nov 4, 2020

I’m quite excited to post my first article for #Noirvember 2020! I’ve decided to kick things off with an essay that I originally wrote for a class on film noir I attended during the last year of my bachelor degree in film studies. The work consisted of analysing the style of film noir di read more

'This Was Hollywood': A friend of mine books some movie history

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 4, 2020

What does Carole Lombard have in common with the cat seen just below? Both appeared in the 1928 Mack Sennett comedy short "Run, Girl, Run." The feline, named Puzzums, was a very popular film performer in the day -- we profiled it in a February 2019 entry, https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/979753 read more

Air Force (1943): Howard Hawks Takes on WWII

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 4, 2020

At times, Air Force functions like a staged documentary. It feels both instructive and informed by Howard Hawks’ own passion for aviation. It has the simple task of making sure the folks at home can empathize with their boys up in the air. In fact, it falls short of being a mere instructional read more

You're Invited! Online FILM NOIR STYLE Series Continues 11/15 with THE WAR YEARS

GlamAmor Posted by on Nov 3, 2020

On Sunday, November 15, my online series Film Noir Style continues with The War Years. This is the second in a series that accompanies my book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s. Like the book, the series is divided into four parts:Before the War 1940-1941The War Years 1942-1945The Year of read more