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After Hours (1985) and Scorsese’s Cinematic Purgatory

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 9, 2021

Assume what you will, but After Hours is the Scorsese movie that feels most firmly planted in the 1980s. It’s of its time and functions quite differently than what we have come to expect from him. Mind you, this is hardly a criticism. More so, it shows his range and the eclectic road his care read more

Western RoundUp: Cattle Drive (1951)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Laura Grieve on Dec 8, 2021

Western RoundUp: Cattle Drive (1951) Cattle Drive (1951) Some of the earliest Westerns I watched and loved as a child were Joel McCrea films for Universal Pictures.  In fact, I credit those films with helping to develop my love of classic films in general and Westerns in particular.   IR read more

From the Archives: How to Steal a Million ( 1966 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Dec 7, 2021

We often come across movie stills that feature scenes that were later cut from films. This particular one is from the classic caper How to Steal a Million ( 1966 ) starring Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole. We believe this scene - at an office using IBM machines - may have appeared before Nicole ( H read more

Silver Screen Standards: Bacall Beyond Bogart

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Dec 7, 2021

Silver Screen Standards: Bacall Beyond Bogart Lauren Bacall was just a 19-year-old newcomer when she appeared in To Have and Have Not (1944) and instantly launched into stardom. From the moment you see them together on screen in To Have and Have Not (1944), you know there’s something special read more

The King of Comedy (1982): Celebrity or Notoriety

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 7, 2021

“Better to be king for a night than shmuck for a lifetime.” The opening moments of The King of Comedy, as iconic star Jerry Langford (Jerry Lewis), is ushered to a waiting car surrounded by the chaotic frenzy of thrill-seekers, capture the essence of celebrity in the modern age. Jerry g read more

Classic Movies About Ballet

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Dec 6, 2021

Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes. The challenge of integrating a dynamic theatrical art form into the confines of cinema has proven to be a difficult task. Consequently, it has been undertaken almost exclusively by filmmakers/ballet lovers, whose artistic successes have been mixed equally with unmiti read more

Musical Monday: Oliver! (1968)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Dec 6, 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: Oliver! (1968) – Musical read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 6, 2021

“I am from a little town in North Carolina. I have chosen to keep one foot in that life and my other foot in this life and I’ve had success with that.” –Andy Griffith Andy Griffith is easily one of classic television’s most iconic actors. Best known for portraying Sherr read more

THE DYBBUK

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 6, 2021

 Last week, I had a meeting with a financial advisor who works at my bank. He asked me about my hobbies and interests, and I told how much of a film buff I was. He mentioned that on Halloween he had screened THE DYBBUK, a movie I was aware of but had never seen. Ironically, Turner Classic Movie read more

Classic Movie Travels: Alice Terry

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 6, 2021

Classic Movie Travels: Alice Terry Alice Terry A silent film actress and director, Alice Terry’s made her mark as Marguerite in The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) alongside Rudolph Valentino. Sporting a trademark blonde wig from that point on, Terry enjoyed additional starring roles, read more

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 5, 2021

 Universal's 1935 feature THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD is based on an unfinished work by Charles Dickens (the author died while in the middle of writing it). It contains a number of elements familiar to classic Universal horror, but it is a mystery melodrama, with a climax whipped up by a number read more

Dune (2021): The Archetype for Modern Sci-Fi

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

For being such an influential piece of Science Fiction storytelling, I must admit I have very little history with Frank Herbert’s Dune. I was aware of David Lynch’s adaptation, and I’ve recently been dipping my toes into the impressive mythos of the original novel.  It works in archetypes that read more

What a Character! The Everlasting Imprint of Conrad Veidt

Lady Eve's Reel Life Posted by The Lady Eve on Dec 4, 2021

 Conrad Veidt packed nearly 120 film roles into his all too brief lifetime, but it was the last film released before his death that guaranteed him a special brand of eternal life, what could be called the “filmmortality” actors receive when they’ve had a key role in a timeless read more

George Tobias: Hey! That's Abner Kravitz!

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Dec 4, 2021

This is my entry in the What a Character Blogathon hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken and Freckled, and Paula's Cinema Club. Click here for more about our favorite folks who don't need star billing to shine.George Tobias as himselfFor me, the best character actors are the ones who press that au read more

WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon: Kathleen Harrison

Caftan Woman Posted by on Dec 4, 2021

 Paula's Cinema Club, Outspoken & Freckled, and Once Upon A Screen are hosting their annual What a Character! Blogathon on December 4th. It is the 10th anniversary of this highly anticipated event! Thank you, Paula, Kellee, and Aurora.Kathleen HarrisonFebruary 23, 1892 - December 7, 1995"Go read more

THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK On Blu-ray From Kino

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Dec 4, 2021

 THE SPIDER WOMAN STRIKES BACK (1946) was made toward the end of what is called Universal's "Silver Age" of thrillers and chillers. The movie is not a sequel to the studio's Sherlock Holmes entry THE SPIDER WOMAN, despite having the same star, Gale Sondergaard. A young woman named Jean (Br read more

The ‘What a Character’ Blogathon: Barton MacLane

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Dec 3, 2021

Perhaps best known to modern audiences as the blustering General Peterson on the hit television comedy I Dream of Jeannie, Barton MacLane was better recognized in his heyday as one of the screen’s most enduring heavies. In a film career that spanned decades, MacLane was seen alongside such cinematic read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 3, 2021

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road–in person or virtually–in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to pres read more

Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, and Louis Hayward in "And Then There Were None"

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Dec 3, 2021

Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, and Louis Hayward in "And Then There Were None" And Then There Were None (1945) is a mystery movie directed by Rene Clair and starring Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, and Louis Hayward. The film is an adaptation of Agatha Christie's 1939 novel of the read more

Pre-Code Crazy: Man of the World (1931)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Dec 3, 2021

Now that another Noirvember celebration is behind us, it’s time to return to Pre-Code Crazy, where I join my pal Kristina, over at Speakeasy, in recommending a pre-Code feature that’s airing on TCM during the month. My pick for December is Man of the World (1931), a film that I’d never heard of read more
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