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The Alternate Movie Title Game (Bogie Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 22, 2021

Here are the rules: We will provide an "alternate title" for a Humphrey Bogart film and ask you to name the actual film. Most of these are pretty easy. Please answer no more than three questions per day so others can play. You may have an answer other than the intended one--just be able to defend it read more

Musical Monday: Killer Diller (1948)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Feb 22, 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: Killer Diller – Musical read more

THE GAMMA PEOPLE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Feb 21, 2021

 Another obscure British science-fiction film directed by John Gilling. This time it's the 1956 production THE GAMMA PEOPLE. Gilling also co-wrote the script. Two newspaper reporters (Paul Douglas and Leslie Phillips) are traveling on a train through Europe, when they are inadvertently str read more

Gandahar (aka: Light Years)

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Feb 21, 2021

 (1987) Directed by René Laloux; Written by René Laloux and Roland Topor; Based on the novel Les Hommes Machine Contre Gandhar, by Jean-Pierre Andrevon; Starring: Pierre-Marie Escourrou, Catherine Chevallier, Georges Wilson and Anny Duperey; Available on DVD (Region 2) Rating: **** “Wha read more

VARAN THE UNBELIEVABLE

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Feb 20, 2021

 This is the 1962 American version of a 1958 Toho film originally titled DAIKAIJU BARAN. The Toho version is not one of the company's best science-fiction features, but it is a fairly decent giant monster movie. It also had the involvement of Toho's talented trio: Ishiro Honda as director, Eiji read more

Ann Harding and William Powell share a "Double Harness"

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Feb 19, 2021

Ann Harding and William Powell share a "Double Harness"  Double Harness (1933) is a pre-Code melodrama directed by John Cromwell (Of Human Bondage) and starring Ann Harding and William Powell. The screenplay was written by Jane Murfin (What Price Hollywood?, Alice Adams), and the music was read more

The Solitaire Man ( 1933 )

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

Herbert Marshall made his MGM debut in 1933 with a quickie called The Solitaire Man where he played the titular character, a jewel smuggler who decides to go straight. Oliver Lane aka "The Solitaire Man" wants to settle down and live the life of an honest nobleman. He just purchased a farm in E read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1934)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 19, 2021

Adapted from the thrilling tales penned by Baroness Orczy in the first years of the twentieth century, The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) is an essential part of the swashbuckler genre even though it's not exactly an action picture. Instead, Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon, its stars, are primarily involve read more

Departures (2008): Agents for The Dead

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

One could choose any number of labels to attempt categorizing Departures. It’s a film indebted to the rapturous compositions of the past. It shares elements akin to any police procedural ever made or for that matter, the veterinary antics from a British gem like All Creatures Great and Small. read more

Silents are Golden: 4 Fearless Movie Stuntmen Of The 1920s

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Lea Stans on Feb 18, 2021

Silents are Golden: 4 Fearless Movie Stuntmen Of The 1920s One of my recent columns talked about the dangers early studios often faced to capture “authentic” weather and hair-raising stunts. That inspired this month’s piece, which takes a closer look at some of the courageous folks who literally read more

Watching 1939: King of the Underworld (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Feb 18, 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 Feb 17, 2021

“Actors are emotional. If somebody would come up to us and say, ‘Sign here. Everybody’s doing it for civil liberties,’ or ‘Sign here to save the bread of children of writers banned from the studios because of their political beliefs,’ I would sign because it was a read more

How many Hitchcock Films did Cary Grant Star in?

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on Feb 16, 2021

How many Alfred Hitchcock Films did Cary Grant Star in? Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock on set in NYC “the only actor I ever loved in my whole life”-Alfred Hitchcock about Cary Grant, from the book Cary Grant: A Class Apart Cary Grant starred in FOUR films directed by Master of read more

The Funny Papers: Cinematic Fascination with The Big (and Sometimes Blended) Family

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Kellee Pratt on Feb 16, 2021

The Funny Papers: Cinematic Fascination with The Big (and Sometimes Blended) Family When my husband and I married a dozen years ago, we were each going to the altar for the second time. We became a blended family, bringing with us our own pair of kiddos to turn into a family of six. This union of read more

Whisper of The Heart (1995): Take Me Home Concrete Road

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

Whisper of The Heart is wholeheartedly a Japanese anime and yet learning John Denver’s “Country Roads” holds a relatively substantial place in the plotline might catch some off guard. After all, as the metropolitan imagery establishes our setting, we hear a version of the song play read more

BELLY LAUGHS: Without a Clue, 1988

Caftan Woman Posted by on Feb 15, 2021

 "With apologies to the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson."Above is the final credit to the 1988 comedy Without a Clue. The Holmes character has withstood countless spoofs and homages over the years. The disclaimer here is cute but not seriously necessary fo read more

Seven Things to Know About William Hopper

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 15, 2021

1. William Hopper auditioned for the TV series Perry Mason--for the role of Perry! You can view his screen test opposite Ray Collins as Lieutenant Tragg on YouTube. The part went to Raymond Burr, of course, and Hopper was cast as private investigator Paul Drake. He was nominated for an Emmy for read more

Musical Monday: Sepia Cinderella (1947)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Feb 15, 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: Sepia Cinderella (1947) read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Feb 15, 2021

Being a fan of classic television as well as classic film, I was particularly saddened to learn of the passing of Dawn Wells. Wells, of course, famously portrayed the wholesome Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan’s Island throughout the show’s three-season run and three feature films. A delight read more

A Resurfacing

Backlots Posted by Lara on Feb 14, 2021

Contrary to what activity on Backlots might tell you, I am, indeed, alive. Since September, I have been deep in the zone of Marion Davies work, and have a website for the project, which can be found here. I remain extremely busy, but wanted to update you on the progress of my work, and what to expe read more
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