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It Happened in Hollywood (1937, Harry Lachman)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 2, 2019

It Happened in Hollywood is very nearly a success, which is surprising since most of the film is entirely mediocre. There’s a great lead performance from Richard Dix, as a silent movie cowboy who can’t make it in talkies (though, to be fair, the one bombed screen-test scene was more used to comment read more

Step Down to Terror (1958)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Mar 2, 2019

US / 76 minutes / bw / Universal International Dir: Harry Keller Pr: Joseph Gershenson Scr: Mel Dinelli, Czenzi Ormonde, Chris Cooper (i.e., Sy Gomberg) Story: Gordon McDonell Cine: Russell Metty Cast: Colleen Miller, Charles Drake, Rod Taylor, Josephine Hutchinson, Jocelyn Brando, Alan Dexter, Rick read more

The Friendship of Jennifer Jones and Ingrid Bergman

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Mar 2, 2019

Three Enchanting Ladies Jennifer Jones is not the first name that automatically pop-ups to people’s head when thinking about classic Hollywood. A name like Ingrid Bergman has more chances to. It is intriguing, as Mrs. Jones had quite a prolific career in Hollywood. We remember her four pairings alo read more

Fay Wray and Robert Riskin, The Blogathon: 'Virtue' & 'The Wedding March'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Mar 2, 2019

"Virtue," Carole Lombard's first loan-out from Paramount (made for Columbia in 1932), unveiled a tougher side to this 23-year-old ingenue than had heretofore been seen. Playing a former New York prostitute who hides her past from her cab-driving husband, Lombard shows a complexity not present in her read more

Dicas de beleza de Jean Harlow / Jean Harlow's beauty tips

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Mar 2, 2019

Dicas de beleza de Jean Harlow / Jean Harlow's beauty tips Jean Harlow é uma das minhas atrizes favoritas. Ela podia fazer tanto comédia quanto drama com perfeição, ela seduzia como ninguém, ela era charmosa e tinha um sorriso adorável – na verdade, eu acredito que ela era uma pessoa read more

Red Dust (1932, Victor Fleming)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Mar 1, 2019

I’m not sure how much would be different about Red Dust if the film weren’t so hideously racist, particularly when it comes to poor Willie Fung (as the houseboy), but at least it wouldn’t go out on such a nasty note. Especially since the finale, despite being contrived, at least plays to the film’s read more

Variations on a Theme Song (1966 Edition)

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Mar 1, 2019

In the immortal tradition of cave people banging on rocks and skulls and strolling troubadours of the Middle Ages, there is also the TV theme song. We take a look at the state of the theme in 1966, which featured songs with one-word lyrics ("Batman") and pop hits ("Secret Agent") as well as songs th read more

The Jean Harlow Blogathon is here!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Mar 1, 2019

I’m glad to say that, today, we finally start to honour the sparkling Jean Harlow! I’m hosting the Jean Harlow Blogathon with my friend Samantha from Musings of A Classic Film Addict! This is the first blogathon we are hosting together and it is an honour for me! Her blog is fantastic! read more

When Jean Harlow Became a Star: ‘Hell’s Angels’ (Howard Hughes, 1930)

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Mar 1, 2019

I JUST watched Hell’s Angels. It was about time. Here, I’m not talking about a film on the motorcycle club, but about Howard Hughes film that involves a lot of planes, World War I and, blonde bombshell Jean Harlow. Because Jean is who we are honouring today, Samantha from Musings of A C read more


Caftan Woman Posted by on Mar 1, 2019

Steve at the his newly-minted site MovieMovieBlogBlog The Sequel is hosting The Laurel and Hardy Blogathon running from March 1 - 3. Click HERE for all the fun because life isn't short enough. A leisurely afternoon awaits the head of the household of a tidy little bungalow after the clear read more

Lombard as best dressed, and stellar screenwriting feedback

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Mar 1, 2019

"I can't imagine a duller fate than being the best-dressed woman in reality. When I want to do something, I don't pause to contemplate whether I'm exquisitely gowned. I want to live, not pose!"That's among Carole Lombard's best-known quotes... but one nevertheless guesses she secretly felt honored i read more

book: Bunny Lake is Missing (1957) by Evelyn Piper

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Feb 28, 2019

Although the critics were in general less than impressed by it, I much enjoyed Otto Preminger’s 1965 creepy psychological thriller BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING, with Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier, Keir Dulleia, Martita Hunt, Noel Coward and all. I’m not sure why I’ve left it so long to read more

The Trouble with Angels (1966)

Flickers in Time Posted by Beatrice on Feb 28, 2019

The Trouble with Angels Directed by Ida Lupino Written by Blanche Hanalis from a novel by Jane Trahey 1966/USA Columbia Pictures Corporation/William Frye Productions/Eaves Movie Ranch Repeat viewing/Amazon Instant About as cute as any convent comedy has the right to be. Mary Clancy (Haley Mills) and read more

This feline actor was the cat's meow

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

Carole Lombard, cat lover, posed with an unnamed black feline in a publicity still for "Supernatural" (1933). Two years later, a white cat (named Whitey, natch) was her character's pet in "Hands Across The Table" (below).But did you know that one cat appeared in four of Carole's movies? I didn't unt read more

The Man From Laramie (1955)

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 28, 2019

The title says it all. James Stewart is the eponymous stranger who rides into town delivering a load of supplies to an isolated outpost called Coronado. But that’s not his main business at hand. He’s searching for someone because he has some personal matters to take care of. In this sma read more

Classic Film Freak Posted by on Feb 28, 2019

Crooklyn (1994, Spike Lee)

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

Crooklyn is a series of memories. They’re mostly the main character’s memories—and if they’re not, they’re definitely from her perception. The memories start in the spring and go through the summer. Director Lee and his cowriters—and siblings (Crooklyn is semi-autobiographical) Joie Lee read more

Watching 1939: What a Life (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Feb 28, 2019

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

February Quick Picks and Pans

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Feb 28, 2019

The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) In this thriller with a paranormal twist, photographer Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway), known for her controversial photos, watches as her models are killed off one by one. The twist is that she sees their deaths before they occur, through the eyes of the killer. The exceptio read more

book: Woman with a Blue Pencil (2015) by Gordon McAlpine

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Feb 28, 2019

Japanese-American art prof and amateur PI Sam Sumida is watching the new movie called The Maltese Falcon at his local LA fleapit one night — the night before, although he doesn’t yet know this, the Pearl Harbor attack — when the film breaks. Moments later, when the image is restor read more