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The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Sep 1, 2019

L'ARGENT is a 1928 French silent film that I had no knowledge of until I learned earlier this year that it was going to be released on Blu-ray from Flicker Alley. What caught my attention was finding out that the movie starred Brigitte Helm. I've been fascinated by the German actress since I first s read more

LABOR DAY 2019: Norma Rae (1979)

Backlots Posted by Lara on Sep 1, 2019

In 1973, labor organizer Crystal Lee Sutton was fired from the J.P. Stevens textile plant in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Her crime was “insubordination,” after her boss took issue with Sutton copying an anti-union letter on the bulletin board. Sutton had been organizing the workers in the plan read more

HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN On Blu-ray From Shout Factory

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 31, 2019

Shout Factory's series of Region A Hammer releases carries on with HORROR OF FRANKENSTEIN (1970). This movie is the product of one of Hammer's most quizzical production decisions. By 1970 the company had made five Frankenstein features starring Peter Cushing. The latest film in the series was the b read more

Waitress (2007, Adrienne Shelly)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 31, 2019

For most of its runtime, Waitress is a character study. Writer and director Shelly does give the film an epical arc, which doesn’t get fully revealed until the third act (and, arguably, epilogue), but most of the film is spent watching Keri Russell, her character’s actions, reactions, inactions, read more

Zukor, Zanuck, Mayer, Cohn...Trump?

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 31, 2019

My "holy trinity" of Golden Age actresses -- Carole Lombard, Myrna Loy and Barbara Stanwyck -- recently held court. Here's the transcript:Lombard: Myrna, Stany, I invited you here because I just came across something that has to be seen, er, read to be believed. It's from the latest issue -- Septemb read more

The Guilt of Janet Ames (1947)

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 31, 2019

US / 83 minutes / bw / Columbia Dir: Henry Levin Pr: Helen Deutsch, Virginia Van Upp Scr: Louella MacFarlane, Allen Rivkin, Devery Freeman Story: Lenore Coffee Cine: Joseph Walker Cast: Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Sid Caesar, Betsy Blair, Nina Foch, Charles Cane, Harry Von Zell, Bruce Harper ( read more

A Sétima Cruz (1944) / The Seventh Cross (1944)

Critica Retro Posted by Lê on Aug 31, 2019

A Sétima Cruz (1944) / The Seventh Cross (1944) ESTA CRÍTICA TEM SPOILERS THIS ARTICLE HAS SPOILERS A guerra mais violenta, degradante e mortal de todas começou em 1939, mas os horrores já estavam acontecendo há anos na terra de Hitler. Os nazistas chegaram ao poder na Alemanha em read more

o/t: Readers Imbibing Peril XIV Begins…

Noirish Posted by John Grant on Aug 30, 2019

***Helen at She Reads Novels linked to this jolly looking project. I’ll be trying to keep track of the relevant reviews/discussions. RIP 14 “-there was something in her, something that was…pure horror. Everything you were supposed to watch out for. Heights, fire, shards of glass, snakes…” read more


Caftan Woman Posted by on Aug 30, 2019

"Take two turkeys, one goose, four cabbages, but no duck, and mix them together. After one taste, you'll duck soup the rest of your life." - Groucho Marx Groucho, Gummo, Minnie, Zeppo, Sam, Chico, Harpo Minnie's boys were born for the stage. Minnie Schoenberg (1865-1929) and her parents were read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 30, 2019

Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, named after the palace of Odin, Norse god of slain heroes, is a beautiful cemetery that spans portions of North Hollywood, Los Angeles, and Burbank, California. With lush grounds and beautiful memorials, it is a serene place of respite and has a quite a history. Of read more

It's really her, all right

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

Not all classic Hollywood actresses look alike, of course. But Carole Lombard and her contemporaries often had similarities of appearance that could confuse those who didn't know any better.The photo above, for instance, exudes a bit of a contemplative Marilyn Monroe '50s vibe. And these pics of Joa read more

At the Earth's Core ( 1976 )

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

Kevin Connor is best known for directing a series of rather cheesy popcorn sci-fi/adventure film adaptations of Edgar Rice Burrough novels, a series which began with The Land That Time Forgot ( 1975 ).  Most of the films had great casts, adequate special effects and plenty of Jules Verne-ion at read more

Encore podcast: The Jack Benny-Johnny Carson Connection

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Aug 30, 2019

In 1949, Jack Benny took advantage of new capital gains laws and moved his popular program from NBC to CBS, an immense boost to that network in ratings and prestige. At about the same time, a senior at the University of Nebraska named Johnny Carson was putting together his thesis, “How to Writ read more

City for Conquest (1940): Starring James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, and Arthur Kennedy

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 29, 2019

Upon being immersed in City for Conquest, it feels like a cast of millions because so many familiar faces make an appearance for any given amount of time. Surely, the most important coupling is James Cagney and Ann Sheridan who are paired much in the same way as Angel With Dirty Faces (1938), playi read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 29, 2019

Warner Brothers continued its chain of Gold Diggers musicals after their newer installments to the series proved to be profitable. After experimenting with an original story and a brand new cast of characters with Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935), the studio made the decision to base their latest film i read more

24 Hours in the Life of a Clown (1946, Jean-Pierre Melville)

The Stop Button Posted by Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 29, 2019

Per 24 Hours in the Life of a Clown, those twenty-four hours go from sad to happy. Well, wait; they actually go from narrating man in the shadows, face in said shadows, only the brim of his fedora visible—because l’inconnu fantôme wants to tell you all about Beby the clown. Once the short get read more

Watching 1939: Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Aug 29, 2019

rue events with a spy ring based in New York and the 1938 trial that followed, the Guenther Gustave Rumrich Spy Case in 1938.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, th read more

1st Annual Muscle Car Tourney: Starter Match

All Good Things Posted by monty on Aug 29, 2019

Hello everyone welcome to the 1st annual Muscle Car Tourney. 14 Players have each chosen a specific favorite muscle car from 1964-1974 to compete in 12 high octane weeks of voting. But I wanted to get things going with a starter match with 2 cars that are not competing in the tourney.  The 7 read more

2020 vision: 'Fantastic Worlds' at film festival

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

Carole Lombard's spirit self always welcomes visitors to the Hollywood she loved so dearly (she's posing at her fabled Hollywood Boulevard residence in 1934), and that certainly will be true next April when an annual springtime tradition returns to the legendary film capital.It's the 11th annual Tur read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (August 2019)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Aug 29, 2019

What's the connection between Jerry Lewis and Robert Wagner? The rules:  You will be given a pair or trio of films or performers and will be required to to find the common connection. It could be anything--two stars who acted in the same movie, two movies that share a common theme, etc.&n read more