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The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 15, 2020

Kino's "Carole Lombard Collection I" Blu-ray set includes MAN OF THE WORLD, a 1931 Paramount film that is known for the first onscreen pairing of William Powell and Carole Lombard. MAN OF THE WORLD concerns one Michael Trevor (Powell), an American living in self-imposed exile in Paris. Trevor makes read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 15, 2020

Here's a juicy screenshot. "What on earth is it?!" you're probably thinking. It is a bit difficult to make out, but this was the best screenshot I could take. There aren't many clues here, but if you saw this film you'll probably remember this scene!Aren't familiar with the Impossibly Difficult Name read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Fifteen — Nina Foch

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 15, 2020

Ice-blonde beauty. Nina Foch isn’t exactly a household name. She was a chic, blonde beauty who suffered through a spate of inferior film vehicles in her early career, but who possessed a superb acting ability that catapulted her from obscurity to become one of Hollywood’s most highly respected actre read more

On this torrid day, a few hot pics

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 15, 2020

One of my dreams as a Carole Lombard historian and researcher is to create a book illustrating her series of Paramount p1202 portraits (that was her studio player code number), from p1202-1, shown above in 1930, to her final one in 1938; they total about 1,800. Unfortunately, there are several roadb read more

Encore Podcast: The Rise and Fall of "Dragnet"

The Man on the Flying Trapeze Posted by David on Aug 14, 2020

In the summer of 1949, "Dragnet" premiered on NBC radio. It was a show that sounded like no other thanks to creator-star Jack Webb's obsession with authenticity. "Dragnet" then moved to TV and ran for most of the 1950s. Its theme song and opening disclaimer -- "The story you are about to see is true read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Aug 14, 2020

Kino has recently released a "Carole Lombard Collection I" Blu-ray box set, featuring three of the actress' early films, when she was under contract to Paramount. Two of the movies included, MAN OF THE WORLD and NO MAN OF HER OWN, had already been available on DVD, but the one I am covering today, F read more

Playables? More like collectibles

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 14, 2020

Remember the Italian restaurant scene in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," where Ann (Carole Lombard) and David (Robert Montgomery) discover to their dismay old times are not so easily recaptured? The same may apply if you purchase the 1941 Alfred Hitchcock comedy on a format used by relatively few these days:Yep read more

Classic Film Freak Posted by on Aug 13, 2020

Carole Lombard and Jack Benny in Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or Not to Be”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Aug 13, 2020

Carole Lombard and Jack Benny in Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or Not to Be” To Be or Not to Be (1942) is a comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Carole Lombard and Jack Benny The film is set in Warsaw, Poland, before the 1939 Nazi invasion. Josef Tura (Jack Benny) and his read more

Watching 1939: The Great Man Votes (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Aug 13, 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

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Fourteen — Steve McQueen

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 13, 2020

The King of Cool. I had a conversation the other day with an old movie pal, and he happened to mention that he didn’t understand the appeal of Steve McQueen. “He was cool,” I told him, trying but failing to keep the tone of incredulity out of my voice. “He was just cool.” IN THE BEGINNING: read more

"To Be" a tasteful publicity campaign

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 13, 2020

Publicizing a Carole Lombard film traditionally was a delightful challenge for theater owners, and in late 1941, they looked forward to her second comedic comeback movie, "To Be Or Not To Be," directed by no less than Ernst Lubitsch. After Dec. 7 and the attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the U.S. i read more

Noir Nook: Noir Femmes in the Fan Mags

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry on Aug 13, 2020

Noir Nook: Noir Femmes in the Fan Mags At last year’s Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, one of the special presentations was entitled “Celebrity Culture and Hollywood Love Stories.” Hosted by David Pierce, Assistant Chief of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center at the Library of read more

Saddle The Wind (1958): In Memory of Richard Erdman

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 12, 2020

Julie London provides her airy voice to the title track and Elmer Bernstein gives his scoring talents for the rest of the picture. In these beginning moments, Saddle the Wind evokes the expanse of the majestic landscapes of the West like the best of its brethren. There is a sense we really are out o read more

On Blu-ray: Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), Sweet Bird of Youth (1961), and Inside Daisy Clover (1965)

Classic Movies Posted by KC on Aug 12, 2020

I recently had a personal viewing party full of dysfunction thanks to a trio of new Blu-ray releases from Warner Archive. Inside Daisy Clover, Reflections in a Golden Eye, and Sweet Bird of Youth are a messy, but fascinating trio cataloging the many ways being a human can go off the rails. R read more

Reflections in silver

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Aug 12, 2020

This RKO photo of Carole Lombard is from mid-1940, part of a series. We learn more from the snipe on the back, printed with that unique typeface:(I'd love to see the other four photos in the series.)But elsewhere on the back lies a tragic secret:Stamped on the rear is the date "Jan. 18, 1942," meani read more

TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Thirteen — John Barrymore

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Aug 12, 2020

The Great Profile. John Barrymore was one of the most respected acting talents in the history of the stage and screen. He also lived an often tortured and scandalized existence, typified by highly publicized romantic entanglements and a struggle with alcohol abuse for most of his life. IN THE BEGINN read more

What About Paul Dupuis Now?

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on Aug 12, 2020

If you’ve followed my blog for a few years  now (or what I post on social media,) you are probably not estranged with the fact that I have, over these recent years, developed a considerable interest for Quebecker actor Paul Dupuis. That interest began when I first saw him co-starring with Marg read more

Silver Screen Standards: The Invisible Man (1933)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Aug 11, 2020

Silver Screen Standards: The Invisible Man (1933) With a new film inspired by the H.G. Wells story having arrived earlier this year, it seems like a great time to revisit the original movie adaptation of The Invisible Man, which made its first appearance back in 1933 and helped to build the horro read more

Classic Movie Travels: Hugh Herbert

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 11, 2020

Classic Movie Travels: Hugh Herbert Hugh Herbert Hugh Herbert is remembered for his many appearances in a variety of Pre Code films. With his iconic “woo-woo” laugh and eccentric characters, Herbert’s film roles delighted audiences across the nation. Hugh Francis Herbert was born in read more