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Edna Maison, at Home in the Rarefied Aria of Opera and Silver Screen

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Mar 19, 2017

Edna Maison; Picture Player Camera Men’s Ball Souvenir Program, 1914   Maison, Maison Carmen Edna K. Maisonave[1] (Masion, Mason, Masonave, Maysonave, Malsonave) was born on August 17, 1886, (not in 1892 is as so popularly quoted) in San Francisco, California to Peter (Pierre) Maisonave a read more

Edna Maison, at Home in the Rarefied Aria of Opera and Silver Screen

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Mar 19, 2017

Edna Maison; Picture Player Camera Men’s Ball Souvenir Program, 1914   Maison, Maison Carmen Edna K. Maisonave[1] (Masion, Mason, Masonave, Maysonave, Malsonave) was born on August 17, 1886, (not in 1892 is as so popularly quoted) in San Francisco, California to Peter (Pierre) Maisonave a read more

Nancy Drew … Reporter, Happy Anniversary! Premiered February 18th, 1939

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Feb 18, 2017

Nancy Drew Reporter was the second of 4 films produced and distributed by Warner Brothers, starring the vivacious Bonita Granville as the plucky teenage detective, John Litel as Carson Drew her clueless, loving father and Frankie Thomas appeared as her sidekick, Ted Nickerson. Kenneth Gamet wrote t read more

Nancy Drew … Reporter, Happy Anniversary! Premiered February 18th, 1939

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Feb 18, 2017

Nancy Drew Reporter was the second of 4 films produced and distributed by Warner Brothers, starring the vivacious Bonita Granville as the plucky teenage detective, John Litel as Carson Drew her clueless, loving father and Frankie Thomas appeared as her sidekick, Ted Nickerson. Kenneth Gamet wrote t read more

The Big Combo, Happy Anniversary! Premiered February 13th, 1955

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Feb 12, 2017

On Sunday, February 13th, 1955 The Big Combo premiered in Japan and the United States. Directed by the master-of-style Joseph H. Lewis, photography by near-legendary-cinematographer John Alton, written by Philip Yordan (read further on Yordan from The Film Noir Foundation), music by David Raksin and read more

The Big Combo, Happy Anniversary! Premiered February 13th, 1955

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Feb 12, 2017

On Sunday, February 13th, 1955 The Big Combo premiered in Japan and the United States. Directed by the master-of-style Joseph H. Lewis, photography by near-legendary-cinematographer John Alton, written by Philip Yordan (read further on Yordan from The Film Noir Foundation), music by David Raksin and read more

Harold Peary: The Great Gildersleeve and More

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Jan 24, 2017

  Harold Peary The radio and film character of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve immortalized Harold Peary, whose voice is distinct in entertainment history, an unusual talent, a vocal-genius and facially, unparalleled with his often petulant and mischievous expressions, adding to him a sincere read more

Harold Peary: The Great Gildersleeve and More

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Jan 24, 2017

  Harold Peary The radio and film character of Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve immortalized Harold Peary, whose voice is distinct in entertainment history, an unusual talent, a vocal-genius and facially, unparalleled with his often petulant and mischievous expressions, adding to him a sincere read more

Metropolis, Happy Anniversary! Premiered in Berlin, Germany at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo Movie Theater on Monday, January 10th, 1927.

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Jan 10, 2017

Metropolis changed the way I thought of Silent Film. Up to that point I had viewed the era as darkened, scratchy, unclear, with much over-exaggerated movements of body, face and eyes and to make matters worse there was no dialogue. But, here was a movie that challenged my thinking and my preconcei read more

Metropolis, Happy Anniversary! Premiered in Berlin, Germany at the Ufa-Palast am Zoo Movie Theater on Monday, January 10th, 1927.

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Jan 10, 2017

Metropolis changed the way I thought of Silent Film. Up to that point I had viewed the era as darkened, scratchy, unclear, with much over-exaggerated movements of body, face and eyes and to make matters worse there was no dialogue. But, here was a movie that challenged my thinking and my preconcei read more

One Froggy Evening, Happy Anniversary! Opened December 31st, 1955

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 31, 2016

Lobby Card Lobby Card A Chuck Jones masterpiece, a one of kind hilarious comment on human nature, the search for our hopes, the quest for our dreams and the pursuit of the happiness that we find in them; all told in just 7 minutes. I don’t know about you but every time I have a tech look at my read more

The Ultimate New Years Eve Movie! Repeat Performance, 1947

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 31, 2016

I guess it is never too early to prepare for the end of the year, yet, oddly enough, this film which finds its plot entangled with and dare I say integral with New Years Eve was released on May 22nd, 1947. Repeat Performance was directed by Alfred Werker, Cinematography by Lew William O’Con read more

One Froggy Evening, Happy Anniversary! Opened December 31st, 1955

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 31, 2016

Lobby Card Lobby Card A Chuck Jones masterpiece, a one of kind hilarious comment on human nature, the search for our hopes, the quest for our dreams and the pursuit of the happiness that we find in them; all told in just 7 minutes. I don’t know about you but every time I have a tech look at my read more

The Ultimate New Years Eve Movie! Repeat Performance, 1947

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 31, 2016

I guess it is never too early to prepare for the end of the year, yet, oddly enough, this film which finds its plot entangled with and dare I say integral with New Years Eve was released on May 22nd, 1947. Repeat Performance was directed by Alfred Werker, Cinematography by Lew William O’Con read more

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, Happy Anniversary! Premiered in New York City, December 30th, 1925

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 30, 2016

As we can see from the posters, lobby cards, programs and ads for Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, every means and all tools were used to promote this film, yet, because of its budget (most expensive of the silent era at 3.9 million) it lost money on its initial run, finally making a little profit in read more

Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, Happy Anniversary! Premiered in New York City, December 30th, 1925

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 30, 2016

As we can see from the posters, lobby cards, programs and ads for Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ, every means and all tools were used to promote this film, yet, because of its budget (most expensive of the silent era at 3.9 million) it lost money on its initial run, finally making a little profit in read more

F. W. Murnau, Happy Birthday! Born December 28th; 1888-1931

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 28, 2016

F. W. Murnau Storyteller supreme is an apt title for Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe, better known as F. W. Murnau; 21 movies in 12 years, his career stopped short by an automobile accident, just prior to the premier of his last film, Tabu: A Story of the South Seas, in 1931. What a genius for moving-pictu read more

F. W. Murnau, Happy Birthday! Born December 28th; 1888-1931

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 28, 2016

F. W. Murnau Storyteller supreme is an apt title for Friedrich Wilhelm Plumpe, better known as F. W. Murnau; 21 movies in 12 years, his career stopped short by an automobile accident, just prior to the premier of his last film, Tabu: A Story of the South Seas, in 1931. What a genius for moving-pictu read more

The Ultimate New Years Eve Movie! Repeat Performance, 1947

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 27, 2016

I guess it is never too early to prepare for the end of the year, yet, oddly enough, this film which finds its plot entangled with and dare I say integral with New Years Eve was released on May 22nd, 1947. Repeat Performance was directed by Alfred Werker, Cinematography by Lew William O’Con read more

The Ultimate New Years Eve Movie! Repeat Performance, 1947

Classic Film Aficionados Posted by C. S. Williams on Dec 27, 2016

I guess it is never too early to prepare for the end of the year, yet, oddly enough, this film which finds its plot entangled with and dare I say integral with New Years Eve was released on May 22nd, 1947. Repeat Performance was directed by Alfred Werker, Cinematography by Lew William O’Con read more
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