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The Four Favorite Noirs Blogathon in Support of National Classic Movie Day

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 15, 2022

As is our tradition at the Café, we are celebrating National Classic Movie Day on May 16th by hosting a blogathon. This year's Four Favorite Noirs Blogathon focuses on one of the most popular genres among classic movie fans. The goal is to pay tribute to many of the greatest films noi read more

Our Picks for the Four Favorite Noirs Blogathon

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 15, 2022

To celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16th, we're participating in our own Four Favorite Noirs Blogathon. For our quartet of noirs, we chose a bona fide classic (Out of the Past), an acclaimed cult film (Gun Crazy), and two lesser-known gems (Black Angel and Phantom Lady). Be sure to c read more

Petrocelli: Night Games

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 9, 2022

Barry Newman as Petrocelli.There are few instances of an actor reprising a character from a theatrical film in a television series. Richard Widmark and Richard Roundtree first played Madigan and Shaft in theatrical films and then revived the characters for TV. However, in both cases, the shows were read more

The Columbus Moving Picture Show: A Festival for Classic Movie Fans

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 1, 2022

The inaugural Columbus Moving Picture Show will take place May 24 - 30, 2022, at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel in Columbus, Ohio. The festival will feature 16mm showings of classic films from the silent days to the 1960s, some of them with live musical accompaniment. There will also be ven read more

The Movie Quote Game (Bette Davis Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 25, 2022

This month, we're focusing on quotes from Bette Davis films. We will list a quote from a famous Bette Davis movie and ask you to name it. Try to answer these questions on your own without resorting to Google searches. As always, please answer no more than three questions per day so others can p read more

My Name Is Julia Ross

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 18, 2022

Nina Foch as Julia Ross. After reviewing Gun Crazy, the Cafe's staff decided to seek out more of director Joseph H. Lewis' work. That led us to My Name Is Julia Ross, a 1945 "B" picture with an intriguing premise that sadly fell short of our expectations. It gets off to a very promising start whe read more

Seven Things to Know About Barbara Eden

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 11, 2022

1. Born Barbara Jean Morehead in 1931, she was using her stepfather's last name, Huffman, as a young actress in Hollywood. In her autobiography, she writes that her future agent, Wilt Melnick, didn't like her last name. He told her: "The name Barbara Huffman sounds like a doctor. Change it and I'll read more

Rosemary Clooney's Red Garters

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 4, 2022

Rosemary singing the title song. For years, I assumed that Red Garters was Rosemary Clooney's follow-up to White Christmas. In reality, both films were released in 1954 and Red Garters hit theaters several months before Paramount's huge holiday hit. As Clooney once noted, Red Garters is t read more

The Movie Quote Game (Westerns Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 28, 2022

This month, we're focusing on quotes from Western films. We will list a quote from a famous Western and ask you to name it. Try to answer these questions on your own without resorting to Google searches. As always, please answer no more than three questions per day so others can play.  If read more

Master of the World, or 6,000 Feet in the Air

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 21, 2022

Vincent Price as Robur.Jules Verne was a hot property in the late 1950s and 1960s, with movie theaters filled with big-budget adaptations of Around the World in 80 Days (1956), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), and Mysterious Island (1961). So, it was inevitable that American International read more

The Quiller Memorandum

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 14, 2022

George Segal as Quiller.When two of its agents are murdered in Berlin, the British intelligence agency MI-6 employs an American spy to locate the headquarters of a 1960s Nazi organization. Known only as Quiller (George Segal), the American follows his own rules--much to the dismay of his British han read more

The Four Favorite Noirs Blogathon in support of National Classic Movie Day

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 7, 2022

To celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16th, we are hosting the Four Favorite Noirs Blogathon. Per its title, each participating blogger is invited to write about four of her or his favorite film noirs from cinema's classic era. These films don't have to be your all-time favorite noirs--just read more

The Wild Geese: Action in Africa

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 28, 2022

Richard Burton as Faulkner.When an African dictator's actions threaten to lower British copper prices, influential banker Sir Miles Matheson seeks to discredit the man. Matheson (Stewart Granger) knows that the dictator kidnapped the country's popular president and then spread rumors of his death. S read more

The Movie Quote Game (Alfred Hitchcock Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 21, 2022

This month, we're focusing on quotes from Alfred Hitchcock films. We will list a quote from one of his movies and ask you to name it. Try to answer these questions on your own without resorting to Google searches. As always, please answer no more than three questions per day so others can play. read more

Abbott and Costello's The Time of Their Lives

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 14, 2022

Bud and Lou in one of their few scenes together.One of Abbott and Costello's most atypical films ranks among their best. The Time of Their Lives (1946) is one of only two of the pair's movies in which they don't perform as a team. The previous year's Little Giant is the other non-comedy te read more

Seven Things to Know About Richard Long

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 7, 2022

1. In his film debut, Richard Long played the adult illegitimate son of Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles in the 1946 drama Tomorrow Is Forever. He was fifth-billed in the cast, which also included George Brent, Lucille Watson, and Natalie Wood as Orson's eight-year-old foster child in the movie. I read more

Sandy and Bobby Have That Funny Feeling

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 31, 2022

Sandra Dee dressed for success.Imagine a Doris Day-Rock Hudson romantic comedy with Sandra Dee in the Doris role, Bobby Darin in lieu of Rock, and Donald O’Connor replacing Tony Randall as the friend with the timely one-liners. That’s pretty much what you get with the 1965 comedy That Fu read more

The One That Got Away

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 24, 2022

Hardy Krüger as von Werra.It'd be hard to make up a story as exciting and unlikely as The One That Got Away (1957), the true tale of a German prisoner-of-war (POW) who escaped from the British army in 1940. Lieutenant Franz von Werra's exploits begin when his plane is shot down during the read more

The Alternate Movie Title Game (Vincent Price Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 17, 2022

Here are the rules: We will provide an "alternate title" for a Vincent Price 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!1 read more

Mad Max Ventures Beyond the Thunderdome

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 10, 2022

Mel Gibson as Max. The third film in director George Miller's post-apocalyptic Mad Max series faced a daunting task from the outset: Surpassing or equaling The Road Warrior (aka Mad Max 2). The latter was an intelligent, thrilling sequel that left the original Mad Max in the dus read more
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