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Les Diaboliques: Murder with a Twist

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Aug 3, 2020

Vera Clouzot and Simone Signoret. Michel Delassalle, the headmaster at a second-rate French boarding school, is not a nice person. He treats his frail wife Christina with disdain, openly engages in an affair with fellow teacher Nicole, and buys bad fish because it’s cheap. He even waters down read more

The Black Hole Sinks into Itself

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jul 27, 2020

In the wake of the massive success of Star Wars (1977), Walt Disney Productions mounted its own science fiction adventure in 1979 with The Black Hole. The concept must have looked promising on paper: A 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea set in outer space for a new generation of young people. However, The read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (July 2020)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jul 20, 2020

Rex Harrison and Marc Singer. 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. As always, don't answer all the read more

Classic Movies and Television on Peacock TV

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jul 15, 2020

This month, NBCUniversal launched a new streaming service called Peacock TV. It offers two tiers: a limited version that's free and a more robust one that costs $4.99 monthly (though it may be free with your cable service). Both tiers include commercials; it costs $9.99 to go commercial-free. We spe read more

Seven Things to Know About I.A.L. Diamond

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jul 13, 2020

1. Beginning with Love in the Afternoon (1957), I.A.L. Diamond wrote twelve movies with Billy Wilder over a period of 25 years. Their biggest hits included Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960), One, Two, Three (1961), and The Fortune Cookie (1966). Diamond and Wilder won an A read more

A Perry Mason Primer

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jul 9, 2020

Warren William as Perry. Raymond Burr will always be Perry Mason for millions of mystery fans, but Erle Stanley Gardner’s lawyer hit the big screen twenty years before the long-running TV series. Warren William was a sharp-witted, gourmet-minded Mason in four Warner Bros. films, beginning wi read more

A Black Sheep and a Young Burl Ives

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jul 6, 2020

Bobby Driscoll as Jeremiah. Young Jeremiah Kincaid lives in a small Indiana town at the turn of the century--the kind of place where the train passing through is the highlight of the day for a youngster. One of those trains changes Jeremiah's life when it stops so that Dan Patch, the champion race read more

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Season One

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jul 2, 2020

The new streaming app Peacock TV officially launches on July 15, 2020. However, it's available now for customers of Comcast's Xfinity cable service. Most of the TV shows on Peacock are recent ones from NBC. A wonderful exception is Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the classic anthology series that aired f read more

Doris Day in Hitchcock and Hitchcock-Lite

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 29, 2020

In regard to his two versions of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934 and 1956), Alfred Hitchcock famously quipped: "Let's just say that the first version was the work of a talented amateur and the second was made by a professional." These days, it's fashionable to prefer the earlier film, though I read more

The Five Best Greer Garson Performances

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick on Jun 25, 2020

As Paula in Random Harvest. 1. Random Harvest - At the end of World War I, an entertainer named Paula (Greer Gardson) falls in love with a amnesiac known only as Smithy (Ronald Colman). They marry, have a child, and live blissfully in the English countryside. Then one day, Smithy journeys read more

Burt Lancaster and Ossie Davis Take on The Scalphunters

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 22, 2020

Burt Lanaster as Joe Bass. When easygoing trapper Joe Bass (Burt Lancaster) takes a shortcut through Kiowa land, he is confronted by a party of Indians led by Two Crows. The Kiowa leader wants to trade a black slave for Bass's pelts. The trapper isn't interested in the deal--but he's really doesn't read more

Alastair MacLean's The Guns of Navarone

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 14, 2020

A long movie that doesn't seem long is a carefully-crafted motion picture. Such is the case with The Guns of Navarone (1961), which clocks in at a brisk 158 minutes. Based on Alastair MacLean's 1957 novel, it tells the story of a small military team tasked with destroying two huge German gun read more

Seven Things to Know About Robert Lansing

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 11, 2020

1. Robert Lansing was born Robert Howell Brown, but had to change his name when he joined the Actors' Equity Association because another actor was named Robert Brown. According to Allan T. Duffin's The 12 O'Clock High Logbook, he took his last name from Lansing, Michigan, as he was about to board a read more

The Alternate TV Series Title Game (British Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 8, 2020

Here are the rules: We will provide an "alternate title" for a classic television series and ask you to name the actual show. 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 read more

Wee Geordie Throws a Hammer!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 4, 2020

Bill Travers as the adult Geordie. Young Geordie MacTaggert doesn't like to be called "wee' by the other lads in his rural Scottish community. Yet, it's accurate to say that he's decidedly short for his age. It's a sore point, though, and comes to a head when he and childhood playmate Jean visit an read more

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Flower Drum Song

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jun 1, 2020

Miyoshi Umeki as Mei Li. My elementary school chorus teacher introduced me to the Broadway musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein. To be specific, she favored the catchy songs from The Sound of Music and The King and I. Hence, I always experience some built-in nostalgia whenever I watch those mov read more

Seven Things to Know About Connie Stevens

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 28, 2020

1. Connie Stevens was married and divorced twice by the age of 31. Her first marriage was to actor James Stacy (from the TV series Lancer) from 1963-66. They met while he was filming the Disney movie Summer Magic in Palm Springs. Following their divorce, Connie wed Eddie Fisher in 1967. His mar read more

Murder Must Advertise

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 25, 2020

My introduction to Dorothy L. Sayers' aristocratic amateur detective, Lord Peter Wimsey, was via the 1972-75 TV series broadcast in the U.S. on Masterpiece Theatre. Set in the 1920s and early 1930s, the series featured adaptations of five Sayers novels. Each mystery comprised four or five episodes a read more

John Wayne and Kim Darby Show Their True Grit

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 21, 2020

John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn. The year 1969 was a remarkable one for the Western genre. The biggest hit of the year was the revisionist Western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Sam Peckinpah's violent The Wild Bunch earned critical raves in the U.S., while Sergio Leone's Once Upo read more

My Picks for the 6 from the '60s Blogathon

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 15, 2020

This is our entry for the 6 From the '60s Blogathon in celebration of National Class Movie Day. Since the 1960s was an incredible decade for movies, choosing just six favorites proved to be incredibly difficult. While the half-dozen below are all marvelous films, I might pick a different six movies read more