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Iconic Singers Perform on PBS's A Classic Christmas!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 14, 2019

Hosts Marion Ross and Gavin MacLeod. Imagine Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole, The Carpenters, and other legends performing on the same Christmas holiday special! That's just what you'll see when A Christmas Classic (My Music) premieres on PBS on Saturday, November 16th (check local times). read more

The Watcher in the Woods

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 11, 2019

Bette Davis as Mrs. Aylwood. If absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder, then it may make the brain more curious. For me, that was the case with Walt Disney Productions' The Watcher in the Woods (1981), which I recently viewed again for the first time in 38 years. It opens with the Cu read more

Richard Brooks' The Professionals

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 7, 2019

Lee Marvin as the group's leader. It was a commercial and critical success. It earned three Academy Award nominations. It starred two of the biggest stars of the 1960s. And yet, The Professionals (1966) rarely gets the attention it deserves these days. When it was shown on TCM last June, it go read more

Robert Mitchum as a Contemporary Marlowe in The Big Sleep

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 4, 2019

Robert Mitchum as Marlowe. The biggest knock against Michael Winner's 1978 adaptation of The Big Sleep was his decision to transplant the story to contemporary England. It was surely an odd choice, especially since Raymond Chandler's novels paint a rich, vibrant portrait of urban California life in read more

Kung Fu and Vampires! It's the Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 31, 2019

Peter Cushing as Van Helsing. I watched The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974) for the fifth or sixth time recently. During this latest viewing, I studied it carefully. When it was over, I reviewed my notes, analyzed the plot and themes, and researched the production history. And still, my frie read more

Hayley Mills in The Truth About Spring

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 28, 2019

Hayley as Spring Tyler. When naming the biggest stars of the 1960s, Hayley Mills may not spring to mind. But the young actress had a remarkable decade, starring in huge Disney hits (The Parent Trap), scoring critical raves (Whistle Down the Wind), and making future cult films (The Chalk Garde read more

Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 24, 2019

Patrick Wayne as Sinbad. Released in 1977, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger isn't as well regarded as the other two installments in Ray Harryhausen's Sinbad trilogy. Personally, I find it as good as The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), but not as magical as The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). The sto read more

An Interview with Constance Towers

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 21, 2019

Born in Whitefish, Montana, Constance Towers became interested in show business in the first grade—when talent scouts visited her schools looking for young radio performers. She appeared in radio plays as a child and later studied music at the Juilliard School in New York City. Constance Tower read more

The Wild Bunch - Looking Back on Peckinpah's Classic After 50 Years

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 16, 2019

William Holden in The Wild Bunch. Fifty years ago, two of American cinema's most influential Westerns were released: the revisionist Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch. Neither film staved off the decline of the Western genre, but each impacted Hollywood in s read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (October 2019)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 14, 2019

Robert De Niro and Robby Benson. If you're new to this game, here are 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, et read more

Christopher Lee Battles Charles Gray in The Devil Rides Out

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 10, 2019

Christopher Lee as the hero. Upon his return to London, Rex Van Ryn learns from the Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee) that their mutual friend Simon has been a mysterious recluse for the last three months. The duo motor over to a country estate recently purchased by Simon and interrupt what their f read more

A Circus with Acrobats, Animals, and...Vampires!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 7, 2019

Anthony Higgins is about to bite! After a highly-successful decade in the 1960s, Hammer Films faced a crossroads in the early 1970s. Their Gothic horror films were no longer considered scary. In fact, they appeared rather tame compared to other movies playing at your local movie theater. Thus, the read more

Margaret Rutherford Goes for a Ride at the Gallop Hotel

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 4, 2019

Margaret Rutherford. The best way to approach Margaret Rutherford's four "Miss Marple" films is to forget that she's playing Jane Marple. Rutherford's films are comedies with a little mystery and her character bears only a slight resemblance to Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth. The best of Rutherf read more

Hercule Poirot Discovers Death in the Clouds

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 3, 2019

David Suchet as Hercule Poirot. When a passenger sitting across from him on a Paris-to-London flight is murdered, Hercule Poirot becomes determined to find the killer. It's not just a matter of bringing the criminal to justice, the timing of the crime is a personal affront to the famed Belgian dete read more

Agatha Christie's A Murder Is Announced

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 2, 2019

Joan Hickson as Jane Marple. For many Agatha Christie fans, Joan Hickson's portrayal of Miss Jane Marple in the 1984-1992 British TV series is considered the definitive one. It's difficult to disagree, although I'm also fond of Julia McKenzie in a later television series. But whereas McKenzie showc read more

The Five Best Agatha Christie Movies

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 30, 2019

For this list, we are omitting the numerous telefilms that appeared as part of TV series based on Agatha Christie's works (e.g., the shows starring David Suchet, Joan Hickson, and others). Elsa Lanchester and Charles Laughton. 1. Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - Based on a short story and read more

One Fan's List of the Best Hitchcock Films

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 26, 2019

On September 5, 2009 at 4:56 p.m., I published my first post for the Classic Film & TV Cafe. Suffice to say, there was a lot I didn't know about blogging. But here I am, 968 posts and ten years later, and I must say that I've had a wonderful time writing and managing the Classic Film & TV Ca read more

Kapow! Batman: The Movie

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Cafe Guest Blogger on Sep 23, 2019

The Caped Crusaders board a yacht. Sarkoffagus, who wrote for the Classic Film & TV Cafe for its first five years, penned this special guest blogger review. As the Cafe celebrates its 10th anniversary this month, someone else has reached a prominent anniversary in 2019. The DC Comics character read more

Leonard Nimoy and Susan Hampshire are Baffled!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 20, 2019

Leonard Nimoy and Susan Hampshire. Plagued with psychic visions, race car driver Tom Kovack ignores them until he sees himself plunge off a cliff into the ocean--and wakes up drenched in salt water. Accompanied by psychic authority Michelle Brent, Tom travels to Cornwall to learn why he senses evil read more

Seven Things to Know About James Franciscus

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 17, 2019

1. James Franciscus met Jane Fonda in 1956 when they were working at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, Massachusetts. In the biography Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman, she said: "He was blond, blue-eyed, and movie star handsome...I was smitten. My previous inarticulate philanderings had n read more