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The Movie-TV Connection Game (March 2017 Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 23, 2017

The connection between Jiminy and Gregory? Spring is almost here! And what better way to celebrate than with the return of the Cafe's most popular game! You will be given a pair or trio of films or performers, your task is to find the common connection. It could be anything--two stars who acte read more

Is "Green for Danger" one of the Greatest Detective Films?

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 20, 2017

It's a nifty, though misleading, poster. In his book The Detective in Film, William K. Everson touts Green for Danger (1946) as one of the three best detective films ever made (the others being The Maltese Falcon and The Kennel Murder Case). I not only concur, but will add that it may be the b read more

The Five Best Vincent Price Performances

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 16, 2017

A little devil provides bad advice! 1. Champagne for Caesar (1950). It's a shame that Vincent Price didn't make more straight comedies because he's hilarious as a business tycoon in this underrated gem. He plays Burnbridge "Dirty" Waters, owner of the Milady Soap company ("the soap that sancti read more

Celebrate National Classic Movie Day with the Five Stars Blogathon!

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 11, 2017

For the third consecutive year, the Classic Film & TV Cafe will celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16th by hosting a blogathon. This year, we will shine the spotlight on those actors and actresses that made the Golden Days of Hollywood glitter brightly. The Five Stars Blogathon in read more

The Birds--A Matter of Misdirection

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 9, 2017

Alfred Hitchcock’s most divisive thriller finds the Master of Suspense in magician mode. On the surface, The Birds is a traditionally-structured horror film, in which the bird attacks build progressively to three of Hitchcock’s most intense sequences. However, this is just Hitchcock perf read more

The Liquidator: "Life is not all sex and sun lamps"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 8, 2017

One of the first spy spoofs in the wake of Goldfinger (1964), The Liquidator stars Rod Taylor as Boysie Oakes, a reluctant secret agent--or assassin, to be more precise. Boysie enjoys the swinging bachelor pad, the expensive sports car, and the ladies that come with the job. He just doesn' read more

Dark of the Sun: Mercenaries with Mixed Motives

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 6, 2017

Rod Taylor as a mercenary. This 1968 Rod Taylor action picture can count Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino among its admirers. That's pretty good for what Variety described at the time as "a raw adventure yarn with some glib philosophizing." Taylor plays Curry, a mercenary who has accepte read more

Dirk Bogarde Cultivates the Seeds of Friendship in "The Spanish Gardener"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 2, 2017

Dirk Jose? British filmmakers practically cornered the market on quiet, personal dramas in the 1950s. A prime example is The Spanish Gardener (1956), an unassuming film that subtly hooks its audience with a tale about a shattered man, his lonely son, and a part-time gardener that chang read more

Logan's Run: What Lies Beyond the Dome

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 27, 2017

In the distant future, civilization's survivors live inside a huge dome controlled by a computer. When the city's inhabitants reach the age of 30, they are "renewed" by participating in a ritual called the Carousel. Dressed in white robes and masks, they are literally lifted off the ground and disap read more

Son of Dracula: "Don't say that word. We don't like it."

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 23, 2017

Yes, Alucard spelled backward is.... Universal's best 1940s fright film was a rare collaboration between brothers Robert and Curt Siodmak. Robert, who directed, injects his noir sensibilities into the horror genre. He makes Son of Dracula a visually and thematically dark picture with a downbeat end read more

Cloris Leachman Channels Garfield; Peter Graves Arm Wrestles Clint Walker

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 19, 2017

This post of part of the Cafe's Movie of the Week Blogathon. Please check out the other awesome reviews by visiting the blogathon schedule. The hotel at the Portals of Eden. Haunts of the Very Rich (1972). The opening scene introduces seven people who are en route to a paradise resort known as t read more

Classic TV Themes Quiz #2 (American edition!)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 16, 2017

We received such positive feedback about last month's Classic British TV Themes Quiz that we're back with a second edition. This time, though, the themes are from American television shows of the 1960s and 1970s. That should make this quiz a little easier! As before, we'll play a snippet of an open read more

Dead End Drive-in: "It's not so bad in here"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 13, 2017

The Star Drive-in is a dead end! Prior to today, it had been almost 30 years since I last saw Dead End Drive-in, an Australian exploitation film made in the wake of the original Max Max trilogy. To my delight, my wife gave me a DVD of the film as a present (one more reason why she's awesome). read more

Seven Things to Know About Lloyd Bridges

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 9, 2017

1. Although Lloyd Bridges first appeared in films in 1936, he didn't make a major impact until High Noon in 1952. He played a key supporting role as deputy Harvey Pell, who refuses to stand with Gary Cooper's heroic lawman against the Miller Gang. He resigns because the recently-married Coop won't s read more

The Case of the Color "Perry Mason" Episode

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 6, 2017

One of the Christmas gifts in our house last year was a DVD set called The Perry Mason 50th Anniversary Edition. The collection includes several episodes, the Perry Mason Returns TV movie, and a lot of interesting bonus content. But its most intriguing feature was the TV series' only episode filmed read more

Ventriloquists in Classic Movies

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 2, 2017

Michael Redgrave in Dead of Night. The difficulties inherent in injecting a distinct personality into a wooden dummy have caused identity problems for a number of movie ventriloquists. In the most chilling story in the classic anthology Dead of Night (1945), ventriloquist Michael Redgrave went insa read more

W. Somerset Maugham Is Back with a Final Encore

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 31, 2017

Encore (1951) was the third and final W. Somerset Maugham anthology film, following the excellent Quartet (1948) and its "sequel" Trio (1950). As before, Maugham provides a brief introduction (from his chateau in France). Then, it's on to the first of three stories, "The Ant and the Grasshopper," a read more

Marathon Man: "Is it safe?"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 26, 2017

Memory is a funny thing. Prior to a recent viewing of Marathon Man, the only things I could remember about this 1976 thriller were the unnerving tooth-drilling scene and Roy Scheider doing push-ups with his feet on the bed and hands on the floor. Although it's an atypical John Schlesinger film, the read more

Classic British TV Themes Quiz

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 22, 2017

The Movie-TV Connection Game is taking this month off (at its vacation home in sunny Florida). So, in its place, we're introducing the first edition of the Classic British TV Themes Quiz. We'll play a snippet of the opening or closing theme of a British TV series from the 1960s or 1970s. Your missi read more

Claudelle Inglish: "I wanted to be bad as I could be!"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 19, 2017

Diane McBain as Claudelle Inglish. In the late 1950s, Warner Bros. discovered a winning formula for big-screen soap operas aimed at the teenage crowd. These economical potboilers featured young contract players surrounded by Hollywood veterans and featured then-provocative themes such as pre-marita read more