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The Movie-TV Connection Game (November 2017 Edition)

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

Welcome to this month's edition of the Cafe's most popular game (of all time even...and there have been other games). 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 acted in the same movie, two movies that read more

Family Discord in Edward Dmytryk's "Broken Lance"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Nov 15, 2017

The 1954 Western Broken Lance is a curious film that is both overly familiar and more nuanced than it first appears. Father Tracy and sons Holliman, O'Brien, Widmark, and Wagner. The plot focuses on the friction between cattle baron Spencer Tracy and three of his four sons (Richard Widmark, Hugh read more

A Double Case of Murder on the Orient Express

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

Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot. The 1974 adaptation of Agatha Christie's controversial mystery Murder on the Orient Express spawned a string of theatrical and made-for-TV films based on her works. I recently revisited Orient Express and, for comparison purposes, also watched the 2010 version starr read more

The Five Biggest Stars of the 1950s

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

A while back, we had a lot of fun listing our picks for the Five Biggest Stars of the 1960s. Today, we're turning our attention to the 1950s--quite possibly our favorite decade for classic movies. As before, our very subjective criteria take into account boxoffice power, critical acclaim, and enduri read more

Classic TV on Amazon Prime

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

Ray Walston as our Favorite Martian. Without any fanfare, Amazon Prime has been quietly increasing the number of classic (pre-1980) TV series offered on its streaming service. Amazon Prime has always featured a handful of classic favorites, such as the original Star Trek and selected episodes read more

A Covenant With Death

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

George Maharais as the judge. George Maharis's brief flirtation with movie stardom included one crackerjack suspense film, The Satan Bug (1965), plus several questionable career choices. Made in 1967, A Covenant With Death falls in the latter category with Maharis playing an inexperienced half-Mexi read more

The 10 Most Creative Ways to Destroy a Vampire According to the Movies

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

Sure, you can just drive a stake through a vampire's heart...but the movies have proven that there are far more creative ways. What better way to start Halloween month than to list ten memorable movie methods (with a nod to Sarkoffagus for his help): The old "use a windmill to form the shado read more

Seven Things to Know About James Stewart

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

1. As a young man, James Stewart was fascinated with aviation and avidly followed Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic. Many years later, Stewart would play Lindbergh in the film biography The Spirit of St. Louis (1957). It was only one of several aviation-themed films he starred read more

Muriel's Wedding

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

Toni Collette as Muriel. Before he directed the Julia Roberts hit comedy My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Australian filmmaker P.J. Hogan crafted this quirky, charming ode to feminine friendship and the joys of ABBA music. Like Strictly Ballroom (1992), another Aussie crowd-pleaser, Muriel read more

The Movie-TV Connection Game (October 2017 Edition)

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

What do Gary and Doris have in common? Welcome to the latest edition 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 acted in the same movie, two movies that share a common them read more

A War Wagon Loaded With Gold!

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

John Wayne as ex-con Taw Jackson. After being "shot, framed, and sent to prison" for three years, Taw Jackson (John Wayne) intends to gain revenge on the goldmine baron responsible. Taw's plan is to rob the Pierce Mining Company when it transports $500,000 of gold ore across 43 miles of treacherous read more

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 12, 2017

As a boy growing in the Great Depression, my father loved to read pulp magazines. His favorites were The Shadow and Doc Savage. I also became a fan when, beginning in the late 1960s, Bantam Books released paperbacks featuring these heroes. Thus, my Dad and I had high expectations when Doc Savag read more

Kirk Douglas is a Man Without a Star

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

Kirk Douglas as Dempsey. Borden Chase penned some of the most important Westerns in film history, to include: John Ford's Red River plus the Anthony Mann-James Stewart collaborations Winchester '73, Bend of the River, and The Far Country. He co-wrote the screenplay for Man Without a Star (1955 read more

Holmes on a Train in "Terror By Night"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Oct 5, 2017

Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes. There are better entries in the Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce Sherlock Holmes film series. In fact, when I ranked all twelve films from best to worst in 2009, Terror By Night came in #6--and, after viewing it again recently, that still feels right. But it h read more

Cult Movie Theatre: Q--The Winged Serpent

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

It's Quetzalcoatl! A window washer is beheaded. A half-naked sunbather is snatched from a skyscraper's rooftop. Yes, there's a giant winged serpent on the loose in New York City. Well, technically, it's an Aztec god called Quetzalcoatl and it's also indirectly responsible for a recent spate of huma read more

Maureen O'Hara and Delmer Daves Team Up for Spencer's Mountain and Battle of the Villa Fiorita

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 28, 2017

In the twilight of his career, talented writer-director Delmer Daves teamed up with Maureen O’Hara for Spencer’s Mountain (1963) and The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1965). These two very different films surprisingly share a common theme: the relationship between children and their paren read more

Seven Things to Know About William Smith--Actor, Bodybuilder, Poet (and more!)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 28, 2017

A few months ago, we reviewed the Laredo TV series and were surprised by the number of William Smith comments. That inspired us to do some more research on one of the most intriguing actors of his era. Did you know... 1. William Smith began his acting career as a child appearing in films such read more

The Movie-TV Connection Game (September 2017)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 25, 2017

Peter Cushing and Harry Hamlin. Welcome, big-brained game players! As always, you'll 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 acted in the same movie, two movies that share a common theme, etc. As always, do read more

James Caan and Michael Mann Team Up for "Thief"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 21, 2017

James Cann as Frank. Michael Mann makes a remarkably self-assured debut as feature film director with his sleek 1981 drama Thief. After graduating from the London Film School in the 1960s, Mann gained experienced on television, working on crime dramas such as Starsky and Hutch and Joseph Wambaugh's read more

The Greengage Summer

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Sep 18, 2017

Susannah York as Joss. Knowing my affinity for 1960s British cinema, my blogger friend Connie from Silver Scenes recently recommended The Greengage Summer (aka Loss of Innocence). Currently available on YouTube, it turned out to be an ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Set 15 years after World read more
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