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Movie-TV Connection Game (April 2019)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 22, 2019

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, etc. As always, don't answer al read more

Gun Crazy: Lovers That Go Together Like Guns and Ammunition

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 18, 2019

Peggy Cummins takes aim! A film noir with a tragic love story involving the femme fatale and a gun-obsessed guy? That's the unlikely premise of Gun Crazy, a 1950 "B" picture selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 1998. Although it made little noise when read more

An Interview with Ruta Lee: A Lively Conversation about Seven Brides, Marlene Dietrich, Perry Mason, Khrushchev...and More!

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

Ruta Lee made her big screen acting debut in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in 1953 at the age of eighteen. She has been performing ever since! Her film roles have run the gamut from portraying Tyrone Power's girlfriend in Witness for the Prosecution (1957) to starring opposite the whole Rat P read more

The Five Best George C. Scott Performances

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

1. Patton (1970) - Judith Crist, then a critic at New York magazine, called Scott's portrayal of General George S. Patton, Jr. "one of the great performances of all time." It's hard to argue even though the film as a whole doesn't resonate today as strongly as it once did. Still, his opening sp read more

Cult Movie Theatre: They Might Be Giants

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 8, 2019

George C. Scott as Holmes, sort of. When Blevins Playfair receives a blackmail note demanding $20,000, he decides to commit his wealthy brother Justin to a psychiatric institution. It solves two problems: Blevins can gain power of attorney and access to his brother's fortune and Justin (George C. S read more

Seven Things to Know About Martin Milner

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

1. A second season episode of Route 66 featured a brawl between the characters played by Martin Milner and Lee Marvin--resulting in Milner accidentally breaking Marvin's nose. In the biography Lee Marvin: Point Blank, Milner recalls: "The only reason he didn't punch me back is because we were s read more

Murder One: The Sensational First Season

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 1, 2019

Daniel Benzali as Ted Hoffman. When wealthy philanthropist Richard Cross is arrested for the murder of his mistress's 15-year-old sister, he secures the services of defense attorney Ted Hoffman. Within days, though, a mysterious woman comes forward to provide Cross (Stanley Tucci) with an alibi. He read more

Seven Things to Know About Ray Harryhausen

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

Ray Harryhausen and friend. 1. Ray Harryhausen's interest in "dimensional animation" was spurred by his viewing of King Kong at age 13. Many years later, he showed some of his own animation to Kong's creator, stop-motion pioneer Willis O'Brien. The latter was impressed enough to hire Harryhaus read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (March 2019)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 25, 2019

James Stewart and Marlo Thomas. With spring just around the corner, it must to be time to play this blog's most popular game! 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 read more

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

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

A six-armed statue come-to-life. Fifteen years after The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles Schneer revisited their legendary hero with The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. John Phillip Law (Barbarella) replaced Kerwin Matthews as Sinbad. And in lieu of read more

Seven Things to Know About Constance Towers

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 18, 2019

1. Constance Towers' first lead role was opposite John Wayne and William Holden in John Ford's 1959 Civil War Western The Horse Soldiers. She was 26 years old. Towers followed it up with another John Ford film: Sergeant Rutledge (1960). 2. Her most famous movies, though, are two Samuel Fuller read more

Ray Harryhausen's 7th Voyage of Sinbad

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

The cyclops on Colossa. "Nothing quite like its contents had been seen on the screen before." That's special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen's assessment of his own 1958 fantasy adventure The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. The usually modest Harryhausen knew what he was talking about --7th Voyage shine read more

5 Favorite Films of the 1950s Blogathon for National Classic Movie Day

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

To celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16th, we will be hosting the 5 Favorite Films of the 1950s Blogathon. Per its title, the goal is for each participant to list his or her five favorite films of the 1950s and explain why they deserve such an honor! The 1950s is a decade filled with outs read more

Chamber of Horrors: The Fear Flasher and the Horror Horn!

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

Important! Please click on the video below to watch William Conrad's brief warning about the film we are reviewing: Made in 1966, Chamber of Horrors is not a William Castle film, though it certainly could have been made by the Master of Movie Gimmicks. Instead, Chamber of Horrors wa read more

Interview with Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation Trustee John Walsh

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

Skeleton from The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. All this month at the Classic Film & TV Cafe, we will be paying tribute to the genius of special effects master Ray Harryhausen. We thought the best place to start was with the Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, which Ray established in 1986 to archi read more

Stream Classic Movies and TV for Free on Hoopla

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 27, 2019

Did you know that you may be able to stream movies and TV shows for free--and legally--from your local library? Many libraries now offer a streaming video service as one of the perks for their patrons. My public library offers Hoopla, which not only allows patrons to "check out" films and TV show e read more

The Snubbed By the Oscars Awards...The Results Are In!

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

Earlier this month, the Cafe's staff selected twenty performers snubbed by the Oscars and placed them in categories based on one of their most famous performances. We then asked classic film fans to vote in an online poll to select the winners of our first-ever Snubbed By the Oscars Awards! We'd li read more

In Search of the Castaways...and an Escaped Tiger!

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

Hayley Mills, her castmates, and some spotty special effects. If asked to name the three biggest boxoffice hits of 1962, would one of your responses be In Search of the Castaways? Yet, it ranked right behind Lawrence of Arabia and The Longest Day with U.S. moviegoers. That's not surprisin read more

Movie-TV Connection Game (February 2019)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 18, 2019

Carroll Baker and Carol Lynley. Never played before? 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, etc.  read more

Is "The Court Jester" the Best Classic Movie Comedy?

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 15, 2019

I recently watched The Court Jester (1955) for perhaps the tenth time--and laughed just as much as the first time. I realize comedy is very subjective as some folks prefer broad laughs and others opt for dark humor. But I'm hard pressed to think of a classic film comedy that's as nearly perfect as T read more
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