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My TCM Classic Film Festival Must-Sees

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Mar 23, 2017

It’s that time again, when I prep myself for four classic-film soaked days as I race around Hollywood. It’s the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival! In spite of complaints that always tend to pop up, this year’s film festival will be my most challenging yet. Remember all those times I m read more

The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Mar 20, 2017

Zorro is one of those characters I’m aware of, but have never actively watched any of the myriad films or television shows featuring him and his feared “Z” mark. Best known to fans in his 1957 Disney television series, Zorro is a Latin Robin Hood with a healthy dose of what would s read more

Ticklish Business – What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Mar 6, 2017

Guest Danita Steinberg of the What About Meryl podcast and I talk Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Listening via iTunes? Consider helping Ticklish Business by leaving a rating and review. Interested in getting episodes early or getting your favorite film on the show? C read more

A Tribute to Robert Osborne

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Mar 6, 2017

This is a post I never wanted to write. Death is inevitable, but for those of us who entrench ourselves in the classic film world are even more aware of it. The people we love have been dead for years or are old enough that prepping for their demise is a constant fear. TCM fans live on the edge of a read more

An Affair to Remember (1957)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Mar 1, 2017

Modern day romantic films have salted me on the romances of the classics. Raised on a steady diet of reductive and trite ways to “win” someone’s heart can leave one cynical, and it’s only through watching the right romances of the studio era that you uncover that well of admi read more

The Lake Update for March 2017

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

Greetings and salutations, friends! March is the month I call the calm before the storm. If I’m lucky, I’ll be winging my way down to L.A. to cover the TCM Classic Film Festival in just four short weeks. Until then it’s business at usual. If you’ve noticed the blog still isn& read more

The TCM Top 10 For March

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

The sun is shining depending on what part of the country you’re living in, and springtime is in arriving. If you’re like me March is simply known as “the month I need to get through before TCMFF arrives.” There were several great films worth spotlighting this month, but these read more

Ticklish Business – Dial M for Murder (1954)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 21, 2017

Peter of the Podstalgic podcast joins me to talk about Grace Kelly’s career and her performance in the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock drama, Dial M for Murder. NEXT TIME: Special guest Danita Steinberg and I talk about 1962’s Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Listening via iTunes? Please consider l read more

All This, And Heaven Too (1940)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 20, 2017

Often imitated, never duplicated, Gone with the Wind‘s massive success in 1939 saw every studio attempt to find their own literary epic to adapt in the hopes of sweeping up awards (and box office dollars). Warner Bros., known for its conservatism went full-steam ahead with their take on Rachel read more

Pitfall (1948)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 17, 2017

There’s a formula to film noirs, and while not strictly enforced there are particular elements one looks for – the morally ambiguous hero, interplay between light and shadow, an evil femme fatale. It is both this adherence to and divergence from convention that makes director Andre de To read more

The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 15, 2017

The Phantom of Crestwood is the equivalent of watching a radio serial play out on-screen. Maybe that’s because it was! As the film’s introduction states, the series was broadcast via radio with the final episode, solving the murder, revealed in the film. Call it deceptive or ingenious, T read more

Women He’s Undressed (2015)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 13, 2017

ZZ Top once sang “Every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man.” Costume designer Orry-Kelly was Hollywood’s most sharp-dressed man, whose techniques swathed several legendary leading ladies in their best finery. Women He’s Undressed, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival read more

Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 10, 2017

To many, Tab Hunter’s name doesn’t inspire any recognition. But for those who enjoy obscure and studio era cinema, Hunter’s both an intriguing outcast who made quite the career comeback through the work of John Waters, as well as the perfect representation of the 1950s leading man. read more

Ticklish Business – Top 3 Cary Grant Films

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 3, 2017

Special guest The Vern and I honor Cary Grant on his birthday by discussing our top 3 favorite Grant films. Want to support the show or pick episode content? Consider supporting me via Patreon. NEXT TIME: Grace Kelly gets the birthday treatment as my special guest and I look at her work in Dial M fo read more

The TCM Top Ten for February 2017

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Feb 1, 2017

I’m afraid to say it but 31 Days of Oscar isn’t my favorite TCM theme, mainly because I’ve watched so many of the films they screen so there’s little room for new discoveries. But, no matter, because I still found ten films I’m eager to give a looksee in this short mont read more

Fridays With Debbie Reynolds: Susan Slept Here (1954)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

Though it gave Debbie Reynolds her greatest performance to date, Singin’ in the Rain (1952) wasn’t a monster hit upon release and the quality of the films she made in its wake weren’t of the same caliber. Susan Slept Here tests Reynolds star power. That along with the small budget read more

Donkey Skin (1970)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jan 18, 2017

As much as I hate to let my Americanism show, it crops up the worst when it comes to cinema. I don’t have a natural aversion to foreign cinema, but Britain is usually my go-to foreign country. The few times I do venture outside English it’s generally through the horror genre. Director Ja read more

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jan 16, 2017

TCM couldn’t have foreseen the death of actress Debbie Reynolds when they scheduled Singin’ in the Rain to kick off their 2017 Fathom Events series. Watching the film knowing Reynolds is gone was a bittersweet experience but made all the better by the raucous joy the film inspires to thi read more

Ticklish Business – Debbie Reynolds Tribute/The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jan 11, 2017

In honor of Debbie Reynold’s passing, special guest Lady P and I honor the lady of song and dance by talking about her films and Academy Award-nominated performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. I also read your Tweets honoring Reynolds. Feel free to listen to us via iTunes or Stitcher. IR read more

Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Jan 9, 2017

“Murder starts in the heart, and its first weapon is a vicious tongue.” You can’t sum up the macabre lunacy of Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte any better. A film more well-known for what didn’t end up on-screen than what does, this concludes Robert Aldrich’s series of read more