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Rebecca (1940)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Nov 1, 2017

“Last night I dream of Manderlay again…” The first words spoken in Alfred Hitchcock’s American debut conjure up a dreamworld that could only exist in the imagination, and yet it’s meant to exist. With such a dreamy, fairy tale world placed in front of audiences, it̵ read more

Ticklish Business Episode #28: Interview with Hollywood Forever Tour Guide Karie Bible

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Oct 4, 2017

It’s October which means it’s all about Halloween at Ticklish Biz HQ. In the first of four special Halloween episodes I talk to Karie Bible, author and tour guide at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Karie talks about the cemetery’s storied history, the graves, and maybe some ghostly read more

The Undying Monster (1942)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Oct 2, 2017

Director John Brahms was best known for his sumptuously decorated murder mysteries, 1944’s The Lodger and 1945’s Hangover Square. Before he was getting A-list talent to go alongside his beautifully decorated costume dramas he crafted this mystery, itself a bizarre amalgamation of the dyi read more

The TCM Top 10 for October 2017

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 29, 2017

Light up the cauldron and get a mug of witches’ brew because October is upon us. Can we really say September was anything else other than the month before Halloween? (Okay, September is my birthday month but even I was counting down to October.) TCM at Halloween time is a double-edged sword be read more

The Woman in White (1948)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 29, 2017

In 1859 author Wilkie Collins published The Woman in White, considered the first mystery novel with an actual detective-esque structure. Imitated in numerous films since, from serious drama to animated films like Tim Burton’s The Corpse Bride, The Woman in White remains a thoroughly engrossing read more

Father of the Bride (1950)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 27, 2017

A camera points to the ground, gliding along to show the chaos of a recent event, the ground littered in detritus. Has the house been looted? Is this the scene of a raucous party? The camera stops on a pair of shoes, panning up to introduce the audience to the exhausted Stanley Banks (Spencer Tracy) read more

Alfred Hitchcock

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 25, 2017

With a wealth of biographies out there it’s often difficult to differentiate yourself from the herd by finding someone new to say. A figure like Alfred Hitchcock, outside of being analyzed from a filmic standpoint, is an open book – pun intended – when it comes to research and info read more

Ticklish Business Episode #27: The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 24, 2017

Visit the lovely town of Morgan’s Creek as guest Adam Kautzer talks with me about director Preston Sturges and his work, as well as 1944’s The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek. Want to support the podcast? Consider leaving an iTunes rating and review, or becoming a Patron via Patreon. ht read more

Key Largo (1948)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 22, 2017

Describing the Florida Keys always sounds as if a Dashiell Hammett-esque noir voice should be speaking the words aloud: “An isolated strip of land as beautiful as it is hot.” Comprised of several islands the most recognizable is also the title of this John Huston noir, Key Largo. The six read more

Woman on the Run (1950)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 20, 2017

Flicker Alley debuts two brand-new restorations this week with the DVD/Blu-ray combo release of Too Late for Tears (1949) and Woman on the Run (1950). Public domain victims whose copies have proliferated on YouTube and other sites, Flicker Alley shows why, at least in the case of Woman on the Run, w read more

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 18, 2017

The 1960s have come represent a decade in turmoil, and that’s true.  With Vietnam, political and racial unrest, it doesn’t appear too far removed from our current times; but in the heart of the sixties, Beatlemania took over and defined the decade.  A Hard Day’s Night was the Beatles’ first read more

Woman of the Year (1942)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 15, 2017

Out of all the on-screen teams the studio system created, none endures as strongly as the teaming of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. The two made nine films together, and had a strong romantic relationship off-screen, and nearly every film they made is magic distilled in some form. Their first read more

Johnny Guitar (1954)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 13, 2017

The 1950s is easily the decade where the Western thrived. Captured in expansive CinemaScope, the Wild West never looked wilder. But with so many cowpokes roaming the range it was only a matter of time before the range turned in on itself. The year before he took teen rebellion to the mainstream with read more

Natalie Wood: Reflections on a Legendary Life

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 11, 2017

Natalie Wood was like looking at the sun. Just staring at her in photographs the luminosity burns out of her. Her daughter Natasha has described her as tough when necessary, but always present and loving. It’s often easy to overshadow Wood’s life and career in the wake of her tragic deat read more

The Asphalt Jungle (1950)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 8, 2017

Oft-considered one of the greatest film noirs ever made, John Huston’s The Asphalt Jungle is a story about the perils of city life…with the added bonus of a jewel heist. John Huston’s story is a dark and twisty tale that isn’t so much about law and order, but the crimes peopl read more

Ticklish Business – Bonus Episode #8: Top 3 Maureen O’Hara Movies

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 7, 2017

In honor of Maureen O’Hara’s birthday I’m joined by mother/daughter duo Colleen and Nora Fiore as we run down our top three favorite O’Hara films. Email or Tweet me your thoughts on Maureen O’Hara and what you films you’d have in your top three. Want to support t read more

The Big Sleep (1946)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 6, 2017

By 1946 actor Humphrey Bogart fit into the role of detective Philip Marlowe so perfectly it might as well have been his favorite pair of shoes. Though this was Bogie’s own time playing the detective, The Big Sleep was simply a culmination of his past films coming together in perfect unison. He read more

Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 4, 2017

Despite the ingrained conventions of film noir some films can leave you surprised. So it is with director Phil Karlson’s Kansas City Confidential. What starts as a typical heist film becomes a story of duplicity between good guys and bad about the lies we tell ourselves and the lies we tell read more

The Girl Most Likely (1958)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Sep 1, 2017

The liminal threshold between the 1950s and 1960s seems as distinct as to be a literal crevasse between the two decades, and the clearest divide comes through in the cinema separating the two eras. Narrative styles, definitions of romance, and gender weren’t just changing and reforming for the new read more

When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922)

Journeys in Classic Film Posted by on Aug 29, 2017

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars blogathon Since the Bard wrote it out way back when, Hollywood has loved a good Romeo and Juliet story. The illicit romance between King Henry VIII’s sister Mary Tudor and her relationship with Charles Brandon didn’t dir read more
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