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A Many Splendored Thing: The 2019 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival — Part 6

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Jan 18, 2020

Happy New Year, y’all! Now that we’re in a new year, the countdown to the 2020 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival is on! And you know what that means – time for another installment in my ongoing, year-round coverage of the 2019 event! Today, I’m shining the spotlight on two of my favorite film-view read more

Day 30 of Noirvember: Parting Gifs

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 30, 2019

Well, noir lovers, we’ve come now to the end of another Noirvember – it seems like this one passed more rapidly than any other. But you know what they say – the older you get, the faster time flies. (They don’t say that? Well, they should.) I want to take this opportunity to extend my read more

Day 29 of Noirvember: Favorite Things About My Favorites

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 29, 2019

Can’t get enough of Kathie. For tonight’s Noirvember post, I thought I’d look at five of my favorite noirs, and share what I love best about them. Here goes… Out of the Past (1947) The character of Kathie Moffett, played to perfection by Jane Greer. I feel like I’ve mentioned this earlier read more

Day 28 of Noirvember: Happy Thanksgiving!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 28, 2019

It’s Thanksgiving Day 2019, and while searching for turkey-themed photos, I came across this picture of Marilyn Monroe, who appeared in four films noirs during her career: The Asphalt Jungle (1950), Clash by Night (1950), Don’t Bother to Knock (1952), and Niagara (1953). In honor of the holida read more

Day 27 of Noirvember: Wednesday Words

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 27, 2019

Thumbing rides is dangerous. As the calendar winds down to the end of Noirvember, it’s a perfect time to revisit some more of noir’s great lines. Enjoy! “Thumbing rides may save you bus fare. But it’s dangerous. You never know what’s in store for you when you hear the squeal of brakes.” read more

Day 26 of Noirvember: Dorothys You Should Know — Part II

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 26, 2019

Ever heard of Dorothy Patrick? During her brief heyday, she appeared with such luminaries as Robert Taylor, Wallace Beery and Loretta Young, and she was featured in three films noirs (with an uncredited part in a fourth). But after just 12 years, Patrick retired from the screen and, like her fellow read more

Day 25 of Noirvember: A Guest Post — Open Secret at the Turner Classic Film Festival

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 25, 2019

Now that the passes for the 2020 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival have gone on sale, this is a perfect time for another installment of my ongoing coverage of this year’s TCM event. But for today’s Noirvember post, I’m serving up a treat — a guest post from a first-rate wri read more

Day 24 of Noirvember: Comings and Goings

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 24, 2019

Duff’s career began in radio. November 24th was a significant day in the lives of three classic movie performers, each of whom had a prominent role in at least three films noirs – they were either born on the 24th of November, or that was date on which they died. Today’s Noirvember post pays read more

Day 23 of Noirvember: Top Seven in ’47

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 23, 2019

If you were to ask a noir fan to name the greatest year for film noir, chances are that the answer would be 1947. Personally, I could also make a case for several other years – 1946 and 1950 come to mind most immediately – but when you take a look at the titles of the noirs released in 1947, you read more

Day 22 of Noirvember: Someone’s in the Kitchen

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 22, 2019

I don’t know if classic film stars spent as much time in the kitchen as the movie magazines of the day would have you believe, but I quite like to think of my favorite performers whipping up a three-layer chocolate cake or tasty batch of fried chicken. Today’s Noirvember post takes a peek inside read more

Day 21 of Noirvember: Trivia Thursday

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 21, 2019

This ain’t just acting. If you know anything at all about me, you know that I love trivia. Today’s Noirvember post serves up some trivial tidbits about some of my favorite film noir actresses. Here goes . . . Hope Emerson made her feature film debut in Cry of the City (1948), where she played read more

Day 20 of Noirvember: The Dark Page – Part II

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 20, 2019

Two years ago, during Noirvember, I wrote about one of my book collection treasures, a beautiful coffee table tome called The Dark Page: Books That Inspired American Film Noir, by Kevin Johnson. The Dark Page shares beautiful photos of books that were the basis of film noir features in America, and read more

Day 19 of Noirvember: Happy birthday to Laura and Waldo!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 19, 2019

November 19th was quite a day in the world of noir – it gave us two of the stars of the film noir Laura (1944) – Gene Tierney and Clifton Webb. Today’s Noirvember post celebrates this shadowy birthday duo and their road to the well-loved noir that they gave us. Gene Tierney Gene Eliza Tierney read more

Day 18 of Noirvember: Inside Out of the Past

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 18, 2019

Ask any noir fan to name their top 10 movies from the film noir era, and chances are very good that Out of the Past (1947) would be among them. Some would even call it the quintessential noir, with its flashback structure, exquisite use of lights and shadow, one of the era’s most dangerous femme fat read more

Day 17 of Noirvember: Five Noirs on a Island

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 17, 2019

Three years ago, in celebration of National Classic Movie Day, I participated in a blogathon hosted by Rick over at the Classic TV and Movie Café. The theme of the event was Five Movies On An Island. For today’s Noirvember post, I thought I’d revisit this theme, focusing only on noir features, read more

Day 16 of Noirvember: Dorothys You Should Know – Part I

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 16, 2019

Ever heard of Dorothy Hart? She has eight film noir credits to her name – but, sadly, it’s a name that not many noir fans know these days. In today’s Noirvember post, I’m determined to remedy that. Dorothy Hart was once described as “the most beautiful actress in Hollywood today,” and read more

Day 15 of Noirvember: Quote of the Day

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 15, 2019

Today’s Noirvember post shines the light on one of film noir’s most highly acclaimed features, Out of the Past (1947). A first-rate picture starring Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, and Kirk Douglas, Out of the Past is fairly brimming with memorable dialogue and quotable lines. Here’s read more

Day 14 of Noirvember: Color Noir?

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 14, 2019

Some people say that in order to be film noir, a movie has to be in black and white. I don’t buy it. For me, it’s the feeling that truly makes a noir – the tone, the mood, that sensation of impending, inevitable doom. And that feeling can come over you whether it’s in black and white or in color. read more

Day 13 of Noirvember: Good Girls in Bad Company

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 13, 2019

The ladies of film noir, typically, are no ladies. More often than not, they’re duplicitous dames, mercenary molls, and corrupt cuties, not a lady in the bunch. Still, for every rule, there’s an exception, and there are numerous noirs featuring femmes who most decidedly do not fall into read more

Day 12 of Noirvember: What’s His Name? Sid Tomack!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 12, 2019

Sid Tomack. Remember that name. One of those actors with a face you might recognize but a name you may never even heard of, actor Sid Tomack appeared in only 34 movies during his 30-year career, but nearly a third of those consisted of film noir. Today’s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on this read more
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