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National Classic Movie Day Blogathon: Five Favorite Films of the 1950s

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on May 16, 2019

Every year, in celebration of National Classic Movie Day, Rick over at the Classic Film and TV Café hosts a blogathon, and when I found out that this year’s theme was “Five Favorite Films of the 1950s,” I was all over it like white on rice! I can never turn down an opportunity to indulge in a read more

Pre-Code Crazy: It Happened One Night (1934)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on May 5, 2019

My Pre-Code Crazy pick for this month is a film that I’d bet money you’ve all seen already – It Happened One Night (1934). And if you haven’t, I’m absolutely certain you’ve seen a clip of its most famous scene, where Claudette Colbert succeeds in flagging down a passing car by flashing one read more

A Many Splendored Thing: The 2019 TCM Film Festival – Part 2

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 27, 2019

Hollywood Boulevard: The calm before the storm Two weeks ago today, I was with my older daughter, Veronica, in sunny Los Angeles, joyfully immersed in the world of cinema (and the circus-like atmosphere that is Hollywood Boulevard) at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. As I look I my window in read more

The CMBA “Femme/Homme Fatales of Noir” Blogathon — Sam Wild in Born to Kill (1947)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 19, 2019

Sam Wild. If that isn’t a fitting name for a homme fatale, I just don’t know what is. Wild, a psychopathic drifter played with panache by Lawrence Tierney, is the title-referenced subject of the 1947 noir Born to Kill. In this first-rate, wholly riveting feature, Wild is a cool-minded serial killer, read more

A Many Splendored Thing: The 2019 TCM Film Festival

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 1, 2019

The countdown is truly on! The 2019 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival will kick off in Los Angeles, California, in less than two weeks, and for the seventh consecutive year, I’ll be there! This year’s fest will be extra special, as it’s the 10-year anniversary of the festival and the read more

TCM Has Gone Film Noir Nutty!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Mar 13, 2019

Kirk Douglas will do anything for a headline in Ace in the Hole. If you’ve got a hankering for a hefty dose of film noir, you can get your fix on Thursday, March 14th by tuning in to TCM. From the evening – when the noirish shadows first start rolling in – to the morning’s wee hours on Friday, read more

Announcing The Great Villain Blogathon 2019!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Mar 6, 2019

Come join us!! You’ll be glad you did! (Mwah ha ha!!) Speakeasy It’s time once again for the Big Bad Blogathon event where you’re invited to feature your favourite movie villain(s). Your hosts are Ruth of Silver Screenings, Karen of Shadows & Satin and Kristina of Speakeasy. The rules read more

Pre-Code Crazy: The Life of Vergie Winters (1934)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Mar 4, 2019

If you know me at all, you know I’m a ginormous Ann Harding fan. What you might not know is that I am most decidedly not a huge John Boles fan. Not even a minor John Boles fan. Not even . . . well, you get the idea. Despite this, I didn’t hesitate for even a second in selecting my Pre-Code Crazy read more

The 2018 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival: Still More Adventures in Paradise — Part 5

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Feb 18, 2019

My hotel room is reserved, my plane tickets are purchased, and my traveling companion (my older daughter is going this year!) is secured . . . so you know what that means! Time for another installment in my ongoing series about the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival! Now that we’re into 2019, the read more

Pre-Code Crazy: The Doorway to Hell (1930)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Feb 3, 2019

I’m not very familiar with the screen work of Lew Ayres. Oh, I know he played Dr. Kildare (but I never saw any of those films), and I know he was in The Dark Mirror and Johnny Belinda – but I can’t say that he made that big of an impression. (I also know that he died on my birthday in 1996, read more

Gossip . . . Pre-Code Style.

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Jan 21, 2019

Harding lost an earring in the accident, but managed to hang on to her sunglasses. While recently browsing through some old Motion Picture magazines, I came across a regular feature called “Your Gossip Test,” written by Marion Martone, which invited readers to answer a series of questions about read more

Day Thirty of Noirvember: Parting Gifs

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 30, 2018

They say that all good things must come to an end. Sadly, that also goes for Noirvember 2018. It’s been a great ride, though, and I thank each and every one of you who came along with me, and commented on, liked, or read any of my daily posts. You make my blog life worthwhile! For my final Noi read more

Day Twenty-Nine of Noirvember: My Five Noir Dinner Guests

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 29, 2018

Mmm, pie. Years ago, in an early edition of my film noir newsletter, The Dark Pages (shameless plug), one of our readers posed a question: “What five film noir characters would you like to have for dinner?” It turned out to be a fun exercise for several of our contributors and subscribers, but I read more

Day Twenty-Eight of Noirvember: List o’ the Week — Top 20 Noirs on YouTube

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 28, 2018

Cornel Wilde and Helene Stanton (Dr. Drew Pinsky’s mom!) in The Big Combo. YouTube is great for a lot of things, but I love it best for the film noir movies I can find on it. Today’s Noirvember post serves up my top 20 film noir features on YouTube. It’s a veritable treasure trove, y’all! read more

Day Twenty-Seven of Noirvember: Unlikely Film Noir Folks — Fred Clark

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 27, 2018

The other day I saw a post on Facebook with a picture of Fred Clark that described him as “the immortal film noir actor.” One member of the group responded that “he was never noir,” and a quite a little brouhaha ensued – to which, I admit, I briefly contributed. In thinking about it later, read more

Day Twenty-Six of Noirvember: Happy Birthday, Adele Jergens!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 26, 2018

When they nicknamed Adele Jergens “The Eyeful,” they weren’t just whistlin’ Dixie. Born on November 17, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, Adele Louisa Jurgens didn’t start out with her sights set on the big screen. The tomboyish Adele was the youngest of four children and the only girl, and was read more

Day Twenty-Five of Noirvember: Favorite Femme Fatales – Part 2

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 25, 2018

Today’s Noirvember post is the second in my series of favorite femme fatales – those deliciously devious dames that I just can’t get enough of. My top femme was Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944). Number two on my hit parade of deadly dames is none other than Kathie Moffat in Out of read more

Day Twenty-Four of Noirvember: The 2018 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival (Part 4)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 25, 2018

Nancy Olson during her appearance at TCMFF 2018. For today’s post, I’m doing double duty – my daily Noirvember celebration and the next installment of my year-long coverage of the 2018 Turner Classic Movies film festival! I was delighted this year to have the opportunity to see and hear the lovely read more

Day Twenty-Three of Noirvember: Top Three in ’53

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 23, 2018

Earlier this month, as part of my campaign to point out first-rate noirs released in years other than the typically touted 1947, I spotlighted my top five film noir features from 1945. I’m continuing this effort for today’s Noirvember post, with my top three from 1953. It was a fun personal challeng read more

Day Twenty-Two of Noirvember: Happy Thanksgiving!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 22, 2018

Joan Crawford served up a strong noir presence in such first-rate features as Mildred Pierce (1945), Possessed (1947), The Damned Don’t Cry (1950) and Sudden Fear (1952). She also served up a mean turkey. Happy Thanksgiving! And join me tomorrow on Day 23 (seriously, where is the time going!?! read more
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