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National Classic Movie Day: Four Favorite Noirs

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on May 15, 2022

Miss a National Classic Movie Day blogathon? Not this girl! I love the annual blogathons hosted by Rick over at the Classic Film and TV Café to celebrate National Classic Movie Day – they always give me the perfect opportunity to identify and discuss a variety of first-rate classic films. When I read more

The Caftan Woman Blogathon: Man of the West (1958)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on May 6, 2022

Like so many bloggers across the Internet, I was stunned and saddened to learn earlier this year of the passing of Patricia “Paddy” Nolan-Hall, author of the Caftan Woman blog. I never met Paddy in person, but she felt like a friend. She wrote for many years for my film noir newsletter, The Dark read more

Return to Paradise – The 2022 TCM Classic Film Festival: Part 1

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on May 1, 2022

After waiting for two years for the in-person Turner Classic Movies film festival to return, I was primed and ready for four days of friends, fun, and film at this year’s event, held in Hollywood April 21-24, 2022!! And that’s just what I got – and more! It was so awesome to be back – there’s read more

Shadowy and Satiny Picks: What to Watch on TCM for May 2022

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 30, 2022

Now that I’m starting to come down off the high that was the TCM film festival, I’m excited to recommend my Shadowy and Satiny TCM picks for May. They are a pair of don’t-miss gems! SATINY PICK: She Had to Say Yes (1933) I’m going to admit, up front, that my initial Satiny pick was Shanghai read more

Joe Trivia: The 5th Golden Boy Blogathon

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 15, 2022

I have lots of favorite noir films and lots of favorite performances, but right up there near the top is William Holden’s portrayal of Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (1950). The plot of this celebrated film centers on Joe, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter, who gets more than he bargains for when he read more

It’s Almost Here: The 2022 TCM Film Festival

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Apr 9, 2022

In less than two weeks, I’ll be in Hollywood, California, for the 2022 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival! For the last two years, the fest has been presented virtually, and while they were lovely experiences (especially the 2021 event!), there’s nothing like being in L.A., reuniting with old frien read more

Shadowy and Satiny Picks: What to Watch on TCM for April 2022

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Mar 30, 2022

It’s TCM Film Festival month! So watch for lots of goodies about this fabulous event, which returns this year to an in-person fest after back-to-back virtual celebrations in 2020 and 2021. Meanwhile, tune in to TCM for these top notch film noir and pre-Code offerings . . . SHADOWY PICK: Kansas read more

Oscar’s Greatest Moments: 1970 to 1990

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Mar 27, 2022

As I mentioned in my previous post, I love the Oscars – even this year, when so many unsavory changes are being implemented, I’ll be watching – I can’t imagine missing it. In addition to dressing up with my daughters every year, and having pizza for dinner, I have one more annual tradition – read more

List o’ the Week: Unsung Oscars

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Mar 23, 2022

I’ve always loved awards season, and I’ve always been a huge fan of the Academy Awards – I never miss them; before my daughters went away to college (and then moved out of my house), we used to have Oscar parties every year where we’d dress up, eat pizza, and watch the show. As soon as the nominatio read more

Shadowy and Satiny Picks: What to Watch on TCM for March 2022

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Mar 3, 2022

Beginning this month, I’m stepping into my Shadows and Satin past and resurrecting a series I used to have back in the day – serving up monthly recommendations for film noir and pre-Code features airing on TCM. As part of its annual celebration of the Academy Awards, the March line-up on TCM focuse read more

And Now For Something Completely Different . . .

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Feb 17, 2022

I’ve always been a collector. I have collections of dolls, ashtrays, shot glasses, vintage radios, refrigerator magnets, souvenir bells, and books that were made into classic movies. But my favorite collection is my classic movie magazines. I’m fascinated by these publications – they offer such read more

TCM Is Going Film Noir Nutty . . . Again!

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Feb 9, 2022

Once again, TCM is going film noir nutty! Coming up on February 10th (which happens to be the day that my beloved grandmother – who lived to be 109 – was born), TCM is airing not one, not five, not seven – but a whopping TEN features from the classic noir era. From morning ‘til night, you can read more

Pre-Code on YouTube: Part 2

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Feb 6, 2022

Usually, in this spot, I offer my half of Pre-Code Crazy, where I share my recommended TCM pre-Code feature for the coming month. My partner in this venture, Kristina over at Speakeasy, is working on other projects for a while, so I’m doing a bit of retooling; starting in March, I will be serving read more

Pre-Code Crazy: Flesh (1932)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Jan 2, 2022

I saw Flesh (1932) for the first time when it aired on TCM last year. I don’t remember now what made me decide to watch it, but I enjoyed it so much that I tracked down the DVD and promptly added it to my collection! And when I saw it on the TCM schedule for this month, I didn’t have to look any read more

The ‘What a Character’ Blogathon: Barton MacLane

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Dec 3, 2021

Perhaps best known to modern audiences as the blustering General Peterson on the hit television comedy I Dream of Jeannie, Barton MacLane was better recognized in his heyday as one of the screen’s most enduring heavies. In a film career that spanned decades, MacLane was seen alongside such cinematic read more

Pre-Code Crazy: Man of the World (1931)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Dec 3, 2021

Now that another Noirvember celebration is behind us, it’s time to return to Pre-Code Crazy, where I join my pal Kristina, over at Speakeasy, in recommending a pre-Code feature that’s airing on TCM during the month. My pick for December is Man of the World (1931), a film that I’d never heard of read more

Day 30 of Noirvember: Millie Pickens in Among the Living (1941)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 30, 2021

The final post for Noirvember 2021 shines the spotlight on a gal who’s often more femme than fatale: Millie Pickens in Among the Living (1941). WHAT’S AMONG THE LIVING ABOUT? Nestled in a category I think of as Gothic noir, Among the Living tells the story of a millionaire, John Baden (Albert Dekker read more

Day 29 of Noirvember: Joe Rolfe in Kansas City Confidential (1952)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 29, 2021

Today’s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on a stand-up guy on a mission: Joe Rolfe in Kansas City Confidential (1952). WHAT’S KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL ABOUT? Flower deliveryman Joe Rolfe (John Payne) is framed for a million dollar heist and determines to find the men responsible. Simple, right? read more

Day 28 of Noirvember: Connie Wallace in The Great Flamarion (1945)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 28, 2021

Today’s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on a treacherous wolf in innocent lamb’s clothing: Connie Wallace in The Great Flamarion (1945). Never heard of The Great Flamarion? Do yourself a favor and take a stroll on over to YouTube. You can thank me later. WHAT’S THE GREAT FLAMARION ABOUT? read more

Day 27 of Noirvember: Earle Slater in Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

Shadows and Satin Posted by shadowsandsatin on Nov 27, 2021

Today’s Noirvember post shines the spotlight on the fatally flawed Earle Slater in Odds Against Tomorrow (1959). WHAT’S ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW ABOUT? Odds Against Tomorrow involves a bank heist engineered by bitter ex-cop David Burke (Ed Begley). To help him carry out his plot, Burke recruits a bigot read more
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