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The Keys of the Kingdom ( 1944 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 11, 2019

Film studios always preferred a good novel adaptation over an original story idea. This was primarily because the producers knew they had an established audience who were waiting in anticipation for the release of the film. When a best-selling book became a box-office hit at the movie theatres, then read more

From the Archives: The New Perry Mason

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Nov 8, 2019

Monte Markham starred as Perry Mason in The New Perry Mason ( 1973-1974 ), a short-lived CBS television revival of Raymond Burr's popular legal drama series. Sharon Acker also starred as Della Street and Harry Guardino played Mason's formidable opponent Hamilton Burger.  From the Archives  read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game - Halloween Edition

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 31, 2019

Screenshot #1 It's Halloween and in honor of this bewitching day of the year we have a special edition of The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game. There is not one, but FIVE screenshots that you can have the fun of identifying! Each one of these screenshots comes from an American or Britis read more

Basil Gogos and the Monster Art of Universal Horror Films

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 30, 2019

Basil Gogos was a fabulous illustrator who is best known for his movie monster portraits which graced the covers of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazines during the 1960s and 1970s. He combined his passion for art with his love of movie monsters to create these colorful and highly detailed oil portr read more

Ghost Story aka Circle of Fear ( 1972-1973 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 26, 2019

In 1972, William Castle, the director of films such as The Tingler, House on Haunted Hill, 13 Ghosts, and Straight-Jacket, tried his hand at producing a horror-themed anthology series entitled Ghost Story. Sebastion Cabot was the host of this hour-long series, which lasted only 23 episodes. He read more

The Seventh Cross ( 1944 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 23, 2019

In Germany, in the year 1936, seven prisoners escape from a concentration camp. One by one they are caught and their bodies are placed on crucifixes at the camp as a warning to others who may attempt escape. Only one man from these seven, George Heisler ( Spencer Tracy ), remains uncaptured and it i read more

British Pathé - Plastic Skeletons ( 1965 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 17, 2019

Ever wondered how your body is structured? If you were curious enough, you've probably examined a model of the human skeletal system. Medical students need to look at skeleton models in detail to understand how the body moves the way it does.....and that is where plastic skeletons come in handy.&nbs read more

From the Archives: The Haunting ( 1963 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 15, 2019

Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn, Julie Harris and Richard Johnson pose for this great publicity shot for The Haunting ( 1963 ). Director Robert Wise launched a new era of horror films with this thrilling ghost story and proved that fear can be invoked without displaying gore.  From the Archives&n read more

Rome Express ( 1932 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 12, 2019

"Romance and Adventure Roaring Through the Night!" A valuable Van Dyck painting has been stolen from an art museum in Paris and the thief ( Conrad Veidt ) is onboard the Rome Express heading to Italy. This sinister criminal is in search of a Mr. Poole ( Donald Calthrop, Blackmail ) who snatched the read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 10, 2019

A man, a gate, and a fountain.....put your thinking caps on for this one because we think this is a really challenging round of The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game. Stay tuned later this month, for on Halloween we are going to have a special edition of The Impossibly Difficult Name that Mo read more

The Spoils of Poynton ( 1970 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Oct 3, 2019

Adele Gereth ( Pauline Jameson ) has amassed antique treasures that she and her late husband collected from around the world. She stores all of these in her Jacobian estate "Poynton". She hopes to pass Poynton and its furnishings to her son Owen ( Ian Ogilvy ) and the woman he chooses as a bride, bu read more

Character Jugs ( 1955 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 29, 2019

If you love arts and crafts, then today's British Pathe newsreel is truly fascinating.....we are given a quick tour of the Royal Doulton factory to watch how Toby character jugs are being made. The earliest of these Toby jugs date back to the mid-1700s and the process of how they are made has change read more

Catacombs ( 1965 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 23, 2019

"Their plan was murder.....their reward was terror!" Ellen Garth ( Georgiana Cookson ) is a wealthy and astute British businesswoman whose money and power have been used to buy herself a husband to help care for her. Raymond ( Gary Merrill ) is charming and devoted to helping her but has no love for read more

The Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 21, 2019

Keep a sharp lookout, mate! Do you think something may fall from the sky or are you examining the clouds?  This screenshot comes from a movie that you may have seen. If you can name the film it is from, you've won this round of the Impossibly Difficult Name that Movie Game....but you'll never read more

From the Archives: The House of Seven Hawks ( 1959 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 18, 2019

"Just what does this paper mean?" Robert Taylor seems to be asking. It is obviously written in Dutch and he thinks the Frenchwoman Nicole Mauray would know Dutch....and he is correct, in "The House of Seven Hawks" ( 1959 ) she does! This film was one of Robert Taylor's lesser-known pictures, but it read more

The Prince and the Pauper ( 1962 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 14, 2019

Mark Twain had a knack for writing stories that appealed to the common people, especially to children. Most everyone has at one time imagined what it would be like to switch places with someone else. The grass is always greener on the other side. And, in this case, the grass just happens to be in th read more

The Private Life of Henry VIII ( 1933 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 8, 2019

The name of Charles Laughton has become synonymous with that of King Henry VIII, a role that he portrayed both onscreen and on stage. Laughton was 34-years old when he played the part of this beer-gulping, head-chopping monarch, and his delightfully raucous portrayal remains a highlight in a career read more

At the Earth's Core ( 1976 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 30, 2019

Kevin Connor is best known for directing a series of rather cheesy popcorn sci-fi/adventure film adaptations of Edgar Rice Burrough novels, a series which began with The Land That Time Forgot ( 1975 ).  Most of the films had great casts, adequate special effects and plenty of Jules Verne-ion at read more

Professor Piccard "10 Miles Above the Earth" ( 1931 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 25, 2019

Today's newsreel from British Pathé is quite fascinating - Professor Augustes Piccard has just landed in Switzerland ( May 27, 1931 ) after becoming the first human being to enter the stratosphere. He reached an altitude of 51,775 ft ( nearly 10 miles ) in his unusual spherical gondol read more

From the Archives: Dorothy Provine and Jody McCrea

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on Aug 23, 2019

Dorothy Provine and Jody McCrea ( son of Joel McCrea and Frances Dee ) are seen out on the town in this 1960s candid photo. Dorothy Provine dated a number of men in the late 1950s-early 1960s including Frank Sinatra, Alan Ladd Jr., Richard Chamberlain, Glenn Ford, and Roger Moore, but this "date" wi read more
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