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Wait Until Dark (1967)

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Aug 20, 2014

Wait Until Dark was Audrey Hepburn’s fifth Oscar nomination. Yes, a thriller starring Audrey Hepburn. This film was adapted from a stage play by Frederick Knott, who also wrote Dial M for Murder. Audrey had been nominated previously for Roman Holiday, Sabrina, The Nun’s Story, and Break read more

Seconds (1966)

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Aug 6, 2014

Seconds is the one film in this series I had not seen before, but I was eager too. It sounded more sci-fi to me than thriller. Plus, I had loved The Manchurian Candidate and its psychological twists and turns, so I had high hopes for Seconds. Apparently John Frankenheimer made a “paranoia trilogy,” read more

Cape Fear (1962)

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Jul 16, 2014

Cape Fear is the first film in my thrillers of the 1960’s series featuring my new theory “the Psycho effect.” Not just in release year, but also casting and stylistically, Cape Fearis the closest to the noirs of the late 40’s and early 50’s of all of the films I’ll be looking at. However, read more

Billy Wilder Blogathon: Billy Wilder Speaks

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Jun 21, 2014

Billy Wilder was an incomparable writer and director – I would say my favorite. I am still constantly surprised when I am reminded he wrote that? His range was so wide, but always so on point. His full range is on display for his birthday this year, courtesy of the blogathon hosted by Aurora at Onc read more

Snoopathon: Torn Curtain (1966)

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Jun 2, 2014

This Snoopathon is the perfect pairing with Movies Silently’s earlier Sleuthathon. Snoops and Sleuths go together, often through similar genres and transformations. You can play some really fun games of Six Degrees of Separation from Snoops to Sleuths. (Try The Thin Man to James Bond. I can do it read more

What’s Happening on the Blog

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on May 31, 2014

Sherlock Holmes will return in the fall.   Bear with me here – we’re about to go all over the place with post topics, but I promise it will be totally worth it.   Coming up most immediately is the SNOOPATHON, hosted by Movies Silently (of Sleuthathon fame), to which I will be contributin read more

Underrated detective and mystery films

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on May 25, 2014

Spoilers is a featured contributor on Rupert Pupkin Speaks today, adding a list of underrated detective and mystery films. You can read the post here, and check out the other contributions as well! read more

Sherlock Holmes: Moriartys: The Great Villain Blogathon

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Apr 25, 2014

Another Sherlock Holmes post, another great blogathon. This post is part of the Great Villains Blogathon, hosted by Speakeasy, Shadows and Satin, and Silver Screenings. Be sure to check out the other contributions on their pages. This post will contain spoilers for the BBC’s Sherlock, series (seas read more

Sherlock Holmes: Many Happy Returns (teaser)

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Apr 2, 2014

  A little teaser – my Sherlock Holmes series returns later this month. read more

Sherlock Holmes: Basil Rathbone: Sleuthathon

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Mar 17, 2014

Movies, Silently’s Sleuthathon is a blogathon I’ve been looking forward to through this cold, cold winter. Not just because I get to participate, but as I mentioned in my previous post, I have a strange love of Sherlock Holmes and detective fiction. My interest in the detective genre also extends read more

Sherlock Holmes

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Mar 5, 2014

Because I’m in graduate school now, I can call my weird obsessions ‘scholarly’ and they’re not so weirdly obsessive. One of those in Sherlock Holmes, which branched into a strange love for late nineteenth and early twentieth century obscure detective fiction. It’s very specific. Anyway, Sherlock read more

The Second Annual Muse Awards: 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Feb 2, 2014

Last year, I bestowed my first annual Muse awards on Ida Lupino, Gene Tierney, and Gloria Grahame. As I mentioned then, only Lupino ever won an Oscar, and their collective accomplishments remain obscured by the femme fatales they played. I write about strong women all year long, from Barbara Stanw read more

Behind the Camera: James Wong Howe

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Jan 22, 2014

As we are still just beginning the new year and everyone’s resolutions are still going strong, I would like to start something new as well: a new series. This series focuses on the people behind the camera, who we all know play an important role in making films, but are, by virtual of that role, le read more

New Year

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Jan 8, 2014

I’m excited to announce that I will be starting library school in a few weeks! Library school is when you want to be a librarian or an archivist, so you get a Master’s in Library and Information Science. Previously, I announced that I was starting graduate school in Media Studies, and after my firs read more

Zorro, season 2

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Dec 19, 2013

Season 2 of Zorro differs from the first season in that it features famous guest stars and shorter arcs. The season begins with Don Diego in Monterey, backing a plan to gather money from rancheros and send a representative to Spain to purchase much-needed supplies. (It is unstated, but one can assu read more

Zorro, season 1

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Dec 16, 2013

And now, without further ado, let me take you through two glorious seasons of Zorro. Season 1 opens on a ship: Don Diego has received a strange letter from his father, urging him to leave school in Spain and return to California. Diego complies, and finds out aboard ship, from his fencing companion read more

Save Zorro!

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Dec 11, 2013

Previously, I mentioned that Disney committed the atrocity of coloring the beautiful black and white Zorro television episodes when re-airing began. This is an unfortunate fate, also suffered by Cary Grant in 1937’s Topper, and often, after colorization, it becomes difficult to find copies of the read more

Zorro, TV series (1957-1959)

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Dec 2, 2013

When I was younger, I had impeccable taste in films. Before I was a teenager I was watching The Muppet Movie (1979) every single Saturday morning with my dad. Do we all realize how genius that movie was? Every living comedian was in it! And a few living legends thrown in for good measure. Mel Brook read more

What a Character! Blogathon: Gail Patrick

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Nov 11, 2013

Last year, Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled, and Paula’s Cinema Club hosted the What A Character! Blogathon – which proved to be a treasure-trove of hilarious and underappreciated actors and roles. I contributed a post on Sam Levene. This year, they’re BACK, with even read more

Supporting Actors: Everett Sloane

Spoilers Posted by Marlee Walters on Nov 4, 2013

Everett Sloane will forever be Senor Basilio, Zorro’s foe, to me. Sloane appeared as Basilio, a greedy emissary from Spain, on the Disney Zorro TV show starring Guy Williams in 1959. (Get excited, for my birthday next month I’ll be writing about this particular iteration of Zorro – by far the read more