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ILLEGAL (1955)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on May 16, 2019

Hollywood in the fifties was going through a transition. The moguls were losing control of the medium. Actors were becoming independent. Audiences were evolving.  Sure, scandals  still happened that were hushed up.  The argument, the  evidence, the testimony and the final sound of the gavel hitting read more

STARDUST ELEGANCE: An opinion on simplicity and people.

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on May 8, 2019

Watching film for the  sheer enjoyment of it can  sometimes be  overpowering in the amount one  views.  I thought it  would a  good time to step back  -a  type of intermission-  and  look one of the admirable aspects of picture watching which is overlooked: its simplicity.  Embodying simplicity read more

THE INVISIBLE MENACE (1938)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on May 1, 2019

The mystery play, with its creaking doors, sliding panels and bodies falling out of unexpected places has  long been a staple of  stage thrillers.  THE CAT  AND THE CANARY (1927), THE BAT WHISPERS (1930) and others were made into films with the  fusion of the forties of horror/mystery to come. read more

MEN OF BOYS TOWN (1941)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Apr 22, 2019

The sequel remains pretty much as it is today:  repeat box office receipts with the same formula.  That itself is passable in the day of the studio system when film output to fill the theaters with product was required.  Sometimes it works  as in BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1935) and sometimes it doesn&# read more

DEATH IN A CLOSET: MARIE WINDSOR IN THE NARROW MARGIN (1952)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Apr 16, 2019

The single light bulb of interrogation now shines on Marie Windsor as Mrs. Frankie Neall in the model B classic picture  THE NARROW MARGIN (1952).  The  subject is the  Femme  Fatale.  The term Femme Fatale is defined loosely as “a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her read more

FISHNETS AND CIGARETTES: An Opinion on Rock and Roll, Youth and the Movies

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Apr 11, 2019

Gone were the days of the Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney musicals with kids saving their farm, their home, their malt shoppe. Or something.  The sounds of “bobby soxer’ Frank Sinatra (who changed himself to record some of his biggest songs) changed to Bobby Darrin, Fabian, and others with read more

HOLLYWOODLAND (2006)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Apr 3, 2019

Connecting truth, scandal, fabrication and lies are a huge guilty pleasure that gets the audience thinking, talking and yes, writing. Hollywood loves to take a look at itself in complimentary and not so complimentary ways.  Pictures such as  WHAT PRICE HOLLYWOOD (1932) ,  SOULS FOR SALE  (1923), read more

THE EASIEST WAY (1931)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Mar 27, 2019

I have a film going weakness for the early talkies.  There is something naive yet fun to watch in these pictures:  the  Vitaphone System title for  Warner Brothers/ First National and, the propeller aircraft going around the globe for Universal, or the single title card with with all the “pla read more

THE FIXERS: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine (Book review)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Mar 21, 2019

Hollywood’s morals (or lack of)  have long been with us as we discover even today. I have been interested in that part of Hollywood for a long time and wanted to find out more.  Hence, I got myself a copy of E.J. Fleming’s book  THE  FIXERS: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM read more

CHEERS FOR MISS BISHOP (1941)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Mar 12, 2019

Hollywood loved to make films about doctors, nurses, lawyers, scientists, truck drivers,  electric linemen,  oil riggers; and, of course, teachers. The noble occupation of teaching  makes one think of the various narratives: GOODBYE MISTER CHIPS (1939),  TOM BROWN’S SCHOOL DAYS (1940) and  read more

TITANIC (1953)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Mar 7, 2019

James Cameron’s mega budget picture aside, the sinking of the  Titanic, first and foremost, is a human story. The sinking of the unsinkable has been filmed many times,  beginning in silent film to the definitive British production A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1958).   Director Jean Negulesco’s  read more

OH OSCAR : The real THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (An Opinion)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Feb 24, 2019

STARDUST AND SHADOWS takes a brief break from our content to offer an opinion of on the troubled institution for Film fans which of course is The Academy Awards. Unless you live some place where there is no News or frankly you really “don’t give a damn” you would know that the Aca read more

THE BAD SEED (1956)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Feb 21, 2019

Some films don’t  sit in areas of   style or content that fit a particular genre. THE BAD  SEED (1956) is thought to be Horror film,   a Film Noir or  a thriller.  Where  it fits  in the canon is not important only that it is  a strong film yet not to everyone’s taste.  THE BAD read more

SUPERMAN (1948)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Feb 13, 2019

Film is primarily story telling and entertainment and nothing brought a generation of  children and  sometimes adults back to the  theater  then the  Serials.  Those  deeds   of  daring do taking place in  jungles,  lost cities,   Outer Space, a frontier  town,  to under the sea by  read more

HOMECOMING (1948)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Feb 5, 2019

Firstly let me say i have weakness for these so called  ‘Women’s pictures’ which became a genre in of their own.  I  was skeptical of HOMECOMING (1948) since it was a later career Clark Gable picture and I read in some biographies of how he disliked  the material he received.  read more

CASH ON DEMAND (1961)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jan 28, 2019

Watching film which is supposed to be a ‘World wide ‘  art form one can become centralized on the Hollywood model.     The  British have always done a  strong job with the  spy thriller as long as the maintain their essential “British flavor”. There is a tone in their read more

EMERGENCY CALL (1933)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jan 24, 2019

Love to drift back into pre code dramas of all types from the “Dangerous Horrors” of  THE MASK OF  FU MANCHU (1933)  to the  Warren William  pictures so this  trip into the hospital world of  EMERGENCY CALL(1933) was looked forward to. Lets step into the waiting area, grab a  hard read more

THREE GODFATHERS (1936)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jan 14, 2019

I don’t mention Westerns very much since honestly I don’t see many with exception of  STAGECOACH (1939), THE SEARCHERS (1956),  THE WILD BUNCH (1969), both versions of  CIMARRON (1931) plus (1960)  and the Clint Eastwood Modern classic THE UNFORGIVEN (1992) plus a host of others. I do read more

GOLDIE GETS ALONG (1933)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jan 8, 2019

This little  film was a programmer like so many of the  sixty minute pictures made  yet if  you watch many of them you can  find moments of fun.   GOLDIE GETS ALONG (1933) stands out for the curious fact that its stars the one and only Lili Damita or  as  we  mostly know here  as  Mrs  read more

PRINT THE LEGEND.

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jan 2, 2019

We often romanticize the past, unconsciously editing out the unsavory parts of a certain time or event.  One wonders about the scandals of Mary Astor said to be documented in THE PURPLE DIARIES in which names are named. Odd since Mary denied she kept a written record of her exploits. I speak mainly read more
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