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OF HUMAN BONDAGE (1946)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jul 3, 2019

The story OF HUMAN BONDAGE has become like A STAR IS BORN, that is, being filmed many times with different effects on the audience and box office.  Studios loved to put actors into roles that are ‘star making,’ hoping the magic will occur again.  Such  would be the case with Paul Henrei read more

A WICKED WOMAN (1934)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jun 26, 2019

Studios would launch an actor, attempting to build them up in the public’s eye.  It was this type of gamble or put an established  star in a role against type.   MGM tried  with Mady Christians in A WICKED WOMAN (1934), proclaiming her as a “brilliant new star:” only to find it read more

THEIR OWN DESIRE (1929)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jun 19, 2019

Early talking pictures are absolutely fun to watch. You get to see  evolving processes and talent.  One can see the camera move away from locked framing similar to theatrical stage play to actors gradually finding their feet and voices.  Movements become  less  stilted,  voices  become less histrio read more

SUDDENLY (1954)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jun 13, 2019

The sun and fun of Palm Springs, California warms both the heart and the skin of those that go there.  Temperature is in the high 40s in some cases, and the desert around you makes for intrigue in places and people when the night falls.  The unofficial, or depending on who you speak to, the offici read more

CONVENTION CITY (1933)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on Jun 4, 2019

This is a look at CONVENTION CITY (1933). It is considered a  ‘lost film” due to its content. Film has been censored since it first began as a kinescope show for a nickel. There has always been some group or groups of people in society that wished to control the message, the images, and read more

MILLIONS LIKE US (1943)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on May 29, 2019

Canadians sometimes  have an inferiority complex when it comes to their military history.  Recent developments notwithstanding, we seem to be ignored in pictures  regarding the Second  World War; likely because it is simply we were seen as being under the British.  It actually may be surprising read more

PAID (1930)

Stardust and Shadows Posted by Terry on May 22, 2019

The subversive world of pre-code Hollywood continues to delight.  Each studio had a formula and star that was put into dastardly situations, usually coming out on top or with a new moral fiber.  The pleasure comes from seeing how these  film makers were blatant with their language, actions, and  read more

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
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