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War Stories: The National World War II Museum

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 17, 2016

For many classic movie fans, the films of the World War II era hold special significance. These were the movies made during and immediately after the war, and the conflict impacted every aspect of American life, including film. Favorite stars like James Stewart and Clark Gable left the safety of Hol read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE MORE THE MERRIER (1943)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 11, 2016

Directed by George Stevens, The More the Merrier tackles serious wartime issues with a lively sense of humor, something contemporary audiences must have appreciated a great deal as they struggled with housing shortages, romantic complications, and the many other mundane problems of folks supporting read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE MORE THE MERRIER (1943)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 11, 2016

Directed by George Stevens, The More the Merrier tackles serious wartime issues with a lively sense of humor, something contemporary audiences must have appreciated a great deal as they struggled with housing shortages, romantic complications, and the many other mundane problems of folks supporting read more

Classic Films in Focus: SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 16, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock called Shadow of a Doubt (1943) his favorite of his own pictures, and there's certainly a lot to appreciate in this smart, dark thriller about a young woman who suspects that her beloved uncle might not be what he seems. Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten give riveting performances as read more

Classic Films in Focus: SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 16, 2016

Alfred Hitchcock called Shadow of a Doubt (1943) his favorite of his own pictures, and there's certainly a lot to appreciate in this smart, dark thriller about a young woman who suspects that her beloved uncle might not be what he seems. Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten give riveting performances as read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US (1956)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2016

What you make of The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) probably depends on how you feel about 1950s B horror and science fiction as well as the iconic monster himself. The third and final Gill Man picture revises the formula established in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) with a couple of odd twis read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US (1956)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 10, 2016

What you make of The Creature Walks Among Us (1956) probably depends on how you feel about 1950s B horror and science fiction as well as the iconic monster himself. The third and final Gill Man picture revises the formula established in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) with a couple of odd twis read more

Classic Films in Focus: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 4, 2016

Although it has been remade several times, the original 1947 release of Miracle on 34th Street is still the best and most charming incarnation of this heart-warming tale of holiday faith. Its attractions include an Oscar-winning Santa Claus performance courtesy of Edmund Gwenn and a memorable early read more

Films of 1947

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 4, 2016

Every year of the golden age of Hollywood produced worthy films, but certain years turned out bumper crops of great classic movies. 1939 immediately comes to mind, of course, but other years also turned out scores of timeless pictures that still enthrall audiences today. Whenever I'm working on a co read more

Classic Films in Focus: MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 4, 2016

Although it has been remade several times, the original 1947 release of Miracle on 34th Street is still the best and most charming incarnation of this heart-warming tale of holiday faith. Its attractions include an Oscar-winning Santa Claus performance courtesy of Edmund Gwenn and a memorable early read more

Films of 1947

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 4, 2016

Every year of the golden age of Hollywood produced worthy films, but certain years turned out bumper crops of great classic movies. 1939 immediately comes to mind, of course, but other years also turned out scores of timeless pictures that still enthrall audiences today. Whenever I'm working on a co read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE DAMNED DON'T CRY (1950)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 1, 2016

Like Mildred Pierce (1945), The Damned Don't Cry (1950) stars Joan Crawford in a story that merges the themes of melodrama and film noir. Crawford is perfectly at home in both genres, and the combination of the two had revitalized her career with Mildred Pierce, for which she won her only Best Actre read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE DAMNED DON'T CRY (1950)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Feb 1, 2016

Like Mildred Pierce (1945), The Damned Don't Cry (1950) stars Joan Crawford in a story that merges the themes of melodrama and film noir. Crawford is perfectly at home in both genres, and the combination of the two had revitalized her career with Mildred Pierce, for which she won her only Best Actre read more

Homes of Classic Hollywood Stars: Four Vintage Postcards

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 26, 2016

Here's Cary Grant's beach home in Santa Monica, California. The postcard was manufactured by Western Publishing & Novelty Co. of Los Angeles. The house was originally built for Norma Talmadge in 1929, but Grant lived there from 1939 to 1942 with housemate Randolph Scott. According to Wikimapia, read more

Homes of Classic Hollywood Stars: Four Vintage Postcards

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 26, 2016

Here's Cary Grant's beach home in Santa Monica, California. The postcard was manufactured by Western Publishing & Novelty Co. of Los Angeles. The house was originally built for Norma Talmadge in 1929, but Grant lived there from 1939 to 1942 with housemate Randolph Scott. According to Wikimapia, read more

Classic Films in Focus: BLACK NARCISSUS (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 19, 2016

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger deliver one of their finest collaborations in the exotic melodrama of Black Narcissus (1947), which tells the story of five British nuns who travel to the remote Himalayas to found a convent. Gorgeous scenery provides a provocative backdrop for strong, complex p read more

Classic Films in Focus: BLACK NARCISSUS (1947)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 19, 2016

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger deliver one of their finest collaborations in the exotic melodrama of Black Narcissus (1947), which tells the story of five British nuns who travel to the remote Himalayas to found a convent. Gorgeous scenery provides a provocative backdrop for strong, complex p read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH (1964)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 4, 2016

No genre lends itself to glorious badness like classic sci-fi horror, and director Del Tenney's The Horror of Party Beach (1964) makes for an excellent example of sublimely entertaining schlock. No, it isn't scary, thanks to stilted dialogue, flat acting, and some seriously DIY monster costumes, but read more

Classic Films in Focus: THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH (1964)

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Jan 4, 2016

No genre lends itself to glorious badness like classic sci-fi horror, and director Del Tenney's The Horror of Party Beach (1964) makes for an excellent example of sublimely entertaining schlock. No, it isn't scary, thanks to stilted dialogue, flat acting, and some seriously DIY monster costumes, but read more

Stars of the Stands: Classic Hollywood at the Kentucky Derby Museum

Virtual Virago Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Dec 23, 2015

We jaunted off to Louisville, Kentucky, last week for a few days' respite from the holiday blues, hoping to recapture our enchantment with the city from a previous visit years before. While this year's trip had its hits and misses, one unexpected treat was an exhibit about classic Hollywood and the read more
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