Happy Father’s Day to All… Classic Movie Dads and their Classic Movie Kids…

Wishing a Happy Father’s Day to all those Dads out there! And Celebrating the Day with a Quick Pictorial…

This is just a simple post with some pictures of Classic Movie Dads and their Classic Movie Kids. I’m sure I’m missing a whole bunch, so consider this ‘part one’ — and please feel free to chime in, and I will continue the list next year…

Father and Son Carl Reiner and Rob ReinerFather and Son, Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner – both actors, directors, writers and producers. Yes, you could say that the talent runs ‘all in the family’ (sorry, just couldn’t resist that). I saw them at the Handprint/Footprint Ceremony this year at the TCM Film Festival, and they seem like two peas in a pod! Very loving and funny together.

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Father and Son Kirk Douglas and Michael DouglasFather and Son, Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas. Incidentally, Kirk Douglas turned 100 years old this year! Strictly speaking, Michael wouldn’t be considered a Classic Movie Kid (as his film career started in the 1970s), but his list of achievements is many, and I just couldn’t create this list without including the fabulous Kirk Douglas.

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Father and Daughter, Vincente Minnelli and Liza Minnelli

Father and Daughter, Vincente Minnelli and Liza Minnelli. Of course Liza (with a Z :)) has two legendary parents, the other being none other than the one and only (understatement) Judy Garland!

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Father and Son, Alan Hale Sr and Alan Hale JrFather and Son, Alan Hale Sr and Alan Hale JrFather and Son, Alan Hale Sr and Alan Hale Jr. I added the 2nd picture here because they just look so gosh darn alike :). For me, I know Alan Hale Sr. best as Errol Flynn’s trusty sidekick, and also from his hilarious bit part in In Happened One Night (“My tonsils won’t burn”), and of course his son will always be ‘the Skipper’ from Gilligan’s Island to me.

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Father and Son Ed and Keenan Wynn

Father and Son, Ed and Keenan Wynn. The elder Wynn made his mark in Vaudeville (a star in the Ziegfeld Follies), Broadway (directing/producing too), Radio, TV and Film! Keenan on the other hand, made his mark as a character actor on TV and in film, with over 270 roles to his credit.

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Father and Son Walter and John Huston

Father and Daughter John Huston and Anjelica Huston

This is a ‘two-fer’… Father and Son, Walter Huston and John Huston (upper photo) plus Father and Daughter, John Huston and Anjelica Huston (photo just above). And how’s this for an interesting tidbit: John Huston directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins in different films (respectively: Best Supporting Actor for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Best Supporting Actress in Prizzi’s Honor).

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Father and Daughter Robert Montgomery and Elizabeth MontgomeryFather and Daughter, Robert Montgomery and Elizabeth Montgomery.  Robert made his mark as actor, director and producer (including producing over 300 episodes of his own TV series Robert Montgomery Presents). Daughter Elizabeth started her career in the 1950s with a role on her dad’s, Robert Montgomery Presents, but most of us know her best as Samantha Stevens on Bewitched :)

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Father and Son John Carradine and David Carradine

Father and Son, John Carradine and David Carradine (David is just one of John’s actor sons which also include Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine). A prolific character actor, John appeared in over 350 film and TV roles…drama, westerns, horror…and was also a member of John Ford’s stock company. Son David has over 230 acting credits to his name, but is probably best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s TV series Kung Fu.

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Father and Son, Douglas Fairbanks Sr and Jr

Father and Son, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Jr.  What can you say about Douglas Fairbanks Sr? Actor, screenwriter, director, producer, silent film legend, co-founder of United Artist, and the list goes on… As for son, Douglas Jr., he was a star in his own right, with almost 100 credits to his name — and he was also a decorated Naval Officer of WWII and founder of the U.S. Navy Beach Jumpers (think Navy SEALS).

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Father and Kids Henry Fonda Peter Fonda Jane Fonda

And a tri-fecter: Father and Kids, Henry Fonda, Peter Fonda and Jane Fonda. Another ‘what can I say’ here… Legendary and beloved actor Henry Fonda has been in too many iconic films to count, from westerns to dramas to comedies…  Pictured here with his two famous actor children, Peter and Jane. Henry is also grandfather to actors Bridget Fonda and Troy Garity.

Happy Father’s Day to your and your Families :)

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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The Pride of the Yankees Book Giveaway (June 12 – July 15)

“The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper
and the Making of a Classic”

We have TEN Copies to Give Away!

“The riveting story behind the making of The Pride of the Yankees is finally being told in Richard Sandomir’s meticulously researched and gracefully written book.” -Gay Talese

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beloved movie classic, CMH is thrilled to be giving away TEN COPIES of the new book, The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of a Classic by award-winning New York Times reporter Richard Sandomir, courtesy of Hachette Books. And for those of you who can’t wait the win the book, it will be in stores tomorrow June 13th!

Gary Cooper in Pride of the Yankees“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Using original scripts, letters, memos and other rare documents, Richard Sandomir tells the behind-the-scenes story of how this classic was born — for the first time ever!

That said, let the contest begin!

In order to qualify to win one of these books via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 15 at 8PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • June 17: Two Winners
  • June 24: Two Winners
  • July 1: Two Winners
  • July 8: Two Winners
  • July 15: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub and/or right here on this Blog in the comment section below (depending on how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 8PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner at 8PM EST on Sunday June 18.

The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, July 15 at 8PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) *Then TWEET (not DM) the following message (if you don’t have twitter, see below):
Just entered to win “The Pride of the Yankees” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub @HachetteBooks and author @richsandomir

THE QUESTION:
What do you love most about the movie, The Pride of the Yankees? And, if you haven’t seen the film, why do you want to win this book? 

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

Click here for the full contest rules and more details. 

Please note that only United States (including Hawaii and Alaska!) and Canada entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the areas noted above.

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About the book: Filled with larger-than-life characters, The Pride of the Yankees shares insights about the lives and careers of Gary Cooper, one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men, and Teresa Wright, who played Eleanor and was rocketing to stardom with three Academy Award nominations in her first three movies. It reveals how the story and its characters evolved from its first outline to its final script; describes how Cooper, more a cowboy then a first baseman, learned to play baseball; shows Eleanor’s concerns about Babe Ruth’s involvement in the film and brings a new understanding to the writing of both versions of the “luckiest man” speech: the one that Gehrig delivered and the one that Copper gave to Goldwyn’s cameras.

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If you don’t want to wait to win, you can purchase the book by clicking here

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Those Redheads from Seattle Contest Giveaway (June 5-July 8)

Those Redheads from Seattle, Newly Restored in 3-D!
Blu-Ray Giveaway

And, now for our next contest, courtesy of Kino Lorber! This time, we will be giving away FIVE COPIES of the newly restored 3-D Blu-Ray of Those Redheads from Seattle (1953), starring Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry, Agnes Moorehead, and The Bell Sisters.

Those Redheads from Seattle is historically significant as the first 3-D musical, and the first 3-D film composed for widescreen released by Paramount Pictures. This colorful musical has been newly restored in HD and 3-D by the 3-D Film Archive.

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 8 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • June 10 One Winner
  • June 17: One Winner
  • June 24: One Winner
  • July 1: One Winner
  • July 8: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or via this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winners on Sunday June 11 at 9PM EST.

Those Redheads from Seattle Blu-Ray

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, July 8 at 9PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the CMH “Those Redheads from Seattle” 3-D Blu-Ray courtesy of @KinoLorber and @ClassicMovieHub

THE QUESTION:
Why would you like to win this Blu-Ray?

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

Please allow us at least 24 hours to approve (and post) your comment, as we have an unprecedented amount of spam to sift through…

About “Those Redheads from Seattle”: A married woman (Agnes Moorehead) takes her four unmarried redheaded daughters (Rhonda Fleming, Teresa Brewer, Cynthia and Kay Bell of The Bell Sisters) to Alaska during the 1898 Gold Rush so they could help their father run his newspaper, and upon arriving in Yukon they find out their father was murdered. The four heroines get work at the saloon owned by Johnny Kisco (Gene Barry). Kathie Edmonds (Fleming) searches for her father’s murderer, who may or may not be Kisco.

You can visit Kino Lorber on their website, on Twitter at @KinoLorber or on Facebook.

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

For complete rules, click here.

And if you can’t wait to win, you can it now on amazon:

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

 

 

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Film Noir Review : The Hoodlum (1951)

“You cheap hood. Always looking for a fall guy and never realizing you’re it.”

Decency, while prominent in genres like westerns or comedies, is inherent to film noir. In fact, it is an integral part of the noir structure, as characters are constantly being faced with its existence — whether to oppose or to submit for the sake of what is just. It’s where noir derives much of its tension. Without it, characters would be robbed of the very thing that gives them hope — however futile that hope may be.

Of course, there are noir films that not only spit in the face of this morality, but snuff it out and dump its cold body where it will never be found. A less common breed, these films scoff at the possibility of redemption — and by default, commercial appeal — for a dive into the trash heap of humanity. For them, the bottom is the only logical conclusion. This is where The Hoodlum fits in. Released by Monogram Pictures in 1951, it is a cheap, rotten little film that revels in its cheap and rotten world.

The Hoodlum 1951, So shocking you can't believe it!

The Hoodlum “So shocking you can’t believe it!”

Lawrence Tierney stars as Vincent Lubeck, a lifelong criminal who’s out on parole thanks to his mother (Lisa Golm). Though Lubeck has a history of acting out, she is somehow oblivious to this, and sells the parole board on giving him a second chance– only Lt. Burdick (Stuart Randall) is unconvinced. Vincent arrives home, and gets a job at the filling station owned by his hard-working little brother Johnny (Edward Tierney). He and his wife Rosa (Allene Roberts) welcome Vincent into their lives, though it’s readily apparent that the compassion is not mutual, and in record time, Vincent decides to steal his brother’s business, his father’s inheritance money, and the affection of the naive Rosa.

Why? Because he can.

There’s an obsession with trash, both literally and metaphorically, that runs throughout Vincent’s story. In the opening scene, the faint flicker of the city dump can be seen through the windshield of Vincent and Johnny’s vehicle. In another, Vincent’s mother mentions that their new home is much nicer than the one they used to have by the city dump. “You can breath the air now,” she adds. To her, it is a matter of geography, but to Vincent, who’s visibly irritated by the discussion, it signifies something much more:

“Stop it, Ma! Keep the windows closed? What was the use? The stink came through them anyhow into all the corners of your lungs, your skin! Even if you took a bath every day, the stink would still stink! Our playground, where we picked up a few pieces of junk to get spending money. A rotten stink! Even now we’re not too far away from it! Yeah, but you wait! I’ve got ideas. I’ll get plenty of money! Yeah, dough! That’s the only thing that’ll ever cover up the stink of the city dump!”

The Hoodlum 1951, I haven't got far to go. When you die, you're a long time dead.

“I haven’t got far to go. When you die, you’re a long time dead.”

It’s one of the few times Vincent breaks his icy demeanor (a demeanor the notoriously tough Tierney was born to play), and it serves as the lynchpin for all of his subsequent actions. Every plan, every manipulation, is a step closer to ridding himself of this stink. The wording here is especially interesting: Vincent doesn’t care to wash the smell away, but rather to cover it up, to spray the cologne of cash over it in the hopes that the world won’t notice. Even at his most ambitious, he’s bound by his impoverished views.

There’s no limit to lengths he will go to to achieve this, whether it be his affair with Rosa or his plan to rob the bank across the street. Director Max Nosseck refuses to provide reasoning for these actions, leaving them as juvenile and poorly conceived as Vincent’s personality. He wants, but he wants only so that he can take away from those around him. Upon winning Rosa’s affection — through implied sexual assault — he decides he’s no longer interested, and casts her aside.

Nossek uses a clever bit of lighting in the scene where Rosa reveals that she’s become pregnant with Vincent’s child. He’s perched in the dark of the filling station alleyway and she stands, angelically, in front of the porch light. As the two become physical, and Vincent rejects her, they switch positions, and Rosa finds herself engulfed in the darkness, literally pushed out of the light by her corrupt brother-in-law. This visual flourish, one of the film’s few, takes on a grimmer connotation when Rosa later commits suicide by jumping off the roof.

The Hoodlum, 1951 The volatile relationship between Vincent and his brother Johnny.

The volatile relationship between Vincent (R) and his brother Johnny (L).

Vincent’s indifference towards her death — and that of his own child — is where the film exceeds the cruelty of the era’s other noir. “Why did she do it?” Johnny murmurs over dinner, visibly shaken. “Because she was nuts,” snaps Vincent, “Any dame who would jump off a roof must be nuts.” Johnny moves to slug him, but Vincent doesn’t even flinch. As far as he’s concerned, all he did was prove Rosa a tramp, and anyone who loves a woman like that — i.e. Johnny — is a sucker. This brazen exchange would spark controversy today, let alone for an audience that was still uncomfortable seeing married couples sleep in the same bed. Personally, the power of the scene is topped only by my amazement at how Nossek and screenwriter Sam Neuman managed to get it by the censors.

Beyond the Shakespearean-level tragedy, Nossek makes the bank heist little more than an afterthought — an excuse to kickstart the final act. So prominent is this, in fact, that when the heist goes sour, and police are called, we never see or hear from the rest of Vincent’s crew again. Instead, we follow Vincent to his mother’s house, where she lays dying, presumably from a broken heart. She condemns Vincent with her final, regretful breath.

The Hoodlum, 1951 It's too late Vincent. What can momma do? Go to the electric chair for you?

“It’s too late Vincent. What can momma do? Go to the electric chair for you?”

Johnny, the last surviving Lubeck, arrives to take his revenge: “Nothing could stop her from loving you but death,” he mutters, holding a gun, “Well, now she’s dead, and you killed her. Just like you killed Papa and Rosa. We’re going on a little ride, to the city dump. I’m gonna finish all this where it started.”

The film flashes back to the opening credits, where it’s revealed that Johnny is taking Vincent on his final ride. He forces him out at a nearby ash pile, where he plans to do away with him. He’s ultimately unable to pull the trigger, overcome by his conscience, but Lt. Burdick, who’s been in pursuit since the heist, has no such reservations and plugs Vincent point blank. His limp body falls, scattered amidst the trash he tried so hard to escape. The smell is at last covered up, though it is chill of death, and not cash, that does the trick.

The Hoodlum, 1951, Lawrence Tierney's little brother, Edward, made his film debut as his onscreen brother.

Johnny Lubeck was played by Lawrence Tierney’s real-life brother, Edward, in his film debut.

With the exception of Abel Ferrara’s masterful Bad Lieutenant (1992), it’s hard to imagine a more bleak, unrelenting film noir that The Hoodlum. Even in its filth, Lieutenant had some semblance of morality — a glimpse of hope, whether or not it was a drug-fueled mirage. The Hoodlum is soberly defiant up to its final breath, and embraces its damnation with open arms.

It’s disturbing not only in its content, but also in how little it cares about its characters’ misfortune: Vincent’s mother, shown the error of her ways in her fleeting moments. Rosa, the naive housewife, murderess of her unborn child. And Johnny, in the film’s cruelest instance, left alive to mourn them all. All victims of The Hoodlum. All witnesses to what humanity can be when it never leaves the trash heap.

An essential, undervalued viewing for those with a penchant for nihilism and the nastier side of 1950s noir. A

TRIVIA: The film was restored from its original camera negative and screened at the UCLA Festival of Film Preservation in 2009.

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–Danilo Castro for Classic Movie Hub

Danilo Castro is a film noir enthusiast and Contributing Writer for Classic Movie Hub. You can read more of Danilo’s articles and reviews at the Film Noir Archive, or you can follow Danilo on Twitter @DaniloSCastro.

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Gene Kelly Biography: Facebook/Blog Giveaway Contest (June)

“He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly”
Book Giveaway 
via Facebook and this Blog

Okay, now it’s time for the Facebook/Blog version of our “He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly” Giveaway Contest! This time we’ll be giving away one copy of the book via Facebook and this blog, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky. And, remember, we’re also giving away FIVE MORE copies via Twitter this month as well, so please feel free to enter that contest too…

In order to qualify to win this prize via this Facebook/Blog contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 1 at 10PM ESTWe will pick one winner via a random drawing and announce him/her on Facebook and here on this Blog the day after the contest ends (Sunday July 2).

If you’re also on Twitter, please feel free to visit us at  @ClassicMovieHub for additional giveaways — because we’ll be giving away FIVE MORE books there as well! PS: you don’t even need a twitter account to enter! (Click here for twitter contest details as well as more information about the book.)

He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly by Cynthia and Sara Brideson

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ENTRY TASK to be completed by Saturday, July 1 at 1oPM EST —

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:
What is your favorite Gene Kelly film and why?

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

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About the Book: One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood’s golden age, Gene Kelly revolutionized film musicals with his innovative and timeless choreography. A would-be baseball player and one-time law student, Kelly captured the nation’s imagination in films such as Anchors Aweigh (1945), On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), and Singin’ in the Rain (1952). In the first comprehensive biography written since the legendary star’s death, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson disclose new details of Kelly’s complex life. Not only do they examine his contributions to the world of entertainment in depth, but they also consider his political activities―including his opposition to the Hollywood blacklist. The authors even confront Kelly’s darker side and explore his notorious competitive streak, his tendency to be a taskmaster on set, and his multiple marriages.Drawing on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly’s wives, friends, and colleagues, Brideson and Brideson illuminate new and unexpected aspects of the actor’s life and work. He’s Got Rhythm is a balanced and compelling view of one of the screen’s enduring legends.

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Click here for the full contest rules. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Gene Kelly Biography Contest Giveaway (via Twitter in June)

“He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly”
Book Giveaway via Twitter

Okay, it’s time for our next book giveaway! CMH will be giving away FIVE COPIES of “He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly” by authors Cynthia and Sara Brideson, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky, from May 29 through July 1. (plus ONE more copy via Facebook and this Blog, details to follow on Wednesday).

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 1 at 10PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • June 3: One Winner
  • June 10: One Winner
  • June 17: One Winner
  • June 24: One Winner
  • July 1: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday June 4 at 10PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details…

If you’re also on Facebook, please feel free to visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways (or check back on this Blog in a few days) — because we’ll be giving away ONE MORE cop via Facebook/Blog as well!

He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly by Cynthia and Sara Brideson

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, July 1 at 1oPM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:
What do you love most about Gene Kelly? 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win “He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress & @ClassicMovieHub

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

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About the Book: One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood’s golden age, Gene Kelly revolutionized film musicals with his innovative and timeless choreography. A would-be baseball player and one-time law student, Kelly captured the nation’s imagination in films such as Anchors Aweigh (1945), On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), and Singin’ in the Rain (1952). In the first comprehensive biography written since the legendary star’s death, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson disclose new details of Kelly’s complex life. Not only do they examine his contributions to the world of entertainment in depth, but they also consider his political activities―including his opposition to the Hollywood blacklist. The authors even confront Kelly’s darker side and explore his notorious competitive streak, his tendency to be a taskmaster on set, and his multiple marriages.Drawing on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly’s wives, friends, and colleagues, Brideson and Brideson illuminate new and unexpected aspects of the actor’s life and work. He’s Got Rhythm is a balanced and compelling view of one of the screen’s enduring legends.

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Click here for the full contest rules. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Warner Archive Instant Interview with Classic Movie Hub

Talking ‘Classics’ with Warner Archive Instant

A Big Thank You to Carley and Mike of Warner Archive Instant for hosting a Facebook Live Video Chat today with yours truly. What a pleasure it was to meet them both, and to talk about our love for classic movies! Couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon.

You can watch the chat here on Facebook Live by clicking the image below. 

Classic Movie Hub Warner Archive Instant InterviewClassic Movie Hub visits Warner Archive Instant for a Classic Movie Chat with Carley and Mike

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Also just want to say that I’ve been having a blast watching movies on Warner Archive Instant — what an array of films, from some of my all-time personal favorites to movies that have been on my ‘must see’ list for quite some time.

You can check out The Classic Movie Hub Collection curated list of Warner Archive Instant films here. Let me know what you think!

Don’t forget that we’re giving away a bunch of year-long Warner Archive Instant subscriptions through June 3rd. You can enter here.

warner archive instant subscription contest via classic movie hub

And, if you can’t wait to win, you can click on the coupon below for a 40% off special offer.

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 –Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Some Like It Hot” (Giveaway runs May 12 – May 27)

Win Tickets to see “Some Like It Hot” on the Big Screen!

In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sunday, June 11 & Wednesday, June 14!

“Spills, thrills, laughs, and games. This may even turn out to be a surprise party.”

CMH is thrilled to announce the 8th of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this year, courtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Some Like It Hot” – the timeless classic starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, and Jack Lemmon— the way it was meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, May 27 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, May 28, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

Some Like It Hot TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend. (please note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

About the film:  

This hysterical comedy from director Billy Wilder finds Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon masquerading as women in order to elude irate Chicago mobsters while befriending a beautiful singer, Sugar Kane (Marilyn Monroe).

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, May 27 at 6PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:

Okay I know that this is a tough one :) What do you love most about “Some Like It Hot”? And, if you haven’t seen it, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:

Just entered to win tickets to see “Some Like It Hot” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #TCMBigScreen

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Godfather” (Giveaway runs May 5 – May 20)

Win Tickets to see “The Godfather” on the Big Screen!

In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sunday, June 4 & Wednesday, June 7!

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. “

CMH is thrilled to announce the 7th of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this year, courtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: The Godfather” – the timeless classic starring Marlon Brando, and Al Pacino— the way it was meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, May 20 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, May 21, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

The Godfather TCM Presents Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, June 4 and Wednesday, June 7 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend. (please note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

About the film:  

This epic crime drama combines legendary performances by Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Diane Keaton and Robert Duval, and the impeccable direction of Francis Ford Coppola, for a towering achievement in American filmmaking, a powerful saga that redefined cinema.

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, May 20 at 6PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

THE QUESTION:

Altough not a classic-era Classic, most people do consider “The Godfather” a Classic none-the-less. What is it about the film that makes it a Classic? And, if you haven’t seen it yet, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:

Just entered to win tickets to see “The Godfather” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #TCMBigScreen

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Dangerous to Know Book Giveaway (May)

Dangerous to Know: A Lillian Frost & Edith Head Novel
We have TEN Copies to Give Away in May!

“Lovers of old movies, fabulous gowns, and historical gossip will be enchanted.” -Publishers Weekly

It’s time for our next book giveaway! This time, we’ll be traveling back to Hollywood’s Golden Age with the fabulous new mystery, Dangerous to Knowcourtesy of Tor and Forge Books.  The authors, husband-and-wife team Renee Patrick, were inspired by their love of classic film and costume design to create this mystery series set in 1930s Hollywood and starring legendary designer Edith Head.

That said, let the contest begin!

In order to qualify to win one of these books via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, June 3 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on five different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • May 6: Two Winners
  • May 13: Two Winners
  • May 20: Two Winners
  • May 27: Two Winners
  • June 3: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub and/or right here on this Blog in the comment section below (depending on how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner at 9PM EST on Sunday May 7.

Dangerous to Know book
This is sure to delight fans of old Hollywood and Turner Classic Movies.”
-Library Journal

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, June 3 at 9PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) *Then TWEET (not DM) the following message (if you don’t have twitter, see below):
Just entered to win the “Dangerous to Know” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub @TorBooks & @RPatrickBooks

THE QUESTION:
Who are some of your favorite Golden Age actors/actresses and why ? 

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

Click here for the full contest rules and more details. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) and Canada entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the areas noted above.

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About the book: December 1938. Lillian Frost has plunged head first into a world of boldfaced names and endless glamour as social secretary to movie-mad millionaire Addison Rice. Costume designer Edith Head is now in charge of Paramount Pictures’ wardrobe department, although her position is precarious: potential replacements are being auditioned on a regular basis. The two friends again become partners thanks to an international scandal: a real-life incident, a historical footnote long forgotten, in which the war clouds gathering over Europe cast a shadow on Hollywood. At a swanky Manhattan dinner party the well-heeled guests speak ill of Adolf Hitler in front of a German maid with Nazi sympathies. The secrets she spills soon have all of New York society running for cover— and two of Paramount’s biggest stars, Jack Benny and George Burns, facing smuggling charges. When an émigré composer seeking work at Paramount is found dead, Marlene Dietrich tells Edith she blames agents of the Reich. As Lillian and Edith unravel intrigue that extends from Paramount’s fabled Bronson Gate to FDR’s Oval Office, only one thing is certain: they’ll do it in style.

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If you don’t want to wait to win, you can purchase the book by clicking here

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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