Film Noir Review: The Bribe (1949)

“I never knew a crooked road could look so straight.”

In his book Dark City, Eddie Muller discusses the 1949 film Thieves’ Highway. He calls it a case of “Steinbeck noir,” in reference to the bleak spin put on fruit markets and the Southern California of the author’s youth. Suddenly, the agriculture business was an opportune place for greed and murder.

In a similar vein, I present The Bribe. Released by MGM eight months prior, the film sets sights on another iconic author for inspiration: Ernest Hemingway. In swapping out the SoCal experience for a Central American detour, the film channels the cultural clash and hard drinking of his most celebrated work. On paper, it posed a thrilling opportunity to see what could be done in the confines of a “Hemingway noir.”

The Bribe, 1949 film theatrical posterThe film’s adventurous poster.

The film’s adventurous poster.Sadly, The Bribe has little more than this gimmick going for it. A stormy opener introduces Federal Agent Rigby (Robert Taylor) and the film’s noir credentials — he paces, puffs a cigarette, and nervously looks out the window. Those familiar with the genre know the predicament is severe, and on cue, a series of flashbacks make with the explaining: Rigby is in the town of Carlota to bust up an airline racket ran by ex-pilot Tug Hintten (John Hodiak) and his wife Elizabeth (Ava Gardner). Whilst there, the added variables of crime boss Carwood (Vincent Price) and Rigby’s affair with Elizabeth greatly exacerbate the mission. Oh, and so does J.J. Bealer (Charles Laughton), a local who delights in playing both sides.

Director Robert Z. Leonard is given a Murderer’s Row of performers to play with here, but for the most part, they get mishandled. Hodiak and Gardner are an odd pairing that try to overlook their differences– one defeated by life, and the other still trying to play an angle. They’re posed at the target early on, but as the film progresses, and Carwood comes into the mix, motivations become unnecessarily confusing. I’ve watched it three times now, and I’m still caught aback by how Hodiak’s Tug switches alliances every other scene. As Elizabeth, Gardner offers a stronger turn. Playing someone who goes out of her way to prove herself a good girl, she makes Rigby seem like the predatory one when they’re together. This is excluding a slinky song-and-dance that would make even Kitty Collins (The Killers) blush.

Vincent Price, Charles Laughton in The Bribe (1949)Carwood and Bealer up to no good.

Then there’s Vincent Price; acting in broad, colorful strokes. His entire performance plays like an audition for the comedic His Kind of Woman (1951), but even in lesser form, there’s admitted fun to be had. He relishes his evil deeds while everyone around him seems overwrought and uncertain– I half expected him to twirl his mustache when he and Bealer are scheming. It’s no coincidence that he’s the instigator behind the film’s stronger moments — namely, the scuffle on the fishing boat. Tired of playing nice with Rigby, Carwood causes a freak “accident” to kill the agent that winds up killing one of the crew instead. The sequence thrills in evoking the machismo of Hemingway’s work, while adding some much needed spark to Taylor’s performance.

Robert Taylor is the biggest roadblock this film faces. He looks terrific in his tropical white suits, but that can only suffice for so long before his stiffness starts to take its toll. Scenes with Price, Laughton, or even Hodiak should be punchy and competitive in their presentation. Instead, Taylor plays it as a minimalist– a decision that doesn’t really work in the exaggerated world of film noir. Even when he’s dropped into deadly situations (i.e. drugged, held at gunpoint), I don’t feel as though I’m seeing a guy on the ropes. Picture Zachary Scott or John Payne in the part, and my bone to pick will become obvious.

Ava Gardner, John Hodiak and Robert Taylor in The Bribe 1949Tug and Elizabeth discover Rigby’s undercover plan.

It doesn’t help that the plot gets especially convoluted in the third act. The double-crosses made between the five main characters gets too confusing to keep track of, and momentum takes a nosedive. Screenwriter Marguerite Roberts might’ve fared better if she simplified Frederick Nebel’s novel instead of cramming its complexity into a cramped 98 minutes.

All deals converge in the literally explosive finale. Rigby gets his head straight after being drugged, and convinces Bealer to frame Carwood for the police. The imaginative chase that follows (with uncredited direction by Vincente Minnelli) combines live fireworks with stunts that still remain impressive by today’s standards. As can be inferred, however, it’s too little too late to salvage things, and Rigby’s return to Elizabeth feels clumsily included. Laughton, the film’s underused star, is forced to rattle off a final line of silliness.

Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner in The Bribe 1949“When I’m kissing someone goodbye, I like to know in advance.”

The Bribe was a flop in 1949, and I’m sorry to report that in the decades since, little about the film has improved. Despite an exceptional cast and some enticing scenery, the film misses too many opportunities to find second life as a cult classic. It is a piece better suited as moments in a compilation than it is overall viewing. For those wanting the “Hemingway noir” aesthetic, I suggest watching the fireworks finale and moving on to Rope of Sand (1949) and Macao (1952). C-

TRIVIA: Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner took to their onscreen romance, and briefly dated after the film was released.

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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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Carole Lombard: The Profane Angel Blogathon – Lombard and Gable Pictorial

In Celebration of the Lovely Carole Lombard, a Behind-the-Scenes Pictorial of ‘Ma’ and ‘Pa’…

As many of us classic movie fans know, Carole Lombard and Clark Gable met in 1932 while co-starring in No Man of Her Own.  At that time, Lombard was married to William Powell, and there were no sparks flying on the set between her and Gable. The pair however met again at a party in 1935, at which time Lombard was divorced from Powell, and Gable was separated from his wife – and a romance blossomed. After a lengthly and expensive divorce, Gable was free to marry soulmate, Lombard, and the couple wed on March 29, 1939. The couple bought a 20-acre ranch in Encino, California, where they enjoyed the ‘simple life’ together, far different than their Hollywood Socialite lives… They nicknamed each other ‘Ma’ and ‘Pa’ and remained happily married until Lombard’s tragic death on January 16, 1942 at age 33.

So in honor of their very special relationship, let’s celebrate the ‘simple life’ with Lombard and Gable via this pictorial…

carole lombard and husband clark gable

Two Legends in Love

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carole lombard and clark gable with siamese catsRelaxing with their Siamese kittens

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lombard and gable eating watermelon

Clearly two watermelon fans!

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clark gable and carol lombard sitting on truck

Sitting on the tailgate of their Dodge truck at their Ranch, 1940

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gable lombard 1st wedding anniversary

Celebrating their first anniversary with a cake in Gable’s dressing room

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Clark Gable and Carole Lombard

At home, enjoying some culinary delights :)

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gable and lombard chickens

‘Ma and Pa’ on the ranch

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Clark Gable and Carole Lombard at home, 1940Got milk? Lombard and Gable at home, 1940

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Carole Lombard and husband Clark Gable at their Encino Ranch. early 1940s.

At the ranch, early 1940s

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gable and lombard at the ranch

On the ranch, earning their keep

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clark gable and carol lombard with horsesEnjoying the outdoors together… Does it get any better than this?

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gable and lombard in gardenLove this shot…

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And, in death, they are also close together, side-by-side in the at The Great Mausoleum, Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard Forest Lawn Cemetery the Great Mausoleum; photo (c) 2015 Classic Movie Hub

Two Legends, side by side

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A Big Thank You to In The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Phyllis Loves Classic Movies for hosting this wonderful event! There are so many more wonderful Classic Bloggers participating in this Blogathon so please be sure to check out the other entries.

—Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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Classic Movie Coincidence: Ethel Merman, Katy Jurado and Ernest Borgnine

If we have enough good times together, I’m gonna get down on my knees. I’m gonna beg that girl to marry me. -Ernest Borgnine as Marty

Well, here’s something a little different than our usual Classic Movie Coincidences…

Both Ethel Merman and Katy Jurado share a birthday today, January 16 (born in 1908 and 1924 respectively). Both of them were also married to Ernest Borgnine.

katy jurado ernest borgnine married

Katy Jurado was married to Borgnine from December 31, 1959 to June 3, 1963. It was the 2nd marriage for both of them.

Borgnine and I met by accident when we collide in a dark room when leaving a restaurant. He chased me for two years… Our courtship was one of the best periods of my life. We were married soon after, but his jealousy and insecurities turned the marriage in hell.” (Katy Jurado: Proudly Mexican Hollywood Star”)

Ethel Merman and Ernest Borgnine at Their Wedding

Ethel Merman was Borgnine’s 3rd wife (and he was Merman’s 4th husband). They were married on June 27, 1964, but the marriage was dissolved after 32 days, and the couple were divorced on November 18, 1964.

“Biggest mistake of my life. I thought I was marrying Rosemary Clooney.” -Ernest Borgnine

In Merman’s 1978 biography, she devoted a chapter of her autobiography to the marriage; the chapter consisted of one blank page…

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

 

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Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: An Affair to Remember” (giveaway runs Jan 13-28)

Win Tickets to see “An Affair to Remember” on the Big Screen!
in Select Cinemas Nationwide 
Sunday Feb 12 & Wednesday Feb 15!

“It was the nearest thing to heaven! You were there…”

CMH is thrilled to announce the 2nd of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this yearcourtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: An Affair to Remember” – the timeless classic starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr — 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, January 28 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, January 29, 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.

An Affair to Remember TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 15 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: Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star as the two lovers who meet by chance on a trans-Atlantic voyage and fall in love despite their existing relationships. When they agree to meet six months later atop the Empire State Building, they cannot foresee the tragic circumstances that will test the limits of their devotion.

An Affair to Remember starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, January 28 at 6PM EST…

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

THE QUESTION:
What do you love about “An Affair to Remember”? And, if you haven’t seen it, why would you like to go see it on the Big Screen? 

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win tickets to see “An Affair to Remember” 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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Classic Movies New Year’s Resolution: DVD Contest Giveaway!

Happy New Year to All!
Let’s Kick Things Off with A Classic Movie New Year’s Resolution Contest!

Well, we’re getting started a little late this month with our next contest, but it’s been quite busy here at CMH! I’m happy to say that we had well over 2oo entries for our Singin’ in the Rain Fathom Events Ticket Giveaway — which kept me very busy here, to say the least!!!

That said, however, we’re going to kick off another January contest, a tad late perhaps, but we’ll make up for lost time, I promise!

As is fitting for January, I thought it’d be fun to focus on some fun (and some serious) New Year’s resolutions… so let’s start with a dozen right now…

Christmas in Connecticut: Flip Flop the Flapjacks“Watch now. I show you how to flip-flop the flop-flips.” – S.Z. Sakall in Christmas in Connecticut

If only it were that easy!

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Vitameatavegamin Girl, I Love Lucy

“Hello friends. I’m your Vitameatavegamin Girl. Are you tired, run-down, listless? Do you poop-out at parties?” – Lucy  :)

I hear you Lucy!

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Arsenic and Old Lace wine

“For a gallon of elderberry wine, I take one teaspoon full of arsenic, then add half a teaspoon full of strychnine, and then just a pinch of cyanide.” – Jean Adair in Arsenic and Old Lace

Good reason to quit, no? Or at least cut down :)
(sorry, I stole that comment from a fan on twitter, but it made me chuckle)

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Buck Up Smile though your heart is breaking, Charlie Chaplin Modern Times“Buck up – never say die. We’ll get along.” – Charlie Chapin in Modern Times

And then, heartbreakingly beautiful music comes in as A Factory Worker (Chaplin) and A Gamin (Paulette Goddard) walk away into the dusk… And I shed an enormous tear…

Yes, I want to smile more this year :)

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The Munsters, spend more time with family“Oh, Marilyn… the circles under your eyes. How lovely you look today.” -Yvonne De Carlo in The Munsters

Okay, so my family doesn’t look like this, but we have lots of fun together and accept each other for who we are :)

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The Marx Brothers Cabin SceneHonestly, I’m not sure which film this is from, but it beat out the ‘excruciatingly painful’ image of Sir Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man which makes me cringe just thinking about it!

Yes, I must must MUST go to the dentist this year…and not looking forward to it, to say the least!

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The Honeymooners on roller skates“And I’m gonna learn all the expressions, too, like ‘Bo-do-dee-oh-do’, ’23 skidoo’, and ‘I’ll kiss you later, I’m eating a potato’…” -Jackie Gleason in The Honeymooners

Yes, I want to recapture the fun I had as a youth… nothing wrong with that, right :)

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Bugs Bunny What's Opera Doc“Oh Bwoon Hilda, you’re so wovely.” – Elmer Fudd

Actually, I love fine music (and not-so-fine music too), but I want to see and hear more of it this year…

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White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland“I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date. No time to say ‘Hello, Goodbye. I’m late, I’m late, I’m late.” – The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland

Nothing wrong with being on time, right, except it might shock all of my friends :)

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Road Movies Hope and Crosby“He’s gonna sing, folks. Now’s the time to go out and get the popcorn.” -Bob Hope in Road to Bali

Love, love, LOVE to travel… so need to start putting on my thinking cap, where to go, where to go…

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To Sir, With Love Starring Sidney Poitier © Columbia Tri - Star“But how do you thank someone, who has taken you from crayons to perfume?” – Lulu (singing To Sir, with Love)

I count myself extremely lucky because I had a mentor for many years who changed my life in more ways than I can count… I learned so much from her… and now, as an Adjunct Professor, I will continue to try to be a good role model and mentor to my own students, and hopefully I will make a difference here and there…

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The House on Haunted Hills skeleton

“If I were gonna haunt somebody, this would certainly be the house I’d do it in.” – Richard Long in The House on Haunted Hill

Okay, a little dramatic I know, but you get the idea :)

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Now — at long last — the contest:

We will be giving away a total of EIGHT Classic DVDs this month, winners’ choice of one DVD from the titles listed below!

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, February 4 at 8 PM EST. The sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on four 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.

  • January 14: Two Winners
  • January 21: Two Winners
  • January 28: Two Winners
  • February 4: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 8PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday January 15 at 8PM EST.

Here are the titles up for grabs:

  • Singin’ in the Rain starring Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor
  • Treasure of the Sierra Madre starring Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston
  • An American in Paris: starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: starring Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell
  • Sabrina: starring Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart and William Holden
  • Penny Serenade: starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood: starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland

Continental US and Canada resident entries only. 

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday,February 4 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:
Just entered to win the CMH New Year’s Resolution Classic Movie #DVDGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub

THE QUESTION:
New Year’s Resolution: Name three classic movies that you’ve never seen before — that you pledge to watch this year.

*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.

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

 

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A Very Merry Christmas… Fond Memories and Musings Pictorial

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy Holiday Season to All!

Classic Movie and TV Christmas moments…

Grinch gif“And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of ten Grinches, plus two!”

May our hearts grow three times bigger today :)

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Miracle on 34th Street Christmas is just a state of mind

“Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind…”
-Edmund Gwenn as Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street

Indeed.

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Gary Cooper in Meet John Doe

“Why can’t that spirit, that warm Christmas spirit, last all year long?”
-Gary Cooper as Long John Willoughby in Meet John Doe

Ditto.

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george_bailey_its_a_wonderful_life_merry_christmas“Merry Christmas you wonderful old Building & Loan!”
-James Stewart as George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life

When we realize we’re more blessed than we thought :)

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A Charlie Brown Christmas tree

“This little green one here seems to need a home.”
-Charlie Brown in A Charlie Brown Christmas

When our hearts are open.

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Mary Pickford Christmas stockings at fireplace

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there…”  
Mary Pickford gets ready for Santa…

Remember the anticipation!

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Marx Brothers Christmas Eve

I remember staying up late on Christmas Eve as a kid watching Marx Brothers movie marathons and wondering why Santa Claus always came AFTER I fell asleep!

Thanks to my father who introduced me to the Marx Brothers when I was just knee high :)

Can’t go without thanking my Mom too, who introduced me to so many of the classics as well! Fond, fond memories…

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Glenn Ford Santa Claus Christmas Mr Soft Touch

Ever wonder how Santa can deliver all those gifts in only one night :) 

As a kid, it never even crossed my mind!

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Star Trek ugly Christmas SweatersGuess you’re never too cool for a Christmas Fashion Faux Pas :)

I had to post this one because while I was shopping this year, I saw someone carrying a ‘huge penguin with a tie’ sweater to the cash register and couldn’t help but think ‘I’m glad that’s not for me’!

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 The Munsters ChristmasGetting in the gift-giving spirit…

Yes, even ‘march-to-the-beat-of-a different-drummer’ families like The Munsters celebrate Christmas.

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Christmas with gumby and pokey

Remember as a kid, staying outside til’ your legs were so numb they felt like rubber :) 

I still enjoy the clean crisp cold weather, but must admit, there’s nothing like walking into a cozy house and enjoying a hot cup of some deliciously warm libation…

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John Wayne with family on ChristmasJohn Wayne and his kids on Christmas

Remember running down into the living room to see what Santa left you??? PS: yes, I am guilty as a kid for trying to peak through the wrapping paper before my family came down the stairs :)

Biggest surprises: a sleigh leaning behind our front door, that I didn’t see until after I had opened all of my other Christmas presents — and the camera I got as a kid after my parents kept telling me for months that I didn’t need a camera (oh sneaky sneaky parents)

Biggest well quite frankly ‘not-so-fun of a surprise’: the pink luggage that my grandparents gave me, when my other cousin (who incidentally is a boy) got legos! Ohhhh those coveted legos!!! But, not to worry, I wound up playing with his legos every time I came to visit — so I got the best of both worlds!

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Leave it to Beaver Christmas

The Cleavers enjoying quality Christmas time together.

Always happy to enjoy quality family time on Christmas, although we play a ‘mean’ game of Italian cards after dinner :)

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Bogie and Bacall on ChristmasBogie and Bacall celebrating Christmas

Hope you enjoy your day with Family and Friends!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Singin’ in the Rain” (giveaway runs Dec 23-Jan 7)

Win Tickets to see “Singin’ in the Rain” on the Big Screen!
in Select Cinemas Nationwide
Sunday Jan 15 & Wednesday Jan 18!

Yay! The Contest is over and the winners are:
Jeremy Seghers, T Pribe, Ryan, Randall, Shelia, Elaine Denton, Marilyn Legnini, Denise Noble… Check back on Friday 1/13 because we’ll be announcing our next Ticket Giveaway then…

CMH is thrilled to announce that we are continuing our wonderful partnership with Fathom Events for 2017! That said, we’re kicking off the New Year right, with the 1st of our 14 movie ticket giveaways for the year, courtesy of Fathom Events…

“Tah, Tey, Tye, Tow, Tyo.” Yes, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Singin’ in the Rain” – the way it was meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

Singing in the Rain, TCM Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. (check theater listings hereplease note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, January 7 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, January 8, 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.

Gene Kelly, Singin in the Rain

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, January 7 at 6PM EST…

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

THE QUESTION:
Why would you like to go see “Singin’ in the Rain” on the Big Screen? 

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win tickets to see “Singin’ in the Rain” 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.

And here is the trailer for your viewing pleasure :)

About the film: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in one of the greatest musicals ever filmed. Musician Don Lockwood (Kelly) rises to stardom during Hollywood’s silent-movie era–paired with the beautiful, jealous and dumb Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen). When Lockwood becomes attracted to young studio singer Kathy Selden (Reynolds), Lamont has her fired. But with the introduction of talking pictures, audiences laugh when they hear Lockwood speak for the first time–and the studio uses Selden to dub her voice.

IMPORTANT NOTE for all prizing: This is a special two-day-only event at select theaters nationwide on Sunday, January 15 and Wednesday, January 18 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 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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Announcing our 2017 Year-Long Partnership with Fathom Events: “TCM Big Screen Classics” Movie Tickets Giveaways!

The Continuation of a Beautiful Friendship…
Classic Movie Hub and Fathom Events Partner Again for
Year-Long Movie Ticket Giveaways for 
“TCM Big Screen Classics” 

Yes, Gene Kelly will sing in the rain, Bette Davis will fasten her seatbelt, Jack Lemmon will get engaged — and Classic Movie Hub will be giving away tickets to 14 TCM Big Screen Classics throughout 2017, thanks to our 2nd consecutive year-long partnership with Fathom Events!

We are thrilled to say that this year we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to EACH FILM in this fabulous series of classics. And, just like last year, it will be simple to enter… All you have to do is check back on this Blog every month OR follow us on Twitter at @ClassicMovieHub or on Facebook for our monthly contest announcements. Then complete that month’s entry task, and you will be entered into a random drawing to win a pair of tickets to that month’s movie event! That’s it! And there is no limit to how many contests you enter (and win) during the year — so feel free to enter all 14 of them…

Fathom Events TCM Big Screen Classics Calendar for 2017 and Classic Movie Hub Contest

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So now, just a little bit of info about the series…

The “TCM Big Screen Classics” series presents one or more films each month at select theaters nationwide – all accompanied by specially produced commentary from TCM host Ben Mankiewicz or Saturday-afternoon host Tiffany Vazquez that provides unique insight and behind-the-scenes stories and tidbits. The films span over five decades and include some of the most fun and/or beloved classics of all time, in the format in which they were meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

If you can’t wait to win tickets, and prefer instead to buy them, they can be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com, or at participating theater box offices. For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

And, now, for the fabulous films :) AND I must admit, some of my all-time favorites!!!

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JANUARY: Singin’ in the Rain 

Singing in the Rain, TCM Fathom EventsSingin’ in the Rain 65th Anniversary (1952): Sunday Jan 15 & Wed Jan 18

Silent film movie star Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) finds his muse in Kathy Selden (Debbie Reynolds) just as Hollywood discovers talking pictures, but mega-star Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen) isn’t going to stand for it. With the help of Cosmo Brown (Donald O’Connor), Don and Kathy will find a way to overcome the scheming Lina.

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FEBRUARY: An Affair to Remember

An Affair to Remember TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

An Affair to Remember 60th Anniversary (1957): Sun Feb 12 & Wed Feb 15

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr star as the two lovers who meet by chance on a trans-Atlantic voyage and fall in love despite their existing relationships. When they agree to meet six months later atop the Empire State Building, they cannot foresee the tragic circumstances that will test the limits of their devotion.

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MARCH: All About Eve

All About Eve TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

All About Eve (1950): Sun March 5 & Wed March 8

Backstage backstabbing and treachery has never been as deliciously fun or as intensely dramatic as it is in All About Eve – which is tied only with Titanic for the most Academy Award® nominations for a single film. With a record-breaking four nominations in female acting categories (Bette Davis and Anne Baxter as Best Actress and Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter as Best Supporting Actress), it remains one of the most riveting dramas ever made.

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APRIL: North by Northwest and The Graduate

North by Northwest TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

North By Northwest (1959): Sun Apr 2 & Wed Apr 5

This Alfred Hitchcock cross-country adventure offers non-stop thrills and a bit of romance. Cary Grant stars as Roger O. Thornhill, a man wrongly accused of murder, who hops on to a train … and into the lap of Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint). All the while, he’s pursued by the sinister Philip Vandamm (James Mason), who is convinced that Thornhill is a spy.

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The Graduate TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The Graduate 50th Anniversary (1967): Sun Apr 23 & Wed Apr 26

Dustin Hoffman stars as the confused, floundering Benjamin Braddock, a new college graduate who seems to have no ambition in life until he crosses paths with the very married Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft).

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MAY: Smokey and the Bandit

Smokey and the Bandit TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

Smokey and the Bandit 40th Anniversary (1977): Sun May 21 & Wed May 24

The Bandit (Burt Reynolds) has 28 hours to drive a truckload of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia while avoiding the relentless “Smokey,” Sherrif Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason).

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JUNE: The Godfather and Some Like It Hot

The Godfather TCM Presents Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The Godfather 45 th Anniversary (1972): Sun June 4 & Wed June 7

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.

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Some Like It Hot TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

Some Like It Hot (1959): Sun June 11 & Wed June 14

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).

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JULY: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Fast Times at Ridgemont High TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

Fast Times at Ridgemont High 35 th Anniversary (1982): Sun July 30 & Wed Aug 2

Director Amy Heckerling’s adaptation of Cameron Crowe’s book defined a generation by observing the behaviors and habits of teenagers in the early ‘80s with sharpness and an endless wellspring of humor.

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AUGUST: Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie and Clyde TCM Big Screen Presents Fathom Events

Bonnie and Clyde 50th Anniversary (1967): Sun Aug 13 & Wed Aug 16

Faye Dunaway is Bonnie Parker and Warren Beatty is Clyde Barrow in Arthur Penn’s violent, sexually charged and deeply influential crime drama, a nostalgic look back at notorious outlaws filmed with the passion and zeal of filmmakers who were beginning to explore the boundaries of their craft. Features supporting performances by an exemplary cast that includes Gene WilderGene HackmanMichael J. Pollard and Estelle Parsons.

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SEPTEMBER: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 35 th Anniversary (1982): Sun Sept17 & Wed Sept 20

Thirty-five years since its release, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial remains a singular achievement, a movie that enchanted a generation with its sheer moviemaking prowess and its simple, exquisite story of the bond between a little boy and an alien. Directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison, it’s one of the rare movies that can be universally defined by a single shot: Elliott and E.T. flying on a bicycle against a full moon.

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OCTOBER: The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The Princess Bride 30 th Anniversary (1987): Sun Oct 15 & Wed Oct 18

Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles… Director Rob Reiner’s charming fantasy-adventure is a fairy tale like no other, a movie that is as beguiling to adults as it is to children, infused with magic and beauty. Robin Wright stars as Princess Buttercup, with Cary Elwes as her dashing Westley, and Mandy Patinkin as the revenge-seeking Inigo Montoya. The perfect cast also includes Christopher GuestWallace ShawnAndre the GiantPeter FalkBilly CrystalCarol Kane and, as the young boy who gets the best bedtime story ever, Fred Savage.

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NOVEMBER: Casablanca

Casablanca TCM Big Screen Presents Fathom EventsCasablanca 75 th Anniversary (1942): Sun Nov 12 &  Wed Nov 15

Perhaps no other movie has become as beloved and as synonymous with Hollywood glamour as CasablancaHumphrey Bogart is Rick Blaine, owner of Rick’s, the nightclub that everyone in Casablanca attends – including resistance leader Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and his wife, Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), whose sudden appearance leads to some of the best dialogue ever written for the movies.

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DECEMBER: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner 50th Anniversary (1967): Sun Dec 10 & Wed Dec 13

Sidney Poitier delivers a commanding performance as John Prentice, who accompanies his fiancée, Joey, (Katharine Houghton) to her parents’ home – without telling them that he is black. As her parents, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy star in their final film together. Produced and directed by Stanley Kramer and written by William Rose, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner was a box-office sensation across the country. It is, in the words of The New York Times, “a deft comedy and – most of all – a paean to the power of love.”

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That’s some lineup IMHO :) So please stay tuned for contest announcements throughout the year for your chance(s) to win!

Click here to see the contest rules and more info!

And, click here to enter our first contest of the year!

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–Annmarie for Classic Movie Hub

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Top 10 Classic Christmas Movies as Rated by CMH Fans!

Celebrating Christmas with our
Top Ten Fan Favorite
 Classic Christmas Movie List! 

Okay, so I’ve got to be honest with you… I am sooooo tired of looking at Top Ten Lists, Best of Lists, Must-See Movie Lists, etc, etc, etc on websites that have no regard for the Classics – and at times, even poke fun at these sentimental favorites, calling them corny, sanctimonious, and downright bad…

But – THANKS to our fans who rate their favorite films all year long here on CMH, we’re able to compile and publish over  200 Classic Movie Charts, updated daily, that list fan favorite films across genres, lots of topics, and even decades.

That said, today I’ll be sharing our Top Ten Fan Favorite Classic Christmas Movie List – again, as rated by fans  What better way to see how your own favorites ‘measure up’ — or to find more movies to put on your own ‘must see’ list — then to find out from other die-hard fans… At least that’s what I was thinking when we put this all together…

Top Ten Christmas Movies as voted by CMH Fans 2016, Classic Movie Hub

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One more thing before I start… I was particularly blindsided today when I stumbled upon a Time article from a few years back that lists the Top Ten Worst Christmas Movies of all time, and – are you ready for this? – they included The Belles of St. Mary’s and Miracle on 34th Street on that list! Wow! Really??? Yep, the same list that also includes Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Silent Night Deadly Night... Anyone want to weigh in on that :)

So, let’s try to set the record straight right here and now, from a classic-movie-fan point of view, with this video version of our Classic Movie Countdown Chart… Personally, I was surprised by the order of #1 and #2, but let me know what you think…

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If you want to see the entire list of Fan Favorite Christmas Films (totaling 47 to date), click here.

And, remember, ‘YOUR VOTE COUNTS’ :) so if you don’t like what you see, you can change things by rating your favorite films here! And if you don’t see one of your fave classic-era films on our site, please let us know so that we can add them.

SPOILER ALERT: if you want to be surprised by the video, read no further :) because we are listing the Top Ten Movies below…

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10) Going My Way (1944)

Going My Way, Barry Fitzgerald Bing Crosby

Directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing CrosbyBarry FitzgeraldFrank McHugh, James Brown …

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9) The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)

The Bells of St. Mary's, Bing Crosby, Ingrid Bergman

Directed by Leo McCarey and starring Bing CrosbyIngrid BergmanHenry TraversWilliam Gargan …

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8) Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Meet Me in St. Louis, Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien

Directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Judy GarlandMargaret O’BrienMary Astor, Leon AmesLucille Bremer …

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7) White Christmas (1954)

White Christmas, finale, Bing Crosby and cast

Directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Bing CrosbyDanny KayeRosemary ClooneyVera- Ellen …

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6) Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Miracle on 34th Street, Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara, Natalie Wood

Directed by George Seaton and starring Maureen O’HaraJohn PayneEdmund Gwenn, Natalie WoodGene Lockhart …

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5) Meet John Doe (1941)

Meet John Doe, Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper

Directed by Frank Capra and starring Gary CooperBarbara StanwyckEdward ArnoldWalter Brennan …

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4) Holiday Inn (1942)

Holiday Inn, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, New Year's bells

Directed by Mark Sandrich and starring Bing CrosbyFred AstaireMarjorie ReynoldsWalter Abel, Virginia Dale

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3) Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

Christmas in Connecticut, Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Christmas Tree

Directed by Peter Godfrey and starring Barbara StanwyckDennis MorganSydney GreenstreetReginald Gardiner …

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2) It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

It's a Wonderful Life, last scene, James Stewart, Donna Reed, Zuzu, every time a bell rings

Directed by Frank Capra and starring James StewartDonna ReedLionel BarrymoreThomas Mitchell …

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 1) The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

The Bishop's Wife, Cary Grant, Loretta Young, Christmas tree

Directed by Henry Koster and starring Cary GrantLoretta YoungDavid NivenMonty Woolley …

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 Many THANKS to all of you who are constantly rating films to keep our charts fresh and true. You can click through here to see the entire Top 40+ Christmas Movie List

Let me know what you think…

Have a Merry Christmas and/or a Happy Holiday Season!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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Kino Lorber Studio Classics DVD and Blu-Ray Holiday Giveaway (Facebook/Blog December)

Our Kino Lorber Holiday Celebration Continues!
DVD/Blu-Ray Giveaway, Winner’s Choice of 8 Classic Titles

Contest is over, and we have our two winners: Emily and Shawn. Congratulations!

Now it’s time for our Facebook/Blog version of our Holiday Celebration DVD/Blu-ray giveaway! That said, we’ll be giving away TWO Kino Lorber Studio Classics via this contest (winner’s choice from the 8 titles below)… These are in addition to the TEN Studio Classics we’re giving away via the Twitter version of this contest — so please feel free to enter both contests for even more chances to win! A Big Thank You to Kino Lorber for providing the prizes!

8 Fabulous Studio Classics to choose from!

  • The Vikings (1958) starring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine and Janet Leigh (Blu-Ray or DVD)
  • Marty (1955) Academy Award Winning Film starring Ernest Borgnine (Blu-Ray or DVD)
  • British Noir (Five Film Collection: They Met in the Dark, The October Man, Snowbound, The Golden Salamander, The Assasin) (DVD only)
  • Moby Dick (1956) directed by John Huston, starring Gregory Peck (DVD only)
  • Gog 3D (1956) 3D Sci-Fi Classic directed by Herbert L. Strock (Blu-Ray only)
  • Witness for the Prosecution (1957) directed by Billy Wilder, starring Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich and Charles Laughton (Blu-Ray or DVD)
  • Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) Silent Classic starring Louise Books (Blu-Ray or DVD)
  • Phantom of the Opera (1925) Silent Classic starring Lon Chaney (Blu-Ray or DVD)

In order to qualify for this Facebook/Blog contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, January 7 at 10PM ESTWe will pick two winners via a random drawing and announce them on Facebook or this Blog (depending on how you entered) the day after the contest ends (Sunday January 8).

Kino Lorber Studio Classics contest selectionWe’ll pick two winners via this Facebook/Blog contest on January 7, 2016. For more chances to win, you can also enter our Twitter version of the contest as well by clicking here…

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ENTRY TASK to be completed by Saturday, January 7 at 10PM EST…

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

THE QUESTION:
Which one of the 8 available prizes would you like to win, 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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For more information on the eight titles up for grabs, click here.

And if you need to buy some Holiday Stocking Stuffers, Kino Lorber is offering a special coupon code CMHDEC for CMH Fans — for 10% off Sale Prices through 12/31!

Kino Lorber Studio Classics Coupon Code CMHDEC

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Click here for the full contest rules and more details. 

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.

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Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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