Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Star is Born – Gloria Swanson at Essanay

  A Star is Born – Gloria Swanson at Essanay “You ought to screen wonderfully, if you don’t screen terribly,” the director challenged the young woman touring the studio. The petite young girl was not intimidated. “Try me,” she fired … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

A Very Happy Classic Movie Thanksgiving to All!  Laurel and Hardy ….. Judy Garland ….. Bogie and Bacall ….. Shirley Temple ….. Esther Williams ….. Marilyn Monroe ….. Bette Davis ….. Vera Ellen ….. Rita Hayworth ….. Mitzi Gaynor ….. … Continue reading

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Gilbert M. Anderson and the Rise of the Western Star

  G.M. Anderson and the Rise of the Western Star ‘Max Aronson’ might not be a name that you immediately recognize, but chances are very good that you would recognize his professional name. And chances are even greater that you … Continue reading

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The Stuff Dreams are Made Of: Legendary Maltese Falcon Sells for $4 Million Dollars at TCM Bonhams Auction

A Century of Movie Magic: Iconic Movie Memorabilia auctioned off today thanks to TCM and Bonhams… Alas, the Turner Classic Movies Bonhams “What Dreams are Made Of” auction is now over, and for those of us who weren’t able to … Continue reading

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Film Buffs: The Next Generation (Guest Post)

  Film Buffs: The Next Generation It has been my goal for the last couple of years to introduce Classic Films to my sons Ben and Alex. This isn’t being done to them against their will. They are very willing … Continue reading

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Charlie Chaplin at Essanay

  Charlie Chaplin at Essanay A celebratory dance and a hefty paycheck signaled the start of Charlie Chaplin’s stay with the Essanay Film Manufacturing Company, but his year-and-a-half stay with the studio produced more than that. It was the start … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Coincidence: Goldie Hawn and Rick Lenz

  Goldie Hawn and Rick Lenz share a birthday and a film: Both Goldie Hawn and Rick Lenz starred in Cactus Flower (1969, Gene Saks director) — and both were born November 21 (6 years apart!) Goldie Hawn won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her … Continue reading

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Saving and Restoring Historic Essanay Studios: Interview with Gary Keller at The Essanay Center

  Interview with Gary N. Keller at The Essanay Center Essanay Studios is currently running an Indiegogo Campaign to raise money for the preservation and revitalization of their historic film studio — the first and last remaining silent film studio. CMH … Continue reading

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The Chaney Blogathon: Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

“You don’t understand. Every night when the moon is full, I turn into a wolf.” -Larry Talbot “You and twenty million other guys.” -Wilbur Grey Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) — the perfect mix of horror, pathos, … Continue reading

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Mini Tribute: Daws Butler

Born November 16, 1916 Classic Cartoon Voice Actor Daws Butler Daws Butler has over 300 voice acting credits to his name. He voiced the Turtle/Penguin in the Disney film, Mary Poppins — plus a cavalcade of classic cartoon favorites including Yogi … Continue reading

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