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Silver Screen Standards: Twentieth Century (1934)

Silver Screen Standards: Twentieth Century (1934) Although it’s not as widely celebrated today as Bringing Up Baby (1938), director Howard Hawks’ Twentieth Century (1934) is another go-for-broke screwball comedy with protagonists who are all bonkers. This earlier picture stars John … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: I Know Where I’m Going! (1945)

Silver Screen Standards: I Know Where I’m Going! (1945) Like Joan, the heroine of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1945 gem, I Know Where I’m Going!, I thought I knew where I was going as a young woman, but fate … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Destry Rides Again (1939)

Silver Screen Standards: Destry Rides Again (1939) The Western was new territory for leading man James Stewart in 1939, when he starred in director George Marshall’s star-studded, action-packed take on the oater, Destry Rides Again, but the film would usher … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Blob (1958)

Silver Screen Standards: The Blob (1958) I have a candy corn sweet tooth when it comes to classic science fiction movies. I love the wacky, B movie cult classics of 1950s sci-fi, with their low-budget monsters, stiff as cardboard authority … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Wolf Man (1941)

Silver Screen Standards: The Wolf Man (1941) When I’m asked to choose a favorite among the classic Universal monster movies, I always pick The Wolf Man (1941). As much as I love Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in their iconic … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Bombshell (1933)

Silver Screen Standards: Bombshell (1933) Played a different way, Bombshell (1933) would be a tragic drama about the relentless pressures and manipulation faced by a young actress in 1930s Hollywood, and certainly that was a reality that many stars, including … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Celebrating Screwball

Silver Screen Standards: Celebrating Screwball The world can be a sad, scary place much of the time, and when I feel overwhelmed by bad news there are certain kinds of classic movies that ease my anxiety and remind me to … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Silver Screen Standards: The Lady from Shanghai (1947) Despite the icy cold shade of Rita Hayworth’s hair, The Lady from Shanghai (1947) plays like a fever dream, confusing and sweat-soaked, long before it reaches its famous funhouse climax. It’s a … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

Silver Screen Standards: The Most Dangerous Game (1932) The Most Dangerous Game (1932) has a lot in common with King Kong (1933): the same sets, the same producers, one of the same directors, and some of the same cast, but … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: That Night in Rio (1941)

Silver Screen Standards: That Night in Rio (1941) I turn to Fox’s cheerful Technicolor musicals whenever I really need a morale booster, and That Night in Rio (1941) is one my favorites. Directed by Irving Cummings, this effervescent musical comedy … Continue reading

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