Category Archives: Films

Western RoundUp: Can’t Help Singing

Can’t Help Singing: A Western Musical! Last December I ended the year here writing on a dark topic, “Noir-Tinged Westerns,” so I thought this December I’d write about something completely different, a color Western musical! That musical is Can’t Help … Continue reading

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“La Marseillaise” Plays, as Rick, Ilsa and Refugees Find Their Footing in Casablanca (Guest Post)

“La Marseillaise” Even more than the famous “Here’s Looking at You” scene, the “La Marseillaise” scene in Casablanca is the one scene in the film that evokes more emotion from audiences than any other, as it propels the narration in … Continue reading

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The Funny Papers: Haunted House Re-Do

Haunted House Re-Do: The Ghost Breakers (1940), Scared Stiff (1953) and more! There’s something exhilarating about haunted houses. I’m not talking about the type that thrill-seeking teens spend their parents’ hard-earned cash on every October or even the creepy, old … Continue reading

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The Directors’ Chair: Rope

The Directors’ Chair: Rope (1948) ROPE ( 1948 ) – SUBVERTING THE DRAWING ROOM PLAY Right off the bat, Hitchcock shows us a murder. “Good Americans usually die young on the battlefield, don’t they? Well the Davids of the world … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – How to Marry a Millionaire

Marilyn Monroe Launches Cinemascope inHow to Marry A Millionaire (1953) “People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night,” 20th Century-Fox Studio mogul Darryl Zanuck predicted of television. He could not have been more wrong. By … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Let’s Make Love

Monroe’s Last Completed Musical-Comedy:Let’s Make Love (1960) “Marilyn Monroe is the greatest farceuse in the business,” Fox film producer Jerry Wald asserted. “A female Chaplin.” In the summer of 1959, Wald approached Monroe with The Billionaire, a musical comedy by … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Ladies of the Chorus

Marilyn Monroe Steps Out of the Chorus Line in her First Starring Role: Ladies of the Chorus (1948) “It was really dreadful.” This was Marilyn Monroe’s confession to French journalist Georges Belmont in 1960 of her first starring film, Ladies … Continue reading

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The Directors’ Chair: Rear Window

The Directors’ Chair: Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954) “REAR WINDOW” (1954) – CURIOSITY KILLED THE… Holed up in his apartment with a broken leg, a photo journalist played by James Stewart, whiles away his recuperative time watching his neighbors in the … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – River of No Return

Monroe’s Dynamism Vies with the Majestic Canadian Rockies in River of No Return, An Odyssey of Redemption “I’m really eager to do something else,” Monroe announced in 1953. “Squeezing yourself to ooze out the last ounce of sex allure is … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Something’s Got To Give

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