Category Archives: Films

Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Monroe Steals Scenes in All About Eve

Marilyn: Behind the Icon Marilyn Monroe Steals Scenes in All About Eve On the heels of winning the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for A Letter to Three Wives (1949) director Joseph L. Mankiewicz casted an A-film produced by Darryl … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Monroe’s Break-Out Performance

Marilyn: Behind the Icon – The Asphalt Jungle,Monroe’s Break-Out Performance In April 1955, Marilyn Monroe appeared on Edward R Murrow’s television series Person to Person featuring celebrity interviews. From his armchair in a studio, Murrow conversed with Monroe, who appeared … Continue reading

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The Funny Papers: In Praise of Hildy and His Girl Friday

In Praise of Hildy and HIS GIRL FRIDAY A raven-haired beauty. She’s a tall drink of water and commands the room with her confidence and radiance, with a wit as sharp as her perfectly slanted hat and Kalloch suit. Only … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Clash by Night

RKO’s Clash By Night, Marilyn Monroe’s thirteenth film, opens with a dramatic soundtrack as waves crash against coastal rocks, director Fritz Lang’s metaphor for the sexual tension to follow. Worldly but weary Mae Doyle (Barbara Stanwyck) returns home to a … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Don’t Bother to Knock

Today’s audiences remember the iconic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Some Like It Hot when they think of Marilyn Monroe. Very few are aware of Monroe’s earlier dramatic performances prior to her ascension to global prominence. Don’t Bother to Knock (1952) … Continue reading

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – Niagara

Marilyn Monroe as Rose Loomis in Niagara In 20th Century Fox Studio’s black and white trailer for Niagara (1953), the narrator describes Marilyn Monroe’s character as “flaunting her charms as she lured men on and on to their eternal destruction…” … Continue reading

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The Bridge on the River Kwai: Honor, Duty, and Madness

The Bridge on the River Kwai: Honor, Duty and Madness – an Unforgettable Film even 62 Years Later… In honor of the anniversary of the US theatrical release of The Bridge on the River Kwai on December 14, 1957, a … Continue reading

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Celebrating #Noirvember with a Classic Kino Lorber Giveaway!

Celebrating Noirvember with a Classic Kino Lorber Giveaway! Winner’s Choice of 4 Classic Titles Time for our next contest! This time we’re celebrating Noirvember with another cool Kino Classics giveaway… We are happy to say that we have EIGHT classic DVD … Continue reading

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The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy – Exclusive Guest Post by Author Alan K. Rode (Michael Curtiz: A Life)

The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy The notion for a biographical film about legendary show business powerhouse George M. Cohan had been kicking around Hollywood since the late 1930s. The father of American musical comedy claimed to be born on … Continue reading

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Pre-Code Corner: Skin and Savagery in The Sign of the Cross: 7 Vicious Pre-Code Moments

Skin and Savagery in The Sign of the Cross: 7 Vicious Pre-Code Moments An epic tale of decadence, morality and religious persecution adorned with lust, violence, love, and everything in between, Cecil B. DeMille’s The Sign of the Cross (1932) … Continue reading

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