Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (35th Anniversary)” (Giveaway runs June 30 – July 15)

Win Tickets to see “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” on the Big Screen!

In Select Cinemas Nationwide Sunday, July 30 & Wednesday, August 2!

‘”Aloha, Mr. Hand.”

Yay! The contest is over and the winners are:
Tracy S, George G, Cory K, Ashley H, Lillian H, Colby P, Dave B, and A Long!

CMH is thrilled to announce the 9th of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this year, courtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: Fast Times at Ridgemont High” – the timeless classic starring Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Judge Reinhold— 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, July 15 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, July 16, 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.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, July 30 and Wednesday, August 2 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:  

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.

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, July 15 at 6PM EST…

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

THE QUESTION:

“Fast Times at Ridgemont High” may not be a classic-era Classic Movie, but what is it in your opinion that makes it classic? And, if you haven’t seen it yet, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:

I entered to win tickets to see “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” 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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Two Eves of Film Comedy: Exclusive Guest Post by Author Steve Massa (Slapstick Divas)

Two Eves of Film Comedy

Currently in American films there are two female comedy stars – Melissa McCarthy and Amy Schumer. That seems like a bounty as often there aren’t any acknowledged funny ladies, but the truth is they’re always around, but for whatever reason they never get the same attention as the funny men. This has always been true – when people talk about silent film comedians it’s always Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, or Laurel & Hardy. Occasionally, just occasionally, there’s a mention of Mabel Normand or Marie Dressler, but that’s where it stops – nobody talks about the likes of Louise Fazenda, Colleen Moore, Marion Davies, or Fay Tincher.

Silent films were teeming with funny ladies and in my new book Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy (BearManor Media) I’ve tried to bring some attention to their careers and work. The early silent comedies produced after 1900 were simple one-joke situations. The focus was on the brief story and the performers were anonymous and almost superfluous. This began to change around 1910 as filmmaking techniques became more sophisticated, and a number of woman began to headline in European slapstick shorts. Names like Sarah Duhamel, Valentina Frascaroli, Gigetta Morano, and Nilde Baracchi don’t mean anything today, but they became popular with the world’s movie audiences, and the American film industry began to follow suit.

Valentina FrascaroliValentina Frascaroli was known as “La Farfaletta” (“Little Butterfly”) in early French films.
Gigetta MoranoThe First Lady of silent Italian film comedy was Gigetta Morano.

Originally actors in U.S. films were never credited but audiences took it upon themselves to identify their favorites and create names for them. Biograph actress Gladys Smith was dubbed “Little Mary” by her public, and took that name when she re-christened herself Mary Pickford. After 1910 the names of players began to be issued by the studios but these would often vary from country to country. In the U.K. for instance Mabel Normand was known as Muriel Fortesque, Mack Sennett was Walter Terry, but the best moniker was saved for Fred Mace – Sidney Pinkhurst. Two of the first important comic actresses that took hold in American films both joined the industry in 1907 – 1908, and came from the stage.

The first, Florence Turner, is sometimes referred to as the original movie star as she’s thought to be the first to sign a contract when she joined the Vitagraph Company in 1907, but her duties in those early days also included being paymaster, accountant, and wardrobe woman. So much for star perks. The studio cranked out all types of pictures and Ms. Turner was versatile – she played in historical dramas, Shakespeare opuses, literary adaptations, and plain old melodramas – but her real flair was for character comedy.

Florence Turner Old DialsOne of Florence Turner’s later starring shorts, possibly OLD DIALS FOR NEW (1920).

In She Cried (1912) she portrays a slow girl who messes up the well-oiled assembly-line of a busy box-making plant, and dissolves into tears at any criticism or word from a boss or co-worker. Pumps (1913) presents her as a young woman at a fancy soiree whose tight shoes are killing her so she secretly takes them off under the table but then loses them. In her best surviving film, Daisy Doodad’s Dial (1914), she’s a wife competing with her husband to win an upcoming face-making contest who becomes so obsessed with the contest that she practices her grotesque faces on the street and gets arrested for disturbing the peace and being potentially crazy. She accuses her husband of arranging the arrest so she couldn’t win the contest, and after the fight with her hubby she has a nightmare where she’s haunted by all her various faces.

Florence Turner Film FavoritesA selection of impersonations from Florence Turner’s stage show which includes Charlie Chaplin and Larry Semon.

Turner was also a wicked mimic, and made films were she imitated and did parodies of her screen contemporaries like Ford Sterling, Broncho Billy Anderson, Mabel Normand, and Ben Turpin. At the peak of her career in 1913 she set up her own company in England, and made numerous features and shorts, but World War I interrupted her success. Later returning to America she eventually became a supporting actress, and even played Buster Keaton’s mother in his 1927 College, but by the time sound came in she was relegated to extra work and died at the Motion Picture Country Home in 1946.

Flora Finch FavoritesVitagraph Studio portrait of Flora Finch.

Next is the talented and supremely skinny Flora Finch. Best known for her screen partnership with the rotund John Bunny, Finch was the ideal surname for her as there was something very bird-like in the combination of her sharp, hawkish features and stork-thin length. Born in England, she worked on stage there, and after coming to America she entered films while trying to get a foothold on the U.S. stage. Her first films were for the Biograph Company under the direction of D.W. Griffith, but a couple of years later she relocated to the Vitagraph Studio in Brooklyn and there in 1911 she first worked with John Bunny.

Flora Finch CompanyExhibitor ad for the first release of Flora Finch’s own company.

The combination of the severe Finch with the expansive Bunny was a match made in comedy heaven. There was an instant combative chemistry (which may have been helped by the fact that they’re said to have had an active mutual dislike for each other), and their films together, called “Bunnyfinches” by fans, were hugely popular. The pair were often seen as married couples with Flora as the henpecking wife trying to keep Bunny from drinking, playing cards, or just enjoying himself. Other times she’d be a flirty rich widow that Bunny was trying to woo, or a mother attempting to keep their daughter from eloping with someone she didn’t approve of. While limited in her roles by her distinctive appearance, she still managed to find variations in her characters and never played stock harridans or shrews.

Finch The Feudists jpeg copyFrom left to right Josie Sadler and Sidney Drew make war not love with their neighbors Flora Finch and John Bunny in THE FEUDISTS (1913).

When John Bunny left films in 1914 Ms. Finch continued, and even had her own short-lived company – The Flora Finch Film Corporation. The rest of her career was playing a succession of aunts and spinsters in shorts and features such as Rudolph Valentino’s Monsieur Beaucaire (1924), The Cat and the Canary (1927), The Scarlet Letter (1934), and even Laurel & Hardy’s Way Out West (1937). Remaining a trouper to the end, her last known appearance was in The Women (1939) and she died in 1940.

Thanks to the popularity of players like Florence Turner and Flora Finch by 1911 the star system began to be firmly entrenched in the film industry and with the public, setting the stage for the performers who followed.

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Steve Massa for Classic Movie Hub

Steve Massa is the author of Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy, Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy and Marcel Perez: The International Mirth-Maker. He has organized and curated comedy film programs for the Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Smithsonian Institution, and The Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

If you’re interested in learning more about Steve’s books, you can read more about them on amazon here:

             

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“Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy” Book Giveaway (June 26 – July 30)

“Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy”
We have TEN Copies to Give Away in July!

It’s time for our next book giveaway! And, I am delighted to say that this time, we’ll be celebrating the women of silent comedy (and yes, it’s about time!). That said, we’ll be giving away TEN COPIES of “Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy” by early American film scholar and historian, Steve Massa, courtesy of Bear Manor Books.

Before we start the giveaway, I just want to say that “Slapstick Divas” is a 600+ page treasure trove of information! Not only does it provide a chronological study of the pioneering women of the silents, it also includes over 450 mini-biographies, and over 440 wonderful pictures (most of which I’ve never seen before). It was such a pleasure to learn about these fascinating women, many of which have been forgotten over time — until now!

That said, let the contest begin!

In order to qualify to win one of these books via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 30 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on five 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.

  • July 1: Two Winners
  • July 8: Two Winners
  • July 15: Two Winners
  • July 22: Two Winners
  • July 29: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub and/or right here on this Blog in the comment section below (depending on how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner at 9PM EST on Sunday July 2.

Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, July 30 at 9PM 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 (if you don’t have twitter, see below):
Just entered to win the “Slapstick Divas” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub and @BearManorMedia

THE QUESTION:
Who are some of your favorite silent comediennes and why? And, if you don’t have any favorites, why would you like to win this book?

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.

*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.

Click here for the full contest rules and more details. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the areas noted above.

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About the book: Funny girls, those comediennes from the silent movies, knew shtick from slapstick. Mabel Normand, Marie Dressler, Bebe Daniels, Dorothy Gish, Constance Talmadge, Marion Davies, and Colleen Moore brought riotous laughter to millions around the world, yet their hilarity may seem hidden to those only familiar with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, and Harold Lloyd. Discover the women of wit, from the supporting players to the stars. Author Steve Massa covers their contributions to comedy with in-depth analyses of the most hilarious heroines of humor, followed by 459 biographies of other droll divas from the famous to the forgotten. The book contains 440 rare movie scene shots, formal portraits, candid behind the scenes photos, film frame enlargements, trade magazine advertisements, lobby cards, stage photographs, artist’s renderings and caricatures, and casting guide entries.

About the Author: Steve Massa is the author of Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy and Marcel Perez: The International Mirth-Maker. He has organized and curated comedy film programs for the Museum of Modern Art, The Library of Congress, The Museum of the Moving Image, The Smithsonian Institution, and The Pordenone Silent Film Festival.

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If you don’t want to wait to win, you can purchase the book by clicking here

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Happy Father’s Day to All… Classic Movie Dads and their Classic Movie Kids…

Wishing a Happy Father’s Day to all those Dads out there! And Celebrating the Day with a Quick Pictorial…

This is just a simple post with some pictures of Classic Movie Dads and their Classic Movie Kids. I’m sure I’m missing a whole bunch, so consider this ‘part one’ — and please feel free to chime in, and I will continue the list next year…

Father and Son Carl Reiner and Rob ReinerFather and Son, Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner – both actors, directors, writers and producers. Yes, you could say that the talent runs ‘all in the family’ (sorry, just couldn’t resist that). I saw them at the Handprint/Footprint Ceremony this year at the TCM Film Festival, and they seem like two peas in a pod! Very loving and funny together.

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Father and Son Kirk Douglas and Michael DouglasFather and Son, Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas. Incidentally, Kirk Douglas turned 100 years old this year! Strictly speaking, Michael wouldn’t be considered a Classic Movie Kid (as his film career started in the 1970s), but his list of achievements is many, and I just couldn’t create this list without including the fabulous Kirk Douglas.

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Father and Daughter, Vincente Minnelli and Liza Minnelli

Father and Daughter, Vincente Minnelli and Liza Minnelli. Of course Liza (with a Z :)) has two legendary parents, the other being none other than the one and only (understatement) Judy Garland!

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Father and Son, Alan Hale Sr and Alan Hale JrFather and Son, Alan Hale Sr and Alan Hale JrFather and Son, Alan Hale Sr and Alan Hale Jr. I added the 2nd picture here because they just look so gosh darn alike :). For me, I know Alan Hale Sr. best as Errol Flynn’s trusty sidekick, and also from his hilarious bit part in In Happened One Night (“My tonsils won’t burn”), and of course his son will always be ‘the Skipper’ from Gilligan’s Island to me.

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Father and Son Ed and Keenan Wynn

Father and Son, Ed and Keenan Wynn. The elder Wynn made his mark in Vaudeville (a star in the Ziegfeld Follies), Broadway (directing/producing too), Radio, TV and Film! Keenan on the other hand, made his mark as a character actor on TV and in film, with over 270 roles to his credit.

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Father and Son Walter and John Huston

Father and Daughter John Huston and Anjelica Huston

This is a ‘two-fer’… Father and Son, Walter Huston and John Huston (upper photo) plus Father and Daughter, John Huston and Anjelica Huston (photo just above). And how’s this for an interesting tidbit: John Huston directed both his father, Walter Huston, and daughter, Anjelica Huston, to Oscar wins in different films (respectively: Best Supporting Actor for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and Best Supporting Actress in Prizzi’s Honor).

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Father and Daughter Robert Montgomery and Elizabeth MontgomeryFather and Daughter, Robert Montgomery and Elizabeth Montgomery.  Robert made his mark as actor, director and producer (including producing over 300 episodes of his own TV series Robert Montgomery Presents). Daughter Elizabeth started her career in the 1950s with a role on her dad’s, Robert Montgomery Presents, but most of us know her best as Samantha Stevens on Bewitched :)

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Father and Son John Carradine and David Carradine

Father and Son, John Carradine and David Carradine (David is just one of John’s actor sons which also include Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine). A prolific character actor, John appeared in over 350 film and TV roles…drama, westerns, horror…and was also a member of John Ford’s stock company. Son David has over 230 acting credits to his name, but is probably best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s TV series Kung Fu.

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Father and Son, Douglas Fairbanks Sr and Jr

Father and Son, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. and Jr.  What can you say about Douglas Fairbanks Sr? Actor, screenwriter, director, producer, silent film legend, co-founder of United Artist, and the list goes on… As for son, Douglas Jr., he was a star in his own right, with almost 100 credits to his name — and he was also a decorated Naval Officer of WWII and founder of the U.S. Navy Beach Jumpers (think Navy SEALS).

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Father and Kids Henry Fonda Peter Fonda Jane Fonda

And a tri-fecter: Father and Kids, Henry Fonda, Peter Fonda and Jane Fonda. Another ‘what can I say’ here… Legendary and beloved actor Henry Fonda has been in too many iconic films to count, from westerns to dramas to comedies…  Pictured here with his two famous actor children, Peter and Jane. Henry is also grandfather to actors Bridget Fonda and Troy Garity.

Happy Father’s Day to your and your Families :)

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

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The Pride of the Yankees Book Giveaway (June 12 – July 15)

“The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper
and the Making of a Classic”

We have TEN Copies to Give Away!

“The riveting story behind the making of The Pride of the Yankees is finally being told in Richard Sandomir’s meticulously researched and gracefully written book.” -Gay Talese

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beloved movie classic, CMH is thrilled to be giving away TEN COPIES of the new book, The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper and the Making of a Classic by award-winning New York Times reporter Richard Sandomir, courtesy of Hachette Books. And for those of you who can’t wait the win the book, it will be in stores tomorrow June 13th!

Gary Cooper in Pride of the Yankees“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

Using original scripts, letters, memos and other rare documents, Richard Sandomir tells the behind-the-scenes story of how this classic was born — for the first time ever!

That said, let the contest begin!

In order to qualify to win one of these books via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 15 at 8PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick two winners on five 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.

  • June 17: Two Winners
  • June 24: Two Winners
  • July 1: Two Winners
  • July 8: Two Winners
  • July 15: Two Winners

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub and/or right here on this Blog in the comment section below (depending on how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 8PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner at 8PM EST on Sunday June 18.

The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, July 15 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 (if you don’t have twitter, see below):
Just entered to win “The Pride of the Yankees” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub @HachetteBooks and author @richsandomir

THE QUESTION:
What do you love most about the movie, The Pride of the Yankees? And, if you haven’t seen the film, why do you want to win this book? 

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.

*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.

Click here for the full contest rules and more details. 

Please note that only United States (including Hawaii and Alaska!) and Canada entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the areas noted above.

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About the book: Filled with larger-than-life characters, The Pride of the Yankees shares insights about the lives and careers of Gary Cooper, one of Hollywood’s greatest leading men, and Teresa Wright, who played Eleanor and was rocketing to stardom with three Academy Award nominations in her first three movies. It reveals how the story and its characters evolved from its first outline to its final script; describes how Cooper, more a cowboy then a first baseman, learned to play baseball; shows Eleanor’s concerns about Babe Ruth’s involvement in the film and brings a new understanding to the writing of both versions of the “luckiest man” speech: the one that Gehrig delivered and the one that Copper gave to Goldwyn’s cameras.

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If you don’t want to wait to win, you can purchase the book by clicking here

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Those Redheads from Seattle Contest Giveaway (June 5-July 8)

Those Redheads from Seattle, Newly Restored in 3-D!
Blu-Ray Giveaway

And, now for our next contest, courtesy of Kino Lorber! This time, we will be giving away FIVE COPIES of the newly restored 3-D Blu-Ray of Those Redheads from Seattle (1953), starring Rhonda Fleming, Gene Barry, Agnes Moorehead, and The Bell Sisters.

Those Redheads from Seattle is historically significant as the first 3-D musical, and the first 3-D film composed for widescreen released by Paramount Pictures. This colorful musical has been newly restored in HD and 3-D by the 3-D Film Archive.

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 8 at 9PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on five 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.

  • June 10 One Winner
  • June 17: One Winner
  • June 24: One Winner
  • July 1: One Winner
  • July 8: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or via this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winners on Sunday June 11 at 9PM EST.

Those Redheads from Seattle Blu-Ray

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, July 8 at 9PM 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 “Those Redheads from Seattle” 3-D Blu-Ray courtesy of @KinoLorber and @ClassicMovieHub

THE QUESTION:
Why would you like to win this Blu-Ray?

*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.

Please allow us at least 24 hours to approve (and post) your comment, as we have an unprecedented amount of spam to sift through…

About “Those Redheads from Seattle”: A married woman (Agnes Moorehead) takes her four unmarried redheaded daughters (Rhonda Fleming, Teresa Brewer, Cynthia and Kay Bell of The Bell Sisters) to Alaska during the 1898 Gold Rush so they could help their father run his newspaper, and upon arriving in Yukon they find out their father was murdered. The four heroines get work at the saloon owned by Johnny Kisco (Gene Barry). Kathie Edmonds (Fleming) searches for her father’s murderer, who may or may not be Kisco.

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.

And if you can’t wait to win, you can it now on amazon:

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Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

 

 

 

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Film Noir Review : The Hoodlum (1951)

“You cheap hood. Always looking for a fall guy and never realizing you’re it.”

Madeleine L’Engle once wrote: “You have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” Granted, L’Engle was speaking to humanity as a whole, but I’ve always found her words to ring particularly true when applied to film noir in particular. There’s a flicker of hope in the fulcrum of most noir, a dangling carrot for characters to pursue despite their impossible odds. Without it, they’d be deprived of the very thing that gives them purpose.

There are, of course, exceptions– the ones that not only spit in the face of this sentiment, but snuff it out and bury its remains somewhere in the woods. A less common breed, these films noir scoff at the possibility of hope — and by default, commercial appeal — for a dive into the trash heap of humanity. For them, the darkness is the only logical destination. This is where The Hoodlum fits in. Released by Monogram Pictures in 1951, it is a cheap, rotten little film that revels in its cheap and rotten world.

The Hoodlum 1951, So shocking you can't believe it!

The Hoodlum “So shocking you can’t believe it!”

Lawrence Tierney stars as Vincent Lubeck, a lifelong criminal who’s out on parole thanks to his mother (Lisa Golm). Though Lubeck has a rap sheet a mile long, she somehow and sells the parole board on giving him a second chance– only Lt. Burdick (Stuart Randall) is leery. Vincent returns home, and gets a job at the filling station owned by his straight-laced little brother Johnny (Edward Tierney). He and his wife Rosa (Allene Roberts) welcome Vincent with open arms, though it’s readily apparent that the compassion is not mutual, and before you can say reformed, Vincent is plotting to steal his brother’s business, his father’s inheritance money, and Rosa’s affection.

Why? Well, why not? He’s a hoodlum.

There’s an obsession with trash, both literally and metaphorically, that runs through Vincent’s story. In the opening scene, the faint flicker of the city dump can be seen through the windshield of Vincent and Johnny’s jalopy. In another, Vincent’s mother mentions that their new home is much nicer than the one they used to have by the city dump. “You can breath the air now,” she adds. To her, it is a matter of geography, but to Vincent, who’s visibly irritated by the discussion, it signifies something much more:

“Stop it, Ma! Keep the windows closed? What was the use? The stink came through them anyhow into all the corners of your lungs, your skin! Even if you took a bath every day, the stink would still stink! Our playground, where we picked up a few pieces of junk to get spending money. A rotten stink! Even now we’re not too far away from it! Yeah, but you wait! I’ve got ideas. I’ll get plenty of money! Yeah, dough! That’s the only thing that’ll ever cover up the stink of the city dump!”

The Hoodlum 1951, I haven't got far to go. When you die, you're a long time dead.

“I haven’t got far to go. When you die, you’re a long time dead.”

It’s one of the few times Vincent breaks his icy demeanor (one the notoriously tough Tierney was born to play), and it’s telling peek at his motivations. Every plan, every scheme, is a step closer to ridding himself of this stink. The wording here is especially interesting: Vincent doesn’t care to wash the smell away, but rather to cover it up, to spray the cologne of cash over it in the hopes that the world won’t notice. Even at his most ambitious, he’s limited by his impoverished perspective.

That being said, there’s absolutely no limit to what he will do will to succeed, whether it be his flirtation with Rosa or his plan to rob the bank across from the filling station. Director Max Nosseck doesn’t bother with motive, leaving these schemes as juvenile and callous as Vincent’s demeanor. He wants, but only so that he can take away from those around him. Upon winning Rosa’s affection — through implied sexual assault, no less — he decides he’s no longer interested, and casts her aside.

Nossek uses a sharp lighting trick in the scene where Rosa reveals that she’s become pregnant with Vincent’s child. He’s perched in the dark of the filling station alleyway and she stands, angelically, in front of the porch light. As the two become physical, and Vincent rejects her, they switch positions, and Rosa finds herself engulfed in the darkness, literally pushed out of the light by her corrupt brother-in-law. This visual flourish, one of the film’s few, takes on a grimmer connotation when Rosa later commits suicide by jumping off the roof.

The Hoodlum, 1951 The volatile relationship between Vincent and his brother Johnny.

The volatile relationship between Vincent (R) and his brother Johnny (L).

Vincent’s indifference towards her death — and that of his own child — is where the film far exceeds the cruelty of the era’s other noir. “Why did she do it?” Johnny murmurs over dinner, visibly shaken. “Because she was nuts,” snaps Vincent, “Any dame who would jump off a roof must be nuts.” Johnny moves to slug him, but Vincent doesn’t even flinch. As far as he’s concerned, all he did was prove Rosa a tramp, and anyone who loves a woman like that — i.e. Johnny — is a sucker. This brazen exchange would spark controversy today, let alone for an audience that was still uncomfortable seeing married couples sleep in the same bed. For me, the bleakness of the scene is topped only by my amazement at how Nossek and screenwriter Sam Neuman managed to get it by the censors.

Amidst the Shakespearean-level tragedy, Nossek makes the bank heist little more than an afterthought — an excuse for Vincent to incur even more destruction. So prominent is this, in fact, that when the heist goes sour, and police are called, we never see or hear from the rest of Vincent’s crew again. Instead, we follow a battered Vincent to his mother’s house, where she lays dying, presumably of a broken heart. She condemns her boy with a final, regretful breath.

The Hoodlum, 1951 It's too late Vincent. What can momma do? Go to the electric chair for you?

“It’s too late Vincent. What can momma do? Go to the electric chair for you?”

Johnny, the last surviving Lubeck, shows up to avenge her: “Nothing could stop her from loving you but death,” he mutters, holding a gun, “Well, now she’s dead, and you killed her. Just like you killed Papa and Rosa. We’re going on a little ride, to the city dump. I’m gonna finish all this where it started.”

We then return to the opening credits, where it’s revealed that Johnny is taking Vincent– quite literally– for a ride. He forces him out at a nearby ash pile, where he plans to do away with him. He’s ultimately unable to pull the trigger, overcome by his conscience, but Lt. Burdick, who’s been in pursuit since the heist, has no such reservations and plugs Vincent point blank. His limp body falls, scattered amidst the trash he tried so hard to escape. The smell is at last covered up, though it is chill of death, and not cash, that does the trick.

The Hoodlum, 1951, Lawrence Tierney's little brother, Edward, made his film debut as his onscreen brother.

Johnny Lubeck was played by Lawrence Tierney’s real-life brother, Edward, in his film debut.

With the exception of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant (1992), it’s hard to imagine a more bleak, unrelenting film noir that The Hoodlum. For even in its devastation, Lieutenant had some semblance of morality — a light of hope, whether or not it was a drug-fueled mirage. The Hoodlum is soberly defiant up to its final breath, and embraces the darkness with open arms.

It’s disturbing journey not only in its content, but also in how little it cares about its characters. Vincent’s mother is shown the error of her ways in her fleeting moments. Rosa is corrupted and shamed into suicide while carrying a child. And Johnny, in the film’s cruelest instance, is left alive to mourn them all. All victims of The Hoodlum. All witnesses to what humanity can be when it never leaves the trash heap.

An essential, undervalued viewing for those with a penchant for nihilism and the nastier side of 1950s noir. A

TRIVIA: The film was restored from its original camera negative and screened at the UCLA Festival of Film Preservation in 2009.

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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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Gene Kelly Biography: Facebook/Blog Giveaway Contest (June)

“He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly”
Book Giveaway 
via Facebook and this Blog

Yay! The contest is over and the winner is:
Pamela R.

Okay, now it’s time for the Facebook/Blog version of our “He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly” Giveaway Contest! This time we’ll be giving away one copy of the book via Facebook and this blog, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky. And, remember, we’re also giving away FIVE MORE copies via Twitter this month as well, so please feel free to enter that contest too…

In order to qualify to win this prize via this Facebook/Blog contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 1 at 10PM ESTWe will pick one winner via a random drawing and announce him/her on Facebook and here on this Blog the day after the contest ends (Sunday July 2).

If you’re also on Twitter, please feel free to visit us at  @ClassicMovieHub for additional giveaways — because we’ll be giving away FIVE MORE books there as well! PS: you don’t even need a twitter account to enter! (Click here for twitter contest details as well as more information about the book.)

He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly by Cynthia and Sara Brideson

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ENTRY TASK to be completed by Saturday, July 1 at 1oPM EST —

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

THE QUESTION:
What is your favorite Gene Kelly film 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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About the Book: One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood’s golden age, Gene Kelly revolutionized film musicals with his innovative and timeless choreography. A would-be baseball player and one-time law student, Kelly captured the nation’s imagination in films such as Anchors Aweigh (1945), On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), and Singin’ in the Rain (1952). In the first comprehensive biography written since the legendary star’s death, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson disclose new details of Kelly’s complex life. Not only do they examine his contributions to the world of entertainment in depth, but they also consider his political activities―including his opposition to the Hollywood blacklist. The authors even confront Kelly’s darker side and explore his notorious competitive streak, his tendency to be a taskmaster on set, and his multiple marriages.Drawing on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly’s wives, friends, and colleagues, Brideson and Brideson illuminate new and unexpected aspects of the actor’s life and work. He’s Got Rhythm is a balanced and compelling view of one of the screen’s enduring legends.

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Click here for the full contest rules. 

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).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Gene Kelly Biography Contest Giveaway (via Twitter in June)

“He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly”
Book Giveaway via Twitter

Yay! The contest is over and the winners are:
Diana, Carl S, Sanjanaa, Lori E, and Kelly M.

Okay, it’s time for our next book giveaway! CMH will be giving away FIVE COPIES of “He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly” by authors Cynthia and Sara Brideson, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky, from May 29 through July 1. (plus ONE more copy via Facebook and this Blog, details to follow on Wednesday).

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, July 1 at 10PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on five 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.

  • June 3: One Winner
  • June 10: One Winner
  • June 17: One Winner
  • June 24: One Winner
  • July 1: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday June 4 at 10PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details…

If you’re also on Facebook, please feel free to visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways (or check back on this Blog in a few days) — because we’ll be giving away ONE MORE cop via Facebook/Blog as well!

He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly by Cynthia and Sara Brideson

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ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, July 1 at 1oPM 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

THE QUESTION:
What do you love most about Gene Kelly? 

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win “He’s Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress & @ClassicMovieHub

*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.

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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About the Book: One of the most influential and respected entertainers of Hollywood’s golden age, Gene Kelly revolutionized film musicals with his innovative and timeless choreography. A would-be baseball player and one-time law student, Kelly captured the nation’s imagination in films such as Anchors Aweigh (1945), On the Town (1949), An American in Paris (1951), and Singin’ in the Rain (1952). In the first comprehensive biography written since the legendary star’s death, authors Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson disclose new details of Kelly’s complex life. Not only do they examine his contributions to the world of entertainment in depth, but they also consider his political activities―including his opposition to the Hollywood blacklist. The authors even confront Kelly’s darker side and explore his notorious competitive streak, his tendency to be a taskmaster on set, and his multiple marriages.Drawing on previously untapped articles and interviews with Kelly’s wives, friends, and colleagues, Brideson and Brideson illuminate new and unexpected aspects of the actor’s life and work. He’s Got Rhythm is a balanced and compelling view of one of the screen’s enduring legends.

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Click here for the full contest rules. 

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).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase it on amazon via the below link (click on image):

Good Luck!

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–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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Warner Archive Instant Interview with Classic Movie Hub

Talking ‘Classics’ with Warner Archive Instant

A Big Thank You to Carley and Mike of Warner Archive Instant for hosting a Facebook Live Video Chat today with yours truly. What a pleasure it was to meet them both, and to talk about our love for classic movies! Couldn’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon.

You can watch the chat here on Facebook Live by clicking the image below. 

Classic Movie Hub Warner Archive Instant InterviewClassic Movie Hub visits Warner Archive Instant for a Classic Movie Chat with Carley and Mike

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Also just want to say that I’ve been having a blast watching movies on Warner Archive Instant — what an array of films, from some of my all-time personal favorites to movies that have been on my ‘must see’ list for quite some time.

You can check out The Classic Movie Hub Collection curated list of Warner Archive Instant films here. Let me know what you think!

Don’t forget that we’re giving away a bunch of year-long Warner Archive Instant subscriptions through June 3rd. You can enter here.

warner archive instant subscription contest via classic movie hub

And, if you can’t wait to win, you can click on the coupon below for a 40% off special offer.

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 –Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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