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Silver Screen Standards: The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Silver Screen Standards: The Mark of Zorro (1940) Twenty years after the silent hit with Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power donned the iconic mask for The Mark of Zorro (1940), a truly delightful swashbuckler packed with action, comedy, and romance that … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

Silver Screen Standards: The Enchanted Cottage (1945) There are many grander, more glamorous romances to choose from, but when I think of a romantic classic movie I very often think of The Enchanted Cottage (1945), in which two lonely people … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Tallulah Bankhead

Silver Screen Standards: Tallulah Bankhead Tallulah Bankhead was more famous during her lifetime as a stage actress than a movie star, but she’s on my mind perhaps more often than any other icon of the classic era because I live … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Petrified Forest (1936)

Silver Screen Standards: The Petrified Forest (1936) Warning: This post contains spoilers about the ending of the film. If I were younger or in a more sanguine mood, I might find The Petrified Forest (1936) very romantic, but middle age … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Tension (1949)

Silver Screen Standards: Tension (1949) Although it’s not as celebrated as noir classics like The Maltese Falcon (1942) or Sunset Blvd. (1950), director John Berry’s Tension (1949) is one of my go-to picks for the genre because it packs so … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Silver Screen Standards: The Night of the Hunter (1955) The Night of the Hunter (1955) is such a haunting and unusual film that I often wonder what else Charles Laughton might have produced had he directed any more movies, but … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Invisible Man (1933)

Silver Screen Standards: The Invisible Man (1933) With a new film inspired by the H.G. Wells story having arrived earlier this year, it seems like a great time to revisit the original movie adaptation of The Invisible Man, which made … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Casablanca (1942)

Silver Screen Standards: Casablanca (1942) Very few classic films enjoy the iconic status of Casablanca (1942), the wartime romance that helped humanize the crisis in Europe and completed Humphrey Bogart’s rise to true stardom. The Best Picture winner would come … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948)

Silver Screen Standards: Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) I’m in the process of moving houses this fall, and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) is one of the reasons. Faced with the terrifying prospect of completely remodeling … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Lassie Come Home (1943)

Silver Screen Standards: Lassie Come Home (1943) Hollywood is releasing a steady stream of sentimental dog movies these days, from A Dog’s Purpose (2017) and A Dog’s Journey (2019) to A Dog’s Way Home (2019) and The Art of Racing … Continue reading

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