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Classic Conversations: Jacqueline Bissett and the Stars of ‘West Side Story’ Talk About the 2021 TCM Classic Film Festival

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Danny Miller on May 6, 2021

George Chakiris, Rita Moreno, and Russ Tamblyn of West Side Story I have attended all of the TCM Classic Film Festivals since TCM premiered the festival in Hollywood in April 2010. It is my favorite classic movie event and many of us look forward to it all year long, talking about it on our Faceb read more

Johnny Eager (1941): Taylor and Turner Spark Dynamite

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 6, 2021

“Are you thinking of allowing her to play Roxanne to your Cyrano?” – Van Hefflin to Robert Taylor Pretty faces don’t always add up to a quality movie and if you want to find where the faults lie, you might look between the players and the script then split the difference. Jo read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 6, 2021

 The best film in the 3-disc "Carole Lombard Collection II" Blu-ray set from Kino is HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE, a 1935 romantic comedy co-starring Fred MacMurray and directed by Mitchell Leisen. Carole Lombard plays Regi Allen, a manicurist at a ritzy hotel. Regi is unhappy with her life and read more

Classic Movie Travels: Tom Drake

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 6, 2021

Classic Movie Travels: Tom Drake Tom Drake While Tom Drake is arguably best remembered as the “Boy Next Door” to Judy Garland’s Esther Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), Drake also made his mark as an actor in a variety of films as well as television appearances. Drake was born Alfred read more

A new header photo for The Wonderful World of Cinema: The Winner!

The Wonderful World of Cinema Posted by Virginie Pronovost on May 5, 2021

During the last weeks, I told you that I had decided to change the header photo of my blog and its Facebook page. I picked twelve photos from a chosen theme: 60s comedies and musicals from the 60s (in colour!). And, during three rounds, you cast your vote into randomly chosen polls. And today, we fi read more

Cinemallennials: Shane (1953)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Dave Lewis on May 5, 2021

Cinemallennials: Shane (1953) For those of you who are unfamiliar with Cinemallennials, it is a bi-weekly podcast in which I, and another millennial, watch a classic film that we’ve never seen before, and discuss its significance and relevance in today’s world. On today’s episode, I read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 4, 2021

While there is much to praise in Hollywood history, the filmmaking industry certainly has a variety of problematic issues. Among them is the issue of ageism, with individuals’ career opportunities being limited because of one’s age. Women, more often than men, tend to face this issue as read more

Waterloo Bridge (1940) and The Farewell Waltz

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on May 4, 2021

If you’re like me, Waterloo conjures up a limited array of mental images. Napoleon and The Battle of Waterloo. The Kinks and Waterloo Sunset. That’s about the extent of it. Now I can add Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor, and Waterloo Bridge to the list. Fittingly, our opening prologue begins read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 4, 2021

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to presentations that profile individual p read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 4, 2021

Among many patriotic musicals of the day, The Singing Marine (1937) is a lighthearted tale of a likable Everyman whose identity is reshaped through fame and fortune. While Dick Powell was a multitalented star established himself as a fine dramatic actor and talented director, his initial image was t read more

From the Archives: Nancy Goes to Rio ( 1950 )

Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers Posted by The Metzinger Sisters on May 4, 2021

The lovely Ann Sothern had completed her 10-film run as the tough-talking Maisie and was cast as Frances in Nancy Goes to Rio, MGM's colorful remake of the 1940 Universal Deanna Durbin film It's a Date. Here she is seen posing within a giant lifebuoy. From the Archives is our latest series read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 4, 2021

In preparation for the Academy Awards ceremony honoring the films of 2020, I was excited to be invited back on to a very special episode of Karie Bible’s Hollywood Kitchen. This time, she coordinated an Oscar Cook-Along, featuring a variety of guests and recipes from Hollywood stars with a tie read more

Seven Things to Know About Burgess Meredith

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on May 3, 2021

1. In So Far, So Good: A Memoir, Burgess Meredith wrote: "Well, everybody was taking parts in Batman — from Frank Sinatra to Otto Preminger, everyone. It was the trendy thing to do back then. The Penguin stuck to me because the character was vivid." Actually, Sinatra never played a Batman read more

Musical Monday: West Side Story (1961)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on May 3, 2021

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week’s musical: West Side Story (1961) – read more

BING'S BIRTHDAY MOVIE: Just for You, 1952

Caftan Woman Posted by on May 3, 2021

Bing Crosby stars as Jordan Blake, a phenomenally successful producer/composer/director/entertainer. A widower for ten years, romance has entered his life in the form of musical star Carolina Hill played by Jane Wyman. Blake has not intentionally neglected his children, it is simply that he has been read more

Olivia de Havilland and the American University of Paris

Backlots Posted by Lara on May 3, 2021

If you are a longtime reader of Backlots, you have read of my connection to Olivia de Havilland. From the evening I spent with her at the American Library in Paris, to Backlots’ coverage of her court case against FX, Olivia de Havilland has been close to my heart for many years. Her career an read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 2, 2021

 In February I wrote a blog post on Kino's Blu-ray of James Whale's THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR. That 1933 film was remade by Whale, and Universal, in 1938 under the title WIVES UNDER SUSPICION, which I saw for the first time last night. THE KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR is a tale about a defense read more

What’s Streaming in May on the CMH Channel at Best Classics Ever? Angel and the Badman, Meet John Doe and Cheating Blondes

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annmarie Gatti on May 2, 2021

Our May Picks on the Classic Movie Hub ChannelMay Birthdays and Mysterious Mayhem! Here we go… This month’s free streaming picks for our Classic Movie Hub Channel at Best Classics Ever (BCE) – the mega streaming channel for classic movies and TV shows! That read more


Caftan Woman Posted by on May 1, 2021

Isolation, illness, and fear; humanity's history and misery can be tracked through its battle with plagues. Isle of the Dead is a 1945 release from the Val Lewton production unit at RKO, noted for their non-traditional horror tales. The movie is a character study of people grappling with overwhelmin read more


The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on May 1, 2021

 The next film I will be examining from Kino's new "Carole Lombard Collection II" Blu-ray set is LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST, a 1936 romantic comedy that is not one of the actress's better movies. LOVE BEFORE BREAKFAST was made at Universal, and it was directed by Walter Lang, who would soon mar read more