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Silver Screen Standards: The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Jennifer Garlen on Mar 9, 2021

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 still enchants new audiences today. The th read more

Tales that Witness Madness

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 9, 2021

 (1973) Directed by Freddie Francis; Written by Jennifer Jayne; Starring: Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Georgia Brown, Suzy Kendall, Peter McEnery, Joan Collins, Kim Novak and Michael Petrovitch; Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: **½ “Up until now, apart from the patients, I&# read more

FILM NOIR STYLE Author Conversation at the Larry Edmunds Bookshop

GlamAmor Posted by on Mar 9, 2021

On February 27, I joined Larry Edmunds Bookshop owner Jeff Mantor for a conversation about my book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s. It was the first virtual event the store has ever had and I was honored to be their guest. Jeff and I spoke for an hour about just about everything - the origins of m read more

Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928): Buster Keaton The Human Tumbleweed

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 9, 2021

Whatever your thoughts on silent movies, be it based on misinformation, overt loathing, or verging on utter veneration, one has to admit there’s something to the simplicity of these films. And by simplicity, I’m referring to the construction of their stories. They rarely seem to get bog read more

FILM NOIR STYLE Featured on Vancouver's OUR CITY TONIGHT

GlamAmor Posted by on Mar 8, 2021

It's been such a busy last few weeks, so I'm playing a little bit of catch up here on GlamAmor. On February 21, hosts Jim Gordon and Leeta Liepins interviewed me about my book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s for Vancouver's Our City Tonight! We had great fun discussing a lot of the elements of fil read more

THE JOAN COLLINS BLOGATHON, Ellery Queen: The Adventure of Auld Lang Syne, 1975

Caftan Woman Posted by on Mar 8, 2021

Gill at RealWeegieMidgitReviews is hosting The Joan Collins Blogathon from March 8 - 10. Enjoy the tributes to the enduring star HERE.Ellery Queen, the fictional detective/author created by Frederick Dannay and Manfred Lee in 1929 was developed as a television series in 1975 by Richard Levinson and read more

Rodgers & Hammerstein Films: Ranked Best to Worst

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 8, 2021

Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner.1. The King and I (1956) - Yul Brynner's Oscar-winning per-formance as King Mongkut of Siam anchors this clash of cultures (a popular R&H theme) and unlikely, ever-so-subtle love story. Deborah Kerr provides strong support as Anna Leonowens, a British widow read more

Musical Monday: Calamity Jane (1953)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Mar 8, 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: Calamity Jane – Musical read more

THE DARK HOUR (1936)

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 8, 2021

 THE DARK HOUR (1936) is another one of those hour-long low-budget B movie mysteries. This one was produced by the Chesterfield company, and directed by future Abbott & Costello veteran Charles Lamont. The most notable thing about this movie (in my mind at least) is that it features three U read more

Best Picture of 1946: "The Best Years of Our Lives"

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Mar 7, 2021

Best Picture of 1946: "The Best Years of Our Lives" The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) is an American drama directed by William Wyler and starring Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, and Virginia Mayo. The screenplay was written by Robert E. Sherwood, based on a novella, Glor read more

The Leopold and Loeb case is the basis for “Compulsion”

Classic Movie Man Posted by Stephen Reginald on Mar 5, 2021

The Leopold and Loeb case is the basis for “Compulsion” Compulsion (1959) is an American crime drama directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Orson Welles, Diane Varsi,  Dean Stockwell, and Brandford Dillman. The film is based on a novel written by Meyer Levin, which was a fi read more

KELLY THE SECOND

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog Posted by Dan Day, Jr. on Mar 4, 2021

 KELLY THE SECOND (1936) is a comedy produced by Hal Roach, and released by MGM. As someone who has watched Hal Roach product since I was a kid, I had to take the opportunity to watch this for the first time when it was shown recently on TCM. The movie tells the story of Molly (Patsy Kelly read more

Watching 1939: Tell No Tales (1939)

Comet Over Hollywood Posted by on Mar 4, 2021

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them. As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, th read more

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (2013): Takahata’s Swan Song

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

During the period of time I lived in Japan, I became acquainted with the works of Isao Takahata, and by that I mean I watched both Grave of The Fireflies (1988) and Only Yesterday (1991). This was all that was required because these two films on their own left a profound impact on me. While Hayao Mi read more

Classic Movie Travels: Lucille Bremer

Classic Movie Hub Blog Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 4, 2021

Classic Movie Travels: Lucille Bremer Lucille Bremer Lucille Rita Bremer (pronounced “Bray-mer”) was a film actress and dancer, particularly remembered for her work in MGM musical films. Born in Amsterdam, New York, to Richard Bremer and Sarah E. Nichols on February 21, 1917, and raised in read more

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

Judy Holliday is one of my all-time favorite performers. She was a triple-threat talent with brains and beauty, in addition to carrying out a variety of memorable roles. When Hollywood Kitchen announced that they were recreating Judy Holliday’s stuffed tomatoes, I definitely wanted to cook al read more

When a Women Ascends The Stairs (1960): A Prescient Portrait of Japan

4 Star Films Posted by 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 2, 2021

A version of this review was first published in Film Inquiry.  If Floating Clouds is a film about making peace with the war years, then When a Woman Who Ascends The Stairs is a far more forward-thinking endeavor. In fact, I would say it’s a near-prescient portrait of where Japan has ventured read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 2, 2021

“I enjoyed every moment of it–concerts, movies, stage. When I didn’t enjoy it anymore, I quit.” –Allan Jones The voice of Allan Jones is one that is well-documented in classic films and a variety of recordings. Boasting a tenor range and possessing a strong on-screen pr read more

Beauty and the Beast (aka: La Belle et la Bête)

Cinematic Catharsis Posted by Barry P. on Mar 2, 2021

 (1946) Written and directed by Jean Cocteau; Based on the story by Madame Leprince de Beaumont; Starring: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély, Nane Germon, Michel Auclair and Marcel André Available on Blu-ray and DVD Rating: ***** “To find trees where there are none, or something read more

You're Invited! Pre-Code Series THE STYLE OF SIN Continues 3/21 with Barbara Stanwyck

GlamAmor Posted by on Mar 2, 2021

Since my 1940s Film Noir Style series concluded last month, in March we will return to the 1930s and The Style of Sin. This fourth event in the online Pre-Code series focuses on the early life and career of Barbara Stanwyck with stories behind the style of films like Ladies of Le read more
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