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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

Peter Falk Channels Bogie in Neil Simon's The Cheap Detective

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 26, 2021

A befuddled Lou Peckinpah.Following the success of his romantic comedy The Goodbye Girl (1977), Neil Simon returned to the zany spoof formula of Murder By Death (1976). Indeed, The Cheap Detective could have been a sequel to Murder By Death with Peter Falk reprising his role of Sam Di read more

Five Easy Pieces: When Good Performances Aren't Enough

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 19, 2021

Jack Nicholson as Bobby Dupea. The years have not been kind to Five Easy Pieces (1970), which earned four major Oscar nominations and was hailed by Roger Ebert as a "masterpiece of heartbreaking intensity." In retrospect, it's a meandering film that boasts two stellar performances and an iconi read more

The Alternate Movie Title Game (Olivia de Havilland Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 12, 2021

Here are the rules: We will provide an "alternate title" for a film that starred Olivia de Havilland and ask you to name the actual film. Most of these are pretty easy. Please answer no more than three questions per day so others can play. You may have an answer other than the intended one--just be read more

Hoosiers: A Tale of Inspiration and Second Chances

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Apr 5, 2021

Gene Hackman as Coach Norman.Second chances, the popularity of small town sports, and teamwork are the themes that underlie Hoosiers, a surprise 1986 boxoffice hit.Gene Hackman stars as Dale Norman, a formerly disgraced college basketball coach hired at Hickory High School. The team has only seven p read more

6 Films--6 Decades Blogathon for National Classic Movie Day

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 29, 2021

To celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16th, we are hosting the 6 Films--6 Decades Blogathon. Per its title, each participating blogger is invited to list one favorite film from each decade from the 1920s through the 1970s. (If you prefer, you could also list one film per decade fr read more

Seven Things to Know About Julie Newmar

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 22, 2021

1. Born as Julia Chalene Newmeyer in 1933, she was billed as Julie Newmeyer in her first major screen role in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). She played Dorcas and was paired with Jeff Richards as one of the seven Pontipee brothers. Richards, a former professional baseball player, read more

Lemmon and Ford: Life as a Cowboy Through the Eyes of a Tenderfoot

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 15, 2021

Jack Lemmon and Glenn Ford. The incredibly versatile Delmer Daves directed three of my favorite Westerns from the 1950s, a decade in which the genre flourished. Each film is decidedly different from the other. The Hanging Tree (1959) is a tale about self-forgiveness and the power of love. 3:10 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

Ray Harryhausen's Valley of Gwangi

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Mar 1, 2021

Gwangi: The star of the movie! Made in 1969, The Valley of Gwangi is one of those movies that seems to improve with age. Its far-out “cowboys vs. dinosaur” premise has always held a certain appeal. However, repeat viewings have allowed me to truly appreciate the little to read more

The Alternate Movie Title Game (Bogie Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 22, 2021

Here are the rules: We will provide an "alternate title" for a Humphrey Bogart film and ask you to name the actual film. Most of these are pretty easy. Please answer no more than three questions per day so others can play. You may have an answer other than the intended one--just be able to defend it read more

Seven Things to Know About William Hopper

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 15, 2021

1. William Hopper auditioned for the TV series Perry Mason--for the role of Perry! You can view his screen test opposite Ray Collins as Lieutenant Tragg on YouTube. The part went to Raymond Burr, of course, and Hopper was cast as private investigator Paul Drake. He was nominated for an Emmy for read more

How the West Was Won

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

James Stewart and Carroll Baker.The words “epic” and “”sprawling” are typically used to describe MGM’s 164-minute, 1962 all-star Western. At the risk of sounding mundane, that’s still an apt description. Filmed in the widescreen process Cinerama, How the Wes read more

Third Man on the Mountain

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Feb 1, 2021

James MacArthur as Rudi. I'm hoping that Disney+ will eventually provide an outlet for some of the studio's lesser-known live action films, such as The Sword and the Rose, The Fighting Prince of Donegal, and Third Man on the the Mountain. The subject of this review, Third Man on the Mountain ( read more

The Five Best Inspirational Sports Movies

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 25, 2021

As you peruse our list, note that these are our picks for the five best inspirational sports movies. There are many other fine movies about sports (A League of Their Own), sports figures (Brian's Song, The Pride of the Yankees), and sports-related stories (Field of Dreams). The aim of the movie read more

The Alternate Movie Title Game (Movie of the Week Edition)

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 18, 2021

Here are the rules: We will provide an "alternate title" for a film that aired on the ABC Movie of the Week and ask you to name the actual film. Most of these are pretty easy. Please answer no more than three questions per day so others can play. You may have an answer other than the intended one--j read more

Terence Rattigan's The Browning Version

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 11, 2021

Michael Redgrave as Crocker-Harris. After 18 years at a prestigious English boys' school, Andrew Crocker-Harris has accepted a less-stressful position teaching at an institution for "backward boys." Once a promising scholar, Crocker-Harris's career stalled many years ago and he's now plagued by ill read more

The Five Best Episodes of "Banacek"

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Jan 4, 2021

Banacek with his trademark cigar.George Peppard starred as free-lance, Boston-based insurance investigator Thomas Banacek in a pilot movie and 16 episodes of Banacek. The series aired as part of the NBC Wednesday Mystery Movie in 1972-74. He was assisted in each episode by his friend, bookstore read more

Top Ten Posts of 2020

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Dec 31, 2020

As the year draws to a close, the Classic Film & TV Cafe traditionally ends it with a countdown of our ten most viewed posts. We published a total of 78 in 2020. Naturally, the countdown is a little skewed, since those posts that came out at the start of the year will have more views. But that w read more

Even Elsa's Cute Cubs Can't Redeem an Unnecessary Sequel

Classic Film & TV Cafe Posted by Rick29 on Dec 28, 2020

Elsa and Joy (Susan Hampshire) Although Joy Adamson's book Born Free topped the bestseller charts in 1960, no one anticipated that the 1966 film adaptation would become a huge hit. With a British cast mostly unfamiliar to American audiences, the movie captured the hearts of moviegoers worldwid read more
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