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The Secret Six (1931)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 6, 2013

Looking to make some fast money, Scorpio (Wallace Beery) meets with gangsters Johnny Franks (Ralph Bellamy) and Mizoski (Paul Hurst) about joining a bootlegging racket.  They work for Newton (Lewis Stone) and he wants to muscle fellow bootlegger Joe Colimo (John Miljan) out of some of his territory. read more

Street Scene (1931)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 5, 2013

While New York City is in the grips of a heat wave, the residents of one building beat the heat by sitting on the building’s stoop and catching up on gossip.  Emma Jones (Beulah Bondi), the building’s resident busybody, is only too happy to make sure everyone knows what Anna Murant (Este read more

Animal Crackers (1930)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 4, 2013

Mrs. Rittenhouse (Margaret Dumont) is hosting one of the biggest society events of the year at her home in Long Island.  Not only will renowned African explorer Captain Spaulding (Groucho Marx) be the guest of honor, another guest will be displaying a very valuable painting he’s recently purch read more

Applause (1929)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 3, 2013

At the height of her career, Kitty Darling (Helen Morgan) is a queen of burlesque with dreams of performing on Broadway.  Even the birth of her daughter April (Joan Peers) does nothing to slow her down.  But as April grows, Kitty realizes that the burlesque world is no place for a child and sends read more

Hell’s House (1932) (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 2, 2013

After the death of his mother, Jimmy Mason (Junior Durkin) goes to live with his Aunt Emma (Emma Dunn) and Uncle Henry (Charley Grapewin) at their boarding house.  Jimmy quickly takes a liking to Matt Kelly (Pat O’Brien), who also lives at the boarding house.  Jimmy is impressed with Matt̵ read more

42nd Street (1933) (3)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Nov 1, 2013

When word gets out that producers Jones and Barry are putting on a new show, it’s the talk of the theater world.  Since the nation is in the midst of the Great Depression, a lot of people are depending on this show; everyone from electricians and set builders to chorus girls and the show’ read more

The Ghosts of Old Hollywood

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Oct 31, 2013

Happy Halloween, everyone!  Halloween just wouldn’t be complete without a few ghost stories, right?  So for the sake of getting into the Halloween spirit, here are a few ghost stories featuring some familiar characters.  If these stories are to be believed, if you’re in the right place read more

What’s on TCM: November 2013

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Oct 29, 2013

Happy November, everyone!  As always, there are plenty of wonderful movies to look forward to on TCM, but it’s going to be a little bit of a quiet month.  But considering that the past few months on TCM have been extremely busy between Summer Under the Stars, the Story of Film series, and all read more

Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait (1)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Oct 28, 2013

When Vivien Leigh portrayed Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind, she instantly earned a permanent place in the pop culture lexicon.  Although the public will always best remember her as Scarlett, Vivien did not let Scarlett define her life.  She had little interest in becoming a conventional read more

Coming In November… (2)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Oct 15, 2013

Returning for a fourth year, it’s 30 Days of Pre-Codes! read more

What’s on TCM: October 2013

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Sep 27, 2013

Happy October, everyone!  I hope you’re ready for plenty of classic horror movies because TCM is going all out for Halloween this year. Not only will Friday Night Spotlight be all about classic horror movies, we also get Vincent Price as October’s Star of the Month.  Even though not ever read more

My Favorite Pre-Code Journalists

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Sep 22, 2013

As you will see with this weekend’s Journalism in Classic Film Blogathon (hosted by Comet Over Hollywood and Lindsay’s Movie Musings), there are plenty of great movies that feature memorable journalists.  Citizen Kane, His Girl Friday, All the President’s Men, just to name a few.  read more

Shirley Jones and The Music Man at The Redford Theatre

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Sep 17, 2013

Photo from the Redford’s Facebook page. When the Redford Theatre in Detroit, MI has an actor make an appearance at the theater, you can count on it being a big event.  In the past, they’ve pulled out all the stops to welcome Tippi Hedren, Butch Patrick, and Mary Badham and each of those read more

John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Sep 10, 2013

John Gilbert was undoubtedly one of the greatest stars of the silent film era.  He worked his way up from bit player to being one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men.  At the height of his career, he starred in classic films such as The Big Parade, The Merry Widow, and Flesh and the Devil. read more

Storm in a Teacup (1937)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Sep 1, 2013

Vickie Gow (Vivien Leigh) is the daughter of Provost Willie Gow (Cecil Parker).  Willie is in the midst of campaigning to be nominated for a seat on the Town Council.  When journalist Frank Burdon (Rex Harrison) goes to a meeting to interview Willie, he sits near Vickie and accidentally makes a bad read more

Town Without Pity (1961)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Aug 31, 2013

When sixteen-year-old Karin Steinhof (Christine Kaufmann) is brutally raped by four drunken American soldiers — Sergeant Chuck Snyder (Frank Sutton), Private Joey Haines (Mal Sondock), Corporal Jim Larkin (Robert Blake), and Corporal Birdwell Scott (Richard Jaeckel) — the residents of he read more

I’ve Got Your Number (1934)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Aug 30, 2013

Terry Riley (Pat O’Brien) and Johnny (Allan Jenkins) are telephone repairmen who aren’t exactly known for being employees of the month.  But rather than fire them, their boss Joe Flood (Eugene Pallette) decides to send them out on the worst jobs the phone company gets.  Much to Joe’ read more

A Ticklish Affair (1963)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Aug 29, 2013

Widow Amy Martin (Shirley Jones) is a devoted mother to three young boys, Grover (Peter Robbins), Alex (Bill Mumy), and Luke (Bryan Russell).  One day, her boys, playing with a blinker light given to them by their Uncle Simon (Red Buttons), send a distress signal to the nearby Naval base.  Commander read more

What’s on TCM: September 2013

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Aug 29, 2013

Happy September, everybody!  TCM’s Summer Under the Stars may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean September is going to be a boring month.  In fact, September looks like it’s going to be one of my favorite TCM months in a long time. First of all, TCM will be kicking off read more

The Taking of the Pelham One Two Three (1974)

Hollywood Revue Posted by Angela on Aug 28, 2013

When a gang of four armed men in matching disguises — known only as Blue (Robert Shaw), Grey (Héctor Elizondo), Green (Martin Balsam), and Brown (Earl Hindman) — hijack a New York City subway train, they round up seventeen passengers and put them into one subway car before separating it read more