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John Wayne is … McLintock!

True Classics Posted by on Aug 1, 2012

The movie poster, though I can’t say I like the imagery or the color … McLintock! (1963) is my favorite John Wayne movie. Not being a big fan of Westerns in general, this hardly may be great praise, but perhaps it is. It is on my short list of “westerns worth watching.” I love the humor, read more

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

True Classics Posted by on Jul 28, 2012

Mary Pickford (as “Alice”) and Mickey Mouse As recounted in Stefan Kanfer’s fantastic history of animation, Serious Business (1997), early in 1933, Walt Disney gave a personal tour of the Disney animation studio to movie star Mary Pickford. Disney was considering making a live-ac read more

“You’re just a beautiful bad girl!”

True Classics Posted by on Jul 24, 2012

Letty Strong (Loretta Young) is a single mother, having given birth to her son, Mickey (Jackie Kelk), in the back room of a bookstore at the age of fifteen. She and her son were thereafter taken in by “Fuzzy” (Henry Travers), the owner of the store, who views the pair as his own. Lett read more

Mel Brooks: Silent Movie

True Classics Posted by on Jul 23, 2012

Before High Anxiety, Mel Brooks starred in and directed Silent Movie (1976). The ultimate silent movie, it’s a silent film about creating a silent film. Aided by his two loyal associates, Dom Bell (Dom DeLuise) and Marty Eggs (Marty Feldman), Mel Funn (Mel Brooks) takes a silent film script to read more

Blogathons, baby, blogathons!

True Classics Posted by on Jul 18, 2012

Blogathons, blogathons, blogathons! It seems like every classic movie blog on the web is hosting one in the next couple of months. And that is not a complaint–it’s fantastic to see the interest in classic films that such blogathons tend to generate and promote among movie fans. We told read more

Discussing All-American Co-Ed.

True Classics Posted by on Jul 17, 2012

Last year, Brandie found a cheap collection of random classic musicals (mainly from the 1940s) and gave it to Carrie as part of her Christmas present. Though the collection features a number of well-known classic Hollywood stars, most of the films are relatively obscure, and the prints are admitte read more

Remembering Celeste Holm.

True Classics Posted by on Jul 15, 2012

Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm passed away this morning at the age of ninety-five. Though she only starred in just over two dozen movies throughout the course of her career, the beautiful and talented Holm had a long life in Hollywood, as those films spanned the course of eight decades. Holm spe read more

To Kill a Mockingbird: A big-screen experience.

True Classics Posted by on Jul 15, 2012

Last week, the True Classics crew–all four of us–gathered in Birmingham at the historic Alabama Theatre to see the 1962 classic To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen. Seeing films at the Alabama is an experience. There really is no other word for it. Stepping into the lavishly redecor read more

The Silent-Puff Girls

True Classics Posted by on Jul 14, 2012

One of the most entertaining cartoons to come out of the 1990s features a trio of sweet little girls named Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup … and despite their cutesy names, they just happen to be some seriously ass-whoopin’ superheroes. Those girls–originally called The Whoopass Gi read more

A newbie goes singin’ in the rain.

True Classics Posted by on Jul 14, 2012

Thursday night, as part of a nationwide event sponsored by TCM, NCM Fathom, and Warner Bros., I had the pleasure of seeing Singin’ in the Rain (1952) on the big screen. Although I am very familiar with one of the happiest songs ever produced, I had never before seen the musical that it inspired. A read more

Remembering Ernest Borgnine.

True Classics Posted by on Jul 13, 2012

The final scene of Marty (1955) opens with the title character (Ernest Borgnine) leaning against the wall of a seafood restaurant, one arm raised, loosely grasping a pole that juts out from the side of the building. He stands silently as his friends mill about in front of him, debating what they sho read more

High Anxiety (1)

True Classics Posted by on Jul 12, 2012

I have to begin by saying how excited I was to hear about the “Best Hitchcock Films Hitchcock Never Made” blogathon. Several months ago, I decided to run a series on Mel Brooks, and this is the best kickoff I could have chosen. My many thanks to Dorian and Becky for hosting the “No read more

Operator! Operator! Operator!

True Classics Posted by on Jul 10, 2012

Many of director Alfred Hitchcock’s films take place in a single setting, restricting the movement of the characters to a central locale. Movies such as Lifeboat (1944), Rope (1948), and Rear Window and Dial M for Murder (both 1954) are claustrophobic and unnerving, filled to the brim with read more


True Classics Posted by on Jul 9, 2012

In the early 1940s, two different film versions of Patrick Hamilton’s play Angel Street were produced. The first version was released in 1940 and titled Gaslight. The second version of this film, which kept the same title, was released just four years later. Although both films were based on the s read more

Winsor McCay’s animated propaganda: The Sinking of the Lusitania

True Classics Posted by on Jul 7, 2012

(This post was originally published on the sadly now-defunct site The Cinementals.) After the phenomenal success of Gertie the Dinosaur (1914), cartoonist Winsor McCay realized that he had found his passion in animation, and he was eager to create even more films. But his animated output was limited read more

What a glorious feeling!

True Classics Posted by on Jul 6, 2012

As many classic movie fans are likely aware, our television Lord and Master, Turner Classic Movies (in conjunction with Fathom and Warner Bros.) is following up this past spring’s successful nationwide theater screenings of Casablanca (1942) with a one-night-only showing of the incomparable read more

“Successful angels do not use sarcasm!”

True Classics Posted by on Jul 5, 2012

Charles (Clifton Webb) and Arthur (Edmund Gwenn) are an unlikely-named pair of angels who are sent down to earth to fetch a young soul named Item (Gigi Perreau). Item has been hanging around the home of the Boltons, Jeff (Robert Cummings) and Lydia (Joan Bennett), for seven years, waiting to be born read more

Remembering Andy Griffith.

True Classics Posted by on Jul 3, 2012

History will remember him as a wise country sheriff and a charming country lawyer. But as wonderful as he was filling those roles, Andy Griffith was so much more than that. Before he passed away this morning, Griffith built a six-decade career on the persona of a good ol’ country boy sharing d read more

An Invitation to Despair

True Classics Posted by on Jul 2, 2012

For this week’s entry in the Maudlin Mondays series, I chose to watch the 1952 film Invitation, mainly because of its star, Dorothy McGuire, who plays the role of Ellen Pierce. A few days ago, I watched The Enchanted Cottage, also starring McGuire. In The Enchanted Cottage, she plays a kind, read more

July’s “coming attractions” at True Classics.

True Classics Posted by on Jul 1, 2012

Another month has come and gone–a good month, all things considered (despite the drama that went down in the middle of June concerning a self-important, unnamed movie blog organization … bygones). And we have even more good stuff on tap for July! First, if you visit the site regularly, y read more