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A classic time in Atlanta. (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Mar 26, 2012

On Thursday night, Carrie and Nikki and I (along with our friend Brindha) converged in Atlanta for the TCM Road to Hollywood screening of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Nikki arrived first and, despite the packed-to-the-gills house, was able to secure us seats in the third row on the right read more

RIP Robert Sherman (1)

True Classics Posted by Nikki G on Mar 25, 2012

I was very saddened a few weeks ago to hear that Robert Sherman, one half of one of the greatest movie music-writing teams, was gone.  The Sherman Brothers are responsible for giving the world the music of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), The Aristocats (1970), Charlotte’s Web (1973), The Many read more

I’m all out of clever titles at the moment. (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Mar 11, 2012

But while I find it difficult to think of a witty name for this post, I still have enough wits about me to thank the lovely Dorian from Tales of the Easily Distracted for tipping a nod in our direction for the “7×7″ meme floating around the blogosphere as of late. Thanks for thinkin read more

Bobby Driscoll: The boy who never grew up. (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Mar 10, 2012

It’s become a somewhat tragic cliché in the past few decades–the young, hopeful Hollywood star, making a big splash on screens big and small before the pains of growing up on camera manifest themselves in drug addiction and wasted talent. The list seems endless, from Danny Bonaduce to th read more

Anything you can be, I can be greater. Sooner or later, I’m greater than you.* (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Mar 8, 2012

March is Women’s History Month–and today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day–so as we did last year, True Classics will be celebrating the contributions of women to the world of film with new entries in our “Women in Early Hollywood” series. Throughout the re read more

Hey, Pluto! (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Feb 18, 2012

By 1930, Mickey Mouse had become a bona fide animated star. Since his creation two years earlier at the hands of Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, he had starred in almost two dozen black-and-white shorts, ranging from his ever-popular debut in Steamboat Willie to Mickey’s Follies (1929), which read more

A kiss is just a kiss? (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Feb 14, 2012

It’s Valentine’s Day! Yay for corporately-created holidays designed to entice people into spending copious amounts of money on flowers, candy, and various stuffed creatures of all types! I mean … yay for love! In honor of the day, I’m posting five of my favorite classic movie read more

News and views and issues and previews (and other words that rhyme with “news”). (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Feb 11, 2012

Recently, I moved back to Mississippi after spending a year in Atlanta working on a writing project. I’m now ensconced in my next writing venture–editing the fascinating memoir of a woman born and bred here in the Delta–but alas, other obligations have fallen to the wayside in the read more

Hail to the conquering hero … (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Jan 31, 2012

“I knew the Marines could do almost anything, but I never knew they could do anything like this.” Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith (Eddie Bracken) has, as you can probably tell by his name, a lot to live up to. His father, “Hinky Dinky” Truesmith, was a Marine who died a read more

Pioneers of Animation: Ub Iwerks (The Later Years) (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Jan 28, 2012

After leaving Disney Brothers, Ub Iwerks’ own self-named animation venture, the Iwerks Studio, opened in 1930. Backed by Celebrity Pictures, with a distribution deal from major studio MGM, Iwerks was in an enviable position right out of the gate, making more money than he had ever made working read more

CMBA Comedy Classics Blogathon: The Great McGinty (1940) (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Jan 25, 2012

“This is the story of two men who met in a banana republic. One of them was honest all his life except one crazy minute. The other was dishonest all his life except one crazy minute. The both had to get out of the country.” So begins the directorial debut of Preston Sturges … and so begins read more

Pioneers of Animation: Ub Iwerks (The Early Years) (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Jan 21, 2012

Strange to think that a dinosaur eventually gave birth to a talking mouse … but that is essentially what happened when two young animators named Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks met in 1919. Disney is, of course, a legendary name in the history of animation, having arguably done more for the field t read more

If I let you change me, will that do it? (1)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Jan 10, 2012

Today, my contribution to The Lady Eve’s Month of Vertigo celebration is up at TLE’s Reel Life–all about Kim Novak’s sometimes underestimated contributions to the film. Thanks again, Eve, for inviting me to participate and allowing me the chance to revisit this film! And for read more

Ringing in the new year.

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Dec 31, 2011

It’s the end of another year, and it’s time to remember the ones we’ve lost over the past twelve months … the icons of film who have sadly passed on. TCM’s annual “Remembers” video is, as always, extremely well done–evocative, heartfelt, and beautiful read more

A New Year’s movie meme (courtesy of that “Parasol” girl).

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Dec 28, 2011

One of our very favorite bloggers, Rachel–the eponymous Girl with the White Parasol–has crafted a movie meme just in time for the new year. With a dozen fascinating queries, there’s no way I can turn down a chance to throw in my two cents! Without further ado … 1. What is you read more

And may all your Christmases be white.

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Dec 25, 2011

We three (self-titled) “Wise Ladies” of True Classics, Carrie, Nikki, and Brandie, wish a very merry Christmas and the happiest of holidays to you and yours. Make sure to take some time this weekend to eat, drink, and be merry (and maybe catch up on your reading, like our good pal Snoop read more

“He’s coming through the front door next winter.”

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Dec 24, 2011

It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947) has become a recent favorite of mine, as I only saw it for the first time two years ago. But now it doesn’t feel quite like Christmas until I sit down and enjoy the holiday adventures of the film’s motley crew of misfits. Aloysius T. McKeever, or “ read more

Ginger and Shirley and Christmas … Oh, My!

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Dec 23, 2011

This post is my contribution to the “Dueling Divas” blogathon hosted by Backlots. Go check out the other great entries that have been posted over the past three days! Arguably, the two biggest dancing female stars of the 1930s–at least on the silver screen–were a sharp-tongue read more

“Um…Dasher…Dancer…Prancer…Nixon…Comet…Cupid…Donna Dixon?”

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Dec 19, 2011

“Aw, come on, Dad. This could be the miracle that saves the Simpsons’ Christmas. If TV has taught me anything, it’s that miracles always happen to poor kids at Christmas. It happened to Tiny Tim, it happened to Charlie Brown, it happened to the Smurfs, and it’s going to happe read more

“It isn’t enough to tell us what a man did. You’ve got to tell us who he was.”

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Nov 30, 2011

And boy, did you. The entries that we received for the Great Citizen Kane Debate were above and beyond our expectations. After quite a bit of reading (and re-reading) and discussion amongst ourselves, we have determined the prize winners! The voting was quite close, particularly between first and se read more