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Those Damnable Dames: Love is a Racket (1932)

True Classics Posted by on Nov 27, 2013

New York City gossip columnist Jimmy Russell (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) knows all the right people, and all the wrong ones, too. Being on the Broadway beat means he spends quite a bit of time at Sardi’s, especially with his lady of the moment, aspiring actress Mary Wodehouse (Frances Dee)– read more

DVD Review: The Working Man (1933)

True Classics Posted by on Nov 24, 2013

Once upon a time, two young men, John Reeves and Tom Hartland, worked together at a shoe factory and became friends, forming a partnership to make their own shoes. But when a woman came into the picture, their partnership dissolved; Hartland won the girl, and the two men established their own respec read more

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Little Orphan (1949)

True Classics Posted by on Nov 23, 2013

Thanksgiving is almost here! For this week’s edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons, we animation lovers here at True Classics are giving thanks for all of the glorious classic cartoon bounty there is to enjoy this season by highlighting one of our favorite Turkey Day ‘toons, the 1949 Tom read more

DVD Review: The Tin Star (1957)

True Classics Posted by on Nov 20, 2013

A stranger rides into an isolated western town towing a lifeless body on another horse. The townspeople look upon him contemptuously, initially assuming that he’s committed murder. But the man introduces himself as Morgan Hickman (Henry Fonda), a bounty hunter who has arrived in town to claim read more

Happy 85th Birthday, Mickey!

True Classics Posted by on Nov 18, 2013

Today, November 18th, marks the 85th anniversary of the debut of Mickey Mouse in the groundbreaking 1928 cartoon Steamboat Willie. We’re celebrating over at The Moviola today with a look back at the cartoon that started an animation empire. Happy birthday, Mickey, ol’ pal, and thanks for read more

DVD Review: Elephant Walk (1954)

True Classics Posted by on Nov 15, 2013

It starts innocently enough: a handsome, charming man meets a beautiful bookstore clerk, and the two fall in love and marry. They have an exotic honeymoon before returning to the man’s marble palace in Ceylon. Unaware that she had married a millionaire, it appears that all of the lovely bride& read more

Rabbit Tales: An Interview with Roger Rabbit Creator Gary K. Wolf

True Classics Posted by on Nov 12, 2013

Yesterday, we brought you a review of Gary K. Wolf’s newest entry in the Roger Rabbit book series, Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? Today, Gary speaks with us about the book and shares some of his favorite classics. This is the first Roger Rabbit novel in more than twenty years. What precipitated your read more

Book Review: Who Wacked Roger Rabbit? (2013)

True Classics Posted by on Nov 11, 2013

Who Wacked Roger Rabbit Gary K. Wolf Release Date: November 29, 2013 Musa Publishing E-book, 262 pages Roger Rabbit fans, rejoice: author Gary K. Wolf (that’s him play-acting on the cover above) has written a third book in the mischievous Rabbit’s franchise. Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?, set read more

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Legend of Rockabye Point

True Classics Posted by on Nov 9, 2013

It’s (finally) starting to get chilly down here in the South, and that turns our thoughts to … penguins. Okay, not really, but for the purposes of this week’s edition of Saturday Morning Cartoons, let’s just say that’s true as we present you with The Legend of Rockabye read more

Vivien Leigh: An Interview with Kendra Bean

True Classics Posted by on Nov 8, 2013

Earlier this week, we posted a review of Kendra Bean’s wonderful new illustrated biography of Vivien Leigh, subtitled An Intimate Portrait. Today, Kendra has graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us about Vivien and the process of researching and writing the book. You state early in read more

Book Review–Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait

True Classics Posted by on Nov 4, 2013

Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait Kendra Bean Release Date: October 15, 2013 Running Press Hardcover, 272 pages Tomorrow, November 5th, marks the one hundredth anniversary of Vivien Leigh’s birth. And though she appeared in less than two dozen films during her career, she remains one of the m read more

State of the Blog: November 2013

True Classics Posted by on Nov 3, 2013

Like Lucy, we’ve been having some trouble with our typewriter ribbons as of late. Time for our monthly (abbreviated) look at the general happenings around the blog … albeit three days later than usual.   And finally, in this month’s edition of “What Brandie Wrote At Other Sites read more

The Beating of the Hideous Tell-Tale Heart (1953)

True Classics Posted by on Oct 31, 2013

Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart (1843) is a chilling piece of short fiction, providing a look into madness through the eyes of a narrator who believes himself to be perfectly sane. Though intriguing in its own right, the story does not seem to be ripe for animated interpretation–at read more

Essanay Studios: Preserving a Piece of Film History

True Classics Posted by on Oct 27, 2013

Modern American movie production is generally associated with southern California, where the warm climate makes an ideal setting for year-round filming. But in the earliest days of film, when small film studios began sprouting up in the hopes of making big bucks in the fledgling industry, production read more

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Skeleton Dance (1929)

True Classics Posted by on Oct 26, 2013

1929 was a good year for Walt Disney: his seminal creation, Mickey Mouse, had just broken out as a huge star in the wake of the immensely popular short Steamboat Willie (1928). That cartoon’s success led to a series of sound-synchronized Mickey cartoons being released to theaters, two of which read more

DVD Review: The William Powell at Warner Bros. Collection

True Classics Posted by on Oct 21, 2013

In 1931, William Powell accepted a contract from Warner Bros. and entered a new phase in his burgeoning career. It was, at least at first, a solid move for the star. He had made his film debut almost a decade earlier at Samuel Goldwyn’s eponymous studio, in a small supporting role in 1922̸ read more

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Betty Boop’s Hallowe’en Party (1933)

True Classics Posted by on Oct 19, 2013

In 1933, Betty Boop was at the height of her cinematic fame. The Fleischer-animated shorts–racy, daffy, and wonderfully musical–were immensely popular. Audiences couldn’t get enough of sweet Betty and her crazy adventures, and the Fleischers continued to churn out one appealing car read more

DVD Review: Parachute Jumper (1933)

True Classics Posted by on Oct 10, 2013

When I was given the chance to review Warner Archive’s new manufacture-on-demand release of Parachute Jumper (1933), I was so excited: it was a Bette Davis film that I had never seen. No more than ten minutes into the film, however, I realized why I had never heard of it before. The dialogue read more

State of the Blog: October 2013

True Classics Posted by on Oct 4, 2013

Hello, readers! It’s time for our monthly wrap-up/look at the upcoming weeks here at True Classics (albeit four days later than usual). So, getting down to business: You said it, Screwy: we’re sad to see our Tex tribute come to an end. We wrapped up our Tex Avery tribute earlier this wee read more

The Screwy Genius of Tex Avery: King-Size Canary (1947)

True Classics Posted by on Sep 30, 2013

Today we present to you a brief look at the 1947 one-off cartoon short King-Size Canary, an unrelenting bit of frenzied absurdity that may very well be Tex Avery’s masterpiece. King-Size Canary takes all of the typical Avery hallmarks and elevates them to the next insane level. Everything in read more