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Merry Christmas! (3)

True Classics Posted by Nikki G on Dec 24, 2012

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday.  I mean, seriously, what’s not to love?  There’s food, good cheer, presents, music, decorations, family togetherness (ok, that one’s not always fun, but you get the idea), goodwill towards everyone, and Christmas specials on TV.  And I am not talking read more

There once were some winners who …

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Dec 5, 2012

… wrote some pretty frickin’ sweet limericks! Before we (finally) announce the winners of our third-anniversary contest, I just want to thank all of the participants–we had a wide range of entertaining submissions to judge, and it was really difficult to narrow it down to our favor read more

Brief update.

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Dec 1, 2012

Just a quick note to let our readers know that we are still here and kicking–albeit much more slowly than normal. I had to make an unexpected road trip to Miami and have only been able to access email, etc. through my phone, which is not exactly conducive to maintaining a blog … We have read more

Feeling limerick-al? Win a prize! (Anniversary Contest Reminder)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Nov 25, 2012

Our third-anniversary limerick contest ENDS on Thursday at midnight … and we’ve had exactly one entry so far. Now, I know a lot of you folks out there are veritable EMPERORS of procrastination like myself–but c’mon, guys and gals, put on your poetical hats and get those limer read more

Edward Lear would be so proud. (Or not.)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Nov 8, 2012

I think you know what’s coming … Yes, boys and girls, we’ve decided to have a good time with this year’s anniversary contest (cue the diabolical laughter), and ask you to put on your creative thinking caps to WOW us with a custom-crafted classic movie limerick! The rules for read more

Win tickets to see To Kill a Mockingbird on the big screen!

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Nov 7, 2012

As we announced a couple of weeks ago, the TCM Event Series continues next Thursday, November 15th, with a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird in theaters nationwide. NCM Fathom joins TCM and Universal Pictures in bringing this newly restored classic to the screen for its fiftieth anniversary, as par read more

State of the Blog: November 2012

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Nov 1, 2012

October was a pretty exciting month here at True Classics, what with our first TCM Party hosting gig, some fun ticket giveaways, and a serious traffic spike thanks to a certain animated Google Doodle. Among the happenings from the past month:   November promises to hold even more excitement, as read more

Son of a steamboat captain = granddaddy of big laughs.

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Oct 31, 2012

My fourth contribution to the ongoing Comedy Countdown at Wonders in the Dark is now posted: at number 37, it’s Buster Keaton’s silent comedy masterpiece Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)! Check out my thoughts on this truly hilarious film over at WitD today, and please feel free to contribute read more

Breathing life into drama: A Streetcar Named Desire

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Oct 30, 2012

Each September, the life and career of renowned playwright Tennessee Williams is celebrated in his birthplace, Columbus, Mississippi. As I’ve mentioned multiple times on this blog, Carrie, Nikki, and I are proud alumnae of Mississippi University for Women, which is located in Columbus and has read more

Win a TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD prize pack!

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Oct 26, 2012

For one day only, on Thursday, November 15th, select movie theaters nationwide will show the award-winning film version of Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, in honor of its 50th anniversary. In partnership with Fathom Events, Harper Perennial is offering YOU a chance to win two ticke read more

“Sex always has something to do with it, dear.”

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Oct 25, 2012

My latest contribution to the ongoing Wonders in the Dark Comedy Countdown is live … at number 42, it’s the frenetic and fanatically funny Preston Sturges masterpiece, The Palm Beach Story (1942)! Head on over to WitD to check out my thoughts on one of my favorite films of all time, and read more

Rare animation on TCM: Join the party!

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Oct 20, 2012

Tomorrow evening on TCM, Robert Osborne and animation scholar/historian Jerry Beck will be co-hosting a six-hour block of classic, rare animation in prime-time. To say this is an extremely welcome night of entertainment is an understatement. Robert Osborne and Jerry Beck, filming segments for a nigh read more

A smile and a tear: The Kid (1921)

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Oct 17, 2012

A young, unmarried woman (Edna Purviance) gives birth in a charity hospital. Distraught and abandoned by the baby’s father, she leaves the child in the back of an expensive automobile along with a note imploring the owner of the car to care for the new orphan. Later, she reconsiders her rash a read more

A double dose of Frankenstein (and we have tickets!).

True Classics Posted by Brandie on Oct 15, 2012

October always brings around the creepies and the crawlies and scares galore, and what better way to celebrate Halloween than with a big-screen double dose of everyone’s favorite lumbering monster? Turner Classic Movies and NCM Fathom are teaming up again to bring a double feature of the clas read more

Review–Behind the Screen Door: Tales from the Hollywood Hills (2012)

True Classics Posted by on Oct 12, 2012

Behind the Screen Door is a collection of short stories that tell of Richard Gregson’s rise in his career as an agent in the film industry. From humble beginnings as a sales clerk in a religious bookstore, Gregson became one of the most influential agents in Hollywood. Although he was married to the read more

State of the Blog: October 2012

True Classics Posted by on Oct 5, 2012

  For the next week or so, posting here at True Classics will be somewhat sporadic (damn real life–always getting in the way of blogging). And because of that, we overshot our typical “first of the month” announcement post. But here ’tis now, chock full of five-days-late read more

The early days of animation at Paramount and the Fleischer brothers.

True Classics Posted by on Sep 28, 2012

  By 1927, Adolph Zukor, the Hollywood mogul behind the rapidly-expanding Paramount-Famous Lasky Corporation, had built a veritable entertainment empire. The studio had moved into a new, multimillion-dollar twenty-six acre lot off Melrose Avenue. They had amassed a chain of nearly two thousand read more

What a Character: Mary Wickes

True Classics Posted by on Sep 23, 2012

By all accounts, Mary Wickes did not start out her life with the intention to become an actress. She was a St. Louis debutante who attended college early, graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in political science with plans to attend law school–that is, until she ga read more

Celebrating 100 Years of Chuck Jones: From A to Z-Z-Z-Z (1953)

True Classics Posted by on Sep 22, 2012

  Ralph Phillips is bored, bored, bored. While his schoolmates mindlessly chant their math lesson (“Two and two is four. Four and four is eight …”), Ralph stares dreamily out the classroom window, imagining himself as a bird, flipping and flying freely through the sky–un read more

Celebrating 100 Years of Chuck Jones: The Dot and the Line (1965)

True Classics Posted by on Sep 22, 2012

  After Warner Bros. terminated his long-term contract in 1962, Chuck Jones moved on to MGM, producing a series of cartoons featuring that studio’s famed pair, Tom and Jerry. Jones’ time wasn’t completely consumed by the antics of the cat and mouse, however; the animator/direc read more