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Silver Screen Standards: Claude Rains

Silver Screen Standards: Claude Rains I couldn’t decide between several movies I had in mind for this month’s column, and then I realized that they all had something in common – Claude Rains. Rains is one of those actors whose … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Where Danger Lives (1950)

“I didn’t fall in love with a woman – I fell in love with a patient.” Robert Mitchum was part of a generation of leading men who rose to prominence in film noir. Along with Burt Lancaster, Alan Ladd, and … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Eliza’s Voice in My Fair Lady (1964)

Silver Screen Standards: Eliza’s Voice in My Fair Lady (1964) The socio-economic and geographical markers of dialect loom large in George Bernard Shaw’s influential play, Pygmalion, its 1938 film adaptation, and the splashy musical version that stars Audrey Hepburn as … Continue reading

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Monsters and Matinees: How Abbott and Costello brought the Meet-cute to Horror

How Abbott and Costello brought the Meet-cute to Horror To start this new year of Monsters and Matinees let’s take a deep breath, exhale all the anxiety from 2020 and laugh. Yes, even here in the world of Monsters and … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Invisible Man (1933)

Silver Screen Standards: The Invisible Man (1933) With a new film inspired by the H.G. Wells story having arrived earlier this year, it seems like a great time to revisit the original movie adaptation of The Invisible Man, which made … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Casablanca (1942)

Silver Screen Standards: Casablanca (1942) Very few classic films enjoy the iconic status of Casablanca (1942), the wartime romance that helped humanize the crisis in Europe and completed Humphrey Bogart’s rise to true stardom. The Best Picture winner would come … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Bette Davis

Silver Screen Standards: Bette Davis Recently I rewatched What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, the 1962 film starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford as aging sisters in a deliriously dysfunctional relationship. Baby Jane Hudson gave Davis a chance to horrify … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Magnet Madness: Notorious (Today’s Entry Task…)

Classic Movie Magnet Madness Entry Task for today… In order to win today’s Notorious Classic Movie Magnet, be the FIRST person to TWEET the correct answer to the following question. (US and Canada entries only please, sorry) Fill-in-the-Blank (TWEET your … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Legend Tribute: Claude Rains

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, Claude Rains, born on November 10th 1889! ….. There are some who believe that the litmus test for good acting is complete metamorphosis – the thought that actors must lose themselves so completely in … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Countdown: Best Picture # 1 — Casablanca (1943)

1. Casablanca (1943) Other Nominated Films: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Heaven Can Wait, The Human Comedy, In Which We Serve, Madame Curie, The More the Merrier, The Ox-Bow Incident, The Song of Bernadette, Watch on the Rhine Casablanca is … Continue reading

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