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Silver Screen Standards: Celebrating Screwball

Silver Screen Standards: Celebrating Screwball The world can be a sad, scary place much of the time, and when I feel overwhelmed by bad news there are certain kinds of classic movies that ease my anxiety and remind me to … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Silver Screen Standards: The Lady from Shanghai (1947) Despite the icy cold shade of Rita Hayworth’s hair, The Lady from Shanghai (1947) plays like a fever dream, confusing and sweat-soaked, long before it reaches its famous funhouse climax. It’s a … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: Vincent Price

Silver Screen Standards: Vincent Price During the Halloween season we naturally think of Vincent Price, that undisputed icon of horror whose many roles in the genre put him in the exalted company of Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Haunting (1963)

Silver Screen Standards: The Haunting (1963) If anyone tries to tell you that old horror movies aren’t scary, The Haunting (1963) is there to prove them wrong. This terrifying adaptation of the novel by Shirley Jackson still has plenty of … Continue reading

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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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Silver Screen Standards: Dangerous When Wet (1953)

Silver Screen Standards: Dangerous When Wet (1953) In June, I was finally able to return to the retirement community where I present classic movie programs for the residents, and I knew that Esther Williams was the perfect star to celebrate … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Harvey Girls (1946)

Silver Screen Standards: The Harvey Girls (1946) I’ve had a particular fondness for The Harvey Girls (1946) since the first time I saw it, but my love increased when I visited the El Tovar Hotel in the Grand Canyon some … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Gay Divorcee (1934)

Silver Screen Standards: The Gay Divorcee (1934) I knew I wanted to write about Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers for this month’s column, but with ten movies to choose from the hard part was deciding which one I particularly wanted … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Mark of Zorro (1940)

Silver Screen Standards: The Mark of Zorro (1940) Twenty years after the silent hit with Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power donned the iconic mask for The Mark of Zorro (1940), a truly delightful swashbuckler packed with action, comedy, and romance that … Continue reading

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Silver Screen Standards: The Enchanted Cottage (1945)

Silver Screen Standards: The Enchanted Cottage (1945) There are many grander, more glamorous romances to choose from, but when I think of a romantic classic movie I very often think of The Enchanted Cottage (1945), in which two lonely people … Continue reading

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