Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

May your have a blessed Thanksgiving filled with food, family and happy times. 

Enjoy some Daffy Duck while feasting. Here he is in the 1949 short Holiday for Drumsticks trying to avoid being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner.

Christmas Songs: Silver Bells

Our look at classic Christmas songs from old Hollywood films continues with Silver Bells from The Lemon Drop Kid (1951).

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Supporting Players of Gone With the Wind: Barbara O'Neil

Barbara O'Neil as Ellen Robillard O'Hara

American actress Barbara O'Neil played many matriarchs in her 30 year career, but she is perhaps most famous for playing Scarlett O'Hara's mother in Gone With the Wind.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lamarr and Tracy

Spencer Tracy is best known for his on and off-screen partnership with Katharine Hepburn, but during the 1940s he made three films with our Star of the Month, Hedy Lamarr. Lamarr and Tracy's partnership didn't produce any enduring classics like Adam's Rib or Woman of the Year, but all of their films are solidly entertaining. We'll take a closer look at them after the jump.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Charles Laughton Recites The Gettysburg Address

On Nov. 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. There are many screen versions of that famous speech, but British actor Charles Laughton's rendition in Ruggles of Red Gap (1935) is my personal favorite. Laughton is playing an English valet who quiets a rowdy saloon in the wild West with Lincoln's great speech on American democracy. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thomas Mitchell as Gerald O'Hara

Legendary character actor Thomas Mitchell's portrayal of Gerald O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939) was one of the highlights of his career. Here, in the film's opening scene, he tells Scarlett, "Land is the only thing in the world worth workin' for, worth fightin' for, worth dyin' for."

Supporting Players of Gone With the Wind: Thomas Mitchell

Thomas Mitchell as Gerald O'Hara

Legendary character actor Thomas Mitchell appeared in five classic films in 1939, but he is perhaps best remembered today for playing Scarlett O'Hara's father in Gone With the Wind.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pepe Le Pew is Odor-able

Our Star of the Month, Hedy Lamarr's first Hollywood film was Algiers (1938). It was a huge hit at the time and caused a craze for films set in North Africa. Algiers also led to the creation of Looney Tunes character Pepe le  Pew. The romantic skunk is a spoof on leading man Charles Boyer's thick French accent and way with the ladies.

Top Five: Hedy Lamarr

Here are five of Hedy Lamarr's films that I've enjoyed through the years. Feel free to comment on your own favorites.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Classic Clips: 3:10 to Yuma

The theme song for the classic 1957 Western 3:10 to Yuma is one of the best of old Hollywood theme songs, so for your listening pleasure here is Frankie Laine belting out, "Take that Train!"

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Classic Train Films: 3:10 to Yuma

Films have been set on trains since the birth of cinema. Throughout November, We're going to look at Hollywood films that were set on locomotives or featured trains as an integral part of the story. First up is director Delmer Daves 1957 Western, 3:10 to Yuma.

Happy Veterans Day!

In honor of Veterans Day, here is the great James Cagney performing "Over There" in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). Our sincere thanks and deepest appreciation to all of the U.S. Veterans who have so bravely served our country.  

Friday, November 7, 2014

Star of the Month: Hedy Lamarr

Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr is one of the least remembered of the classic Hollywood beauty queens, but for moviegoers in the 1930s and 1940s her name conjured up visions of exotic glamour and mystery. The 100th, or possibly *101st, anniversary of Lamarr's birth will be this Sunday. In this article, I will look at her film career and also celebrate her important contributions to science and technology.

Welcome To Old Hollywood Films

Welcome to Old Hollywood Films, a site dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of American films from 1920-1960. Each month we will take an in-depth look at both well-known classics and forgotten films that were made in the Hollywood studio system.

Coming up in November:
Our star of the month is Hedy Lamarr
All aboard for a history of the good, old-fashioned train movie
A look at the essential films of 1939 beginning with Stagecoach

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