Saturday, December 19, 2015

It's a Wonderful Life


Today, I'm reviewing It's a Wonderful Life (1946), a classic Christmas movie that I think avid cinephiles will love.

This article is part of the A Movie Gift to You blogathon hosted by Movie Movie Blog Blog

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Pay the Classics Forward for Christmas


Today, I'm paying the classics forward by creating a list of some of my old Hollywood favorites just in time for the holidays. Loretta Young in The Bishop's Wife (1947) is on my list.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

On the Town


Today, I'm celebrating Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday with a look at one of his best MGM musicals, On the Town (1949). Here's Ol' Blue Eyes on the Brooklyn Bridge with costars Jules Munshin (center), and Gene Kelly (right). 

This article is part of the Sinatra Centennial Blogathon hosted by Movie Classics and The Vintage Cameo.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

His Girl Friday


Today, I'm writing about the classic screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940) starring Cary Grant (left), Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy. 

This post is part of the Try It, You'll Like It blogathon hosted by Sister Celluloid and Movies Silently. This blogathon is all about gateway movies that may be able to turn classic film skeptics into old movie fans.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

The Making of Roman Holiday


 Roman Holiday (1953) is coming to the big screen this week in select theaters across the U.S. Here's the story behind the all-time classic romance starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Friday, November 20, 2015

1940 Oscars: Best Supporting Actress



Today, I'm breaking down the 1940 Best Supporting Actress Academy Awards.  The photo above shows winner Jane Darwell (right) receiving her award from actress Lynn Fontanne and Academy President Walter Wanger.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Red River


Today, I'm looking at director Howard Hawks' classic Western Red River (1948) starring John Wayne (left) and Montgomery Clift.

This article is part of the Criterion Blogathon  hosted by Criterion Blues, Speakeasy, and Silver Screenings.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

S.Z. Sakall


Today, I'm looking at the life and career of the beloved old Hollywood character actor S.Z. Sakall. Here he is as Otto Oberkugen in In the Good Old Summertime (1949).

This article is part of the What a Character! blogathon hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled, and Paula's Cinema Club.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The Swan


Today, I'm celebrating Grace Kelly's Nov. 12 birthday with a review of her penultimate film, The Swan (1956). The photo above shows Kelly with co-star Alec Guinness.

This article is part of The Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Treasure Island


Today, I'm celebrating the 100th anniversary of the swashbuckler with an article about the Walt Disney version of Treasure Island (1950) starring Bobby Driscoll (left) as Jim Hawkins and Robert Newton as legendary pirate Long John Silver.

This article is part of the Swashathon hosted by Movies Silently.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Mummy


Today, I'm all wrapped up in the horror classic, The Mummy (1932), starring Boris Karloff.

This article is part of the Universal Pictures Blogathon hosted by Silver Scenes.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

The Silent Film Career of Rin Tin Tin


Today, I'm writing about the silent film career of one of old Hollywood's great canine stars, the original Rin Tin Tin. Here's Rinty in one of the many signed autographs that were distributed by his owner, Lee Duncan. 

This article is part of The Silent Cinema Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Lauren Champkin.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Joad's Journey in The Grapes of Wrath


Today, I'm writing about the Joad's journey from Oklahoma to California in The Grapes of Wrath (1940). This production still shows Dorris Bowdon (left), Jane Darwell, and Henry Fonda packed into the front seat of the family's Hudson Super Six Sedan.

This article is part of the Classic Movie Blog Association's Fall Blogathon on Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Santa Fe Trail: A Viewer's Guide


Cavalry officers George Custer (Ronald Reagan, third from left) and J.E.B. Stuart (Errol Flynn, fourth from left) form a lifelong friendship in Santa Fe Trail (1940).

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Border Incident


Today, I'm writing about the great film noir Border Incident (1949) starring one of old Hollywood's leading Hispanic stars, Ricardo Montalban.

This article is part of Hollywood's Hispanic Heritage Blogathon hosted by Once Upon a Screen.

Friday, October 9, 2015

The Shop Around the Corner and Its Remakes


Today, I'm writing about The Shop Around the Corner (1940) starring Margaret Sullavan and James Stewart, and the two remakes of that classic romantic comedy, In the Good Old Summertime (1949) and You've Got Mail (1998).

This article is for the They Remade What?! blogathon hosted by Phyllis Loves Classic Movies.

Friday, October 2, 2015

What's New on Netflix for Classic Movie Fans


October features a fairly good selection of classic movies on Netflix, especially if you're a fan of Frank Sinatra, Stanley Kubrick, and Laura (1944). Here's Dana Andrews contemplating Gene Tierney's iconic portrait in the classic film noir.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Safety Last!


Today, I'm "falling" into autumn with a celebration of the physical comedy of Harold Lloyd in Safety Last! (1923).

This article is part of the See You in the Fall blogathon hosted by MovieMovieBlogBlog.

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Bad and the Beautiful


Today, I'm celebrating TCM and old Hollywood movies with a look at The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), starring Kirk Douglas and Lana Turner.

This article is part of the TCM Discoveries Blogathon hosted by The Nitrate Diva.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Public Enemy


Today, I'm reviewing the great gangster film, The Public Enemy (1931) starring James Cagney and Edward Woods. 

This article is part of the William Wellman Blogathon hosted by Now Voyaging.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Laurel and Hardy: A Work History


Today, I'm celebrating Labor Day with an article about old Hollywood's two favorite working stiffs, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Above, the boys are a pair of inept fishermen in Towed in a Hole (1932).

Friday, September 4, 2015

The Great Movies: The Bank Dick


Today I'm celebrating W.C. Fields' 100th anniversary with a look at his 1940 film, The Bank Dick. This classic comedy will air at 8 p.m. tonight on TCM.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

An Overview of 1940 in Film



2015 is the 75th anniversary of the films of 1940. Throughout the fall, I'll be celebrating the diamond anniversary of films like The Philadelphia Story, starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, and James Stewart.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Bells of St Mary's


Today, I'm celebrating Ingrid Bergman's 100th birthday with an article about her wonderful performance in The Bells of St. Mary's (1945). Here she is with Bing Crosby in a publicity still for this family drama.

This article is part of The Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema.