Saturday, February 28, 2015

Coming in March


We have a month full of crimes and misdemeanors in store at Old Hollywood Films.

Here's what's coming up in March:
- Our movie of the month is Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) starring James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Ann Sheridan and Humphrey Bogart. We'll be looking at all aspects of this classic gangster film including the famous electric chair scene, the careers of the Dead End Kids and the onscreen partnership between Cagney and O'Brien.
-We'll be celebrating Ingrid Bergman's 100th birthday with an ongoing series about her films. 
-We'll begin a new in-depth series called The Old Hollywood Film School. This month, we'll feature the evolution of the gangster film from its pre-code heyday to postwar films like Key Largo (1948) and White Heat (1949).
-We'll continue our Top 100 Westerns series. Next up is Oklahoma! (1955) starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones.


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An Affair to Remember posts


February is almost over so here's a list of all the articles about our movie of the month, An Affair to Remember (1957), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant

Dream Wife (1953)

Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr are one of old Hollywood's best screen teams thanks to their performances in the romantic classic, An Affair to Remember (1957). The duo made two other films together The Dream Wife (1953) and The Grass is Greener (1960). 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Supporting Players: Sam Jaffe


Sam Jaffe was one of old Hollywood's most sought after character actors appearing in films like Gunga Din (1939), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and Ben Hur (1959), but he was also a talented composer and mathematician.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Top Picks: All About Eve

All About Eve;

The old Hollywood classic All About Eve (1950) is still as fresh, sharp and witty as the day it was made. Above, the cast poses for a publicity still: they are (from left to right) Gary Merrill; Bette Davis; George Sanders; Anne Baxter; Hugh Marlowe and Celeste Holm.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Empire State Building in Old Hollywood Films


The Empire State Building is instantly recognizable to moviegoers around the globe as a New York City landmark and the location for many old Hollywood films. Here, Deborah Kerr contemplates the renowned skyscraper in a beautiful scene from An Affair to Remember (1957).

Monday, February 16, 2015

1950 Oscars: Best Supporting Actor



Today, we're looking at the 1950 Academy Awards for Best Supporting Actor. George Sanders won the Oscar for playing the acerbic theater critic Addison DeWitt in All About Eve. Above, Sanders and actress Mercedes McCambridge share a laugh on Oscar night.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Henry Fonda Dancing



Henry Fonda and John Ford made seven films together during both of their legendary careers. Ford, who had a keen eye for detail, often featured scenes of Fonda performing a peculiar but charming high-stepping dance. The clip above shows Fonda, playing Abraham Lincoln, dancing with Mary Todd (Marjorie Weaver) in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939).

The Essential Films of 1939: Young Mr. Lincoln

Henry Fonda in "Young Mr. Lincoln"

We're featuring Henry Fonda as Honest Abe in a special President's Day edition of the films of 1939.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Movie of the Month


We're already halfway through February so here's a list of all the articles about our movie of the month, An Affair to Remember (1957), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr.

Walter Neff: Old Hollywood's No. 1 Loser at Love

Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck

Here's some old Hollywood consolation for the lovelorn this Valentine's Day. We're sharing six reasons why Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) is old Hollywood's No. 1 loser at love.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Old Hollywood Auteurs: Leo McCarey

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Director Leo McCarey is not as well remembered as John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock and Orson Welles, but he was an influential old Hollywood auteur for more than three decades, making classics like Love Affair (1939), The Awful Truth (1937), Duck Soup (1933) and our movie of the month, An Affair to Remember (1957). The photo above shows McCarey (seated center) directing Beulah Bondi and Victor Moore in Make Way for Tomorrow (1937).

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Laurel and Hardy Commence to Dancing


Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy are charm personifed in this clip from Way Out West (1937). They perform a delightful soft-shoe to At the Ball, That's All (better known as Commence to Dancing).

Top 100 Westerns: Way Out West


This week's Western is Way Out West (1937) starring the legendary comic duo of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. They are with Dinah the mule in this scene from the film.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Supporting Players: Maria Ouspenskaya


Russian actress Maria Ouspenskaya is beloved by generations of horror film fans for her role as the Gypsy woman in The Wolf Man (1941), but for two decades she was one of old Hollywood's most respected character actors.