Sunday, May 31, 2015

Coming in June

There'll be plenty of dames and double crosses next month on Old Hollywood Films.

Here's what's coming up in June, schedule permitting:
- Our movie of the month is Billy Wilder's  Double Indemnity (1944), starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, and Edward G. Robinson. I'll be looking at all aspects of this great film noir, including features on MacMurray and Stanwyck's screen partnership and the many noir tropes found throughout Double Indemnity.
-I'll celebrate TCM's Summer of Darkness with a Noir of the Week.
-My top picks will focus on fathers in classic Westerns, starting with Shane (1953).
-Old Hollywood films will be part of three great blogathons. First, I'll take a break on the French Rivieria with a feature on To Catch a Thief (1955) for the Beach Party Blogathon on June 8-12. Then, I'll cover the Hollywood noirs of the early 1950s for the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon on June 26-28. Finally, I'll have a post on the filibuster scene in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) for the "...And Scene!" Blogathon on June 25-28.

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Citizen Kane Posts

Here's a roundup of my posts for Citizen Kane (1941), our movie of the month.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Citizen Kane: A Pioneering Film Noir

Citizen Kane

Orson Welles and the brilliant cast and crew of Citizen Kane (1941) forever changed American film. Today, I'll make the case for why Citizen Kane was influential on the film noir genre that became so popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

Friday, May 29, 2015

TCM Essentials: To Kill a Mockingbird

1962 ... 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

TCM will air To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) at 8 p.m. (May 30) as part of its Essentials series. Here's Mary Badham  and Gregory Peck rehearsing their lines on the set. After the jump, I'll detail five things to look for when watching this classic coming of age story.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Top Picks: Mrs. Miniver

1942 Mrs. Miniver

The top picks for May are movies about devoted mothers. This week I'm featuring Greer Garson as  English matriarch, Mrs. Miniver.  The photo above shows the entire Miniver family attending a church service. They are from left to right Walter Pidgeon; Garson; Christopher Severn; Richard Ney, and Clare Sandars.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Essential Films of 1939: Nurse Edith Cavell

Nurse Edith Cavell is a great choice for a Memorial Day movie. It tells the story of a different kind of war hero: An English nurse who helped prisoners of war return home during World War I.

 The photo above shows Cavell (Anna Neagle) being escorted from her prison cell by a German guard. Just a quick note: I did include spoilers in this article because the movie is based on real events that are widely known.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

TCM Essentials: Friendly Persuasion

TCM will air the historical drama Friendly Persuasion (1956) at 8 p.m. May 23 as part of its Essentials series. The film stars Gary Cooper as a peace-loving Quaker who is trying to keep his family together during the Civil War. I'll outline three things to look for while you're watching after the jump.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Old Hollywood Road Trips: Malabar Farm

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall were married 70 years ago today (May 21) at Malabar Farm in Lucas, Ohio. Here's the happy couple cutting the wedding cake after the ceremony.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Old Hollywood Songs: In a Mizz

This week's old Hollywood song is In a Mizz from Citizen Kane (1941). In the scene above, you can hear the song playing in the background while a reporter (William Alland) is trying to interview Susan Kane (Dorothy Comingore).

Friday, May 15, 2015

TCM Essentials: The Red Shoes

Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes (1948)

The enchanting ballet film, The Red Shoes (1948), starring Moira Shearer, will air at 11:30 p.m. July 7 on TCM as part of its 48-hour marathon of Technicolor films. 

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

I'm celebrating the very first National Classic Movie Day (May 16) with a post about my favorite classic movie,  Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). Here, from left to right, are Jeanne Cagney, James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, and Rosemary DeCamp performing "You're A Grand Old Flag." 

This article is part of the My Favorite Classic Movie Blogathon. Go here for more favorite films from the best classic movie bloggers in the business.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Supporting Players: Everett Sloane


Character actor Everett Sloane appeared on radio and in films and television during his 30-year career, but his is best known today for playing Mr. Bernstein in Citizen Kane (1941).

Saturday, May 9, 2015


Summertime starring Katharine Hepburn

My article for the Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon is on her 1955 film, Summertime. Here's Kate  soaking in the beauty of Venice.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Top Picks: I Remember Mama

Irene Dunne in I Remember Mama

The Top Picks for May will feature films about mothers. This week's movie is I Remember Mama (1948), starring Irene Dunne as a selfless Norwegian immigrant who sacrifices for her children.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Old Hollywood Road Trips: Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., was the model for Charles Foster Kane's palatial estate, Xanadu, in Citizen Kane (1941). The castle, owned by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, was also a gathering place for the old Hollywood elite in the 1920s and 1930s. Here's Clark Gable (far left), Carole Lombard, producer Mervyn LeRoy (standing) and Hearst (seated, far right) at the famous circus party in 1938.