Monday, June 29, 2015

Coming in July

We'll continue the Summer of Darkness next month on Old Hollywood Films.

Here's what's coming up in July, schedule permitting:
-I'll continue my look at director Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944), starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck. TCM and Fathom Events are bringing this classic film noir to cinemas across the country on July 19 and 20. I'll have a viewer's guide plus more articles about Stanwyck, MacMurray, and Wilder. Here's an article about the real murder that inspired both the novel and film to get you started:
-I'll continue the Noir of the Week feature, which spotlights one film from the Summer of Darkness, TCM's film noir festival that airs every Friday in July.
-I'll celebrate Olivia de Havilland's 99th birthday on July 1 with a look at how the fan magazines covered her career.
-Old Hollywood Films will be part of the 1947 blogathon with a look Lady in the Lake, a highly distinctive film noir from director and star Robert Montgomery. 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Beyond Sunset Boulevard: The Hollywood Noirs of the 1950s

Gloria Swanson - Sunset Boulevard 1950

Today, I'm looking at four films from the early 1950s that changed perceptions of the Hollywood studio system. One of the films is Sunset Boulevard (1950), starring Gloria Swanson (above) as delusional silent film star Norma Desmond.

This article is part of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon hosted by Movies Silently, Silver Screenings, and Once Upon a Screen. Go here for more articles about old Hollywood's golden age.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Film Noir of the Week: The Third Man

Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli in The Third Man

Set your DVRs for this week's film noir. The Third Man (1949), starring Alida Valli and Joseph Cotten (above) will air at  1:15 a.m. June 27 (late Friday night/early Saturday morning) as part of TCM's noir festival, Summer of Darkness. Below, I'll outline the noir elements in this classic Cold War thriller.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Filibuster Scene in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

James Stewart in ‘Mr Smith Goes to Washington’, 1939.

Today, I'm looking at the filibuster scene from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), starring James Stewart (above) as a newly appointed US Senator who makes his last stand on the floor of the Capitol. 

This article is part of The " . . . And Scene!" Blogathon hosted by Sister Celluloid. Go here for more pivotal scenes in classic movies.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The Fortune Cookie

The Fortune Cookie

Today, I'm looking at director Billy Wilder's classic comedy, The Fortune Cookie (1966), starring Jack Lemmon (above) as a man who is faking a spinal injury for a large insurance settlement.

 This article is part of the Billy Wilder Blogathon hosted by Outspoken & Freckled and Once Upon a Screen. Go here, for more articles about one of America's greatest filmmakers.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

TCM Essentials: Here Comes Mr. Jordan


TCM will air Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) at 8 pm June 20 as part of  The Essentials series. This delightful movie features Robert Montgomery (above) as a boxer who returns from the grave. I'll outline five things to look for in this classic comedy.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fan Magazine Flashback: The Big Sleep

Fan Magazine Flashback is an occasional feature on how old Hollywood periodicals covered a certain movie or star. This week I'm looking at the classic film noir, The Big Sleep (1946), starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. This ad from Motion Picture Daily highlights the movie's good reviews. All images are courtesy of The Media History Digital Library.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Film Noir of the Week: The Big Sleep


This week's film noir is one of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's best films. TCM will air The Big Sleep (1946) at 11:30 a.m. June 19 as part of its film noir festival, Summer of Darkness.  I'll outline the noir elements of this classic murder mystery below.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Real Murder That Inspired Double Indemnity

Barbara Stanywck and Fred MacMurray - Double Indemnity 1944

In this photo, Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) and Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) hatch a plot to kill her husband while shopping at the local grocery store in the classic film noir, Double Indemnity (1944). The movie was based on a real murder that was a tabloid sensation in the 1920s.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

TCM Essentials: Bullitt


TCM will air Bullitt (1968) starring Steve McQueen at 8 p.m. June 13 as part of its The Essentials series. Here's five things to look for while watching this classic police procedural.

Christopher Lee: A Life in Film

Today, I'm celebrating the life and films of horror icon Christopher Lee who passed away June 7 in London at age 93. Here he is in a lovely portrait by filmmaker Devlin Crow.

Monday, June 8, 2015

To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief (1955) - still

Today, I'm taking a break on the French Riviera with one of my favorite films, To Catch a Thief (1955). Here are stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in a colorized German ad.

This article is part of The Beach Party Blogathon hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. Go here for more cool entries from the best movie bloggers in the business.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

TCM Essentials: The Man Who Would Be King

The Man Who Would Be King

TCM will air The Man Who Would Be King at 8 p.m. tonight (June 6) as part of its Essentials series. The classic Rudyard Kipling tale stars Saeed Jaffrey (left), Michael Caine, and Sean Connery. I'll outline five things to look for in this action-adventure movie.

The Soldier on the Bell Tower in The Longest Day

Today marks the 71st anniversary of the allied invasion of Europe on June 6, 1944. The 1962 film The Longest Day tells the story of many soldiers and civilians who participated in D-Day, including Pvt. John Steele (above), a paratrooper who is played by Red Buttons in one of the movie's most memorable sequences.