Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Under the Stars Guide: Gene Tierney

Old Hollywood Films will be seeing stars throughout August. I'll be posting articles photos and videos here and/or on social media to coincide with TCM's Summer Under the Stars, a film festival celebrating a different actor each day in August.  First up, is Gene Tierney, one of the most beautiful stars of the 1940's.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Movies That Haven't Aged Well: Doctor Zhivago

Today, I'm participating in The Movies That Haven't Aged Well blogathon with a post about Doctor Zhivago (1965) starring Julie Christie and Omar Sharif (center). This event is hosted by MovieMovieBlogBlog.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Classic Book Corner: Keepers by Richard Schickel

Today, I'm reviewing Keepers: The Greatest Films -- and Personal Favorites -- of a Moviegoing Lifetime by critic Richard Schickel. This review is part of the Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by Out of the Past.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Film Noir of the Week: Kansas City Confidential


This week's noir is one of the best heist movies ever made. TCM will air Kansas City Confidential starring Jack Elam and Neville Brand as hooded robbers at 1:15 p.m. July 24 as part of its film noir festival, Summer of Darkness. A viewer's guide to this classic crime story is below.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Making of Double Indemnity

TCM and Fathom Events are bringing Double Indemnity starring Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck to movie screens across the US on July 19 and 20. If you haven't seen it, you're in for a rare treat; if you have, now is a great time to revisit this film noir classic. This article features vintage ads from Double Indemnity's original run.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Lady in the Lake

Today, I'm reviewing Lady in the Lake, starring Robert Montgomery and Audrey Totter, which is one of the most unusual films noir ever made.

This review is part of the 1947 blogathon hosted by The Dark Pages and Speakeasy.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Film Noir of the Week: Kiss Me Deadly

If you like your film noir with a heaping helping of cold war paranoia, then this week's movie is right up your alley. TCM will air Kiss Me Deadly (1955) starring Ralph Meeker and  Leigh Snowden (above) at 9:45 p.m. July 10 as part of its film noir festival, Summer of Darkness. A viewer's guide for this classic noir/science fiction mash-up is below.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The History of Technicolor in 10 Scenes, Part I

Today, I'm featuring some of my favorite Technicolor scenes from old Hollywood films. Here's The Scarecrow (Ray Bolger, left), The Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), Dorothy (Judy Garland), and The Tin Man (Jack Haley) on their way to meet the Wizard in the Technicolor masterpiece, The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Film Noir of the Week: White Heat

James Cagney in White Heat

There's plenty of fireworks in this week's film noir. White Heat (1949), featuring James Cagney (above) as trigger-happy gangster Cody Jarrett, will air at 6 p.m. July 3 as part of TCM's film noir festival, Summer of Darkness. I'll outline the noir elements in this classic gangster movie below.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fan Magazine Flashback: Olivia de Havilland

Today, I'm celebrating Olivia de Havilland's 99th birthday with a look at how the fan magazines covered her legendary career. Above, is a lovely 1938 portrait from the Spanish-language magazine, Cinemundial. The caption reads, "one of the youngest and brightest stars in the Warner Brother's constellation." All images are courtesy of the Media History Digital Library.