Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Coming in April 2016


April showers will bring a month-filled with Shakespeare and song to Old Hollywood films.

Here's what's coming up in April:

* TCM's star of the month is Judy Garland. I'll have a guide to the month's films on April 1.  Plus I'll write four articles about Garland's best known songs each Friday, beginning on April 8 with "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz (1939).

* I'll continue the 1001 classic movies series with four Shakespearean-inspired films. Go here for the full list and a little background.

I've got quite a few good blogathons coming up in April.

* First up is my review of The Letter for The Bette Davis Blogathon on April 5.

* I'll look at The Heiress (1949) on April 9 for  Beyond the Cover: The Books to Film Blogathon, which is all about movies adapted from books (The Heiress is based on Henry James 1880 novella, Washington Square).

* I'll have an essay about the character of Holly Martins (played by Joseph Cotten) in the classic Cold War thriller, The Third Man (1949) for the Classic Movie Blog Association's spring blogathon. It runs from April 11 through April 15.

* I'll review The Bridges of Toko-Ri (1954) on April 16 for The Golden Boy Blogathon: A William Holden Celebration .

* Finally, I'll take a look at the life and times of legendary movie stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton on April 23 for The Star-Studded Couple Blogathon.

* I'll also have the weekly TCM guide every Sunday, and, if time permits, a look at what's new on Netflix, DVD, and Blu-ray, and a celebration of Gregory Peck's centennial (the iconic leading man was born April 5, 1916).

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Conflict Episode of The Waltons


Today, I'm writing about my favorite episode of the classic seventies TV show, The Waltons.

This article is part of the Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon hosted by A Shroud of Thoughts.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

1001 Classic Movies: Biblical Epics


Throughout March, I celebrated the 60th anniversary of The Ten Commandments with a look at that film and two other classics featuring Biblical characters.

Ben-Hur (1959): A Jewish prince living in Roman occupied Palestine has a life-changing encounter with Jesus Christ.

The Ten CommandmentsDirector Cecil B. DeMille's all-star extravaganza about the life of Moses (Charlton Heston) is still one of the most popular old Hollywood movies.

Quo Vadis (1951): This classic tale of Christians who are persecuted by the Emperor Nero (Peter Ustinov) is both over-the-top and touching.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of March 14, 2016


The Asphalt Jungle (1950), starring Louis Calhern (left), Sterling Hayden, Jean Hagen, and Sam Jaffe, is one of the old Hollywood favorites airing on TCM this week.

Road to Singapore


Today, I'm writing about The Road to Singapore (1940), starring Judith Barrett (left), Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, and Bob Hope.

This article is part of Dorothy Lamour: The "Dot" Blogathon hosted by Font & Frock and Silver Screenings.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Dorothy Lamour: Fashion Icon of Old Hollywood


Today, I'm looking at actress Dorothy Lamour's influence on the fashion industry. Her trademark sarongs, which were originally designed by Edith Head, became a fashion craze in the late 1930's.

This article is part of Dorothy Lamour: The "Dot" Blogathon hosted by Font & Frock and Silver Screenings.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Films of Mary Pickford


Today, I'm taking an in-depth look at the films of Mary Pickford, one of the great stars of silent film.

This article is part of The Marathon Stars Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and The Wonderful World of Cinema. This blogathon is a way for classic movie bloggers to explore the films of an actor or actress whose work they want to study in-depth.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

1001 Classic Movies: Love and Marriage Hitchcock Style


The great director Alfred Hitchcock is known as the master of suspense, but many of his movies also featured marriages as part of the plot. 

Mr and Mrs. Smith (1941): This is Hitchcock's only screwball comedy. It's about the complications that arise when a couple (Robert Montgomery and Carole Lombard) finds out their marriage isn't valid.

Rebecca (1940): A socially awkward newlywed (Joan Fontaine) must deal with the lingering presence of her aristocratic husband's first wife in this adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's novel.

Rear Window (1954): A photographer (James Stewart) and his girlfriend (Grace Kelly) become amateur sleuths after they seem to witness a neighbor (Raymond Burr) killing his bedridden wife.

Suspicion (1941): A shy young woman (Fontaine) begins to suspect that her husband (Cary Grant) is trying to kill her.

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956): An American couple (Stewart and Doris Day) become enmeshed in an assassination plot while vacationing in North Africa.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hamlet (1948): A Medieval Film Noir


Today, I'm commemorating the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death a bit early (it's April 23) with a look at Laurence Olivier's film noir-inspired take on the bard's great tragedy, Hamlet.

This article is part of the In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb Blogathon hosted by MovieMovieBlogBlog, which is all about movies classic film bloggers didn't think they would like but actually ended up enjoying.