Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Coming in September


Get ready for some fabulous this fall, because Old Hollywood Films is ushering in autumn with a heaping helping of Miss Bette Davis.

* The good folks at Warner Archive are re-releasing five of Bette's best movies. In celebration, I'll have a new review every Friday starting on Sept. 2 with Bette's complex portrayal of a murderess in the classic noir, The Letter (1940).

* This year's Academy Award winner for best picture, Spotlight, has brought back attention to the good, old fashioned newspaper movie. In September, I'll continue the 1001 classic movie series by looking at three of the best old Hollywood films about the printed page: the screwball comedy His Girl Friday (1940), the noir The Sweet Smell of Success (1957), and the Western, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.

* TCM is celebrating fall with a month of classic slapstick movies. I'll have articles about Charlie Chaplin's The Gold Rush (1925) and Mack Sennett, plus daily social media posts. You can follow me on TumblrGoogle+ or Pinterest or like Old Hollywood Film's page on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter @oldhollywood21.

There's some great blogathons in September.

* First, I'll write about MGM's version of college life in the glossy musical Good News (1947) for The Back to School Blogathon on Sept. 2-5.

* Next, I'll celebrate British actress Margaret Lockwood's 100th birthday with a review of her great performance in the noir Bedelia (1946) for The Margaret Lockwood Centennial Blogathon on Sept. 13-15.

* I'll investigate Margaret Rutherford's Miss Marple movies for The Queen of Crime: Agatha Christie Blogathon on Sept. 16-18.

* Finally, I'll wrap up the month with a review of director Howard Hawks' classic thriller The Thing From Another World (1951) for Keep Watching the Skies: Science Fiction Movies From the 1950s Blogathon on Sept. 26-28.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

1001 Classic Movies: 2016 Summer Under the Stars


The August theme coincided with TCM's Summer Under the Stars film festival, which celebrates a different actor each day in August. I featured five great films from each Monday's honorees starting with Edward G. Robinson (above).

Scarlet Street (1945): Robinson plays a meek artist who gets entangled with femme fatale Joan Bennett and her slimy boyfriend (Dan Duryea) in this Fritz Lang-directed film noir.

Million Dollar Mermaid (1952): Esther Williams plays aquatic star Annette Kellerman in this biopic that features several elaborate Busby Berkeley numbers.

How Green Was My Valley (1941): Roddy McDowall is superb as the youngest son of a Welsh coal-mining family in director John Ford's elegiac masterpiece.

They Were Expendable (1945): Navy veteran Robert Montgomery co-stars with John Wayne and Donna Reed in this story of a PT boat crew stationed in The Philippines during World War II.

Algiers (1938): Charles Boyer rocks the Casbah as jewel thief Pepe le Moko, who is hiding out from the authorities while also romancing Hedy Lamarr.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Boris Karloff: The Man as Monster


Today, I'm writing about the monsters played by Boris Karloff in the horror films of the 1930s. The photo above shows Karloff as Frankenstein's monster in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935).

This article is part of the 2016 Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film.

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Spiral Staircase


Today, I'm reviewing the classic film noir The Spiral Staircase (1946), starring Ethel Barrymore (left) and Dorothy McGuire.

This article is part of The Second Annual Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Old Hollywood Villains: Eve Harrington in All About Eve


Today, I'm writing about the character of Eve Harrington as played by Anne Baxter in the classic backstage drama, All About Eve (1950).

This article is part of The 2016 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Fallen Idol


Today, I'm reviewing the classic British noir, The Fallen Idol (1948), starring Bobby Henrey and Ralph Richardson.

This article is part of The 2016 TCM Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Leave Her to Heaven


Today, I'm reviewing the classic film noir Leave Her to Heaven (1945), starring Gene Tierney.

This article is part of the The Film Noir Blogathon hosted by The Midnite Drive-In.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Great Expectations (1946)


Today, I'm reviewing director David Lean's adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novel, Great Expectations (1946), starring Valerie Hobson and John Mills.

This article is part of The Third Annual British Invasion Blogathon hosted by A Shroud of Thoughts.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Star Machine


Today, I'm writing about how the old Hollywood studios created  movie stars. The photo above shows MGM chief Louis B. Mayer proudly posing with his stable of stars in 1943.

This article is part of the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon hosted by Movies Silently, Silver Screenings, and Once Upon a Screen.