Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Women of Old Hollywood: Greta Garbo in Anna Christie and Camille


This article is the first in an occasional series about the portrayal of women in old Hollywood films. Today, my focus is on Greta Garbo's roles in Anna Christie (photo above) and Camille (1936).

This article is also part of The Greta Garbo Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)


Today, I'm writing about the World War I drama All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), starring Lew Ayres (left) and Louis Wolheim. 

This article is part of Banned and Blacklisted: The CMBA Fall 2017 Blogathon. You can read the other entries  here

Monday, November 13, 2017

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Grace Kelly: A Life in Photos


Here's an old Hollywood photo gallery about the life and career of Grace Kelly.

This article is part of The Third Wonderful Grace Kelly Blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema. 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Nov. 6, 2017


The holiday classic The Shop Around the Corner is airing this Wednesday on TCM. It stars James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as a pair of bickering store employees who are secret pen pals.

The Egg and I


Today, I'm reviewing The Egg and I (1947). This delightful comedy stars Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert as a newlywed couple who take up chicken farming.

This article is part of the Food in Film Blogathon hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)


Today, I'm reviewing Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961). This science-fiction film about a submarine crew who are trying to save the world from a deadly heat wave stars Walter Pidgeon and Joan Fontaine (photo above).

This article is part of The Joan Fontaine Centenary Blogathon hosted by In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and The Wonderful World of Cinema.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Oct. 23, 2017


TCM is airing a centenary tribute to actor Joan Fontaine on Wednesday. The lineup includes her Academy Award-winning performance in director Alfred Hitchcock's thriller Suspicion (photo above).

Friday, October 20, 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Making of the Spanish Language Version of Dracula (1931)


Today, I'm writing about the making of the Spanish language version of the horror classic, Dracula (1931). The film stars Carlos Villarias as Count Dracula and Lupita Tovar as his beautiful victim.

This article is part of Hollywood's Hispanic Heritage Blogathon 2017 hosted by Once Upon a Screen. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

1001 Classic Movies: The War of the Worlds (1953)


The War of the Worlds (1953) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. This science fiction classic shows a Martian army (the creature in the photo) destroying downtown Los Angeles.

Monday, October 9, 2017

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Oct. 9, 2017


TCM is airing a two-day tribute to producer/director George Pal on Wednesday and Thursday. The lineup includes the science-fiction classic The Time Machine starring Rod Taylor.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Sept. 25, 2017


TCM is airing a night of Dracula films on Sunday. The lineup includes Bela Lugosi in the 1931 Universal Pictures horror film.

Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins


Today, I'm writing about two old Hollywood films starring Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins. The photo above shows the two leading ladies in the 1939 woman's picture The Old Maid.

This article is part of The Duo Double Feature Blogathon hosted by The Flapper Dame and Phyllis Loves Classic Movies. This blogathon is all about classic movie stars who appeared in two films together.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of Sept. 18, 2017


TCM is airing a night of films on Friday that were on a recent BBC list of The 100 Greatest Comedies of All Time. Some Like It Hot starring Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon (pictured above) was No. 1 on that list.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Biography of a Movie Monster: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


Today, I'm writing about the old Hollywood versions of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The photo above shows Fredric March as a gruesome Mr. Hyde in the 1931 film.

This article is part of the Movie Scientist Blogathon hosted by Christina Wehner and Silver Screenings.

Friday, September 8, 2017

1001 Classic Movies: The Manchurian Candidate


The Manchurian Candidate (1962) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. The political thriller stars Laurence Harvey as a disturbed Korean War veteran and Angela Lansbury as his domineering mother.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

National Velvet


Today, I'm reviewing National Velvet (1945). The classic family film stars Elizabeth Taylor as a young girl who rides her beloved horse in the Grand National race.

 This article is part of The 2017 Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film. Aug. 31 is Taylor's SUTS Day.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Paradine Case


Today, I'm reviewing The Paradine Case (1947). Director Alfred Hitchcock's courtroom drama is about a mysterious woman (Alida Valli) who may have murdered her blind husband.

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Old Hollywood Songs: Jailhouse Rock


Today, I'm writing about the story behind the song Jailhouse Rock from the 1957 musical of the same name. The movie stars Elvis Presley as a convict turned rock 'n' roll star.

This article is part of The 2017 Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film. Aug. 16 is Presley's SUTS Day.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Old Hollywood Top Five: Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers Dance Numbers


Today, I'm counting down my five favorite Ginger Rogers-Fred Astaire dance numbers. The photo above shows the legendary duo in Top Hat (1935).

This article is part of The 2017 Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film. Aug. 11 is Rogers' SUTS Day.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

1001 Classic Movies: On the Town


On the Town (1949) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. The musical stars Frank Sinatra (left), Jules Munshin, and Gene Kelly as three sailors who are on shore leave in New York City.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Lon Chaney: A Life in Film


Today, I'm writing about the great actor Lon Chaney, one of the most talented and original minds to ever appear in old Hollywood films.

This article is part of The 2017 Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Journeys in Classic Film. Aug. 3 is Chaney's SUTS day.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)


Today, I'm writing about director F. W. Murnau's silent masterpiece Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927). It stars George O'Brien and Janet Gaynor as a married couple who quarrel and then reconcile in a 24-hour period.

This article is part the 'Till Death Us Do Part: To Love, Honor and. . .Murder blogathon hosted by Cinemaven's Essays from the Couch.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Classic Movie Marathon Link Party #17


I'm co-hosting this week's Classic Movie Marathon Link Party with Elaine of Classic Movie Treasures and Paddy from Caftan Woman. Feel free to jump in and share your articles and links about everything and anything classic-movie related.

Jamaica Inn (1939)


Today, I'm writing about the Alfred Hitchcock-directed swashbuckler Jamaica Inn (1939). It stars Maureen O'Hara and Robert Newton as two young people who are caught up with a gang of smugglers in 19th century Cornwall.

This article is part of the Swashathon: A Blogathon of Swashbuckling Adventure hosted by Movies Silently.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of July 17, 2017


Rear Window (1954) is one of the Alfred Hitchcock-directed films airing on TCM this week. It stars Grace Kelly and James Stewart as a couple who spy a murder through an apartment window.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

1001 Classic Movies: Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison


Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. It stars Deborah Kerr and Robert Mitchum as a nun and Marine who are stranded on a remote island during World War II.

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Classic Movie Marathon Link Party #16


I'm co-hosting this week's Classic Movie Marathon Link Party with Elaine of Classic Movie Treasures and Paddy from Caftan Woman. Feel free to jump in and share your articles and links about everything and anything classic-movie related.