Aug 18, 2008

Monday Serenade: Get Happy



Filmed months after the completion of the rest of the film, this closing number from Summer Stock (1950) shows a slender, happy and buoyant Judy Garland. The number was a far cry from the rest of the production, where she had been bloated, ill and prone to mood swings--reportedly due to her increased dependency on drugs. It was her last film for MGM, the studio where she had grown up.

Aug 17, 2008

Classic Links



Giving Kim Novak her due-- New York Times

Giving Doris Day her due-- Detroit Free Press

Celebrating Mae West’s Birthday-- Mae West Blog

Hitchcock makes a cameo in drag?-- Telegraph

A classic movie starter kit-- TCM/ Movie Morlocks

Advertising: For 60 Years, the Ad Game Has Been Fodder for Scripts-- New York Times


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Aug 15, 2008

Classic Links

Marilyn Monroe 2 and Audrey Hepburn Faces Combined Together -

Audrey Hepburn morphed with Marilyn Monroe. Weird, but sort of pretty!-- Morph Thing

Universal to release all three versions of Orson Welles’ A Touch of Evil-- Zoom in Online

Tilda Swinton’s classic film festival-- Inverness Courier

Olympic Movies You’ve Never Seen-- Cinematical

Aug 13, 2008

Quote of the Day



Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.

-Joan Crawford

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Classic Links



Bette Davis: underrated horror queen?-- AMC

Cary Grant home on track to be named historic site-- Mydesert.com

Four Alfred Hitchcock Secrets-- Mental Floss

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Aug 12, 2008

Jane Russell Woos the Olympic Team



In honor of the Olympic games: Jane Russell flirts with the entire Olympic team in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), but they hardly cast her a glance!

Aug 11, 2008

Classic Links



Mae West biography review-- Film in Focus

New Joan Blondell Biography-- Twenty Four Frames

The oldest restaurant in Hollywood-- Iamnotastalker’s Weblog

Celebrity Ads for Lustre Cream-- Found in Mom’s Basement

A Toddler’s Review of the Classics-- Cinema OCD

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Aug 10, 2008

Aug 9, 2008

Classic Links



Night of the Hunter outtakes to screen at UCLA Film & Television Archive festival-- LA Times

Phillip French’s Screen Legends: Joan Crawford-- The Observer

Mere glimpses of Marilyn in exhibit-- Seattle Times

Taylor hopeful of leaving hospital soon-- Times Now

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Aug 8, 2008

Classic Links




Remembering Hollywood's Hays Code, 40 Years On-- NPR Online

Busby Berkeley: Sex and the Single Girl-- Los Angeles Times

Is the Golden Age of DVD Over?-- Onion AV Club

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Aug 6, 2008

Classic Links



Roger Ebert writes about the discovery of more Metropolis footage--Sun Times

Classe Tous Risques on DVD--Onion AV Club

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Aug 5, 2008