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R.I.P. Dorothy Provine— LA Times

The poolside screening of Neptune’s Daughter (1949) at the TCM film fest-- What Makes Jeffy Run?

How many TV Batman villains can you name in eight minutes? (I cheated w/ my Batman post and I still only guessed 20)-- Mental Floss

This is a great clip of Robert Osborne getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (I think it’s way more impressive that he was friends with Bette Davis) I love the interview; he’s such a nice guy. And look at all the stars that came out to celebrate with him. Jane Powell looks great!-- Classic Film Addict

Fair use, and how to prevent wrongful YouTube take-downs-- Mental Floss

Classic Links

The new Katharine Hepburn stamp (I wish they would have used a pic of her in that bug costume from Christopher Strong (1933); that would have been too fabulous!)--The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center

More from the TCM Film Fest: the screening of Joan Crawford’s home movies, presented by her grandson, and a bit about the Temple Drake screening/restoration (I love the name of this blog.)-- What Makes Jeffy Run?

This pic of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman is the definition of happiness— Via Margutta 51

More about Marilyn Monroe’s writings-- Guardian

A review of the Torrid Zone (1940). Ann Sheridan and James Cagney are hilarious in this movie; I don’t know why it isn’t better known.-- And Then I Watched

Classic Links

Happy Birthday Ann-Margret!— All Good Things

A trailer for the version of Metropolis (1927) with newly-discovered footage-- Live For Films

A review of Cash (1933) Cinema OCD

An interview with Anjelica and Danny Huston at the screening of the Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) at the TCM festival. I think it’s touching that they both miss their father’s voice— Dear Old Hollywood Marilyn Monroe’s writings to be published in FragmentsAlt Film Guide

Look at all these Audrey Hepburn cartoons on Flickr! It's interesting to see the different ways she has inspired people-- Flickr (thank you to Clara of Via Marguta 51 for letting me know about Christine Norrie. A search for her art led me to the Audrey pics.)

I love this pic of Gary Cooper and Clara Bow— Vintage Images

Classic Links

Tony Curtis has a blog! He has posted a lot of pics from the TCM festival. (I think it’s cute how attached he is to his cowboy hat) Thanks to Tom from Motion Picture Gems for the tip-- Tony Curtis: The Art of Hollywood

The TCM Classic Film Fest is returning in 2011— Cinematical

So much delightful pic spam this week! Here’s another nice gallery— It'll Take the Snap Out of Your Garters!

A review of The Mark of Zorro (1940) with Tyrone Power— Classic Movie Digest

Hmm, this Audrey Hepburn cartoon doesn’t look as charming as I would have expected. Something is a bit off about it.-- Comic Book Resources

TV Tuesday: Shelley Winters With a Friendly Tax Reminder



This tax PSA with Shelley Winters has one of the most bizarre sudden close-ups I've ever seen. I had to watch it a couple times just to get over that "what the heck?" feeling (I didn't totally get over it either). Too bad I didn't find this a few weeks ago, during tax time here in the US!

Classic Links

Another positive review of the TCM Classic Film Fest-- Dear Old Hollywood

Ten great Edward G. Robinson movies. I really like this list.— Riku Writes

I can’t believe Clint Eastwood is 80!— The Guardian

A gallery of party girl Lana Turner out on the town— Film Noir Photos

A lovely gallery of Frances Farmer pics-- Vintage Belle

I love this fantastic audio quiz! Guess the actor voice. (some of them are really hard)-- Sidewalk Crossings

I can’t remember if I’ve shared a link from this blog before. Lots of nice reviews here: brief, snappy, and delightfully honest.-- Persblancs Classic B-Movie Reviews

Monday Serenade: Bea Arthur and Rock Hudson Sniff, Swig and Puff



It has been a year since Bea Arthur left us. Let's remember the great lady with a song about drugs and alcohol! Arthur may not have been a big movie star, but she had her moments (she's the only thing in Mame (1974) that I found remotely entertaining). Rock Hudson adds Hollywood mojo to their duet of Sniff, Swig, Puff on Arthur's 1980 television special.

Quote of the Week

Black and white are the most ravishing colors of all in film.

-Penelope Gilliatt (English writer)

Classic Links

A tribute to the genius of costume designer Glibert Adrian— GlamourSplash

The restoration of Too Late for Tears (1949) has hit a roadblock—and the Film Noir Foundation needs more funds— The Night Editor

Sophia Loren’s words of wisdom always inspire me— The Life, Times and Thoughts of a Classic Filmfan

Hulu is going to start charging $9.95/month for portions of the site (so far, it appears that movies will remain free)-- Cinematical

A new collection of Deanna Durbin flicks is coming to DVD! (including one of my favorites Because of Him (1946), with her best costar, Charles Laughton)-- The Amazing Deanna Durbin

Here are some dispatches from the TCM Classic Film Festival:

The Kitty Packard Pictorial
Ingrid Bergman Life and Films

Classic Links

Eli Wallach is still working at 94!— Reuters

Ronald Reagan and James Dean on television, together— On the Marquee

A rant against the use of the word “Hitchockian”— Cinematical

A nice pic. of Gable and Lombard— Vintage Photos

The Lammys are coming up soon. I haven’t thought much about who to vote for, but I’ve got a perfect suggestion for “most prolific”  ;-) Get well soon Ivan!

Classic Links

It is the second anniversary of this awesome quote from Lizabeth Scott (I like to picture her saying that last line.)— IMDB

I like the striking B&W posters for the TCM Film Festival— Backwoods Fashionista(The Kitty Packard Pictoral)

The Stranger (1946): how one actor can elevate a good film to great-- Riku Writes

Pics of Grace Kelly in pretty dresses. That’s all well and good, but I think she looks adorable in glasses, a headscarf and pedal pushers. Could we get a gallery of those kinds of pics?— Vogue UK

Classic Links

I love this pic. of William Wyler and Audrey Hepburn. Each of them is charming in their own way— If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats

A nice small town press story of a local silent movie star-- Times Union

Lots of thoughtful reviews today:

Holy cow, this is an epic review of Interrupted Melody (1955)-- And Then I Watched

Small Town Girl (1936) with Janet Gaynor and TCM’s Star of the Month Robert Taylor-- Immortal Ephemera

This is a nice assessment of Grace Kelly’s performance in The Country Girl (1954)- Another Old Movie Blog

A review of Manpower (1941), with Marlene Dietrich and George Raft-- Noir and Chick Flicks

TV Tuesday: Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire for Western Airlines



How have I never heard of this commercial? What a find! Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire are charming in this 1985 ad for Western Airlines, though it is a shame they don't dance. I love how Astaire always wore those fancy scarves around his neck; he had such a relaxed, but sophisticated style. And check out those shoes!

Classic Links

A talk with Ray Harryhausen. He’s not only brilliant, but a nice guy— The Telegraph

Philip French’s screen legends: James Dean— The Guardian

A wonderful story about Myrna Loy and Betty Grable visiting soldiers in the hospital, from Loy’s auotobiography— Self-Styled Siren

Check out these links to articles on the Film Noir Foundation site that Ivan has shared— Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

Review Round-up—

Heavenly Body (1944) (Laura's Miscellaneous Musings)
Her Cardboard Lover (1942) (Noodle in a Haystack)

Monday Serenade: Pre-code Chorus Girls



I love this rendition of Who's Your Little Who-Zis? from the pre-code drama, Night World (1932). The chorus girls carelessly prance through their routine as if they are working on an assembly line. They know they're not on Broadway, and they're not going to work any harder than their pay grade. Still, it's a lively number, and the sassy between-lyrics chatter of Mae Clarke and company gives it extra zing.

Quote of the Week



On the stage you try to act real. On the screen you try to be real.

-Shirley MacLaine

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Saturday Newsreel: Hollywood on Parade (1933)

This is actually just part of the Hollywood on Parade newsreel. A doorman scrambles to get movie star autographs for a star-struck little boy. The glamorous stars--all decked out for a costume party--include Charlie Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Jeanette Macdonald,George Raft, Jean Harlow, and Miriam Hopkins.

Classic Birthdays


Anne Shirley (1918-1993)
William Holden (1918-1981)

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Classic Links

I haven’t seen a lot of these classic actress photos. There’s some great shots here— Digs Frocks and Books

Celebrating Baby Peggy (it's nice to see she's still making public appearances)-- Examiner

There's lots of nice detail in this post about A Woman's Face (1941) with Joan Crawford, but I would have posted it just for the great quote in the beginning-- Movie Morlocks/TCM

A nice collection of capsule reviews of the entire Thin Man series-- All Good Things

Classic Links

Hollywood Walk of Fame 101: take a virtual tour of the famous sidewalk-- The Kitty Packard Pictorial

Review Round-up:

Devil’s Doorway (1950)-- Mondo 70
Man With a Movie Camera (1928)-- Silent Volume
Bigger Than Life (1956)-- Korova Theatre
Penelope (1966)-- Black and White: Cinema and Chocolate

Classic Links

A review of the pre-code flick The Last Flight (1931)-- TCM/Movie Morlocks

Check out this Robert Mitchum documentary. It’s free on Hulu-- Out of the Past

I love these stunning screenshots from Ryan’s Daughter (1970)-- Out of the Past

More info. about the return of the Myrna Loy statue to Venice High School-- Cinematical

Dean Martin in The Silencers (1966)-- She Blogged By Night

Classic Links

Pics of Hitchcock on the set with his gorgeous stars— Film Noir Photos

Meeting the cast of West Side Story (1961)— Motion Picture Gems

A review: Green Hell (1940)— Cinema OCD

Elizabeth Taylor is not getting married— IMDB

George Raft and his mini heart attacks-- And. . .Scene

A blogger is working to collect the available radio broadcasts and recorded works of Orson Welles. There’s a lot of great material here.-- Museum of Orson Welles(via The Moving Pictures)

Marilyn Monroe’s x-ray to be auctioned. She had a lot of health issues; I hope this isn't the start of a trend.-- IMDB

TV Tuesday: James Mason on What's My Line?



James Mason struggles to disguise his elegantly distinctive voice in this 1956 episode of What's My Line? He is promoting the drug addiction drama Bigger Than Life (1956), which is now finally available on DVD--woo hoo!

Classic Links

Restored statue of Myrna Loy returns to Venice High School— Laura's Miscellenous Musings

I’m curious about this new book: Inside the Hollywood Fan Magazine, by Anthony Slide-- TCM

Munchkin coroner from The Wizard of Oz (1939) passes away at 94— Yahoo News

The sad story of child actor Bobby Driscoll-- Isn't Life Terrible ( via The Night Editor)

Gene Kelly’s widow sues over trading cards-- The Hollywood Reporter

Debbie Reynolds claims Marilyn Monroe was murdered-- IMDB

Monday Serenade: The Boswell Sisters



Martha, Connie and Vet Boswell sing Crazy People in this clip from The Big Broadcast (1932). Billed as The Boswell Sisters, the family act from New Orleans was primarily a 1930s radio sensation, though they did appear in a few Hollywood musicals and short features. Though the trio’s style was wild, with unpredictable changes in key and tempo, they were always sharply in-sync. In performance, they often even moved in unison, as if they were a single body. Connie, who was wheelchair-bound due to a childhood bout with Polio, would change her name to Connee, and go on to a successful solo career career. Her style was a major influence on Ella Fitzgerald.

Check out Bozzies.com for more information about the Boswell Sisters

Classic Birthdays


Paul Douglas (1907-1959)
Oleg Cassini (1913-2006)

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Quote of the Week



This is not a tough job. You read a script. If you like the part and the money is O.K., you do it. Then you remember your lines. You show up on time. You do what the director tells you to do. When you finish, you rest and then go on to the next part. That's it.

-Robert Mitchum

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Saturday Newsreel: The Premiere of The Ten Commandments



I'm putting the Saturday Morning Cartoon on hiatus for a while, and trying something new. I've been finding lots of amusing newsreels lately, so I'll be sharing those with you for at least the next few weeks--maybe longer!

This reel is of the star-packed premiere of Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments in 1956. The glamorous bunch includes Commandments stars Ann Baxter, Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner and Edward G. Robinson, in addition to William Holden, John Wayne, Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis.

Classic Links

I love this story about a scene that didn’t make the final cut of the Rogers and Astaire musical Carefree (1938)-- Silver Screen Dream

Nice Mary Pickford birthday celebration post from yesterday-- Mental Floss

Kate Gabrielle has a bunch of new movies available-- Silents and Talkies

Making money off Marlon Brando. This makes me sad-- Variety

A great interview with "The Ambassador of Noir" Eddie Muller-- Parallax View(via Laura's Miscellaneous Musings)

Classic Links

Grace Kelly in Vanity Fair— The Kitty Packard Pictorial

This Marlene Dietrich quote is funny. I’ve heard that she was quite the hausfrau-- Lazlos on Lex

A review of Lady of the Tropics (1939), with Hedy Lamarr-- Noir and Chick Flicks

The delightfully bad Kitten With a Whip (1964)— Twenty-four Frames

Classic Links

Oh to have all day to watch Warner Archives titles— ClassicFlix

Their Own Desire (1929) with Norma Shearer--now on DVD!-- Out of the Past

The Guilty Pleasure Syndrome or: How I Learned to Not Care If People Know I'm a Mickey Rooney Fan-- Hollywood Dreamland

A nice profile of silent movie star Nita Naldi with pics-- Vintage Venus

Classic Birthdays


James Garner (82)
Walter Winchell (1897-1972)

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Classic Links

The opening credits to Alice in Wonderland (1933). That’s a lot of stars! I must see this-- Classic Film Addict

The ultimate Shirley Temple quiz-- AMC

I love this picture of six-year-old Leslie Caron-- Mail Online

Guess the movie drivers-- Another Old Movie Blog

A fascinating analysis of Metropolis(1927) with lots of pics-- David Bordwell

Yet another classic movie fan succumbs to the allure of George Sanders!-- Cinema OCD

Is Doris Day Actually 86?

I received this e-mail from Jazz musician Jim Martinez this morning. I thought you all would find it interesting:

"Found out on 4/3/10 that Doris is only 86 years old, not 88. Her mother lied about her age so she could join the Big Bands at 16...said she was 18. :-) We did three tribute concerts to her in Carmel and we even spoke to Doris on the phone Saturday afternoon! But she was actually born in 1924, not 1922."

I wouldn't be surprised if this were true. She was certainly not the first young woman to lie about her age in order to get a job in show business!

Check out the tribute concert site here.

TV Tuesday: Marilyn Monroe on the Jack Benny Show



Marilyn Monroe and Jack Benny are low-key, but silly in this 1953 sketch on Benny's show. Monroe sings Bye Bye Baby, from her recent movie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Though she wasn't known for her pipes, I think she could really sell a song.

Classic Links

There was a wonderful radio birthday tribute to Doris Day this past Saturday:
Here are the details-- Doris Day Tribute
Here’s a link to the mp3s of the four hour tribute (Doris calls in to chat in part seven—she sounded great!)-- Doris Day Tribute

Recalling Lubitsch— The Huffington Post J

ohn Forsyth obituary— The Guardian

Part II of moirafinnie's tribute to the brilliant Helen Walker-- Movie Morlocks/TCM

I need to move to Maryland-- The Night Editor

Monday Serenade: Bette Davis Sings on a Quiz Show



Behold--the glorious horror of Bette Davis singing Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte on a 1965 episode of the quiz show, I've Got a Secret. Love her. A perfect way to celebrate the birthday of the gutsy, unique actress who sparked my interest in classic Hollywood--and who I still deeply admire.

Quote of the Week



In those days, young stars, male and female, were all virgins until married, and if divorced, they returned magically to that condition.

-Shelley Winters

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Happy Birthday to Doris Day



Happy 88th Birthday to Doris Day! I hope that you are happy and enjoying your special day.

The clip is Ms. Day being charming while accepting her Cecil B. De Mille award at the 1989 Golden Globe ceremony. I love that brief shot of Robert Mitchum in the crowd. (There's a 10 second ad before the clip starts.)

Saturday Morning Cartoon: Just a Gigolo (1932)



Betty Boop makes a brief appearance as a cigarette girl and mistress of ceremonies in this sassy animation/live action hybrid set in a nightclub. That's French singer and actress Irene Bordoni singing the title tune. Though Bordoni found her greatest success on Broadway, she did sing in a few Hollywood musicals. She was a huge influence on 1920's fashion--inspiring many women to emulate her short bangs.

Classic Links

The seven wonders of Preston Sturges-- Vanity Fair

A lovely tribute to Norma Shearer-- Out of the Past

What’s hot in Hollywood collectibles-- Seattle Times

Tony Curtis: painter- Las Vegas Review Journal

A great shot of Stanwyck, Cooper and Flynn-- If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats

Another great story about the TCM showing of North by Northwest in Chicago— Spectacular Cinema

Classic Links

Even if you don’t know Marni Nixon’s name, you probably know her singing voice--Ottawa Citizen

This interview with Olivia de Havilland has been out for a while, but I wanted to make sure you all saw it--London Evening Standard

A great interview with film noir advocates Eddie Muller and Alan K. Rode— LA Times

Ten movies and shows affected by the Hays code— Mental Floss

Thanks for the praise Dawn! (You ought to check out Noir and Chick Flicks; Dawn has done some great posts about silent movie stars lately)— Noir and Chick Flicks

Classic Birthdays


Lon Chaney (1883-1930)
Debbie Reynolds (78)
Jonathan Haze (81)
ToshirĂ´ Mifune (1920-1997)
Mary Miles Minter (1902-1984)
Wallace Beery (1885-1949)

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