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--

Four Alfred Hitchcock Secrets-- Mental Floss

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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

Classic Links

The BFI honors Clint Eastwood--

Godard: Everything is Cinema--The Guardian

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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

Classic Links

TCM’s Summer Under the Stars

All time worst beach movies-- NPR Online

Jul 6, 2008

Classic Links

TCM Salutes Rosalind Russell in July--

A Blast of Silence on DVD-- The Onion AV Club

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Jul 4, 2008

Jul 2, 2008

Quote of the Day

Hollywood money isn’t money. It’s congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.

-Dorothy Parker

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Classic Links

How David Lean's Sex Life Shaped His Films-- The Independent

Sally Field is TCM’s guest programmer for July-- TV Squad

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Jul 1, 2008

Classic Links

A documentary about blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo-- Onion AV Club

Roger Ebert writes about Triumph of the Will (1935)--

The Leading Ladies of David Lean-- The Independent

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Jun 30, 2008

Classic Links

King Kong, the Eighth Wonder of the WorldNPR Online

Meet the original magician of the silver screenThe Independent

Saluting AFI's Great American Genre Films: Part 2NPR Online

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Jun 24, 2008

Classic Links

The Furies (1950) finally makes it to DVD-- The Onion AV Club

One Man’s Journey (1933), starring Lionel Barrymore, full-length, in the TCM media room--

Shoot! I didn’t even know this

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Jun 23, 2008

Classic Links

Tippi Hedren in the Birds Barbie doll (wow, creepy!)-- Den of Geek

Rare Monroe footage fetchs $60,000 at auction-- Malaysia Star

TCM celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Screen Actors Guild--

Story of the Scene: The Wizard of Oz-- The Independent

Monkeys deserve stars too-- The Independent

Jun 22, 2008

Quote of the Day

My mother and I could always look out the same window without ever seeing the same thing

-Gloria Swanson

Jun 21, 2008

Quote of the Day

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.

-Ethel Barrymore

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Jun 20, 2008

Classic Links

Leslie Caron Gets a Star On the Hollywood Walk of Fame-- Hollywood Today

Rogert Ebert talks with Paul Newman (1995)--

High Noon DVD Review-- The Onion AV Club

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Jun 17, 2008

Cyd Charisse, 1921-2008

Goodbye to Cyd Charisse, the beautiful actress-dancer. She was famous for her long legs, the centerpiece of her fluid, confident style. Charisse was a teenage dancer with the Ballet Russe before she brought her modern grace to several MGM musicals, including Band Wagon(1953), Brigadoon (1954) and Silk Stockings (1957). She also seduced Gene Kelly in one of the most memorable numbers in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). Though Charisse even claimed herself that she was really a dancer who did a little acting, she was good in the few dramatic roles she did, including East Side, West Side and the film noir Tension (both 1949).

However, it was dancing that made her a star. Here are two of her best MGM numbers: one of her first, “Broadway Melody”, from Singing in the Rain and one of her last, “Red Blues”, from Silk Stockings.

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Quote of the Day

In the end, everything is a gag.

-Charlie Chaplin

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AFI’s 10 Top 10

Tonight the American Film institute will count down the top ten movies in ten categories on CBS. It is the eleventh annual special for AFI and it looks like they've definitely run out of good ideas for specials. I'll still watch it out of curiosity, but I have the feeling a lot of the same movies from other specials will show up again. I'd love to see a special where they somehow come up with an entirely new list. I don't know what theme they could build that on, but I think it is the only way to keep the concept fresh.

Jun 16, 2008

Classic Links

Three Books About our Affair with Movies-- NPR Online

Criterion Collection Releases The Thief of Bagdad on DVD-- The Onion AV Club

Warren Beatty Honored by AFI-- CBS News

Jun 9, 2008

Monday Serenade: Dearly Beloved

Though she was most famous for playing the Gilda-style vamp, Rita Hayworth was even more appealing in musicals. She started her career as a dancer, and while she wasn't in the top ranks of hoofers, her fluid, graceful style is deserving of more attention. However, she didn't sing, that's Nan Wynn on vocals.

In this scene from You Were Never Lovelier (1942), one of the two appealing musicals she headlined with Fred Astaire, she sings Dearly Beloved. Her younger sisters watch her hopefully, for if her love leads to marriage, their father will give them permission to marry their boyfriends as well.

Quote of the Day

Somebody told me I should put a pebble in my mouth to cure my stuttering. Well, I tried it, and during a scene I swallowed the pebble. That was the end of that.

-Marion Davies

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Jun 8, 2008

Quote of the Day

Days off

-Spencer Tracy (when asked what he looks for in a script)

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Jun 7, 2008

Jun 5, 2008

Mel Ferrer, 1917-2008

Goodbye to Mel Ferrer, the actor, director and producer who despite all he did in his long career, is best known as the first husband of Audrey Hepburn. Perhaps he wouldn’t have minded, as he claimed to be a reluctant subject of the spotlight, though you wouldn’t know it to see his performances. From the intense emotion of his leading roles in Lili (1953) and War and Peace (1956) to the light flirtation of his turn opposite Ingrid Bergman in Elena et les Hommes (1956), he never seemed less than comfortable in his own skin as a performer. His contributions to the movies and the stage were intelligent, warm and full of honest emotion.


The Hollywood Reporter


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Jun 3, 2008

Quote of the Day

Everyone tells me I've had such an interesting life, but sometimes I think it's been nothing but stomach disturbances and self-concern.

-Cary Grant

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Jun 1, 2008

Rare Marilyn Monroe Movie Up for Auction

Behind the scenes footage of Monroe’s last completed movie The Misfits will be auctioned next month at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The bids for the 47-minute silent 8mm film will start at $10,000 to $20,000.

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May 30, 2008

Classic Links

Roger Ebert’s Great Movies: My Man Godfrey-- Chicago Sun-Times

Kirk Douglas and Wife Dedicate 400th Playground-- Celebitchy

A Box Full of Joan Crawford-- NPR Online

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May 21, 2008

Classic Links

Neighbors fight Von Trapp Hotel--San Francisco Chronicle

Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine still don’t get along?—The Independent

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May 19, 2008

John Phillip Law, 1937-2008

"I've had more kicks out of playing far-out things. It's like putting on a funny face and going out in front of people and going, 'yaaaaaa!'" –John Phillip Law in the Los Angeles Times, 1966

Good bye to John Phillip Law, the prolific actor who acted on Broadway, and in Hollywood and Italian films. He became famous in the Russians are Coming the Russians are Coming (1966), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for most promising newcomer. He is best remembered for colorful 60’s and 70’s flicks such as Barbarella (as Pygar the blind angel, his best-known performance), Danger: Diabolik, Skidoo (all 1968) and The Love Machine (1971). He also had the “honor” of having two of his movies, Diabolik and Space Mutiny (1988), spoofed on Mystery Science Theater 3000. His brief appearance in CQ (2001), a movie which paid tribute to the colorful movies that kept him famous, showed that he was very much the same as he was when he first found fame: tall, blonde and handsome with a deep, appealing voice and striking presence.

LA Times Obituary

Death Rides A Horse at Internet Archive

Lots of great clips with Law on Deep Ape

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May 13, 2008

Classic Links

Tina Sinatra on new Frank Sinatra DVDs-- Cinematical

James Garner recovering from a minor stroke--Reuters

Now available full-length in the TCM media room, Laurel and Hardy in “A Chump at Oxford”

Apr 22, 2008

Classic Links

Groucho sightings in

The famous Hollywood sign is threatened?--Chicago Sun Times

TCM Assembles Star-Studded 2008 Line-up of Original Specials and Festivals--The Futon Critic

RIP: Reel Important People -- April 22, 2008--Cinematical

Disney Animator Ollie Johnston Remembered--NPR Online

Apr 21, 2008

"Double Harness" Free on TCM

The 1933 pre-code soaper Double Harness is available for free viewing on TCM. Starring the always underrated Ann Harding and a typically pitch-perfect William Powell, it's one of the most pleasing current features of the TCM website's Media Room. After you view the flick, check out the huge library of shorts, trailers and movie clips. Quite addictive, and the player is a step above YouTube in quality if not quite up to DVD standards.