Mar 29, 2011

Classic Links

R.I.P. Farley Granger, 1925-2011:

Sheila shares some great memories about Granger from Shelley Winters’ autobiography-- The Sheila Variations

Obituary-- The Guardian

A life in clips-- The Guardian

Greg’s memories of seeing Farley Granger interviewed on stage demonstrate the actor's blunt, but generous manner-- Cinema Styles

And the rest:

This intelligent review of the new Mildred Pierce miniseries puts it and the 1940s movie version of the story in nice historical perspective-- The Night Editor

This was almost inevitable: Mickey Rooney and Ernest Borgnine are co-starring in a new movie-- IMDB

In 1987, Roger Ebert predicted the future of home movie consumption with stunning accuracy-- /Film

I love this cinematic alphabet! I’m going to have to give it a try. If any of you bloggers try this, I’d love it if you would share the link-- Rupert Pupkin Speaks

Thank you to ZoĆ« and Java for the Stylish Blogger Award! Be sure to check out their blogs, The Big Parade and Java’s Journey, I read and enjoy them both regularly. I couldn’t bear to pick only seven blogs; I only hope that I manage to show my appreciation for many of the different blogs I like in my links, but I did want to say how much I appreciate the recognition.

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Mar 28, 2011

Classic Links

Wait Until Dark (1967) stop motion. The set is amazing!-- Via Margutta 51

A lovely tribute to Luise Rainer-- My Love of Old Hollywood

Harold Lloyd in Movie Crazy (1931), I love the big slapstick finale of this one, but Tom is right, the party scene is hilarious as well-- Motion Picture Gems

More about the Mickey Rooney conservatorship issue-- IMDB

A few more details about the Taylor funeral service-- IMDB

Mar 27, 2011

Quote of the Week

Mostly, we have manufactured ladies -- with the exception of Ingrid, Grace, Deborah and Audrey.

-Cary Grant
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Mar 25, 2011

Classic Links

More link love for Elizabeth Taylor. I’ve got media coverage fatigue, but there was a lot to say about this lady:

This has always been one of my favorite moments on The Simpsons. Apparently Taylor showed up at the studio dressed beautifully and carrying her little dog. She recorded the line quickly and left as elegantly as she had arrived.-- EW

I like the way David Thomson describes the love affair between Taylor and Burton-- The Guardian

This is a generous, and I think accurate assessment of Taylor’s career— Movie Morlocks/TCM

Taylor the activist— The Sheila Variations

A nice description of Taylor’s private funeral services— The Guardian

And the rest:

This is a fascinating tribute to Dirk Bogarde— The Guardian

More entertaining pre-code reviews from Acidemic-- Acidemic

These fan mail responses from classic stars are a hoot. So formal!— Immortal Ephemera

An interview with the authors of the new book Harlow in Hollywood-- The Kitty Packard Pictorial

Mar 23, 2011

Links For Dame Taylor: 1932-2011

RIP to Dame Elizabeth Taylor. Classic movie fans don’t need to explain to their friends who she was, though we may have to remind them that she was a fine actress in addition to being a tabloid staple. Taylor never faded away; she was a star from practically the cradle to the grave. Here are some early tributes to a great performer and humanitarian:

Her quote about the human race near the end of this piece is really nice— MSNBC

The Guardian always does a beautiful job with memorials—

Philip French remembrance
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A gallery of eleven of her great roles-- EW

This is another nice photo gallery— Washington Post

I love this collage as well— Via Margutta 51

Paul Newman's tribute to Taylor— The Sheila Variations

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Classic Links

Kate’s tribute to Hayley Mills’ perfect wardrobe in The Moon-Spinners(1964). It’s also a darn good flick and the final film of Pola Negri-- Scathingly Brilliant

I love how much this post says about the relationship between Truffaut and Fanny Ardant with only one quote and a small gallery of pictures-- Moon in the Gutter

Here’s a lively group of pre-code reviews-- Acidemic

How about a 1929 double feature?
Wolf Song-- Silent Volume
The Black Watch-- Classic Film Freak

I just wish they wouldn’t with the Thin Man remake. I’m not against telling a good story again—for example, the new Mildred Pierce sounds wonderful—but I don’t think this story needs to be told again. It belongs in the thirties--/Film

Mar 21, 2011

Classic Links

Who would you hire if you could find your professionals from the cast of a movie?-- Riku Writes

This is a beautiful description of A Matter of Life and Death (1946)-- The Guardian

Take the Jean Harlow quiz for fun and a fabulous prize!-- Motion Picture Gems

The evolution of the movie PI— The Night Editor

Bogdanovich celebrates the 116th anniversary of the first movie-- Blogdanovich

Mar 20, 2011

Mar 18, 2011

Classic Links

A short history of the Hollywood sign-- Slate

Zediva: a new competitor for Netflix-- Slog

I’m sad for Zsa Zsa Gabor. She will reportedly be in bed for the rest of her life-- IMDB

It's brief, but this is my favorite tribute to recently departed character actor Michael Gough-- Mondo 70

A more extensive obituary for Gough--The Guardian

Maxine Marx’s bio of her life with father Chico sounds interesting-- Persblanc's Classic B-Movie Reviews

The Westmores: a Hollywood make-up artist dynasty-- Noir and Chick Flicks

Mar 16, 2011

Classic Links

These upcoming Criterion Collection releases look amazing. I haven’t heard of a lot of them. How exciting!— Criterion Cast

It's wonderful how quickly the movie blogger community has gotten this Japanese movie/fundraising blogathon together. Millie does a good job capturing the essence of the overwhelmingly colorful and quirky Tokyo Drifter (1966) in her contribution to the cause-- Classic Forever

Peter Bogdanovich gives Madigan (1958) its due. I particularly admired Richard Widmark’s performance in this flick. The last action scene is a heartstopper-- Blogdanovich

A gorgeous movie magazine cover gallery-- Allure

I love the idea of Chita Rivera introducing flicks on TCM—possibly because I just love the idea of Chita Rivera doing just about anything— Theater Mania

A lament over 10 never-completed flicks. I'd have enjoyed seeing many of these myself— Obsessed with Film

Mar 14, 2011

Classic Links

This is a nice mini tribute to the friendship between Shelley Winters and Marilyn Monroe. I love the first picture-- Time Machine to the Twenties

The original Psycho (1960) score is up for sale— IMDB

This is an interesting take on Old San Francisco (1927)-- Silent Volume

Terry Gilliam writes about the influence Paths of Glory (1957) had on him as a teen. This is part of a great series of artists talking about movies that influenced them-- The Guardian

The fashions of Street of Women (1932) with Kay Francis-- Livin' Vintage

Mar 13, 2011

Quote of the Week

You've got to keep fighting; you've got to risk your life every six months to stay alive.

-Elia Kazan

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Mar 11, 2011

Classic Links

Ben Hecht’s newly re-discovered and supposedly much better, dramatic 1964 version of a script for Casino Royale (1966)--a crappy movie that I can’t help watching over and over again-- /Film

Leonard Maltin visits Jean Harlow’s former home-- Movie Crazy

36 simultaneous Hitchcock death scenes—fascinating, overwhelming and headache-inducing-- /Film

I have never heard of photographer Ruth Harriet Louise. These photos of classic stars are so amazing that I can’t believe I haven’t-- Movie Morlocks/TCM

Living in a Big Way (1947) with Gene Kelly-- All Good Things

Tony Curtis reportedly disinherits his children in his will—

Roger Ebert on movie streaming— Roger Ebert

Mar 9, 2011

Classic Links

My guest post: Lisa Kudrow gets a quiz question about Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine— Olivia and Joan: Sisters of the Silver Screen

A review of the boring, pointless and hideously inaccurate Harlow (1965) with Carroll Baker (I’m still curious to see the Carol Lynley version)-- Comet Over Hollywood

I’m not sure why I enjoyed watching Liz Taylor putting on eye makeup for a full minute in this clip, but I sure did. I’ll have to give that style a try. (I hope she’s doing okay—seems like she’s been in the hospital a long time.)-- Village Voice

This review of Red-Headed Woman (1932) may give you a clue as to why you couldn’t help loving Harlow’s despicable golddigging homewrecker character-- The Sheila Variations

Mar 8, 2011

Happy International Women's Day!

I just realized this morning that it is International Women’s Day and I wanted to have an impromptu celebration.

Here’s a list of some of my favorite flicks with fascinating female relationships—be they strong and mutually supportive, comical, complicated, toxic or all of the above:

The Great Lie (1941) Mary Astor and Bette Davis

The Member of the Wedding (1952) Ethel Waters and Julie Harris

Old Acquaintance (1943) Bette Davis and Miriam Hopkins

The Women (1939) Norma Shearer, Rosalind Russell, Joan Crawford, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Butterfly McQueen, Marjorie Main and many more

Millie (1931) Helen Twelvetrees, Joan Blondell and Lilyan Tashman

Stage Door (1937) Katherine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Eve Arden, Gail Patrick, Andrea Leeds, Constance Collier and many more

Mildred Pierce (1946) Joan Crawford, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable

Three on a Match (1932) Bette Davis, Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak

All About Eve (1950) Bette Davis, Thelma Ritter, Celeste Holm, Anne Baxter

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) Joan Blondell, Aline MacMahon, Ruby Keeler, Ginger Rogers

Night Nurse (1931) Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell

Red-Headed Woman (1932) Jean Harlow and Una Merkel

The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932) Joan Blondell, Ina Claire, Madge Evans

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe

I Remember Mama (1948) Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes and family

Dark Victory (1939) Bette Davis and Geraldine Fitzgerald

Auntie Mame (1958) Rosalind Russell and Coral Browne

So Proudly We Hail (1943) Claudette Colbert, Pauletted Goddard, Veronica Lake and many more

These Three (1936) Merle Oberon and Miriam Hopkins

Hmmm—lots of Bette Davis and Joan Blondell on this list! Do you all have any other favorites?

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Mar 7, 2011

Classic Links

This is wonderful news: the Library of Congress has recovered ten lost silent films from Russian archives—and there will eventually be almost 200 of them!— NPR

Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson looking fantastic on the Oscar red carpet last week— Alt Film Guide

Stars on the set, between scenes. I love the pic of Linda Darnell having a cat nap— My Love of Old Hollywood

The Bodyguard (1948), with Priscilla Lane and Lawrence Tierney, what a strange pairing!— Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

This is a good take on Jean Simmons in The Happy Ending (1969)-- Classic Film Boy

Mar 6, 2011

Quote of the Week

When we climbed out of the airplane [in Beijing], to my amazement I saw about two hundred little Chinese Audrey Hepburns waiting at the airport. Roman Holiday was playing in China for the first time - thirty years after we made it - and attracting enormous crowds. Everywhere we went we saw little Audrey Hepburns with the bangs and the long skirts.

-Gregory Peck

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Mar 4, 2011

Classic Links

Have you been participating in Monty’s classic movie actress March Madness? Good fun!— All Good Things

Check out the Jean Harlow blogathon.-- The Kitty Packard Pictorial

Claudette Colbert shimmies in Cleopatra (1934) Ferdy On Films

If you haven’t seen Stars in My Crown (1950), here are several good reasons why you should. It’s a great flick with an amazing cast-- Happy Thoughts Darling

Mickey Rooney is not only alleging elder abuse, but that his stepson sold his Oscar-- IMDB

There’s almost more charisma in this photo than I can stand-- Bette's Classic Movie Blog