Apr 29, 2011

Thank You Guest Linkers

My deepest thanks to all the wonderful bloggers who contributed guest links these past two weeks:

You are all talented, loyal and brilliant people. I think that classic movie bloggers are just about the nicest people online.

Though I may not be able to respond to comments and emails as often over the next month, I hope that you will stick around to see the goodies I have pre-posted. Wish me luck my friends! 



Apr 28, 2011

Guest Classic Links: Laura of Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings has so many interesting regular features. Her weekly link lists are always full of fascinating bits, she seems to review every movie she sees—and very well, and she writes great informational posts on the sorts of things classic movie fans obsess about like instant streaming and TCM schedules. I sometimes find it hard to believe all this great content is coming from one woman. Thanks for being a guest linker Laura!

Robby Cress has an excellent blog, Dear Old Hollywood, which regularly features "then and now" research on classic film locations in and around Los Angeles. Last weekend Robby shared his experience seeing Ben Mankiewicz interview 94-year-old Ernest Borgnine at a TCM "Road to Hollywood" screening of FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953) at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Videos of the event are included!

Dick Van Dyke's autobiography, MY LUCKY LIFE IN AND OUT OF SHOW BUSINESS: A MEMOIR will be released on May 3rd. The 85-year-old Van Dyke isn't taking it easy: he and brother Jerry starred in a stage production of THE SUNSHINE BOYS in Malibu earlier this month. Opening night sold out!

Leonard Maltin pays a personal centennial tribute to the late filmmaker Ronald Neame at Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy. Neame, who passed away last June, would have turned 100 on April 23rd.

I enjoy visiting Kevin's Movie Corner, where this week he reviewed DEMETRIUS AND THE GLADIATORS (1954), a sequel to THE ROBE (1953). Kevin's post includes a couple of nice anecdotes about the film's star, Victor Mature.

A site I've recently discovered and enjoyed, thanks to the excellent blog 50 Westerns From the 50s, is Western Clippings. The Western Clippings site includes a great index of interviews with a variety of actresses who appeared in Westerns. There are wonderful stories told by Paula Raymond, Jacqueline White, Kristine Miller, Faith Domergue, Joan Leslie, and many more. It's a site worth bookmarking and revisiting.

Apr 27, 2011

Guest Classic Links: Cliff of Immortal Ephemera

Cliff is a devoted classic movie fan and collectibles vendor. His stock is movie history and he seems to love every piece he finds. Cliff is also a fine blogger with a great knack for reviewing books and movies and digging up interesting new topics. He writes at Immortal Ephemera and his fantastic Warren William tribute site. Thanks for being a guest linker Cliff!


I love history and deal in a lot of ephemera so I try to use as many original newspaper and magazine articles as I can in researching my articles. There's never been more available and so my favorite post so far in 2011 has been Discovering Newspapers at The Bioscope. Not only are a few named that I thought were my own personal pets (Trove and Old Fulton NY Post Cards being two favorites!) but several others are pointed to that I wasn't even aware of!

Discovering Newspapers (Trove, Old Fulton NY Post Cards)

I've been running a Warren William fan site online since 2007 now, but John Stangeland literally wrote the book on William, Magnificent Scoundrel of Pre-Code Hollywood. Stangeland set up a site in conjunction with his book's publication late last year and while his post, Why We Remember, is from late 2010, I love how it explains not only his original acquaintance with William's films but gives a personal portrait of a friend he shared this passion with.

Why We Remember (Magnificent Scoundrel, the book, on Amazon )

I did a post on Immortal Ephemera last year pointing to The Rob Brooks Mary Pickford Collection and I believe this online museum deserves another mention. Rob is a past customer and I'm honored to have sold him a few of the items that wound up in his massive collection which is not only online, but physical, and currently on tour.

Rob Brooks Mary Pickford Collection

And I think Rob's Pickford collection nicely carries us to a few links I'd like to share for the collectors. Two of my favorite blogs that talk about classic movies and collectibles are both somewhat new, but very busy! First there's Rob Byrne's Starts Thursday! which focuses on glass lantern slides typically inside posts reviewing the silent films pictured on the slides. Also, My Love of Old Hollywood is where Page shows off her autograph collection inside her classic movie reviews. Both are, to the best of my knowledge, non-commercial sites.

Starts Thursday!
My Love of Old Hollywood

And for the more hard core collector, no movie reviews to be found on either of these but I want to make sure you see them, we have The Ross Verlag Movie Star Postcards site. This one checklists and shows off the German issued movie star postcards which were issued over a number of decades. Finally, another site I'd recently linked to myself, David Rudd Cycleback's Judging the Authenticity of Photographs, is a must for anyone who dares to tread the sometime murky waters of "vintage" still collecting.

Ross Verlag Movie Star Postcards
Judging the Authenticity of Photographs (PDF)

Apr 26, 2011

Guest Classic Links: Dawn of Noir and Chick Flicks

Dawn is a prolific blogger who covers an astonishing amount of interesting content at Noir and Chick Flicks every week. I love her actress tributes and her generosity in inviting others to contribute to her blog. She also has an uncanny eye for finding photos of modern actors who look eerily similar to stars of the past. Dawn has gobs of other blogs, including tributes to Gene Tierney, Doris Day, Esther Williams, Betty Grable, Dolores del Rio, period films, westerns, musicals and classics set in Africa.Thanks for being a guest linker Dawn!

Page from My Love of Old Hollywood is a huge fan of classic movie stars with their favorite puppies. She added some wonderful photos of some of her favorite actors with their furry friends-- My Love of Old Hollywood

Mythical Monkey wrote a wonderful series on Silent Film Oscars, beginning with director D.W. Griffith-- A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies

You Only Live Twice, is the latest James Bond post written by Sark, one of the contributors on, Classic Film and TV Cafe. Sark's, ongoing series on the 007 films is always impressive-- Classic Film and TV Cafe

Eve, is one of my favorite writers. Her post on Father of the Bride gives so much info. on what was happening in the film industry at the time the film was made-- The Lady Eve’s Reel Life

Apr 25, 2011

Guest Classic Links: Monty of All Good Things

Monty has a flair for dreaming up entertaining themes and events for his blog All Good Things. His classic actress version of March Madness was full of surprises and his Be My Guest series (in which I was honored to play a part) introduced me to some mighty fine bloggers. I can’t think of anyone who has more affection for the actresses of classic Hollywood, and he has recently started to give some props to the gentlemen as well. Thanks for being a guest linker Monty!

My new friend Emily has one of the best new and freshest blogs out there. Check out her recent post about the upcoming summer season swimwear choices as modeled by several classic movie actresses. I told her she had me at the first picture with Anne Baxter. The Silver Screen Affair

I came across this blog a few months ago after watching a Marie McDonald film recently. I wanted to know more about this actress and blog writer Elizabeth Ann more than fulfilled that need. Her blog is a lovely tribute to this underrated actress. Marie McDonald - The Body

The wonderful blog True Classics is done by three girls named Brandi, Carrie, and Nikki, and they do a fantastic job, week in and week out. True Classics

Check out About.Com's writer Laurie Boeder, who does a fantastic job writing about classic movies. Here's her list of films for every member of your family. About.com

Take a trip back to the 60's with this wonderful site dedicated to all those beloved classic tv shows of that decade. It has tons of links to other topics of the 60's including The Beatles, commercials, sci-fi, posters, and super-heroes. It's awesome. Time Warp Memories

And finally here is a very nice video tribute to Vivien Leigh done by basilnelson. YouTube

Apr 24, 2011

Quote of the Week

Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.

-Rosalind Russell

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Apr 22, 2011

Guest Classic Links: Tom of Motion Picture Gems

Tom always strikes me as a student of film; he’s driven by intense curiosity about the classics and he does his research well. At Motion Picture Gems, he writes thoughtful reviews and fantastic posts about his experiences going to the movies and seeing live interviews with classic movie stars (it almost makes me want to move to Chicago, the lucky guy). Tom also writes affectionate blogs honoring movie star sisters Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland (to which I contribute, if not nearly enough), Deanna Durbin and Jimmy Stewart, in addition to the bad movie blog Motion Picture Bombs. Thanks for being a guest linker Tom!

Rest in Peace, actress Myrna Dell (1924-2011) - Boot Hill | Ms. Dell was profiled last year on Noir & Chick Flicks

Coming soon to southern California: the 2011 Cowboy Fest; updates to come on Laurie's Wild West

1928's The Divine Woman: a lost film starring Greta Garbo - Films of Yesterday

Wedding season! Here's a collection of photos and memories from some of our favorite period drama weddings - Enchanted Serenity of Period Films

I've not seen this movie yet but it looks funny: Ray Milland and Paulette Goddard in The Crystal Ball (1943) - Un Cinephile

Vinyl making a comeback? Believe it or not - Retrospace

From last year: a review of Franco Zeffirelli's Jesus of Nazareth (1977), one of my favorite film versions of the life of Christ - Pop Classics

Apr 21, 2011

Guest Classic Links: Page of My Love of Old Hollywood

Page has a large collection of classic movie star autographs, and she has used them as the starting point for an enormously entertaining blog. Her star profiles always shed a little more light on the actors I thought I already knew so well and I look forward to her amusing screen shot movie reviews (they look like so much work!) and themed photo galleries. It’s hard to believe Page has only been blogging for six months, because she hit the ground running and found her style quickly. This is my favorite new blog of the past year by far. Thanks for being a guest linker Page!

An in-depth interview with child actor Christopher Nolan on his experience working with Hitchcock and his co-stars of The Man Who Knew Too Much by SamR at The Short Knight Hitchcock Blog

Part 1 of a really fun and detailed look back at Gangsters in Classic Cinema by Becky at Classic Becky's Brain Food

A well-written site that re-visits the homes we have all fallen in love with, at times as much as the films that showcase them. It was hard to choose just one write up but heres Julia's look back at the home from Mr. Blanding Builds His Dream House with great photos at Hooked on Houses

A site that I can get lost at for hours, looking at the beautifully detailed colorizations of our favorite Classic stars. Todays photo is of the fabulous Bette Davis by Claros at Claroscureaux

If you love the costumes used in Classic films and you've wondered what happened to them. this is the site for you! An incredible display of costumes from some of Hollywood's biggest films with fantastic photos by an avid collector. You'll surely enjoy this bloggers latest costume worn by Douglas Fairbanks in The Private Life of Don Juan at The Vintage Film Costume Collector

If you're in the mood for a great movie review heres a well thought out one on Roberta from Classicfilmboy

Apr 20, 2011

Guest Classic Links: A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies

The Mythical Monkey is on a mission. His quest is to document film history from its beginnings to the present day with a series of astonishingly epic (we’re talking 5-parters people), entertaining and fact-filled essays. He also presents an alternative to the Oscars, the Katie-Bar-The-Door Awards. Named for Mrs. Monkey, these picks often rewrite history in a hugely satisfying way. Thanks for being a guest linker Mr. Monkey!

All the gossip that was fit to print—and then some—on May 5, 1932. By GAH1965 at Hollywood Heyday.

A review of the avant garde short Manhatta (1921) which featured fascinating views of New York in the years after World War I. By whistlingypsy at Distant Voices and Flickering Shadows.

Photographs of famous actresses on boats. By Dsata at Pictures.

A biography of Ramon Novarro with lots of pictures. By Page at My Love of Old Hollywood.

A review of The Killer is Loose (1956), one of the hundreds of great and not-so-great noirs reviewed at Film Noir of the Week, an indispensible blog for film noir fans, hosted by Steve-O.

Apr 19, 2011

Guest Classic Links: Kate Gabrielle of Scathingly Brilliant

Kate was one of the first classic film bloggers I ever followed, via her blog Silents and Talkies. She now pours much of her blogging energy into Scathingly Brilliant, a more personal blog in which she shares a new outfit every day, among other interests (she needs one of those big movie star dressing rooms for all those gorgeous dresses!) Kate is also a talented artist. She has drawn and painted classic movie stars, humorous takes on famous art and perhaps her best-known creations, the sassy, stylish flappers Ramona and Eloise. She also posts gorgeous, high-quality photos of classic stars on Classic Film Scans. One of her scans was even featured in a Fast Company post about Elizabeth Taylor. As if that isn't enough, she writes Dirk Bogarde tribute blog and contributes to the style blog Spiffy. Thanks for being a guest linker Kate!

I love this fantastic review of one of my favorite movies, Private Lives (1931) by Jenny at Cinema OCD

Matthew from Movietone News is currently moving, so his blog is on a tiny hiatus, but I highly recommend digging into his archives -- one of my favorites is this post on those fantastic all-star WWII morale movies-- Movietone News

Millie from ClassicForever is the Patron Saint of under-appreciated actors, and continues to work her magic with this birthday salute to Bradford Dillman-- Classic Forever

I adore this classic-film entrenched creative writing assignment Meredith did at Or Maybe Eisenstein Should Just Relax, a fictional obituary for a life she would have loved to lead-- Or Maybe Eisenstein Should Just Relax

The Dirk Bogarde estate has released a set of postcards with images of the British actor's illustrations and paintings-- Dirk Bogarde Official Site

Deb from Sidewalk Crossings does the impossible, and convinces me to put aside my dislike of westerns for a while with her excellent review of the 1959 movie Warlock-- Sidewalk Crossings

I really like this youtube video featuring some fabulous outfits from 30's and 40's movies!-- YouTube

Angela Lansbury, Barbara Rush and Nancy & Tina Sinatra are among the latest additions to the star-studded TCM Film Festival-- TCM

Apr 18, 2011

Gregory Peck Interview, 1989

I love this brief clip of a 1989 interview with Gregory Peck. He always exuded class and decency.

Apr 14, 2011

Classic Links, Maternity Leave and Guest Linkers!

Maternity Leave

In just a few weeks I will be welcoming my second daughter into the world. As I already know one child can be time-consuming, I can just imagine how much busier I will be with two. I’d like to take some time to enjoy my daughters and adjust to having a two pack, so I will be taking a sort of leave from the blog for at least the month of May.

Classic Movies in May

Though I will not be posting links or responding as frequently to comments and emails, there will still be posts every day. Instead of the links, I will be pre-posting a few little pieces that I wrote on New Years Eve after gorging myself with cheese fondue. They really amused me at the time and I hope that you will like them as well. There will be lots of other little surprises as well, so stick around!

Guest Links

As a sort of kick-off for my leave—and so I could get a little extra rest—I decided to have a special event over the next couple of weeks. Instead of compiling the Classic Links myself, I have invited a group of classic movie bloggers to submit links. Rather than three days, there will be four days of links each week. I’ve gathered a diverse group of bloggers and it’ll be loads of fun to see what they come up with. I hope that you will enjoy my guests’ generous contributions.

Thank you all for your continued support of Classic Movies! Now on to my last set of links until June:

Ah, I love looking at other people’s movie collections-- Thrilling Days of Yesteryear

This is bizarre-- IMDB

Hitchcock’s head in the refrigerator-- About.com

Female on the Beach (1955), with Joan Crawford and Jeff Chandler-- Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

Classic Movie Alphabet

I've been wanting to do my own classic movie alphabet ever since I saw the idea for the first time at Rupert Pupkin Speaks (he actually gave it two tries). As some of you know, I'm not fond of picking favorites, so I thought I'd try something different with my list. I keep track of all of the movies I see, so this list is a compilation of some of the movies that made a memorable impression on me over the past few years (yes, Xanadu made an impression on me, because I realized how many bad-good movies were going to be on Instant Play when that title popped up).

If you do your own alphabet, or have already posted one, I'd love it if you'd post the link in the comments!

A Anthony Adverse (1936)

B Born to Be Bad (1950)

C Crimson Pirate (1952)

D Dragonwyck (1946)

E The Earrings of Madame De. . . (1953)

F First Love (1939)

G The Garden of Allah (1936)

H House by the River (1950)

I I Love Trouble (1948)

J Johnny Cool (1963)

K The Killer That Stalked New York (1950)

L The Lineup (1958)

M Moonrise (1948)

N Nightfall (1957)

O One Girl's Confession (1953)

P Peter Ibbetson (1935)

Q Quai des Orfèvres (1947)

R The Rains Came (1939)

S Seventh Heaven (1927)

T Touchez pas au Grisbi (1954)

U Underworld (1927)

V Vampire Lovers (1970)

W The Widow Coudrec (1971)

X Xanadu (1980)

Y Young in Heart (1938)

Z Zero Hour!

Apr 12, 2011

Classic Links

This movie review chain I did a long time ago has been revived. It was a lot of fun, so some of you bloggers out there might want to check it out!--
This is the original post: Movie Viewing Girl
Here’s the most recent review: Rock Hudson Blog

I like this essay because while it emphasizes that the movies have always been a business, it also highlights many of the people who still managed to create lasting, meaningful work in the early days of the medium-- A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies

A little history about the MGM lion-- The Silver Screen Affair

Rope of Sand (1949), with Burt Lancaster, looks interesting—they call it a Casablanca-esque flick here. It’ll be on DVD soon, but I think it’s on Instant Play now-- Movie Morlocks/TCM

Dang—Shirley MacClaine was quite the swinger— IMDB

Apr 10, 2011

Classic Links

RIP Sidney Lumet, 1924-2011:

Entertainment Weekly
Edward Copeland on Film
The Guardian—Film Clips
The Guardian--Gallery

This is a great assessment of the wonderful/horrible Last Year at Marienbad (1961)-- Acidemic

Century-old celebrity journalism clichés-- Slate

Ten random thoughts about the movies and a couple of other things. I always find myself nodding my head in agreement when I read this fascinating and unique blog-- Laszlos on Lex

Hollywood gossip from May 5, 1932-- Hollywood Heyday

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Quote of the Week

Virtue has its own reward, but has no sale at the box office.

-Mae West

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Apr 7, 2011

Classic Links

A fascinating and sad post about the auction of Debbie Reynolds’ amazing costume collection. It includes Marilyn Monroe’s famous white dress and the jockey kit Elizabeth Taylor wore in International Velvet. Lots of great pics of the costumes-- Java's Journey

John Wayne’s True Grit (1969) eye patch will also be auctioned off, along with other Wayne memorabilia— IMDB

It’s always great to see a new post from this blog. This one is about some of the musical standards that were born in early talkies-- All Talking! All Singing! All Dancing

Greta Garbo and Ingmar Bergman will be featured on an upcoming run of Swedish currency. Wouldn’t it be great to live in a country where your cash had pics of classic stars?-- IMDB

Another remake: To Catch a Thief-- Gordon and the Whale

Sophia Loren to be honored at an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences event-- Alt Film Guide

Apr 5, 2011

Classic Links

This is a wonderful photo of two men I deeply admire: Paul Robeson and James Whale— If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger. . .

A short flick from the 1930s: How Walt Disney Cartoons Are Made-- /Film

This is a fascinating post about Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy (1950)-- Sunset Gun

I didn’t know Vincent Price wrote cookbooks. That is my favorite new fact of the day-- Dear Old Hollywood

This isn’t about classic movies, but I know a lot of you will be excited to hear that Mad Men will be on Netflix streaming in late July 2011-- /Film

Apr 3, 2011

Classic Links

I got a giggle out of these goofy title cards from Aelita Queen of Mars (1924)-- Cinema Styles

An interesting review of the new Marlene Dietrich biography by Charlotte Chandler-- SF Gate

Peter Bogdanovich’s beautiful and fitting tribute to my favorite director, Jean Renoir-- The Observer

Thanks to the Mythical Monkey for the tip on this great photo blog. I’m especially fond of this gallery of actresses with large hats— Pictures

Another tribute to movie stars in hats— The Silver Screen Affair

This is an interesting Netflix dream list. What flicks are on your list?-- Movie Morlocks/TCM

Quote of the Week

Temprament is something that is an integral part of the artist. Not temper, temperament. There is a vast difference.

-Bette Davis

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Apr 1, 2011

Classic Links

Monty’s classic actress March madness is down to the final four. There’s one more day to vote!— All Good Things

Here’s a good list of classic movies new to and departing from Instant Play-- Garbo Laughs

A James Garner autobiography? I can’t wait!— Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings

Review round-up:

Railroaded! (1947)-- Ferdy on Films

First Man Into Space (1959)-- Criterion Reflections

Underworld (1927)-- Only the Cinema

Black Tights (1962)— Java’s Journey

Modern Sculptor (1908)-- Silent Volume