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What are your favorite movies?
A Letter to Three Wives, The Uninvited (1944), Shepherd of the Hills, The Women, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Shadow of a Doubt, Sun Valley Serenade, The Woman in the Window, The Awful Truth, They Drive By Night, Adventures of Robin Hood, Margie, Anna and the King of Siam, Holiday Inn, Kitty, The Mark of Zorro, Old Acquaintance, The Mortal Storm, The Farmer's Daughter, The Devil and Daniel Webster, Forever Amber, Road to Morocco, Captain Blood, Red Dust, Christmas in Connecticutt, All About Eve, Rebecca
Who are your favorite stars?
Jeanne Crain, Paulette Goddard, Cary Grant, Joan Bennett, Errol Flynn, Linda Darnell, Edward G. Robinson, Lynn Bari, Barbara Stanwyck, Bob Hope, Irene Dunne, Joseph Cotton, Basil Rathbone
Who are your favorite directors?
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Alfred Hitchcock, Frank Capra, George Cukor, Michael Curtiz, Henry King
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
I've always been a great fan of classic movies and I love to meet other classic movie buffs to share and discuss my passion. Currently I have just started a blog about these great cinematic treasures and I am pouring my energies into this new endeavor.
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The Glass Key (1942): Lake and Ladd in Hard Boiled Hammett

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 12:40pm 2 Comments

As one of the 1940's memorable romantic duo's, Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake were both icy cool blondes, whose passive, almost emotionless acting styles were a perfect match to the other, but their good looks and on-screen chemistry sparked red hot hits at Paramount where both were under contract throughout the decade. In 1942 the two made The Glass Key, a remake of a 1935 crime drama/mystery which starred George Raft. Based on the classic novel by… Continue

REVIEW: In Name Only (1939)

Posted on July 19, 2009 at 3:58pm 0 Comments

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Hollywood's golden year, 1939, Turner Classic Movies is featuring films made in that illustrious year. One 1939 hit that doesn't get its due in the time capsule of film is the love triangle driven weepie, In Name Only. For sure it's a "women's picture," the kind that thrived at the box office during the 30's and 40's, but unlike many such flicks that filled the cinematic landscape with strong females like Davis,… Continue


Posted on June 30, 2009 at 5:52pm 0 Comments

It started out as a Cosmopolitan magazine novel, A Letter to Five Wives, then as a studio film adaption, it was pared down to Four Wives. When production began in 1948, the final product from director Joseph L. Mankiewicz was a striking and highly sophisticated comedy-drama called A Letter to Three Wives (1949). From beginning to end, the dialogue sparkles. Mankiewicz won an Oscar for his witty script and his skilled direction and then he turned… Continue


Posted on June 23, 2009 at 3:25pm 1 Comment

What would you say to a movie about a small group of nuns who start a convent in the Himalayas. "No thanks, I'll pass." Alright, well what would you say if the convent was in a former royal brothel, the nuns both sexually and emotionally repressed and they're constantly in the company of a handsome, half-naked, amoral Englishman. Perks things up a bit. Add to these elements, breathtaking scenery, shot in the most vivid Technicolor, a magnificent… Continue


Posted on June 16, 2009 at 8:20pm 10 Comments

Through the years when discussing classic movies with friends and fellow film lovers, inevitably I've been asked numerous times who and what my favorites actors, actresses and films are. I have had discussions on what my favorite Hitchcock films are, my favorite Bette Davis movies and so on. Then the other day I was chatting with an online friend and we started discussing the films we had always wanted to see but hadn't, either by lack of opportunity… Continue


Posted on June 7, 2009 at 6:42pm 1 Comment

One of the truly classic movies in American cinema, My Darling Clementine (1946), is a thinking man's western. Although there's plenty of liquor, card playing and rootin' tootin' shootin', director John Ford's masterpiece offers up the gripping action as secondary to its powerful and nuanced characterizations and atmospheric depiction of the Old West legend. Though a romanticized and somewhat fictionalized account of the infamous gunfight at the OK… Continue


Posted on June 5, 2009 at 8:42pm 0 Comments

My first connection with The Story of Temple Drake (1933) was a still photo of one of the scenes from the film in a coffee table book of Hollywood films that I owned as a young teenager. The picture is almost black, the only light coming from a small oil lamp in the dingiest of decaying rooms, and being illuminated by this tiny flicker are actresses Miriam Hopkins, Florence Eldridge and a rickety old metal frame bed. Both females look haggard and much… Continue

Notes on Norma: The Royal Thalbergs

Posted on June 3, 2009 at 6:00pm 4 Comments

In its heyday, Metro Goldwyn Mayer claimed its studio had "more stars than there are in heaven" due to the number of top quality, extremely popular actors and actresses it had under contract at any given time. Other studios had a handful of really big A-list stars but MGM had its stable full. Groomed from the time a contract was signed, its actors were pampered, supported, baby sat (you don't think they were all mature acting adults do you?), and… Continue


Posted on June 1, 2009 at 8:45pm 1 Comment

The three words that leap to this blogger's mind when discussing The Farmer's Daughter (1947) are sheer, unadulterated charm. As I watched this classic romantic comedy for the umpteenth time, I couldn't wipe the goofy grin off my face for at least the first thirty minutes into the film. This winsome piece of confection has often been called "Capraesque" and its a very fitting moniker. It's a David vs. Goliath Cinderella Story ala big game politics.… Continue

BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN: A Toast to Gods and Monsters

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 9:56pm 5 Comments

If you saw Bride of Frankenstein (1935) as a kid on the Saturday afternoon TV matinee, you probably have fond memories of it as a fun and scary way to spend an hour and a half. If you saw it as an adult, especially one who appreciates the artistry of fine film making, you recognize it as a masterpiece of classic cinema.

The first of multiple sequels, spin-offs and remakes of 1931's Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein is a cornerstone of the… Continue

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At 10:36am on April 28, 2010, M.T. Fisher said…
I've read your blogs here before. When I ran into you on FB, the name didn't click. Shame on me.
At 8:34am on July 12, 2009, Larisa said…
Hey Rupert, thanks for your welcome, I'll sure try to make the best of it here! See you around!

At 10:20pm on June 23, 2009, Tina H. said…
Hi Rupert, Thank you for accepting my friend request. You have a very interesting page, very nice.
At 2:30pm on June 6, 2009, Mike Duffy said…
Welcome aboard. Enjoyed your article on Temple. The whole film is on YouTube. I bought a DVD copy which is a little less quality than the YouTube HQ image. There must be a better copy out there somewhere.
Also saved your blog page. Wish you luck on attracting followers and
At 1:24pm on May 29, 2009, Dave Allen said…
Hope you will write many more!
At 7:41pm on April 22, 2009, Bob Grove said…
The black Camel, 1931, Directed by Hamilton MacFadden. With Warner Oland, Sally Eilers, Bela Lugosi. It was filmed on location in Hawaii. I believe it may be the oldest Oland, Chan film to survive to date. It is part of volume 3 of the Chan Collection
At 6:34pm on April 16, 2009, Lolita said…
Thank you very much! I think I can live well and thrive on this site. The photos I added today is just an appetizer :)
At 4:05pm on April 8, 2009, Catherine said…
Dietrich is my all-time favorite - providing Josef von Sternberg was directing her! Their collaboration produced visuals that, in my opinion, have never been duplicated...I'm excited to hear your reactions to her movies...Shanghai Express is terrific, be sure to see Morocco (with a very young Gary Cooper), Dishonored (1931) , Blonde Venus (with a very young Cary Grant) The Scarlett Empress (decadently gorgeous) and of course the classic The Blue Angel (I have both the German and English versions) See how you got me started???!!! Glad we're friends!!
At 6:59pm on April 5, 2009, Chris Johnson said…
Winged Victory was an interesting film. Jeanne didn't really have a large role, was from the era when the studios made the war films with cameos by popular stars at the time.
At 6:41pm on April 5, 2009, Joanne C said…
Hello Rupert! I visited your blog to read your post on "The Women" and stayed to read the Betty Davis Feuds. Great idea for a series, what a wealth of material! Was there anyone in Hollywood Miss Davis wasn't on the outs with?

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