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Ice Cream Soda and Soda Jerks at the Egyptian Theatre

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The Egyptian Theatre had a wonderful event on that Sunday afternoon. It was a beautiful September day in Hollywood, and the courtyard was filled with people who were standing in line, waiting for ice cream sodas. As the soda jerk whipped up the colorful sodas, the patrons listened to the music of a ukulele player, who sang and Egyptian Theatre.jpg whistled to his own music. After an enjoyable hour and a half in the shaded, Egyptian style courtyard, the eager…

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Added by Tiffany Brannan on September 22, 2017 at 2:20pm — No Comments

ERROL FLYNN and Others on Audio

I made a deal yesterday for an actor to do an audio recording of my one-person play, (Errol) FLYNN.



That makes audio versions of five (5) of my one-person plays currently in production. The other four are (Clark) GABLE, (Carole) LOMBARD, (Spencer) TRACY and (Basil) RATHBONE.



It's a bit of a juggling act for me, but (hopefully) all five will be…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on September 20, 2017 at 7:04am — No Comments

PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS, or Tom Swift and His Electric Chair

Greetings fellow film fans and GAOH members and visitors!

   There's an old saying that if you want something done, give it to the guy who's really busy - he finds time to get everything finished. Somehow, I feel this is directed at me...

   Anyway, today I decided to take the plunge, and add a blog post to my list of 10,000 top priorities. Yay me! I can't guarantee that I'll do this on a regular basis, but I'll give it a shot. My thought is, I will probably write about a…

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Added by William Ferry on September 7, 2017 at 9:21pm — 6 Comments

EXTRA: "The Great Breening Blogathon!"

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Ladies and gentlemen, the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society is now making the official announcement of our very first blogathon, the Great Breening Blogathon! It is centered around October 14, which is the 129th birthday of Joseph I. Breen, the head of the Production Code Administration. We like to think of him as the man who made the Golden Era golden. To celebrate his birthday, join us in the…

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Added by Tiffany Brannan on September 7, 2017 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Celebrating Ingrid Bergman's Birthday with a Riveting Film

It's Ingrid Bergman as you've never seen her before---icy, hard, and incredibly vindictive--- in 1964's The Visit, which my husband and I watched today in honor of Miss Bergman's August 29th birthday.  Also starring Anthony Quinn, this gripping drama features supporting help from (among others) Claude Dauphin, Irina Demick, and Valentina Cortese. Based on Friedrich Durrenmatt's play Der Besuch der alten…

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Added by Patti on August 29, 2017 at 10:40pm — 2 Comments

Millenials

Apparently, most millennials have never seen a classic movie. Pretty sad really, but not surprising. Check out this article:

http://nypost.com/2017/08/16/millennials-dont-really-care-about-classic-movies/

Added by Ktrek on August 17, 2017 at 11:09pm — 1 Comment

Murder, Morphine, and Madness!

This posting is for all you out there that still enjoy reading a good murder mystery! No too long ago I was watching TCM and I believe they were featuring "Gays in Hollywood". There were two guests hosts, one of them was William J. Mann. His book "Tinseltown; Murder, Morphine and, Madness At The Dawn Of Hollywood" was mentioned. It is based on the murder of William Desmond Taylor, his life in Hollywood, but really Hollywood during that time of the 1920's. Mabel…

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Added by Maureen on August 13, 2017 at 8:39am — 1 Comment

Top Hat (1935)

When you think of musicals, you think of song, dance, comedy; you think of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  They are, perhaps, the definitive musical film stars.  Their films set the standard for musicals after the huge rush of the genre at the dawn of the sound era.  Astaire and Rogers made ten pictures together; nine were at RKO between 1933 and 1939, while a tenth was made at MGM in 1949 after Judy Garland was forced out of The Barkleys of Broadway.  Top Hat was…

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Added by Stephen Butler on August 12, 2017 at 8:27am — No Comments

I'm moving!

Just wanted all my friends here at GAOH know that if you see very little of me for a while it's because my wife and I are retiring and relocating from Texas to Tennessee. We went on vacation there in early June and decided that was where we wanted to retire to. Last week we…

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Added by Ktrek on August 11, 2017 at 12:02am — 7 Comments

Gone With the Wind (1939)

Love it or loathe it, Gone With the Wind is one of the greatest pictures ever made.  And this, my friends, is a blog to match the film: huge, spectacular, colourful (British spellings again, I'm afraid!) and just a little corny in places.  I have used a variety of sources: the many books I have concerning its production, of which I will provide a list of recommended reading if anyone is interested, films that have been made about the production of GWTW (this is a common…

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Added by Stephen Butler on July 29, 2017 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

As I have professed on a number of occasions that the 1938 Warner Bros. Errol Flynn / Olivia de Havilland swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood is my favourite film, it makes sense that my first review ought to be about this film.  I first saw the film in 1978, around the time of its 40th anniversary, and it left me open-mouthed with wonder.  It does to this day.  

Let's get some of the technical stuff out of the way.  The film broke all studio records of the time.  It…

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Added by Stephen Butler on July 10, 2017 at 4:30am — 8 Comments

Fundraiser

I want to thank everyone who so generously helped me pay this year's bill. I am annually humbled by the charity shown and willingness to keep GAOH alive. I hope…

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Added by Ktrek on July 6, 2017 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

What are your TOP five movies of all time?

Hoping someone has a movie or movies in their top 5 I have not watched, so I can watch them too.



Here are mine. My criteria is being able to watch it over and over again until I know many of the lines spoken in the movie.



#1 Casablanca since 1976 when I was 19. Saw it on late night TV after I got off my summer job where I was working 2nd shift. Love at first viewing. A love story focused on a man, Mr. Bogart and Ms Bergman were legendary.



#2 Lawrence of Arabia.… Continue

Added by Gem Data on July 5, 2017 at 7:10pm — 18 Comments

Being Fan of Classic Movies in the United Kingdom [WARNING: U.K. spellings alert!]

Hello!  This is my first blog and - who knows? - it may be my last.  We'll have to see how it goes with this site.  

I became a fan of the 'Classic Movie' (for the purposes of my interest, this is any film made before 1967) back in 1978 when we first got a colour television in our house.  When we switched it on, the first thing we found to watch was the definitive Robin Hood, Errol Flynn in the 1938 Technicolor swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood.  It became my…

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Added by Stephen Butler on July 5, 2017 at 11:06am — 6 Comments

JACKIE GOES TO DIXIE

Barbara Eden says it's "Great reading! Funny! Funny! Funny!"

JACKIE GOES TO DIXIE by Michael B. Druxman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP3ZQBkaCvQ…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on July 4, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Locking the doors?

Greetings everyone (whoever is left). I just wanted everyone to know that I am considering not having a fundraiser this year and closing the site down. We've had a good run, but…

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Added by Ktrek on June 28, 2017 at 10:53pm — 22 Comments

Bob Hope titles coming to Blu-Ray

Several Bob Hope titles are making their way to Blu-Ray July 5th, 2017…

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Added by Ktrek on May 30, 2017 at 11:21am — 1 Comment

HOLLYWOOD SNAPSHOTS: The Forgotten Interviews

Here is the official press release for my new book, HOLLYWOOD SNAPSHOTS: The Forgotten Interviews.
 
 
Albany, Ga. – BearManor Media announces the release of Hollywood Snapshots The Forgotten Interviews by Michael B.…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on April 17, 2017 at 6:47am — No Comments

Happy Easter!

I hope you all have a blessed and Happy Easter!…

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Added by Ktrek on April 12, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

A Tribute to a Great Gentleman

This is indeed a sad day for all of us fans of Turner Classic Movies as we say good bye to legendary film historian, the face and voice of TCM, Robert Osborne. Robert generated true warmth, wit, and charm like a favorite uncle who would come into our homes and delight us all with his encyclopedic knowledge of behind the scenes facts, anecdotes, and trivia about the greatest films of Hollywood's Golden Era. Robert's passion was the movies, and the joy they brought to other…

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Added by Louise Maranzana on March 8, 2017 at 11:41am — No Comments

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On Dave Kehr and “Movies That Mattered”

When I was in the film program at Northwestern University in Chicago, my peers and I were required to read the works of Walter Benjamin, John Berger, Michel Foucault and even Freud, Jung and Marx. The idea was to apply their theories to the cinema to better understand how film worked, or how it related […]

Making the Leap: Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and Talkies

To view The Private Life of Don Juan click here. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. made his last movie in 1934. The Private Life of Don Juan was, quite accidentally, a fitting farewell to one of the first megastars of the movie industry. It wasn’t clear while filming it that it would be Fairbanks’ last movie but […]

The Greatest Early Douglas Sirk: Lured (1947)

To view Lured click here. Writer and director Douglas Sirk is mainly known today for his exquisite technicolor melodramas, such as Magnificent Obsession (1954), All That Heaven Allows (1955), Written on the Wind (1956) and Imitation of Life (1959), his last feature-length film. His work throughout the 1950s, and specifically these four films, are not […]

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