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ERROL FLYNN on Audio

I just got word that the audio adaptation of FLYNN, my one-person stage play about Errol Flynn, is now available for download on Amazon, audible.com and, within a day or so, iTunes. Sam Burns brings the screen's most famous Robin Hood to life in this production, which has been enhanced with music and sound effects. Enjoy!…



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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 20, 2017 at 10:09am — No Comments

Clark GABLE and Spencer TRACY: A conversation

(Clark) GABLE and (Spencer) TRACY: A conversation.
 

Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 13, 2017 at 10:29am — No Comments

Dodsworth (1936), or Happy Tho' Married Gets Knocked for a Loop

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since I've blogged, and I did promise I would post here my contribution to The Great Breening Blogathon. So, with the promise that I will contribute here more frequently, here goes...

Dodsworth (1936)



The Technical Stuff (courtesy of Wikipedia)

Directed by     William Wyler

Produced by     Samuel Goldwyn

Written by     Sidney Howard

Based on     Dodsworth 1934 play by Sidney Howard

Dodsworth…

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Added by William Ferry on November 12, 2017 at 6:01pm — No Comments

CAROLE LOMBARD on Audio

I am pleased to announce that the audio edition of my play, LOMBARD, is now available for download at audible.com., Amazon and iTunes. Kathleen Godwin delivers a moving performance as Carole Lombard in this production of my original stage play, which has been enhanced with music and sound effects.
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 3, 2017 at 6:57am — No Comments

Clark GABLE on Audio

I am pleased to announce that the audio edition of my play, GABLE, is now available for download at audible.com., Amazon and iTunes. George Utley delivers a magnificent performance as Clark Gable in this production of my original stage play, which has been enhanced with music and sound effects.…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 1, 2017 at 6:59am — No Comments

THE GREAT BREENING BLOGATHON!

Hi everyone! The big day is finally here!

Please be sure to pay a visit to the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society, run by our friend and fellow GAOH member, Tiffany Brannan.

Tiffany graciously accepted my contribution, an examination of DODSWORTH (1936); it was a bit out of the scope of the Breening Blogathon Rules, but I did relate it to the Production Code warnings about divorce and infidelity.

Be sure to read it and check out the other…

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Added by William Ferry on October 14, 2017 at 7:05pm — 1 Comment

TRACY is #1

I just learned that the new audio edition of TRACY is currently the #1 release on Amazon in the Play and Scriptwriting Department. Chris Hendrie delivers a masterful performance as Spencer Tracy in this adaptation of my stage play, which we've enhanced for your listening pleasure with music and sound effects.…
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Added by Michael B. Druxman on October 7, 2017 at 7:02am — No Comments

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 — 4 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

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On November 1, 2017 FilmStruck’s blog, StreamLine, moved to Tumblr. This archive will remain active for anyone looking to access older content, but going forward our daily posts dedicated to cinema will appear on FilmStruck’s Tumblr page. See the the link below to be redirected to our new location. http://filmstruck.tumblr.com/tagged/streamline-blog  

Affairs of the Heart: The Wedding Night (1935)

To view The Wedding Night click here. The Wedding Night was doomed from the start. It was producer Samuel Goldwyn’s final attempt at making the Ukrainian actress Anna Sten into a Garbo-level star, and his persistence had become something of a Hollywood joke. The Wedding Night became known around town as “Goldwyn’s Last Sten,” but […]

Murnau and the Phantoms of Germany

To view Phantom click here. It’s that time of year when Nosferatu (1922), F.W. Murnau’s interpretation of Dracula, appears on lists of recommended horror films. The oldest, existing film version of Bram Stoker’s novel, Nosferatu is likely Murnau’s most watched title. It’s eerie Expressionist style was a major influence on the American horror genre, but […]

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