The Golden Age of Hollywood

March 2010 Blog Posts (18)

My Next Book....

I have signed a contract with Bear Manor Media to publish my Hollywood memoirs, MY 45 YEARS IN HOLLYWOOD AND HOW I ESCAPED ALIVE.

The book should be available before the end of this year.

Added by Michael B. Druxman on March 30, 2010 at 2:17pm — 2 Comments

Never Nominated - Are You Kidding Me?

We know that the Academy has made colossal blunders in the past like Saving Private Ryan losing to Shakespeare in Love even though Steven Spielberg won Best Director that year. Or that they gave Best Actor to Paul Newman for The Color Of Money but not for The Hustler, when he played the same character of Eddie 20 years earlier and better. But I came across this article that lists several big time actors and actresses who were never even nominated a single time. Which is a lot more heartbreaking… Continue

Added by Monty on March 29, 2010 at 8:00pm — 6 Comments

Gloria Swanson 111st Birthday

This is my first blog post, dedicated to my absolutely favorite actress, as you all probably know, Gloria Swanson, who's birthday is today and I really hope the world will NEVER forget her beauty, talent and style.
She was unforgettable and uncomparable!

Added by Irina Garbo on March 27, 2010 at 8:30am — 13 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 121

1 hour 9 minutes 19 seconds

Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.

Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciaccia.

Classic Movie DVDs

Main feature : Film Noir Directors



Added by Classic Movie Man on March 26, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

'It's a sin to kill a mockingbird ...'

The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but…

Added by Paco Malo on March 26, 2010 at 12:02pm — 2 Comments

"At The Movies" To End in August

This isn't really about Classic Hollywood but it is sort of the end of an era...the movie review TV program "At The Movies" has been canceled. It has gone through many incarnations beginning way back in the 1970s. I first became aware of it when it was airing as "Sneak Previews" on PBS...that was a bit over 30 years ago. The original hosts were Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert and they continued on it through several incarnations...from PBS into syndication...up until Gene's death (which I think was… Continue

Added by Roger L. Schoolcraft on March 25, 2010 at 9:49pm — No Comments

It's Steve McQueen's birthday!

On March 24, 1930, Steve McQueen was born in Beech Grove, Indiana (a native Hoosier!).

Added by Dan Day, Jr. on March 24, 2010 at 1:18pm — 4 Comments

Now Playing - Joan Crawford

In honor of Joan Crawford's birthday, here are the films I would have chosen to air on TV today. It's strange that TCM didn't play any of her films. But anyway here are the ones I would have chosen.

THE WOMEN (1939) Amidst an all star cast of women such as Norma Shearer, Paulette Goddard and Rosalind Russell...Joan positively shines the brightest.

Her character Crystal Allen is beautiful, manipulative and funny.…


Added by Monty on March 23, 2010 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 120

1 hour 27 minutes 10 seconds

Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.

Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciaccia.

Maria's Guide to TCM USA

Main feature : City Lights (1931)

Derek and Maria discuss the classic silent comedy starring…


Added by Classic Movie Man on March 19, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Letter (1929)

I was fortunate to obtain a copy of the 1929 film THE LETTER which stars Jeanne Eagels in the only film in which she appears that is still extant at least as far as I know. She only made one other sound film. Shortly after the film was made she died of a drug overdose.

There is a lot can be said about this relatively short film. I think it is a stand out performance all around and the fact that Eagels was nominated (posthumously) for an Academy award is just one item. She lost to Mary… Continue

Added by Bill on March 16, 2010 at 9:48am — 13 Comments

My Mother Eva Hewitt

I haven't been posting on here for quite a little while, as since November 2009, I have been acting as sole carer for my Mother , Eva Hewitt , pictured here at the age of seventy , who sadly passed away on Wednesday February 24th 2010 , after battling an aggressive melanoma cancer.

When my Mother died she was just short of her 87th birthday and she…


Added by Muir Hewitt on March 16, 2010 at 4:27am — 8 Comments

There Will Never Be Another Audie Murphy

An American Legend…

Added by Jolene on March 14, 2010 at 6:30am — 10 Comments

No podcast this week

Sadly there won't be any podcast this week. We did record the show about the Top 20 performances of all time but unfortunately something went wrong with my recording software. Hopefully we'll return to the topic in future.

Sorry everyone,


Added by Classic Movie Man on March 12, 2010 at 3:07pm — 1 Comment

Golden Age of Hollywood 119


Added by Classic Movie Man on March 5, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

And The Oscar Goes To......

.....Quentin Tarantino, for generousity and kindness above and beyond what we are used to seeing in Hollywood.

The New Beverly Cinema has been a Los Angeles treasure, and in the same family, for over 30 years now and is the only revival theatre in the United States (perhaps the world?) to run double billed features continuously, 7 days a week, with the bill changing every two days. It's a wonderful place, with a great homey atmosphere… Continue

Added by MothGirl Wings on March 4, 2010 at 11:00pm — 22 Comments

A fond farewell - 2009 Hollywood Golden Guy Memoriam

A fond farewell to those who have left us since Oscar night last year.

Added by Tim Nyhus on March 4, 2010 at 10:23am — No Comments

In Memoriam is touching to watch, painful to make

LOS ANGELES — The Kodak Theatre goes quiet as the big screen at center stage begins flashing images of actors and filmmakers who have died. A photo of Heath Ledger or Paul Newman might move the audience to spontaneous applause. Other images inspire deep sighs, as viewers reflect on the entertainers who have touched our…


Added by Tim Nyhus on March 3, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

'Hurt Locker' producer banned from Oscars


Leslie Unger

March 2, 2010



Added by Tim Nyhus on March 3, 2010 at 10:23am — No Comments

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