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April 2009 Blog Posts (43)

All About Eve: Colbert, Reagan and Jeanne Crain?

All About Eve is an essay by intelligent film people in Hollywood about intelligent theater people on Broadway. That as raw material alone has the potential for a film that will at the very least keep you awake in the theater. But when you add elements like a biting, razor sharp script, pitch perfect direction and an impeccably talented cast, you've got a film that not only keeps you out of slumber land, but picks you up by the collar and gives you a… Continue

Added by Rupert Alistair on April 30, 2009 at 5:28pm — 3 Comments

Welcome Our Newest Administrator!

I would like to welcome Fan Classic Movies as the newest administrator on The Golden Age of Hollywood. She has been a very active and devoted member since she joined. She takes the time to greet and welcome every new member we get and sets a fine example for everyone to follow. It has been on my mind to add a female to the team to help give some balance to the admin team. Plus with her being in Europe she is on the board at times that Chuck… Continue

Added by Ktrek on April 30, 2009 at 2:52pm — 6 Comments

Joan Bennett: Do BLONDES Have More Fun?

Remember pretty and pert Amy March in 1933's Little Women? Remember darkly seductive Kitty "Lazy Legs" March in the 1945 classic noir film Scarlet Street? Both were played by beautiful actress Joan Bennett. Bennett essentially had two phases in her nearly 50 year feature film career. The first as a pretty blonde in mostly lightweight fare during the 1930's and the second as a raven haired vamp in some of the best examples of the film noir genre of the… Continue

Added by Rupert Alistair on April 28, 2009 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Tyrone Power to Have a Birthday Tribute on Turner Classic Movies

Who would ever have believed it? After years of pretending he didn't exist, Turner Classic Movies is giving Tyrone Power a birthday tribute on May 5, showing several of his films: Abandon Ship, The Long Gray Line, Witness for the Prosecution, The Rains Came, and Marie Antoinette.

As we know, TCM does not own the 20th Century Fox library, which has left many Fox stars out in the cold not only on the network but in their books as well. Film history has sort of become The History of… Continue

Added by Suspira on April 28, 2009 at 3:19pm — 12 Comments

RIP Jack Cardiff


Added by Steve-O on April 27, 2009 at 4:11pm — No Comments

And Then There Were None

"One little Indian boy left all alone; he went and hanged himself and then there were none". So goes the final verse of an oft told nursery rhyme. It is also the impetus to the classic suspense chiller And Then There Were None, the oft filmed whodunit based on Agatha Christie's best selling mystery novel. This stylish, atmospheric movie premiered very aptly on Halloween 1945 and it was the first and arguably the best version of the many… Continue

Added by Rupert Alistair on April 26, 2009 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Ingrid Bergman's "We'll always have Paris" hat

Like many of you, one of my favourite movies ever is Casablanca and one of my favourite scenes, the airport scene. There's something that makes this scene the most romantic of all (and one of the most beautiful scenes ever shot).

In this scene Ingrid Bergman wears the mos beautiful brimmed hat I have ever seen. Well, this hat is my mom's consumer dream and I have been looking for a replica (or simply a hat that looks similar) for a few months… Continue

Added by Slim on April 26, 2009 at 6:51pm — 1 Comment

Steve Reich Wins Pulitzer

I have been a long time fan of modern composer Steve Reich's stuff. He is a fantastic and creative composer. He mostly delves into minimalism. I know that this is a little off topic for the site but this is my blog and I wanted to archive this piece. The piece is called DOUBLE SEXTET. It has not been officially released on CD yet and this embed is the only known recording of it. If you listen please listen closely and all the way through. I think you might be surprised how good classical music… Continue

Added by Ktrek on April 26, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A Missed Opportunity

I just posted this on my Amazon site, but I thought that you might also be interested in this story:

All of us have regrets about missed opportunities; times when we should have turned right when we turned left. [I'm not talking politically here.]

Back in the 1970s, I was researching a non-fiction book about the William Desmond Taylor murder.

Taylor was a major film director during Hollywood's silent era. On February 1, 1922, an unknown person shot him… Continue

Added by Michael B. Druxman on April 26, 2009 at 11:00am — 5 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 76

1 hour 21 minutes 52 seconds

Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.

Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciacca.

Classic Movies News

New Classic Movie DVDs

TCM USA Highlights

Main feature : Adaptations

Derek and Maria discuss film adaptations of classic… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on April 25, 2009 at 7:31am — No Comments

Spaniards to erect monument to Leslie Howard

A historical association says it will honor “Gone With the Wind” actor Leslie Howard as a war hero with a monument in Spain near where his plane was shot down by Nazi fighter pilots during World War II. The Royal Green Jackets association and author Jose Rey Ximena will unveil the propeller-shaped sculpture in July near Cedeira bearing the names of those who died aboard the commercial flight from Portugal to Britain in 1943. Association President Manuel Santiago Arenas Roca says the London-born… Continue

Added by Alexandroula on April 25, 2009 at 6:26am — 1 Comment

Listening To My Movie Scores

I love movie may not always be my favorite music at the moment (it largely depends on my mood) but it's right up there. When I got my XM radio over 3 years ago, I was very happy to find out they had a movie score channel known as Cinemagic. Recently, however, I decided I needed to cut costs in as many ways as I could and one thing I decided that had to go was my XM radio subscription. I just felt I wasn't listening to it enough to warrant continuing it. Luckily, I do have a large… Continue

Added by Roger L. Schoolcraft on April 24, 2009 at 7:31pm — 6 Comments

Podcast will be slightly late this week

Just a quick note that I'm just finished recording this week's podcast with Maria (no 76) which is about film adaptations of classic novels and plays. I should have it edited and uploaded for tomorrow.

Added by Classic Movie Man on April 24, 2009 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Ken Annakin Passes Away

Ken Annakin dies at 94; British director of 'Swiss Family Robinson' and others

By Dennis McLellan

April 24, 2009

Ken Annakin, a British director whose films included the family-adventure classic "Swiss Family Robinson," the madcap comedy "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" and the World War II epic "The Longest Day," has died. He was 94.

Annakin, who suffered a heart attack and a stroke within a day of each other in February, died Wednesday at… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on April 24, 2009 at 7:01am — No Comments

Joan Crawford: The Phoenix from the Ashes

Love her or hate her, one thing that has to be said about Joan Crawford. She's a survivor. During her lengthy career, she fought to get to the top and stay at the top and when she was at the bottom, she fought her way up again.

Signed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer in 1925, Crawford carved her niche at the end of the Silent era as the eternal flapper in films like Our Dancing Daughters (1928). In the early and mid-1930's she became the… Continue

Added by Rupert Alistair on April 23, 2009 at 11:11pm — 1 Comment

Jack Cardiff Dies

Film-maker Cardiff dies aged 94

Cinematographer and director Jack Cardiff, who actress Marilyn Monroe once described as "the best in the world", has died aged 94.

He was best known for his work on movies such as The African Queen and Sons and Lovers, and was awarded an Oscar for Black Narcissus in 1948.

The filmmaker was also presented with an Honorary Oscar in 2001.

Born to two music hall artists, he grew up in the theatre, resulting in a showbusiness… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on April 23, 2009 at 10:33pm — No Comments

The Poster for My Spencer Tracy Play

Added by Michael B. Druxman on April 22, 2009 at 7:34pm — 6 Comments

Bing, Bob and Dottie: The Road to Success

No relation to the 1931 melodrama of the same name, The Road to Singapore (1940) would launch one of the most popular and successful movie series in history and become a touchstone for the "buddy" film henceforth. Seven times Paramount contract stars Bing Crosby and Bob Hope headed to some far-reaching locale, either on the lam or touring their vaudeville act, inevitably meeting up with sarong beauty Dorothy Lamour.

The irony is the… Continue

Added by Rupert Alistair on April 22, 2009 at 12:32am — 7 Comments

Ava Gardner: scrawny kid or glamour girl?

This has to be my favourite picture of Ava Gardner. This little girl has the same look, same smile, same cheeks and same chin, but lacks the glamour and womanliness of the Ava we see on screen.

She is one of my favourites, not only for being stunningly beautiful, but for being more "real" to me than any other big star. You see, not many famous people come to Brazil, but Ava did (although I wasn't alive at the time). And by "real" I didn't mean… Continue

Added by Slim on April 21, 2009 at 9:23pm — No Comments

Heaven don't want me, Hell's afraid I'll take over!!

This past Saturday evening, after a dinner at a restaraunt for my brother-in-law's birthday, A the B suffering a health issue that landed me in the hospital. A thousand tests and an angiagram later, they released me. Still not 100% sure about what happened, one of my previously administered 5 stents that I have in my heart( yes, I DO have a heart!! Just not a really good one!) had closed and the blood had formed collateral( made it's own) passageways. I'm ok folks, just wanted my friends to… Continue

Added by Abdullah aka Chuck on April 21, 2009 at 8:40pm — 21 Comments

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