The Golden Age of Hollywood

June 2008 Blog Posts (38)

The Star (1952)

The 1952 release of 'The Star' starred Bette Davis in a curiously similar role to that of Miss Davis in real life. The film tells the familiar story of a self absorbed screen actress who finds herself fading in popularity as she reaches her 40s and her struggles to remain 'a star'. It is a good film and worth the watching but there is something more to it that originally caused me to watch it. That something is an actress named Barbara Lawrence.

I was watching the 1948 musical film 'Give… Continue

Added by Bill on June 29, 2008 at 11:25pm — 2 Comments

Justification: Steven Judd and Ride the High Country

Few scenes are able to choke up a diehard western fan, but the last few moments of Ride the High Country are certainly an exception. They are perhaps, the only time Sam Peckinpah allows himself to get overly sentimental in any of his films. True, in The Wild Bunch Pike Bishop and Deke Thornton both get melancholy in regards to the past. In Junior Bonner, the title character is the same way. However, the sentiment in this film is not necessarily the characters', but… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on June 29, 2008 at 5:37pm — 2 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 34 : Weekly Podcast

1 hour 23 minutes, 3 seconds, 38 Mb

Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.

Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciacca.

Classic Movies News including a tribute to Cyd Charisse.

New Classic Movie DVDs

TCM USA Highlights

Main feature : Paramount

Derek and Maria… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on June 27, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Broadway Serenade (1939)

Jeanette MacDonald stars in this 1939 release and as usual sings some pleasant songs including a nicely staged 'Un Bel Di' It is not a great musical for MGM but Jeanette plays her part well alongside Lew Ayres (whom L.B. Mayer had relegated to lesser films by that time). What WAS different was the film is produced in sepia tone and in some of the musical numbers it is a sort of pinkish tint. It escapes me why they chose this type of print but the sepia does give the film a sort of softer tone.… Continue

Added by Bill on June 27, 2008 at 9:51am — No Comments

Living With Loss and Victory: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

In the documentary "Sam Peckinpah's West," it's stated that while Peckinpah didn't kill the western, he certainly took hammer and chisel to its tombstone. Should this be the case, it is safe to say that with The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, John Ford handed him the tools. For while Peckinpah's films dealt with the ending of the West in a bleak, often violent, manner, the ball started rolling with Ford's picturesque work.

When The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance hit our screens in 1962,… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on June 26, 2008 at 9:17am — 2 Comments

My Classic Movie Diary : Features 246-250

Why Worry ? (1923) 6/10 : Middle range Harold Lloyd feature still worth a few laughs.

You're Telling Me ! (1934) 6/10 : The great W.C. Fields is a wascky inventor of puncture proof tires who becomes friendly with royalty.

The Plainsman (1936) 6/10 : Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur in DeMille's romanticised tribute to the men that… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on June 26, 2008 at 4:54am — 2 Comments

Greenwich Village (1944)

In the Golden Age, MGM was the undisputed leader in the production of musicals but there were still some made by other studios that were good enough to entertain the masses. One of these lesser known musicals was released by Fox in 1945 and it starred the bombastic Carmen Miranda along with Don Ameche and Vivian Blaine. This one had plenty of musical numbers along with specialty dance numbers staged with lots of colourful costumes. For me, the most entertaining number is done by a group of… Continue

Added by Bill on June 25, 2008 at 10:40pm — No Comments

Ford and Peckinpah: Not As Different As We Think

Throughtout the history of the Western, with the possible exception of Sergio Leone, no two directors made an impact on the genre with the force of John Ford and Sam Peckinpah. At first glance, their films are miles apart in structure and meaning. But when one takes a closer look, these two masters weren't as far apart as it seems, as evidenced by comparing Ford's My Darling Clemintine to Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch.

While it is acknowledged to be the finest film on Earp, My Darling… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on June 25, 2008 at 9:31pm — 6 Comments

The Adventure of Roger's TV

This isn't really about the golden age of Hollywood but to enjoy those old movies we do need a good TV so...

I'm not sure when this all happened but I'm guessing it was probably around 1998 which means I've had my TV now for just about a decade. There's a story behind it, of course...

Somehow (and I'm not sure how) I found out about this newfangled DVD system. I heard the picture and sound quality were much better than plain old VHS. The quality was supposed to be even… Continue

Added by Roger L. Schoolcraft on June 25, 2008 at 9:38am — No Comments

It All Comes Down To A Spin And A Click: THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

In 1960, a film opened that changed the course of the motion picture, as it brought forth changes not only to the western, but the action-adventure genre as a whole. When John Sturges remade Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai as a western, he thought he was making an ordinary film. After all, Sturges had filled his resume with westerns such as Bad Day At Black Rock, Gunfight At the O.K. Corral, and The Law and Jake Wade. Call it what you want, but when his 1960 work, The Magnificent Seven, had put… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on June 23, 2008 at 8:30pm — 3 Comments

Not As A Stranger (1955)

For some reason which escapes me, this movie is one of those good ones that I have never seen before and they are few and far between. First off, there is the great cast including Robert Mitchum, Olivia De Havilland, Frank Sinatra, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Charles Bickford and Lee Marvin. They all give excellent performances and I was impressed with Olivia in particular.

This picture was Stanley Kramer's first attempt at directing and I think he hit a home run first time… Continue

Added by Bill on June 22, 2008 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

Swing Fever (1943)

This mid war musical stars Kay Kyser and Marilyn Maxwell with a specialty number by Lena Horne who by the way is still living and apparently still performing. The best thing in this film is Marilyn Maxwell who has a pleasant voice and singing style plus she is easy to look at.

Not an especially great musical but if you like to see jitterbug the way it should be danced, there is a number in this film that made it worth seeing for me.

Added by Bill on June 22, 2008 at 8:32am — No Comments

Can you ever call a film an instant classic?

I often see films so revolutionary or just plain great that I want to label them, far too quickly, as "instant classics." Can you think of any film that did that for you?

One brand new film that I've known about for 4 months, and finally saw last week, I so declare; see my discussion of Todd Hayes' latest film"I'm Not There":… Continue

Added by Paco Malo on June 20, 2008 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 33 : Weekly Podcast

Slightly earlier this week since I'm off for a weekend break.

1 hour 27 minutes 9 seconds , 39.7 Mb

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… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on June 19, 2008 at 12:42pm — No Comments

My petition for Shout! Factory to create more Father Knows Best Season DVD sets

In talking with Billy Gray (who played "Bud"), he explained a proposal he made to the Shout Factory, (who released the Father Knows Best Season I and Season II DVD sets) to consider making a special DVD set starring Billy himself; as well as DVDs of ALL episodes. Shout Factory needs to see an interest before they'll do these so when I suggested to Billy that a petition would be much easier than trying to gather supporters one at a time he said "Great idea! Go for it". So, I have… Continue

Added by Sunny on June 18, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Great Lie and Mary Astor

I don't get it!

I watched 'The Great Lie' (1941) in which Mary Astor played a supporting role to Bette Davis and won the Academy Award. Knowing this, I paid particular attention to her performance but I was not impressed to the extent that I thought it warranted the award. Granted, awards are often not given to the most deserving and sometimes the competition is not as strong as it would be in other years, so maybe that is the case here. Anyway, 'The Great Lie' is a good one, not great,… Continue

Added by Bill on June 17, 2008 at 8:10am — 3 Comments

My Classic Movie Diary : Features 241-245

The Sea Hawk (1940) 7/10 - One of my fave swashbucklers with brilliant Korngold score.

The Romantic Englishwoman (1975) 5/10 - Fairly dull romantic drama with Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson.

The Old Dark House (1932) 7/10 - Typically eccentric James Whale horror.

Kiss Me Deadly (1955) 6/10 - Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) gets more than he bargained for when he… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on June 15, 2008 at 6:34am — No Comments

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

This is the post, from my blog Gold Coast Bluenote, I get the most seach hits on. It was even cited in one college student's paper for her film class. I therefore take the chance, in our Brave New World, that the folks here will find it a good discussion starter.


'It's a sin…

Added by Paco Malo on June 15, 2008 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

Spell on you

Just watched The Profane Angel's video on YouTube entitled 'Spell on You'

Very enjoyable!!


Added by Bill on June 14, 2008 at 12:07pm — 2 Comments


Hello folks! Just to update you as to a new feature of the network. I added a LINKS section on the top menu bar. Any links related to classic movies can be added here. I hope this will be a useful resource to our members. If you have a website you think should be added please post it here or private message me. Here is where the links page can be found:

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Added by Ktrek on June 14, 2008 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

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