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July 2008 Blog Posts (39)

This Is My Affair (1937)

Barbara Stanwyck and soon to be husband Robert Taylor star in this movie about an undercover man secretly hired by the president to catch a gang of bank robbers. Rather a big stretch of the imagination in my view but the film is entertaining for the most part. For me, the hardest part to take in this one was Stanwyck singing and obviously not dubbed. Her well known voice works fine as an actress but is painfully flat as a singer. Too bad they did not have Martha Tilton around such as they did… Continue

Added by Bill on July 30, 2008 at 9:36pm — 4 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood Radio Network



If you enjoy the music of the era of the Golden Age of Hollywood you are sure to enjoy the two 24/7 Internet Radio Stations in the new Radio Network.



Great American Songbook celebrates the songwriting masterpieces of Berlin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer etc as interpreted by performers like Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald,… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on July 29, 2008 at 6:36am — No Comments

My Classic Movies Diary : Features 276-280



Keeper of the Flame (1942) 6/10 - Tracy and Hepburn's second feature together, reasonably compelling drama.



To Have and Have Not (1945) 6/10 - A movie which all about the sizzling chemistry between Bogart and Bacall in their first film together.



The Mummy (1932) 6/10 - Poorest of the 30s Universal horror films though great sequence where Karloff's Mummy comes to life.



Bulldog Drummond's Bride (1939) 5/10 -… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on July 29, 2008 at 6:24am — No Comments

Essential Cinema: Rare Victor Sjöström films on DVD

from classicfilmshow.com







I can hardly believe my eyes, but it looks like Kino are releasing three of Victor Sjöström's Swedish silents on DVD. For those who don't know, Victor Sjöström was an early master of film who began making films in Sweden in 1912. The kind of independence he and his… Continue

Added by Christian Hayes on July 28, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Spartacus

Yesterday, the Museum of Art showed Spartacus, and the print was magnificent.



To say that this is my all-time favorite film is an understatement. The cast, especially Ustinov & Olivier, were out of this world. (But you all knew that.) Still, to see them on the big screen seemed to amplify their performances. And seeing them on the big screen magnified what Laughton was doing with his eyes.



A woman was sitting behind me, and during Douglas and Simmons' final… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on July 28, 2008 at 7:57am — No Comments

Six essential classics on Blu-Ray

from classicfilmshow.com



As the new high-definition format continues to grow, it is becoming a more and more interesting prospect for classic film lovers. Message boards have been filled with young technophiles asking ‘But how can a film made before High Definition look anywhere near as good as movies made today?’ Others are quick to point out that a 35mm frame is far higher resolution than the highest HD currently available. Below are the few… Continue

Added by Christian Hayes on July 27, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)

In 1951 the captioned movie was released starring Gregory Peck. He got the role because Warner Bros. was having problems with the intended star Errol Flynn. IMO, Peck did a good job in the role, probably more believable than Flynn although he hardly had a British accent. Apparently the female lead (Virginia Mayo) was also a second or third choice but it did not seem to effect the film.



The C.S. Forester story of Hornblower was a perfect one for a young guy like me to fantasize about… Continue

Added by Bill on July 25, 2008 at 4:54pm — No Comments

Hubba, Hubba

In 1945 Perry Como had a hit single called 'Dig You Later' The following year he made two films for Fox in their attempt to make Como a singing film star which failed. In the film 'Doll Face' Como did a reprise of the number and I have uploaded it to the video section. Bill

Added by Bill on July 25, 2008 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 38 : Weekly Podcast



1 hour 8 minutes 43 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 : Tyrone Power



Derek and Maria discuss the life and career of one of… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on July 25, 2008 at 1:49pm — 4 Comments

London After Midnight Could Survive!

Everyone,



Hey people, I find it rather hard to believe that no one here is talking about this yet? The story is all over the place as we speak!



Brace yourself, Here is a link to some guy who claims quite convincingly in loving detail that He saw Lon Chaney's long lost MGM Silent feature LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, under it's alternate title THE HYPNOTIST back in 1998, in the old MGM vault. Yeah, I know we have heard this all before right? Maybe not? Take a look at this yarn.… Continue

Added by The Giant on July 25, 2008 at 2:02am — 10 Comments

My Classic Movies Diary ; Features 271-275



The Ace of Hearts (1921) 6/10 - A programmer but still entertaining early Lon Chaney Goldwyn feature.



Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) 6/10 - The titles always reduce me to hysteria though the rest isn't quite as funny, still beware the black knight isn't for the squeamish.



Unfaithfully Yours (1947) 6/10 - Good late Sturges but seems a fairly flimsy premise for a movie of this length still Rex Harrison gives a good… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on July 24, 2008 at 1:15pm — No Comments

My Classic Movies Diary : Features 266-270



The Gang's All Here (1943) 6/10 - Busby Berkeley's psychedelic numbers enliven this fun but flimsy musical. Still Alice Faye sings a couple of great songs, really looking forward to next month's new boxset featuring her.



The Big Combo (1955) 6/10 - Underrated film noir with the lovely Evelyn Keyes who will be much missed.



Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) 6/10 - Enjoyable if rather disjointed Laurel and Hardy… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on July 24, 2008 at 12:59pm — 2 Comments

Fate Is The Hunter (1964)

This film stars Glenn Ford, Rod Taylor and Suzanne Pleshette and is a story written by Ernie K. Gann. My interest in seeing it emanates from having read Gann's autobiography titled 'Hostage to Fortune' After I read the book I was really impressed with the man's adventurous life and thought "that is the life I wish I had led'. Ernie Gann was among other things a commercial pilot at a time when it was somewhat more demanding than it is today. He wrote several books and some of them became… Continue

Added by Bill on July 23, 2008 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Ben-Hur

Yesterday at the Museum of Art in Oklahoma City, I was able to catch William Wyler's Ben-Hur on the big screen, and received an interesting surprise: Like some of their earlier screenings, they had to show a DVD on the screen, due to the fact they were able to obtain a satisfactory print. Still, the majority of the screen was taken up with Wyler's epic, and to see the chariot race, which ranks as one of the great action scenes, on the big screen, was something to behold.



While… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on July 21, 2008 at 1:25pm — 3 Comments

Call of the Wild (1935)

It has been so long since I saw this movie it was just like I was watching something new. It truly is an hour and a half of good photography and good scenes, especially if you love dogs.



I think that Clark Gable is perfect in this one and Loretta Young fills the bill as the love interest which by the way is added by Hollywood to Jack London's story. A good thing I guess if you happen to be Judy Lewis but that is another story.



Because this movie takes place in the open… Continue

Added by Bill on July 19, 2008 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Soundtrack teasers: to be or not to be?



This is a "simul-post" from my blog Gold Coast Bluenote (another sample mob film post on GCB at link above) that cover a film soundtrack.



Two questions for discussion. Does this theory of a "soundtrack teaser" work? (That is, a soundtrack teaser because the soundtrack cuts are so… Continue

Added by Paco Malo on July 19, 2008 at 5:48pm — 3 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 37 : Weekly Podcast



1 hour 9 minutes,22 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 : Broadway to Hollywood



Derek and Maria discuss the movie versions of… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on July 18, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Review of 'Tyrone Power: The Matinee Idol Collection'

I've been reduced to a "run of the mill biography" as I think the gentleman referred to it - hey, it must be the editing. This is, however, an excellent review and analysis of the set and the actor.

http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/33963/tyrone-power-matinee-idol-collection/

Added by Suspira on July 17, 2008 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

The Painted Desert (1931)

The above captioned title was Clark Gable's first talkie. It also looked like a precursor to the Hopalong Cassidy series of which there were 66 films in all, but I can't find any reference that confirms this. Well the horse that Bill Boyd rode sure looks like Topper.

Not a bad western for 1931.

Bill

Added by Bill on July 17, 2008 at 3:13pm — 1 Comment

Video Upload

Here is a video I uploaded to YouTube. I guess it shows I like the old music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTzP7ecGQiw
Bill

Added by Bill on July 17, 2008 at 2:54pm — 6 Comments

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