The Golden Age of Hollywood

August 2015 Blog Posts (6)

My Anna Kashfi Story

I see that actress Anna Kashfi has died.

Here is my brief Anna Kashfi story from my 2nd memoir, LIFE, LIBERTY & THE PURSUIT OF HOLLYWOOD.

One afternoon in the late 1960s, the owner of an upscale coffee shop in Brentwood asked me to come by and talk to him about my possibly publicizing his restaurant. When I got there, he was busy with another matter, so he introduced me to one of his favorite customers, and she invited me to sit with her…

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Added by Michael B. Druxman on August 24, 2015 at 7:31am — No Comments

Matt's Classic Movies - Autumn Sonata (1978)

Derek McLellan and film historian, author and lecturer …
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Added by Classic Movie Man on August 23, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

Dream Factory Podcast 97

Derek McLellan is joined by film historian Maria Ciaccia

to discuss…
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Added by Classic Movie Man on August 23, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

What a Character: Eddie Anderson

"It is a sad fact of life that the Golden Age of Hollywood was not a Golden Age for African Americans. Particularly in the Thirties, African American characters were often outright stereotypes. It was the era of Stepin Fetchit and Willie Best, actors whose speciality was…
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Added by Dave Miller on August 16, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Fred Frees reads MURDER IN BABYLON

Fred Frees does a terrific job narrating my novel based on fact, MURDER IN BABYLON, which deals with the 1922 murder of Hollywood film director William Desmond Taylor.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-2KR14hdPM

Added by Michael B. Druxman on August 16, 2015 at 8:38am — No Comments

PEEK INSIDE CECIL B. DEMILLE’S BIZARRO 1930 MASTER-FLOP, ‘MADAM SATAN’

Cecil B. DeMille was a peculiar, yet lovable, producer of Hollywood balderdash, and Madam Satan just might be his most bizarro film.

The black and white film came out in 1930 and had originally contained…

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Added by Dave Miller on August 15, 2015 at 11:09pm — No Comments

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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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