The Golden Age of Hollywood

September 2008 Blog Posts (23)

Thurston Hall

Just a quick comment to add the name of Thurston Hall to the list of bit players whose face is very familiar but whose name may not be.

Added by Bill on September 30, 2008 at 8:38pm — 2 Comments

The Mantan Moreland Show

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Added by Dave Miller on September 30, 2008 at 11:15am — 4 Comments

Character Actors We've Known And Loved

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Added by Dave Miller on September 29, 2008 at 1:13pm — 3 Comments

Harry Davenport

I was watching Larceny Inc. the 1942 comedy with Edward G. Robinson, when I suddenly realized that another ubiquitous bit player was in it. His name was Harry Davenport and I can't tell you how many times I have seen this actor in movies but it is a lot. Of course it is a lot because he MADE a lot of movies usually playing a judge or someone's grandfather. No surprise, since he was born in 1866 so by the time talking pictures came along he was in his sixties. Apparently he also was quite well… Continue

Added by Bill on September 29, 2008 at 10:57am — 3 Comments

Ma and Pa Kettle film series.

Added by Dave Miller on September 28, 2008 at 9:20pm — 5 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 47 : Weekly Podcast



Part 1 : 57 minutes, 7 seconds, 25.15 Mb



Part 2 : 58 minutes, 25.55 Mb



Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.



Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciacca.



Classic Movies News

New… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on September 26, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

A new Admin!



Unfortunately I have been too busy lately to make this announcement but about a week and a half ago Chuck (Abdullah the Bitcher) has agreed to help me administrate this site. It is starting to be too busy for just myself to run and the founder Derek (Classic Movie Man) is apparently too busy to help these days. So, I kindly asked Chuck to assist me in keeping order around here and I'm sure he will do a great job! He will be fair and honorable… Continue

Added by Ktrek on September 25, 2008 at 9:30pm — 7 Comments

From Judy´s biography


Judy knelt beside the block of wet cement and with her finger inscribed her name, then planted her hands in the cement for a handprint.

Added by Ufonka on September 25, 2008 at 9:35am — 3 Comments

Sci Fi Posters and Lobby Cards

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Added by Dave Miller on September 23, 2008 at 10:23am — 4 Comments

Jean Harlow Slideshow

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Added by Dave Miller on September 22, 2008 at 10:02am — 2 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 46 : Weekly Podcast



1 hour 7 minutes 29 seconds, 30.9 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 : Bob Hope



Derek and Maria discuss one of the most popular film… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on September 19, 2008 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Cleaning House



Greetings members!



It seems that many members have not taken me seriously when I said I would delete their account If they did not fill in their profile and, even more importantly, add a picture as their avatar. Thus it has been my unfortunate job to delete around 50 accounts today. The only accounts that were spared were those that were either brand new or have been recently active. This puts us back below 200 members but I really… Continue

Added by Ktrek on September 18, 2008 at 11:00pm — 20 Comments

They Screwed It Up In 1940!

In 1940, the American public elected Franklin Delano Roosevelt to an unprecented third term.



But why? After all, a far superior candidate was running against him. Not Wendell Wilkie, but Gracie Allen of the Surprise Party. Earlier, she had announced that she was running for governor of the State of Coma, claiming to have been there for years. When that didn't take off, she decided to run for president.



Gracie's slogan was "Down with common sense, vote… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on September 18, 2008 at 11:19am — 4 Comments

One Way Passage (1932) / Til We Meet Again (1940)

There have been tons of movies made and then remade. Most often the remake is not as good as the original and often it is not even worth seeing. There are exceptions of course. A PLACE IN THE SUN is a good example although I think AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY was better than the reception it got when first released.



However, the two above captioned titles are more difficult for me to decide which I like best. First of all, I am a huge fan of William Powell and of Kay Francis who were the… Continue

Added by Bill on September 15, 2008 at 10:45am — 8 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 45 : Weekly Podcast



1 hour 22 minutes 6 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



Voices from Hollywood's Past : Stan Laurel interview from 1957.



Main feature :… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on September 12, 2008 at 2:09pm — No Comments

Fred and Ginger and 9/11

I'm recycling a post that I made on another site. The rememberance of the events of today made me recall an important lesson I learned about the magic of cinema.



I had always been told that the popularity of the 1930s musical comedies was due to their escapist nature. People could forget their hopeless situations while watching these films. The concept makes sense,… Continue

Added by Joanne C on September 11, 2008 at 7:33am — 4 Comments

My Classic Movies Diary : Features 316-320



The Great Lover (1949) 6/10 Amusing Bob Hope comedy with the comedian in charge of a troupe of Boy Scouts aboard an ocean liner.



Anna Christie (1930) 6/10 Garbo's first talkie in which she makes quite an impact in her first entrance though I feel the film shows its age in its handling of the melodrama.



The Scarlett Claw (1944) 6/10 - One of the best of the Rathbone-Bruce Sherlock Holmes series.



Broadway Melody of… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on September 10, 2008 at 6:21am — No Comments

Politics in Movies: Return to Yesteryear

Ah, how I long for those good ol' days, when a political-themed film was fun to watch. Remember when you didn't have 'the party' mentioned? They were just 'the party.' If you didn't care for that particular politican, well - You supposed they were in the party opposite to yours. If you liked them, then they were in the same one. Pure and simple.



Now, the fun's all out of it. The names of the parties are mentioned, and it's taken the drama out of it due to the fact we… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on September 7, 2008 at 4:57pm — No Comments

A not so clever remake.

This weekend my brother and I watched a SciFi/Horror flick called DOOMSDAY. The entire northern half of England is walled off from the rest of the world because of a deadly, uncurable, virus. An elite force is ordered into the virus ridden area to try to retrieve a possible cure for the virus that was now showing signs of spreading south of the wall.

In the eighties, John Carpenter made Escape From New York, and this new movie 'borrowed' heavily from Carpenter's film. Here are some of the… Continue

Added by Dave Miller on September 7, 2008 at 9:56am — No Comments

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

I was unaware that this film was made in Technicolor, but when I began to watch it I guessed that maybe it was done in order to learn some of the technique of colour filming for the upcoming Gone With The Wind project which was about to begin at Selznick studios.



Just a guess, as I say, but Tom Sawyer was a nice surprise for me. It is a pretty good film in its own right as one might expect since Mark Twain is no slouch as a source.



May Robson as Aunt Polly was good casting… Continue

Added by Bill on September 6, 2008 at 5:00pm — 4 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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