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November 2008 Blog Posts (27)

Metropolitan (1935)

The 1935 film 'METROPOLITAN' was the first film released after the Fox studios were merged with Twentieth Century. It starred Lawrence Tibbett who has an unquestionable quality voice, Virginia Bruce and Alice Brady.

Tibbett sings some stirring numbers such as The Road to Mandalay along with several well known opera arias. The surprise to me was that Virginia Bruce also sang and sounded pretty darn good. Of course I immediately suspected that she had a voice dub, but it appears that she did… Continue

Added by Bill on November 29, 2008 at 11:19am — 7 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 56 : Weekly Podcast



1 hour 16 minutes, 3 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 : The RKO Story



Derek and Maria discuss the smallest of the 5… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on November 28, 2008 at 3:42pm — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving.


Happy Thanksgiving to one and all at the Golden Age of Hollywood. Enjoy the holiday and be sure to give thanks for all the bounties you hold dear.
Dave
P.S. Save me some pumpkin pie, please. ;-)

Added by Dave Miller on November 27, 2008 at 12:50am — 6 Comments

The Blue Veil (1951)

Wow! I am blown away.



'The Blue Veil' is a movie that I had not heard of but should have.



The star is unquestionably Jane Wyman but there is a long list of names that would be known to most movie buffs. Charles Laughton, Joan Blondell, Agnes Moorhead, Don Taylor, Natalie Wood, Vivian Vance and a lot more.



Jane Wyman was nominated for the Academy Award for best actress and Joan Blondell for best supporting actress. Jane won the Golden Globe award and I agree with… Continue

Added by Bill on November 26, 2008 at 5:25pm — 6 Comments

Happy Birthday, Boris Karloff

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On November 23, Boris Karloff will be 121, that is if he was still with us. Happy birthday anyway,… Continue

Added by Dave Miller on November 22, 2008 at 11:13pm — No Comments

A Day of Sorrow and Pride

This has nothing to do with Hollywood, motion pictures, or even Boris Karloff. It has to do with an event that I, and the whole country experienced forty five years ago this Saturday. Please bear with me for a moment.



November 22, 1963 started out just like anyother day for me. I had to go to school. It was mostly an uneventful day. Go to classes, band at 3rd or 4th period, I forget which right now, and then lunch. The world turned upside-down at lunch for all the students and staff… Continue

Added by Dave Miller on November 22, 2008 at 2:51am — 2 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 55 - Weekly Podcast



1 hour 14 minutes 36 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 : Marlene Dietrich



Derek and Maria discuss one of the great… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on November 21, 2008 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Golden Earings (1947)

Just finished watching Golden Earings, the 1947 film starring Marlene Dietrich and Ray Milland. I thought that Marlene was special in the role of a gypsy and Ray Milland was just fine in his part. The movie has no basis in fact except for the manner in which the Nazis treated Gypsies but it was entertaining. It was interesting to see Murvyn Vye in his first screen role. He had such an imposing voice and of course because of it went on to play many villainous roles.

Added by Bill on November 19, 2008 at 9:59pm — 1 Comment

Irving Brecher, 94, Comedy Writer Dies

November 19, 2008

Irving Brecher, 94, Comedy-Script Writer, Is Dead

By BRUCE WEBER

Irving Brecher, who wrote vaudeville sketches for Milton Berle, jokes for Henny Youngman, comedies for the Marx Brothers, a television series for Jackie Gleason and screenplays for movie musicals including “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “Bye Bye Birdie,” died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 94.



His death was confirmed by Nell Scovell, a friend, who said Mr. Brecher had had a series of heart… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on November 19, 2008 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Mickey Mouse is 80 Today!

By Claire Suddath



Mickey Mouse turns 80 years old today, and there's not a gray hair on him. Sure, he's a little rounder, a little squatter, and he's been wearing the same clothes for decades, but all in all he looks pretty good. Sure, Mickey hasn't had a movie in two years (his last one went direct-to-video), but his cheerful face remains one of the most recognizable images in the world, even beating out Santa Claus. Disney threw a big party for the mouse's 75th birthday, so this… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on November 18, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Looking Behing the Stereotypes of the Rock Hudson-Doris Day Pairing by Saul Austerlitz

There was a time, before the collapse of the studios and the rise of the sexual revolution, when virginity not only wasn't laughable, but could serve as a legitimate movie plot point. In this long-ago era, the battle of the sexes was one whose only acceptable resolution—at least according to the movies—was marriage. Men and women scuffled with their wits because more physical, intimate forms of combat were verboten onscreen. The incredible thing was they managed to make all this seem kind… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on November 16, 2008 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 54 - Weekly Podcast



1 hour 6 minutes 15 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 : Why Classic Movies ?



Derek and Maria discuss the appeal of… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on November 14, 2008 at 1:30pm — No Comments

I almost bought the farm!



Yep! Almost bought THE farm, not A farm, yesterday! During the off-season of my business I try and do side work like i.e. house painting, small fix-it up projects, fence work etc. Well, currently I am doing an exterior paint job on an older house and it's turned out to be a much bigger project than originally thought. Some of the soffits on the house showed damage and needed replacing but when we started removing the soffits we found much more… Continue

Added by Ktrek on November 14, 2008 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship In Early Cinema (2008)



Just wanted to let you know, if you don't already know, about the newly released documentary about Pre-Code Hollywood.

Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship In Early Cinema (2008)

There were plenty of onscreen sex scandals before "Last Tango in Paris," "Showgirls," and "Brokeback Mountain." Diane Lane ("Unfaithful") narrates this captivating documentary featuring archival interviews with Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and… Continue

Added by i am who i am on November 13, 2008 at 8:27pm — 7 Comments

Some good deals on classics at Amazon.

This appears to be a yearly event. I recall a similar sale at Amazon just before the Xmas rush last year. It isn't as extensive as last years but if you are interested or haven't got around to buying some of the Universal boxsets of rare early Paramounts or the Universal Classics line they are doing quite a few of these half price until November 24th.



Here are the links :…



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Added by Classic Movie Man on November 13, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Martin Scorsese's latest: "Shine A Light" --Skip the IMAX -- HD Home Theatre (or whatever you got) is the Way to Go with this Genre Benchmark

(l to r) Sir Mick, Ronnie, Charlie, Keef: at London Premier of "Shine A Light" (dir. M. Scorsese, 2008) (photo credit: TimesOnline)



See Martin Scorsese 'Shines a Light' on The World's Most Once-Dangerous Band That's Still… Continue

Added by Paco Malo on November 10, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

TWO ARABIAN KNIGHTS (1927) Tonight on TCM!!!

This is one of my favorite movies ever. Matter of fact, if I was introducing a person to Silents for the very first time this is what I would show them! And it is on TCM tonight!



I missed a chunk of the broadcast in November or December of 2004, when the film debuted on TCM in Prime-time! I was recording with the ATI card, but somehow the recorder got shut off for about 20 minutes right in the middle of the movie. I was so frustrated. Especially, since I got all of THE RACKET, and… Continue

Added by The Giant on November 9, 2008 at 5:49pm — 3 Comments

Groucho Marx At Carnegie Hall

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Introduction

by Dick Cavett

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Thank you, it's nice to be wanted. I...I must eh tell you, for the people in the back, it's Dick Cavett up here. I can't believe that I'm here tonight. It's not Carnegie Hall that gets to me, but I can't believe that I know Groucho Marx and he asked me to..ehm... to… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on November 9, 2008 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 53 : Weekly Podcast



1 hour 21 minutes 58 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 : War Films



Derek and Maria discuss films about war and the… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on November 7, 2008 at 6:45pm — 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 […]

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