The Golden Age of Hollywood

November 2009 Blog Posts (34)

Home Cinema Set-ups

After Steve's blog about technology I thought it might be fun if we compared our Home Cinema set-ups. How do you enjoy your classic film collection ? On TV, projector setup ? What about High Definition, what do you think of it ? Don't worry if your set-up is very modest this is not a competition.

I have a standard Definition projector that gives me about a 75 inch diagonal screen. My room is a modest size and a projector takes up a lot less space than a big TV would. I'm probably… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on November 30, 2009 at 3:51pm — 1 Comment

Keeping up with Technology

I know most classic film buffs love their copies of old movies. Stacks of VHS tapes and DVDs of our favorites. But in the years to come our movie collections are going to be file based on one computer. The good news is we'll be able to find any movie at any time online and watch it. The bad news is we'll have to give up being physical collectors. All you movies will be on a computer server in your closet... or online. Also, one of the great things about DVDs - commentaries and extras - may… Continue

Added by Steve-O on November 28, 2009 at 8:43pm — 16 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 107

1 hour 45 minutes 11 seconds

Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.

Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciaccia.

Maria's TCM USA Guide

Main feature : Joan Crawford

Derek and Maria discuss one of the greatest stars of classic… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on November 28, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Podcast will be late this week

Sorry but this week's podcast no.107 on Joan Crawford will be a bit late. I'm a bit behind and also had some audio problems with my PC though it should be up tomorrow.

Added by Classic Movie Man on November 27, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

The Dance of Life 1929

The next film in a series of films starring Nancy Carroll. This one has Hal Skelly alongside of Nancy and he is a very talented dancer who was a hit on Broadway. This film is based on his Broadway show. 'The Dance of Life' (1929) is the film version of a hit Broadway play called 'Burlesque', which starred Barbara Stanwyck. The original title was considered too racy for movie audiences, so the film producers bought the rights to a best-selling NON-fiction book about sex, 'The Dance of Life',… Continue

Added by Bill on November 24, 2009 at 1:53pm — 2 Comments

Sally 1929

SALLY 1929

After reading

Ziegfeld, The Man Who Invented Show Business I was intrigued by the biggest star on Broadway. It wasn't Eddie Cantor, who owed his stardom to Ziegfeld, and it wasn't Jolson… Continue

Added by Bill on November 24, 2009 at 1:35pm — 4 Comments


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Added by Tim Nyhus on November 24, 2009 at 1:05pm — No Comments

The Perfect Gift & Stocking Stuffer


Want to avoid an extra stop on Black Friday?

If you have friends or family who enjoy reading about Hollywood and the movies, they would certainly like my most recent book, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD: From the Secret Files of Harry Pennypacker.

I guarantee that they have never read anything like this before. It's a great stocking stuffer.…


Added by Michael B. Druxman on November 23, 2009 at 10:12pm — No Comments

The Kiss Before The Mirror 1933

Here we have another pre code movie that would not pass the censors come the second half of 1934. This one stars Nancy Carroll, Paul Lukas, Frank Morgan and Gloria Stuart and is a drama IMO although the IMDB says it is a mystery. There are two aspects to this film that would make the censors nervous. One is the open adultery of not one but two of the leading women featured. The other is the murder which is the main theme of the film. Frank Morgan gives a good performance sans his usual laugh… Continue

Added by Bill on November 23, 2009 at 2:43pm — 3 Comments

Hamish Hamilton to Direct 2009 Oscar® Telecast

Academy announced that the producers of this year Oscar telecast have selected Hamilton to direct the 2009 telecast. Hamiltons major credits are the MTV Video Music Awards and live concert performances. I can see where this is going already!!!!

If this is not a clear sign of target demographic sell-out I do not know what is. Oh the humanity!!!!!

Maybe they will have Adam Lambert perform some of the song nominations.....oh wait those probably have been cut from the telecast… Continue

Added by Tim Nyhus on November 23, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

We need your ideas!

Calling all Lloyd fans!! We're looking for ideas for the upcoming 2010 Harold Lloyd Birthday Bash.
Join in the discussion here...

Added by Cohen Phillips on November 23, 2009 at 2:40am — No Comments

Coming Up On TCM - Frank's Picks

Burt Lancaster was made to play "Elmer Gantry". It's a great movie, and Burt is just magnificent.

Paul Scofield gives a spine chilling performance in "A Man For All Seasons" If you have a righteous bone in your body, it will tingle through Paul's convincing performance.

Although "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" isn't a particularly good depression era movie, the song lyrics, and some of the movie dialogue were written by my favorite lyricist Lorenz Hart.

Let me know what… Continue

Added by FRANK on November 21, 2009 at 6:17pm — No Comments

I'm sick!

A few of my friends here know that I have not been well lately. At the end of September I got the H1N1 flu virus and ever since then I have not really felt well. So, I go back to the doctor and complain and they do some blood tests. I find out for a second time that my thyroid is not functioning properly. So, I have to get back on my thyroid medicine. BUT, the doctor decides to do some more blood work to rule out other causes because I have been… Continue

Added by Ktrek on November 20, 2009 at 11:48pm — 15 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 106

1 hour 20 minutes 8 seconds

Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.

Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciaccia.

Classic Movie DVDs/Blu-ray

Main feature : Cary Grant

Derek and Maria discuss one of the greatest stars of classic… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on November 20, 2009 at 3:47pm — 1 Comment

My, Where Has the Year Gone?

I've been asking myself that question, too. Well, it's almost Thanksgiving -- the time of year to start thinking about putting in my order for the best silent film calendar ever! Compiled by Rodney Sauer of the Mont-Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, and several of his fellow silent film lovers, the calendar project benefits silent film preservation. Total net proceeds (after printing expenses) are used to benefit silent film restoration. Last year's proceeds went to help fund an internship in film… Continue

Added by Joanne C on November 18, 2009 at 7:44pm — 3 Comments

What happened to the Academy?

Outgoing Academy president Sid Ganis, himself a former Sony/Columbia top executive, was especially vulnerable to the studio pressure because of his personality penchant for kowtowing to power and influence. Over time we

have learned he personally helped the studios impose their agenda on what is supposed to be the independent AMPAS board (but really isn't). Let's face it: this is great development for the studios who can now make their more successful… Continue

Added by Tim Nyhus on November 17, 2009 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

Happy Birthday, Clu Gulager!

I'm an hour and a half late with this but it's no less heart felt - I love this man.

Clu Gulager (William Martin Gulager) was born November 16, 1928 in Holdenville, Oklahoma, the son of John Gulager, a cowboy entertainer.

As a child he got his nickname from his father for the clu-clu birds who were nesting at…

Added by MothGirl Wings on November 17, 2009 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Bacall, Corman Receive Honorary Oscars

Hollywood actress Lauren Bacall received an honorary Oscar at the weekend in front of stars including Jack Nicolson and Warren Beatty.

Bacall, 85, starred in more than 30 films but never won an Academy Award.

"I can't believe it - a man at last," Bacall joked as she received the lifetime achievement statuette.

Saturday's event marked the first time the Academy has presented an award away from the main ceremony in February. It was not televised.

Bacall… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on November 16, 2009 at 9:02am — 5 Comments

I Pre-ordered Myself The Nook!!

Every year my wife lets me get some kind of electronic device for Christmas. There are not many electronic devices I really want anymore as I have good equipment but ever since the Sony Reader came out I have been wanting an ebook reader. She thought I would want an I-Pod but I really have no use for one. All I need is a phone that rings and lets me call. I could care less about all the little apps that are available. It just would not suit my… Continue

Added by Ktrek on November 14, 2009 at 5:30pm — 5 Comments

Coming Up ON TCM - Spirit Rhythm's Picks

Turner Classics

Sunday November 15th

10:00 am EST: "Ah Wilderness!" for Eugene O'Neil fans - his only comedy. With Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, and Mickey Rooney.

2:15 pm EST: "Wuthering Heights" - a faithful and well done adaptation from the pen of the venerable Emily Bronte, and a NYT pick - starring Lawrence Olivier, Merle Oberon, directed by William Wyler.

6PM EST A movie I love to watch: MOGAMBO (1953)

I mean, .... the radiantly… Continue

Added by FRANK on November 14, 2009 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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