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December 2008 Blog Posts (39)

R.I.P. Ann Savage

'40s femme fatale star Ann Savage dies at 87

December 28, 2008 15:56 EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An actress who earned a cult following for her roles in 1940s pulp-fiction movies has died.

Ann Savage was best known for a 1945 B-movie called "Detour," in which she played a woman who was ruthlessly blackmailing a stranger played by Tom Neal.

Her manager, Kent Adamson, says her character in that film was… Continue

Added by Steve-O on December 28, 2008 at 10:45pm — 1 Comment

Imaginary Scrapbook


Added by Bruce Brownlee on December 28, 2008 at 12:20pm — 1 Comment

My top 20 actresses

Here's my top 20. This is in no particular order. These actresses make any movie they're in better.

1. Gloria Grahame

2. Rita Hayworth

3. Simone Simon

4. Ella Raines

5. Ann Sheridan

6. Michele Pheiffer

7.… Continue

Added by Steve-O on December 27, 2008 at 7:00pm — 17 Comments

Christmas Loot!

Since this place is full of DVD maniacs and fanatics, it is safe to assume that many here among us received film related gifts for Christmas this year. So let's share we kinda great loot we dragged in! My dvds that I received as Christmas gifts this year :

Iron Man

The Hulk

The Dark Knight

Hellboy… Continue

Added by Abdullah aka Chuck on December 26, 2008 at 11:38pm — 6 Comments

Happy Holidays!

Added by i am who i am on December 25, 2008 at 3:41am — 2 Comments

THE WHITE SISTER (1923) to debut on North American TCM in early 2009!

Breaking News! Henry King's Epic production of THE WHITE SISTER (Metro, 1923) Starring Lillian Gish, and Ronald Coleman, will be premiering on the North American TCM in early 2009 with a brand New musical score!

While this is great to hear, THE WHITE SISTER did actually have two melodies a Fox-trot and a Tango composed for it's original release in 1923. It would be nice to see those be retained, though it seems doubtful that this will happen. Still exciting news in any… Continue

Added by The Giant on December 24, 2008 at 4:02pm — 4 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 60 : Christmas Special

50 minutes 17 seconds

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciacca.

Main feature : Holiday Inn/White Christmas

Derek and Maria discuss two festive musical classics.

If you enjoy the show please vote and/or comment at Podcast Alley,you can vote once each… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on December 24, 2008 at 3:38pm — No Comments

My Impending Eye Surgery

In case anyone missed it, I suffered an eye problem early this month...a hemorrhage of the vitriol in my right eye. It was a weird sensation...I started seeing streaks of black lines waving about, but only through my right eye. Quickly after that, my vision really messed wound up not being able to see much of anything. Everything was completely out of focus, like looking at something through very thick wax paper but also through water with a liquidy effect. My aye apparently filled with… Continue

Added by Roger L. Schoolcraft on December 23, 2008 at 7:25pm — 7 Comments

2008 christmas letter

merry christmas! i for one am sick and tired of mickey telling how his year went, so this year, you are getting a newsworthy christmas letter. In short, i am writing it this year. let’s see . . 2008 was spent sleeping. that’s how my year went.

hmm . . . we still have a lot of paper to use, so i guess I need to tell you how mickey’s year went as well. i hope you’re sitting down, as you’ll be asleep in a few paragraphs. watching his 2008 is one of… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on December 23, 2008 at 4:44pm — No Comments

Murder By Contract (1958) Film Noir of the Week

I recently cracked open a copy of The B List: The National Society of Film Critics on the Low-Budget Beauties, Genre-Bending Mavericks, and Cult Classics We Love.The book, which is excellent, has several brief but informative movie reviews. It with a series of articles about film noir and neo-noir including the classics Out of the Past, Gun Crazy, and Pickup on South Street. One film that stuck out amongst them is the ultra-cheap Murder By Contract. The… Continue

Added by Steve-O on December 23, 2008 at 3:35pm — 1 Comment

To one and all


Added by Kadri on December 23, 2008 at 7:56am — 3 Comments

Your Cheatin Heart

Recently, someone sent me this movie biobic of Hank Williams and I rather enjoyed it despite not being a dyed in the wool western singing fan. Don't get me wrong, I like many western songs and western singers but I am not all that fond of some of the cow milking songs.

Anyway, this one was a treat for me to see and it had lots of Hank's good ole songs. He wrote them himself and they must be considered classic these days.

A young George Hamilton was cast in the role of Hank… Continue

Added by Bill on December 22, 2008 at 5:02pm — 2 Comments

Robert Mulligan, director of 'Mockingbird,' dies

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Robert Mulligan, who directed the classic film "To Kill a Mockingbird," has died at 83.

Mulligan died early Saturday at his home in Lyme, Conn., after a battle with heart disease, his wife, Sandy, said Monday.

Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar for "Mockingbird," the adaptation of Harper Lee's best-selling, Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

The 1962 film starred Gregory Peck, who won… Continue

Added by Cait on December 22, 2008 at 2:17pm — No Comments

This is My Anniversary (Of Sorts)

December 22 is a day my family and I should long remember. On this day in 1964, my parents walked into the living room and saw their ten month-old son (me) on the living room floor in convulsions. Needless to say, they rushed me to the hospital, where I received a barrage of tests.

Of course, the best place to get sick is in the hospital, and I did. I contracted a fever, and had to be packed in ice. And that was one of the best things that happened to me there. You name it, I caught… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on December 21, 2008 at 9:51am — 5 Comments

Golden Age of Hollywood 59 : Weekly Podcast

1 hour 27 minutes 32 seconds

Another packed edition of THE Podcast on classic movies.

Presented by Derek McLellan with renowned film historian Maria Ciacca.

Sorry this episode is slightly late.

Classic Movies News

Tribute to Van Johnson

New Classic Movie DVDs

Christmas TV Highlights in the UK

TCM USA… Continue

Added by Classic Movie Man on December 20, 2008 at 5:47pm — 1 Comment

The Golden Age of Television

For those who may have missed the announcement I emailed to all members I am posting this notice about my latest social network The Golden Age of Television (GAOTV). I want to thank everyone who has already joined and the tremendous response and enthusiasm for the new site! A social network is only as good as it;s members and I must say we have a whole lot of really great members here and now over at GAOTV. If you are a fan of TV of any kind… Continue

Added by Ktrek on December 20, 2008 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Podcast will be slightly late this week

The last couple of days I've been a bit under the weather with the flu. Thankfully I'm beginning to feel a bit better but I'm a bit behind with editing and uploading the podcast. No. 59 on The Wizard of Oz (1939) should be up tomorrow, the Xmas special (no.60) should be up before the big day.

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

R.I.P - Majel Barrett Roddenberry!

For 42 years Majel Barrett Roddenberry has been a part of my life. She didn't know she was but she was. I discovered Star Trek in 1966 at the age of 10 and I have been a fan of the show ever since. It's not a religion or anything like that with me but it's a show that had an impact on a young impressionable pre-teen boy and beyond.

Majel was the wife of the creator of Star Trek Gene Roddenberry. She played in the very first pilot… Continue

Added by Ktrek on December 18, 2008 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

All This And Heaven Too (1940)

Bette Davis stars in this 1940 drama along with Charles Boyer. It is an unusually long flm running over 2 hours and 20 minutes in total but it does not seem that long due to the fine acting and presentation of this film. Davis plays a governess to a French aristocratic family headed by Boyer and his jealous wife who has little or no affection for her children. It is a well directed and well scripted film that was nominated for 3 Academy awards including best picture. Backing up the cast is the… Continue

Added by Bill on December 17, 2008 at 10:47pm — 1 Comment

TCM Change to Honor Van Johnson - December 23

Turner Classic Movies Pays Tribute to Van Johnson on Tuesday, December 23rd with the following festival of films. This program will replace the previously scheduled movies for that day so please take note.

The new schedule for the evening of Tuesday, December 23rd will be:
8:00 PM In the Good Old Summertime
9:45 PM A Guy Named Joe
12:30 AM Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
2:30 AM The Last Time I Saw Paris
4:30 AM Thrill of a Romance

Added by M.T. Fisher on December 17, 2008 at 7:26pm — No Comments

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