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Bullitt

I just saw Bullitt on the big screen, and it was naturally, a wow.  The car chase actually made me a tad ill, seeing them go over the hills of San Francisco that way in the cinema.  (McQueen's granddaughter said the same thing happened to her.)  And it's so nice seeing a good cop show in the movies where there isn't one computer being used.  Just good police work.

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What If Arnold Stang Played the Part? out in print

Knowing that most film fans like to play 'What if,' film historian Harrison has taken over one hundred classic motion pictures and changed the casts and directors. Joel McCrea in 'Stagecoach,' Errol Flynn in 'Casablanca,' Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in 'Adam's Rib,' and Blake Edwards directing 'To Catch A Thief.' They're here with the original casts and 104 others. Harrison doesn't say the original…

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Added by M.T. Fisher on August 10, 2012 at 8:56am — No Comments

Cleaning Out My Library - - - First Come, First Served!

I'm needing to make room in my bookcase, and have the following books for anyone who is interested:

 

The Best of Warner Bros. by Thomas G. Aylesworth

 

Walt Disney's Nine Old MEn & the Art of Animation by John Canemaker

 

The Best of MGM by Elizabeth Miles Montgomery

 

Hollywood Goes to War by Edward F. Dolan, Jr.

 

The United Artists Story by Ronald Bergan

Added by M.T. Fisher on December 31, 2011 at 7:33pm — No Comments

Footage from Hitchcock's First Film Found

Footage from Alfred Hitchcock's first film has been uncovered in New Zealand.





The British director was 24 when he made the 1923 silent film, The White Shadow.



The three reels were found among some unidentified American nitrate prints, which were left at the New Zealand Film Archive in 1989.



Hitchcock was the writer, assistant director, editor and production designer on the drama, which starred Clive Brook and Betty Compson.



He went on to make… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on August 4, 2011 at 8:09am — No Comments

Dana Wynter, star of 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers,' dead after long heart-disease battle at 79

Dana Wynter died Thursday at the age of 79 after losing a long battle to heart disease.

Dana Wynter, an actress best known for her role in the original "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," died Thursday in a California medical facility after a long battle with heart disease. She was 79.



Born Dagmar Winter in Berlin in 1931, her ashes will be buried at her other home in her beloved Ireland, her son Mark Bautzer said.



Wynter grew up in England but moved to Rhodesia - now… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on May 9, 2011 at 5:35am — No Comments

Novel

My novel A Hell of A Relationship, is at Amazon Kindle.  It's a historical novel set in Oklahoma City from 1958-1961.  And J.M. Harrison is a pen name.  (You'd be amazed how many people didn't realize that.)

 

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Added by M.T. Fisher on January 16, 2011 at 6:15pm — 1 Comment

Fred Foy, ‘Lone Ranger’ Announcer, Dies at 89

A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo, Silver! ...



For a decade, first on the radio and later on television, Fred Foy was the man who intoned those gallant lines, among the most evocative in American broadcasting.



Mr. Foy died on Wednesday, at 89, at his home in Woburn, Mass. The death, of natural causes, was confirmed by his daughter Nancy Foy.



Mr. Foy was not the first “Lone Ranger” announcer and narrator — the show… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on December 23, 2010 at 7:47am — 1 Comment

TCM Programming Change 12/27: Blake Edwards Tribute - Eastern Time

TCM is paying tribute to Blake Edwards 12/27

 

The following will be aired:

 

8:00 pm:  Breakfast at Tiffany's

10:00 pm Days of Wine and Roses

Mid  The Pink Panther

2:00 am Victor/Victoria

4:30 am Operation Petticoat

Added by M.T. Fisher on December 17, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

TCM to honor Tony Curtis Oct. 10

Turner Classic Movies will air a tribute to Tony Curtis on October 10.

The movies to be shown are Beachhead (1954), Kings Go Forth (1958), The Vikings (1958), Operation Petticoat (1959), Who Was That Lady? (1960), Sex and the Single Girl (1964), You Can’t Win ‘Em All (1970), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), The Defiant Ones (1958), Trapeze (1956), The Great Race (1965), Don’t Make Waves (1967).

Added by M.T. Fisher on October 1, 2010 at 4:27pm — No Comments

TCM Honoring Patricia Neal September 13

TCM remembers the two-time Oscar® nominee for Best Actress in an five-film salute on Monday, Sept. 13th that includes:


8:00 PM Private Screenings: Patricia Neal
9:00 PM The Fountainhead
11:00 PM The Subject Was Roses (Best Actress nomination)
1:00 AM A Face in the Crowd
3:15 AM In Harm's Way


Added by M.T. Fisher on August 16, 2010 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Costume Exhibit at OKC Museum of Art

This is the final week for the exhibit of costumes from quite a few films, many from the classic era, at the OKC Museum of Art. I've been meaning to get there, and just haven't found the time. My friend Joe and I finally went last night, and the place was packed. The majority of people were there to see the exhibit, natch, as it's been getting a good amount of publicity.

Regretfully, cameras weren't allowed, otherwise I'd have some wonderful photos for you. Broke my…

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Added by M.T. Fisher on August 13, 2010 at 7:37am — 1 Comment

Why Do Some of Today's Actors Blast Yesterday's

In today's Philadelphia Inquirer at http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/100243409.html Emma Thompson, who's doing her own version of My Fair Lady, says a few unflattering things about Audrey Hepburn. One of them is that she couldn't act. (Don't blame me. It's in the article.)

Remember when they had a television series based on The Magnificen Seven? Star Michael…

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Added by M.T. Fisher on August 9, 2010 at 11:21am — 27 Comments

TCM Change June 8th for Dennis Hopper

In memory of the Dennis Hopper, who died on May 29th, TCM will present a five-film tribute to the actor/director on Tuesday, June 8th.

The Current Schedule Will Change to Reflect the Following on June 8th:

8:00 PM The Sons of Katie Elder (’65)
10:15 PM True Grit (’69)
12:30 AM Rebel Without a Cause (’55)
2:30 AM Easy Rider (’69)
4:15 AM Night Tide (’63) [TCM premiere]

Added by M.T. Fisher on June 4, 2010 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Dorothy Provine, Shapely Actress in ’60s, Dies at 75

By DENNIS HEVESI

Dorothy Provine, the leggy, blond actress perhaps best known for her quirky role in the Stanley Kramer movie “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World” and as the flouncy nightclub singer on the 1960s television series “The Roaring ’20s,” died on Sunday in Bremerton, Wash. She was 75 and lived on Bainbridge Island, Wash.



The cause was emphysema, her husband, Robert Day, said.



Ms. Provine appeared in more than 40 film and television productions, starting in 1958… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on April 30, 2010 at 2:49pm — 1 Comment

Bobby Hoy, Actor, Stunt Legend, and Director Dies at 82

Western movie and television legend Robert F. "Bobby" Hoy, who appeared in many productions shot on location in the Santa Clarita Valley, died Monday morning at Northridge Hospital after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 82.



Kiva Hoy, his wife of 22 years, was at his bedside.



"My fervent wish was to be holding him in my arms when and if he ever left, and that was granted," she said.

Just days before, Hoy was…

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Added by M.T. Fisher on February 10, 2010 at 7:19am — No Comments

TCM Schedule Change

Turner Classic Movies Pays Tribute to Jean Simmons on Friday, January 29th 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 Friday, January 29th will be:
8:00 PM Great Expectations (’46) [Jean Simmons]
10:15 PM Elmer Gantry (’60) [Jean Simmons]
12:45 AM The Happy Ending (’69) [Jean Simmons]

Added by M.T. Fisher on January 26, 2010 at 9:59am — No Comments

Jean Simmons Dies At 80

Jean Simmons, 80; beguiling, durable film actress



By Adam Bernstein

Friday, January 22, 2010; 11:18 PM







Jean Simmons, 80, a beguiling actress of quiet emotional power, notably as Ophelia opposite Laurence Olivier in "Hamlet" (1948) and a revivalist preacher in "Elmer Gantry" (1960), died Jan. 22 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif. She had lung cancer.



Ms. Simmons, an auburn-haired beauty, was still in her teens when she emerged as one of… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on January 23, 2010 at 8:20am — 6 Comments

When the Honorary Oscar Was Cool

By Vadim Rizovfor www.ifc.com



Writing in appreciation of why Doris Day deserves to receive her honorary Oscar this year, the New York Times Douglas McGrath decides there are basically three kinds of honorary Oscars: those for inexplicably overlooked legends (Welles, Chaplin); those created by top-down friendship (Karl Malden lobbying for an honorary Oscar for Elia Kazan when he'd already won two); and those for people whose strengths were invaluable… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on January 14, 2010 at 7:56am — 2 Comments

Scratchy Old Films and Blu-Ray

By DAVE KEHR

Published: December 30, 2009 in the New York Times



DVDS were introduced in 1997 in the United States but didn’t really take off until a few years later, when the price of players dropped low enough to make them affordable for a large number of consumers. The same thing seems to be happening now with Blu-ray, which was introduced in 2006 but has only become widely affordable in the last year or so, as the price of players has dropped from the $900 range to something… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on January 9, 2010 at 8:59am — 4 Comments

25 New Titles Added to National Film Registry

25 new titles added to National Film Registry

By The Associated Press The Associated Press

Wed Dec 30, 6:52 am ET



A list of the 25 films being added to the National Film Registry, as announced Tuesday by the Library of Congress:



• "Dog Day Afternoon" (1975)



• "The Exiles" (1961)



• "Heroes All" (1920)



• "Hot Dogs for Gauguin" (1972)



• "The Incredible Shrinking Man" (1957)



• "Jezebel" (1938)



• "The… Continue

Added by M.T. Fisher on December 31, 2009 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

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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

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