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… Continue
Added by M.T. Fisher on August 10, 2012 at 8:56am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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.)
Added by M.T. Fisher on January 16, 2011 at 6:15pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by M.T. Fisher on August 13, 2010 at 7:37am —
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… Continue
Added by M.T. Fisher on August 9, 2010 at 11:21am —
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 —
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 —
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… Continue
Added by M.T. Fisher on February 10, 2010 at 7:19am —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
In response to yesterday's news, here is what the stamps of the four Western stars are going to look like. I have to admit, I wish Harry Carey was on one of them.
Added by M.T. Fisher on December 31, 2009 at 11:00am —