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Edward Sorel

Edward Sorel, the award winning caricaturist has also written a book about the 1936 Mary Astor Custody Battle—Mary Astor’s Purple Diary. I am fortunate in having just read an advance review copy and can tell you that Mr. Sorel has illustrated and written a hilarious look of a mass media circus before…

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Added by Dave Miller on August 16, 2016 at 9:29am — No Comments

The First In-Flight Movies Had a Live Orchestra! Soaring through the clouds in 1925...

The First In-Flight Movies Had a Live Orchestra! Soaring through the clouds in 1925, passengers on an Imperial Airways flight traveling over Germany were treated to a brand new novelty—one of the first in-flight movies. Even…

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Added by Dave Miller on June 2, 2016 at 9:57pm — 2 Comments

The Strange Case of Basil Rathbone: The Life and Work of the Man Who Made Olivier — and Audiences — Swoon

“That God-damned play I bought for a song and made such a great success in — a great money success — it ruined me with its promise of an easy fortune. I didn’t want to do anything else, and by the time I woke up to the fact I’d become a slave to the damned thing and did try other…

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Added by Dave Miller on May 2, 2016 at 6:34pm — No Comments

Olivia de Havilland and the Most Notorious Sibling Rivalry in Hollywood

Olivia de Havilland relaxes at her home in Beverly Hills, 1942.
Photograph by Bob Landry/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images; Digital Colorization by Impact Digital
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Added by Dave Miller on May 2, 2016 at 9:28am — 1 Comment

THE SAD LIFE OF VERONICA LAKE

Blog by Miss Lindsey Lane

Yesterday I watched, for the first time in my life, a Veronica Lake film. Well, I did saw 'I Married a Witch' before, kind of, but I was tipsy and it was the day…

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Added by Dave Miller on December 27, 2015 at 12:52pm — No Comments

The treatment of 97 year old Baby Peggy is shameful.

Baby Peggy (Diana Serra Cary), beloved star of silent films, received over a million fan letters for her 150 shorts and features. Her highly-praised autobiography, Whatever Happened to Baby Peggy?, spawned a feature-length documentary. Now 97 and healthy but alarmingly frail, she has…

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Added by Dave Miller on November 28, 2015 at 5:25pm — No Comments

Actor Maureen O’Hara dies aged 95

Family confirms ‘Quiet Man’ star passed away peacefully today in her sleep.

The actor Maureen O’Hara, famed for her flaming red hair and her role in The Quiet Man, has died aged 95.

Her family confirmed in a statement that she passed away peacefully in her sleep today.

“It is with a sad heart…

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Added by Dave Miller on October 24, 2015 at 11:45am — No Comments

What a Character: Eddie Anderson

"It is a sad fact of life that the Golden Age of Hollywood was not a Golden Age for African Americans. Particularly in the Thirties, African American characters were often outright stereotypes. It was the era of Stepin Fetchit and Willie Best, actors whose speciality was…
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Added by Dave Miller on August 16, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

PEEK INSIDE CECIL B. DEMILLE’S BIZARRO 1930 MASTER-FLOP, ‘MADAM SATAN’

Cecil B. DeMille was a peculiar, yet lovable, producer of Hollywood balderdash, and Madam Satan just might be his most bizarro film.

The black and white film came out in 1930 and had originally contained…

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Added by Dave Miller on August 15, 2015 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Brotherhood of the Popcorn

‘Brotherhood of the Popcorn’ is about a group of friends united by a love for the silver screen. Named the ‘Cliffhangers’ after the old serials which used to end with a dramatic suspenseful ending thereby forcing you to watch the next episode, this group of friends have met twice a month for over…

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Added by Dave Miller on June 14, 2015 at 4:46pm — 1 Comment

THE STORY BEHIND… THE COLUMBIA PICTURES LOGO

In “The Story Behind…” series I take a look at movie related things, with this time the focus on a logo. It is something we see every time a movie starts, but do you know the history of them? This week I look into the logo of Columbia Pictures. It was founded in 1919 and…

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Added by Dave Miller on May 31, 2015 at 11:08am — No Comments

"12 ANGRY MEN" — HOW TO MAKE A GREAT FILM ON A TINY BUDGET

How do you make a legendary film in a few weeks’ time, all with a budget that would make even the most miserly studio head giddily twirl his mustache? Ask Sidney Lumet.

12 Angry Men

1957

Unquestionably, “12 Angry Men” (1957) is one of the finest films of the 1950s, with three Oscar…

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Added by Dave Miller on May 7, 2015 at 6:17pm — No Comments

Columbia Lady History

In one incarnation or another, the Columbia Lady has preceded Columbia Pictures films almost since the studio began making movies in 1924. But who is she? Every few years there’s another story about who inspired the signature icon of Columbia Pictures. People magazine claimed…
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Added by Dave Miller on March 11, 2015 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Why Are B Movies So Darned Important?

Imagine Rock and Roll. Now imagine Rock and Roll without Louie Louie, Paul Revere and The Raiders, The Beau Brummels, The Monks, Tommy James and The Shondells, The Troggs, The Velvet Undergound, The Ramones The Violent Femmes and Berry Gordy. Now imagine that with a wave of the hand these…

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Added by Dave Miller on January 5, 2015 at 8:14pm — No Comments

10 Christmas Films Made Over 100 Years Ago (That You Can Watch for Free)

The Christmas season gives us permission to delight in the past. 

We sings old songs and zestfully revive the traditions of bygone years. Even the most black-and-white-phobic individuals in our midst might resist the urge to change the channel when a holiday-themed classic movie…

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Added by Dave Miller on December 23, 2014 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Also remembering director Otto Preminger

Remembering Austrian director and producer OTTO PREMINGER (1905 – 1986), who was born on December 5th. He directed over 35 feature films in a five-decade career. He first gained attention for…

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Added by Dave Miller on December 5, 2014 at 10:53am — No Comments

Remembering Director Fritz Lang

Remembering German-Austrian director FRITZ LANG (1890 - 1976), who was born on December 5th. One of the best known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism, he was dubbed the "Master of Darkness" by the British Film Institute. His most famous films include the groundbreaking…

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Added by Dave Miller on December 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Robin Williams dead at 63

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Oscar winner and comedian Robin Williams died this morning at 63. While his publicist wouldn’t confirm that his death was a suicide, a rep did issue this statement. “Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”…

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Added by Dave Miller on August 11, 2014 at 6:17pm — 3 Comments

Crash Course: The Art of Film Stuntwork by Turner Classic Movie’s Scott McGee

Posted by on Jan 27 2014 | Guest Blog, Motion Pictures

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Added by Dave Miller on March 14, 2014 at 11:23am — No Comments

TCM Blog

StreamLine Has Moved to Tumblr!

On November 1, 2017 FilmStruck’s blog, StreamLine, moved to Tumblr. This archive will remain active for anyone looking to access older content, but going forward our daily posts dedicated to cinema will appear on FilmStruck’s Tumblr page. See the the link below to be redirected to our new location. http://filmstruck.tumblr.com/tagged/streamline-blog  

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

To view Phantom click here. It’s that time of year when Nosferatu (1922), F.W. Murnau’s interpretation of Dracula, appears on lists of recommended horror films. The oldest, existing film version of Bram Stoker’s novel, Nosferatu is likely Murnau’s most watched title. It’s eerie Expressionist style was a major influence on the American horror genre, but […]

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