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Treasure Trove of Pre-Codes

Since I generally prefer to watch comedies, I have a lot of pre-Code melodramas/potboilers/morality tales in my collection that I still haven't watched. These were all gifts from friends. I have a huge backlog now, and today I was realizing what a treasure-trove it is.

I have several boxed sets of movies with dozens of Pre-Code movies starring great actors such as Loretta Young, Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Claudette Colbert, Barbara Stanwyck, and on and on--all new to…


Added by Rosie Sayer on September 6, 2018 at 5:12pm — 3 Comments

How I'm Surviving Without Cable TV (but not without TCM)

I finally got thoroughly fed up with my provider and canceled not only my cable but also my land line. I now have only Internet.

The thing I was most concerned about was losing TCM. It's really the only channel I care about. But because of another account with a different provider, I am able to log into Watch TCM, which is live streaming of the channel over the Internet. This is the most amazing thing. Here I am in my quiet house, without TV or telemarketers calling all the time, and…


Added by Rosie Sayer on January 10, 2017 at 4:55pm — 9 Comments

Obscure trivia: two eerie coincidences discovered, plus an inside joke

These aren’t earth-breaking facts coming to light, but I got a small thrill out of discovering some little-known trivia.

We all know Frank Morgan and his most famous role as the Wizard in The Wizard of Oz. We also all know that The Wizard of Oz was filmed in 1939. What you may not know:

1) In 1935, before MGM even had a script for The Wizard of Oz and had not begun casting, Frank Morgan was in a screwball comedy called The Good Fairy. In this film,…


Added by Rosie Sayer on January 28, 2014 at 9:11pm — 1 Comment

Getting Through My Unwatched Movies

A few years back, I set myself a task of watching a long list of movies, some of which I wanted to watch but hadn't had the time to see, and some of which I felt I SHOULD watch, even though they weren't my cup of tea--westerns, war films, etc. I spent at least a year working on this task--not every night, because sometimes I just wanted to rewatch an old favorite and take a break from my dutiful viewing of unseen classics, but I kept at it steadily. I covered movies and genres I…


Added by Rosie Sayer on June 16, 2013 at 7:00pm — 6 Comments

The Terror: Scarier Than Anything I've Ever Seen

When the first scenes began to unfold in lurid color on my screen, I was dubious, but that was nothing compared to the deep and troubling doubt that soon followed. A very young Jack Nicholson appeared, speaking lines that seemed stolen from the cheapest gothic romance. I believe his first two lines had a touch of an accent, something vaguely European to go with his Napoleonic soldier’s uniform, but the accent was gone by the third line. He was quickly engaged by a 1960s sex…


Added by Rosie Sayer on November 23, 2010 at 8:00pm — 11 Comments

What I'm Watching

September 18, 2010
Classic Film References in Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery

It’s no secret that Woody Allen likes old movies, maybe even as much as we do. Many of his films pay tribute to the classics. Tonight I’ve been rewatching Manhattan Murder Mystery, and I think I’m enjoying it more than ever before because I’m getting more of Woody’s references to our beloved old…


Added by Rosie Sayer on September 18, 2010 at 8:30pm — 12 Comments

Paring Down My List of Shame

True confession: a long while back, Ilsa Lund’s discussion “What classic movies are you ashamed to admit you haven’t seen?” really hit home. I’ve actually been too ashamed to admit publicly how many must-sees I haven’t seen. But, in my defense, I’ve been working very hard at filling in the gaps.

Previously, I had been spending all my movie…


Added by Rosie Sayer on September 2, 2010 at 5:00pm — 11 Comments

Three-Cornered Moon: the first screwball comedy?

Three-Cornered Moon, starring Claudette Colbert, “is often cited as being the first genuine ‘screwball’ comedy that launched an entire genre of films in the 1930s” (according to the blurb on the box). I don’t know the source of this statement, but let’s consider it.

It’s impossible, of course, to identify any single film as a launching pad for the genre, at least, not with any consensus. Definitions of genres are always…


Added by Rosie Sayer on February 12, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

My favorite scene in Miracle on 34th St., and what the little Dutch girl says (translated)

After living in the Netherlands for eleven years, I can finally claim to speak nearly fluent Dutch. Okay, granted, it’s not the most important language in the world, but having a mastery of Dutch means I can at last understand what Kris Kringle and the little Dutch girl say to each other in Miracle on 34th St. (1947). This is my favorite scene in the film and never fails to jerk a few tears from me.

First, a little cultural… Continue

Added by Rosie Sayer on December 9, 2008 at 5:30am — 18 Comments

Thirst (1979): a vampire version of The Story of O

I've been asked to explain my description of Thirst (1979) as an erotic vampire film.

So here goes:

When Dracula was made in the 1930s, sex was not explicitly depicted in films, but the vampire's irresistible powers to enter a young woman's bedroom at night, put his mouth on her neck and drink her blood were a thinly veiled reference to sex that most viewers even then were able to pick up on.

Thirst (1979) is not the first film to take this erotic… Continue

Added by Rosie Sayer on October 15, 2008 at 1:00pm — 74 Comments

Screwball Comedies Viewers' Guide

A list of screwball comedy films with a short introduction.

Screwball Comedy Viewers’ Guide

The meaning of the term “screwball comedy” is somewhat elusive, its precise definition endlessly debated in film circles. The genre shares a number of characteristics with other types of film comedy, yet screwball comedy is somehow distinct. We know we love it, but what is it exactly?

Three films…


Added by Rosie Sayer on May 18, 2008 at 1:00pm — 13 Comments

Screwball Comedy Quick ID Quiz

I've concocted another quiz for your amusement. Not everyone will agree that these are all screwball comedies, but at least they're all comedies from the 1930s and 40s. We can split hairs later over a trayful of dry martinis.

See how many films you can identify from the short clue. Some films may be used more than once...or not. And of course, "the one who wins gets a prize, only there really isn't a prize. It's just the honor of winning, because all the money goes to charity, that… Continue

Added by Rosie Sayer on May 9, 2008 at 4:00pm — 18 Comments

Screwball Trivia Questions Archived

As promised, here are the past trivia questions which have been posted on the Screwball Comedies page so far, and the correct answers:

1. “It’s about how love came to a girl in a small New England town. Outwardly, she seemed to belong to that narrow, benighted community, but in her heart she longed to be called ‘baby’. Out of the great big city, there came to this little hamlet the man who did call her ‘baby’…um, from there the story warms up.” Who said these lines, and in what…


Added by Rosie Sayer on May 6, 2008 at 9:30am — No Comments

Mother's Day Quiz (for classic film fans)

In honor of Mother's Day, here is a little trivia quiz I made up. I hope it's neither too hard nor too easy, just amusing enough. See how many you can name without looking up the answers on IMDB! The answers will be posted on Mother's Day (unless I forget). Enjoy!

Name the actresses who played mothers in the following films:

1) Barbara Stanwyck’s mother, Meet John Doe

2) Judy Garland’s mother, Meet Me in St. Louis

3) Elizabeth Taylor’s mother,… Continue

Added by Rosie Sayer on April 29, 2008 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

My wish list

I always have an ongoing wish list of films that are either not available on VHS or DVD, or out of print and overpriced, or that I just haven't gotten around to buying. Since I no longer have a VCR, I'm now only interested in DVDs. My current wish list includes (but is not limited to):

* = fervently desired


1.√ *Good Sam (got it! thanks, Walt!)

2. √*No Time for Comedy (Stewart & R. Russell) (thanks, Al!)

3. *Hired Wife



Added by Rosie Sayer on March 30, 2008 at 6:00am — 5 Comments

My collection in alphabetical order

Well, folks, I've finally decided to post this list, knowing it will soon be out of date. But I will try to keep it updated. So without further ado, here is my Classic Film Collection in alphabetical order. DVD2 means Region 2 DVD; my other DVDs are Region 1.

If you see a copyright symbol, it means that the VHS has some sort of strange copy protection that doesn't allow me to transfer it to my DVD recorder. Many of my VHS tapes/DVD+Rs were recorded off the TV in Europe, so they're PAL…


Added by Rosie Sayer on March 30, 2008 at 6:00am — 30 Comments

VHS & DVDs I'm weeding out

I just took a look at my pile of duplicate videos and DVDs. April 30 is Queen's Day here, when everyone sells their old junk. In anticipation of that event, I thought I'd first offer my surplus titles here. I'm interesting in trading if possible. I'm very willing to trade for a movie you've recorded off the TV as long as I don't already have the title, but what I'm offering here is all commercial videos and DVDs. If you see a copyright symbol by a title, it means that the tape has some sort of… Continue

Added by Rosie Sayer on March 30, 2008 at 4:30am — 3 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.  

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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