For me, December is Christmas Movie Month. I collect the classics pretty exclusively, and I roll out the old Christmas movies (starring Bing Crosby, Barbara Stanwyck, etc.) every year starting in…Continue
Has anyone seen Man in the Chair? It's a 2007 release starring Christopher Plummer and Michael Angarano about a young classic film buff and a retired film gaffer he meets in a movie theater. It turns…Continue
I'm reposting this list, not only for St. Patrick's Day (not so far off) but also for St. Andrew's Day in the fall. These are all feel-good movies or clips. Additional suggestions are welcome!IRISH…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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,…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue