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JENNIFER JONES ~ TCM STAR OF THE MONTH
posted September 5th, 2017

She is TCM’s Star of the Month…and I am a very happy camper.

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KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES ~ JENNIFER JONES

Both my friends Bob and Fernando weigh in on Jennifer Jones

FERNANDO’s CORNER                       ROBERT REGAN
posted 9 / 5 / 2017                                posted 9 / 5 / 2017

  

Jennifer Jones mixes the ethereal         Revolutionary~style Jennifer Jones
with the earthy as a gypsy                     as a Cuban fighting for freedom

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FERNANDO’s CORNER ~ posted August 26th, 2017

     CHARLES BOYER

August 28th, 1899 ~ August 26th, 1978

                     

  

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ANN HARDING
posted August 21st, 2017

ANN HARDING might not be the first name that comes to mind to even the most ardent classic film fans. Beats the Hell outta me…

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THE BEST OF EVERYTHING
posted ~ August 20th, 2017

 

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JEANNE MOREAU
posted ~ July 31st, 2017

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SABOTEUR ( 1942 )
posted ~ July 28th, 2017

Hitchcock uses his WRONG MAN theme to good effect in this thriller where an innocent man MUST catch a saboteur…but runs into those behind this treason. Could practically be ripped from TODAY’s headlines. Enjoy!!

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‘TILL DEATH US DO PART Blogathon
posted on July 24th, 2017

Beware when you click on this post folks. For my blogathon I want writers to cover murders where one spouse tries to kill the other. You can enjoy this from a vicariously safe distance. Thanks for reading. And for giving you ideas????

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HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT ( 1937 )
posted on July 20th, 2014

This film stars Jean Arthur ~ Charles Boyer ~ Colin Clive in a tale of spousal abuse that made my jaw drop. I hadn’t thought there were such things in movies in 1937. Well not normally…but director Frank Borzage goes there. Please…check out my review. You’ll
be surprised.

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BARBARA STANWYCK: OSCAR’S PERENNIAL BRIDESMAID
Posted by Trudy Ring ~ July 16th, 2017

Guest writer Trudy Ring writes about Barbara Stanwyck’s Oscar~nominated performances.

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TEXANS TALK TURKEY ABOUT CLASSIC FILMS
Posted ~ July 5th, 2017

In this post, I let the Texans do the talking as I ask them about their love of classic films and how being from Texas might have shaped this love

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THE NITRATE PICTURE SHOW ~ Posted June 5th, 2017 

Me and Wendy went to Rochester New York to the Nitrate Picture Show. Let me tell you all about it.

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Posted ~ May 30th, 2017

I took the 30-DAY MOVIE CHALLENGE. And you can too. Click here to see my answers.

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I’ll just leave her right here ~ Posted May 18th, 2017

You know what to do…

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FIVE STARS BLOGATHON
Posted ~ May 16th, 2017

Who are my five favorite movie stars? You can read this short fluffy piece to find out. And who are YOURS?

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CONSTANCE FORD: A DISHBEST SERVED COLD
Posted ~ April 29th, 2017

HEY GUYS! WHERE YOU BEEN?

For the fourth annual Great Villain Blogathon, I’m going to talk about a Mother who has no good maternal instincts…at all. None. Nada. Zilch. I’ll explain above.

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DEAR ROBERT…
Posted ~ March 6th, 2017

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The 2016 TCM Classic Film Festival
Posted ~ April 28th, 2016

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About time I recapped my trip to Hollywood, and TCM’s film festival.
Join me…there’s a lot to unpack.

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GUEST ESSAY ~ JEFF LUNDENBERGER
Posted ~ March 6th, 2017

MY FIRST TIME AT THE RODEO
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It is one month before the Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival and Jeff recounts his thoughts on the first time he attended the TCMFF, back in 2011. Come…take a trip down memory lane.

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‘THE OX~BOW INCIDENT”
Posted ~ February 17th, 2016

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Who knows WHAT course America might’ve taken if the Academy could have voted this the Best Picture of 1943 . . .let me tell you why.

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                                                 AND THE WINNER IS…
                          by Jeff Lundenberger ~ posted February 17th, 2016

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The contest for the Best Actress of 1950 was a fierce one. Read my Guest writer’s exploration of five fantastic performances that still have film buffs arguing to this day.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!!!

I’ll start this new year off right with my friend Fernando’s writing about the lovely Ann Harding. Check out these three reviews by merely clicking on the poster.
Posted ~ January 6th, 2017

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HERE A BLOG…THERE A BLOG…EVERYWHERE A BLOGATHON
Posted ~ December 31st, 2016

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I’ve created a blogathon directory for 2016. You can click here for topics and blog posts
created throughout the year. A lot of good writing has been going on. Please, check it out.

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TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY
Posted ~ December 16th, 2016

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For the fifth annual “WHAT A CHARACTER!” blogathon, I thought I should honor the
dark, beautiful and talented RUTH ROMAN. It’s about time, don’cha think? C’mon,
have a read.

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I WALK ALONE
Posted ~ December 9th, 2016

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Burt Lancaster spends fourteen years in prison for a robbery he AND Kirk Douglas
commit. Now out of prison, Lancaster expects Douglas to keep his end of the bar-
gain, but he doesn’t. Here’s where the trouble begins.

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EVE ARDEN 
Posted ~ November 18th, 2016

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When you gotta have friends…Eve Arden fits the bill

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A FACE IN THE CROWD
Posted ~ November 6th, 2016

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A woman creates a tv personality, who takes things to a whole dangerous ‘nuther level. My thoughts on this film seemed ripped from today’s headlines.

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ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN
Posted ~ October 31st, 2016

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A woman is attacked by an extra~terrestrial giant and contact with him causes her astounding growth. One of my favorite sci~ fi films of the 1950‘s.

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PITFALL
Posted ~ October 23rd, 2016

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An insurance agent meets a woman who’s received stolen goods. One things leads to another and well…it won’t be what you expect.

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FERNANDO’S CORNER ~ Posted October 23rd, 2016

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THE APARTMENT                           THE DEVIL’S CIRCUS

The KEY to success in the com-        A young Norma Shearer works in a
pany is to sleep your way to the        circus where two men, a young crook
top. Well, you don’t actually sleep    who loves her, and an old lech who
but you lend your apartment so        stalks her. What’s a girl to do?

 

 

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NORA PRENTISS 
Posted ~ October 16th, 2016

NORA PRENTISS ( Contents Intro )NORA PRENTISS ( TRAILER SHOT )

A doctor’s life spirals out of control when he has an extra~marital affair.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER

Posted ~ October 16th, 2016

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A young policeman is ill~equipped to handle the femme fatale he
runs across in a jewel robbery case. There is nothing like her in
the police manual.

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A FAREWELL TO ARMS
Posted ~ October 9th, 2016

A FAREWELL TO ARMS ( POSTER )

In the midst of war…these two fall in love.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted ~ October 9th, 2016

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Love in a garret. It’s been done before and Fernando tells us what he thinks of this re~make.

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THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE
Posted ~ October 2nd, 2016

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A lie is as good as the truth if you can get someone to believe it. Could you live a lie?

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FORT APACHE                                                                                  JOHNNY GUITAR
Posted ~ October 2nd, 2016                                                    Posted ~ October 2nd, 2016

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Respect has got to be earned, but some   Crawford has her hands full in this old
folks gotta learn the HARD way.                 Western town. The railroad’s coming
                                                                    through, two old gunslinging lovers fight
                                                                    over her…and she has to battle Mercedes
                                                                    McCambridge.

THREE GODFATHERS ( 1936 )
Posted ~ October 2nd, 2016

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Fernando finds this not heralded film needs another
look.Three desperadoes have to take care of a baby
along the way and finds it not only cramps their
style…but helps them find their way back to
themselves. Check out his review, and then hunt
down this movie.

 

 

 


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IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND  ( 1951 )
Posted ~ September 19th, 2016

PALM ( I )

A phony fortune teller can’t see his own future in this Mexican film noir starring Arturo de Cordova.

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INGRID BERGMAN
Posted ~ August 15th, 2016

INGRID BERGMAN ( C.U. )

Ingrid Bergman’s centennial was August 2015. She was such an amazing actress,
I don’t see why not give her another little shout~out. See video by Sarahismyname.

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GUEST ESSAY ~ CAPITOLFEST DIARY
by Jeff Lundenberger
Posted ~ August 29th, 2016

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Jeff went to Rome for a Silent Film Festival featuring Gary Cooper. Well…he can tell it
better than I can. Please photos for story.

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THE DEVIL COMMANDS
Posted ~ August 26th, 2016

DEVIL COMMANDS ( MOVIE POSTER )

Scientist Boris Karloff finds a way to communicate with the dead. He wants
to really explore and implement his experiments in a big way.

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HIGH BARBAREE
Posted ~ August 25th, 2016

HIGH BARBAREE ( MOVIE POSTER ~ I )

An old classic film, on-line pal ( KINGRAT ) recommended I see Van Johnson and June Allyson in “HIGH BARBAREE” ~ a film he describes as one of the ten “delicate romantic films from the 1940’s.” I watched it. Folks…it is. IT IS! Please, check this out.

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VALENTINO
Posted ~ August 23rd, 1926

RUDOLPH VALENTINO ( III )

 

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GUEST IN THE HOUSE
Posted ~ August 16th, 2016

GUEST IN THE HOUSE

You meet and fall in love with your fiancee, who’s from the mental institution
you work in. You bring her home
 to meet your family. What could go wrong?

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GUEST ESSAY by Karin Mustvedt-Plüss
                 July 18th, 2016

1932 PHOTO HOLLYWOODLAND

My classic film fan friend gives me a lesson on why I should really check out more
pre~code films, by telling me why these films are among her favorites. Lets go back
…to
 1932.

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THE FILMS OF 1932 ~ Posted July 10th, 2016

HOT & BOTHERED BLOGATHON ~ ( Call Her Savage )

Hi! Step right in. Don’t be shy. Aurora’s Once Upon A Screen and my Essays from the Couch are co~hosting our first blogathon together and it’s going to be steamy. We’re covering films made in the pre-code era, specifically 1932…a VERY good year. Are you ready? Just click on the banner above. Gee. It’s getting hot in heeere!

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GUEST ESSAY ~  CYNARA ( 1932 )
by Trudy Ring ~  Posted July 10th, 2016

 

CYNARA ( III )

You just KNOW Ronnie’s in trouble if he’s on trial. It’s murder. And he’s got a lot of 
mansplaining to do.  My Guest Essay this week is from writer Trudy Ring does a
wonderful job writing about the 1932 Ronald Colman film:
 “Cynara.”

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TROUBLE IN PARADISE
Posted ~ July 6th, 2016

TROUBLE IN PARADISE ( TITLE POSTER )

My entry for our HOT ‘N BOTHERED blogathon features a pair of jewel thieves trying to rook a high society gal out of her jewelry. But what happens when one of the thieves falls
in love with his victim? And what happens when that victim steals his heart. If you know Lubitsch like I know Lubitsch…ANYTHING can happen.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted ~ July 5th, 2016

ANIMAL KINGDOM ( III )  HOT SATURDAY ( MOVIE POSTER )  MADAME BUTTERFLY ( MOVIE POSTER )

A man is torn between two women.     How does a girl, in a small      Oh yeah, this romance
One, a free-spirited artist ( a friend      town restore her ruined re-     is doomed.
with benefits ) who he can also talk     putation?
to, and the other…a glamorous, se-
ductive socialite who he marries.
What could go wrong with a set-up
like this.

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CLASSIC SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATIONS
Posted ~ July 1st, 2016

SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATIONS ( MY LOGO )

Re-visit the blogathon where bloggers talk about the collaboration between Director & Actor.

 

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GUEST ESSAY
by Jeff Lundenberger
Posted ~ June 24th, 2016

TWO MOMENTS THAT MOVE ME

A STAR IS BORN ( JUDY GARLAND ) CABARET ( MINNELLI )

Sometimes it doesn’t matter HOW many times you see a movie, if you can discover just one…more…thing…about…it. Like in Jeff’s case, above. See what he means by clicking
on Judy or Liza ( with a “Z.” )

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THE PARADINE CASE
Posted ~ June 14th, 2016

PARADINE CASE POSTER

You would think that an attorney who falls in love with his client would work in her benefit to get her off for murder. Geeez…you’ve never seen an Alfred Hitchcock film, have you?

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REEL INFATUATION
Posted ~ June 13th, 2016

BLOGATHON ( REEL INFATUATIONS-II )

For this blogathon, we get to wax on, unabashedly, about what movie character we have a screen crush on. Well I talk about mine. Here. Just click on Errol Flynn’s lovely face above.

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ORDER IN THE COURT! BLOGATHON
Posted ~ June 10th, 2016

COURTROOM BLOGATHON POSTER

Second Sight Cinema and CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch join forces for our joint blogathon where we cover Classic Courtroom Movies. Peruse the entries we’ve received from writers all over the blogosphere. We’re in and out of court with adjournments, habeas corpuses, subpoenas, objections both sustained OR overruled and all manner of courtroom theatrics from the serious to the sublime.

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FERNANDO’S CORNER
Posted June 11th, 2016

KISS BEFORE THE MIRROR ( I )

Fernando is over the moon about this pre-code courtroom drama “The Kiss Before the Mirror.” See what he’s raving about by checking out his brief essay.

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“CASS TIMBERLANE” by the Honorable Michele S. Price
                        Posted ~ June 8th, 2016

COURTROOM BLOGATHON ( %22CASS TIMBERLANE%22 )

Yep, you read that correctly. We’ve got a bonafide actual Judge contributing her essay on the life of a judge in M-G-M’s 1947 film “CASS TIMBERLANE” for our weekend blogathon, “ORDER IN THE COURT! The Classic Courtroom Movies Blogathon” Sit up straight and start reading.

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SEND ME NO FLOWERS
Posted ~ May 20th, 2016

SEND ME NO FLOWERS ( III )

This film is the perfect antidote for whatEVER ails me.

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FIVE MOVIES ON AN ISLAND
Posted ~ May 16th, 2016

BLOGATHON ( FIVE MOVIES ON AN ISLAND 5 : 16 : 2016 )

My snoring finally did me in. I’ve been exiled to a deserted island. But at least,
I can bring five movies with me. These are the five I picked. Which ones would
YOU choose? Let me know.

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DEVIL’S DOORWAY
Posted ~ May 15th, 2016

Meeet Verne Coolan:

DEVIL'S DOORWAY ( II )

If he were on the ballot in November, I daresay he’d get a sizable vote. Louis Calhern plays the despicable race-baiting villain of “Devil’s Doorway.” He was so gallingly evil that I literally screamed “Eeeeeeeeeeeewwwwww” as I watched his dirty shenanigans. Egads! He was bad. And he’s in good company… in this year’s GREAT VILLAIN BLOGATHON. 

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THE SILVER CORD
Posted ~ May 8th, 2016

THE SILVER CORD ( 1933 )   SILVER CORD ( III )

When a man has to choose between his wife and his Mother that fish of a different color is already overcooked. Fernando and I each have our own thoughts about this very interesting, provocative and must-see film. Check out both posts.

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HOT & BOTHERED
Posted ~ May 7th, 2016

HOT & BOTHERED BLOGATHON ~ ( A Farewell to Arms )

I am co-hosting a blogathon with Once Upon A Screen. You’re just a click away from writing about some great pre-code films. Go on…touch that poster above and get all hot and bothered. Go on…I dare ya!

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2016 TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL
Posted ~ April 28th, 2016

TCMFF'16 ( IX )

Yep…my yearly mecca to TCM’s Classic Film Festival in Hollywood. Saw some movies, saw some movie stars and saw my peeps. You can read all about it here.

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HOLDEN
Posted ~ April 15th, 2016

WILLIAM HOLDEN

Just a little sumthin’ sumthin’ about William Holden

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted  ~ April 11th, 2016

CORINNE GRIFFITH

Now HERE is someone your Grandpa Penrod would have done cartwheels over, in the early 20’s. She’s CORINNE GRIFFITH. And Fernando talks a little about her most famous film “The Black Oxen.”

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted ~ April 11th, 2016

POWELL ( III )

Even early in William Powell’s career he was someone who got attention.
Fernando notices him in this early Paramount talkie, “Behind the Make-Up.”

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FERNANDO’S CORNER
Posted ~  April 11th, 2016

FALSE MADONNA ( III )

Can you imagine…hoodwinking a blind kid into believing YOU’RE his Mother.
Tsk! Tsk! What won’t Kay Francis stoop to in “The False Madonna.”

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted ~ Aprill 11th, 2016

THE GREAT GABBO ( TITLE CREDIT )

Yeah you’ve seen Michael Redgrave and Cliff Robertson and Anthony Hopkins play ventriloquists…but methinks you haven’t seen anything until you see von Stroheim go
mad in “The Great Gabbo.”

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FERNANDO’s CORNER 
Posted ~ April 11th, 2016

MASSACRE

A man comes to realize that family counts more than anything in “Massacre.”

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GUEST ESSAY

A LOVE LETTER TO TCM
Posted ~ April 10th, 2016

Jeff Lundenberger ( Love Letter to TCM ) Records2011 TCMFF

How does one get from here to here? The journey is an interesting one, the way
JEFF LUNDENBERGER tells it. Please check it out. It’s a universal story.

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A DOUBLE BLOGATHONING WHAMMY THIS WEEK~END

THE FOUNTAINHEAD ( 1949 )  and a TRIPLE FEATURE SCI-FEST
Posted April 8th & 9th 2016

Friday ~ No, I’m not reading the book. But I have seen the film…and I have to tell you, it’s pretty good. Big ideas, big performances…I’ll take ’em in bite-sized bits and pass ’em on
to you:

THE FOUNTAINHEAD ( 1950 )

Saturday ~ I’m covering a sci-fi triple feature for the Blogathon from Another World blogathon. And the reason is NOT the monsters…

SCI-FI TRIPLE FEATURE ( MONSTERS )

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted ~ April 6th, 2016

MURDER BY THE CLOCK ( IV )

Fernando recommends this bizarre little film from 1931, with stars long forgotten, except
by classic film fans.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted ~ April 5th, 2016

BELLE ( GUGU-I )

Fernando writes about a great costume drama you owe it to yourself to see.

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THE TWILIGHT ZONE – “WALKING DISTANCE”
Posted ~ March 25th, 2016

You can’t go home again? Well…

TWILIGHT ZONE - XXI

According to one of my very favorite tv episodes, you certainly can.

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GUEST ESSAY

THE WAY WE WATCH
Posted ~ March 16th, 2016

A rose by any other name…is the way Jeff Lundenberger watched old movies.

( JEFF LUNDENBERGER ) TELEVISION SET

With all the movie-viewing options that now exist – film, digital, 3D, theatre, television, tablet, phone – is there a right way and a wrong way to see a movie?

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ORDER IN THE COURT!
Posted ~ March 5th, 2016

COURTROOM BLOGATHON ANNOUNCEMENT-I

Come and check out the details for our blogathon covering folks’ favorite court room
movies. You are being served. 

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SUNSET BOULEVARD
Posted ~ February 26th, 2016

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This is it. Hollywood’s most supreme cautionary tale. And the worst Oscar snub in the history of motion pictures. Oooh…this Norma Desmond thing is contagious. MAX! Get
me my blog!!

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CREED   and   BROOKLYN
Posted ~ February 23rd, 2016

BROOKLYN CREED

Growing up and growing older. Both of them is hard to do. Two good
performances illustrate why.

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INGRID BERGMAN: IN HER OWN WORDS
Posted ~ February 22nd, 2016

INGRID BERGMAN ( 20's )INGRID BERGMAN ( LITTLE GIRL )

My friends and I made a whirlwind, one-day trip up to Cambridge,
Massachusetts to see the documentary about Ingrid Bergman. 

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BLOOD OF DRACULA
Posted ~ February 20th, 2016

BLOOD OF DRACULA ( III )

The best laid plans of mice, men and scientists, often go awry. 
Louise Lewis mixes Science with superstition and theology in
this 1957 gem. Suspend your disbelief at the laboratory door.
Oh, and don’t look too deeply into the omelette…amulet. What
ever…

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DUANE JONES in “NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD”
Posted ~ February 15th, 2016

SURVIVAL

The dead have risen from their graves. Can the living survive the night?
This is much more than the zombie horror film you think it is. And it’s due
to one man.

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KISS & TELL: “OUT OF THE PAST” and “VERTIGO”
Posted ~ February 14th, 2016

LIAR'S KISS

For this weekend’s “Kissing Blogathon” I’m going to write about the screen kisses
from two of my favorite movies. If you see Madeleine or Kathie enter the room…
you’d better run away as fast as you can. But you won’t…

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SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
Posted ~ February 13th, 2016

SWEET SMELL ( III )

COMING TO A BLOGATHON NEAR YOU!! Want to swim with the sharks? Want to dive into a cesspool? Want to lay down with dogs and come up with fleas? Want to get
snubbed by the Academy Awards? Well have I got the movie for you. C’mon in. The water’s fine.

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GUEST ESSAY ~ IMITATION OF LIFE
Posted ~ February 10th, 2016

IMITATION 1959 - ( I )IMITATION 1934 - ( VI )

Guilty pleasure or serious cinema? Guest writer Jeff Lundenberger explores
this question about one of the iconic movies of the 50’s: “IMITATION OF LIFE.”

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LOVE LETTERS
Posted ~ February 3rd, 2016

How can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met?

LOVE LETTERS ( I )

Easy, if you watch this 1945 romantic drama of a man who does just that.
Joseph Cotten and
Jennifer Jones are wonderful in this modern day
Cyrano de Bergerac tale. Look, I’ll explain…

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CLASSIC SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATIONS
Posted ~ January 23rd, 2016

SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATIONS ( MY LOGO )

JOIN US. Bloggers from far and wide write about some of their favorite
Star – 
Director combinations from the classic era.

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BARBARA STANWYCK
Posted ~ January 20th, 2016

STANWYCK BLOGATHON II

I want to give my thoughts on BARBARA STANWYCK’s overall career. To-
day, especially.

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A CLASSIC SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATION
Posted ~ January 18th, 2016

LUPINO and WALSH

For my Star – Director Blogathon, I want to talk about the three
films Ida Lupino and director Raoul Walsh made together.

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 GUEST WRITER

Posted  ~ 1 / 12 / 2016                                Posted  ~ 1 / 19 / 2016

GEORGE CUKOR - THE DIRECTOR         MY REPUTATION ( IV )

How lucky am I to have guest writer Trudy Ring do backtoback contributions for
the Essays from the Couch. Her first article is about that great director George
Cukor and the men in his life, and her second article is about Barbara Stanwyck 
and her reputation. Please check out both of these enjoyable reads.

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ANITA LOUISE
Posted ~ January 9th, 2016

ANITA LOUISE - III

I’m captivated by the lovely allure of Anita Louise.
She mostly played supporting roles throughout her
career. I think the studios hid her light under a bushel.
But could they really? We just don’t talk about her
enough. For her birthday today, I will.

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THE EARRINGS OF MADAME De….
Posted ~ January 8th, 2016

MADAME DE...Scorsese Collects

Who would think that a pair of earrings could cause so much
tragedy. Max Ophuls will show you how that happens.

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THE STRANGER
Posted ~ January 6th, 2016

The Stranger ( Three Faces )

Do you know all you need to know about who you love and
marry? Watch
 what happens when Loretta Young slowly
finds out she doesn’t know what she needed to know
.

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CITY LIGHTS
Posted ~ January 5th, 2016

CITY LIGHTS ( I )

What does love at first sight really mean? See Chaplin as
The Little Tramp trying to help a flower girl out.  Oh yeah,
there will be tears…

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GUEST ESSAY – JEFF LUNDENBERGER
Posted ~ January 4th, 2016

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF ( Contents )

On the Couch this new year of blogging is a Guest Essay from
Jeff Lundenberger, who’ll muse a bit on how art imitates life,
( or does it ) in some classic films he’s seen.

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LOEW’S VALENCIA
Posted ~ January 1st, 2016

LOEW'S WONDER THEATRES

I took a ride out to Jamaica Queens to see a movie theatre built in 1929.
I was transported to another world.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted ~ January 1st, 2016

RED RIVER ( V )

Lets start off the new year with a bang. John Wayne is in good hands with Howard Hawks in “RED RIVER.” How good? Fernando will tell us a bit about this classic Western.

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CALLING MORE BLOGATHONS
Posted ~ December 31st, 2015

 

RUDOLPH VALENTINO BLOGATHON BLOGATHON ( BEACH PARTY - II ) ANTI-DAMSEL BLOGATHON BANNER HISPANIC HERITAGE BLOGATHON 2014

 

Where ELSE can you, in one fell swoop, read essays covering a particular topic? At a blogathon, of course. Check out my handy dandy directory of blogathons for the last half of this year. If there are some you might’ve missed, you can go here. Enjoy! And thanks for joining us in 2015! See you next year.

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THAT REMINDS ME . . .
Posted – December 23rd, 2015

THE BIRDS

Tell me, what movie does THIS remind you of?

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted    December 23rd, 2016 

DESIGN ( IV )  DOWNSTAIRS ( V )  MAN WANTED ( IV )  CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE - POSTER

Fernando covers three Pre-Code films and one eerie 1940’s film in this quadruple year end post
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JOAN BENNETT
Posted – December 7th, 2015

JOAN BENNETT ( On the Beach )

Because, Joan. Yeah, we don’t talk about her enough.

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SUN VALLEY SERENADE
Posted – December 6th, 2015

SUN VALLEY SERENADE

My friend Sheila and I chew the chat as we MovieCHAT about
an old Sonja Henie movie. All’s fair in love and war when you
are trying to get the man you love. Even if you’re a sweet little
pixie like Sonja Henie. Sometimes talking about a movie is tal-
king about everything else BUT the movie.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted – December 6th, 2015

THE LITTLE GIANT - III

Fernando talks up a nice little gem of a comedy about beer
pushing gangsters out of a job now that prohibition is over.
< Sigh! > What’s a guy to do?

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted ~ December 5th, 2015

L'AVVENTURA ( II )

Fernando takes a look at Antonioni taking a look at the idle rich. Who doesn’t
want to look at The Beautiful People. But this one will make you think…

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BLOGATHON ANNOUNCEMENT – PART DEUX
Posted ~ November 23rd, 2015

SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATIONS ( Foursome )

Here is where you can check out an updated roster for my upcoming January blogathon. Sign up to talk about your favorite Star-Director collaboration. It’s super easy. Just click.

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PETER LORRE – CHARACTER ACTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
Posted ~ November 21st, 2015

PETER LORRE ( PORTRAIT-I ) 

The “What A Character!” Blogathon is in it’s FOURTH YEAR, so this time around…
I thought I’d talk about my newly re-discovered old favorte: the great Peter Lorre.
What a character? Ha! What a character, indeed! 

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QUAI DES ORFÈVRES
Posted November 17th, 2015

A picture is worth a thousand words…

QUAI DES ORFEVRES

…but I want you to read my words any way about a wonderful French classic from the late 1940’s. It’s a murder mystery and it’s solved in the most charming, but dogged way. Merci beaucoup.

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GUEST ESSAY ROBERT REGAN
Posted November 17th, 2015

LOVE ON THE RUN ( VI )

My most knowledgeable friend about classic films is Bob Regan, who I’ve known since our days at Hunter College. I’ve been after him for a while now to write something for my blog. Well I finally convinced him, and just in time for the Criterion Blogathon. Not being one to follow the crowd, Bob writes his thoughts on one of François Truffaut’s lesser known films. Enjoy!!

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WITHOUT PITY
Posted November 8th, 2015

WITHOUT PITY ( Movie Poster )

In war-torn Italy, boy meets girl, boy tries to keep girl. Oh boy, does greed
and blackmail and violence get in the bloody way of boy getting girl. A must
see film.

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ANNE OF THE INDIES
Posted November 7th, 2015

ANNE OF THE INDIES ( III )

I think JEAN PETERS is one of the great unsung actresses of Hollywood. Always a bit under the radar, but if you look closely, you’ll see fine work. This week here at the Couch, I’ll walk the plank with pleasure to talk about Peters playing a pirate. Won’t you join me for this Swashathon Blogathon?

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DOUBLE DUTY
Posted October 29th, 2015

COBRA - I   FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE WOLFMAN ( Poster ) 

This weekend it’s a celebration of movies from Universal Pictures. So I’m
going with one horror film and one film that’s a horror. Here.  

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted October 29th 2015

Screen shot 2015-10-27 at 10.25.57 PM

Paranormal activities go on in this old house investigated by a doctor and people
with heightened extra-sensory perceptions. Is it possible…can a house be insane?
Go on I dare you to watch this movie alone…in the dark. After all, it’s just a movie.

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…LOVES ME NOT
Posted October 18th, 2015

LOVES ME NOT-I

Sometimes it works out in life and in the movies, where there is a wonderful
“Happily Ever After” ending. But boy when it doesn’t…look out! This is what
it looks like when she…or he, is just not that into you.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted October 18th, 2015

And in keeping with this week’s theme of unrequited love…

BIG STREET ( Movie Poster )         NOTTE BIANCHI ( SCHELL & MASTROIANNI-I )

Lucy was not very loveable       Falling in love is one thing. But keeping faith in love
in 1942’s “THE BIG STREET”    is quite another. See Marcello Mastroianni try to 
and that’s why we love her.       hold on to Maria Schell in “LE NOTTI BIANCHE.”

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LA OTRA
Posted October 11th, 2015

DOLORES ( III )

Over at the Once Upon A Screen blog, Aurora’s holding her second annual
Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon. So I decided to write about a
Mexican film noir I saw this summer over at MoMA. Who’s that in the picture?
Oh, just an actress who left me stunned and amazed.

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CAT PEOPLE
Posted October 9th 2015

CAT PEOPLE ( Shot I )

Such a good plot idea, Hollywood made it twice…forty years apart. I’ll talk about
both versions this week.

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LEWTON’D: My pal Fernando is thunderstruck by Val Lewton’s fims:
Posted October 9th, 2015 and December 23rd, 2015

CAT PEOPLE '42 ( III ) GHOST SHIP ( II ) ISLE OF THE DEAD ( I ) LEOPARD MAN POSTER CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE - POSTER

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BLOGATHON ANNOUNCEMENT
Posted October 7th 2015

SYMBIOTIC COLLABORATIONS LOGO

These collaborative teams go together like a horse ‘n carriage. I’m hosting my first
blogathon, diving in…feet first.

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THEY WON’T FORGET
Posted October 3rd 2015

THEY WON'T FORGET ( I )

In our American judicial system, you are innocent until proven guilty. When it turns out to be the other way around…

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FEDO’s CORNER
Posted – October 4th 2015

I KNOW WHERE I'M GOING ( LIVESEY-HILLER II )

Love comes in unexpected places. And if you know anything about Powell & Pressburger films, the unexpected is to be expected. Read Fernando’s wonderful recommendation here.

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      TWO OF THE FUNNIEST SEQUENCES YOU’LL EVER SEE
Posted Sunday, Septemer 20th, 2015

MR. MUCKLE ( #1 )  BLAZING SADDLES ( #1 )
MR. MUCKLE                                        BLAZING SADDLES

The SEE YOU IN THE FALL Blogathon wants us to celebrate Autumn by talking about our favorite moments of pratfalls, sight gags and bodily functions. I think my two selections have all the bases covered in those departments. Oh my…

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Just put your fingers together…..and click:

written-on-the-wind-title-still

To call my BACALLATHON entry a soap opera is doing it a disservice, however
“accurate” that might be. I think it is about unrequited love and the many forms
it manifests itself in. I’ll focus on the performance of Lauren Bacall this week and
celebrate what would have been her 90th birthday.

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             SAFE IN HELL                                                      GUEST ESSAY
  Posted September 13th, 2015                              Posted September 10th, 2015

 SAFE IN HELL #4           BEGGARS ( Screen Shot )

What if the safest place for you             My Guest Essay today is by Wendy T. Merckel who
to be is with the worst criminals            writes about the compelling tale of two people who
ever lived. That’s the situation.              must live by their wits to survive all that life throws
Read about a Wellman classic.            their way in William Wellman’s “BEGGARS OF LIFE”

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      DR. JEKYLL and MR. HYDE                                   INGRID THE SCANDINAVIAN
        Posted August 29th, 2015                                         Posted August 28th, 2015

INGRID ( %22GOODBYE AGAIN%22 )              INGRID

For the Wonderful World of Ingrid Berg-          This is truly a treat. This Guest Essay hails man Blogathon, I chose a role I think               all the way from Norway, and I think it gives stretches Bergman as an actress and             us a perspective on Ingrid Bergman as only is the first of many multi-faceted perfor-          a native Scandanavian can. What we may mances from one of the great beauties           see as exotic, guest writer Karin Mustvedt-
of classic cinema.                                            Plüss sees as “home”.

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THE INGRID CONNECTION
Posted August 28th, 2015

INGRID BERGMAN STAMPS...

I’ve been really looking forward to this weekend, because it
is Swedish screen legend Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday.
She is truly one of my favorite actresses of classic films. Now, I
did a couple of things to celebrate her. I wrote an essay for an
Ingrid Bergman blogathon. I went to the post office to pick up
stamps made in her honor. AND I convinced one of my elusive
friends to write a guest essay about this international movie star.
Soooo, come back and be sure to check out my August 29th
entries. In the meantime, click on me ( and my new stamps
above /\  ) and browse through some great photos of a great
actress.

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FEDO’s CORNER
Posted August 26th, 2015

JEWEL ROBBERY Card

What happens when you mix jewel robbery with love? Well,
Fernando is here to tell you. Check it out.

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ELLA RAINES in “PHANTOM LADY”
Posted August 16th, 2015

PHANTOM LADY - XIII

If you need someone on your side, have I got
a gal for you. It’s Ella Raines and she will be
relentless on your behalf. Just check out
“Phantom Lady.”

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ETHEL BARRYMORE in “NIGHT SONG”
Posted August 15th, 2015

BARRYMORE BANNER ( II )

Look who’s sitting dead-center. That’s
right. Right where she belongs. Ethel
Barrymore has the best lines in the 1947
romantic drama: Night Song.

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DODSWORTH
Posted August 9th, 2015

DODSWORTH ( HUSTON )

After doing business for over twenty years
a man retires, wants to explore life again.
This changes everything for him…

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TERESA WRIGHT
Posted August 4th, 2015

TERESA WRIGHT ( V )

Underneath that sweet demeanor
is a fine determined actress.

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TCM’s SUMMER UNDER THE STARS
Posted August 2nd, 2015

These are some of the stars up on the roster for TCM’s annual

23. SUTS'15 - ( VIRGINIA BRUCE ) 17. SUTS '15 - ( LEE J. COBB ) SUTS'15 - ( INGRID BERGMAN ) 9. SUTS '15 - ( ROBERT WALKER )

Summer Under the Stars festival. August is the month for you to
spend an entire day viewing the work of a particular actor or actress.
See who’s up.

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NIGHT & THE CITY                             REVANCHE
Posted August 2nd, 2015                     Posted August 2nd, 2015

NIGHT & THE CITY - IV ( Widmark )                 REVANCHE ( XVIIII )

Want to see a man whose reach       What happens when you want revenge for
exceeds his grasp? Well you’ve        something YOU are responsible for?
come to the right post…

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TORCH SINGER
Posted July 26th, 2015

TORCH SINGER ( LOBBY CARD )

An unwed, pregnant woman gives up her child
for adoption. That’s only just the beginning…

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SHE HAD TO SAY YES
Posted July 19th, 2015

SAY YES ( XXXXIII )

Who KNEW office life was a mine field,
when keeping your job depends on you
having to say “Yes.” Check out Loretta
in this pre-code drama.

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THE MACOMBER AFFAIR
Posted July 13th, 2015

GREGORY PECK ( MACOMBER - I )

Something goes terribly wrong in a marriage
during the couple’s trip on safari.

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FEDO’s CORNER
Posted July 13th, 2015

GUEST ( Screen Title )

Anne Baxter’s shenanigans did not start with
“All About Eve.” In Fedo’s review this week,
Baxter was all about turning households all
topsy turvy.

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ON DANGEROUS GROUND
Posted July 10th, 2015

ON DANGEROUS GROUND ( Poster )

A hard-driving detective is assigned to
solve a murder in a rural community and
the case, and his life take an unexpected
turn.

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CHINA SEAS ( 1935 )
Posted July 5th, 2015

CHINA SEAS

Gable and Harlow together again, but this time at sea.
Add a cast of M-G-M favorites and you’ve got a good
one.

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OLIVIA DeHAVILLAND’s 99th BIRTHDAY
Posted July 1st, 2015

OLIVIA ( MIDSUMMER NIGHT )

A consummate actress and one of the still remaining icons
of the Golden Age of Hollywood, I think about her career
today.

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PRIDE IN CLASSIC FILMS
Posted June 28th, 2015

PRIDE HOME PAGE

I want to talk a little about the LGBT
experience in classic films. Oh it was
there alllrighty. Hidden, in plain sight.

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HEAT LIGHTNING ( 1934 )
Posted June 27th, 2015

HEAT LIGHTNING

Aline MacMahon runs a gas station out in the desert
but her past catches up with her anyway.

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FEDO’s CORNER
Posted June 27th, 2015

THE FLAME WITHIN

This week Fernando talks me down off the ledge
where this 1935 film is concerned. His post is in-
cluded in the CLASSIC MOVIE HISTORY PROJECT
BLOGATHON. C’mon and check him out.

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THE CROWD ( 1928 )
Posted June 26th, 2015

THE CROWD ( 1928 ) Poster

Sometimes ordinary people lead extraordinary lives. But what
happens when ordinary people lead just plain old ordinary lives?
Check out the beautiful simplicity of “The Crowd.”

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THE SMILING LIEUTENANT

Posted June 19th, 2015

THE SMILING LIEUTENANT

When a Lieutenant smiles and winks at his lover, and a different
girl mistakes that attention is for her, well…a whole lot happens,
especially in the hands of the Master, Ernst Lubitsch.

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THE FLAME WITHIN
Posted June 14th, 2015

THE FLAME WITHIN

What happens when a psychiatrist does not want to get married?
Why it wreaks havoc on the social structure and topples civiliza-
tions, that’s what.

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THE LIEBSTER AWARD
Posted June 10th, 2015

LIEBSTER AWARD ( I )

What’s an under-rated film I’d recommend? What movie do I watch every time it’s on tv? What’s my favorite western? These questions and more are asked and answered when a blogger receives the prestigious LIEBSTER AWARD. You can read all this, and more on my blog post.

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MY TIP TOP TOP TEN FAVORITE FILMS OF THE 1930’S
Posted June 10th, 2015

1930's B&W Collage

In this post, I list my top ten favorite films of the 1930’s…one film
for each year. C’mon…lets compare lists.

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BOMBSHELL
Posted June 7th, 2015

BOMBSHELL ( II )

Today was a sad day in Hollywood when Jean Harlow passed away at age 26. Here’s a movie to show you what made her so popular. The girl could do comedy. Oh…and be sexy too.

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MY FAVORITE FILMS OF THE 1930’s
Posted June 1st, 2015

Hey…you wouldn’t BE here if you weren’t just a little bit curious. Click onto the photos  below to see what were my most favorite films of each year. A lot to swallow? Can’t eat the whole smorgasbord all at once. No worries. Just take a year at a time:

( 1930 ) ALL QUIET...  ( 1931 ) MATA HARI  ( 1932 ) A FAREWELL TO ARMS
(  1930  )                           (  1931  )                                      (  1932  )

( 1933 ) 42nd STREET   ( 1934 ) IMITATION OF LIFE   BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN
          (  1933  )                                   (  1934  )                                      (  1935  )

( 1937 ) SWING TIME                                                                   ( 1936 )

( 1937 ) - DEAD END  ( 1938 ) JEZEBEL   ( 1939 ) HUNCHBACK...
                      ( 1937 )                                     ( 1938 )                                 ( 1939 ) 

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T-MEN 
Posted May 24th, 2015

T-MEN ( TITLE )

You meet the loveliest people when you try
to bust a ring of treasury counterfeiters. Any
one of them can kill you. Be safe. Read it here.

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THE RECKLESS MOMENT
Posted May 17th, 2015

RECKLESS ( XI )

A woman deals with her daughter’s black-
mailers and gets more than she bargains
for in this Max Ophüls classic.

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WENT THE DAY WELL?
Posted May 10th, 2015

CHURCHILL & WAR IS OVER

May 8th, 1945 is V-E Day, and in perhaps some small measure, it’s circumstances like those depicted in this movie that leads to the end of the war in Europe.

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HAVING IT ALL
Posted May 10th, 2015

KATHARINE HEPBURN ( WOMAN SHOT-I )  ROSALIND RUSSELL ( FRIDAY SHOT-II )

Does it have to be an “either / or” situation for women?

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FEDO’S CORNER
Posted May 10th, 2015

WONDERFUL ( I )

In Fedo’s Corner, love is in the air when these two meet
in a vacation camp. Of course, the chase begins…in “Having
A Wonderful Time.”

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WEEKEND MARRIAGE
Posted May 3rd, 2015

WEEKEND ( I )

Who would think that wanting to financially contribute to her
new marriage would be a bad thing? Hey, this is pre-code.

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FEDO’s CORNER
Posted May 3rd, 2015

B & B ( I )

Boss Warren William doesn’t want to be tempted
by glamorous secretaries. So he hires a nice mousy
gal.

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HIS GIRL FRIDAY
Posted April 26th, 2015

( 1940 ) HIS GIRL FRIDAY

Divorced journalists sure pick a roundabout way to get
back together again: covering an escaped convict story.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER                                     FERNANDO’s CORNER
Posted: April 24th 2015                                         Posted: April 26th, 2015

MY REPUTATION ( IV )                    BACHELOR APARTMENT ( I )

Stanwyck, as a recent widow, struggles        Irene Dunne as a serious working girl
to live her own life and find her new iden-      resisting the advances of her boss.
tity

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WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Posted April 19th, 2015

TRACY & HEPBURN ( Woman of Year )

The first pairing of one of Hollywood’s great screen teams.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER                                        GUEST ESSAY
Posted April 19th, 2015                                            April 19th, 2015

STRANGERS ( II )          LAURA ( Gene Tierney )

Uh-oh, it’s pre-code and you know              One of the great classics of the 40’s is
Norma’s experimenting again. Yay!              discussed by Guest Writer, Trudy Ring

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VILLAIN BLOGATHON: SO BAAAAD, IT’S GOOD:
Posted: April 22nd, 2015

VILLAIN BLOGATHON

Go here to recap the five days of entries for the Great Villain Blogathon,
and read my comments about five villains.

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PISTOL-PACKIN’ MAMA
Posted April 13th, 2015

PEGGY CUMMINS ( Gun Crazy - I )

Have you ever seen a dream walking…well this ain’t her. Wait a minute, let me not be so hasty. Annie-Laurie IS one man’s dream girl, and what they have in common is they’re both gun crazy. Check out my post by clicking  Peggy Cummins’ pix above. It’s the only safe way to touch her. And check out some more villains in The Great Villain Blogathon.

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TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL
Posted April 3, 5, 8 and 12, 2015
It’s a marathon – it’s a whirlwind – It’s four days of movie-watching covering
IMG_5157 THE SOUND OF MUSIC ( Opening ) IMG_5158 CARRIE, TED and ME
       Day One                      Day Two                         Day Three                      Day Four
Pre-Fest festivities, Opening Night, Closing Night…and all the movies in-between.
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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Posted April 5th, 2015
( 1956 ) TEN COMMANDMENTS
My friend Sheila and I poke a little fun at DeMille’s classic. We kid because we love this classic. So let it be texted…so let it be done.

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SHANGHAI EXPRESS
Posted April 2nd, 2015
( PRE-CODE ) SHANGHAI - XX
See what can happen on a train when Dietrich is a passenger and von Sternberg
is the conductor during the Pre-Code Blogathon.
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COMPARISONS and COLLABORATIONS
Posted  March 15th, 2015

NIGHT SONG ( III )JAMES STEWART ( %22VERTIGO%22 ) - IHITCH-FORD ( VIII )
DIRECTORS COLLAGE

How “NightSong” is like “Vertigo” and the similarities between John Ford and
Alfred Hitchcock. Also a visual look at some of Hollywood’s most famous col-
laborations

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FERNANDO’S CORNER
Posted March 15th, 2015

DODSWORTH

One of the best films of the 1930’s
and Fernando highly recommends it.

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VERTIGO – WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT                                                      Posted  March 8th, 2015

“The idea is that the beautiful mad Carlotta’s come back from the dead and taken possession of Elster’s wife. Now Johnny really…come on.”

CARLOTTA VALDESVERTIGO TKT

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FERNANDO’s CORNER                           MovieCHAT – “VERTIGO”
Posted March 8th, 2015                              Posted March 8th, 2015

SYLVIA & GENE ( IV )MovieCHAT-%22VERTIGO%22

What happens when you use love            Yes, the noshing and gnashing is fast and
as revenge?                                                furious as the four of us discuss “VERTIGO.”

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I CONFESS                                                                                                                      Posted March 1st, 2015

Would you hold fast to your beliefs…even if it means your own life?

Screen shot 2014-10-23 at 12.33.07 AM

Alfred Hitchcock takes an institution and twists it until it’s all pretzeled up in a
strait jacket. This time, he  wraps the noose around religion tighter than a priest’s
collar.

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   FERNANDO’s CORNER                                  GUEST ESSAY
    Posted March 1st, 2015                              Posted March 1st, 2015

            Megalomania                                            Mother knows best     

EMPEROR JONES ( I )MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE - XV

A man finds a place where                  Lindsey Wilson writes about being transfixed by         where he can be king. Some-            “The Manchurian Candidate” since the first time
how it doesn’t work out for him.           she saw it.

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CineMAVEN’s OSCAR MUSINGS
Posted February 23rd, 2015

JULIE ANDREWS & LADY GAGA

Here are my thoughts on the 87th Academy Awards: host, presenters, fashion, winners.

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CineMaven’s OSCAR EXTRAVAGANZA
Posted February 22nd, 2015

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EVERYTHING you always wanted to know about my favorite Academy Award winners, but were afraid to ask…because I’d tell you.

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
Posted February 14th, 2015

VALENTINE'S BLOG

You’ve got 365 days of the year to shower that special person you love with affection and sweet gifts. Today is just the day corporations make money off it.  So while I look at love in the movies, you run out and get boxes of chocolates and red roses…oh, and diamonds and furs.  Then you can read my blog post together and figure out how you’ll surprise each other on one of those other 364 days.

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FERNANDO’s CORNER                                                                                                Posted Feb. 14th, 2015

Check out Fernando’s thoughts:

ROCKABYE ( I )

Love just turns out all wrong for Constance Bennett on so many levels in 1932’s “Rockabye.”

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LIZABETH SCOTT
Posted February 7th, 2015

LIZABETH SCOTT - ( %22DESERT FURY%22-III )

My thoughts on the 1940’s film noir icon, who passed away at age 92.

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“OUT OF THE PAST” – TWITTERED AWAY                                                                Posted February 7th, 2015

I like Ricky Nelson. And I, like Ricky Nelson, went to a garden party…but I had a better time than he. See, I attended a Twitter party. Actually, Twitter’s #TCMPARTY where the movie discussed, dissected and gushed over was the film noir classic: “OUT OF THE PAST.” Talk about keeping up with the Joneses, WHEW! …at 140 characters a pop! Check it out:

OOTP ( LXXXVI )

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31 DAYS OF OSCAR BLOGATHON                                                                                    Posted Feb. 2nd, 2015

The most perfect motion picture ever made.

NETWORK ( FINCH - MAD )

And if you AREN’T mad as Hell…you are in big trouble, my friends.

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TWENTIETH CENTURY
Posted  February 1st,  2015

LOMBARD & BARRYMORE ( 20th Century )

Lies, double-crosses, egomaniacal manipulation and flat out insanity. All Aboard the 20th Century Limited as it travels cross-country with the looniest cast of characters and shena- nigans this side of Congress. Strap yourself in folks.

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DUELING DIVAS: LIBELED LADY vs. EASY TO WED
Posted January 31st, 2015

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In the fourth annual Dueling Divas Blogathon hosted by BackLots, lets see how true that is as I pit an M-G-M remake against its original: “Libeled Lady” and “Easy To Wed.” Check out the tale of the tape and YOU be the judge.

DUELING DIVA BLOGATHON Foto ( I )

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FERNANDO’s CORNER                                                                                              Posted Jan. 31st, 2015

DANGEROUS ( X )ISLAND ( X )

Fernando re-visits two films by Esther Williams: “On An Island With You” and “Dangerous When Wet.”

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A CANTERBURY TALE                                                                                                Posted January 25th, 2015

I suspect parables are tricky things. These stories are not told for the sake of itself, but to illustrate a larger idea. So I ask you, how could a story set in war-torn, blitzkrieged WWII England be simultaneously lyrical and dark, mystical and light. Simple. Two words: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

CANTERBURY ( LVI )

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FERNANDO’s CORNER                                                                                                Posted Jan. 25th, 2015

The magic and romanticism of “Portrait of Jennie.”

( GHOST ) PORTRAIT OF JENNIE

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UNJUSTLY NEGLECTED                                                                                               Posted January 22nd, 2015

FRANCES ( Contents )

I want you should meet a girl…

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TIP TOP TOP TEN FAVORITE FILMS OF THE DECADE                                        Posted January 18th, 2015

Mom always liked YOU best. So I’M going to pick my ten favorite films for the decade.

1940-1949

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FERNANDO’s CORNER                                                                                                Posted Jan. 18th, 2015

Would you care for a spot o’ tea?

LA ONCE ( I )

A documentary about a group of women who have had lunch together for  the past fifty years.

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GUEST ESSAY    GUEST ESSAY     
Posted Jan. 18th, 2015                                  Posted Jan. 18th, 2015    

An extra-marital affair goes wrong.                What can Bette Davis teach you?

INDISCREET ( Cary & Ingrid for Posts )BETTE DAVIS as MARGO

Christy Putnam writes about                        Sheila Schlesinger-Simon makes a good
Cary Grant’s and Ingrid Berg-                     case for why Millennials should watch clas-
man’s comic pairing                                     sic film

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FAVORITE FILMS OF 1940 – 1949                                                                              Posted January 18th, 2015

I’m making a list…I’m checking it twice…Why don’t you find out…What films I find nice. Click on these photos to find out my ten favorite films for each year. What are yours?

            ( 1940 )                           ( 1941 )                         ( 1942 )

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????1941 - HOW GREEN...1942 - RANDOM HARVEST

           ( 1943 )    ( 1944 )1945 )

1943 - OX BOW INCIDENT1944 - GASLIGHT1945 - LOVE LETTERS

                     ( 1946 )                                           ( 1947  )                           

1946 - BEST YEARS...1947 - MACOMBER 

               ( 1948 )                                          ( 1949 )

1948 - LETTER1949 - HEIRESS

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