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'Shane': Alan Ladd 'Subversive' Western Gets Special Academy Screening

'Shane': Alan Ladd stars in classic Western to be screened at the Academy The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 60th anniversary screening of George Stevens' classic Western Shane, starring Alan Ladd as a lone and mysterious gunslinger, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 7, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Besides Ladd, Shane, a 1953 Paramount release, also stars Jean Arthur in her last movie role, in addition to Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde, and Jack Palance. (Image: Alan Ladd in Shane.) “A gun is a tool, Marian, no better or no worse than any other tool, an axe, a shovel or anything,” Alan Ladd's Shane tells Jean Arthur's homesteader wife and mother. […]


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'Shane': Alan Ladd 'Subversive' Western Gets Special Academy Screening



Alan Ladd & Ella Raines on TCM

Ella Raines, Franchot Tone in Robert Siodmak's Phantom Lady (top); Jeanette MacDonald, Maurice Chevalier in Rouben Mamoulian's Love Me Tonight (middle); Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn in Billy Wilder's Love in the Afternoon (bottom) Pre-1948 Paramount talkies are owned by Universal (or whichever conglomerate owns Universal; I've lost track of them by now – Comcast? NBC? General Electric?). For the most part, Universal couldn't care less about the movies in their archives. Relatively few have been released on DVD and most of them are hardly ever shown on cable. Well, Turner Classic Movies has leased the Universal library – whether all of it or only some titles, I don't know. That's why the early Mae West movie This Is the Night […]


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Alan Ladd & Ella Raines on TCM



'Double Indemnity' & 'The Dark Mirror': Oscar Noir

Good news for LA-based film noirs fans: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will kick off a summer screening series, “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side,” on Monday, May 10, with a big-screen presentation of John Huston's The Maltese Falcon, starring Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, and Sydney Greenstreet. The 15-film series, which will run through August 30, will showcase 1940s noir classics that received Oscar nominations in the writing categories. Among them are The Blue Dahlia, with the great Alan Ladd-Veronica Lake duo; The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, with Barbara Stanwyck and the underrated Lizabeth Scott; and White Heat, which offers what's probably the best performance of James Cagney's career and one of the […]


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'Double Indemnity' & 'The Dark Mirror': Oscar Noir