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'Movies': Is That an 'Abhorrent' Word That Denigrates the Art Form? Many Believed So

“Movies” or…? Quo Vadis: One of the first feature films ever made, Enrico Guazzoni's Italian epic came out in 1913, going on to become a global sensation. Should American “moving picture” fans of the early 1910s have referred to it as a “photoplay” or a “movie”? Silent bites: The birth […]


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'Movies': Is That an 'Abhorrent' Word That Denigrates the Art Form? Many Believed So



'Desert Nights': Enjoyable John Gilbert Adventure Dares to Ask Age-Old Philosophical Question

Desert Nights with John Gilbert and Mary Nolan: Enjoyable Sahara-set adventure – which happened to be Gilbert's last silent film – dares to ask the age-old philosophical question, “Is there honor among thieves?” John Gilbert late silent adventure 'Desert Nights' asks a question for the ages: Is there honor among […]


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'Desert Nights': Enjoyable John Gilbert Adventure Dares to Ask Age-Old Philosophical Question



Ronald Colman Actor: From Mad Killer to Lovestruck Amnesiac & Should Humankind Be Spared?

Updated: Following a couple of Julie London Westerns*, Turner Classic Movies will return to its July 2017 Star of the Month presentations. This evening, July 27, Ronald Colman can be seen in five titles from his later years: A Double Life, Random Harvest (1942), The Talk of the Town (1942), […]


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Ronald Colman Actor: From Mad Killer to Lovestruck Amnesiac & Should Humankind Be Spared?



'Under the Volcano' Screening: Fearless Albert Finney

'Under the Volcano' screening: John Huston's 'quality' comeback starring daring Albert Finney As part of its John Huston film series, the UCLA Film & Television Archive will be presenting the 1984 drama Under the Volcano, starring Albert Finney, Jacqueline Bisset, and Anthony Andrews, on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at […]


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'Under the Volcano' Screening: Fearless Albert Finney



Ronald Colman Movies: 'A Tale of Two Cities' & 'The Prisoner of Zenda'

Ronald Colman: Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month in two major 1930s classics Updated: Turner Classic Movies' July 2017 Star of the Month is Ronald Colman, one of the finest performers of the studio era. On Thursday night, TCM presented five Colman star vehicles that should be popping up […]


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Ronald Colman Movies: 'A Tale of Two Cities' & 'The Prisoner of Zenda'



Crime Novel Remembered: Everywoman Heroine & Bourgeois Values + 'Straight & Gay' Movie Versions

Crime novel The Blank Wall by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding. While her husband is away during World War II, housewife Lucia Holley – the sort of “Everywoman” who looks great in a two-piece bathing suit – does whatever it takes to protect the feeling of “normality” in her bourgeois, suburban household. […]


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Crime Novel Remembered: Everywoman Heroine & Bourgeois Values + 'Straight & Gay' Movie Versions



Roy Rogers & 'Under Western Stars': Remembering Singing Cowboy's 'Socialist' Western

Roy Rogers, Singing Cowboy of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood. Known for his affable characterizations and, both on and off screen, “traditional values” stance, the King of the Cowboys – step aside, John Wayne & Gene Autry – toplined the “subversive” 1938 musical Western Under Western Stars. Sound bites: Remembering Roy […]


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Roy Rogers & 'Under Western Stars': Remembering Singing Cowboy's 'Socialist' Western



Antihero Ricardo Cortez: Best Showcases + Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Brother

Antihero Ricardo Cortez in Symphony of Six Million, with Irene Dunne. Directed by Gregory La Cava, this 1932 family/romantic melodrama may have been one of Cortez's favorite among his own movies (see further below). Based on a morality tale by Back Street, Imitation of Life, and Humoresque author Fannie Hurst, […]


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Antihero Ricardo Cortez: Best Showcases + Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Brother



How to Be a Latin Lover: Ricardo Cortez & Leading Ladies + Marriage to Tragic Drug-Addicted Hollywood Star

How to be a Latin Lover: Ricardo Cortez, formerly known as Jacob Krantz from a working-class family of Austrian/Hungarian immigrants that had settled in New York City, succeeded in restyling himself as the next – even if, according to some, “second rank” – Rudolph Valentino. It's unclear whether or not […]


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How to Be a Latin Lover: Ricardo Cortez & Leading Ladies + Marriage to Tragic Drug-Addicted Hollywood Star



'Latin Lover' - The 2nd Valentino & 1st (and Best) Sam Spade: Q&A with Ricardo Cortez Biographer Dan Van Neste

“Latin Lover” Ricardo Cortez, who went on to play a series of all-American scoundrels and criminals, in addition to similar unsavory types of other nationalities. Although never as big a star as fellow silent era screen heartthrobs Rudolph Valentino, Ramon Novarro, and John Gilbert – or fellow Pre-Code era antiheroes […]


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'Latin Lover' - The 2nd Valentino & 1st (and Best) Sam Spade: Q&A with Ricardo Cortez Biographer Dan Van Neste



Ricardo Cortez: Remembering the 'Latin Lover Threat' to Rudolph Valentino & Star of Original 'The Maltese Falcon'

Ricardo Cortez biography The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez. Dan Van Neste's book covers the life and career of Paramount's “Latin Lover” threat to a recalcitrant Rudolph Valentino; one who would later portray a sly, seductive Sam Spade in the original – and highly enjoyable – […]


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Ricardo Cortez: Remembering the 'Latin Lover Threat' to Rudolph Valentino & Star of Original 'The Maltese Falcon'



Fourth of July Movies: Escapism During a Weird Year

Fourth of July movies: A few recommended titles that should help you temporarily escape current global madness Two thousand and seventeen has been a weirder-than-usual year on the already pretty weird Planet Earth. Unsurprisingly, this Fourth of July, the day the United States celebrates its Declaration of Independence from Britain, […]


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Fourth of July Movies: Escapism During a Weird Year



LGBT Pride Movie Series: From Rudolph Valentino to the Rise of Nazism & Beach Party Mystery

(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available […]


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LGBT Pride Movie Series: From Rudolph Valentino to the Rise of Nazism & Beach Party Mystery



Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup

Turner Classic Movies' 2017 Gay Pride film series comes to a close this evening and tomorrow morning, Thursday–Friday, June 29–30, with the presentation of seven movies, hosted by TV interviewer Dave Karger and author William J. Mann, whose books include Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines and Behind […]


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Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup



'The Doll' Movie: Greedy & Gluttonous Church Officials + German Mary Pickford in Early Ernst Lubitsch Comedy

The Doll with Ossi Oswalda and Hermann Thimig. Early Ernst Lubitsch satirical fantasy starring “the German Mary Pickford” has similar premise to that of the 1925 Buster Keaton comedy Seven Chances. 'The Doll': San Francisco Silent Film Festival presented fast-paced Ernst Lubitsch comedy starring the German Mary Pickford – Ossi […]


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'The Doll' Movie: Greedy & Gluttonous Church Officials + German Mary Pickford in Early Ernst Lubitsch Comedy



'Amazing Tales from the Archives': SFSFF Remembers Pioneering Female Documentarian & World War I Era (!) Sound Films

“Amazing Tales from the Archives”: Pioneering female documentarian Aloha Wanderwell Baker remembered at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival – along with the largely forgotten sound-on-cylinder technology and the Jean Desmet Collection. 'Amazing Tales from the Archives': San Francisco Silent Film Festival & the 'sound-on-cylinder' system Fans of the earliest […]


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'Amazing Tales from the Archives': SFSFF Remembers Pioneering Female Documentarian & World War I Era (!) Sound Films



Rome Movies: Audrey Hepburn & Gidget Find Romance in the Italian Capital

Here's a brief look – to be expanded – at Turner Classic Movies' June 2017 European Vacation Movie Series this evening, June 23. Tonight's destination of choice is Italy. Starring Suzanne Pleshette and Troy Donahue as the opposite of Ugly Americans who find romance and heartbreak in the Italian capital, […]


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Rome Movies: Audrey Hepburn & Gidget Find Romance in the Italian Capital



More Gay Hollywood: From Psychiatrist Montgomery Clift to Psycho Anthony Perkins

On the day a U.S. appeals court lifted an injunction that blocked a Mississippi “religious freedom” law – i.e., giving Christian extremists the right to discriminate against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, etc. – not to mention the publication of a Republican-backed health care bill targeting the poor, the sick, […]


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More Gay Hollywood: From Psychiatrist Montgomery Clift to Psycho Anthony Perkins



LGBT Hollywood: From Self-Destructive Lorenz Hart to Ambitious Montgomery Clift

Turner Classic Movies continues with its Gay Hollywood presentations tonight and tomorrow morning, June 8–9. Seven movies will be shown about, featuring, directed, or produced by the following: Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Farley Granger, John Dall, Edmund Goulding, W. Somerset Maughan, Clifton Webb, Montgomery Clift, Raymond Burr, Charles Walters, DeWitt […]


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LGBT Hollywood: From Self-Destructive Lorenz Hart to Ambitious Montgomery Clift



Alexis Smith Movies: From Errol Flynn to Heterosexual Cole Porter

Canadian-born actress Alexis Smith (born 1921) would have turned 96 years old today, June 8. Turner Classic Movies is celebrating her birthday by presenting nine of her movies, mostly during her time as a Warner Bros. contract player. In addition to Michael Curtiz's box office hit Night and Day, a […]


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Alexis Smith Movies: From Errol Flynn to Heterosexual Cole Porter



Edgar G. Ulmer Movies: 'The Black Cat' & 'Detour'

Edgar G. Ulmer movies on TCM: 'The Black Cat' & 'Detour' Turner Classic Movies' June 2017 Star of the Month is Audrey Hepburn, but Edgar G. Ulmer is its film personality of the evening on June 6. TCM will be presenting seven Ulmer movies from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s, […]


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Edgar G. Ulmer Movies: 'The Black Cat' & 'Detour'



Gay Hollywood on TCM

Considering everything that's been happening on the planet in the last several months, you'd have thought we're already in November or December – of 2117. But no. It's only June. 2017. And in some parts of the world, that's the month of brides, fathers, graduates, gays, and climate change denial. […]


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Gay Hollywood on TCM



Submarine Movie Feast: Memorial Day TCM Films

Submarine movie evening: Underwater war waged in TCM's Memorial Day films In the U.S., Turner Classic Movies has gone all red, white, and blue this 2017 Memorial Day weekend, presenting a few dozen Hollywood movies set during some of the numerous wars in which the U.S. has been involved around […]


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Submarine Movie Feast: Memorial Day TCM Films



Blake Edwards Movies: 'The Pink Panther' Director Best Handling Polished Comedies & Heavy Dramas

Blake Edwards: Director of the Pink Panther movies – and Julie Andrews' husband for more than four decades – was at his best handling polished comedies and a couple of dead serious dramas. Blake Edwards movies: Best known for slapstick fare, but at his best handling polished comedies and dramas […]


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Blake Edwards Movies: 'The Pink Panther' Director Best Handling Polished Comedies & Heavy Dramas



Frances Dee Movies: Remembering Lovely & Talented Leading Lady of the 1930s/1940s

Frances Dee movies: From 'An American Tragedy' to 'Four Faces West' Frances Dee began her film career at the dawn of the sound era, going from extra to leading lady within a matter of months. Her rapid ascencion came about thanks to Maurice Chevalier, who got her as his romantic […]


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Frances Dee Movies: Remembering Lovely & Talented Leading Lady of the 1930s/1940s



Comediennes of the Silent Era & Film Historian Anthony Slide: Remembering Cinema's Pioneering Women

One of cinema's early comediennes, Dorothy Devore: between 1918 and 1930, the Ft. Worth-born actress was seen in nearly 100 movies, both features and shorts. Among them were Salvation Sue, Naughty Mary Brown, and Saving Sister Susie, all with frequent partner Earle Rodney. 'Comediennes of the Silent Era' & film […]


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Comediennes of the Silent Era & Film Historian Anthony Slide: Remembering Cinema's Pioneering Women



Danielle Darrieux Movies: Film Icon Turns 100 + Longest 'Star Career' Ever?

Danielle Darrieux in 'La Ronde.' Film icon Danielle Darrieux turns 100: Longest 'star career' in movie history? Screen legend Danielle Darrieux is turning 100 today, May 1. In all likelihood, the Bordeaux-born (1917) Darrieux has enjoyed the longest “movie star” career ever: eight decades, from Wilhelm Thiele's comedy-drama Le Bal […]


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Danielle Darrieux Movies: Film Icon Turns 100 + Longest 'Star Career' Ever?



Yvonne Monlaur: Cult Horror Film Actress & Bond Girl Contender Dies

Yvonne Monlaur: Cult horror movie actress & Bond Girl contender was featured in the 1960 British classics Circus of Horrors & The Brides of Dracula. Actress Yvonne Monlaur dead at 77: Best remembered for cult horror classics 'Circus of Horrors' & 'The Brides of Dracula' Actress Yvonne Monlaur, best known […]


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Yvonne Monlaur: Cult Horror Film Actress & Bond Girl Contender Dies



Comedy Actress Rediscovered: 'She Could Be Chaplin!' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide

Comedy actress Alice Howell on the cover of film historian Anthony Slide's latest book: Pioneering funky-haired performer “could have been Chaplin” – or at the very least another Louise Fazenda. Rediscovering comedy actress Alice Howell: Female performer in movie field dominated by men Early comedy actress Alice Howell is an […]


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Comedy Actress Rediscovered: 'She Could Be Chaplin!' Q&A with Film Historian Anthony Slide



Christian Movies: Religious Propaganda Disguised as Mainstream Entertainment?

Christian movies: Starring Nicolas Cage, the widely panned 2014 apocalyptic thriller Left Behind was a box office bomb – unlike (relatively) recent popular “faith movies” such as Heaven Is for Real, Son of God, and War Room. A thought on the New Christian American Cinema: Tired of the blatant propaganda […]


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Christian Movies: Religious Propaganda Disguised as Mainstream Entertainment?



'Boom!' Movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Cinematic Disaster Reappraised

Boom! movie with Elizabeth Taylor: Critically panned box office disaster featuring memorable headwear and situations. 'Boom!' movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton critical & box office bomb reappraised as 'cult classic' fare If you've never seen Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's 1968 vanity production Boom!, don't feel singled out. Boom! […]


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'Boom!' Movie: Elizabeth Taylor & Richard Burton Cinematic Disaster Reappraised



Dana Andrews Movies: Film Noir Actor Excelled as Angst-Ridden Characters

Dana Andrews movies: Complex film noir actor excelled in both major and minor crime dramas. Dana Andrews movies: First-rate film noir actor excelled in both classics & minor fare One of the best-looking and most underrated actors of the studio era, Dana Andrews was a first-rate film noir/crime thriller star. […]


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Dana Andrews Movies: Film Noir Actor Excelled as Angst-Ridden Characters



Swampland Race Relations: Old Indie Mixes 'Interracial' Love + Vengeance & Voodoo

Swampland race relations in Chloe, Love Is Calling You: Desired by two handsome white men, is Olive Borden black or white? Swampland race relations: Bizarre 'Chloe Love Is Calling You' mixes reactionary ideas & voodoo Whenever I watch a film such as the swampland-set 1934 thriller Chloe, Love Is Calling […]


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Swampland Race Relations: Old Indie Mixes 'Interracial' Love + Vengeance & Voodoo



'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens

Rebecca 1940: Joan Fontaine as the “successor” and Judith Anderson as the creepy lesbian housekeeper, madly in love with her deceased mistress. 'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Best Picture Oscar winner back on Brazilian screens Based on Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel, Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood movie, Rebecca (1940), has briefly […]


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'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens



Women's Suffrage Movie: Will Right to Vote Destroy The American Family at SFSFF?

Women's suffrage movie Mothers of Men: Dorothy Davenport becomes a judge and later State Governor in socially conscious thriller about U.S. women's voting rights. Are females too emotional to be objective? Women's suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Will women's right to vote lead to the destruction of The American Family? […]


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Women's Suffrage Movie: Will Right to Vote Destroy The American Family at SFSFF?



'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy

Die Nibelungen: Siegfried: Paul Richter as the tragic dragon-slaying hero of medieval Germanic mythology – with a bit from Homer's Iliad thrown in. 'Die Nibelungen': Enthralling silent classic despite complex plot and countless characters Based on the medieval epic poem Nibelungenlied, itself inspired by the early medieval Germanic saga about […]


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'Die Nibelungen': Siegfried Eclipsed by Powerful Women in Masterful Fritz Lang Tragedy



'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Roger Corman Beats Alfred Hitchcock with Nature vs. Humans Thriller

The Beast with a Million Eyes: Hardly truth in advertising as Roger Corman's micro-budget sci-fi thriller is no “monster movie.” 'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Alien invasion movie predates Alfred Hitchcock classic Despite the confusing voice-over introduction, David Kramarsky's[1] The Beast with a Million Eyes a.k.a. The Beast with […]


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'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Roger Corman Beats Alfred Hitchcock with Nature vs. Humans Thriller



Merle Oberon: From Mystery Past & Hollywood Stardom to Shah of Iran Connection

Merle Oberon: 'Exotic' and mysterious star of British and American cinema was a victim of the 'Marion Davies Syndrome.' Merle Oberon movies: 'Exotic' and underrated actress with mysterious past is Star of the Month Merle Oberon is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of March 2016. The good news: […]


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Merle Oberon: From Mystery Past & Hollywood Stardom to Shah of Iran Connection



Clint Eastwood + Harry Potter = 'The Decline of Western Civilization'? Packard Series Connection

'Play Misty for Me': Rabid fan Jessica Walter makes life terribly difficult for disc jockey Clint Eastwood. Clint Eastwood + 'Harry Potter' = 'The Decline of Western Civilization'? The Packard Campus connection Besides Harry Potter (more on the bespectacled wizard further below), movies set in the world of music and/or […]


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Clint Eastwood + Harry Potter = 'The Decline of Western Civilization'? Packard Series Connection



TCM Presents 100% Not Gay John Nash & Passionate James Dean Bromance

TCM presents the life story of (a not gay) John Nash, starring Russell Crowe: In the phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman wash the gay away. '31 Days of Oscar' on TCM: From fake biopic & passionate bromance to the deadly clash of civilizations Turner […]


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TCM Presents 100% Not Gay John Nash & Passionate James Dean Bromance



Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros.: Landmark Lawsuit

Olivia de Havilland in 'The Heiress.' Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros. (See previous post: “Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Warner Bros. Legal Fight Changed U.S. Labor Law.”) In 1942, Olivia de Havilland reportedly turned down the colorless leading lady role in Raoul Walsh's Gentleman Jim, which would have paired […]


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Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros.: Landmark Lawsuit



31 Days of Oscar: 'Ben-Hur' Proves Bigger Not Necessarily Better

'Ben-Hur' 1959 with Stephen Boyd and Charlton Heston: TCM's '31 Days of Oscar.' '31 Days of Oscar': 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Ben-Hur' in, Paramount stars out Today, Feb. 1, '16, Turner Classic Movies is kicking off the 21st edition of its “31 Days of Oscar.” While the Academy of Motion […]


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31 Days of Oscar: 'Ben-Hur' Proves Bigger Not Necessarily Better



Ernst Lubitsch Movies: Lost 'Touch' in Our Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking

Ernst Lubitsch movies: Subtle, sophisticated 'Touch' all but gone from contemporary filmmaking. Ernst Lubitsch movies: The forgotten, passé 'Touch' Ernst Lubitsch and William Cameron Menzies were Turner Classic Movies' “stars” on Jan. 28, '16. (This is a fully revised and expanded version of a post published that day.) Lubitsch had […]


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Ernst Lubitsch Movies: Lost 'Touch' in Our Age of Sledgehammer Filmmaking



William Cameron Menzies Movies: Murderous Joan Fontaine & Nazi Communists

William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or […]


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William Cameron Menzies Movies: Murderous Joan Fontaine & Nazi Communists



'The Godfather' Actor Abe Vigoda Dead 34 Years After Greatly Exaggerated Obit

Abe Vigoda dead or alive? 'The Godfather' and 'Barney Miller' actor became a pop celebrity in the U.S. following greatly exaggerated reports of his death. 'The Godfather' actor Abe Vigoda dead at 94: Early 1980s death notices were greatly exaggerated Actor Abe Vigoda, little-known internationally despite a supporting role in […]


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'The Godfather' Actor Abe Vigoda Dead 34 Years After Greatly Exaggerated Obit



The Evolution of Film Sound Technology: Q&A with 'A Century of Sound' Co-Creator Robert Gitt

Hal Roach looks on as technicians install Vitaphone equipment in his studio screening room, ca. 1928. (Click on the image to enlarge it.) 'A Century of Sound': Q&A with former UCLA Preservation Officer Robert Gitt about the evolution of film sound technology Long before multi-track Dolby stereo and digital sound […]


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The Evolution of Film Sound Technology: Q&A with 'A Century of Sound' Co-Creator Robert Gitt



British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide

Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, and Ingrid Bergman: The 'Notorious' British (Hitchcock, Grant) and Swedish (Bergman) talent. British actors and directors in Hollywood; Hollywood actors and directors in Britain: Anthony Slide's 'A Special Relationship.' 'A Special Relationship' Q&A: Britain in Hollywood and Hollywood in Britain First of all, what made you […]


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British Cinema and Hollywood - 'A Special Relationship': Q&A with Anthony Slide



Michel Galabru Dead: 'La Cage aux Folles' Right-Wing Politician & César Winner

Michel Galabru and Louis de Funès in the comedy 'Le gendarme et les gendarmettes': No 'affection' for his movies. 'La Cage aux Folles' actor Michel Galabru dead at 93: Embodiment of 'traditional family values' in international box office hit Michel Galabru, best known internationally for his role as a rabidly […]


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Michel Galabru Dead: 'La Cage aux Folles' Right-Wing Politician & César Winner



'Ben-Hur' Movie: Christian Epic Became Costliest Production & Biggest Worldwide Blockbuster in History

'Ben-Hur' movie: Ramon Novarro starred in the silent version, at the time the most expensive film production and the biggest worldwide blockbuster in history. 'Ben-Hur' movie: Semi-biblical epic starring Ramon Novarro became most expensive and most successful blockbuster in history Christmas 2015 is just around the corner. That helps to […]


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'Ben-Hur' Movie: Christian Epic Became Costliest Production & Biggest Worldwide Blockbuster in History



'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier Impressive Sci-Fi, Sex Melodrama & Fernand Léger Combo

'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier directed Jaque Catelain and Georgette Leblanc in great-looking (Fernand Léger sets) mix of science-fiction and sex melodrama. Marcel L'Herbier silent 'L'Inhumaine': 'Intense sensory integration of sight' For me, the real jewel in the crown of the San Francisco Silent Film Festival's “A Day of Silents,” held on […]


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'L'Inhumaine': Marcel L'Herbier Impressive Sci-Fi, Sex Melodrama & Fernand Léger Combo



Marion Cotillard Naked and Doomed: More Nudity in 'Psycho' Shower Scene Homage

Marion Cotillard 'Psycho' shower scene scream. Marion Cotillard naked and screaming in 'Psycho' shower scene A few years ago – more exactly, in Feb./March 2008 – Vanity Fair published a series of images honoring Alfred Hitchcock movies made in Hollywood. (His British oeuvre was completely ignored.) The images weren't from […]


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Marion Cotillard Naked and Doomed: More Nudity in 'Psycho' Shower Scene Homage



'7 Faces of Dr. Lao': Tony Randall Brilliantly Shows Things Are Not As They Seem

'7 Faces of Dr. Lao' with Tony Randall delivering a 'bravura performance': Things are not as they seem. '7 Faces of Dr. Lao' movie: 'Things are not as they seem' Director George Pal's 7 Faces of Dr. Lao surprises on multiple levels: its witty screenplay by Twilight Zone writer Charles […]


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'7 Faces of Dr. Lao': Tony Randall Brilliantly Shows Things Are Not As They Seem



Marjorie Lord: Actress in TV Hit 'Make Room for Daddy' & Mother of Oscar-Nominated Performer

Marjorie Lord actress ca. early 1950s: Mother of Oscar-nominated performer. Actress Marjorie Lord dead at 97: Best remembered for long-running hit TV series 'Make Room for Daddy' Stage, film, and television actress Marjorie Lord, best remembered as Danny Thomas' second wife in the TV sitcom Make Room for Daddy, died […]


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Marjorie Lord: Actress in TV Hit 'Make Room for Daddy' & Mother of Oscar-Nominated Performer



'Mildred Pierce' 1945: Joan Crawford 'Terrific' in Film Noir or Melodrama?

Joan Crawford in 'Mildred Pierce': Best Actress Oscar winner enjoyed a triumphant comeback. 'Mildred Pierce' 1945 movie review: Very entertaining 'soap opera' Time has a way of making some films seem grander than they really are. A good example is Mildred Pierce, the 1945 black-and-white melodrama directed by Casablanca's Michael […]


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'Mildred Pierce' 1945: Joan Crawford 'Terrific' in Film Noir or Melodrama?



Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back

Kitty Gordon: Silent film star with the 'most beautiful' and most heavily insured back. Rediscovering a long-forgotten silent film star: Kitty Gordon It seems almost unthinkable that there are still silent film stars who have not been resurrected, their lives and movies subject to detailed, if not always reliable, examination. […]


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Rediscovering Silent Film Star with Million Dollar (Adjusted) Back



Danièle Delorme: Rare Woman Director's Muse & Pioneering Producer

Danièle Delorme: Pioneering woman director Jacqueline Audry's muse would eventually become a pioneering female movie producer. Remembering pioneering woman director's muse and pioneering woman producer Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme, who died on Oct. 17, '15, at the age of 89 in Paris, is best remembered as the first actress to […]


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Danièle Delorme: Rare Woman Director's Muse & Pioneering Producer



War on Christmas: Movies to Remember & Fighting 'Haters and Atheists'

Donald Trump vs. Starbucks' War on Christmas: Movies to remember range from 'Rosemary's Baby' to Kirk Cameron documentary. The War on Christmas: Movies that come to mind & fighting 'haters and atheists' We're still in November, but the War on Christmas – according to online buzz, a second cousin once […]


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War on Christmas: Movies to Remember & Fighting 'Haters and Atheists'



Pat O'Brien Actor: James Cagney Partner Was Movies' Favorite Catholic Priest

Pat O'Brien: Actor was James Cagney's partner in eight Warner Bros. movies. Pat O'Brien: Actor was Hollywood's prolific 'Resident Irishman' and favorite priest Remember Pat O'Brien? In case you don't, you're not alone despite the fact that O'Brien was featured – in both large and small roles – in about […]


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Pat O'Brien Actor: James Cagney Partner Was Movies' Favorite Catholic Priest



Norma Shearer: 'Queen of MGM' & 'Liberated Woman'

Norma Shearer movies: Hollywood's early 'liberated woman' remembered. A top movie star of the 1920s and 1930s, Norma Shearer was known as the 'Queen of MGM.' Norma Shearer movies: Early 'liberated woman' & Best Actress Academy Award winner was the 'Queen of MGM' For decades a largely forgotten name, in […]


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Norma Shearer: 'Queen of MGM' & 'Liberated Woman'



West End Theater Raves & Best Actress Tony Award: Minor Columbia Pictures Actress Went Far

West End stage actress Constance Cummings also appeared on Broadway and in Hollywood and British movies. West End theater star: Constance Cummings in 'Saint Joan,' Shakespeare (See previous post: “Constance Cummings: From Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill.”) In the mid-1930s, Constance Cummings landed the title roles in two of husband […]


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West End Theater Raves & Best Actress Tony Award: Minor Columbia Pictures Actress Went Far



'Trumbo' Movie Review: Bryan Cranston & Helen Mirren Excellent in Hollywood Blacklist Drama

'Trumbo' movie review: Bryan Cranston and Helen Mirren superb as left-wing screenwriter Dalton Trumbo and right-wing gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. 'Trumbo' movie review: Highly entertaining 'history lesson' toplining an outstanding Bryan Cranston Full disclosure: on the wall in my study hangs a poster – the iconic photograph of blacklisted Hollywood […]


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'Trumbo' Movie Review: Bryan Cranston & Helen Mirren Excellent in Hollywood Blacklist Drama



Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill

Constance Cummings: Actress went from minor, long-eyelashed Hollywood leading lady in Harold Lloyd and Frank Capra movies to starring in West End plays by Eugene O'Neill, Noël Coward and William Shakespeare. Constance Cummings: Vastly underrated actress should be better remembered Actress Constance Cummings, whose career spanned more than six decades […]


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Constance Cummings: Vastly Underrated Actress Went from Harold Lloyd to Eugene O'Neill



The Movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead: Sex, Greed & Supernatural Beings

Hell's Kitchen: Soul stew image likely from the 1922 Benjamin Christensen horror classic 'Häxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages.' Day of the Dead post: Cinema's Top Five Scariest Living Dead We should all be eternally grateful to the pagans, who had the foresight to come up with many (most?) of […]


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The Movies' Top Five Scariest Living Dead: Sex, Greed & Supernatural Beings



Scream Queens: Top Ten List Includes Unexpected Choices

Top Ten Scream Queens: Barbara Steele, who both emitted screams and elicited same, is in a category of her own. Top Ten Scream Queens Halloween is over until next year, but the equally bewitching Day of the Dead is just around the corner. So, dead or alive, here's my revised […]


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Scream Queens: Top Ten List Includes Unexpected Choices



Maureen O'Hara Movies: TCM Tribute to the 'Queen of Technicolor'

Maureen O'Hara: Queen of Technicolor. Maureen O'Hara movies: TCM tribute Veteran actress and Honorary Oscar recipient Maureen O'Hara, who died at age 95 on Oct. 24, '15, in Boise, Idaho, will be remembered by Turner Classic Movies with a 24-hour film tribute on Friday, Nov. 20. At one point known […]


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Maureen O'Hara Movies: TCM Tribute to the 'Queen of Technicolor'



Joan Leslie Dead at 90: Actress Fought Warner Bros. + Danced with Fred Astaire & James Cagney

Joan Leslie. Joan Leslie: Actress who fought Warner Bros. and co-starred opposite Gary Cooper and Fred Astaire dead at 90 Joan Leslie, best (somewhat mis)remembered as sweet girl next door types in Hollywood movies of the '40s, died on Oct. 12, '15, in Los Angeles. Leslie (born on Jan. 26, […]


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Joan Leslie Dead at 90: Actress Fought Warner Bros. + Danced with Fred Astaire & James Cagney



Coleen Gray: From Stanley Kubrick to 'The Leech Woman,' School Prayer Amendment Fight

Coleen Gray: Actress and film noir good girl went from Stanley Kubrick's 'The Killing' to 'The Leech Woman.' Coleen Gray: Actress in early Stanley Kubrick film noir, destroyer of men in cult horror 'classic' Actress Coleen Gray, best known as the leading lady in Stanley Kubrick's film noir The Killing […]


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Coleen Gray: From Stanley Kubrick to 'The Leech Woman,' School Prayer Amendment Fight



'Sorrell and Son' 1927 Movie: Adult Themes in Oscar-Nominated Father-Son Drama

'Sorrell and Son' with H.B. Warner and Alice Joyce. 'Sorrell and Son' 1927 movie: Long thought lost, surprisingly effective father-love melodrama stars a superlative H.B. Warner Partially shot on location in England and produced independently by director Herbert Brenon at Joseph M. Schenck's United Artists, the 1927 Sorrell and Son […]


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'Sorrell and Son' 1927 Movie: Adult Themes in Oscar-Nominated Father-Son Drama



'And Then There Were None' Movie Remake: Oscar Nominee Morten Tyldum to Direct

'And Then There Were None' movie with Barry Fitzgerald, Walter Huston, June Duprez, Louis Hayward and Roland Young. 'And Then There Were None' movie remake to be directed by Oscar nominee Morten Tyldum One of the best-known Agatha Christie novels, And Then There Were None will be getting another big-screen […]


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'And Then There Were None' Movie Remake: Oscar Nominee Morten Tyldum to Direct



Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership

'Sunset Blvd.,' with Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond: Final Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder collaboration. The Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors quashed, troubled Billy Wilder partnership discussed in Q&A with Anthony Slide See previous post: “Charles Brackett Diaries: Politics and Gossip During the Studio Era.” First of all, how did […]


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Charles Brackett Diaries: Gay Rumors Quashed, Troubled Billy Wilder Partnership



Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood

Charles Brackett ca. 1945: Billy Wilder screenwriting partner (1936–1949), producer (1945–1949) and Hollywood diarist. Q&A with 'Charles Brackett Diaries' editor Anthony Slide: Billy Wilder's screenwriter-producer partner in his own words Six-time Academy Award winner Billy Wilder is a film legend. He is renowned for classics such as The Major and […]


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Charles Brackett Diaries: Ugly Politics and Juicy Gossip in Old Hollywood



Jackie Collins Movies: Surprisingly Few Film Adaptations of Her Bestselling Sex Novels

Joan Collins in 'The Bitch': Sex tale based on younger sister Jackie Collins' novel. Author Jackie Collins dead at 77: Surprisingly few film and TV adaptations of her bestselling novels Jackie Collins, best known for a series of bestsellers about the dysfunctional sex lives of the rich and famous and […]


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Jackie Collins Movies: Surprisingly Few Film Adaptations of Her Bestselling Sex Novels



Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett Movies: Old Hollywood Top Screenwriting Team

Billy Wilder directed Sunset Blvd., starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett movies Below is a list of movies on which Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder worked together as screenwriters, including efforts for which they did not receive screen credit. The Wilder-Brackett screenwriting partnership lasted from […]


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Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett Movies: Old Hollywood Top Screenwriting Team



Child Actor Dickie Moore Dies: 'Our Gang' Member Gave Shirley Temple Her First Screen Kiss

Child actor Dickie Moore: 'Our Gang' member. Former child actor Dickie Moore dead at 89: Film career ranged from 'Our Gang' shorts to features opposite Marlene Dietrich, Gary Cooper and Shirley Temple 1930s child actor Dickie Moore, whose 100+ movie career ranged from Our Gang shorts to playing opposite the […]


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Child Actor Dickie Moore Dies: 'Our Gang' Member Gave Shirley Temple Her First Screen Kiss



'Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why…' Review: Barbara Harris Almost Makes One Care

'Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?' with Dustin Hoffman. Long-titled movie 'Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He Saying Those Terrible Things About Me?': Messy filmmaking with one single bright spot To call Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why Is He […]


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'Who Is Harry Kellerman and Why…' Review: Barbara Harris Almost Makes One Care



Susan Hayward Movies: Best Actress Academy Award Winner Is Star of the Month

Susan Hayward ca. 1940s. Susan Hayward movies: Best Actress Oscar winner is TCM Star of the Month Fiery redhead Susan Hayward is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month in Sept. 2015. Like Ida Lupino, Hayward was a would-be Bette Davis that only sporadically landed roles to match her thespian […]


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Susan Hayward Movies: Best Actress Academy Award Winner Is Star of the Month



Cate Blanchett in Lucille Ball Biopic: Oscar Winner Aaron Sorkin to Write Screenplay

Lucille Ball: The glamour look. Cate Blanchett to play Lucille Ball: Actress won Oscar for incarnating Ball's fellow RKO contract player Katharine Hepburn Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett is reportedly slated to star in a biopic of former RKO and MGM actress and big-time television comedienne Lucille Ball. Aaron Sorkin, […]


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Cate Blanchett in Lucille Ball Biopic: Oscar Winner Aaron Sorkin to Write Screenplay



Dean Jones Actor Dies: From Disney Hit 'The Love Bug' to Christian Movies

Dean Jones: Actor in Disney and Christian movies. Dean Jones: Actor who went from 'The Love Bug' and 'That Darn Cat!' to Christian movies dead at 84 Dean Jones, best known for playing befuddled heroes in 1960s Walt Disney movies such as That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, died […]


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Dean Jones Actor Dies: From Disney Hit 'The Love Bug' to Christian Movies



Gary Cooper Movies: Playing Lover-Daddy to Joan Leslie & Audrey Hepburn

Gary Cooper movies: Screen icon at his best and his worst in three star vehicles. Gary Cooper movies on TCM: Iconic star at both his best and his worst Gary Cooper is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 30, '15. Unfortunately, TCM isn't presenting any Cooper […]


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Gary Cooper Movies: Playing Lover-Daddy to Joan Leslie & Audrey Hepburn



Ingrid Bergman Movies: From Moody 'Gaslight' to Classy 'Autumn Sonata'

Ingrid Bergman ca. early 1940s. Ingrid Bergman movies on TCM: From the artificial 'Gaslight' to the magisterial 'Autumn Sonata' Two days ago, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series highlighted the film career of Greta Garbo. Today, Aug. 28, '15, TCM is focusing on another Swedish actress, three-time Academy […]


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Ingrid Bergman Movies: From Moody 'Gaslight' to Classy 'Autumn Sonata'



Greta Garbo Movies: Unique Silent Era Superstar

Greta Garbo movies: The Kiss was her final silent film. Greta Garbo movies: Rare silent era star on TCM Greta Garbo, a rarity among silent era movie stars, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” performer today, Aug. 26. Now, why would Garbo be considered a silent era rarity? […]


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Greta Garbo Movies: Unique Silent Era Superstar



Virginia Bruce Movies: Largely Forgotten Actress Did NOT Go from 'Ziegfeld' to Morrissey

Virginia Bruce: MGM actress ca. 1935. Virginia Bruce movies on TCM: Actress was the cherry on 'The Great Ziegfeld' wedding cake Unfortunately, Turner Classic Movies has chosen not to feature any non-Hollywood stars – or any out-and-out silent film stars – in its 2015 “Summer Under the Stars” series.* On […]


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Virginia Bruce Movies: Largely Forgotten Actress Did NOT Go from 'Ziegfeld' to Morrissey



Debbie Reynolds Movies: 'The Singing Nun' Treacle vs. Real Life Tragedy

Debbie Reynolds: MGM singing and dancing star ca. early 1950s. Debbie Reynolds movies: Oscar nominee for 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' sweetness and light in phony 'The Singing Nun' Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 23, '15. An MGM contract player from 1950 to […]


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Debbie Reynolds Movies: 'The Singing Nun' Treacle vs. Real Life Tragedy



Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dies: 'Star Trek' Villainess, Elvis Presley Movies

Batgirl Yvonne Craig: Barbara Gordon in cult TV series. Batgirl Yvonne Craig dead at 78: Also featured in 'Star Trek' episode, Elvis Presley movies Yvonne Craig, best known as Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman, died of complications from breast cancer on Monday, Aug. 17, '15, at her home […]


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Batgirl Yvonne Craig Dies: 'Star Trek' Villainess, Elvis Presley Movies



Vivien Leigh Movies: Scarlett O'Hara of Anglo-Indian-Armenian Descent?

Vivien Leigh ca. late 1940s. Vivien Leigh movies: now controversial 'Gone with the Wind,' little-seen '21 Days Together' on TCM Vivien Leigh is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 18, '15, as TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series continues. Mostly a stage actress, Leigh was seen in only 19 films […]


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Vivien Leigh Movies: Scarlett O'Hara of Anglo-Indian-Armenian Descent?



Patricia Neal Movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' 'A Face in the Crowd' More Pertinent Than Ever

Patricia Neal ca. 1950. Patricia Neal movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still' & 'A Face in the Crowd' Back in 1949, few would have predicted that Gary Cooper's leading lady in King Vidor's The Fountainhead would go on to win a Best Actress Academy Award 15 years later. Patricia […]


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Patricia Neal Movies: 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' 'A Face in the Crowd' More Pertinent Than Ever



Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Movies: From Boytoy to Drug Smuggler

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.: Rare movie star child to achieve Hollywood success. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was never as popular as his father, silent film superstar Douglas Fairbanks, who starred in one action-adventure blockbuster after another in the 1920s (The Mark of Zorro, Robin Hood, The Thief of Bagdad) and whose stardom […]


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Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Movies: From Boytoy to Drug Smuggler



Groucho Marx Movies: From Hit 'A Night at the Opera' to Bomb 'The Story of Mankind'

Groucho Marx in 'Duck Soup.' Groucho Marx movies: 'Duck Soup,' 'The Story of Mankind' and romancing Margaret Dumont on TCM Groucho Marx – the bespectacled, cigar-chomping, (painted) mustached, (painted) thick-eyebrowed Marx brother – is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Aug. 14, '15. Marx Brothers fans will […]


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Groucho Marx Movies: From Hit 'A Night at the Opera' to Bomb 'The Story of Mankind'



Ann-Margret Movies: From Elvis Presley to 'Tommy,' 'Carnal Knowledge'

Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten and Elvis Presley leading lady to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret movies: From Elvis Presley to 'Tommy,' 'Carnal Knowledge' Oscar nominations Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten and Elvis Presley leading lady to respected actress and two-time Academy Award nominee, is Turner Classic […]


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Ann-Margret Movies: From Elvis Presley to 'Tommy,' 'Carnal Knowledge'



Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type

Robert Mitchum ca. late 1940s. Robert Mitchum movies 'The Yakuza,' 'Ryan's Daughter' on TCM Today, Aug. 12, '15, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series is highlighting the career of Robert Mitchum. Two of the films being shown this evening are The Yakuza and Ryan's Daughter. The former is […]


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Robert Mitchum Movies: 'The Yakuza' Surprising Casting, 'Ryan's Daughter' Cast Against Type



Rex Ingram (Actor): Early Black Performer in Hollywood Films

Rex Ingram in 'The Thief of Bagdad' 1940 with tiny Sabu. Actor Rex Ingram movies on TCM: Early black film performer in 'Cabin in the Sky,' 'Anna Lucasta' It's somewhat unusual for two well-known film celebrities, whether past or present, to share the same name.[1] One such rarity is – […]


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Rex Ingram (Actor): Early Black Performer in Hollywood Films



Joan Crawford Movies: 'The Women' 1939, Banned Christian-Themed Drama

Joan Crawford: Ambitious, driven Movie Star. Joan Crawford movies on TCM: Underrated actress, top star in several of her greatest roles If there was ever a professional who was utterly, completely, wholeheartedly dedicated to her craft, Joan Crawford was it. Ambitious, driven, talented, smart, obsessive, calculating, she had whatever it […]


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Joan Crawford Movies: 'The Women' 1939, Banned Christian-Themed Drama



Robert Walker: Actor Ran Gamut from Hetero Boy-Next-Door to Murderous Gay Psychopath

Robert Walker: Actor in MGM films of the '40s. Robert Walker: Actor who conveyed boy-next-door charms, psychoses At least on screen, I've always found the underrated actor Robert Walker to be everything his fellow – and more famous – MGM contract player James Stewart only pretended to be: shy, amiable, […]


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Robert Walker: Actor Ran Gamut from Hetero Boy-Next-Door to Murderous Gay Psychopath



Raymond Massey Movies: From Abraham Lincoln to Boris Karloff and H.G. Wells

Raymond Massey ca. 1940. Raymond Massey movies: From Lincoln to Boris Karloff Though hardly remembered today, the Toronto-born Raymond Massey was a top supporting player – and sometime lead – in both British and American movies from the early '30s all the way to the early '60s. During that period, […]


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Raymond Massey Movies: From Abraham Lincoln to Boris Karloff and H.G. Wells



Katharine Hepburn Movies: Women in Drag, in Love & in Danger

Katharine Hepburn movies. Katharine Hepburn movies: Woman in drag, in love, in danger In case you're suffering from insomnia, you might want to spend your night and early morning watching Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” series. Four-time Best Actress Academy Award winner Katharine Hepburn is TCM's star today, […]


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Katharine Hepburn Movies: Women in Drag, in Love & in Danger



Hiroshima Bombing Anniversary: Six Must-See Movies Dealing with the A-Bomb Horror

'The Beginning or the End' 1947 with Robert Walker and Tom Drake. Hiroshima bombing 70th anniversary: Six movies dealing with the A-bomb terror Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the U.S. dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima. Ultimately, anywhere between 70,000 and 140,000 people died […]


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Hiroshima Bombing Anniversary: Six Must-See Movies Dealing with the A-Bomb Horror



Michael Caine Movies: Heroes and Villains from Gay Wife Murderer to 'Best British Film' Star

Michael Caine young. Michael Caine movies: From Irwin Allen bombs to Woody Allen classic It's hard to believe that Michael Caine has been around making movies for nearly six decades. No wonder he's had time to appear – in roles big and small and tiny – in more than 120 […]


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Michael Caine Movies: Heroes and Villains from Gay Wife Murderer to 'Best British Film' Star



Fred Astaire Movies: Dancing in the Dark, on the Ceiling and with Ginger Rogers

Fred Astaire ca. 1935. Fred Astaire movies: Dancing in the dark, on the ceiling on TCM Aug. 5, '15, is Fred Astaire Day on Turner Classic Movies, as TCM continues with its “Summer Under the Stars” series. Just don't expect any rare Astaire movies, as the actor-singer-dancer's star vehicles – […]


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Fred Astaire Movies: Dancing in the Dark, on the Ceiling and with Ginger Rogers



Teresa Wright Movies: Deceptively Demure in 'The Little Foxes,' 'Shadow of a Doubt'

Teresa Wright ca. 1945. Teresa Wright movies on TCM: 'The Little Foxes,' 'The Pride of the Yankees' Pretty, talented Teresa Wright made a relatively small number of movies: 28 in all, over the course of more than half a century. Most of her films have already been shown on Turner […]


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Teresa Wright Movies: Deceptively Demure in 'The Little Foxes,' 'Shadow of a Doubt'



Adolphe Menjou Movies: Old Hollywood's Low-Grade Urbane Charmer

Adolphe Menjou: 'Debonair' style on screen, boorish right-wing politics off screen. Adolphe Menjou movies today: Actor was known for 'suave' characterizations on-screen and boorish right-wing politics off-screen Despite countless stories to the contrary, numerous silent film performers managed to survive the coming of sound. Yet Adolphe Menjou, the embodiment of […]


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Adolphe Menjou Movies: Old Hollywood's Low-Grade Urbane Charmer