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Cornel Wilde/THE BIG COMBO, Dick Powell/Lizabeth Scott/PITFALL: Million Dollar Theater Film Noir Double Bill

Joseph H. Lewis' The Big Combo (1955) and André De Toth's Pitfall (1948, right, with Dick Powell) will be screened as a film noir double bill at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at downtown Los Angeles' historic Million Dollar Theater. I haven't watched either movie, but the Los Angeles Times' Kenneth Turan's warns: The Big Combo's “big, dark shadows … will eat you alive.” Sounds like a must-see. Cornel Wilde stars as a cop in pursuit of crime boss Richard Conte; all the while, both cop and criminal vie for the attention of curvaceous blonde Jean Wallace, Wilde's then real-life wife. (The couple were married 1951-1981.) Also in the Big Combo cast: Robert Middleton, Brian Donlevy, Lee Van Cleef, […]


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Cornel Wilde/THE BIG COMBO, Dick Powell/Lizabeth Scott/PITFALL: Million Dollar Theater Film Noir Double Bill



Joan Blondell Bio: Warner Bros. Movies & Real Life Love Triangle + Condom Censorship

Joan Blondell biography. Joan Blondell. Those who have heard the name will most likely picture either a blowsy, older woman playing the worldwise but warm-hearted saloon owner in the late 1960s television series Here Come the Brides, or a lively, fast-talking, no-nonsense, and unconventionally sexy gold digger in numerous Pre-Code Warner Bros. comedies and musicals of the early 1930s. Matthew Kennedy's Joan Blondell: A Life Between Takes (University Press of Mississippi, 2007) seeks to rectify that cultural memory lapse. Not that Blondell doesn't deserve to be remembered for Here Come the Brides or, say, Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, Havana Widows, and Broadway Bad. It's just that her other work – from her immensely touching performance as a sexually […]


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Joan Blondell Bio: Warner Bros. Movies & Real Life Love Triangle + Condom Censorship



Sex and the Single Girl: The Escapades of Busby Berkeley

"Sex and the Single Girl: The Escapades of Busby Berkeley” is a mini-retrospective currently being presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood. Busby Berkeley went from directing stiff military parades to directing spiffy civilian babes in numerous musicals of the 1930s and 1940s, most notably at the (almost) no-holds-barred early '30s Warner Bros. Much of Berkeley's eye-popping choreography was inspired by his work for stage impresario Florenz Ziegfeld, but with the film camera adding intimacy, scope, and magic – gigantic sets changed in a nanosecond – to numbers that would have been impossible to create onstage. My favorite musical of the '30s, Gold Diggers of 1933, is screening tonight. The film boasts […]


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Sex and the Single Girl: The Escapades of Busby Berkeley