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'The Maltese Falcon': Humphrey Bogart & Femme Fatale Mary Astor Academy Screening

The Maltese Falcon with Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet An encore presentation of John Huston's 1941 Best Picture nominee The Maltese Falcon, will be presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Several weeks ago, The Maltese Falcon kicked off the Academy's highly successful film series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side,” which featured intros by several notable Hollywood screenwriters. In addition to becoming one of the major classics of the studio era, The Maltese Falcon helped to turn Humphrey Bogart into a major star, helped to revive Mary Astor's stardom, established Sydney Greenstreet as a […]


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'The Maltese Falcon': Humphrey Bogart & Femme Fatale Mary Astor Academy Screening



'The Prisoner of Zenda' 1937: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Centennial Academy Screening

The Prisoner of Zenda 1937 with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. vs. Ronald Colman. A leading man in the early 1930s, mostly playing obnoxious or lackluster characters in forgettable fare such as Loose Ankles and I Like Your Nerve, Douglas Fairbanks Jr. reached one of the peaks of his career – perhaps the peak – in a supporting role: as Rupert of Hentzau in the David O. Selznick production of The Prisoner of Zenda, directed by John Cromwell and starring Ronald Colman in a dual role. Unfortunately, Fairbanks Jr. would go back to playing heroes, at times – e.g., The Corsican Brothers, The Exile – in roles that a couple of decades earlier would have gone to his father, silent era superstar […]


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'The Prisoner of Zenda' 1937: Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Centennial Academy Screening



DRESSED TO KILL Mary Astor, Academy Award-Nominated SORRELL AND SON: Cinecon 2005

Dressed to Kill with Mary Astor, Academy Award-nominated Sorrell and Son and other rare movies at Cinecon 2005 There'll be rare movies aplenty at Los Angeles' mini-film festival Cinecon. For starters, apart from calamitous last-minute changes and cancellations, Cinecon-men and -women will be able to watch the 1928 gangster melo Dressed to Kill – no relation to Brian De Palma's 1980 thriller. Directed by Irving Cummings (co-director of the first “outdoor talkie,” In Old Arizona), and starring Edmund Lowe and future Best Supporting Actress Academy Award winner Mary Astor, Dressed to Kill had the following tagline as per the IMDb: “A fascinating revelation of gangdom's evolution from the brass knuckled thugs of yesterday to the sleek haired 'Dressed to Kill' […]


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DRESSED TO KILL Mary Astor, Academy Award-Nominated SORRELL AND SON: Cinecon 2005