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'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 Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney – Cortez had a long and, to some extent, prestigious film career, appearing in nearly 100 movies between 1923 and 1950. Among his directors were “Father of American Cinema” D.W. Griffith and Paramount's star filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille, in addition to eventual Oscar winners and nominees Frank Lloyd, Herbert Brenon, Gregory La Cava, William A. Wellman, Frank Capra, Walter Lang, Michael Curtiz, John Ford, […]


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



Thelma Todd Movies: Remembering Comedy Actress Whose Death Remains Controversial

It's Thelma Todd day on Turner Classic Movies. As part of TCM's “Summer Under the Stars” series, about a dozen Thelma Todd shorts are being shown this afternoon, in addition to six features this evening. [Thelma Todd schedule further below.] I'm unfamiliar with Todd's film career. I've seen her in a few supporting roles (Roy Del Ruth's The Maltese Falcon, the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business) and that's about it. Anyhow, since either ZaSu Pitts or Patsy Kelly can be found in most of the Thelma Todd shorts, they must be worth a look. As for this evening, the one definite recommendation I have is The Maltese Falcon / Dangerous Female (1931), which I find infinitely more entertaining than John Huston's […]


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Thelma Todd Movies: Remembering Comedy Actress Whose Death Remains Controversial



Christmas Movies on TCM: 'Remember the Night' Returns + Largely Forgotten Oscar Nominee 'It Happened on Fifth Avenue'

Remember the Night with Barbara Stanwyck and Beulah Bondi. A 1940 Paramount release, Mitchell Leisen's Remember the Night has been digitally remastered for its DVD launch; written by Preston Sturges, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, and featuring two-time Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Beulah Bondi (The Gorgeous Hussy, 1936; Of Human Hearts, 1938) as MacMurray's compassionate mother, the Christmastime romantic drama is the major highlight this month on Turner Classic Movies. During the studio era, Bondi was one of Hollywood's favorite mothers, mothers-in-law, and aunts, and, later on, grandmothers. Among her famous movie children and grandchildren were Thomas Mitchell (Make Way for Tomorrow); Bette Davis, Anita Louise, and Jane Bryan (all three in The Sisters); James Stewart (Of Human […]


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Christmas Movies on TCM: 'Remember the Night' Returns + Largely Forgotten Oscar Nominee 'It Happened on Fifth Avenue'