Roy Del Ruth: Articles

'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 […]

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 […]

Classic Christmas Movies: 'Remember the Night' Returns + Largely Forgotten Oscar Nominee

Classic Christmas movies: Remember the Night with Barbara Stanwyck and Beulah Bondi. Directed by Mitchell Leisen, written by Preston Sturges, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, and featuring two-time Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee Beulah Bondi, Paramount's 1940 Christmastime romantic comedy-drama Remember the Night is Turner Classic Movies' December highlight. […]