Day 6: Order in the Court! The Classic Courtroom Movie Blogathon concludes (in extra innings)…

Oyez, oyez!Welcome to Day 6, the final day of our courtroom extravaganza! In the first five days we saw, among others, posts on Hitchcock worth knowing better (The Paradine Case), lynching (Fritz Lang's Fury), Louise Brooks's Lulu in Pandora's Box, Kramer vs. Kramer,...

Disembodied: Waldo Lydecker, the Voice in the Dark in Laura (1944)

 "McPherson, if you know anything about faces, look at mine. How singularly innocent I look this morning. Have you ever seen such candid eyes?" "Laura considered me the wisest, the wittiest, the most interesting man she'd ever met. I was in complete accord with...

In Their Own Words: Joseph Cotten on Tallulah, The Third Man, Citizen Kane, and his friendship with Orson Welles

Joseph Cotten, who was born May 15, 1905, appeared in some of the best films of the 1940s, including Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, Shadow of a Doubt, Gaslight, Portrait of Jennie, Lydia, and The Third Man. In 1982 he wrote a memoir, Vanity Will Get You...

TCMFF 2016 Sunday: Church: Sirk, Chaplin, Ford, Minnelli, Final Wrap and Coda

And so we come to the last day of TCMFF 2016. I was already feeling it on Saturday, and of course Saturday's events and pace and the least sleep yet went a long way toward creating a detour from my still excited but increasingly weary mind and my mouth, which began to...

TCMFF 2016: Recap of Saturday, Day 3: Vitaphone, Reiner, Gould, Karina

From my comfortable perch back at my friend's house in North Hollywood,  the intensity, mad dashes, glorious experiences, and occasional frustrations of TCMFF 2016 seem rather remote, Gentle Reader, but at this time a little over one week ago I was watching Dead Men...

A Viewer’s Guide: How to Watch The Gang’s All Here (1943)

Fasten  your seat belts. The Gang's All Here is too much. It's the thrill ride of Hollywood musicals. If you've not seen it but have seen other Busby Berkeley movies you're thinking, Yeah, got it. But all the fabulous excesses of Berkeley in black-and-white pale in...

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! Welcome to the You Must Remember This…A Kiss Is Just a Kiss blogathon!

We're live! Welcome to the You Must Remember This... Blogathon! Kisses blistering and chilled, delirious and hard-boiled, Judas kisses, cartoon kisses, and of course the kiss-off...Here's our Valentine's Day celebration of screen kisses. New entries will be posted as...

Dickie Moore (1925-2015), Lost and Found

Where all parents are strong and wise and capable, and all children are happy and beloved... —H.I., Raising Arizona https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHbExzVqYZM It's an intense little face. The Cupid's Bow mouth and tiny, turned-up nose sit beneath large, dark,...

Holiday Affair (1949)

An unassuming postwar holiday romance set in New York City, the first clue that Holiday Affair broke the Jell-O mold of its genre comes via its leads, wholesome but definitely sexy Janet Leigh and sexy but definitely unwholesome Robert Mitchum. Maureen O'Hara is of...

The Clock (1945)

The Clock (Vincente Minnelli), starring Judy Garland and Robert Walker, with scenes in the Central Park Zoo, Penn Station, The Astor Hotel, and atop a double-decker bus, a slightly surreal but benign after-hours interval in which Garland and Walker finish injured...