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  1. DICK DALE THE KING OF THE SURF GUITAR has died. at the age of 81. He was most famous for the rock version of MISIRLOU. THIS VIDEO IS from the original recording of Misirlou from 1962. Dale was lefty who played on a right handed Fender guitar. I believe ft was a STRATOCASTER.
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    TOM HATTEN HAS DIED 1926-2019

    He also promoted CLASSIC PARAMOUNT FILMS. It was his main stay.
  3. MR HATTEN was a fixture at the KTLA LOS Angeles TV Station from the 1960 to the 1990s. He was famous for hostiNg the POPEYE CIRCUS AND THE iconic FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL. In the Family Film Festival ,we were introduced to some fantastic and rarely seen Hollywood Classic Films, He advocated for Preston Sturges, whom he recognized as a true Hollywood revolutionary. I began to appreciate Mr. Sturges in the 1980s. IT WAS THAT LONG AGO. For anybody who lived in L.A. during that time, he educated us to the wonders of good cinema. Here is a Facebook post from a fan who loved the series. Dennis Forkel I remember Tom interviewing William Demarest on the phone during a showing of a Preston Sturges film in 1983, probably "Sullivan's Travels". Tom spoke in a familiar way to Demarest-then 91-and kept calling him Bill. Nice interview, Tom even got Bill to talk about his cello. I didn't buy my first VCR until 1985, so I could not have videotaped the show. But I did record the audio onto a cassette tape. I had a Radio Shack portable radio with TV band and I fed that into my stereo receiver. Always loved seeing Tom start up that Bell & Howell projector!
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    Sidekicks and Second Bananas

    My vote goes for unsung sidekicks are EDDIE ROCHESTER ANDERSON AND ANDY DEVINE IN Jack Benny's BUCK BENNY RIDES AGAIN 1940 FROM PARAMOUNT STUDIOS. These two guys steal the show in this very funny but hardly seen comedy.
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    Narcissistic Blowhards

    CLIFTON WEBB'S stock in trade was to play autocrats in such examples as THE RAZOR'S EDGE 1946 & TITANIC 1953. He was mostly a FOX star. Therefore, we do not get much exposure to his works on TCM.
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    Narcissistic Blowhards

    RICHARD GAINES as Charles T. Perdergast IN THE MORE THE MERRIER 1943 is a wonderful example of an autocratic blowhard. The boring Pendergast was forever engaged to the Jean Arthur's character, Connie with no sex appeal. He promised her financial security, with nothing else to offer in the relationship. No wonder she was attracted to McCrea's more earthy character.
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    LOL - now I've got the idea of Harrison Ford & Chewy scooting around the Empire in their Permagrin Falcon (repeatedly having to thump something or nick spare teeth from Vader's locker in order to keep the Light Grin Jump drive going)... I think you are confused. I believe it is called a Peregrine Falcon. It is quite a beautiful bird of prey.
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    Kid Sisters

    In VIGIL IN THE NIGHT 1940, TWO SISTERS played by Carole Lombard and a young Ann Shirley play two sister nurses that have a major career challenge. Ann Shirley's character made a serious medical error that cost a patients life. Here noble older sister played by Carole Lombard takes the blame in order to protect her sister from the medical authorities. Lombard's character takes a professional hit. I do not know how many have seen the film. However, it is a great showcase on how LOmbard had matured into a serious and respected actress.
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    Kid Sisters

    PRIMROSE PATH GINGER ROGERS little bratty sister HONEYBELL was played by JOAN CARROLL.
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    Kid Sisters

    in I WAKE UP SCREAMING 1941, BETTY GRABLE PLAYED sister,Jill and CAROLE LANDIS played her younger and very ambitious sister Vickie, who ends up murdered. This is great example of early Noir Cinema.
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    Stars that deserve discussion

    Hi Top Billed DIANE MCBAIN, who was one of the most underrated actresses of the early 1960s.
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    Sadly Neglected Performances by Children

    I woll give my hats off to ANN CARTER, who was an integral part of the films CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE AND THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS. Her promising career was cut short by a serious bout with Polio, which took years to recover. She was truly a promising young actress that disease cut short her career.
  13. Are they going to play John Ford's THE INFORMER 1935,which was about the Irish rebellion of 1922 that eventually brought forth Irish Independence. The Informer is a great Ford film (that made Ford's reputation as a serious director) that is virtually forgotten.
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    Classic Era Film actresses who did nudity

    Heere is a classic nude scene by JEAN HARLOW IN RED DUST 1932 PLUS MORE INFO about the film. Here are some photos of JEAN HAVING A GRAND TIME IN THE BARREL.
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    Classic Era Film actresses who did nudity

    CLAUDETTE COLBERT takes a bath in both THE SIGN OF THE CROSS 1932 AND CLEOPATRA 1934. Both are pre code films. In THE SIGN OF THE CROSS she takes a bath in **** milk, which is a sign of decadence through eyes of the director CECIL D.MILLE. Here is an article about Claudette and her pre code PERSONA.
  16. There is a beautiful coffee table book called OUT WITH STARS BY JIM HEIMANN. It chronicles all the famous nightspots which Hollywood celebrities frequented during classic Hollywood. Clark and Carole are dining at the COCONUT GROVE NIGHTCLUB. You will notice the palm trees in the background.
  17. Marty Balin of the JEFFERSON AIRPLANE has passed away on September 28th of 2018 at age 76. Marty had a beautiful voice that should not be forgotten. MARTY went through an unsuccessful heart bypass two years ago. His health caught up with him. Here is a wonderful song penned and sung by Marty , which is TODAY.
  18. Spence; Boy, I went to the VILLAGE so often. In fact, it was walking distance from our home, therefore, going to the village was a breeze. The FOX WESTWOOD THEATRE was the go to theatre as well as the PICKWOOD, which was on Pico Blvd. As for the Westwood cemetery, I never cared for its ambience. It is so cold looking with its bronze markers. It didn't have those wonderful statues that the gravesites that the HOLLYWOOD FOREVER CEMETERY has. Tyrone Power's gravesite is so beautiful with its long pool. There is the ART DECO MIRACLE MILE AND HANCOCK PARK, which may of the really old movie stars had mansions.
  19. I am a former longtime resident of LOS ANGELES. I grew up there. I went to University High School, where some of my classmates were Johanah Lancaster, Ronnie Lewis and Lorna Luft and Mirishe's daughter ( I did not know her personally.). They didn't attend class at the same time. Johanah Lancaster was super brainy as I recall. WE didn't think twice about their being celebrity kids. They were one of us. I remember we had wonderful assemblies with the talent pool at the High School. The Vietnam war was raging and that was one of the major concerns of the student body. I grew up in Westwood, which was a lovely little hamlet. Our pride and joy was the University , UCLA. I grew up in a college town. The professors lived nearby. The original quad at UCLA is so beautiful with ROYCE HALL being at the center. Those buildings were modeled after THE ROMANESQUE BUILDINGS and CHURCHES AT LOMBARDY, ITALY. UCLA was the seat of higher learning for Los Angeles. Culture and learning came through the university, plus great athletics. The UCLA Cinema school is one of the best in the nation. UCLA has a well respected Medical School, which is in the forefront of research. Therefore, there is more to Hollywood than movies and celebrities.
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    Noir Alley

    If you want to see Harry Morgan be a sadistic killer, you should check out the film OUTSIDE THE WALL (1950) from Universal Films. It stars Richard Basehart as the ex con who meets up with a bunch of killers including Morgan. It is a film that hardly anybody speaks about. Maybe, due to its lack of exposure. However, it is worth the watch.
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    December 2018 Schedule is up

    Archive for the ‘Christmas in July (1940)’ Category More Bang for Your Buck: “Union Depot” (1932) and “Christmas in July” (1940) Posted in 1930's, 1932, 1940, 1940's, Christmas in July (1940), Dick Powell, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ellen Drew, Joan Blondell, Paramount movies, Preston Sturges, Union Depot (1932), Warner Bros. movies on March 13, 2008| 8 Comments » Since I’ve been busy for the past few days (not to mention that my brain feels like it’s completely fried out from work), I’ve become semi-obsessed with movies that run from about 60-75 minutes in length. I think they’re what the studios used to call “programmers”: b-movies that were the second feature on the bill, usually made in a short amount of time and with stock members of the studio’s acting stable. I’ve seen quite a few in the last couple of days–I find they fill in the space quite nicely between eating dinner and getting caught up on the latest Governor sex scandal. One of my favorites is 1932’s Union Depot, a Warner Brothers’ effort that stars Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Joan Blondell. Since it’s a depression era pre-code, you get all the trimmings: there’s Ruth (Blondell), a chorus girl who’s down on her luck, bums (Fairbanks and Guy Kibbee), a drunk (the lovable Frank McHugh), a counterfeiter on the lam (Alan Hale) and not one, but two sleazy sub-plots! Hurray! Fairbanks and McHugh, Blondell and Kibbee. The latter three are standard in any early 30’s WB movie. Union Depot is reminiscent of 1932’s Grand Hotel, except that it’s set in a train station and we’re treated to the exploits of the poor, instead of the rich. What I particularly enjoyed were the many subplots that managed to weave together by the end of the film. Since it’s a pre-code, the amount of sex is fairly shocking: when Ruth needs money, she’s willing to prostitute herself out to Chick (Fairbanks), a bum who’s posing as a rich guy thanks to the contents of a suitcase that the drunken McHugh left behind. However, Ruth can’t bring herself to do it and after having a change of heart, Chick decides to play “Sant-y Claus” and help her out. Ruth also has a deliciously twisted back story, which involves a perverted old man that she used to read dirty books too. She thought he was blind–he wasn’t, and when he whipped off his glasses and revealed a pair of evil eyes, Ruth ran for her life. Now, the pervert is hot on her trail and unbeknownst to Ruth, has followed her to Union Depot. One of the scenes I got the biggest kick out of was in the diner where Chick orders a meal. When he places an order for “a nice tomato salad, a thick sirloin steak smothered in onions, some browned potatoes in creamed gravy, a flock(?) of hot biscuits and some honey, coffee and raisin pie a la mode”, you can only imagine what a meal that sumptuous would cost in 1932. Ready to find out? Here it is: Using this calculator, that meal would now cost a person $26.56. So back in those days, $2 was equivalent to $30 today. Talk about inflation! I’m always fascinated by the price of food in classic movies. It’s shocking to see a grocery store sign touting that a loaf of bread costs ten cents, while in today’s world, a loaf of bread is fifteen to twenty times that much! It insane. Money is also a huge factor in Preston Sturges little known comedy, Christmas in July (1940). Like Union Depot, it’s also another “programmer”, this time starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew, as well as Franklin Pangborn and Sturges’ favorites, William Demarest and Frank Moran. Jimmy (Powell) and Betty (Drew) are a working class couple who spend their evenings sitting on the rooftop of their tenement, listening to the radio. Jimmy is obsessed with winning a coffee slogan contest that he entered, and while Betty doesn’t exactly get his entry (“If You Can’t Sleep at Night, it isn’t the Coffee–It’s the Bunk!”), they both dream about the $25,000 prize money that would change their lives. When Jimmy’s co-workers trick him into thinking he’s won the contest via fake telegram, he and Betty go on a huge shopping spree where Jimmy finally buys Betty an engagement ring, as well as gifts for all their neighbors and a state-of-the-art davenport for his mother. Push button technology that includes a reading lamp, a radio and a self-fluffing mattress– all for the low, low price of $198.50! Try getting a couch for that now. Out of all the Sturges films I’ve seen, I have to say that Christmas in Julyhas become one of my favorites. Clocking in at under 67 minutes, it’s not only funny and witty, but Sturges shows how the sudden accumulation of money changes the opinions of others who would have treated the couple like a bunch of nobodies beforehand. In that respect, Christmas in July is pretty depressing: money changes you in the eyes of others. It’s a sad, but true realization. Jimmy and Betty are the same people, only richer and yet, everyone fawns over them as though they’re newfound royalty. That is–until it’s revealed that Jimmy’s winning was a joke and suddenly, Jimmy is a “criminal” to those that had just fawned over him. It’s quite hypocritical. Living the Good Life: Ellen Drew and Dick Powell in Christmas in July I didn’t realize it until the other day, but Union Depot and Christmas in Julyare quite similar in tone. What makes them work is the ability for the audiences to identify with their characters: Ruth and Chick or Jimmy and Betty. Both stories are representative of their eras. With Ruth and Chick, they’re just struggling to make it through the depression like everyone else. And with Jimmy and Betty, they’re both working just to make ends meet, in hopes that one day they’ll be able to afford a better life. When both couples come into money, the first thing they do is splurge: a big meal for Chick and some new clothes for Ruth, while Jimmy and Betty run down to the local department store and buy an engagement ring. But despite their wealth, the one thing that really draws you into both stories is love. You get the feeling that each couple could wind up poor and still find a way to make it. Love is stronger than money and the tense situations that test each couple afterwards, prove it. And that’s the beauty of the one hour movie: a big plot and good acting packed into half the time that a regular movie would take. Sure there are some clunkers, but there are hidden gems as well. The studios cranked these movies out like clockwork out only to fill out double bill features and to meet quotas that theaters set. But what the studios didn’t realize is that in some of these little films, such as Union Depot and Christmas in July, were just as uplifting and entertaining as an top-billed movie, maybe even more so. By the time the 60’s rolled around, the “programmer” was pretty much obsolete and that’s a shame. Thank goodness they’re still around for us to watch today. Although times have changed, good films haven’t and sometimes, you just need a little cinematic pick-me-up that only a well-crafted b-movie programmer can provide. Read Full Post » Here is a review of CHRISTMAS IN JULY. It is reviewed after a rare Warner Brothers film UNION DEPOT.
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    December 2018 Schedule is up

    One of DICK POWELL's overlooked films is CHRISTMAS IN JULY, which is probably PRESTON STURGES' first directorial endeavors will play on December 20th. Here is underrated treasure from Paramount. It is nice film that Leonard Maltin gave it a 3 1/2 rating. it is a charming film with ELLEN DREW as his love interest. Ms. Drew was a Paramount starlet.
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    The Man-Child Persona in Movies

    You can even go the young JERRY LEWIS playing young in many of his early films such as CINDERFELLA AND THE ERRAND BOY.IN the MARTIN LEWIS FILMS he played childlike, guilless characters. He had a childlike quality that endeared him to the audiences at the time.
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    The Man-Child Persona in Movies

    GINGER ROGER'S characterization of Ellie Mae in THE PRIMROSE PATH (1940) is a great example of a young woman acting like a girl to escape her womanliness. She dons unattractive clothes, wears pig tails and fights like a tom boy.Here is the rub, Her mother is a lady of the night, or a prostitute that is implied in the film. The production had strong censorship problem. PRIMROSE PATH IS one of the most underrated films of 1940. Ginger is so fabulous and believable as Ellie Mae. I do not know if any of you are familiar with the film. It is going to be playing in October or November,

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