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New Films:

A Hatful of Rain with Eva Marie Saint!

A Star Is Born (1937)

Finishing School (Ginger Rogers and Frances Dee pre-code)

Girls About Town 

Grand Prix (James Garner and Eva Marie Saint)

I Take This Woman (Gary Cooper and Carole Lombard)

Leave Her To Heaven (Nitrate!)

Maurice with recent Oscar-Winner James Ivory!

My Brilliant Career with Director Gillian Armstrong

Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Romeo and Juliet (1968)

Spellbound (Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman!)

Stage Door

Sweet Sweetback's Baadass Song (1971) Melvin Van Peebles!!!


Witness For The Prosecution

The World of Suzie Wong







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Yes! What an oversight on my part!

Nancy Olson Livingston will once again favor TCM Film Festival pass holders with an appearance before a screening of Sunset Blvd. She attended the very first festival in 2010, and the overwhelming popularity of her attendance at the screening made for an exciting event. Attendees who missed the first festival are indeed in for a treat. And from some of the comments I've encountered on social media, those pass holders who enjoyed her first appearance are planning on a return engagement with this lovely, accomplished lady as she discusses one of director Billy Wilder's  most iconic films.  Hope to see you there, txfilmfan!

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Just received word that this fabulous documentary by Director Alexa Foreman will screen at Club TCM during #TCMFF 2018..





Alexa Foreman is a former senior historian and segment producer for TCM, and a writer, producer and researcher for other projects on PBS and other channels.

Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor is an exciting addition to Club TCM events for the TCMFF 2018, a full list which has not yet been fully disclosed on the website.


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Evidently the rules for posting images have changed again for the TCM Film Festival Forum.

I’ll post a link soon to more information...

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Screening in Club TCM at the TCM Film Festival 2018....

Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor is a documentary about a woman who has to make a choice after learning her personal - and very intimate - diaries have been stolen. 

As an actress - an employee of the Hollywood studios - it means risking everything.

Using interviews with Astor’s daughter Marylyn, along with film historians Molly Haskell and Leonard Maltin, the film tells the story of Astor’s 1936 child custody case. 

Coincidentally, at the same time the trial is taking place, the actress is filming the movie Dodsworth, directed by William Wyler. 

David Wyler, the director’s son, and L.A. Times critic Kevin Thomas are also interviewed and give their perspectives on this amazing - and very timely - struggle.



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I'm thrilled that Nancy Kwan is heading to the TCM Film Festival this April to introduce The World of Suzie Wong, also starring William Holden.


James Shigeta, who passed away in 2014, with Nancy Kwan...

Since Nancy Kwan will be in attendance, maybe she will also intro a screening of 1961's Flower Drum Song, directed by Henry Koster and produced by Ross Hunter.. We can only hope. 



Info about Ms. Kwan from the TCM website: 

Nancy Kwan was catapulted from her native Hong Kong at 19 to become an international star in such famed American films as THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG (1960) and Flower Drum Song (1961).

Kwan, the daughter of a prominent architect, was born in Hong Kong and educated in England, where she also studied dancing at the Royal Ballet School. By chance, while on vacation from school in Hong Kong, she was spotted by famed American producer Ray Stark, then on a hunt to find an Asian beauty to star in the film version of The World of Suzie Wong. After a number of screen tests in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and London, Kwan finally got the part starring opposite William Holden. For this role, she was nominated for Best Actress and International Star of Tomorrow by the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Kwan’s second starring role, which allowed her to display her dancing talents, was in Flower Drum Song, based on the acclaimed Rogers and Hammerstein Broadway musical. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards.

An authentic global player, Ms. Kwan has written and produced film and TV commercials in South East Asia, while continuing to perform in America, Asia and Europe. In 2002, Ms. Kwan was appointed Hong Kong’s Film Ambassador. Kwan has starred in over 50 films. Some of her films include Fate is the Hunter(1964), with Glenn Ford; Walking the Edge (1985), with Robert Forster; Keys to Freedom (1988), with Jane Seymour and Omar Sharif; Dragon: The life of Bruce Lee (1993), with Jason Scott Lee; and Mr. P’s Dancing Sushi Bar (1998), a project that was developed at Sundance.

Kwan appeared on television in the pilot for Hawaii Five-0, with Jack Lord; the two-part “Cenotaph” episode of Kung Fu, with David Carradine; Chicago StoryThe Last Ninja; James Clavell’s Noble HouseMiracle Landing and Babies.

Stage plays include The Quartered ManLove LettersArthur and Leila, and as Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.


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This last week I revisited the stunning beauty of The Black Stallion, and my curiosity led me to a website with some fascinating articles, one of which is an interview with Kelly Reno, the young actor whose spirit propels the poignant tale filmed by Director of Photography, Caleb Deschanel, and directed by Carroll Ballard. Interesting back stories about many of the stunts reveal what a monumental effort this film became. I still tear up in at least 3 places. I'm looking forward to seeing this film on the big screen! The third article begins with the interview.













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