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  1. SCOTT EYMAN TO DISCUSS "HANK & JIM" ON 12/16 & 12/17 AT THE SILVER SCREEN OASIS We think we know them as they have flickered across the screen in black & white ever since we can remember in classics such as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Twelve Angry Men, and On Golden Pond; and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Destry Rides Again, The Philadelphia Story, It’s a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, and Rear Window. Yet, Henry Fonda & James Stewart were flesh and blood, determined and uncertain, as well as boys and men who seem to stumble into acting, setting a standard for seam
  2. A Christmas present that can be opened early comes to The Silver Screen Oasis on Tues., Dec. 12th! The classic film discussion group will be hosting an online visit with film historian Alan K. Rode, author of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film (Univ. Press of KY) on on Tues., Dec. 12th. Millions of us cherish films such as Casablanca, White Christmas, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Four Daughters, Mildred Pierce, Angels With Dirty Faces, and Captain Blood, but how much do we know about the protean figure of Michael Curtiz who directed these and ove
  3. This is the first time I have been able to post in many, many months. I have often thought of you, Bronxie, especially when relishing a particularly awful film or a few classics. Hope the coming year has some joyous moments for you...and, oh, Marcello showed up on the doorstep all dressed up for your birthday...I just had to let him in. Hope you don't mind.
  4. Her face was magnificent--and her acting could be unforgettable. In youth, middle age and as an elderly woman she wore it proudly, radiating intelligence, innocence, pain and joy--along with some acerbic humor and a stubborn feistiness--but Sidney's enduring spirit and professionalism might be even more impressive during her eight decade career. That was Sylvia--a woman whose high cheekbones and magnetic, large eyes who could radiate an exquisite delicacy and toughness with the flick of an eye. Now we have an opportunity to learn more about this somewhat mysterious figure in classic film
  5. LYNN ZOOK IS GAMBLING ON A DREAM AT THE SSO ON 11-12 & 11-13 "…But most of all, there was neon--everywhere." - Lynn Zook, Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955  They were all there once. Dreamers, drifters, scoundrels, and sweethearts--whether working the crowd or keeping the back of the house stocked, everyone--from cowboys, innkeepers, movie stars, working stiffs and lucky bums as well as rule-breaking architects and artists who painted the night sky using neon once gathered there and come alive again in the story of the Las Vegas strip during its first 25
  6. The Q & A for the discussion of Not Just Batman's Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier is now open and can be found here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewtopic.php?f=124&t=6932
  7. "All through my life people have tried to foist the role of leader on me; a role that I can play on stage but have no will to assume in life." ~ Alan Napier The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to announce an online visit with James Bigwood, the editor and annotator of actor Alan Napier's autobiography, Not Just Batman’s Butler: The Autobiography of Alan Napier (McFarland) on Sat., Dec. 5th and Sun., Dec. 6th at the link below. All are welcome to participate in the Q & A there: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=69 Almost 30 years after Napier’s death, writer and produce
  8. “Go ahead and learn how to act, but don't get caught at it.” ~ Walter Brennan The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to welcome Carl Rollyson, the author of A Real American Character: The Life of Walter Brennan (Univ. Press of Mississippi) for an online Q & A with us on Saturday, November 7th & Sunday, November 8th. The conversation will take place here this weekend: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=122 Walter Brennan, a consummate character actor of the studio era who stole scenes from the iconic likes of Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Spencer Tracy, Jimmy S
  9. TopBilled, please forgive my tardy reply, but I hope you and anyone else interested in reading past Q & A s with our visiting authors and filmmakers know that we leave all our discussions up after they have closed. We like reading them later too! Hope you will be able to visit during our forthcoming series of guests. All are welcome to participate in the conversations during these events. All past discussions, from 2007-2015, can be read here in our Archives: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=36
  10. The Silver Screen Oasis is pleased to welcome Scott Nollen this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 26th and Sunday, Sept. 27th to participate in an online Q & A about his latest book, Glenda Farrell: Hollywood's Hard-Boiled Dame (Midnight Marquee Press). The Q and A thread where questions can be posted is now open here: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=121 In the hectic '30s this character actress broke all the rules--she tempted Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. away from a life of crime with Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar (1931), she thought motherhood might cramp her
  11. The Q & A thread with guest author Jeff Spivak (Buzz: The Life & Art of Busby Berkeley) at the SSO is now open at the link below and awaiting your questions & comments: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=120
  12. "In an era of breadlines, depression and wars, I tried to help people get away from all the misery...to turn their minds to something else. I wanted to make people happy, if only for an hour." - Busby Berkeley Jeffrey Spivak, the author of "Buzz: The Life and Art of Busby Berkeley," will be our guest for an online Q & A at The Silver Screen Oasis on Aug. 22nd and 23rd. Drawing on personal letters, interviews, studio memoranda, and Berkeley’s private memoirs, our visiting author created a nuanced portrait of this natural talent, whose development of the kinetic aspects of film
  13. The Silver Screen Oasis welcomes David Meuel, the author of the new book, The Noir Western: Darkness on the Range 1943-1962 (McFarland, 2015) for a discussion of this intriguing development in film during the mid-20th Century on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25. (This Saturday is also, incidentally, the 11th Annual Day of the Cowboy). I am particularly pleased to see David making this guest appearance, since, as a former guest blogger in 2012 on The Skeins blog, he celebrated and analyzed the power of Shirley Temple, this month's Star of the Month at TCM, drawing on his insights int
  14. He's on his way! The thread for the Q & A with Robert Ryan's biographer, J.R. Jones is now open at the link below, awaiting your inquiries about the actor's life and career: http://silverscreenoasis.com/oasis3/viewforum.php?f=118
  15. ROBERT RYAN BIOGRAPHER J.R. JONES TO VISIT THE SSO ON 7/10 & 7/11 On Friday, July 10, and Saturday, July 11, The Silver Screen Oasis is looking forward to talking with J.R. Jones, author of THE LIVES OF ROBERT RYAN (Wesleyan). Notice the plural in the title: This new biography deals with both the public and private lives of the great film actor Robert Ryan. Robert Ryan never became a star of the magnitude of Cary Grant or Humphrey Bogart, but most lovers of classic film come to admire his work, whether he's playing the hero or the villain, the leading man or a supporting
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