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Author and historian Jeremy Arnold visits with Ben Mankiewicz tonight on TCM for screenings of Beyond Tomorrow and The Bishop’s Wife. An especially endearing moment that Arnold reveals in Christmas In The Movies is the emotionally rousing rendition of “Jingle Bells” seen and heard in “Beyond Tomorrow.”

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Publishing tomorrow!

All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson

allthatheavenallows_bk_100x148_110920180By Mark Griffin

Quintessentially tall, dark, and handsome, legendary movie star Rock Hudson epitomized all-American manhood at the pinnacle of his fame. The country's favorite leading man in the '50s and '60s, he exuded charm, strength, virility, and charisma in classics like Magnificent Obsession, Giant, and Pillow Talk. His mainstream appeal translated into box office success during the last hurrah of Hollywood's Golden Age. And yet, this Oscar-nominated talent's greatest performance came in real life, as for decades he kept his authentic self and his sexuality hidden in an extremely homophobic society.

Now, in ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS: A Biography of Rock Hudson (Harper; Hardcover; On Sale: December 4, 2018), author Mark Griffin probes beneath the façade to craft the definitive biography of the complicated, conflicted individual and widely misunderstood icon, whose illustrious career spanned 40 years and who was the first major celebrity to die of AIDS. 

To survive a chaotic and financially strapped Midwestern childhood, young Roy Fitzgerald found escape from his troubles--an estranged father, a violent stepfather, and a controlling mother--at the local cinema. Despite his humble circumstances, he yearned for a future onscreen. Looks and drive, as well as his stint on the casting couch with a notoriously unscrupulous agent, eventually transformed that dream into reality. Painstakingly, an unskilled but fiercely ambitious former truck driver was transformed into the camera-ready persona of Rock Hudson. 

Rising through the ranks at Universal, Hudson emerged as the studio's prized asset, a clean-cut matinee idol adored by colleagues and fans alike. Professional glory had a psychological cost for this vulnerable, insecure soul though. On celluloid and in gossip columns, he wooed countless attractive women, burnishing his manufactured image as a swoon-worthy romantic hero. Offscreen, he courted disaster as his gay relationships, affairs, and flirtations made him a prime target for exposure by tabloids and spurned ex-lovers. 

Drawing on more than 100 interviews with co-stars, family members, and former companions and unprecedented access to private journals, personal correspondence, and production files, this comprehensive biography finally produces a multidimensional portrait of one of the most compelling figures in film history. Here, at last, are fresh insights into Hudson's controversial marriage to Phyllis Gates and his contentious dealings with boyfriend Marc Christian, providing answers to questions the late actor consistently evaded. Griffin also offers the first in-depth analysis of Hudson's entire body of work from his early bit parts to his collaborations with visionary director Douglas Sirk to his cheekily subversive bedroom farces with Doris Day to his transition to the small screen in the hit series McMillan & Wife. Along the way, this riveting account features memorable appearances from an A-list cast of characters, including Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, John Wayne, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, and many other luminaries. 

Meticulously researched and vividly rendered, ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS illuminates an all-too-human superstar whose life and legacy have significantly influenced American culture. 

Mark Griffin is the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli. His interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including The Boston Globe, Premiere, MovieMaker, and Genre. Griffin, who recently appeared in the documentary Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance, lives in Lewiston, Maine.

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Author Mark Griffin joins The Silver Screen Oasis Facebook page to discuss his latest biography on Saturday, December 15, and Sunday, December 16. Con join us for in-depth discussions of Rock Hudson's life and Mark Griffin's fabulous new book! One of the researchers involved in the project is director Alexa Foreman whose documentary, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor, premiered at the #TCMFF 2018.


Mark Griffin is the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli. His interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including The Boston Globe, Premiere, MovieMaker, and Genre. Griffin, who recently appeared in the documentary Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance, lives in Lewiston, Maine.

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 OPEN SECRET (1948) 

John Ireland and Jane Randolph star as a newlywed couple that stumbles upon a dark, twisted secret while visiting the home of their missing friend in this crime noir.




OPEN SECRET (1948) Coming to the #TCMFF 2019!

Terrific Poverty-Row Film Noir Rips The Lid Off Anti-Semitic Hate Groups!
8 July 2006 | by Dewey1960 

The late 1940s saw a brief spate of message movies dealing with anti-semitism, most notably the fantastic film noir thriller CROSSFIRE and the more famous but somewhat tepid GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT (both 1947). OPEN SECRET, from 1948, shares more in common with CROSSFIRE given its noir trappings and thriller elements. John Ireland plays ex-GI Paul Lester who, along with his new wife Nancy (the very alluring Jane Randolph) arrive in town with the hopes of visiting Paul's old army buddy, Ed Stevens. When Ed turns up missing, Paul and Nancy are tossed into the middle of a dark mystery involving a neighborhood hate group whose targets are ethnic immigrant residents and business owners. Chief among them is Harry Strauss (George Tyne) a Jewish camera shop owner who figures prominently in the search for Ed who, it turns out, has been hunted down and killed by the hate-mongers because of incriminating photographs involving a previous killing that were in his possession. The direction (by John Reinhardt) of the film is considerably more lively than most ultra-low budget thrillers and the issues it brings up are actually on the level of those tackled in CROSSFIRE. Much of the dialog is quite intelligent and pungently written, dealing with delicate issues in a frank, straightforward way. Other notably interesting people in the cast are Roman Bohnen (the well-respected left-wing blacklisted actor) as an alcoholic wife-beater and member of the hate group, Sheldon Leonard (a veteran of tons of "B" noirs) as a sympathetic cop and, in a background bit part, King Donovan (from Don Siegel's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers"). OPEN SECRET has recently been released in a budget-priced DVD and I strongly urge fans of this hybrid noir genre to check it out.

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Ernie Kovacs Centennial tonight on TCM!

Ernie Kovacs Centennial


The word "pioneer" is thrown around a lot to describe those who helped shape a medium, but Ernie Kovacs qualifies for the title because he was a true television innovator. Watching kinescopes of his programs for the first time is a little shocking for those for who think of I Love Lucy as representational of what comedy was in 1950s television. While other producers were essentially recreating vaudeville or the visual equivalent of a radio program, Kovacs took the medium and the comedy genre and turned it on its head, inside out, and upside down, exactly as a kid takes apart a toaster to see how it works. Kovacs himself said, "This TV medium has never been fully explored. It's completely different from movies and the stage. It has to be developed on its own." The result was both hilarious and surreal, underscoring the tragedy of Kovacs' death in a Los Angeles car accident and the fact that he is not better remembered, fifty years later.
Read more about it here.
For the watch party, Ernie Kovacs' and Edie Adams' son, Josh Mills, and Ben Model, Ernie Kovacs' archivist,  will be joining the watch party with the hashtags #TCMKovacs100 #TCMParty. Always add #LetsMovie to include the official TCM Twitter hashtag.
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IN THE CONGRATS ALL AROUND DEPARTMENT: Media Whiz and former actress Merrie Spaeth, star of The World of Henry Orient and TCM Film Fest Guest in 2014,  was awarded a Top Women in PR award in New York City last Friday. In attendance was Director Alexa Foreman, Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor, whose documentary is now going to screen at the Sedona International Film Festival this month. Actress Jane Alexander also appears in Sedona...

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Director Alexa Foreman and Former Senior Researcher at TCM with Merrie Spaeth...

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Merrie Spaeth and Paula Prentiss discuss The World of Henry Orient moderated by Cari Beachamp (not featured in the image)....
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Merrie Spaeth and Shirley Jones on the #TCMFF Red Carpet in 2014....
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YES!    More Congrats!!                         
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The Wizard of Oz wasn't a money-spinner for the studio until its 1949 re-release, initially earning only $3.02 million at the box office against a budget of $2.8 million.WARNER BROS. PICTURES

Moviegoers who headed off to see the wizard again have broken a box office record.

Fathom Events' 80th anniversary screenings of The Wizard of Ozbroke the $1 million mark at the box office on Sunday, January 27, 2019, becoming the highest-grossing single-day classic film release in the company's history. To be specific, it grossed $1.21 million.

The 1939 musical, back in theaters as part of the 2019 TCM Big Screen Classics series, also had the highest per-screen average of any film in wide release that day. The Wizard of Oz took eighth place in the box office for the day from just two showings in nearly 700 cinemas nationwide.

The classic will have two additional nationwide screenings this week, on Tuesday, January 29, and Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Due to the demand Fathom Events has also scheduled two additional encore presentations to the original three-day run on Sunday, February 3, and Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

“There is no movie quite like The Wizard of Oz, and the response to its anniversary presentation has been genuinely overwhelming,” said Ray Nutt, CEO of Fathom Events. “It’s the perfect way for multiple generations of fans to experience movie magic together, and also an incredible start to our 2019 TCM Big Screen Classics series.”

“Audience response to the screening of The Wizard of Oz is a direct reflection of why we partner with Fathom Events on for this year-long event,” added Genevieve McGillicuddy, Vice President of Enterprises and Strategic Partnerships at TCM.

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FilmStruck Replacement From Criterion Collection to Launch in April


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The first Movie of the Week will be the newly restored 'Mikey and Nicky.'
The Criterion Channel will house more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films.

Classic movie fans won't have to wait much longer for The Criterion Collection's FilmStruck replacement. 

The video distributor is prepping an April 8 launch for its new streaming service, The Criterion Channel, which will house more than 1,000 classic and contemporary films. 

The Criterion Channel was borne out of disappointment from fans over WarnerMedia's October announcement that it planned to shutter its two-year-old FilmStruck service. A group of filmmakers and actors campaigned for WarnerMedia to keep the service alive, but the AT&T-owned company instead revealed plans to partner with The Criterion Collection on a new service. The Criterion library will also become part of WarnerMedia's forthcoming streaming offering when it launches at the end of this year. 

The new Criterion Channel will offer a free 30-day trial and reduced pricing for those who sign up before its launch. Those early members will be charged $10 per month or $90 per year for the service. People who sign up later can expect to be charged $11 per month or $100 per year for the offering. 

Programming available through Criterion Channel will be highlighted through features like the Sunday Spotlight, a movie marathon focusing on a different director, star, genre or theme each week, and Adventures in Moviegoing, in which a guest programmer selects a series of titles. The film library will be supplemented with additional features, archival footage, interviews and original documentaries. 

The first Movie of the Week will be the newly restored Mikey and Nicky. It will be available exclusively to early subscribers this week. 

The Criterion Channel is launching in the U.S. and Canada. It will be available via desktop computers, connected TV offerings like Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV and iOS and Android devices. 


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BOFFO Box Office: 'Wizard of Oz' Anniversary Screenings Set Fathom Record  wizard-of-oz-h_2019.jpg
'The Wizard of Oz' (1939)

Dorothy and crew continue to deliver gold at the box office!!


Special 80th anniversary showings of The Wizard of Oz held over the course of five days delivered $2 million in grosses, a record for a classic movie brought back to the big screen by Fathom, according to the company.

The screenings were hosted across the country on Jan. 27-29, and again on Feb. 3 — Super Bowl Sunday — and Feb. 5.

Warner Bros.' The Wizard of Oz kicks off Fathom's yearlong 2019 TCM Big Screen Classics series, presented in partnership with Turner Classic Movies.

Previous Fathom record-holders included the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's Jaws in 2015 ($1.62 million); a 2014 presentation of Gone With the Wind ($1.55 million); and 2017’s 30th anniversary presentation of The Princess Bride ($1.48 million), all of which were presented in partnership with TCM.

“Seeing a flawless digital presentation of a beloved film offers a new level of appreciation for the magic of the movies and allows the opportunity to share that special experience with a new generation of fans," said Fathom Events vp studio relations Tom Lucas.

Upcoming titles in the TCM Big Screen Classics series includes My Fair LadyTo Kill a MockingbirdBen-HurTrue GritHello, Dolly!Lawrence of Arabia; and When Harry Met Sally.

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#TCMFF 2016 Presenter and TCM Guest Programmer has passed away. 


                                            Here is the tribute from The Classic Movie Hub:


Ron Hutchinson

It is with profound sadness that we at Classic Movie Hub share the news of the passing of our friend and colleague, Ron Hutchinson, who lost his battle with cancer this Saturday. Ron was one of our own. As a regular contributor to CMH, Ron provided a wealth of unique expertise in the classic film world. More importantly, Ron was a man of compassion, humanity, integrity, and a true-blue friend. The fact that so few knew he was even sick reflects the type of man he was, as well.

The Vitaphone Project's Ron Hutchinson speaks at TCMFF 2016 90th Anniversary of Vitaphone presentation; photo credit: Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub; (c) Classic Movie Hub                   Ron Hutchinson at the 2016 TCM Film Festival in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Vitaphone

His preservation, restoration and passionate work in the specialized Vitaphone media was so instrumental, it is impossible not to connect the word Vitaphone to the name Ron Hutchinson. As the founder of the Vitaphone Project and as one the world’s premier film historians, Ron’s unique knowledge has been sourced in over 25 books, documentaries for PBS and TCM, commentary for the DVD boxed set “The Jazz Singer,” and he was an extremely popular presenter of rare Vitaphone shorts at the 2016 TCM Film Festival. As a member of the Classic Movie Hub family, each of Ron’s monthly articles were like unearthed treasures. We felt so lucky when he generously shared his detailed knowledge with us because we knew every contribution came from the best expert available.

In addition to his many friends and fans throughout the classic film community, Ron’s loss is deeply felt by his family. Ron Hutchinson proudly spoke of his children and grandchildren often. Our hearts and condolences go out to you all.

–The Classic Movie Hub Family


Ron was also an esteemed Guest Star on The Silver Screen Oasis In 2016. Read his Q and A here.

He also presented a fabulous 90th Anniversary Vitaphone program at the 2016 festival al in Hollywood.

Leonard Martin also honored him with a tribute here.


Rest In Peace, Mr. Hutchinson.

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Can't wait to see this on the big screen at the #TCMFF 2019!

Indiscreet (1958), the film of Norman Krasna's popular play of the 1950s, Kind Sir, features Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. 

Cary wouldn’t have done it without her. They both were in director Stanley Donen’s capable hands.

The lovely art direction by Donald Ashton reveals a fabulous apartment in London, (actually Elstree Studios), with actual artwork by Pablo Picasso, John Piper, Raoul Dufy, and Georges Roualt, framing a handy foyer leading to the lovely living area. It is an apartment any gal in London would love to have, with much of the ambience of that great loft apartment of Adam Tyler’s in Sunday in New York.

INDISCREET ( Split Screen )

One of the first splitscreen bedroom scenes, this film predates Pillow Talk.


For a little more about Indiscreet, see my guest post here.


It's almost time for an update, Atlanta! 😉

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And here it is!

The Robert Osborne Award

Turner Classic Movies proudly honors our late host, Robert Osborne, with the Robert Osborne Award. This annual award will be presented at the TCM Classic Film Festival to an individual whose work has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive and thriving for future generations. Osborne served as the host of Turner Classic Movies for 23 years, and his passion for film and wealth of knowledge as a film historian helped preserve classic film’s legacy. For the 2nd annual award, TCM will recognize celebrated film preservationist and director Kevin Brownlow for his lifelong dedication to restoring and preserving film, as well as championing film history, at the 10th annual Festival.

Deeply respected and revered among his peers for his work in restoration of classic film, Brownlow is also a celebrated director, helming classics such as IT HAPPENED HERE (1964) and Winstanley (1975) but Brownlow’s focus has remained documenting and preserving the silent film era. Brownlow founded Photoplay Productions to produce documentaries on film and revive such silent classics as A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS (1928), SUNRISE (1927) and Napoleon (1927). The latter represented more than 25 years of work for Brownlow, who is still looking for ways to improve on Napoleon’s restoration. The 1980 premiere of the restored version of Napoleon brought Brownlow honors from the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the London Critics Circle. In 2010, Brownlow received an honorary Oscar for his work as a film preservationist.

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A Woman of Affairs(1928)


In this silent film, John Gilbert and Greta Garbo star in their final teaming together as childhood sweethearts whose romance is stifled by family interference. This film will be accompanied by a live orchestra performing a score composed and conducted by renowned musician Carl Davis.

In attendance: KEVIN BROWNLOW, CARL DAVIS WomanAffairs_470x350.jpg
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