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Monthly Archives: August, 2015

Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant: An “Indiscreet” Friendship

“A kiss could last three seconds. We just kissed each other and talked, leaned away and kissed each other again. Then the telephone came between us, then we moved to the other side of the telephone. So it was a kiss which opened and closed; but the censors couldn’t and didn’t cut the scene because …

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STREAMING SATURDAYS!! Myrna Loy Rules THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

Welcome to the second week of our new feature, STREAMING SATURDAYS, bringing you a fabulous free film every weekend! This week: 1932’s The Animal Kingdom, which, had it been made two years later, would have sent everyone in the Hays Office scurrying for their scissors. Based on a play by Philip Barry (after Holiday and before The Philadelphia Story), …

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New Feature: STREAMING SATURDAYS! This Week: LURED!

Welcome to the very first Sister Celluloid’s Streaming Saturday—a new feature bringing you a free fabulous film every weekend! Have you ever wandered on over to YouTube in search of a particular title and then made the mistake of glancing at all the other free movies scrolling down the side of the page? And suddenly, your work …

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Here’s to Margaret Dumont—Who Always Got the Joke

“I’m not a stooge, I’m a straight lady—the best in Hollywood. There is an art to playing the straight role. You must build up your man but never top him, never steal the laughs.” — Margaret Dumont in 1937, discussing A Day at the Races, her fifth of seven films with the Marx Brothers. Take that, …

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Step into John Barrymore’s Secret Hideaway, as Magical as the Man Himself

Settle in, my dears, and prick up your ears. The tale I have to tell you may be the most John Barrymore-esque story ever. And it has absolutely nothing to do with alcohol. In 1917, the 35-year-old actor was not yet a legend but was fast on his way, relying less on his exquisite looks …

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At the Capitolfest, Mickey Rooney Mixes It Up with Cowboys in MY PAL, THE KING

Have you ever wished you could watch a 1930s movie in the 1930s? I kinda had that chance last weekend at CapitolFest, a weekend of silent films and early talkies screened at the old Capitol Theatre in Rome, N.Y. The 1788-seat movie palace looks much as it did when these films first flickered to life on its …

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