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Monthly Archives: September, 2015

Remembering James Dean 60 Years On—And Busting Some Myths Along the Way

Sixty years ago today, a wildly gifted young actor was killed. And a one-dimensional legend was born. The brooding rebel in the leather jacket. Which summed up about one half of one percent of who James Dean was either as an actor or a person. Those who knew him, loved him and worked with him …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: When Olivia Met (and Almost Married) Jimmy

You know who almost got married? Olivia de Havilland and Jimmy Stewart. Can you imagine? But when they got to the marriage license bureau, they were intercepted by the Minister of Fabulousness, who told them it would be just too much for them to join together in wedlock. Okay that’s not actually what happened. Here’s what did. In December 1939, …

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STREAMING SATURDAYS! Dan Duryea Shows His Tender Side in BLACK ANGEL

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fabulous movie for you to watch right here every weekend! This week: Black Angel, a terrific little noir—and one of  Dan Duryea’s far-too-few shots at a romantic lead. Soulfully playing the piano in a white dinner jacket. Gently guiding his lady around the dance floor. And absolutely breaking …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Autumn in Hollywood

Don’t look now, but what’s that coming around the corner? It’s… it’s… autumn! (At least in this hemisphere.) So let’s kick it off with a few of our favorite ladies decked out in their best reds, oranges, yellows and golds. Happy Autumn to my classic film family of friends! And remember: there’s a pumpkin out …

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STREAMING SATURDAYS! Joan Crawford Carries on for Carole Lombard in THEY ALL KISSED THE BRIDE

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fun movie for you to watch right here every weekend! As 1942 rang in, Carole Lombard had just wrapped To Be or Not to Be and was set to star in a new comedy for Columbia, They All Kissed the Bride. But first, there were …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Gladys Cooper Was a Pin-Up Girl — And Other Pix That May Surprise You!

Recently I came across this old British postcard, which I bought years ago, back when there were bookstores. Printed in 1910, it features Jessie Winter (as “Modesty”), Gladys Cooper (as “Beauty in Everywoman”) and Patricia Collinge (as “Youth”). Winter had only a brief film career, but Cooper, of course, went on to become everyone’s favorite battleaxe in films …

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Ruth Chatterton Could Teach FRISCO JENNY a Thing or Two

He was born on Leap Day. She was born on Christmas Eve. But when it came to working together, neither felt much like celebrating. In 1932, when director William Wellman was paired with Ruth Chatterton for Frisco Jenny, it seemed the set might not be big enough for two passionate perfectionists who were used to calling the …

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STREAMING SATURDAYS! Lupino & Fontaine Fall for THE BIGAMIST

A hundred years ago this week, a miracle happened!! On September 10, 1915, Edmond O’Brien was born… In 1953’s The Bigamist, he scrambles up and down the California coast, shuttling between two wives. If I’d been anywhere in the vicinity, it would have been three. Ida Lupino, who also directed, plays Phyllis, an L.A. restaurant hostess and …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Peeking Behind the Scenes on THE LADY EVE!

When’s the last time you had this much fun at work? But then who has a boss like Preston Sturges? The set of The Lady Eve “was so ebullient that instead of going to their trailers between setups, the players relaxed in canvas chairs with their sparkling director, listening to his fascinating stories or going over their lines …

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New Feature: TINTYPE TUESDAYS!! Fun Classic Movie Pix for That In-Between Day

We all have our little tricks to get through Monday, and Wednesday is Hump Day, and by Thursday we can see the weekend peering over the hill… but what of Tuesday? To throw a little love to the neglected almost-middle child of the week—which we’re supposed to muddle through without, well, anything—Sister Celluloid is launching a …

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