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Monthly Archives: November, 2015

STREAMING SATURDAY! Stanwyck Is a Stripper Turned Sleuth in LADY OF BURLESQUE

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fun movie for you to watch right here every week! Ah, Thanksgiving weekend—full of food, family and folksy fare. With that I give you… Lady of Burlesque! This little confection was the last of five films pairing Barbara Stanwyck with one of her favorite directors, …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: The Cuddly Side of Boris Karloff

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY, bringing you wonderful movie photos every week! Shooting the terrifying lake scene in Frankenstein was going to be emotionally fraught enough. But before filming even began, director James Whale faced another problem: Boris Karloff’s makeup required hours to apply, so he needed to be fully “monsterized” by the time …

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STREAMING SATURDAY! LADIES IN LOVE: A Dream Cast Enlivens a Fun Film

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free movie for you to watch right here every weekend! Is it ever enough just to be fabulous? Yeah, sometimes it is. Which brings us to this week’s movie. Ladies in Love isn’t a great film, but it has a crazy-good cast, brought into beautiful focus by …

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The Topperesque Adventures of Roland Young

Roland Young almost became Cosmo Topper. Not in the movies—he did that in spades, all rubber limbs and befuddlement—but in real life. The manor-born, well-educated young man came thisclose to toiling out his days soberly and sensibly in some handsome, wood-paneled office. Young’s father Keith was the most prominent architect in London, and young Roland was being fast-tracked to …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Bette Davis’s Unrequited Love Affair—With Dogs

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! In December 1930, Bette Davis stepped off the the Twentieth Century Limited and swanned into Union Station all set to conquer Hollywood, with her mother by her side and her wire-haired terrier, Boojum, in her arms. A rep from Warner Bros. was supposed to meet the happy trio, but …

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In GREEN FOR DANGER, Alastair Sim Mines a Deep Vein of Wartime Fear

During World War II, lots of filmmakers turned their lenses toward the battlefield, churning out glorious tales of valor and heroism. But two Brits chose instead to mine the greatest hopes, the deepest dreads and the biggest sacrifices of those who remained behind. The writer/director team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat, who produced films under the banner of …

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STREAMING SATURDAY: I’LL BE SEEING YOU Finds Christmas in None of the Old Familiar Places

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fabulous movie for you to watch right here every weekend! I was going to give you a nifty little noir this week. But I feel like we need a little Christmas, right this very minute. When people talk about “beautifully told” stories, they usually mean …

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STREAMING SATURDAY! Ida Lupino’s Got Murder on Her Mind in LADIES IN RETIREMENT

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fun movie for you to watch right here every weekend! This week: Charles Vidor’s Ladies in Retirement, a classic Gothic thriller set in an old dark house… Actually the house isn’t all that dark, but the people in it—whoa. Set in Victorian England, the film …

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Four Extraordinary Heroes, One Regiment: Basil Rathbone, Ronald Colman, Claude Rains and Herbert Marshall in World War I

Basil Rathbone conceived an almost certain suicide mission—and carried it off disguised as a tree. Herbert Marshall, who lost a leg to a sniper’s bullet, downplayed his sacrifice, saying his most salient memories of the trenches were numbness and boredom. Claude Rains lost almost half his sight to a poison gas attack. And Ronald Colman …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Keaton, Valentino and Nazimova, Ready for Their Arthur Rice Close-Ups

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! When you think of classic-film portraits, who pops to mind? George Hurrell, Clarence Bull, Ruth Harriett Louise? What about Arthur Rice? When it comes to recognition, Rice seems to have been left largely on the cutting-room floor. But his work was nothing short of stunning, capturing in still life …

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