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Monthly Archives: January, 2016

STREAMING SATURDAY! Melvyn Douglas and Burgess Meredith Give Merle Oberon THAT UNCERTAIN FEELING

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fabulous film for you to watch right here every week! Settling in to watch That Uncertain Feeling, there are some things you can be certain of. With Ernst Lubitsch at the helm, you know it’ll be witty and sophisticated. And you assume Melvyn Douglas will elegantly knock your socks …

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THE MIRACLE WOMAN: All Eyes Are on Stanwyck, Especially Capra’s

There’s a certain luminous quality that shines through when a director is in love with his leading lady. In Frank Capra’s The Miracle  Woman, starring Barbara Stanwyck, it’s all over the screen. This was the second film for these kindred spirits—whose relationship got off to such a rocky start, the real miracle is that they ended up working together at all. In 1930, …

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Hollywood Gets Drunk on Itself in SOULS FOR SALE

In the early 1920s, Hollywood was in for a good spanking. And not the fun kind. Director William Desmond Taylor had been murdered. Wallace Reid, known as “the screen’s most perfect lover,” was lost to the embrace of morphine. And Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle had endured three sordid trials before finally being cleared of murder, but …

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STREAMING SATURDAY! Agatha Christie’s Potboiler, LOVE FROM A STRANGER

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fabulous film for you to watch right here every week! It would, of course, be sheer madness for a woman to take Love from a Stranger. But what if that stranger were Basil Rathbone? And what if her alternative were pretty much the Mayor of Drippyville? That’s the …

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One of Alan Rickman’s Last Roles Is Saving Lives—And You Can Help

We all woke up to awful, heartbreaking news this morning. Is there anyone who didn’t love this man in something, or ten or twenty things? Reading just some of the tributes from his friends and colleagues, I was struck by how they were so much deeper than the usual “great talent… thoughts and prayers with his family” …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Teresa Wright, the Anti-Pin-Up Girl

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! We’ve all heard of unusual clauses in actors’ contracts. But Teresa Wright’s—written when she was just starting out at 23—takes the cake. (And that cake does not have a scantily clad starlet popping out of it): The aforementioned Teresa Wright shall not be required to pose for photographs in …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Start the New Year Right with Gloria Swanson!

Happy New Year, my dear friends! And welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! Need a little help making this year a bit healthier than the last? Sure, you could turn to a personal trainer or a gym coach. But wouldn’t you rather take your inspiration from Gloria Swanson? Here she is merrily camping it …

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