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The Un-Chilly Elegance of Frieda Inescort

“I’m so aristocratic on stage it’s a wonder I don’t come out blue when I take a bath.” Probably best known as the hopelessly haughty Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice—who seemed to smell cabbage whenever Elizabeth Bennet stepped into the room—Frieda Inescort took a wry view of her typecasting. But there was so much …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Behind the Scenes of MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET!

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! Does the current crop of Christmas movies make you yearn to go back to 1947?  I mean even more than you normally do?  Then let’s journey together back to that magical time… …when the lovely Maureen O’Hara was ready to pretty much punch someone in the face. She’d …

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STREAMING SATURDAY! Spring Fever Hits Hard in Archie Mayo’s CALL IT A DAY

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed free films for you to watch right here! “The first spring day is in the Devil’s pay.” So the Hilton family is about to discover in Archie Mayo’s Call It a Day. The temptingly warm rays have loosened their coats, their collars, and their inhibitions—along with everybody …

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STREAMING SATURDAYS: Celebrating the Armistice Day Centennial with the Anti-War Classic JOURNEY’S END

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed free films for you to watch right here! In honor of the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day—which marked the close of was to be The War to End All Wars—we bring you Journey’s End. The most powerful war movie I’ve ever seen, it’s also the least bloody—maybe because …

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STREAMING SATURDAYS! Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart Lighten Up in STAND IN

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed free, fun films for you to watch right here! This week: from 1937, Tay Garnett’s Stand In, starring Leslie Howard, Joan Blondell and Humphrey Bogart. Just a year earlier, Bogart and Howard had squared off in the Arizona desert, as the vicious outlaw and doomed drifter in …

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STREAMING SATURDAYS! James Mason Makes an Adorable Screen Debut in LATE EXTRA

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed free, fun films for you to watch right here! This week we bring you a gaspingly young James Mason in his very first film: a fast-paced British murder mystery from 1935, Albert Parker’s Late Extra. After several seasons under Tyrone Guthrie at the Old Vic, Mason almost made …

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STREAMING SATURDAYS! Fairy Tales Can Come True for THE YOUNG IN HEART

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed free, fun films for you to watch right here! These days, the last thing you might want to see on your screen is another family of grifters.  But fear not: these folks are smart, funny, charming and have nothing to do with Russia. And deep down—okay …

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Remembering Buster Keaton, with Love and Gratitude

Originally posted on Sister Celluloid:
Squonk. Squonk. Squonk. The walk to school from my house was five blocks long, and my crepe-soled shoes squeaked more slowly with each passing street. Squonk. Squonk. Stop. Squonk. Stop again. Root around in my bookbag. Maybe I forgot something. Maybe I should go home. When I was in the third…

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Hollywood Knits!

Not long ago, while nursing an ankle I managed to break in three places during one fall down the stairs, I took up knitting. This was my first effort: “Oh, my,” you may be thinking. “What a lovely… um, collar… thing?” It was supposed to be a scarf. I still don’t know how it got that …

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STREAMING SATURDAYS! Film Noir Meets the French Revolution in THE BLACK BOOK

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed free, fun movies for you to watch right here! “We’ll always have Paris.” In this case, the Paris of powdered wigs and guillotines. The Black Book (also called Reign of Terror) may be the only film noir set during the French Revolution—and if that sounds odd, …

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