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Category Archives: The Story Behind the Film

TINTYPE TUESDAY: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Debuts on Broadway

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! Four years before it made its way into celluloid history, A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway 68 years ago this week, on December 3, 1947. Three of the four principals—Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden—followed the play to Hollywood, but Jessica Tandy lost the role of Blanche DuBois to …

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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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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 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 no …

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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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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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STREAMING SATURDAY! Fred MacMurray and Claire Trevor Drive Each Other BORDERLINE Crazy

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fun movie for you to watch right here every weekend! This week, from 1950: William Seiter’s Borderline, starring Claire Trevor and Fred MacMurray as an undercover cop and her criminal prey, cavorting all over Mexico and falling in love along the way. It’s kind of a …

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STREAMING SATURDAY! It’s Friday the Dog to the Rescue in EYES IN THE NIGHT

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fabulous movie for you to watch right here every weekend! This week: Eyes in the Night! In 1942, a few years before he began turning out such classics as High Noon, From Here to Eternity and Oklahoma!, Fred Zinnemann directed a neat little thriller about …

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STREAMING SATURDAY! Donat and Dietrich in KNIGHT WITHOUT ARMOR—Plus Marlene’s Home Movies!

Welcome to another edition of Streaming Saturdays, where we embed a free, fabulous movie for you to watch right here every weekend! This week: Jacques Feyder’s Knight Without Armor, a sweeping historical romance with a lot more romance than history. Adapted for the screen by the legendary Frances Marion from James Hilton’s 1934 novel, the film stars Robert …

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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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