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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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Saying Goodbye to My Dad and CASABLANCA

“Where I’m going, you can’t follow.” Not the most famous line in Rick’s closing speech to Ilsa, but the one that stays with me. Casablanca was the last movie I ever saw with my Dad, who I followed everywhere. We were true kindred spirits, and there was no one I saw more movies with. Saturday mornings were …

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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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Guilty Pleasures, Sleepers and (Way Too Much) Stuff About Me: It’s Liebster Time

The wonderful Lea at Silent-ology has tapped me for a Liebster Award! Liebster, by the way, is from the German for dear, sweetheart or darling—three words that perfectly suit Lea, and that show up in old movies a lot. The award is sort of a way to celebrate kindred spirits in the online community and help us all get …

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STAGE FRIGHT: Hitchcock Goes Home

As the 1950s rolled in, Alfred Hitchcock needed a change of pace. And a hit. One out of two ain’t bad. Stage Fright was certainly different: much lighter, for the most part, than most of his films and a return to his home turf, with an almost entirely British cast. But it was also a resounding …

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