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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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TINTYPE TUESDAY: At Home (and on the Floor) with Montgomery Clift!

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! This week: a slightly early 95th-birthday tribute to Montgomery Clift. Before Stanley Kubrick began telling stories with moving pictures, he told them with still-lifes, as a $50-a-week photojournalist for Look magazine in the mid to late 1940s. Some of his early photo essays were staged (I know—you’re shocked!), but as he …

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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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Do Your Loved Ones Suffer from Dread Of Old Movies (DOOM) Syndrome?

We’ve all been there: That moment when you’ve cozily settled into the sofa as a classic film is coming on… and you can already feel the impatient fidgeting, hear the discontented sighs, catch a quick glimpse of the eye-rolling going on around you. Perhaps some clueless family member asks, “Haven’t you seen this already?” Or maybe, like something straight out …

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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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New Feature: TINTYPE TUESDAYS!! Fun Classic Movie Pix for That In-Between Day

We all have our little tricks to get through Monday, and Wednesday is Hump Day, and by Thursday we can see the weekend peering over the hill… but what of Tuesday? To throw a little love to the neglected almost-middle child of the week—which we’re supposed to muddle through without, well, anything—Sister Celluloid is launching a …

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THE MAN I LOVE: Ida Lupino Rides to the Rescue of, Well, Everyone

In The Man I Love, Ida Lupino enters smoking. She’s also got a cigarette. If, after this, you wouldn’t want to stick around for the rest of the movie, just please don’t ever speak to me again. It’s clear that for Petey Brown, the man she loves has come along… and come and gone. And like most of Lupino’s …

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The “…And Scene!” Blogathon Is Here! Time to Relive Some Favorite Movie Moments

Breathes there a classic movie lover who has never burst forth with those immortal words… “I LOVE THIS PART!!” Well, read on, my kindred spirits! The “…And Scene!” Blogathon has arrived!! Twenty-five fabulous bloggers and I go into passionate detail about our favorite classic film scenes—the ones we replay over and over, so the DVD (or VHS tape—c’mon, …

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CHRISTOPHER STRONG: Pre-Code on the Precipice

Released in 1933, Christopher Strong teeters between two worlds, with one strappy stiletto planted in Pre-Code and one prim pump parked on the threshold of the Hays Office. And that’s just one of its many quirks—starting with the casting. Colin Clive and Billie Burke are Sir Christopher and Lady Elaine Strong, the exasperated parents of headstrong Monica (Helen Chandler). …

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THE BURNING CRUCIBLE Fires The Imagination

If I wanted to introduce someone to silent film, The Burning Crucible is the last movie I’d show them. And the first. The last because it’s such a shock to the system it might scare them off. It’s totally subversive, completely unpredictable and impossible to define—bedroom farce, surreal nightmare, drawing-room comedy, romantic melodrama, goofy slapstick, detective story… it’s like the …

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