2014 Favorites—and their Classic Film Counterparts

When you’re a classic movie fan, it can feel hard to motivate yourself to get to the multiplex for contemporary movies—knowing that it means you don’t get to use that time to watch a Buster Keaton comedy or Esther Williams musical or Charles Laughton drama or something jaw-droppingly amazing from 50 years ago that you’ve somehow still never seen. And, true, a lot of today’s movies—or at least the ones that are advertised ad nauseam—tend to veer towards the mindless, forgettable, and non-jaw-dropping spectrum of entertainment, one which we are luckily often able to avoid in older films, given our decades of insight and knowledge. Continue Reading →


Happy Holidays from Bing and Frank (1957)

GetTV kicked off the holiday season earlier this month with “Happy Holidays from Bing and Frank,” the 1957 Christmas episode from the “Frank Sinatra Show”—airing again tonight in celebration of Sinatra’s 99th birthday. It’s a charming, if slightly bizarre, holiday special… as I think many classic holiday specials are. The boys certainly encourage—and partake in—some holiday libations throughout the show, so I think that’s the best mindset to approach it from. Continue Reading →


Gift Guide for Classic Movie Fans

Still looking for something special to give to that special someone? Well, if they’re one of those rare breeds known as a “classic movie fan,” I’ve got you covered—whether your finances run more towards Eliza Doolittle than Charles Foster Kane. Continue Reading →

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Rare Musicals on TCM – December 2014

Welcome to December, y’all! It’s been quiet here for the past couple months, but I think things have settled down a bit, so I should be around more starting now… hopefully. I can never miss one of my rare musical posts though, and TCM has some fun stuff this month though, courtesy a couple spotlights on musical directors like Don Weis and Charles Weathers. Let’s see what’s in store! Continue Reading →

No pressure at all on James Stewart and Eleanor Powell in BORN TO DANCE

Rare Musicals on TCM – November 2014

This month features a few theme nights that play into my strengths—namely, some Eleanor Powell and Bob Hope flicks. There’s a lot of other interesting stuff, featuring some of the biggest names in musicals, so let’s get to it! Continue Reading →

The tooootally not beautiful Katy Jurado, sure

Hispanic Blogathon: Katy Jurado

Her name was María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García, but to Hollywood, she was just Katy Jurado. She was the first Latina woman to win a Golden Globe award—and the first to be nominated for an Oscar. Katy was a trailblazer for Latina women in the industry, but, in spite of friendships and marriages among the Hollywood elite, she ultimately, and perhaps surprisingly, chose to live out her life in her Mexico instead of pursuing the industry in Los Angeles. Continue Reading →

Gene Kelly and partner in a memorable moment from THOUSANDS CHEER

Rare Musicals on TCM – October 2014

I’d kind of assumed that with all the wonderful ghosty-themed programming going on over TCM this month, they wouldn’t have time to also fit in a bounty of musicals, but somehow they did! In fact, they’re so rare that I’ve seen almost none of them, and will have to leave you to your own devices. Some interesting folks in there though, so perhaps you’ll find a new discovery? Continue Reading →


Mickey Rooney Blogathon: All Ashore (1953)

It’s no secret that I love a good sailor musical, so when I caught wind of the getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon, hosted by Once Upon a ScreenOutspoken & Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club, it took only a moment’s perusal of the channel’s upcoming schedule to make my pick: All Ashore, the 1953 musical in which Rooney plays, yup, a sailor on leave. One nice thing about getTV is that they’ll replay the same movie throughout the month, so I actually caught the not-on-DVD film a few weeks ago, in anticipation of it airing again this evening (September 4th)! Continue Reading →


The 87th Annual Valentino Memorial Service

When Rudolph Valentino died in 1926 at the age of 31, he left in his wake a massive audience of heartbroken fans—and one of those tragic, inherently private situations that the Hollywood spectacle machine enjoys stoking the most. For days before the final report of his passing, newspapers had offered conflicting, yet (they swore) definitive accounts of his health status, and even today, rumors abound about the circumstances that led to his death. Of course, many of these stories were simply the result of creative gossipmongers and purposeful misinformation, but the questions surrounding his demise contributed to a legendary air of mystique… one that now, sadly, often seems to overshadow his life of work. Continue Reading →


1984-a-thon: Purple Rain (1984)

By the 1980s, the movie musical was… well, far beyond the time of transition. Since their heyday in the ’30s and ’40s, musicals had become limited to just a handful of movies per year, without a lot to choose from—Disney films for kids, pop hits designed to sell soundtracks, the occasional prestigious musical dramas, and the cheesy movies that seemed to capture everything cringeworthy of their era. For the studios financing the films, musicals were, to put it mildly, anything but a sure thing. That’s partly what makes Purple Rain such an interesting moment in film history—though it’s easy to see its significance 25 years after the fact, Purple Rain is still a weird, weird movie. Continue Reading →