Pick a Vice, Any Vice: Night Nurse (1931)

We often say old movies are much tamer than today’s movies. But hang on a minute. We just screened a film from 1931 that is pretty darned salacious. Night Nurse is a pre-code film about a young woman (Barbara Stanwyck) who graduates from a nursing program and takes a job as a night nurse to… Continue reading Pick a Vice, Any Vice: Night Nurse (1931)


The 1930’s Screwball “Slumming Tour”

You can well imagine Anthony P. Kirby’s chagrin. In the 1938 screwball comedy, You Can’t Take It With You, Kirby (Edward Arnold) is a wealthy Wall Street tycoon, the type who buys federal regulators as easily as buying real estate. His latest deal involves munitions. Kirby is a man who has no time or inclination for underlings. And everyone is an… Continue reading The 1930’s Screwball “Slumming Tour”

Fan Letter

5 Reasons We Love Classic Film

Dear Reader, if you were our neighbour, we would invite you to our place to celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16. There would be balloons, champagne and, of course, a classic movie. Oh – and cake, too! Rick at Classic Film and TV Café, an advocate of classic film and movie critic extraordinaire,… Continue reading 5 Reasons We Love Classic Film


Stella Dallas’ Big Decision

Stella Dallas (1937) is a drama determined to make you teary-eyed. If the first sad scene doesn’t do the job, just wait a few minutes. This film has one of the most memorable endings from the classic Hollywood era. But we’re not going to spoil the ending because you need to see it for yourself.… Continue reading Stella Dallas’ Big Decision


TCM Classic Film Festival: Rediscovering Treasure

When we (as in, yours truly) were a child, we were invited to frequent sleepovers at a friend’s house. The Rules, as outlined by the parents, were: (1) Sleep must be had, which meant (2) No Television After Bedtime. Oddly, the parents assigned us to a guest bedroom that had a television(!), a temptation against which,… Continue reading TCM Classic Film Festival: Rediscovering Treasure


The Great Villain Blogathon — Wrap-up & Thanks!

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
One last word and roundup before we close the door on the Great Villain Blogathon 2017: your hosts Ruth of Silver Screenings, Karen of Shadows & Satin, and Kristina of Speakeasy want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part, visited the participating blogs, and helped spread the word via #Villains2017. A blogathon is…


The Great Villain Blogathon – Day 5 Recap

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
Big Bads have always had us booing, and this week they inspired some fine posts about their motivation, meaning and memorable qualities. Today’s roundup covers some of the best of the worst. Bloggers: If you’ve posted your entry too late for tonight’s recap, don’t worry! We’ll include you in tomorrow’s midday wrap-up post, here…


The Great Villain Blogathon – Day 4 Recap

Cinematic villains come from all socioeconomic groups, but they usually have two things in common: (1) they’re powerful and (2) they’re rich. And if they’re not either, they’re working hard to be both. Today’s villains provide a good cross-section of these motivations in action. Bloggers: If you’ve uploaded your entry, but it’s not included in… Continue reading The Great Villain Blogathon – Day 4 Recap


The Great Villain Blogathon 2017 – Day 3 Recap

Originally posted on shadowsandsatin:
Villains, anyone?? It’s Day 3 of the 2017 Great Villain Blogathon, and our bad guys and gals are still going strong! We’ve got enough nasty ne’er-do-wells, conscienceless creeps, and mercenary miscreants to satisfy any fiendish appetite! So settle in and take a gander at today’s Featured Villains. (And if you’re a blogger…


The Virginian and the Unintentional Villain

Often, in Hollywood films, The Villain is a highly-motivated character. He or she knows what they want and they pursue it doggedly. For example, look at the 1946 western, The Virginian. Brian Donlevy stars as a crooked Wyoming rancher who spends his time siphoning cattle from other ranchers’ herds. Donlevy’s character isn’t a poor, desperate… Continue reading The Virginian and the Unintentional Villain