Excitement

Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 2

It’s been a fabulous Day 2 here at the Reel Infatuation Blogathon! We’ve been swooning all day. Bloggers: Font and Frock will be hosting Day 3 tomorrow, so if you post after this tonight’s recap, we’ll be sure to include you on Sunday. Enjoy today’s entries! ♥ Font and Frock Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) in… Continue reading Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 2

Excitement

Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 1

What a beautiful day it’s been! It’s a pleasure to read bloggers’ secret (and not-so-secret) character crushes. In a world where it’s easy to get caught up deriding folks, it’s refreshing to spend the day extolling the wonderful qualities of others. Bloggers: If we missed your post today, fear not – we shall include you… Continue reading Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 1

Comedy · Musical

How Fred Astaire Sells Musical Comedy

Naturally, we love Fred Astaire‘s dancing. He’s Fred Astaire, for pete sake. Yet, when we recently watched the musical comedy Shall We Dance (1937), we realized Astaire is also a gifted salesman. First, a little about the film, a madcap look at celebrity gossip and the media. Astaire plays an American ballet star saddled with… Continue reading How Fred Astaire Sells Musical Comedy

Excitement

Reel Infatuation Blogathon Starts Friday!

Whee! The Reel Infatuation Blogathon will be here in a few days! This is a blogathon where we dish about our secret (or not-so-secret) film or book character crushes – past or present. Click HERE for the original announcement and list of participants. If you, like us, are having trouble picking one fictional character, you… Continue reading Reel Infatuation Blogathon Starts Friday!

Excitement

Great Scott!! The “Movie Scientist Blogathon” is Back!

Originally posted on Christina Wehner:
The “Movie Scientist Blogathon: The Good, the Mad, the Lonely” is back for 2017! I am so excited to be co-hosting this event with Ruth at Silver Screenings. The blogathon is about movie scientists. The good scientists, the mad scientists, and the lonely scientists. The idea originated from a discussion between…

Excitement

Chasing Vintage Movie Moguls through Hollywood

Philip Mershon knows where the Bodies Are Buried. He’s a man with a seemingly endless supply of stories about early Hollywood moguls, such as the prickly Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures, or the infighting at Warner Bros. about merging film and sound in the 1920s. Philip’s descriptions are so vivid, you feel you’ve met these… Continue reading Chasing Vintage Movie Moguls through Hollywood

Drama

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)

Comedy

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

Drama

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