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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN GILBERT

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014

Today, July 10, 1897, the King of Hollywood, John Gilbert was born. Gilbert was a huge star in the silent era and we want to remember him today on his birthday. Please visit our...

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Actresses

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Barbara Stanwyck!

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014

Today, July 16, 1907, the great star of over 67 films, Barbara Stanwyck was born. She was born in Brooklyn and in 1928 Barbara moved to Hollywood, where she was to start one of the...

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Directors

Hollywood celebrates 100 years of making movies on July 1

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014

One hundred years ago, filmmakers Jesse Lasky and Cecil B. DeMille rented a barn on Vine Street and made The Squaw Man, the first feature film shot in Hollywood. On July 1st, you...

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Favorite Films

Gregg Toland’s 1939 Oscar auctioned for $155,000

Posted by on May 1, 2014

An Oscar statuette won in 1939 by a cinematographer, Gregg Toland, the only Oscar of his career, for his work on the film, “Wuthering Heights” was auctioned for...

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TCM Remembers James Garner on July 28

TCM Remembers James Garner on July 28

Jul 21, 2014

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember award-winning actor James Garner on Monday, July 28, with an all-day marathon featuring 12 of his films. The lineup features Garner’s performances in such movies as Toward the Unknown (1956), which marked his film debut; the racing drama Grand Prix (1966); the popular romantic comedy The Thrill of It All (1963);...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Barbara Stanwyck!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Barbara Stanwyck!

Jul 16, 2014

Today, July 16, 1907, the great star of over 67 films, Barbara Stanwyck was born. She was born in Brooklyn and in 1928 Barbara moved to Hollywood, where she was to start one of the most lucrative careers filmdom had ever seen. She was an extremely versatile actress who could adapt to any role.  We want to remember THE KING on his birthday today. Please visit...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN GILBERT

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN GILBERT

Jul 10, 2014

Today, July 10, 1897, the King of Hollywood, John Gilbert was born. Gilbert was a huge star in the silent era and we want to remember him today on his birthday. Please visit our JOHN GILBERT SECTION here on Classic Movie Favorites where you can find out more about him, see photos, watch videos, etc. You won’t regret it.   HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. GILBERT!...

Linda Darnell in “Chad Hanna” on DVD

Linda Darnell in “Chad Hanna” on DVD

Jul 3, 2014

Linda Dranell‘s 1940 Technicolor melodrama Chad Hanna combines historic intrigue and torrid romance with the high-wattage pairing with Henry Fonda and Dorothy Lamour. Sounds like a sure thing, right? Well… at least the photography looks nice on Fox’s Cinema Archives made-to-order DVD edition. Competently directed by 20th Century Fox’s resident...

Barbara Stanwyck Pre-Code films

Barbara Stanwyck Pre-Code films

Jul 3, 2014

Pre-Code films were made in the brief time between the beginning of the Sound Era (1927) and the enforcement of the Hays Code, which strictly limited the content of films, in 1934. Pre-Code films are frank and remarkably spicy.  Late in life, Barbara Stanwyck said of herself, “I’m a tough old broad from Brooklyn. I intend to go on acting until...

The artistry of Douglas Sirk

The artistry of Douglas Sirk

Jul 3, 2014

When I first saw Douglas Sirk films, I didn’t really like them; they were more of a “guilty pleasure” for me.  These melodramatic films just didn’t resonate with my teenage mentality.  However, I certainly saw the beauty in the way Sirk directed.  There is now a digital restoration of the film that I hope you’ll want to purchase to...

This Month on Turner Classic Movies

This Month on Turner Classic Movies

Jul 2, 2014

My favorite TV channel, Turner Classic Movies is featuring some really great stuff for your July summer viewing. Check out all about it below. This month’s Star of the Month is the lovely Maureen O’Hara and Ben Mankiewicz has a bunch of his top picks including Jean Renoir’s Grand Illusion and Martin Scorsese highlights films from World War I....

Gen. Wesley Clark to Host TCM’s Friday Night Spotlight: World War I in July

Gen. Wesley Clark to Host TCM’s Friday Night Spotlight: World War I in July

Jul 2, 2014

Gen. Wesley ClarkTurner Classic Movies (TCM) will mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I this July with a weekly collection of films about the devastating conflict. Hosted in primetime by retired U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, Friday Night Spotlight: 100th Anniversary of World War I will reflect views of the first World War as seen by...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Olivia de Havilland

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Olivia de Havilland

Jun 30, 2014

Today, July 1, 1916, lovely Olivia de Havilland was born. Today she is 98 and we wanted to remember this great actress on her birthday today. Please visit our Olivia de Havilland section here on Classic Movie Favorites where you can find out more about her, see photos, watch videos, etc. You won’t regret it.   HAPPY BIRTHDAY MS. de HAVILLAND!  ...

Fay Wray’s Double Pauline Wagner dies at 103

Fay Wray’s Double Pauline Wagner dies at 103

Jun 28, 2014

Fay Wray was never on the ledge of the empire State building in the 1933 original version of “King Kong.” Actually, it was a studio prop on the RKO lot with the New York City skyline projected behind it.. Well, it is the star when she’s in the big monkey’s paw, but it wasn’t Fay Wray but veteran actress Pauline Wagner who filled in on the long...

Hollywood celebrates 100 years of making movies on July 1

Hollywood celebrates 100 years of making movies on July 1

Jun 28, 2014

One hundred years ago, filmmakers Jesse Lasky and Cecil B. DeMille rented a barn on Vine Street and made The Squaw Man, the first feature film shot in Hollywood. On July 1st, you can get a taste of moviemaking 1914-style at a big centennial bash to be held at that same barn, now a museum located across from the Hollywood Bowl. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce...

Laurence Olivier was a contender to play the Godfather

Laurence Olivier was a contender to play the Godfather

Jun 28, 2014

Did you know that Francis Ford Coppola’s hand-written casting notes reveal Laurence Olivier was almost cast in the role of The Godfather instead of Marlon Brando.  It certainly would have been something to see the great Olivier in the role especially since it was such a wonderful part and got Brando a best actor Oscar. Olivier was one of the other main...

Katharine Hepburn Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

Katharine Hepburn Portraits by Everett Raymond Kinstler

Jun 28, 2014

Everett Raymond Kinstler has painted many portraits of the lovely Katharine Hepburn. He has them displayed on his web site and you might want to go over there and see them all at this address. Kinstler is a native New Yorker who began his career at age 16, drawing comic books and hundreds of book and magazine illustrations, as well as covers for paper back...

Encore: AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Jane Fonda

Encore: AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Jane Fonda

Jun 28, 2014

Encore presentation of AFI’s Honoring Jane Fonda with a Lifetime Achievement Award slated for Friday, Aug. 1, as part of an All-Night Tribute to Jane Fonda on Turner Classic Movies. Actor, producer, activist and author Jane Fonda was honored with the 42nd annual AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film – in an evening filled...

GET TV to celebrate Thursdays in July with Film Noir

GET TV to celebrate Thursdays in July with Film Noir

Jun 27, 2014

The new channel in town is GET TV which celebrates classic movies, just like we want to see them.  During the money of July they will be featureing film noir films every Thursday night.  And, on July 4th, they will feature Nancy Reagan films. Patriotic throwbacks to classic films with getTV, which celebrates the 4th of July with a Nancy Reagan double billing;...

Orson Welles Lady from Shanghai restoration in theaters

Orson Welles Lady from Shanghai restoration in theaters

Jun 27, 2014

Written, produced, directed and starring the master, Orson Welles, The Lady from Shanghai is back in cinemas from 25 July in a new 4K restoration in the United Kingdom. Let’s hope we also see it throughout the US.  Starring femme fatale Rita Hayworth – Welles’ then wife – in a strikingly different appearance to that in her previous role...

Showcasing Berkeley: Footlight Parade

Showcasing Berkeley: Footlight Parade

Jun 27, 2014

One of the directors we’ve featured here on Classic Movie Favorites is Busby Berkeley. Berkeley made many fabulous musical numbers in the 1930′s and 1940′s, but for me his 1930′s musicals shine. I could watch his direction over and over again.  See our page devoted to Footlight Parade here on Classic Movie Favorites. Recently, NJ.com...

Legendary stars to sail on 2014 TCM Classic Cruise

Legendary stars to sail on 2014 TCM Classic Cruise

Jun 27, 2014

TCM Announces Legendary Stars and More For the 2014 TCM Classic Cruise.  Those added are: Shirley Jones, Richard Dreyfuss, Roger Corman, Tab Hunter, Ann Blyth, Diane Baker, James Karen, Alex Trebek, Illeana Douglas, Eddie Muller and Bruce Goldstein to Sail on October Voyage, Along with the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra and Hot Sardines will be aboard the...

1979 Fank Langella Dracula on Blu-Ray September 2

1979 Fank Langella Dracula on Blu-Ray September 2

Jun 27, 2014

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of director John Badham’s Dracula (1979), starring Frank Langella as the titular Count, Laurence Olivier as Abraham Van Helsing, Kate Nelligan as Lucy, Donald Pleasence as Lucy’s father Dr. Jack Seward, Jan Francis as Mina and Trevor Eve as Jonathan Harker. The film makes its...

Gone With the Wind and Test Pilot on Blu-Ray

Gone With the Wind and Test Pilot on Blu-Ray

Jun 27, 2014

Two Clark Gable films are out on Blu-Ray soon, Test Pilot and Gone With the Wind.  Both are excellent additions to your classic movie library. GONE WITH THE WIND Gone with the Wind Blu-ray – 75th Anniversary Ultimate Collector’s Edition / Blu-ray + DVD + CD + UltraViolet - Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the 75th Anniversary Ultimate...