Monday, October 31, 2011
BLACK NARCISSUS (1947)
KING SOLOMON'S MINES (1950)
DREAM WIFE (1953)
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
THE KING AND I (1956)
TEA AND SYMPATHY (1956)
BONJOUR TRISTESSE (1958)
THE GRASS IS GREENER (1960)
THE INNOCENTS (1961)
THE CHALK GARDEN (1964)
THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1964)
REUNION AT FAIRBOROUGH (1985)
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Magician Dr. Craven (Vincent Price) is mourning about the loss of his wife Lenore (Hazel Court) when not so very talented but poisoned-tongued magician Dr. Bedlo (Peter Lorre) appears, who was changed into a raven.
With Dr. Bedlo’s not so bright son Rexford (Jack Nicholson) and Dr. Craven's daughter Estelle (Olive Sturgess) they go on a trip to mean magician Dr. Scarabus (Boris Karloff) who had done that magical change – and who apparently is in the company of not-as-dead-as-thought Lenore.. Soon there is a magic duel going on between Dr. Scarabus and Dr. Craven..
For lovers of beautiful women we have the gorgeous Hazel Court and Olive Sturgess.
I love the little horror film gimmicks like a tarantula and other “creepy” animals appearing.. And Jack Nicholson's change from easy minded to possessed and back again is really worth a look.
This film was one of my favourites when I was a child - and I still adore it.
Well.. thank you all for reading my posts and commenting on them in this festival.
“This it is – and nothing more..
Quoth, the Raven ‘Nevermore..' ”
1. TERESA WRIGHT - One of my all time favorites had a birthday last week and she was all over my blog with a birthday tribute and other assorted pics associated with my Fall Series. She also makes her first appearance on this list.
2. ERROL FLYNN - The Swashbuckler himself makes a first appearance on this list as well thanks to his match play event with fellow swashbuckler Tyrone Power.
3. INGRID PITT - One of Hammer Films top actresses of the 60's and 70's, I just did a tribute to her for her part in Hammer history.
4. IRENE DUNNE - Dunnie continues to be ranked as well as she should since she is the classic movie goddess of the month.
5. RITA HAYWORTH - I think the term goddess was coined specifically for Rita.
6. ANITA EKBERG - Just saw her wonderful film Screaming Mimi which I posted about for my classic horror movie series. And I also posted a pic about her for my fall series.
7. CATHERINE DENEUVE - Another birthday tribute and another lovely woman.
8. TYRONE POWER - Can Ty take down Errol in the match play event? Probably not but I'm sure my female readers have enjoyed it.
9. CONSTANCE BENNETT - A birthday tribute to the blonde Bennett girl. And one of screwball comedies best actesses.
10. JOAN FONTAINE - Also had a recent birthday and I did a tribute for that and a piece on The Women over on Screwball Cinema.
So that wraps up this week's top ten list and hopefully I will do this each and every week.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Happy Birthday to Teresa Wright, one of my favorite actresses. Best known for playing nice, young women and always seemed to look on the bright side of things, no matter what. Her films include Shadow Of A Doubt, The Pride of the Yankees, The Best Years of Our Lives, Mrs. Miniver and The Little Foxes. Teresa passed away at the age of 86 of a heart attack. TCM is airing several of her movies today in honor of her birthday including The Little Foxes (on right now as I post this), Casanova Brown and Enchantment. Try to watch at least one of her films today. I plan to watch Mrs. Miniver when I get home today from work. Happy Birthday Teresa!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Do you like spooky films with several episodes which start rather nice and light and have kind of a surreal finale? Films without gore and such?
Well - in that case one of my alltime favourite films might be just your cup of tea:
Dead of Night (1945)
A man stays for a weekend in a house he never was before - and mets six persons he didn't meet before - though he knows them all: He dreamt of them in his returning nightmares.. And he is sure that something horrible will happen - though he can't remember what. When he tells his companions about his dreams they start to tell him some supernatural stories, too..
This is just a wonderful film - with a great cast: e.g. the magnificent Googie Withers. And the episodes are quite entertaining - and reaching from a wide range: there is kind of a ..uhm.. "gentlemen's joke"-episode about a haunted wedding night - and who ever saw this film will never forget the haunting performance of Michael Redgrave (yes, I have a soft spot for him..) as a ventriloquist driven mad by his dummy..
Please, make sure to get the "full" version: I have heard that for the US market back then two episodes were cut out..
1 VERTIGO (1958)
8 I CONFESS (1953)
4 TO CATCH A THIEF (1954)
5 THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH (1956)
2 REAR WINDOW (1954)
7 THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY (1955)
3 STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)
6 DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Stefanie Powers is Pat, a young woman who recently lost her fiance and goes to meet her fiance's mother, Mrs. Trefoile (played by the great Tallulah Bankhead). Once Pat is there she realizes Mrs. Trefoile blames her for her son's death and plans to exact revenge with psychological torture. A wicked and campy thriller with Bankhead giving one of her last great performances. It will remind you of Bette Davis and her latter day horror film roles of Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte. Bankhead goes all out and doesn't hold anything back. In fact she is so over the top and good, she kind of drowns out Powers who in any other film would be good. But here she has to take a back seat to Ms. Bankhead. One of the better thrillers from the 60's. Oh and check out Donald Sutherland in an early role.
Monday, October 24, 2011
So let's find out the stats on these two guys shall we?
Name: Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
Birth Date: June 20, 1909 (Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
Height: 6' 2"
Academy Awards: none, not even a single nomination, which is a travesty.
Monties: 2 nominations, 1 win: Best Actor - The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939) - so far
My favorite Errol movie: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Match Play Record: 2-1 (beat Paul Muni and Charles Chaplin in the 30's era of the Favorite
Classic actor Tournament before losing to William Powell)
CLASSIC STARS MATCH PLAY
Name: Tyrone Edmund Power, Jr.
Date of Birth: May 5, 1914 (Cincinnati,Ohio)
Height: 5' 11 1/2"
Academy Awards: none, same as Flynn, not a single nomination
Monties: none so far but it's still early
My favorite Tyrone film: The Mark Of Zorro (1940)
Match Play Record: 0-1 (lost to Gary Cooper in the 40's era of the favorite
classic actor tournament)
So as the scares and chills of October begin to wind down, we look ahead to see what's coming in November. The theme of the month will be great film dramas. Focusing on family and other kinds of issues. Such films like Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, The Best Years of our Lives, Imitation of Life, Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, The Chalk Garden, Sunset Boulevard and others. The classic movie goddess will be the English Rose, Deborah Kerr. So look for reviews, pics and anything I fancy about the lovely Deborah. And my friend Sophie from Waitin' on a Sunny Day may drop by to do a guest post. Speaking of friends, that loveable Desiree is my guest of the month and she will be answering questions all month long. The favorite Hitchcock film tournament will wrap up in November and I can't wait to see what film takes the top prize. I'm hoping for The Lady Vanishes but I think it will be Rear Window. And I continue with my classic stars match play events with several more interesting matches including a marquee matchup between James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. So please drop by next month to spend a little time with me and some stars.
Part psychological thriller, part film noir and part slasher film comes this vastly underrated gem from 1958 starring Anita Ekberg as a young woman named Virginia who was attacked by an knife wielding psychopath. She is saved by her step-brother but is severely traumatized by the event. She is treated by a psychiatrist and time passes when she returns to work as an exotic dancer at a club run by Joann (played by the legendary Gypsy Rose Lee). Everything is ok until Virginia is attacked again and a reporter named Sweeney (played by Philip Carey) gets involved with Virigina's past history. This is one wild movie with Ekberg give an understated but effective performance. Her dance routines are not everyday routines as she appears to be dealing with her issues through dancing. A great dane named Devil is her loyal protector. Once an attack is made on her life again, the police do everything they can to find the killer before it's too late. Good stuff.