Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Horn Blows at Midnight



Although Jack Benny's film career takes a back seat to his radio and later TV success, he did quite well in the medium...until 1945's THE HORN BLOWS AT MIDNIGHT. That film was SO bad that Jack bemoaned it to a thousand more laughs on his radio show than the film itself ever achieved. Or was it? The first time I caught it on television in the early 1970s, having heard little to nothing of its reputation as perpetuated by its star, I loved it! I've loved it every time I've seen it since, in fact! And here, in this contemporary magazine review, we see that, in fact, it was NOT wildly reviled at all! If you get a chance, see it! I highly recommend it!





Saturday, August 23, 2014

Klute



I really didn't have the slightest interest in seeing 1971's KLUTE. I wasn't familiar with the stars and, at the age of 12, didn't even know what a "call girl" was. It was re-released around 1973-74, however, on a double-bill with Clint Eastwood's DIRTY HARRY, a film I DID want to see. So I watched KLUTE! A little slow, a little too "grown-up" for me even at 15, but creepy as all get out! And I fell in love not just with Jane Fonda but also with Donald Sutherland...and even the name "Bree" which I would nickname my friend, muse and unofficial goddaughter many years later. 

















Thursday, August 21, 2014

Diana Dors


Able to combine a sultry sexiness with a genuine likability, Diana Dors was known, for obvious reasons, as Britain's answer to Marilyn Monroe. She was, in fact, a better actress. Her US career was a bit of a fizzle but she was a UK institution, married at one point to Richard Dawson. She put on weight in later years and was sadly exploited as a parody of her former self far too often. But when she chose the right vehicles, she demonstrated that she had, in fact, matured into an exceptional character actress.



















 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

R.I.P. Lauren Bacall



She was Bogey's Baby. She aged quickly and not all that well some would say but for a relatively brief period in the 1940s, the word sultry should have had her picture next to it in the dictionary. 
Rest in Peace.







Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg


One of the screen's most beautiful actresses ever, one of the best snow scenes in the history of movies, a great ending and an incredibly skillful usage of color make for a true classic!





Sunday, July 20, 2014

Vintage 1950 Hoppy Ad


The revival in interest of Hopalong Cassidy was one of the great marketing phenomenons of the 1950's. Here, at the very beginning of the decade, an early taste of what was to come.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Swiss Miss


I discovered Laurel and hardy in the late 1960s and became a huge fan throughout the seventies. Here we see SWISS MISS, the team's successful 1938 "comeback" film with Hal Roach after more than a year off-screen. It wasn't long before contract disputes led to their becoming independent of Roach but, in spite of grand dreams, their product took a major downturn before their career as a team finished up just 13 years later.