Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries, Uncategorized

Announcing The Queen of Sass: Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon

Barbara Stanwyck, or Missy or Stanny as she is often referred to with great affection in the classic film community, is one of the greatest actresses to ever live. Hands down. No contest. Even people who have never, or will never (pity on them) ever watch a classic film, are pretty likely to know who… Continue reading Announcing The Queen of Sass: Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon

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A Big Basil Thank You

I want to thank every blogger who dedicated their time to taking part in this Blogathon which honoured such an amazing performer, who deserves to be better remembered today. I cannot wait to read everyone’s entries, which are so wonderfully varied! I would love to make this an annual event if there is an interest… Continue reading A Big Basil Thank You

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Hypnotic Pools: The Woman in Green (1945)

Rathbone, Bruce and Brookes perviously starred in Sherlock Holmes Faces Death together Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce's third last outing in the series of films they made as Holmes and Watson between 1939 and 1946, is one of the best. Atmospheric, cerebral and quite disturbing in some ways, it's a film that is saved from… Continue reading Hypnotic Pools: The Woman in Green (1945)

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Many-a-melodrama: A Notorious Affair (1930)

It's difficult to say why I find A Notorious Affair so enjoyable. Basil Rathbone has an abysmal Italian (I think) accent, Billie Dove isn't terribly charismatic, and the characterisation isn't exactly hugely well rounded for anyone. Basil really could play the violin, even if he looks a trifle nervous in this screenshot But what I… Continue reading Many-a-melodrama: A Notorious Affair (1930)

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Springtime for Larceny: The Producers (1967)

Imagine, if you will, going to see a Broadway show in which one of the performers sings a song that features the lyrics "Don't be a dummy, be a smarty! Join the Nazi party!" Would you get up and storm out in great disgust, or stick around when you get the very incorrect idea that… Continue reading Springtime for Larceny: The Producers (1967)

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The Suave Swordsman has arrived!

I am thrilled to say that The Suave Swordsman: Basil Rathbone Blogathon has finally arrived! I am so excited to share this event with all of you and the wonderful bloggers (of which there are happily many) who have generously donated their swashbuckling time to writing entries! First up is Maddy, who shares her thoughts… Continue reading The Suave Swordsman has arrived!

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With All The Frills Upon It: Easter Parade (1948)

The catchphrase for Easter Parade was "The Happiest Musical Ever Made Is Irving Berlin's Easter Parade". And that's pretty accurate. The highest the stakes get is whether or not Hannah Brown (played wonderfully by Judy Garland) and Don Hewes (played equally wonderfully by Fred Astaire) will become a big hit, and you know right from… Continue reading With All The Frills Upon It: Easter Parade (1948)

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The Comfort of Classics: Five Favourites

The human soul is naturally inclined towards seeking comfort, that lovely feeling of reassurance that the world holds hope and wonder, that things once broken can be mended, that not all that is lost, is lost forever. As a child, my comfort film was Gone with the Wind. It was a film that filled me with the… Continue reading The Comfort of Classics: Five Favourites

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Anatomy of Murder: Blood Simple (1984)

As human beings, we often fail to think about, or realise, how important the big picture is. We talk about "seeing" the big picture or how we need to look at the "big picture", but we very rarely do. A lot of the time, we make decisions, often crucial, life changing ones, based on assumption,… Continue reading Anatomy of Murder: Blood Simple (1984)

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Paging Dr Death: Vincent Price in “Shock” (1946)

Like most people, my first exposure to Vincent Price was through horror films, and the only early film of his that I really knew was Dragonwyck. But over the years, as my appreciation for classic film has continued to grow and mature, I've sought out more films from his pre-horror career, such as the two other classics… Continue reading Paging Dr Death: Vincent Price in “Shock” (1946)