...One of my favorite character actors, Harry Morgan, turned 95 yesterday, April 10th. Sharilee at FilmPhiles posted a birthday tribute.
...Western reviews: Riding the High Country reviews THE RIVER'S EDGE (1957), starring Ray Milland, Debra Paget, and Anthony Quinn, while 50 Westerns From the 50s takes a look at Glenn Ford and Jeanne Crain in THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE (1956). (And thanks to Toby for the link...my comments don't seem to post at some WordPress blogs.)
...Coming next month, a must-have biography: Foxy Lady: The Authorized Biography of Lynn Bari by Jeff Gordon, published by Bear Manor Media.
...Gulp! THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980) is thirty years old next month. Seeing that film for the first time was one of the most important movie experiences of my teen years. (My husband and I later realized we were at the same theater at the same time on opening day, although we wouldn't meet for two more years.) My mind was blown when my 18-year-old son recently borrowed our STAR WARS DVD set to show a group of friends...because most of them had never seen the original series!?!
...The New York Times recently ran a column by Pete Wells on the importance of food in the LITTLE HOUSE books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Never read these books on an empty stomach! Wells mentions Barbara Walker's THE LITTLE HOUSE COOKBOOK, which I have owned since childhood.
...I recently became acquainted with Goodfella's Movie Blog and enjoyed Dave's reviews of Max Ophuls' THE RECKLESS MOMENT (1949) and Robert Montgomery's RIDE THE PINK HORSE (1947). I'll be back to check out more reviews in the future.
...Moira Finnie introduced me to the SISSI movies, which I'd never heard of before reading her post. They are now in my Netflix queue!
...Also at TCM, Suzidoll paid tribute to Donna Reed, TCM's Star of the Month for May.
...Presidents who aren't really White Sox fans shouldn't pretend...real baseball fans can spot a phony a mile away.
...Mmmmmm: a recipe for cinnamon rolls from the Los Angeles Times Food section.
...This new book looks like fun for those of us of a certain age: RECORD STORE DAYS: FROM VINYL TO DIGITAL AND BACK AGAIN.
...Speaking of digital, since I love my iTouch I've followed reviews of the new iPad with some interest. At this point I can't quite see the "point" of an iPad, which seems like a cross between a laptop and a Kindle or an iTouch/iPhone. LiveScience has an interesting review titled "13 Glaring iPad Shortcomings." (Hat tip: Instapundit.)
...Laura Bush's memoir, SPOKEN FROM THE HEART, will be released on May 4th...just in time for Mother's Day gifts. Mrs. Bush is a very classy woman, and I'm looking forward to reading her book.
...Raquelle celebrates the Warner Archive DVD-R release of THEIR OWN DESIRE (1929), one of my very favorite Robert Montgomery-Norma Shearer films.
...This Chocolate Bar Brownie Pan from Williams-Sonoma looks interesting.
...More blog reviews of interest: LILLY TURNER (1933) at Movie Classics...IN THIS OUR LIFE (1942) at Classic Movies Digest...THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK (1950) reviewed by Sheila O'Malley at Noir of the Week...and WICHITA (1955) reviewed by John DiLeo at Screen Savers.
...I've written in the past about my onetime acquaintance with Julie Adams when I appeared in a bit part in a play in which she starred. Someone posted a photo on Twitter of her appearance at the Noir City Festival a few days ago. She looks great! She is now 83.
...And here's a report posted on the Egyptian Theatre Facebook page about the appearance of Rhonda Fleming and Richard Erdman at the festival. Fleming looks amazing.
And Then I Watched. She has two posts up so far, reviewing JUKE GIRL (1942) and GIRL OF THE NIGHT (1960). Laura is also the author of LET ME TELL YOU HOW I REALLY FEEL: THE UNCENSORED BOOK REVIEWS OF CLASSIC IMAGES' LAURA WAGNER, 2001-2010.
...Notable Passing: Shirley Mills, the child actress who played Ruthie Joad in John Ford's THE GRAPES OF WRATH (1940), has passed away at the age of 83.
...Other recent passings have been chronicled by Ivan at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear.
Have a good week!