...The Warner Archive had a bunch of interesting releases last week, including remastered prints of Robert Taylor in FLIGHT COMMAND (1940) and William Holden in TOWARD THE UNKNOWN (1956). I reviewed FLIGHT COMMAND, which costars Ruth Hussey and Walter Pidgeon, in 2007. TOWARD THE UNKNOWN has a very interesting supporting cast, including Lloyd Nolan, Charles McGraw, Karen Steele, and James Garner, in his film debut.
...Lou Lumenick provides more info on new Warner Archive releases, as well as reviewing Bogie in THE WAGONS ROLL AT NIGHT (1941), and the entertaining "gothic noir" THE TWO MRS. CARROLLS (1947), which I enjoyed seeing on the big screen at last month's film noir festival in Hollywood.
...Turner Classic Movies has announced more details about its December cruise.
...At DVD Savant, Glenn Erickson reviews Cary Grant, Betsy Drake, and Franchot Tone in EVERY GIRL SHOULD BE MARRIED (1948). He provides some enjoyable social commentary, jokingly referring to the film, which he rates as "excellent" and "unusually good," as MAD MEN: THE EARLY YEARS.
...Erickson also recently reviewed the Archive release of CONFIDENTIAL AGENT (1945) starring Charles Boyer and Lauren Bacall.
...After watching the very good film noir BLACK ANGEL (1946) earlier this week, I enjoyed reading Kristina's DARK PAGES profile of actress June Vincent.
...I'm looking forward to recording Esther Williams in THE UNGUARDED MOMENT (1956), one of the few Williams films I've never seen. "Morlockjeff" reviews the movie at the TCM Movie Morlocks blog. THE UNGUARDED MOMENT is on TCM on Thursday, May 26th.
...I just caught up with an interesting April New York Times story giving thumbnail bios of professors who blog, including Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit and Ann Althouse.
...New book: THE NOTES: RONALD REAGAN'S PRIVATE COLLECTION OF STORIES AND WISDOM. It's edited by Douglas Brinkley, who also served as editor of the very interesting 2009 book THE REAGAN DIARIES.
...Greenbriar Picture Shows takes a photo-filled look at Jeff Chandler in MAN IN THE SHADOW (1957) in Parts One and Two. MAN IN THE SHADOW was recently released on DVD-R.
...At Out of the Past, Raquelle reviews the new documentary THESE AMAZING SHADOWS (2011), which will be out on DVD this fall.
...Raquelle also posted a review of Humphrey Bogart in WE'RE NO ANGELS (1955) which is filled with colorful screen caps. I've never seen this one; Joan Bennett is always a plus in any film!
...There's a 1939 blogathon taking place this week; the links for reviews of films made in Hollywood's Golden Year can be found here. The first post I read in this series was Caftan Woman's take on John Farrow's FIVE CAME BACK. I saw that one in a theater as a teenager and have never forgotten the experience. Talk about a spooky movie!
...Moira Finnie posted an outstanding tribute to the late Jackie Cooper last week at the TCM blog.
...Toby reviews the new widescreen DVD of TENNESSEE'S PARTNER (1955) at 50 Westerns From the 50s.
...This Wednesday, May 18th, the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood celebrates the centennial of the birth of actress Maureen O'Sullivan with a double bill of THE THIN MAN (1934) and HIDE-OUT (1934). I wish I had time to get up there for this evening; I adore HIDE-OUT, which just might be my favorite Robert Montgomery film.
...Notable Passing: LAWRENCE WELK SHOW singer Norma Zimmer has passed away at the age of 87. Zimmer is heard on the soundtracks of Disney's ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1951), singing the White Rose, and MGM's SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (1954), in which she dubbed singing for one of the brides.
...Sincere congratulations and good wishes to KC of Classic Movies on the birth of her baby girl on Mother's Day!
Have a great week!