...Here's a new book which looks fantastic: MUSIC MAKES ME: FRED ASTAIRE AND JAZZ by Todd Decker. Leonard Maltin has a review.
...The discovery of portions of the "lost" film THE WHITE SHADOW (1923) in New Zealand was the talk of the classic film blogosphere last week. It's Alfred Hitchcock's earliest credit; he was writer, assistant director, editor and production designer. Incidentally, does anyone else think a photo of the young Hitchcock published in the L.A. Times resembles the young Walt Disney?
...KC of Classic Movies has an informative interview with David Greenstreet of ClassicFlix, a DVD rental by mail company which specializes in classic films.
...Robert Wagner's IT TAKES A THIEF is coming to DVD in October -- as a very expensive "Complete Series" DVD set with all three seasons. The show is an early memory of mine, particularly Fred Astaire playing Wagner's father.
...Cliff of Immortal Ephemera recently reviewed Ida Lupino and Glenn Ford in LUST FOR GOLD (1949) as part of the Ida Lupino Blogathon. Links to blogathon posts by lots more participating blogs can be found here. Be sure to check it out!
...At TCM's Movie Morlocks blog, Kimberly Lindbergs analyzes "The Many Faces of Rochester - Jane Eyre's Romantic Hero." Which is your favorite?
...Another new title from the Universal Vault Series at Amazon: COBRA WOMAN (1944), starring Maria Montez and Jon Hall, directed by Robert Siodmak.
...Raquelle recently enjoyed Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas in NINOTCHKA (1939) on the big screen at the Somerville Theater in Massachusetts...Raquelle also recently featured an interesting interview with a silent film accompanist at her blog, Out of the Past.
...I've been on the great Rock 'n' Rollercoaster at Disney World numerous times, but I just realized last week that the woman who plays the manager in the "pre-show" video is Illeana Douglas, the granddaughter of Melvyn Douglas.
...Java Bean Rush reviews one of Deanna Durbin's very best films, IT STARTED WITH EVE (1941), at The Amazing Deanna Durbin. The movie costars Robert Cummings and Charles Laughton. Very highly recommended. You can get it from Netflix.
...Noir of the Week recently featured an enjoyable review of Lawrence Tierney and Priscilla Lane in BODYGUARD (1948) by Wheeler Winston Dixon.
...At Noir Girl, Casey has photos and information regarding an auction of items from the Estate of Douglas Fairbanks Jr. The online catalogue is here.
...Here's a great interview with one of the authors of the fantastic film history book MGM: HOLLYWOOD'S GREATEST BACKLOT.
...The Top 10 posters of the Greatest Sci-Fi Poster Countdown have now been posted at Where Danger Lives. Another great series!
...It's terrific seeing Barrie Maxwell is back at work reviewing DVDs at The Digital Bits.
...At Shadows and Satin, guest blogger Kristina profiles actress June Vincent, star of the excellent film noir BLACK ANGEL (1946).
...The UCLA Festival of Preservation, which recently presented films at Lincoln Center in New York, has now moved to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. It's a great opportunity to see beautiful prints of films like Douglas Sirk's SLEEP, MY LOVE (1948), screening August 13th, and Anthony Mann's STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT (1944), playing August 21st.
...FANTASIA (1940) will be shown at the Hollywood Bowl with a live orchestra on August 19th. I'd love to go, but I'll be at Disney's D23 Expo that day!
Have a great week!