...I wonder if this new Blu-ray/DVD combination pack of SUDDENLY (1954) looks anywhere as good as the Lobster Films digital restoration I saw at the Noir City Festival last spring? Loved the movie. This release is due September 25th.
...Maureen O'Hara turned 92 last Friday! Here's a revisit of my 2010 birthday tribute.
...I love learning about movie locations, so I thought it was really neat that Raquelle and her husband Carlos found the famous beach seen in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1952) while on their recent Hawaiian honeymoon! She has some great photos at Out of the Past.
...Raquelle also recently reviewed A PATCH OF BLUE (1965) with Sidney Poitier, which sounds quite interesting. I DVR'd it earlier this month, I just need time to watch it now!
...At Immortal Ephemera, I enjoyed Cliff's recent column, "First Impressions of Five Movies." I'm glad I could recommend YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER (1942) to Cliff!
...Coming from VCI: the 20th Century-Fox WWII film THE FIGHTING SULLIVANS (1944). The VCI site says it will be out October 2nd, while Amazon says November 6th.
...I mentioned this title cards site in my review of THE WORLD IN HIS ARMS (1952), but it bears repeating. Thanks to Toby for pointing it out.
...Recent reviews by Glenn Erickson at DVD Savant include Gene Kelly in THE CROSS OF LORRAINE (1943) and Tyrone Power and Loretta Young in SUEZ (1938). They're releases from the Warner Archive and the Fox Cinema Archives, respectively.
...Earlier this year I saw SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950) and A PLACE IN THE SUN (1951) at the Bay Theatre in Seal Beach, California. I was sorry to learn this week that the Bay, which has been in operation since 1947, has closed, at least for the moment.
...Based on a recent discussion at 50 Westerns From the 50s, I need to check out more films with Rory Calhoun! Fortunately I just ordered his film WAY OF A GAUCHO (1952) on sale.
...Mark recently reviewed LOOPHOLE (1954), with Barry Sullivan, Dorothy Malone, and Charles McGraw, at Where Danger Lives...Kristina caught John Payne and Gail Russell in EL PASO (1949), reviewed at Speakeasy...FilmsNoir.Net reviews Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly in CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944), which was also recently seen by Lou Lumenick...and Kevin checked out THE DARK CORNER (1946) and has posted his review at Kevin's Movie Corner.
...I also enjoyed this batch of mini-reviews from John at Greenbriar Picture Shows, especially as I just saw -- and liked -- my first George O'Brien "B" Western. I've got to check out HARMON OF MICHIGAN (1941), sounds fun!
...Attention Southern Californians: next month the venerable Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Cinerama with screenings of THIS IS CINERAMA (1956), HOW THE WEST WAS WON (1962), and more. Here's the schedule.
...The Robert Wagner series IT TAKES A THIEF, previously released on DVD only in a pricey "complete series" set, is going to have a standalone release of Season 1 on DVD this October 2nd.
...Thanks to Mel for the link to this great series of photos of Hitchcock's cameo appearances!
...Tragic news breaking late tonight, the suicide of director Tony Scott, brother of Ridley Scott. I most recently enjoyed Tony Scott's film UNSTOPPABLE (2010).
...Notable Passings: Los Angeles philanthropist Veronique Peck, the widow of Gregory Peck, has passed on at the age of 80...Actor William Windom, a staple on TV for decades, has died at the age of 88. His 1969-70 TV series MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT is one of my early TV memories. Later, as a teenager, I saw his one-man show THURBER on stage at the La Mirada Civic Theatre.
Have a great week!