Sunday, September 09, 2012

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet...

...As mentioned here last month, THE HIGH CHAPPARAL, a late '60s TV Western beloved by vintage TV buffs and classic film fans alike, is coming to cable's Inspiration Network. The run kicks off with a day-long marathon next Saturday, September 15th. The show stars Leif Erickson, Cameron Mitchell, and Linda Cristal.

...Film Noir Photos has a beautiful spread on Yvonne DeCarlo, who would have been 90 last September 1st.

...As a Westerns fan, I learn so much from the wide-ranging discussions which take place at 50 Westerns from the 50s. This thread on Fred MacMurray and director George Sherman is a typical example.

...I thoroughly enjoyed Jacqueline's reviews of CLAUDIA (1943) and CLAUDIA AND DAVID (1946) at Another Old Movie Blog. Both films starred Dorothy McGuire and Robert Young. My own 2008 review of CLAUDIA is here. Both films are now available on DVD-R from the new Fox Cinema Archives line; click here and here.

...Kristen has reviewed JOAN BLONDELL: A LIFE BETWEEN TAKES (2007), written by Matthew Kennedy for the University Press of Mississippi, at Journeys in Classic Film.

...For more on film books, Leonard Maltin gives a quick overview of some recent releases, including the new Dana Andrews biography by Carl Rollyson. I just received that one and it looks great, with lots of primary source research. I'm also particularly interested in THE HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN.

...Greenbriar Picture Shows has recently featured a typically excellent, photo-filled series of posts on the MGM film KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY (1945), with particular focus on tragic actress Susan Peters. It's posted as Part 1 and Part 2.

...Actress-Singer Kristin Chenoweth is continuing to recover from a serious head injury sustained in an accident on the set of the TV series THE GOOD WIFE.

...Fox intends to make new films available via download weeks prior to their release on DVD or Blu-ray.

...A patent to stop texting in theaters?

...There have been lots of interesting reviews by Glenn Erickson at DVD Savant in the past couple of weeks, including the Olive releases SECRET BEYOND THE DOOR (1947), PURSUED (1947), and CAPTAIN CAREY, U.S.A. (1951), plus the Warner Archive release of a complete collection of MGM's CRIME DOES NOT PAY shorts.

...Last spring I mentioned the upcoming suspense film ARGO (2012), directed by and starring Ben Affleck. This movie, based on a true story which took place during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, was recently a hit at the Telluride Film Festival. It opens October 12th.

...Jill has reviewed the Warner Archive release RAGE IN HEAVEN (1941) at Sittin' on a Backyard Fence. It stars Robert Montgomery, Ingrid Bergman, and George Sanders. I have a copy of this DVD and am looking forward to watching it.

...The Humphrey Bogart Estate has announced the creation of an annual Humphrey Bogart Film Festival. It will take place starting next year in Key Largo, Florida. Stephen Bogart will host. The festival has a website.

...Robby has a look at the San Francisco locations of the Cary Grant film KISS THEM FOR ME (1957) at Dear Old Hollywood. I love his research! One of the movie's locations was also seen in a film noir I liked, IMPACT (1949); details on that are in one of Robby's older posts.

...Clint Eastwood has given a detailed interview about his recent appearance at the Republican Convention to the Carmel Pine Cone.

...It's great to have Colin back at Riding the High Country after a summer break. His newest post is on the Rita Hayworth-Glenn Ford classic GILDA (1946). I have a great memory of seeing that film in a gorgeous 35mm print at L.A.'s Vagabond Theater when I was a teenager.

...I'm delighted to be a member of the newly minted Vintage Association of Motion Picture Blogs. Whether you're a blogger writing primarily on pre-1980 films or a fan who enjoys reading about such movies, please check it out! Thanks to Terry Canote for his work setting up the website.

...Notable Passing: Jake Eberts, the producer of several highly regarded films including CHARIOTS OF FIRE (1981), DRIVING MISS DAISY (1989), DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990), and OCEANS (2009), has passed away at the age of 71.

Have a great week!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link Laura, as always.
It's good to be back.


4:41 AM  
Blogger Jacqueline T Lynch said...

Thank you for the mention. Looking forward to "High Chapparal".

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're all very welcome, thanks to each of you for writing such enjoyable posts! I'm glad I can do my bit to help others find and enjoy them too.

It will be great to see HIGH CHAPPARAL again, Jacqueline! It's hard to believe the same person produced that and BONANZA...HC is so different from B in terms of realistic setting, relationships changing over time, etc.

Best wishes,

4:55 PM  

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