...This past week Turner Classic Movies announced the first four titles to be screened at next year's TCM Classic Film Festival. While the opening night premiere of a restoration of FUNNY GIRL (1968) holds no interest for me -- once was more than enough -- there's a nice variety of films in the other restored titles announced: THE GENERAL (1926), GIANT (1956), and THE GREAT ESCAPE (1962). I enjoy GIANT and would love the chance to see a beautiful print on the big screen.
...99 cents today, November 4th, on Kindle: Esther Forbes' 1943 Newbery Medal winner JOHNNY TREMAIN. It's a great title to snap up for older kids -- or adults!
...I'm especially delighted about a new Warner Archive release, THE VOICE OF THE TURTLE (1947), a truly delightful romantic comedy starring Eleanor Parker, Ronald Reagan, and Eve Arden. I reviewed it back in 2008 and highly recommend it. I haven't seen it yet in a really good print, and it's been remastered, which is wonderful news. Another fun remastered Reagan title from the Archive: THE GIRL FROM JONES BEACH (1949); my review is here.
...A curious stat: Netflix has seen huge increases in streaming usage in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In cities like New York and Boston streaming was up 20%. Guess those folks who kept power but were stuck at home turned to Netflix to pass the time!
...A pair of recent reviews from Colin at Riding the High Country: CRY WOLF (1947) with Errol Flynn, Barbara Stanwyck, and Geraldine Brooks, and EXPERIMENT IN TERROR (1962) with Lee Remick and Glenn Ford. I liked CRY WOLF, despite a somewhat flawed story premise, and I loved EXPERIMENT IN TERROR when I saw it at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art last summer. That one packs a wallop! EXPERIMENT IN TERROR just came out on a Sony DVD-R, while CRY WOLF is available from the Warner Archive.
...More reviews: Jacqueline on I MARRIED A WITCH (1942) at Another Old Movie Blog (I'd somehow not noticed Bess Flowers in the wedding party!)...Kevin on a film my dad really liked, THEY SHALL HAVE MUSIC (1939), at Kevin's Movie Corner...and Glenn Erickson on the new remastered Warner Archive release of Gable and Harlow in RED DUST (1932) at DVD Savant.
...It's November, and time for the opening of Amazon's Christmas Corner. They do a very nice job with this page.
...I missed this New York Times profile of Fox News Channel's Carl Cameron last summer. We met him in the lobby of the Capitol Hill Holiday Inn when we were there a few years ago!
...Here's Greenbriar Picture Shows with lots of great photos of Clark Gable and Loretta Young in KEY TO THE CITY (1950).
...The real John Chambers, the makeup artist played by John Goodman in ARGO (2012).
...Attention Southern Californians: Thanks to Kim at GlamAmor for letting me know about the History of Fashion in Film event coming on November 12th. Details for this free event, to be held at Marion Davies' former beach house, are at the link.
...Did you know the Roku now has a Universal search feature which provides a one-stop search to see if a title is on Netflix, Amazon, Crackle, Hulu, and more? I love this!
...Coming to DVD in December, an oldie TV series from my childhood: BRIDGET LOVES BERNIE (1972), a short-lived show with David and Meredith Baxter Birney. (They sat behind me once at an Equity Waiver play, when they were still together...)
...If you missed last week's Val Lewton blogathon, there are tons of great links to explore at Speakeasy and Classic Movie Man.
...Thanks to ClassicFlix for the news that INDISCREET (1958), starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, is coming to DVD from Olive in January. Also coming: more of John Wayne's Three Mesquiteers films, including one with young Phyllis Isley, who later changed her name to Jennifer Jones.
...A couple recommendations for TCM viewing this month from favorite bloggers: Caftan Woman strongly recommends Shirley Temple in A LITTLE PRINCESS (1939), airing November 17th, and Karen of Shadows and Satin suggests Constance Bennett and Robert Montgomery in THE EASIEST WAY (1931). THE EASIEST WAY airs this Tuesday, November 6th.
...There's a peek at part of TCM's tentative 31 Days of Oscar schedule posted online, and a couple very interesting titles are in the mix: the superb HOLD BACK THE DAWN (1941), reviewed here, and Alexander Knox as President WILSON (1944), with Geraldine Fitzgerald as Edith. WILSON has a superb supporting cast including Charles Coburn, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price, and Cedric Hardwicke. HOLD BACK THE DAWN stars Olivia de Havilland, Charles Boyer, Paulette Goddard, and Rosemary DeCamp. Southern Californians can also see HOLD BACK THE DAWN at UCLA later this month; I'll have a post with information on that in the next few days.
...Notable Passing: Etiquette doyenne Letitia Baldridge has passed on at the age of 86.
...Ways to help the ongoing Hurricane Sandy relief effort: There are many fine organizations out there; the two I like to support, which have reliably served on the "front lines" at disaster scenes for decades, are Samaritan's Purse and The Salvation Army.
Have a great week!