...Wonderful news from the Warner Archive: The Dr. Kildare Movie Collection. The set contains nine films starting with YOUNG DR. KILDARE (1938) and ending with DR. KILDARE'S VICTORY (1942). Hopefully the six Dr. Gillespie films, which continued the series after Lew Ayres moved on, will be out in a future set! Van Johnson stars in four of the Gillespie films.
...Also coming from Warner Archive: Bill Elliott Detective Mysteries. Toby has more background info on these films at 50 Westerns From the 50s.
ClassicFlix is a short biographical sketch and DVD recommendations for actress Linda Darnell.
...New releases from Fox Cinema Archives include Victor Mature in THE GLORY BRIGADE (1953) and frequent costars Robert Wagner and Jeffrey Hunter in IN LOVE AND WAR (1958).
...KC has a review up at Classic Movies of a recent book, WILLIAM WYLER: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF HOLLYWOOD'S MOST CELEBRATED DIRECTOR by Gabriel Miller.
...The Noir City festival opened in San Francisco last Friday and runs through February 2nd. Here's a look at some of the movies in the festival.
..Over at Happy Thoughts, Darling, MC has been enjoying getting to know the films of Deanna Durbin, including FIRST LOVE (1939) and BECAUSE OF HIM (1946).
LOS ANGELES'S BUNKER HILL: PULP FICTION'S MEAN STREETS AND FILM NOIR'S GROUND ZERO! by Jim Dawson. It's from the great trailer park location in the Dick Powell noir CRY DANGER (1951). Richard Harland Smith reviewed the book at TCM's Movie Morlocks site.
...Actress-singer Pam Dawber hasn't appeared on camera since a film released in 2000, but she will reunite with her MORK & MINDY costar Robin Williams in an episode of THE CRAZY ONES. For those who saw MORK & MINDY during its original run: it's a bit mind-blowing that Williams and Dawber are both now 62. Dawber has been married to Mark Harmon for the better park of three decades. In the '80s I was fortunate to see her on stage multiple times in productions of THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE and SHE LOVES ME.
...Glenn Erickson's latest reviews at DVD Savant include the Twilight Time 3-D Blu-ray release of MAN IN THE DARK (1953) and James Cagney and Loretta Young in the Warner Archive's TAXI! (1932).
Blu-ray in November. (There does not appear to have been a corresponding release on standard DVD.) Terence Towles Canote reviews the movie, which includes Margaret Lockwood as the Wicked Stepmother, for the Margaret Lockwood Society. This one's on my "buy" list! I have the LP of the soundtrack but somehow have never seen the movie itself.
...Greenbriar Picture Shows has some wonderful publicity photos for STAND BY FOR ACTION (1942) with Robert Taylor, Charles Laughton, and Brian Donlevy.
Riding the High Country, where Colin has most recently reviewed Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie, and Ellen Drew in MAN IN THE SADDLE (1951). And don't miss Toby's birthday tribute to Scott at 50 Westerns From the 50s.
...A few days ago I came across the Sony Choice "MOD" release of the 1984 TV miniseries THE LAST DAYS OF POMPEII. I remember it being fairly interesting, particularly Linda Purl as a blind girl. The cast includes Lesley-Anne Down, Ernest Borgnine, Ned Beatty, Olivia Hussey, and Franco Nero, not to mention Sir Laurence Olivier.
...Judy of Movie Classics has been delving into the career of Frank Sinatra, including taking a look at SOME CAME RUNNING (1958), which I reviewed at the end of last year.
...Attention Southern Californians: Coming to the Egyptian Theatre on Thursday, February 6th: Nicholas Ray's JOHNNY GUITAR (1954) and IN A LONELY PLACE (1950).
...Notable Passings: Actress Sarah Marshall, the daughter of Herbert Marshall and Edna Best, has passed on at the age of 80. She had a number of Broadway credits, including a Tony Award nomination; her screen career included THE LONG, HOT SUMMER (1958) and many TV guest roles...Ed Hookstratten, lawyer and agent to TV and sports stars, has passed on at the age of 83. His first wife was actress Patricia (Pat) Crowley.
Have a great week!