...Early last week I revisited Joel McCrea and Yvonne DeCarlo in BORDER RIVER (1954), which I first reviewed in 2011. This was the first time I saw TCM's Joel McCrea Westerns Collection DVD, and the color print was absolutely gorgeous. Highest praise.
The Second Sentence for answering my query and sending me a YouTube link to the 1959 TV production of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS. The cast: Jane Powell, Jeanne Crain, Patty Duke, Walter Pidgeon, Myrna Loy, Tab Hunter, and Ed Wynn. This was the last screen role for Kelly Brown, who plays Lon; he was Carl, one of the "town" dancers in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, and he was also in Powell's THE GIRL MOST LIKELY (1958). I expect to watch it soon! Thanks to my friend Mel for additional help in that regard. :)
...Last summer I enjoyed SNOWED UNDER (1936), a country house farce with a cast including George Brent, Genevieve Tobin, and Glenda Farrell. Over at Immortal Ephemera Cliff has a great post on the movie including lots of background research on the source material.
FLYING ON FILM: A CENTURY OF AVIATION IN THE MOVIES 1912-2012 by Mark Carlson, which came out in the fall of 2012. Mr. Carlson will be signing the book at a February 20th double bill of AIRPORT (1970) and AIRPORT 1975 (1974) at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
...I very much enjoyed Jacqueline's post on KISMET (1955) at Another Old Movie Blog. My experience seeing this film last year at the TCM Classic Film Festival changed my perspective on the film for the better, and it more than deserves the detailed look it receives from Jacqueline.
...Will just saw JUPITER'S DARLING (1955) and pays tribute to Esther Williams, the "Wonder Woman of the 1950s," at Cinematically Insane.
wave of releases from Fox Cinema Archives includes a pair of Jeanne Crain films, one of which is the charming HOME IN INDIANA (1944), which I reviewed in 2009.
...I really enjoyed Kevin's look at LADY IN THE IRON MASK (1952), starring Louis Hayward and Patricia Medina, at Kevin's Movie Corner. He also has some nice background information on Hayward's career.
...KC has reviewed the new book THE CRIME FILMS OF ANTHONY MANN by Max Alvarez at Classic Movies. I'm awaiting a review copy and anticipate reviewing it myself in the next month or two.
...Rumor has it that Amazon will be raising the cost of Amazon Prime, which provides two-day shipping as well as free streaming.
...I frequently link to Colin's posts at Riding the High Country, as he writes well about movies I find especially interesting, and the ensuing discussions are always informative as well. His latest is on Anthony Mann's THE BLACK BOOK (1949), also known as REIGN OF TERROR, which I was privileged to see with Norman Lloyd in attendance at the 2012 Noir City Film Festival. I'm a bit surprised it's not part of the current Anthony Mann Festival at UCLA.
...So cute: Twitter and a kind woman reunite a little girl with her teddy bear, lost on a train headed for Kings Cross station in London.
...Attention Southern Californians: UCLA is hosting a free 35mm screening of one of my favorite movies, THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938), on Sunday, February 23rd. It's part of the monthly "Family Flicks" series.
...Notable Passings: Legendary animator Arthur Rankin Jr. has died at the age of 89. Rankin was the man behind holiday classics such as RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER (1964) and SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN (1970). Something I just learned this week is that Rankin's grandfather was the wonderful character actor Harry Davenport, who was Dr. Meade in GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) and Grandpa in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (1944)...Oscar winner Maximilian Schell has passed on at 83. The JUDGMENT AT NUREMBERG actor came from an acting family which included his sister, actress Maria Schell...Composer John Cacavas (AIRPORT 1975) has passed away at 83...I was sorry to learn today of the unexpected death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor I've seen in a few films including MONEYBALL (2011), where he had a great part as manager Art Howe, and George Clooney's THE IDES OF MARCH (2011).
Have a great week!