Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the Internet...
...John Wayne was born 107 years ago today. There's a new DVD set out, John Wayne: The Epic Collection, containing 40 of his films. Yesterday I reviewed Wayne's THE SEA CHASE (1955); look for a review of his great war film THEY WERE EXPENDABLE (1945) coming tonight.
...I recently came across a nice website on Irene Dunne which includes photos and reprints of old fan magazine articles. A 1938 Photoplay story on Dunne's adopted daughter made for fascinating reading, not least just to enjoy the article's fawning writing style. (I especially loved the mention of the pediatrician "wise about the hygienic care of children.")
...Coming to DVD from Shout! Factory and Timeless Media this September: Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, Season 2.
THE CHARMS OF MISS O'HARA, by Phillip Done. It's subtitled TALES OF GONE WITH THE WIND AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD FROM SCARLETT'S LITTLE SISTER and is based on extensive interviews with Rutherford.
...Where Danger Lives has a fantastic post with 50 striking Republic film noir and crime posters.
...The life of a Hollywood production assistant (P.A.), from the Los Angeles Times.
...Royalty Watch: A new photograph of three-month-old Princess Leonore of Sweden and her parents.
...Here is Greg Ferrara of TCM's Movie Morlocks site on Margaret Lockwood and Dane Clark in HIGHLY DANGEROUS (1950), which I reviewed last September.
...A permanent Huell Howser exhibit has opened at Chapman University in Orange, California.
...Silver Screenings takes a fun look at an Edmond O'Brien-Wanda Hendrix film I also enjoyed, The Admiral Was a Lady (1950). It was part of a blogathon on films of the '50s -- many more links can be found here.
...Here's A Pinch of Pixie Dust on the books of beloved romance author Betty Neels. Truly "comfort reading" at its best.
...I frequently link to Another Old Movie Blog, and this insightful analysis of Ann Blyth in OUR VERY OWN (1950) is a great example of why I enjoy Jacqueline's thoughtful and amusing writing so much.
Alan Ladd films, currently exclusive to Critics Choice and Deep Discount: DRUM BEAT (1954), THE BIG LAND (1957), THE DEEP SIX (1958), and GUNS OF THE TIMBERLAND (1960).
...New releases from Fox Cinema Archives: MARYLAND (1940) with John Payne, WOMAN'S WORLD (1954) with an all-star cast, and THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE (1956) with Van Johnson, Joseph Cotten, and Ruth Roman.
...The original STAR WARS (1977) was first released May 25, 1977. Deja Reviewer calls its great sequel, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (1980), a "perfectly symmetrical film." (Via Speakeasy.)
Have a great week!