...I'm excited to be one of 20 classic film bloggers participating in the "Build Your Own Blogathon" sponsored by Rick at the Classic Film & TV Cafe later this month. I'll be writing on Jeanne Crain, Debra Paget, and Myrna Loy in BELLES ON THEIR TOES (1952). Click here for details including the schedule and a list of participating bloggers.
...I'll have additional blogathon participation news to share next weekend!
...DOWNTON ABBEY returns to U.S. TV on January 4, 2015.
ClassicFlix is on the very talented Anne Baxter.
...The blog Obscure Actresses gathers biographical and career information on lesser-known actresses of the golden era. An interesting site which I'll be spending more time exploring. (Via Vienna's Classic Hollywood.)
...A lawsuit makes the case that the song "Happy Birthday" is in the public domain.
...Kodak has reversed a prior decision and has announced it will continue to make film stock.
...At Immortal Ephemera Cliff gives a thumbs up to WOMEN IN THE FILMS OF JOHN FORD by David Meuel, first mentioned here in a May link roundup.
Walter Pidgeon, most recently enjoyed here in THE SECRET HEART (1946), SCANDAL AT SCOURIE (1953), and HIT THE DECK (1955).
...From Variety: "In the past year, the volume of DVR playback viewing that occurs during primetime hours has reached the point where the DVR now ranks as the No. 1 network. The ratings generated by viewers opting to watch time-shifted programs — from across the television dial — are equivalent to the averages of the Big Four networks combined."
...At Speakeasy, my friend Kristina's been reviewing up a storm lately, including films I have really enjoyed such as HELL DRIVERS(1957), 711 OCEAN DRIVE (1950), and CRIME WAVE (1954). There's always something going on at Speakeasy so be sure to drop in often for viewing recommendations and more.
starring in a film with a "retro" theme, on the origins of Tupperware parties. It's based on the book TUPPERWARE UNSEALED: BROWNIE WISE, EARL TUPPER, AND THE HOME PARTY PIONEERS by Bob Kealing.
...The Blonde at the Film takes a close look at Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935).
...At I See a Dark Theater Kim covers last weekend's screening of GUN CRAZY (1950) at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. Funnily enough, Kim and I attended the same two previous local screenings of GUN CRAZY, with Peggy Cummins and Russ Tamblyn in attendance, but I was not at the Glendale screening as I was instead attending a Jules Dassin double bill at UCLA.
ClassicFlix for the news.
...And coming from the Warner Archive on August 12th: OUT OF THE PAST (1947) on Blu-ray.
...Some recent articles enjoyed at ClassicFlix: Toby writes on Fred MacMurray Westerns in his column The Old Corral; Aubyn's latest Colorama piece is on Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman in ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955); and KC has begun writing the Dark Cinema column, with her inaugural post on movie bad boy Lawrence Tierney.
...Glenn Erickson has reviewed the new TCM set Dark Crimes Vol. 2, which I just recently ordered. While at DVD Savant be sure to check out Glenn's autobiographical piece on growing up watching movies in theaters on military bases.
...Speaking of recent orders, Criterion's new Jacques Demy set is a thing of beauty. Check out Criterion's photos of the packaging and you'll see what I mean. Really looking forward to delving into these films. So many movies, so little time...
...Wonderful news for Dodger fans last week: Vin Scully will return in 2015 for his 66th season broadcasting Dodger games. Jon Weisman notes that more than half of Scully's career will have taken place since he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982! Here's a celebratory column by the L.A. Times' Steve Dilbeck. Bonus link: A couple of weeks ago Vin was interviewed by the Hollywood Reporter.
...Lou Lumenick has a brand-new list of 100 more films which should be on DVD.
...Jacqueline's done marvelous research on Ann Blyth's stage career at Another Old Movie Blog. Jacqueline plans to adapt her year of Ann Blyth posts into a self-published book and has launched a Kickstarter campaign looking for backers interested in helping support paying the licensing fees to publish rare photographs, as well as other production-related costs.
...Thanks to Jacqueline I learned the interesting news that John Schneider and Tom Wopat, also known as the Dukes of Hazzard, have used Kickstarter to fund a forthcoming Christmas album. Both men are talented singers -- I think I have all Schneider's country recordings -- so this album should be a treat.
...Notable Passing: Actor James Shigeta, seen here at the left, has passed on at 85. His credits include THE CRIMSON KIMONO (1959), BRIDGE TO THE SUN (1961), FLOWER DRUM SONG (1961), and DIE HARD (1988). In Disney's MULAN (1988) he was the voice of General Li.
Have a great week!