...The great Norman Lloyd celebrates his 100th birthday next Saturday, November 8th. I'm fortunate to have seen him speak at screenings of REIGN OF TERROR (1949), THE LADY VANISHES (1938), and DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954) over the past couple of years; he's seen here in a candid shot I snapped at a TCM Classic Film Fest gathering. He's a fascinating and witty speaker who has had a wealth of interesting experiences over the course of his long career. Lloyd's centennial will be celebrated at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica on November 21st and 23rd; Alan Rode will host Lloyd at a double bill of SABOTEUR (1942) and A WALK IN THE SUN (1945) on the 21st, and LIMELIGHT (1952) will be shown on the 23rd. I will be out of town that weekend and certainly wish I could attend what's sure to be a wonderful celebration!
30 Greatest Hitchcock Posters.
...This week's YouTube find: Jane Seymour stars as twins in the TV version of DARK MIRROR (1984), roles played in 1946 by Olivia de Havilland; I saw Seymour's version first but don't believe I've watched it since it first aired. It also stars Vincent Gardenia and Stephen Collins (who has been the focus of some recent unpleasant news stories).
...It's sad how Mattel has destroyed the original concept of American Girl dolls; they were so enjoyed by my daughters and myself.
Forbidden Hollywood, Vol. 8. This set, which will initially be sold on traditional pressed discs, consists of James Cagney and Joan Blondell in BLONDE CRAZY (1931) (reviewed by me last year), Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery in STRANGERS MAY KISS (1931) (reviewed here), Paul Muni in HI, NELLIE! (1934), and Edward G. Robinson in DARK HAZARD 91934). Also out soon from the Archive: THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1945) on Blu-ray.
...Coming from Fox Cinema Archives: MANILA CALLING (1942) starring Lloyd Nolan, Carole Landis, and Cornel Wilde, plus one of Nolan's not-yet-on-DVD Michael Shayne films, JUST OFF BROADWAY (1942), which I reviewed last year. This gives me hope that at some point I'll be able to see the only Shayne film not in my collection, TIME TO KILL (1942).
...Scott O'Brien, author of a new biography of George Brent, recently visited the Silver Screen Oasis where he answered written questions posted about the actor and his career.
...Over at Mike's Take on the Movies, Mike and his friend Kristina (of Speakeasy) cut a fun video recommending some of their favorite film books. Thanks to the video, along with a recent mention by Ivan at ClassicFlix, I've ordered "B" MOVIES by Don Miller. I also ordered Miller's HOLLYWOOD CORRAL: A COMPREHENSIVE B-WESTERN ROUNDUP, which has already arrived and looks fantastic. Kristina's THEY HAD FACES THEN Citadel book is on a future wish list!
...Kristina also has a great review of Joel McCrea and Fay Wray in the pre-Code adventure THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME (1932), showing on TCM on McCrea's birthday next Wednesday, July 5th.
...If it's November, that means it's time for the Hallmark Channel's annual Countdown to Christmas! This year there are 12 new Christmas movies with stars such as Jane Seymour, Robert Wagner, Jill St. John, Teri Polo, and Candace Cameron Bure.
...The Blonde at the Film has a new post up on Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn in Stanley Donen's CHARADE (1963). I haven't seen that in many years and have pulled it off the shelf in hopes of seeing it soon.
...A new-to-me title coming my way soon from my father: LADD: THE LIFE, THE LEGEND, THE LEGACY OF ALAN LADD by Beverly Linet.
...Speaking of Alan Ladd, Colin's latest post at Riding the High Country is on SHANE (1953). And be sure to stick around for the interesting discussion which follows -- it's already grown to quite a size despite the fact this is a brand-new post!
...Attention Southern Californians: Steak 'n Shake has come to California with the opening of a store in Santa Monica.
...Notable Passing: Conductor-Arranger Ian Fraser, an 11-time Emmy winner who worked frequently with Julie Andrews, has died at 81. Here are obituaries from Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.
Have a great week!