...Lovely and talented Lola Albright turns 90 on Monday, July 20th. Albright was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1925. Her film career began in the chorus of MGM musicals such as THE PIRATE (1948) and EASTER PARADE (1948), and she quickly moved up to leading roles in films such as THE GOOD HUMOR MAN (1950) and WHEN YOU'RE SMILING (1950). She did a great deal of TV work, most notably PETER GUNN. Albright films previously reviewed here include THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK (1950), THE SILVER WHIP (1953), TREASURE OF RUBY HILLS (1955), and THE TENDER TRAP (1955).
...The wonderful Gloria DeHaven, a Los Angeles native, turns 90 on Thursday, July 23rd. DeHaven sparkled in many MGM musicals including TWO GIRLS AND A SAILOR (1944), SUMMER HOLIDAY (1948), SUMMER STOCK (1950), and THREE LITTLE WORDS (1950), as well as the delightful Fox musical I'LL GET BY (1951). DeHaven films reviewed here include SUSAN AND GOD (1940), SCENE OF THE CRIME (1949), THE DOCTOR AND THE GIRL (1949), and DOWN AMONG THE SHELTERING PALMS (1953). DeHaven's first husband was John Payne, with whom she had two children.
...Speaking of John Payne, over at Riding the High Country Colin has reviewed the enjoyable RAILS INTO LARAMIE (1954), costarring Dan Duryea and Mari Blanchard.
DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944) nationwide on July 19th and 20th. Check online for the closest theaters and times.
...Congrats to our friend Bob Joles who was one of two winners in TCM's "Noir Summer" Twitter script contest. Bob's entry: "As I listened to the monotonous staccato of rain on my window, she walked in. An hourglass figure with time on her side."
...TCM has also announced the guests for this November's TCM Cruise aboard the Disney Magic. The list includes, in part, Leslie Caron, Eva Marie Saint, Ruta Lee, Louis Gossett Jr., Roger Corman, Eddie Muller, Illeana Douglas, Kate MacMurray, and Alex Trebek.
...Kathy Garver of the TV series A FAMILY AFFAIR has a book coming out in a few weeks, SURVIVING CISSY: MY FAMILY AFFAIR OF LIFE IN HOLLYWOOD. Rick has a very nice interview with Kathy at the Classic Film and TV Cafe.
...The detailed, deeply researched Immortal Ephemera has long been one of my favorite classic film sites. Did you know you can subscribe to Cliff's Classic Movie Daily and receive updates each weekday with tips on the day's TCM listings, birthdays, DVD news, and more? (And thanks to Cliff for his kind words on the occasion of my blog's 10th anniversary!)
...At her blog Out of the Past, Raquel has a set of fun posts on her classic film memorabilia. Visit Part 1 and Part 2.
reviews three "new and notable" film books, including BEHIND THE SCENES OF THEY WERE EXPENDABLE: A PICTORIAL HISTORY which will be reviewed here in the near future.
...Leonard also has a very interesting review of MAN OF CONQUEST (1939), which stars Richard Dix, Gail Patrick, and Joan Fontaine. It was just released on DVD by Olive Films.
...The final Maltin link for this week: Leonard is very enthused indeed about the newly released Marvel/Disney film ANT-MAN (2015). As someone who's just started to check out these movies, I may have to try it. Look for my review of CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2014) in the next few days.
...At I See a Dark Theater, Kim looks back at the 2014 screening of the restored RAMONA (1928) at UCLA. That's something I would have really enjoyed seeing! Dolores Del Rio and Warner Baxter starred.
Miracle Mile, glowing art seen at the right which will be on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art the first week of September.
...Home Media Magazine presents a report on a Comic Con panel on the future of physical media, moderated by Bill Hunt of The Digital Bits. As a film collector who's only dabbled in Blu-ray occasionally, comments like this caught my interest: "DVD got really successful, far more successful than anybody knew it would be. It turned people from collectors to consumers. They bought stuff just to buy stuff and that boosted all the sales numbers. Then you go to Blu-ray which became much more collector driven, so the people who didn’t want to buy every single title weren’t buying every single title, so the studios looked at that as not as successful, when the reality is it’s as successful as Laserdisc was 20 years ago, even more so." Also: "Blu-ray should never have been marketed as a mass product. It should have been more of a collector format that could support the numbers that it would ultimately do because as all of us can attest, we would pay."
all the links for last week's 1947 blogathon at Speakeasy. Lots of great posts!
...If you missed last week's link roundup, it can be found here!
...I also recently posted a big roundup of news on Disney movies, books, theme parks, and the upcoming D23 Expo.
Have a great week!