...Last summer I reported that Twilight Time had planned to bring out the much-wanted Jerome Kern musical CENTENNIAL SUMMER (1946) on Blu-ray, but in the end the project was tied up by continuing issues over film rights. I don't have an update on the Blu-ray, but I do have some good news for the movie's fans: a limited edition restored CD of the film's musical numbers is now available at Screen Archives Entertainment. The SAE website says the music was "transferred from the 1/4" archival elements in the Twentieth Century-Fox vaults and lovingly restored by Mike Matessino." There are only 1000 copies of the CD available so those interested should not delay. My copy has just arrived!
THE ETERNAL SEA (1955), starring Sterling Hayden and Alexis Smith, and HELL'S FIVE HOURS (1958), starring Stephen McNally, Vic Morrow, and Coleen Gray. I anticipate reviewing the latter film here in the fairly near future. (Update: Here's my review of HELL'S FIVE HOURS.)
...Speaking of interesting releases, last May I mentioned that VCI was bringing out a set of Royal Canadian Mounted Police films starring Russell Hayden. Western expert Boyd Magers has just reviewed the set at the ClassicFlix site, and it sounds quite interesting. Jennifer Holt is the leading lady in two of the films, and Hedy Lamarr lookalike Inez Cooper is the leading lady in the other two.
...At 50 Westerns From the 50s Toby reviews a new Blu-ray release of INFERNO (1953), starring Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming and William Lundigan. I was fortunate to see INFERNO at the World 3-D Film Expo a couple of years ago.
...Speaking of the lovely Rhonda Fleming, happiest birthday wishes on her 92nd birthday today!
reviewed a book which looks quite interesting, TEENAGE CONFIDENTIAL: AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN TEEN.
...Susan King recently interviewed Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies for the Los Angeles Times.
...Another interesting story from the Times, on the ways Amazon is working to whittle down delivery times to next to nothing. Amazon has also run into a spot of controversy over changes to how households can use Amazon Prime.
...I'm delighted that one of my favorite musicals, SHE LOVES ME, returns to Broadway early next year. Hopefully it will tour and play in Southern California! (But Playbill questions whether the show is "dated.") I had a great experience seeing SHE LOVES ME on stage in both L.A. and Orange County in the late '80s, starring Pam Dawber, Joel Higgins, and Gary Sandy.
KNOTT'S PRESERVED, a pictorial history of the "other" famous local amusement park.
...LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE star Melissa Gilbert has announced she is running for Congress in Michigan. Gilbert, a Democrat, served two terms as President of the Screen Actors Guild. She and her husband, actor-director Timothy Busfield, made his native Michigan their home base after their marriage. An issue which could make Gilbert's campaign problematic: it was revealed the IRS has filed a lien against her for $360,000 in back taxes.
...18 historic spots in danger of disappearing from the Southern California landscape.
Lindsay has written a guest post on YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN (1950) for the Black Maria site. The movie stars Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, and Lauren Bacall. Lindsay's musical background as a trumpeter and interest in jazz on film add up to a most interesting post.
...Another friend, Karen Burroughs Hannsberry, has written "Noirs You Should Know" for ClassicFlix. Karen is the editor of the Dark Pages film noir newsletter and blogs at Shadows and Satin.
...The detective work which takes place at the "Mostly Lost" workshop at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus sounds fascinating, as film buffs and scholars work to identify snippets of silent movies. "The 125 films screened over three days in June were mere fragments — five- to 10-minute clips — mostly from movies so obscure that even top film archivists could not decipher the titles, name the actors, or determine the year they were made."
Mexico at Midnight, a series of Mexican film noir shown last month at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, sounded rather interesting. I really enjoyed seeing an Argentinian film noir and hope to have the chance to try some of these films in Los Angeles someday. Here's the Self-Styled Siren commenting on the series. The still seen at the right is from THE KNEELING GODDESS (1947) starring Maria Felix.
...Several of my TCM Classic Film Festival pals just attended Capitolfest in Rome, New York, which celebrated the career of Nancy Carroll. The 2016 honoree will be Gary Cooper. This sounds like a wonderful festival which I'd enjoy attending one day.
Mush! to the Movies, including a screening of the film ESKIMO (1933), on August 15th at the Velaslavasay Panorama in Los Angeles. ESKIMO, incidentally, was just released on DVD by the Warner Archive.
...More for Southern Californians: Some of the best places to buy chocolate chip cookies in Los Angeles.
...A personal note: It's been an unusually busy summer as we prepare to head to Oregon for our daughter's wedding at the end of the month, hence the occasional absence of Around the Blogosphere This Week recently! This column will not appear next weekend due to my attendance at Disney's D23 Expo. My hope is that Around the Blogosphere This Week will appear again in two weeks, then take another weekend off while I'm out of town. Weekly publishing should resume Labor Day Weekend.
Have a great week!