Sunday, January 24, 2016

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from around the internet...

...Turner Classic Movies and Fathom Events will present THE MALTESE FALCON (1941) on the big screen February 21st and 24th, 2016. Visit the Fathom website for details.

...Last week's season premiere of AGENT CARTER featured a number of familiar Los Angeles locations. Los Angeles Magazine has photos and descriptions, including Echo Park Lake and the Sixth Street Bridge in Los Angeles, and the Firestone Building in South Gate.

...I'm enthused about some '50s "B" films coming soon from the Warner Archive: MEXICAN MANHUNT (1953) with George Brent and Hillary Brooke, ARCTIC FLIGHT (1952) with Wayne Morris and Lola Albright, and DESERT PURSUIT (1952) with Morris and Virginia Grey.

...Also coming from the Archive: Hitchcock's THE WRONG MAN (1956) on Blu-ray...and Glenn Erickson has reviewed a Warner Archive Blu-ray of Hitchcock's I CONFESS (1953), which he indicates is due out in mid-February, though it's not yet listed on the Archive website.

...Last week I came across a 2012 essay by Sheila O'Malley on one of my favorite Hitchcock films, NOTORIOUS (1946), and found it an interesting analysis of Cary Grant's performance. Worth a read!

...Thanks to Beth for calling my attention to the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum in Newhall. It's affiliated with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and is open to the public at no charge. Incidentally, one of the best scenes in the Fredric March film ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN (1941) involves him attending a Hart Western with his son.

...At A Classic Movie Blog KC has reviewed a trio of family-friendly Warner Archive releases: ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (1934), MY PAL, WOLF (1944), and THE LITTLEST HOBO (1958). I'll be reviewing MY PAL, WOLF here in the coming weeks.

...There are many excellent essays this weekend which are part of the Classic Symbiotic Collaborations Star-Director Blogathon. Among those I've particularly enjoyed are a post by Kristina on the film noir titles made by John Payne and Phil Karlson and Aurora on the teamwork of Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder.

...I also especially enjoyed Kristina's list of Five Favorite Discoveries of 2015 just posted at Rupert Pupkin Speaks. I enjoyed a couple of the films on her list thanks to her suggestion!

...At The Nitrate Diva, Nora's got a great list of her own Favorite Discoveries last year. I enjoyed some of the films, LONESOME (1928), WHY BE GOOD? (1929), and FOLLOW THRU (1930) myself for the first time in 2015 and highly recommend them. I'm anxious to see some of the other titles on her list; KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS (1948) with Joan Fontaine and Burt Lancaster sounds great.

...As someone who grew up shopping at Tower Records, I was interested to learn that Tom Hanks' son made a documentary, ALL THINGS MUST PASS: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOWER RECORDS. It's out on DVD and Blu-ray.

...Will McKinley has information at his blog Cinematically Insane about some Republic Pictures films available to stream at the Paramount Vault YouTube site.

...Vienna's Classic Hollywood has rounded up a nice collection of foreign Barbara Stanwyck posters.

...Anyone who hasn't seen it before will want to enjoy a seven and a half minute video tour and interview with Kate MacMurray on the ranch house she grew up in with her parents, Fred MacMurray and June Haver, and her twin sister.

...Please visit my review of THE HOODLUM SAINT (1946) which has been adapted for posting at the MovieFanFare site. THE HOODLUM SAINT stars William Powell, Esther Williams, and Angela Lansbury. My thanks to MovieFanFare for sharing my review with their readers!

...Is there anything cuter than a giant panda playing in the snow? Probably not!

...At Comet Over Hollywood Jessica has reviewed one of my favorite Esther Williams movies, DUCHESS OF IDAHO (1950).

...USA Today recently ran an interesting interview with actress Audrey Dalton, reviewed here in DRUM BEAT (1954) with Alan Ladd.

...Attention Southern Californians: Next Sunday, January 31st, the American Cinematheque will pay tribute to Marvin Paige and Marsha Hunt at the Egyptian Theatre. The late Paige helped facilitate many Golden Era celebrities appearing at screenings. The 98-minute documentary MARSHA HUNT'S SWEET ADVERSITY (2014) will be screened, along with the rarely shown WWII film NONE SHALL ESCAPE (1944), in which she starred with Alexander Knox. NONE SHALL ESCAPE will be shown in 35mm. Marsha Hunt will be interviewed between the films.

...Notable Passing: Richard Attenborough's widow, actress Sheila Sim, has died at 93. Sim was the leading lady of her first film, Powell and Pressburger's A CANTERBURY TALE (1944), which is on my list of 10 Classics to see for the first time in 2016.

...For many more recent classic film links, please visit last week's roundup.

Have a great week!


Blogger KC said...

Thanks for the hat tip. Very excited about Hitchcock on Blu-ray! Remind me to tell you my Marvin Paige story someday.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved that video of the Fred MacMurray ranch,narrated by his daughter. What a beautiful home.
Sheila O'Malley's review of NOTORIOUS is excellent.
I remember always looking forward to visiting Tower Records in London. They had everything.
Thanks so much for the link to my Stanwyck post.
I sometimes wonder how you get the time to write so much!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're welcome, KC! Wow, you have a Marvin Paige story? Would love to hear it.

Vienna, so glad you enjoyed! I have fond memories of shopping at the Tower Records in London on a couple occasions in the '80s. We have a number of LPs in our collection which we carefully brought home as a carry-on on the plane. :) Glad I could share your post also!

Best wishes,

10:41 AM  
Blogger Kristina said...

Enjoy the red theme in your pix. Thanks so much for including me in the roundup. The closest Tower to me was in Toronto, massive and involved a day trip on a train. So I can remember exactly what all I bought there the few times I went. Looking forward to seeing that docu and checking out the other goodies you have here.

12:37 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

I so enjoyed Agent Carter's first episodes in Los Angeles. I recognized quite a few of the location shoots but not all so really enjoyed the link. Isn't the sixth street bridge scheduled to be demolished here in February? A real shame because it's perfect for various film shoots.

1:30 PM  

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