Saturday, August 22, 2009

Around the Blogosphere This Week

Miscellaneous bits of news and fun stuff from the Internet...

...THE THIN MAN: MURDER OVER COCKTAILS is an interesting book I just came across. (Click the title of this post.) It was published last year and is a survey of all the films in the series. The author is Charles Tranberg, author of a well-received biography of Fred MacMurray. Tranberg is working on a biography of Robert Taylor due in 2010.

...Interested in making Julia Child's Beef Bourguignonne, spotlighted in JULIE AND JULIA? The EVERYDAY FOOD website has posted an adaptation. Or you can go straight to Child's MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING, VOLUME 1.

...Dave Kehr of the New York Times reviewed the new DVD sets of Columbia Screwball Comedies earlier this month.

...Ivan reviews an intriguing Robert Montgomery movie, THE SAXON CHARM (1948), at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear. It has a great cast including Susan Hayward, Audrey Totter, and John Payne. It's available on Region 2 DVD from Amazon.UK or DaaVeeDee, or on a Region 1 DVD-R from Free Classic Movies on DVD. (Update: Free Classic Movies on DVD is no longer in business.)

...There is a sequel coming to the great book WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING: A BEHIND THE DREAMS LOOK AT MAKING THE MAGIC REAL. The new WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING: A BEHIND THE DREAMS LOOK AT MAKING MORE MAGIC REAL is due January 26, 2010. (Update: The release date has been changed to May 18, 2010.)

...An updated version of the 2005 book THE IMAGINEERING FIELD GUIDE TO THE MAGIC KINGDOM AT WALT DISNEY WORLD will be published in December. But whatever happened to THE IMAGINEERING FIELD GUIDE TO DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS which was due out last April? It looks as though it may not see the light of day until summer 2010, according to the Amazon page...

...One more interesting Disney bit, an informative article by Wade Sampson on the development of the three good fairies in SLEEPING BEAUTY (1959), posted at MousePlanet.

...The Wall Street Journal makes the case for ending the Postal Service's monopoly.

...Has anyone seen MILLIONS LIKE US (1943), a British WWII film with Patricia Roc, Gordon Jackson, and Megs Jenkins? It looks interesting.

...Joe Conley, who played storekeeper Ike Godsey on THE WALTONS, will be publishing a memoir, IKE GODSEY OF WALTON'S MOUNTAIN. (Note to Bear Manor Media: the spelling of Mr. Conley's last name needs to be changed on your web page and book jacket, unless it was misspelled on the show...)

...Glenn Erickson of DVD Savant really likes the Julia Roberts film DUPLICITY, which has just come out on DVD. He compares it to great titles like CHARADE and TROUBLE IN PARADISE. I hope to see it soon.

...Political commentary: Fred Barnes on "Death of a Salesman."

...Moira Finnie shares interesting thoughts on John Wayne's THREE FACES WEST (1940). And if you haven't already done so, be sure to read her great profile of Glenn Ford from earlier this month. It has a wonderful shot of him in SUPERMAN (1978), one of his best -- if shortest -- performances, which I mentioned at the time of his passing in 2006.

...Jacqueline salutes the end of summer with a creative post called "At the Beach." I have TILL THE END OF TIME (1946) on tape but haven't watched it. Time to get it out...

Have a great weekend!


Blogger Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

I saw Millions Like Us the last time it was on TCM. Didn't think I would like it but I was genuinely surprised, it's a definite keeper. I enjoyed picking out my favorite British stars, like Upstairs Downstairs' Gordon Jackson, Megs Jenkins and Irene Handl. This is also one of the films that features Basil Radford and Naunton Wayne as Charters and Caldicott!

5:00 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks so much for the feedback, Ivan! I was first intrigued by the cast, and then as I looked at more of the details on IMDb I realized it was a Gilliat-Launder movie which was another plus. I'm just starting to delve into British films so it's fun to look for good titles I need to put on my "to watch" list.

Best wishes,

5:03 PM  
Blogger Missy said...

I can remember a few specific scenes from MILLIONS LIKE US, but that's all I remember. I don't remember if I saw the whole movie, I don't remember if I liked it. I vaguely think it reminded me other WWII movies with the ensemble cast and one is super positive, one is super negative and eventually is won over, etc. Do you have a copy of the movie?

As for DUPLICITY, I haven't seen it yet and didn't make a great effort to do so at the theater because so many people said it was overly convoluted. I'll catch it sometime, I'm sure.


4:02 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Missy! I don't have MILLIONS LIKE US, the title turned up in some Amazon recommendations. The name Patricia Roc caught my eye, followed by a couple more actors and the Gilliat-Launder team.

The plot you describe does sound vaguely familiar! :)

The College Girl saw DUPLICITY in London and thought it was fun, though she wasn't as enthused as Glenn Erickson, by any means. Will be interesting to check it out.

Best wishes,

11:57 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Looking forward to the Joe Conley memoir, and still chuckling over your Reginald Denny "Who knew?" remark. Thanks for the link.

4:59 AM  

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