Sunday, June 19, 2011

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...I really enjoyed Toby's write-up on Roger Corman's FIVE GUNS WEST (1955) at 50 Westerns From the 50s. It stars John Lund (too often underrated) and Dorothy Malone. The post was part of a Roger Corman Blogathon.

...A perfect review for Father's Day: at Out of the Past, Raquelle shares her thoughts on Jennifer Grant's memoir of her father Cary, Good Stuff.

...Raquelle also recently shared her experience seeing Dana Andrews and Joan Fontaine in BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (1956) at Boston's Paramount Theatre.

...Speaking of Dana Andrews, Lou Lumenick's latest DVD Extra column includes information on a film Andrews made for director Jacques Tourneur, THE FEARMAKERS (1957). It just came out on DVD-R from MGM. The supporting cast includes Dick Foran and Mel Torme. I'm completely unfamiliar with this title -- have to see it!

...Mark has interesting information about changes at Netflix at his blog Where Danger Lives. The changes include making all viewer reviews anonymous.

...The troubled film program at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will now be curated by Elvis Mitchell. I hope this works out better than a couple of his other recent jobs.

...New book: WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PUDDING POPS? THE LOST TOYS, TASTES AND TRENDS OF THE '70S AND '80S was just released. One of the authors, Gail Fashingbauer Cooper, is on a "kidlit" mailing list I've subscribed to for many years.

...Over at Motion Picture Gems, Tom has started a new multipart photo series, Movie Theaters of Los Angeles. The first installment is on the fabled Chinese Theatre.

...This Warner Archive review page at DVD Beaver is a handy way to get quick feedback on the quality of an Archive print.

...I enjoyed the Siren's thoughts on Susanna Foster and Claude Rains in PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943), which I saw for the first time earlier this year.

...Jacqueline reviews Lawrence Tierney in DILLINGER (1945) at Another Old Movie Blog.

...Leonard Maltin shares his experience visiting Atlanta's World of Coca-Cola store, including photos of vintage advertisements with Hollywood stars. Last year I was able to visit the smaller version in Las Vegas.

...PRIVATE WORLDS (1935) sounds fascinating -- for one thing, it stars Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea, several years before they teamed for the classic THE PALM BEACH STORY (1942), along with Charles Boyer and Joan Bennett. Mark's reviewed it at Cin-Eater.

...Caftan Woman recently paid tribute to Pauline Moore, the actress I best remember as Ann Rutledge in John Ford's YOUNG MR. LINCOLN (1939). Moore's other films included LOVE IS NEWS (1937) and THREE BLIND MICE (1938), both with Loretta Young.

...Glenn Erickson has interesting thoughts on TOWARD THE UNKNOWN (1956) at DVD Savant. This is a film I'd really like to check out, inasmuch as it stars William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Charles McGraw, and James Garner (in his film debut).

...The Film Experience has a lovely tribute to Howard Hill, the remarkable archer who made a unique contribution to THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD (1938). P.S. Did you know you can purchase a Robin Hood Limited Edition Bow from Howard Hill Archery?

..."Let There Be 100-Watt Incandescent Light." 'Nuff said.

...Last year my mother had a neat experience when Conan O'Brien bought her lunch at a cafe in Philadelphia. O'Brien is in the news just about exactly a year later for an acclaimed commencement speech he made at Dartmouth University. London's Daily Mail has the story and a video.

...WAY OF A GAUCHO (1952) is on my Gene Tierney wish list. I enjoyed seeing a YouTube clips and reading Clara's comments at Via Margutta 51. The movie was filmed in Argentina.

...The trailer for MONEYBALL (2011) looks interesting. This baseball film stars Brad Pitt and will have a mid-September release. Last fall my oldest daughter spent a fun evening at Dodger Stadium doing background extra work on the movie; she's in crowd scenes behind home plate.

...At Kristina's Kinema, Kristina has begun doing "Quick Reviews." Her first two entries are THE DARK HOUR (1936) and GREEN EYES (1934).

...Notable Passing: Jeremy Paul, who wrote episodes of many of the all-time great British TV shows, has passed on at the age of 71. Paul's credits include episodes of UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS, DANGER: UXB, THE DUCHESS OF DUKE STREET, SHERLOCK HOLMES, and CAMPION.

...Alert for Southern Californians: The film WEST SIDE STORY (1961) will be shown at the Hollywood Bowl with a live orchestra on July 8th and 9th.

Enjoy a wonderful Father's Day and a blessed Trinity Sunday, and have a great week!


Blogger Mark said...

Thanks, as ever for the links Laura! I love the Fearmakers, and think Dana Andrews does great work in the picture — not so much his leading lady. I have a post about it at Where Danger Lives, if anyone wants to follow up after watching.

10:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, Mark, and thanks so much for letting me know about your post. I hope to get the film soon! I love Cold War films, and when you add in Andrews and Tourneur (and Torme!), it sounds like a winner.

Here's the link for Mark's FEARMAKERS post!

Best wishes,

10:58 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Thank you for the link. I always enjoy your 'around the blogosphere" posts to catch up on the blogs I might have missed during the week.

5:41 AM  
Blogger Raquel Stecher said...

Thank you so much for the two mentions and for sharing all these great links!

I'm going to be hosting a giveaway of the book starting tomorrow, in case you haven't purchased the book yet and want to enter. ;-)

6:31 AM  
Blogger Clara Fercovic said...

Aww, thanks Laura! Sorry I didn't thank you before, I've caught a cold & been in bed since the auction night! Hope you enjoy "Way of a Gaucho" as much as I did :)

I really enjoyed Raquelle's review of "Good Stuff", can't wait for my copy to arrive!!

Have a great week, girl!

8:49 PM  
Blogger mel said...

Saw The Fearmakers many years ago because it has my favorite singer, Mel Torme, in a (not very good) acting role. Been hunting for a copy of it ever since.

Now, maybe there's a chance...

Thanks for the heads up, Laura.

9:24 PM  
Blogger DKoren said...

Ooh, the Fearmakers. Interesting movie. Not a bad film, not a great one. Missed some chances to really shine, I think, but is still servicable. But I personally had a hard time watching it. Certain actors I have a hard time watching get hurt in a film, and Dana is one of them. Some actors, it doesn't faze me. Weird. Ironically, I own an original lobby card from this one that depicts him getting beaten up! Not sure how that happened!

10:08 PM  

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