Sunday, July 14, 2013

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Last month's review of the Audie Murphy Western NO NAME ON THE BULLET (1959) has been cross-posted at Movies Unlimited's MovieFanFare blog. As always, I'm very appreciative of the opportunity to share my review with a wider audience at MovieFanFare!

...Last weekend I reviewed the excellent film book WHEN HOLLYWOOD CAME TO TOWN: A HISTORY OF MOVIEMAKING IN UTAH. Here's a similarly enthusiastic review posted earlier this year by John McElwee at Greenbriar Picture Shows.

...Actor-cookbook author Robin Ellis has a lovely photo post on the "lifting of the garlic" in his neighborhood in France.

...The happiest of birthdays to lovely Nancy Olson, who turns 85 today. Lou Lumenick Tweeted a link to an interview he conducted with Olson last year.

...At Another Old Movie Blog, Jacqueline starts off a post on THE UNFAITHFUL (1947) with the statement it's a superior film to THE LETTER (1940). That certainly got my attention! I've never seen it but sure like the cast. THE UNFAITHFUL stars Ann Sheridan, Zachary Scott, Lew Ayres, and Eve Arden.

...A new group movie blog started up last week. The Moviola is a collaboration between Drew Morton (Twitter's @thecinemadoctor), Jill Blake of Sittin' On a Backyard Fence, and Carley of The Kitty Packard Pictorial.

...Jill's also got a Summer Under the Stars blogathon in the works, cohosted by ScribeHard on Film.

...In the mail from my dad this week: The 1975 book BEBE & BEN by Jill Allgood. It's the life story of actors Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon, who spent much of their lives in England, where they were the stars of a long-running radio series, LIFE WITH THE LYONS. Looks like a very interesting read.

...At Classic Movies, KC has reviewed the new book AVA GARDNER: THE SECRET CONVERSATIONS, a title first mentioned here last month.

...Robby's latest location posts at Dear Old Hollywood include a Malibu location for RAW DEAL (1948) and a fascinating post on a Santa Rosa street seen in SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943), HAPPY LAND (1943), ALL MY SONS (1948), and POLLYANNA (1960). Great "then and now" photos.

...The latest reviews by Glenn Erickson at DVD Savant include new Olive releases, RETREAT, HELL! (1952) and THE FILE ON THELMA JORDON (1950). RETREAT, HELL! stars two of my faves, Frank Lovejoy and Richard Carlson, plus a young Russ Tamblyn. Looking forward to it!

..."Think You Could Never Homeschool?" Related: Homeschooling in the U.S. has increased by 75% since 1999.

...Over at Immortal Ephemera, Cliff has great background on DEATH ON THE DIAMOND (1934), a Robert Young-Madge Evans baseball film I reviewed a couple of years ago...Cliff also just reviewed the book THREE BAD MEN, so be sure to visit his blog and catch up with his latest posts!

...Mentor's Camper takes a look at one of my very favorite movies, John Ford's WAGON MASTER (1950). WAGON MASTER stars Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr., Joanne Dru, and Ward Bond.

...And speaking of favorite movies, I'm glad that Stephen of Classic Movie Man shares my fondness for Jeanne Crain's 1948 film APARTMENT FOR PEGGY (1948).

...No, the "Monkey Style" burger is not part of In-N-Out Burger's legendary "secret menu."

...At Cinematically Insane, Will has a very interesting report on screenings of silent Hitchcock films: " of the most memorable cinematic adventures of my moviegoing life, and it’s forced an immediate and complete reassessment of my perspectives on Hitchcock’s body of work."

...Warner Bros. and the Weinstein Company are battling it out over the title THE BUTLER (2013), with Warner Bros. claiming the title belongs to them due to the copyright on a 1916 short.

...Notable Passing: As a longtime fan of THE WALTONS, I was saddened to learn of the passing of Joe Conley, who played Ike Godsey. He was 85. Conley published a memoir, IKE GODSEY OF WALTON'S MOUNTAIN, a couple of years ago.

...More Notable Passings: Chuck Foley, inventor of the game Twister, has died at 82...Amar Bose, founder of Bose Corp., has passed away at 83. Bose Corp. is known for its radios and headphones...Jazz pianist Paul Smith has died at 91. Smith was married to singer Annette Warren, who dubbed Ava Gardner in SHOW BOAT (1951).

...Attention Southern Californians: On Saturday, July 27th, UCLA's Archive Treasures series will present NOAH'S ARK (1929), directed by Michael Curtiz. The screening will be hosted by Alan K. Rode, author of the forthcoming biography MICHAEL CURTIZ: A MAN FOR ALL MOVIES, due out later this year from the University Press of Kentucky. NOAH'S ARK, made during the transition from silent to sound, stars George O'Brien, and since I've been enjoying a number of his "B" Westerns in recent weeks, I'm hoping I can get up to Westwood for this screening.

...Just a reminder: The B&N half-price Criterion sale continues through July 29th!

...Interested in news on Disney movies, theme parks, and the upcoming D23 Expo? Check out this weekend's In Disney News... for all the latest.

Have a great week!


Blogger gogilesgo said...

Hi Laura,

really nice wrap up. Wagon Master a fave of mine too - just love Ben Johnson.

BTW where or how do you keep up to date with movie blogathons? I was a bit miffed when i found out too late about this weekend's dynamic duos. Hoping to get something in for the TCM Summer


1:35 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Giles,

Always nice to hear from another WAGON MASTER fan!

I generally find out about blogathons either by regularly visiting other classic film blogs, such as those on my blogroll, or via the classic film community on Twitter, which is a great way to stay abreast of the latest news. I don't always learn of them timely myself, especially if life gets busy, but that's my best advice. :)

Thanks for visiting!

Best wishes,

1:46 PM  
Blogger Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Thanks for the mention. Also sorry to read recently of the passing of Joe Conley. He was one of my favorites on "The Waltons."

4:55 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, Jacqueline!

I've always been such a fan of THE WALTONS, it's very sad when one of the cast passes on. What a wonderful show.

Best wishes,

10:32 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Thanks for the hat tip Laura. I hope you get a chance to read the book. I'm bummed you didn't win a copy from me! Thanks for entering though :-)

7:19 PM  

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