Saturday, April 25, 2020

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...The latest exciting news from Kino Lorber: A brand-new 4K restoration of HELL BENT (1918), written by John Ford and Harry Carey (Sr.), starring Carey and directed by Ford, is "coming soon."

...Lee Gambin recently Tweeted that he will be recording audio commentaries for Kino Lorber Blu-ray releases of SON OF ALI BABA (1952), starring Tony Curtis and Piper Laurie, and BUCCANEER'S GIRL (1950) with Yvonne DeCarlo. Both have previously been released on DVD. I reviewed BUCCANEER'S GIRL way back in 2007 and found it quite delightful. I'm hoping to review the Blu-ray in due course, as well as SON OF ALI BABA, which I've never seen.

...Caftan Woman has discovered that DARK CITY (1950) Easter movie?! Not exactly, but I'd forgotten that holiday is briefly alluded to in the film.

...CineSavant Glenn Erickson has reviewed the new Warner Archive Blu-ray release of RACHEL AND THE STRANGER (1948), which has had 12 long-missing minutes restored to the print. Can't wait to see this!

...A few days ago I reviewed the second film in the Hopalong Cassidy series, THE EAGLE'S BROOD (1935). I was delighted that Dan Stumpf reviewed a later film in the series, FALSE COLORS (1943), for Mystery File. I added that one to my "watch" stack!

...Here's a short interview with Eddie Muller, who shares that while most of the films shown on Noir Alley are films already available to Turner Classic Movies, "...they've been very good about allowing me to choose five or six films a year that are outside of the licenses. We go after them and get them specifically for ‘Noir Alley.’”

...At Jeff Arnold's West: An extensive rundown on "Women in Westerns."

...Coming to Blu-ray in mid-May from Mill Creek: A double-film disc with HOLLYWOOD STORY (1951) and NEW ORLEANS UNCENSORED (1955). NEW ORLEANS UNCENSORED is also available on Blu-ray in the Noir Archive Vol. 2 collection. To my knowledge this is the first time HOLLYWOOD STORY has been released on Blu-ray; it was previously released on DVD by the TCM Vault as a single title and in the four-film set Dark Crimes: Film Noir Thrillers, Vol. 2, which doesn't seem to be currently available.

...Scott Feinberg has interviewed 91-year-old actress Nancy Olson for the Hollywood Reporter.

...Chris Pine is set to star in a new movie version of THE SAINT, previously played on the big screen by George Sanders and Louis Hayward, among others, and notably by Roger Moore for television. I hope he has better luck rebooting that series than he did with JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT (2014), a very enjoyable film which is currently in my "rewatch" pile. I was disappointed there weren't any more Ryan films.

...Alan K. Rode recently announced new dates for this year's Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival. The fest, originally scheduled for mid-May, will now take place in Palm Springs from December 3rd through 6th.

...Frequent Hallmark star Jill Wagner has given birth to her first child, a daughter.

...Theme park reporter Brady MacDonald shares his thoughts on how Disneyland might reopen in the coming months at MiceChat.

...At Comet Over Hollywood, Jessica has reviewed an interesting Lucille Ball film I enjoyed a couple years ago, BEAUTY FOR THE ASKING (1939). I liked its unexpected story twists.

...Notable Passing: Oscar-nominated actress Shirley Knight has passed on at the age of 83. She was in "The Ice Man" (1961) episode of MAVERICK (seen here with Jack Kelly), and I fondly recall a TV production of FRIENDLY PERSUASION (1975) she appeared in with Richard Kiley. She also played Hope's mother in a couple episodes of THIRTYSOMETHING circa late '80s.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my April 18th roundup.

Have a great week!


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

A "new" John Ford picture, and there's more of Rachel and the Stranger?! Such news! And thanks.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome, glad to share the good news. As always, thanks for writing such enjoyable posts, as well as reading here!

Best wishes,

3:17 PM  
Blogger dfordoom said...

Chris Pine is set to star in a new movie version of THE SAINT, previously played on the big screen by George Sanders and Louis Hayward, among others, and notably by Roger Moore for television.

I keep hoping that someday somebody will do a version of The Saint set in the early 1930s and based on the early 30s Saint stories. The George Sanders movies were based on the late 30s/early 40s version of Simon Templar who is quite a different character and the Roger Moore TV series was based on the late 40s/1950s version of Simon Templar who is quite a different character again.

The early 30s stories were totally outrageous high adventure with quite a few spy thriller plots.

Plus I'd love to see Simon Templar driving a 1930s sports car and wearing 1930s clothing, surrounded by glamorous women with 30s hairstyles and fashions.

But they'll do it in a contemporary setting and it won't work because Simon Templar does belong in the 21st century. The real Simon Templar is too much of a larger-than-life piratical figure to exist today.

As you may have gathered I'm a major Saint fan!

2:43 PM  

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