Saturday, July 31, 2021

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Exciting news from Flicker Alley: This fall they will be releasing combination Blu-ray/DVD sets of THE BEAST MUST DIE (1952), also known as LA BESTIA DEBE MORIR, and THE BITTER STEMS (1956), aka LOS TALLOS AMARGOS. Like Flicker Alley's previous film noir releases, the sets are being released in cooperation with the Film Noir Foundation and the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Both sets will have extras, including introductions by the Film Noir Foundation's Eddie Muller. I have enjoyed both films at past Noir City Hollywood festivals and hope to review the new releases when they come out this November.

...At Once Upon a Screen Aurora has a terrific piece on Dick Powell's radio detective shows. It includes lots of links for your listening pleasure.

...I enjoyed Annette Bochenek's tribute to a relatively lesser-known favorite, Martha O'Driscoll, at her blog Hometowns to Hollywood. I'm always happy to see O'Driscoll turn up in a movie; she was very enjoyable in "B" films such as PACIFIC BLACKOUT (1941) and CRIMINAL COURT (1946), seen in this photo.

...Kino Lorber has announced a Blu-ray of Audie Murphy's autobiographical movie TO HELL AND BACK (1955) is "coming soon." Charles Drake, Jack Kelly, Marshall Thompson, and Gregg Palmer costar, directed by Jesse Hibbs.

...BLACK WIDOW (2021) star Scarlett Johansson has sued Disney for breach of contract for simultaneously releasing the film on Disney+ and in theaters, which she says was in violation of her contract and negatively impacted her share of the film's box office profits. Variety breaks down the various angles of what could prove to be a significant lawsuit, given the changing nature of film exhibition and the rise of streaming.

...The BLACK WIDOW Blu-ray, incidentally, will be available September 14th.

...Marvel's HAWKEYE (2021) series, starring Jeremy Renner in the title role, will debut on Disney+ on November 24th.

...Deanna Durbin films now available on Blu-ray from Universal Pictures: THAT CERTAIN AGE (1938) and NICE GIRL? (1941). Also just released on Blu-ray by Universal: THE TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE (1936), starring Fred MacMurray.

...Glenn Erickson has reviewed the Warner Archive Blu-ray release STEP BY STEP (1946), which was reviewed here a few days ago. STEP BY STEP is an RKO "B" thriller starring Lawrence Tierney and Anne Jeffreys.

...Elisabeth Grace Foley has written a most interesting piece about Westerns character actor Hal Taliaferro (aka Wally Wales) at her blog History and Mystery.

...Best wishes to Leonard Maltin, who is recovering from shoulder replacement surgery after suffering a fall while he was working in Atlanta.

...Here's a nice jigsaw puzzle I came across which might be of interest to classic film fans. I've purchased other puzzles made by White Mountain in the past.

...A reminder that I'm currently hosting a Blu-ray giveaway drawing which can be entered here. I'll be drawing the winners' names and posting them on Saturday, August 7th.

...Attention Southern Californians: The American Cinematheque has announced that its screenings at the Los Feliz 3 Theatre on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles will begin in August. The schedule will include Sunday matinees of black and white films in 35mm, with the first titles including THE LOCKET (1946) and PHANTOM LADY (1944). The Los Feliz 3 has 144 seats.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my July 24th roundup.


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

I echo your recommendation of Elisabeth Grace Foley's outstanding article on Hal Taliaferro.

Boy, that's some jigsaw puzzle!

12:19 PM  
Blogger Seth said...

Thanks for the link to Aurora's post on Powell. RICHARD DIAMOND is one of my favorite radio shows--one of my favorite episodes is THE HOUSE OF FEAR, with a great part for Paul Frees as a creepy/campy butler. Now I'm interested in hearing ROGUE'S GALLERY.

12:43 PM  
Blogger Jerry Entract said...

I will go over to Elisabeth Grace Foley's blog to see her very welcome feature on Hal Taliaferro, a solid and reliable presence in many westerns.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Vienna said...

Love that jigsaw puzzle!

12:46 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you all for your comments!

Caftan Woman and Jerry, really glad you have enjoyed and/or checked out the Taliaferro piece. I learned a lot.

I thought that puzzle was so cute! (Just wish it was more than 300 pieces!)

Seth, I have listened to Richard Diamond on CD (via Radio Spirits) and really enjoyed it. Like you I was unfamiliar with ROGUE'S GALLERY and now want to listen!

Best wishes,

4:41 PM  

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