Saturday, September 25, 2021

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...The latest Kino Lorber announcement of a "never on DVD" Universal Pictures film coming soon to Blu-ray: SHAKEDOWN (1950), which I reviewed at the 2019 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival. The terrific cast includes Howard Duff, Brian Donlevy, Peggy Dow, Bruce Bennett, and Lawrence Tierney. It was directed by Joseph Pevney.

...Also coming from Kino Lorber: A Blu-ray release of John Ford's THE HORSE SOLDIERS (1959), starring John Wayne, William Holden, and Constance Towers.

...Coming from ClassicFlix in November: Volume 1 of The O. Henry Playhouse - The Complete Series. Thomas Mitchell appears as O. Henry; there are many interesting guest stars including Charles Bronson, Ernest Borgnine, Peggie Castle, Mona Freeman, Louis Hayward, Beverly Garland, and more.

...The Warner Archive's October releases will include Blu-rays of DINNER AT EIGHT (1933) and MARY STEVENS, M.D. (1933) along with previously mentioned Tex Avery and Val Lewton discs.

...It's time to start thinking about Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas! This year's 41 new Hallmark Christmas movies begin airing on October 22nd. Entertainment Weekly has a preview.

...Eddie Muller recently talked to Nerdist about the updated and expanded version of his book on film noir, DARK CITY.

...Farran Smith Nehme has reviewed Scott Eyman's new book on 20th Century-Fox for the Wall Street Journal (may be paywall blocked).

...Tom Hanks and Laura Dern will host an October TV special on the Academy Museum, which opens on September 30th.

...Fall cookbook alert: Coming in November is an updated edition of THE ESSENTIAL COOKIE COMPANION from the King Arthur Baking Company.

...Next month Rachel of Hamlette's Soliloquy and Eva-Joy of Coffee, Classics and Craziness will be hosting a Glenn Ford Blogathon.

...Shawn Lum, who has served as director of the Museum of Western Film History in Lone Pine for the last three years, has left that position to take a new job with the Eastern California Museum in Independence.

...Notable Passings: Tim Donnelly, who played fire fighter and practical jokester Chet Kelly on TV's EMERGENCY! (1972-78), has passed away at the age of 77. His death was announced by the L.A. County Fire Museum. EMERGENCY! has a special place in my heart, and I'm very sorry to learn of Donnelly's passing. An interesting aside: Donnelly was the grandson of actor Pat O'Malley...Director Roger Michell has died at 65. Michell directed one of my favorite films of the past quarter-century, NOTTING HILL (1999), and also directed the enjoyable MORNING GLORY (2010)...TV directing great Jay Sandrich, who worked on many classic TV comedies, has died at 89. His father was director Mark Sandrich, who was just 44 when he died in 1945.

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


Blogger Caftan Woman said...

I adore anthology programs and the O. Henry program is entirely new to me! Thanks!

7:29 AM  
Blogger Jerry Entract said...

Gosh,the BBC aired "O. HENRY'S PLAYHOUSE" here in UK around 1956 (I have to check that) early evenings so, as a kid, I was able to watch it regularly. Not seen an episode since. That could be fun.

2:40 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

I had never heard of this series before learning of the upcoming DVD release. I'm intrigued, especially given the fine roster of guest stars!

Best wishes,

5:55 PM  

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