Saturday, September 03, 2022

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Coming in November from ClassicFlix: The Little Rascals: The Complete Collection (Centennial Edition). Full details are at the ClassicFlix site.

...November Kino Lorber titles will include Bob Hope and Lucille Ball in FANCY PANTS (1950) and a French Noir Collection.

...Congratulations to classic film blogger and Indiewire writer Kristen Lopez, who announced she has written an upcoming book for TCM and Running Press, BUT HAVE YOU READ THE BOOK? 52 LITERARY GEMS THAT INSPIRED OUR FAVORITE FILMS.

...Coming to Blu-ray and DVD on November 1st: The year's biggest film, TOP GUN: MAVERICK (2022). I'll be buying it, though this is a film which definitely calls for the biggest screen possible! A note to any classic film fans who might not have seen the movie yet: This is an old-fashioned movie in the best sense possible which should hold great appeal to other classic film lovers. I recommend checking it out.

...Jeff Arnold's West has reviewed CALIFORNIA CONQUEST (1952), starring Cornel Wilde and Teresa Wright. That's one I need to see, especially for the great Miss Wright...At Riding the High Country, Colin has reviewed Audie Murphy in DRUMS ACROSS THE RIVER (1954)...DforDoom takes a look at a favorite Randolph Scott Western, THE TALL T (1957), at Classic Movie Ramblings, saying it's "quite simply a great Western." I agree!...Glenn Erickson has reviewed the new Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray release of ABE LINCOLN IN ILLINOIS (1940)...And film historian J.B. Kaufman's "Movie of the Month" is the Warner Bros. film G-MEN (1935), starring James Cagney.

...Here's a new Rosalind Russell triple feature DVD from Critics' Choice. It contains CRAIG'S WIFE (1936), THE GUILT OF JANET AMES (1947), and FIVE FINGER EXERCISE (1962).

...September 1st was the centennial of the birth of the great Yvonne DeCarlo. Please check out my 2011 birthday tribute, which has been updated with new links over the years. Fans of this wonderful lady also might enjoy my review of her memoir YVONNE: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY and my Classic Movie Hub column on some favorite DeCarlo Westerns.

...Marge Champion was born September 2, 1919 and passed away in October 2020. In honor of her birthday this week, here's my photo-filled tribute from the time of her passing.

...And here's one more birthday tribute, to Alan Ladd, born September 3, 1913, along with a column recommending a number of his films.

...There was an interesting article last week by Laurie Brookins of the Hollywood Reporter on the "cancellation" of Fredric March and attempts to restore his good name.

...Mark Cantor has an upcoming book from McFarland, THE SOUNDIES: A HISTORY AND CATALOG OF JUKEBOX FILMS IN THE 1940S. That's the second book on soundies to come out in a year's time; in February I shared a link for SOUNDIES AND THE CHANGING IMAGE OF BLACK AMERICANS ONSCREEN: ONE DIME AT A TIME by Susan Delson. The timing is excellent, as this month Turner Classic Movies features two evenings of soundies.

...How is it I'm only just now learning that the excellent biographer Scott Eyman wrote a book on Mary Pickford in 1990? I have most of Eyman's books but this one has previously escaped me. I'll be rectifying that soon.

...Notable Passing: Character actor Richard Roat passed away last month at the age of 89.

...Please note that there will not be an Around the Blogosphere This Week column next weekend, when I'll be attending the three-day D23 Expo.

...For additional recent links of interest to classic film fans, please check out my August 27th roundup.


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