Saturday, June 10, 2023

Around the Blogosphere This Week

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

...Exciting news: Kino Lorber has announced that the Dark Side of Cinema series will continue beyond the previously announced 15th volume. The Dark Side of Cinema XVI is "coming soon," featuring CHICAGO DEADLINE (1949), IRON MAN (1951), and THE MYSTERY OF MARIE ROGET (1942). I enjoyed both CHICAGO DEADLINE and IRON MAN at the 2017 Noir City Film Festival, and I'm very interested in the third title, which stars Maria Montez and Patric Knowles.

...More upcoming Kino Lorber Blu-ray releases include the French film STRANGER IN THE HOUSE (1942); Ida Lupino's OUTRAGE (1950), with a commentary track by the always-excellent Imogen Sara Smith; and the Audie Murphy Collection III, featuring HELL BENT FOR LEATHER (1960), POSSE FROM HELL (1961), and SHOWDOWN (1963). The Murphy set will be out August 15th and includes a Toby Roan commentary on HELL BENT FOR LEATHER. The second Murphy set, which I mentioned in a May news roundup, is out July 18th and features SIERRA (1950), KANSAS RAIDERS (1950), and DESTRY (1954).

...The July Warner Archive Collection releases will include THE BROADWAY MELODY (1929), DUBARRY WAS A LADY (1943), THE LAST TIME I SAW PARIS (1954), and THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE (1956). I'm especially enthused about the latter release, which stars Glenn Ford and Jeanne Crain.

...I was intrigued by the trailer for the upcoming miniseries HIJACK (2023), coming to Apple TV+ at the end of June. Idris Elba stars.

...At Strictly Vintage Hollywood Donna has written about the tragic life of talented Dorothy Dell. Dell was reviewed here recently in LITTLE MISS MARKER (1934).

...Lovely June Haver was born on June 10, 1926. Please visit my 2021 birthday tribute to remember her and the many films she left us to enjoy. One of my very favorites is HOME IN INDIANA (1944), and there are several others I love which are mentioned in the tribute. At Comet Over Hollywood Jessica has just reviewed her film WAKE UP AND DREAM (1946), costarring John Payne.

...Last night I enjoyed revisiting the very creative (and Oscar-winning!) SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE (2018). This weekend I'll be seeing the long-awaited sequel SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE (2023) and will review it here in the next few days. A trailer is here.

...There are a number of books I've enjoyed on this list of the "125 Best Books About Hollywood."

...Colin's recent reviews at Riding the High Country include DESPERATE (1947), starring Steve Brodie and Audrey Long, seen at right, and THE WALKING HILLS (1949) starring Randolph Scott and Ella Raines. I really enjoy DESPERATE and have seen it multiple times. I didn't care much for THE WALKING HILLS on my first viewing back in 2010, but when I went back to it in 2021 I liked it quite well. It's interesting how one's perspective can change when seeing a film in a different context.

...At Classic Movie Hub Toni Ruberto writes about the fantastic screening of WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE (1953) at April's TCM Classic Film Festival. I'll always remember "Bensurround"!

...Last fall the Desert Sun featured a lovely article on William Powell, Diana Lewis, and their life in Palm Springs. (Via Annette Bochenek.)

...ClassicFlix is currently featuring a sale of its Silver Series discs with a $3.99 flat shipping fee.  I'm looking at TRADE WINDS (1938) and VOGUES OF 1938 (1938).

...The Film Forum in New York is currently hosting an amazing series of films directed by Yasujiro Ozu. If you're in the area, check it out!

...Congratulations to Ben Model on the 10th anniversary of his Undercrank Productions, which restores and releases silent movies. I mentioned some of Undercrank's latest releases here in late May. Film historian J.B. Kaufman has reviewed one of the latest releases, YOU'D BE SURPRISED (1926) starring Raymond Griffith, in his always-interesting "Movie of the Month" column, and silent film locations expert John Bengtson has more at his site. Check out interviews with Ben by Raquel Stecher at Out of the Past and Mary Mallory at The Daily Mirror.

...Notable Passings: George Maharis of TV's ROUTE 66 (1960-63) has died at 94...Barry Newman, star of PETROCELLI (1974-76), has passed on at 92...Noreen Nash, wbo appeared in films and television from the early '40s through the early '60s, has died at 99. Notable roles included THE SOUTHERNER (1945), ADVENTURES OF CASANOVA (1948), and the Tim Holt Western ROAD AGENT (1952)...Pianist George Winston has died at 74...Milt Larsen, cofounder of the Magic Castle, has died at 92.

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


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