Happy Birthday, Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall left us last month, just shy of her 90th birthday. She lost Bogie in 1957, and he waited another 57 years to be reunited with the love of his life.

The World War I in Classic Film Blogathon!

Co-hosted by Silentology and Movies, Silently, the event covers just about every aspect of the Great War ever captured on film.

Charles Boyer: A Birthday Celebration

Happy Birthday, Charles Boyer! I love you beyond all reason and sanity.

This photo, taken during one of his many shifts at the Hollywood Canteen, really seems to capture him: warm, real, and totally un-movie-star-ish. Absent are the silly studio-mandated shoe lifts and toupee, which he never wore off camera—and you can see how hideously disappointed Claudette Colbert is about that. She’s like,…

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I’LL BE SEEING YOU:

I’LL BE SEEING YOU:

DVR alert: William Dieterle’s “I’ll Be Seeing You,” part of the 24-hour Joseph Cotten marathon during TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars” event. I’m not sure why this movie’s on in September, as it’s set at Christmastime, but maybe TCM figures that once Labor Day’s over, Christmas is, like, five minutes away anyway.

“I’ll Be Seeing You” is the story of a fragile love affair between an emotionally…

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The British Invaders Blogathon!!

Please join us over at A Shroud of Thoughts, Terry Canote’s site, for The British Invaders Blogathon, featuring fabulous British films from the 1920s through the 1980s.

THE ASTONISHED HEART: The Flip Side of BRIEF ENCOUNTER

Ah, Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter! An achingly realistic portrait of the repressed, thwarted love of Laura and Alec, two grown-ups too fundamentally good and decent to act on feelings that are stronger and deeper than any they have ever known.

Now imagine that Alec had grown sick and tired of being so damn noble and dependable and had given in to his every urge, and to hell with the consequences.…

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Torch Song: Joan Crawford in Blackface—and That’s Not All!

Early on in Torch Song, the 1953 MGM “musical” starring Joan Crawford as (surprise!) an uber-diva, she’s kvetching to her producer (James Todd):

Crawford: “The script needs jokes, the music needs cutting and the staging—aaugh, it stinks!”
Todd: “You don’t think it’s going to be a flop?”
Crawford: “No show Jenny Stewart’s in is going to be a flop—if I have to pull every trick in the book to make it…

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Dear Supreme Court,

Thanks so much for saying that “family-run businesses” don’t have to obey the law.

Yours gratefully,
The Mafia

"So now my most personal healthcare decisions are between me and my creepy manager at the arts and crafts store?!?"

"So now my most personal healthcare decisions are between me and my creepy manager at the arts and crafts store?!?"

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