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More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals

More 4th of July Escapism: Small-Town Iowa and Declaration of Independence Musicals
(See previous post: Fourth of July Movies: Escapism During a Weird Year.) On the evening of the Fourth of July, besides fireworks, fire hazards, and Yankee Doodle Dandy, if you're watching TCM in the U.S. and Canada, there's the following: Peter H. Hunt's 1776 (1972), a largely forgotten film musical based on the Broadway hit with music by Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, who was recently on TCM talking about 1776 and a couple of other movies (A Thousand Clowns, Dodsworth), has one of the key roles as John Adams. Howard Da Silva, blacklisted for over a decade after being named a communist during the House Un-American Committee hearings of the early 1950s (Robert Taylor was one who mentioned him in his testimony), plays Benjamin Franklin. Ken Howard is Thomas Jefferson, a role he would reprise in John Huston's 1976 short Independence. (In the short, Pat Hingle was cast as John Adams; Eli Wallach was Benjamin Franklin.) Warner
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The House on 92nd Street

Just what is the dreaded ‘Process 97’? Henry Hathaway’s docu-drama combined newsreel ‘reality’ with a true espionage story from the files of the F.B.I., creating a thriller about spies and atom secrets that dazzled the film-going public. But how much of it was true, and how much invented?

The House on 92nd Street


Kl Studio Classics

1945 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 88 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95

Starring William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso, Gene Lockhart, Leo G. Carroll, Lydia St. Clair, William Post Jr., Harry Bellaver, Bruno Wick, Harro Meller, Charles Wagenheim, Alfred Linder, Renee Carson, Paul Ford, Vincent Gardenia, Reed Hadley, E.G. Marshall, Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel.

Cinematography Norbert Brodine

Film Editor Harmon Jones

Original Music David Buttolph

Written by Barré Lyndon, Charles G. Booth, John Monks Jr.

Produced by Louis De Rochemont

Directed by Henry Hathaway

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I can’t believe
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It’S A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World – Criterion Review


Captain T. G. Culpeper Spencer Tracy J. Russell Finch Milton Berle Melville Crump Sid Caesar Benjy Benjamin Buddy Hackett Mrs. Marcus Ethel Merman Ding Bell Mickey Rooney Sylvester Marcus Dick Shawn Otto Meyer Phil Silvers J. Algernon Hawthorne Terry-Thomas Lennie Pike Jonathan Winters Monica Crump Edie Adams Emeline Finch Dorothy Provine Cabdriver Eddie “Rochester” Anderson Tyler Fitzgerald Jim Backus Man driving in the desert Jack Benny Union official Joe E. Brown Biplane pilot Ben Blue Police sergeant Alan Carney Detective Chick Chandler Mrs. Halliburton Barrie Chase Mayor Lloyd Corrigan Police chief William Demarest Sheriff of Crocket County Andy Devine Ginger Culpeper (voice) Selma Diamond Cabdriver Peter Falk Detective Normal Fell Colonel Wilberforce Paul Ford Deputy sheriff Stan Freberg Billie Sue Culpeper (voice) Louise Glenn Cabdriver Leo Gorcey Fire chief Sterling Holloway Mr. Dinckler Edward Everett Horton Irwin Marvin Kaplan Jimmy the Cook Buster Keaton Nervous motorist Don Knotts Airport
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2013 TCM Classic Film Festival Adds More Movies, Stars & Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair (1929) To Lineup

The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival continues to expand, with newly added appearances by legendary stars at screenings of some of their most memorable films, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan, Barrie Chase, Polly Bergen,Coleen Gray, Theodore Bikel and Norman Lloyd, as well as producer Stanley Rubin, Clara Bow biographer David Stenn, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) film collections manager Katie Trainor and director Nicholas Ray’s widow, Susan Ray. In addition, TCM’s Essentials Jr. host and Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader will present screenings of Shane (1953) and The Ladykillers(1955).

And The Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein will present a special screening of Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair (1929), complete with live voice actors and sound effects to replace the film’s long-lost soundtrack.Mel Brooks is slated to talk about his comedy The Twelve Chairs (1970). Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan
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Stephen Moyer Covers the Devil's Knot in True Blood

And the cast for the West Memphis 3 flick Devil's Knot keeps right on expanding. This time vampire Bill himself from HBO's hit vampire series "True Blood" has joined the ever-growing cast. Read on for the latest.

According to Deadline, Stephen Moyer has joined the cast of Devil’s Knot in a lead role. The "True Blood" star will play prosecutor John Fogelman in the film about the wrongfully convicted and imprisoned West Memphis 3.

He joins Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in the project that will be produced and financed by Worldview Entertainment. Matt Letscher is set to play defense attorney “Paul Ford,” the man who represents Jason Baldwin, college drama student James Hamrick will make his feature debut playing key defendant Damien Echols, and Seth Meriwether has been tapped to play West Memphis Three defendant Jason Baldwin . Also starring are Mireille Enos, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Collette Wolfe, Alessandro Nivola and Kris Polaha.
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Attorney Cast to Untie the Devil's Knot

Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot, based on the events surrounding the recently freed West Memphis Three, has cast an actor to play one of the key components in this truly tragic and horrifying story. Read on for the latest!

Deadline reports that Matt Letscher has joined the film to play defense attorney “Paul Ford,” the man who represents Jason Baldwin, one of the three teenagers accused of a triple homicide. Despite no psychical evidence, the three were convicted in 1993. Baldwin, along with Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley, Jr., were finally released in 2011.

He joins Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in the project that will be produced and financed by Worldview Entertainment. College drama student James Hamrick will make his feature debut playing key defendant Damien Echols, and Seth Meriwether has been tapped to play West Memphis Three defendant Jason Baldwin . Also starring are Mireille Enos, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Collette Wolfe,
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Rudolph, Corddry, and Peet Go ‘Way, Way Back’; ‘Devil’s Knot’ Adds Bruce Greenwood and Others

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The Way, Way Back — for reasons that should not concern you or I — only cast its lead, generally low-profile actor after grabbing a strong lineup of entirely notable names. With the big business finally out of the way, though, it’s back to nabbing recognizable faces. Next and, possibly, for the last time, Deadline reports that Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet, and Rob Corddry have been placed in the directorial debut of Descendants writers (and recent Oscar winners) Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. And, no, the story doesn’t give specifics as to their involvement.

So it’s fortunate that we have a general logline for the film as a whole. In The Way, Way Back, Liam James (The Killing) stars as a teenager whose irresponsible mother (Toni Collette) and stepfather (Corddry‘s Seeking a Friend co-star, Steve Carell) drive him to find a job working at a water park, whereat
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Mill Creek 50 Movie Packs Discount Code And Giveaway

If you’ve hunted around for movie bargains, you’ve probably seen some of Mill Creek Entertainment’s 50-Movie Packs on DVD. Apart from other great releases by Mill Creek, these packs are phenomenal boons to cinephiles looking to collect older titles.

There are three new packs available, and I want to not only let you in on a discount code, but I have one of the packs available for you to win.

I know a lot of people may be quick to overlook these packs, and not every movie included stands out as a major value, but there are some great titles in each of them, and fans of the genres will be pleasantly surprised by what they get out of the deal. I have to admit that there is something about seeing a 50-movie pack, especially when it doesn’t cost a couple of hundred dollars, or more,
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An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin: Theater Review

An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin: Theater Review
David Rooney

New York -- You gotta love Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin. No, really, you gotta absolutely love them to be anything but underwhelmed by this lazily conceived valentine. As generic as its title suggests, An Evening With Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin coasts along on the two performers’ relaxed humor and genuine fondness for each other. But it rarely goes anyplace personal or revelatory. Directed by Patinkin and hatched by the performer with music director Paul Ford, the show was first staged in 2002. It has been playing stops in U.S. cities and abroad in various incarnations on and off

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The Comedians treads a thin line between love and Haiti

Graham Greene's historically reflective story of the terror of 'Papa Doc' loses out to the Burton/Taylor romantic juggernaut

Director: Peter Glenville

Entertainment grade: C+

History grade: A–

François "Papa Doc" Duvalier was elected president of Haiti in 1957. His unrestrained brutality and embezzlement, combined with a personality cult based around Haiti's folk religion, Voodoo, made him one of the most notorious dictators of his time. Novelist and screenwriter Graham Greene based The Comedians on his experiences in Duvalier's Haiti.


Mr Brown (Richard Burton) arrives back in Haiti after failing to sell his Port-au-Prince hotel. For this production, Port-au-Prince was recreated in Dahomey, now Benin. Most Haitians are descended from slaves transported from that part of west Africa: there are similarities of culture, religion and, sadly, underdevelopment. "I've worked in many worse places," said Burton cheerfully in the making-of documentary. "Like the Sahara desert, and south Wales."

Filming in Haiti was not an option.
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Review: 'Sgt. Bilko: The Phil Silvers Show' Season One

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Phil Silvers perfected his fast-talking, scheming promoter character during his years on the vaudeville circuit and polished it in a variety of feature films so that by the time he debuted on his own television series, it was pitch perfect. His Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko became a template for comedy roles imitated by others across the pop culture spectrum. For example, the Baby Boomers grew up with the Bilko persona imprinted on Hanna-Barbera’s Top Cat. Silvers rarely varied from the character, using it to good effect in subsequent films and even the Broadway play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

The series was originally called You'll Never Get Rich but in less than two months after its September 20, 1955 premiere, it was renamed The Phil Silvers Show and was subsequently syndicated as Sgt. Bilko. It won the Emmy Award for best comedy three seasons running with
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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Music Man’ Looks Sharper, Thunders Louder Than Before

Chicago – “The Music Man” is alive in a way few Hollywood musicals ever are. Its big numbers often grow organically, allowing melodies to emerge from the rhythm of speech, overlapping action or the seemingly mundane movement of characters across the frame. In the exuberant world of this ageless classic, music is less of a self-conscious construct than an irresistible life force infiltrating the cadence of everyday life.

Much of the film’s success must be attributed to the work of director Morton DaCosta and star Robert Preston. DaCosta directed Preston in the musical’s 1957 Tony-winning Broadway production, and insisted that his lead actor be cast in the 1962 cinematic adaptation, rather than the studio’s preferred star, Frank Sinatra. It’s impossible to imagine anyone but Preston in the role of “Prof. Harold Hill,” a charismatic con artist who seduces the simple citizens of River City, Iowa into financially supporting his
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[DVD Review] The Music Man

“Ya got one, two, three, four, five, six pockets in a table. Pockets that mark the diff’rence between a gentleman and a bum, with a capital “B” and that rhymes with “P” and that stands for pool.”

The Music Man may be the ultimate con man flick of all time. Paper Moon is good, mind you, but it never touches that zest which comes with Robert Preston’s delivery of Harold Hill’s well-practiced smooth talking. You may think the two are incomparable, after all one’s a musical, the other isn’t, and one focuses on the relationship between a man and a con artist, the other doesn’t. However, like every movie about grifters, it’s all about the con, even if The Music Man’s ultimate swindle is set to catchy tunes. The Music Man has given so much to popular culture, so taking a look
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'Home and Away' star gives birth to son

Holly Brisley has given birth to her first child and named him Levi Harper Ford. The Home and Away star, who is married to marketing executive Paul Ford, was said to be "ecstatic" after years of trying to get pregnant. Brisley told Woman's Day: "After years of trying to have a baby I'm finally a mum, and I am ecstatic. This is my best role ever." The actress was apparently forced to have a caesarean after doctors said her natural birth plan would not be possible (more)
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Karl Malden (1912 - 2009)

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Academy Award winner and Hollywood legend Karl Malden died yesterday at the age of 97 of natural causes. He has had one of the longest and most successful careers of any American actor and starred in some of the most Iconic films of all time (On the Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Birdman of Alcatraz, Patton) and starred in the 1970s TV drama The Streets of San Francisco. But what made Malden a house hold name were the American Express commercials he made in the 70s and 80s with the catchphrase “Don’t leave home without it.” Born Mladen Sekulovich on March 22, 1912 in Chicago, he was the son of a Serbian father and a Czech mother. His father was a steelworker and as a young man Malden took up the profession for a few years. He began acting in high school and in 1937 moved to New York to try his hand on Broadway.
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  • Comicmix, the first and only online animation community to offer HD animation, announced on December 18 the launch of MyToons Live;’s latest collaboration with Google, utilizing the power of Google Earth technology. has built its reputation on connecting animators and fans around the world, and MyToons Live graphically represents their activity on a real-time global map.

“ thrives on connecting animators, creatives, and fans – the global animation population – bringing them all together under one virtual roof to share ideas, information, and knowledge,” says Paul Ford, president and co-founder of “MyToons Live serves as a visual representation of this global collaboration, inspiring artists everywhere and emphasizing their possibilities and the breadth of their worldwide networking capabilities.”

MyToons Live is a free download available on the homepage. Visitors are invited to download Google Earth and install the MyToons Live application, enabling them
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