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Stars and Stripes Forever

30 December 2011 10:45 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

You could make the argument that "The Star-Spangled Banner" is the most recognizable American tune, but if you take into account how few American citizens actually know all the words, you might have to reconsider. In which case, John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” might be the next best viable contender for that title. You might be thinking to yourself that you don’t recognize the name of that song, but the music itself is unmistakable as one of the most famous patriotic anthems in the history of the country. Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” has become one of the most oft-performed marches of all time and the story of how he arrived at the creation of that iconic piece is an entertaining one in the hands of director Henry Koster. Stars and Stripes Forever might not be as nostalgically popular as The Music Man, but it »

- Lex Walker

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New Release: Stars and Stripes Forever Blu-ray

3 November 2011 1:30 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Dec. 13, 2011

Price: Blu-ray/DVD Combo $27.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Classic musical Stars and Stripes Forever, finally on high-definition Blu-ray, isn’t one of the biggest musical films, like Irving Berlin’s White Christmas or Holiday Inn, but it has cache. Released in 1952, Stars and Stripes Forever was nominated for three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture Musical/Comedy.

The movie is a biography of 19th century composer John Philip Sousa (played by Clifton Webb, The Man Who Never Was), who is the leader of the Marine Corps Band in the 1890s. There he meets Private Willie Little (Robert Wagner, TV’s Two and a Half Men), the inventor of an instrument called the Sousaphone, and Little’s girlfriend, showgirl Lily (Debra Paget, Cleopatra’s Daughter).

After Sousa leaves the Marines, the three form a band. Although Sousa would rather write ballads, his marches bring him fame and success. »

- Sam

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Debbie Reynolds Movie Schedule: Singin' In The Rain, Divorce American Style

19 August 2011 5:39 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jean Hagen, Debbie Reynolds, Singin' in the Rain Debbie Reynolds on TCM: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Singing Nun Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis (1953) A lovesick teenager searches for romance at college. Dir: Don Weis. Cast: Debbie Reynolds, Bobby Van, Barbara Ruick. Bw-73 mins. 7:15 Am I Love Melvin (1953) A photographer's assistant promises to turn a chorus girl into a cover girl. Dir: Don Weis. Cast: Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Una Merkel. C-77 mins. 8:45 Am The Tender Trap (1955) A swinging bachelor finds love when he meets a girl immune to his line. Dir: Charles Walters. Cast: Frank Sinatra, Debbie Reynolds, David Wayne. C-111 mins, Letterbox Format. 10:45 Am Bundle Of Joy (1956) A shop girl is mistaken for the mother of a foundling. Dir: Norman Taurog. Cast: Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Adolphe Menjou. C-98 mins. 12:30 Pm Tammy And The Bachelor »

- Andre Soares

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Debbie Reynolds on TCM: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, The Singing Nun

19 August 2011 5:37 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Pert, pretty, multi-talented, actress-singer-dancer-Hollywood collector Debbie Reynolds is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Day on Friday, August 18, as TCM continues its "Summer Under the Stars" series. TCM is presenting 13 Debbie Reynolds movies. [Debbie Reynolds Movie Schedule.] Fans of Gene Kelly's Singin' in the Rain (1952) will be able to watch the romantic comedy-musical for the 118th time. I'm not one of them; in fact, I much prefer Kelly and Stanley Donen's On the Town (1949), and I'd say that George Sidney's Show Boat (1951) and Donen's Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) are my favorite musicals of the 1950s. But fan or no, there's much to enjoy in Singin' in the Rain, including Reynolds and Donald O'Connor's performances, several great songs from the 1920s, and Jean Hagen's high-pitched mix of Norma Talmadge, (the British) Mabel Poulton, and Corinne Griffith. The iconic "Singin' in the Rain" number is one of my least favorite »

- Andre Soares

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James Stewart Movie Schedule: Anatomy Of A Murder, The Murder Man

13 August 2011 7:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Lee Remick, Eve Arden, James Stewart in Otto Preminger's Anatomy of a Murder James Stewart on TCM: The Stratton Story, No Highway In The Sky Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 6:00 Am The Last Gangster (1937) When a notorious gangster gets out of prison, he vows revenge on the wife who left him. Dir: Edward Ludwig. Cast: Edward G. Robinson, James Stewart, Rose Stradner. Bw-81 mins. 7:30 Am The Shopworn Angel (1938) A showgirl gives up life in the fast lane for a young soldier on his way to fight World War I. Dir: H. C. Potter. Cast: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Walter Pidgeon. Bw-85 mins. 9:00 Am Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939) An idealistic Senate replacement takes on political corruption. Dir: Frank Capra. Cast: Jean Arthur, James Stewart, Claude Rains. Bw-130 mins. 11:15 Am Wife Vs. Secretary (1936) A secretary becomes so valuable to her boss that it jeopardizes his marriage. »

- Andre Soares

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James Stewart on TCM: The Stratton Story, No Highway In The Sky

13 August 2011 7:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Stewart remains one of the most beloved film actors in Hollywood history. Well, at least in the United States, where Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington are considered the apex of studio-era filmmaking. Stewart's shy, naive, wholesome, aw-shucksy boy-next-door (later man-next-door) manner continues to endear him to millions whose idea of shyness, naiveté, wholesomeness, and boy-next-doorishness has nothing to do with mine. In fact, I wonder if anyone anywhere, whether in the United States or elsewhere, has ever lived next door to a "boy" who acted, sounded, romanced, and punched — lest we confuse shyness with softness — like Stewart. I'm glad I haven't. Today, Turner Classic Movies has been presenting several James Stewart movies as part of its "Summer Under the Stars" film series. Right now, TCM is showing John Ford's The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), considered by many the director's best post-The Searchers effort. »

- Andre Soares

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Jean Simmons on TCM: Great Expectations, Black Narcissus

7 June 2011 12:52 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Martita Hunt, Jean Simmons in David Lean's Great Expectations Jean Simmons is Turner Classic Movies' Star of the Month of June. Though never a major box-office draw, Simmons either starred or was featured in a number of the most important movies of the '40s, '50s, and '60s. Among those are Laurence Olivier's Best Picture Oscar winner Hamlet (1948), Henry Koster's CinemaScope blockbuster The Robe (1953), Stanley Kubrick's historical drama Spartacus (1960), and Richard Brooks' film adaptation of Sinclair Lewis' Elmer Gantry (1960). On Tuesday, June 7, TCM will be showing five of Simmons' early British films: David Lean's film version of Charles Dickens' Great [...] »

- Andre Soares

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Dana Wynter Dies: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Airport

8 May 2011 12:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Dana Wynter Dana Wynter died Thursday, May 5, of congestive heart failure at Ojai Valley Community Hospital's Continuing Care Center, located in the small hilly community about 60 miles north of Los Angeles. She would have turned 80 on June 8. Though never a top film star, Dana Wynter holds a place of honor in film history: she is the heroine who falls asleep in the wrong place, at the wrong time, near the wrong pods in Don Siegel's 1956 sci-fi-horror classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Other notable films include Henry Koster's D-Day the Sixth of June, with Robert Taylor and Richard Todd; John Huston's The List of Adrian Messenger, with George C. Scott; and Arthur Hiller's all-star blockbuster Airport (1970). The daughter of a surgeon, Wynter (born Dagmar Winter, in Berlin) grew up in England and later Rhodesia (today's Zimbabwe) and South Africa. After abandoning pre-med studies, Wynter began her »

- Andre Soares

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Bette Davis Month: The Star Holds Court as ‘The Virgin Queen’

24 April 2011 11:26 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Your weekly fix of great movies made before you were born that you should check out before you die. All this month, Old Ass Movies will be celebrating the 103rd anniversary of Bette Davis‘s birthday. The iconic film star acted in far too many movies to care to count, but it seems as though she’s been reduced to a pair of eyes in popular culture. She’s the subject of a 80s pop tune, not the star that she should be recognized for being, and that needs fixing. This is our last week of exploration, and even though we’re not ending on the last film in Davis’s career (or even her last iconic role), we’re ending on the last time a character matches the actress. She would go on to such triumphs as Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Hush…, Hush Sweet Charlotte and Return to Witch Mountain (seriously), but Bette Davis playing »

- Cole Abaius

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Anne Francis Dies: Forbidden Planet, TV Series Honey West

3 January 2011 4:48 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Anne Francis (minus beauty mark), William Lundigan in Henry Koster's Elopement Anne Francis, best known for sporting a futuristic mini-skirt in Fred M. Wilcox's classic sci-fier Forbidden Planet (1956, right with Robby the Robot) and for her tough, smart and sexy private detective in the 1960s television series Honey West, died Sunday, Jan. 2, at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, about 150kms northwest of Los Angeles. Francis (born Sept. 16, 1930, in Ossining, N.Y.) had previously undergone an operation for lung cancer, though the official cause of death was pancreatic cancer. She was 80. Anne Francis' filmography is quite short. Thirty-six film appearances during the course of nearly half a century. Her career as a leading lady was even briefer; in fact, it was surprisingly brief, spanning from 1951 to 1957 — a period during which she usually alternated leads in programmers with supporting roles in major releases. That's it. Yet, [...] »

- Andre Soares

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