9 items from 2016
Such a happy movie for having been made in the middle of the Great Depression and thankful audiences lapped it up, not only because of the silly/surreal sight of choreographer Busby Berkeley’s outlandishly outsized song and dance spectacles but the dazzling display of a half-naked Ginger Rogers singing “We’re in the Money”. Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler and Joan Blondell are among the sweet-natured, wisecracking crooners and hoofers who struggle to put on a show while director Mervyn LeRoy sheparded the whole thing into the theaters making it the third most popular film that year with over 1.5 million in profit… not bad for the Great Depression.
- TFH Team
The King Baggot Tribute will take place Wednesday September 28th at 7pm at Lee Auditorium inside the Missouri History Museum (Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri). The 1913 silent film Ivanhoe will be accompanied by The Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra and there will be a 40-minute illustrated lecture on the life and career of King Baggot by We Are Movie Geeks’ Tom Stockman. A Facebook invite for the event can be found Here
Here’s a look at the final phase of King Baggot’s career.
King Baggot, the first ‘King of the Movies’ died July 11th, 1948 penniless and mostly forgotten at age 68. A St. Louis native, Baggot was at one time Hollywood’s most popular star, known is his heyday as “The Most Photographed Man in the World” and “More Famous Than the Man in the Moon”. Yet even in his hometown, Baggot had faded into obscurity. »
- Tom Stockman
Telluride, Colo. — Director Damien Chazelle and actress Emma Stone are fresh off a trip to the Venice Film Festival, where “La La Land” opened the 73rd annual event last week. Oxygen containers in hand (the altitude can be a killer here), they’re soaking up the Telluride mountain air promoting the film as it continues to dazzle audiences here.
The two sat down with Variety to discuss the tricky tone of the film, the logistics of pulling it off and the alchemy of finding the right pair of actors to sell the experience.
Damien, it seems like only a few filmmakers each year are brave enough to travel from Venice to Telluride to Toronto during this stretch. I heard you were very excited about having that experience, though.
Damien Chazelle: Yeah, and it’s also that selfish thing of, “Well, I’ve never been to the Venice Film Festival or the Telluride Film Festival. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Unlike difficult second album syndrome, a limited episode TV series should really be getting comfortable by episode 2 and for Ray Donovan season 4 things are shaping up nicely. Not necessarily for Ray of course. Or anyone else for that matter.
Following on from Liev Schreiber’s sharp directorial turn last week, film and TV director John Dahl took the reins and his neo-noir fingerprint was all over ‘Marisol’. Whether the showrunners purposefully tied Dahl to this particular episode, or it was just scheduling luck, the combination of writing and directing was a knock-out punch (I promise I’ll stop the puns at around episode 5).
Fair warning – If you haven’t even started episode 1 yet, I’d turn away now.
Following the revelation last week that Hector Campos has a longstanding and decidedly unhealthy relationship with his half sister Marisol (Lisa Bonet »
- Amie Cranswick
“Now go out there and be so swell that you’ll make me hate you!”
42nd Street (1933) is one of Hollywood’s most beloved musicals and you’ll have a chance to see it on the big screen at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, June 11th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. Admission is only $5.42nd Street will be introduced by Kmox Movie Reviewer Harry Hamm
Pretty legs go a long way in the musical 42nd Street. a lively 1933 Warner Bros film that boasts a great cast and music and served as the prototype plot for scores of subsequent films. Suffering from the Great Depression and a bad ticker, Broadway director Julian Marsh (Warner Baxter) desperately needs “Pretty Lady” to be a hit musical. When leading actress Dorothy Brock (Bebe Daniels »
- Tom Stockman
By John M. Whalen
Howdy, pardners. It’s western movie roundup time at Cinema Retro today. Here are a handful of oldie westerns recently released on DVD by the Warner Archive- and which are now available in the Cinema Retro Movie Store. And a rootin’, tootin’, downright interesting bunch of movies they are.
First up, “Station West” with Dick Powell and Jane Greer. Ever wonder what would happen if private dick Philip Marlowe traveled back in time to the old west and tried to solve a murder case? That’s essentially what you have with Station West, an offbeat western filmed in black and white that plays like film noir, except all the men wear wide-brimmed Stetsons instead of Fedoras, and shoot Colt Peacemakers and Winchesters instead of snubbed nosed .38s. To further mix up the western and detective genres Jane Greer, the most fatale of all femme fatales, »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
All hail Frank Tashlin! America's subversive secret weapon of the 1950s made incredible adult live-action cartoon movies that satirized all the sex and vulgarity denied by the mainstream. In Technicolor! Political incorrectness meets lollypop-sweet sentimentality in a farce that transcends good taste. Susan Slept Here Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1954 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 98 min. / Street Date April 19, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Dick Powell, Debbie Reynolds, Anne Francis, Alvy Moore, Glenda Farrell, Horace McMahon, Herb Vigran, Les Tremayne, Mara Lane, Maidie Norman, Rita Johnson, Ellen Corby, Red Skelton. Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca Film Editor Harry Marker Original Music Leigh Harline Choreographer Robert Sidney Written by Alex Gottlieb from a play by Gottlieb and Steve Fisher Produced by Harriet Parsons Directed by Frank Tashlin
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Director Frank Tashlin has finally found an appreciative audience with adventurous film fans, but the charms of his glorious style of filmmaking are unknown to »
- Glenn Erickson
From a pop culture perspective, private detectives stand for all that’s memorable about film noir. The indifference, the wittiness, and the moral ambiguity that define each urban knight has since become the stuff of parodied legend. We’re talking about the mediators between the crooks and the cops, the embodiment of back alley grayness that’s so tough to pin down. P.I.’s could cooperate with the law if needed, but they could just as soon do business with the bad guys for the right price. To a certain extent, that is – shamus work has always attracted the ignored and the ethical. The Wild West has mythical men with no name, The Asphalt Jungle has names with investigating licenses attached to them. Instead of a poncho and a ten gallon hat, they’re provided a fedora and trench coat.
The archetype has undergone many faces throughout Hollywood’s history, »
- Danilo Castro
Army investigator John Haven is out to catch some crooks using stealth, his wits and a limitless supply of marvelous hardboiled dialogue. Dick Powell trades a trench coat for a cowboy hat, while luscious Jane Greer swaps a .38 snubnose for a dance hall dress. A great cast, a witty script and Burl Ives' singing voice make this a delightfully different noir-inflected oater. Station West DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1948 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 80 min. / Street Date January 12, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Dick Powell, Jane Greer, Agnes Moorehead, Burl Ives,Tom Powers, Gordon Oliver, Steve Brodie, Guinn Williams, Raymond Burr, Regis Toomey, Olin Howlin, John Kellogg, Charles Middleton, John Doucette . Cinematography Harry J. Wild Film Editor Frederic Knudtson Original Music Heinz Roemheld Written by Frank Fenton, Winston Miller Produced by Robert Sparks Directed by Sidney Lanfield
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Want to discover a 'different,' fun '40s western with clever plotting? »
- Glenn Erickson
9 items from 2016
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