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Ann Dvorak Pt.4: Warner Bros. Co-Stars, Three On A Match

9 August 2011 3:42 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ann Dvorak, Paul Muni, Dr. Socrates Ann Dvorak Pt.3: Scarface, Warner Bros. Leading Lady, But Never a Star Ann Dvorak played opposite most big names at Warner Bros. in the 1930s. In addition to the aforementioned Joan Blondell and Bette Davis, there were Warren William, Paul Muni, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., James Cagney, Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, and Richard Barthelmess, among others. How did she get along with her leading men? Was she easy to work with? As far as I can tell, Ann was very easy to work with. I got the chance to speak with both Jane Wyatt and Hugh O'Brian, who made movies with Ann, and while neither one had much to say, the phrase they both used to describe her was "very professional." According to Warners' production logs, she was always on time and for the most part did not miss work. Despite the headaches she »

- Andre Soares

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Ann Dvorak Q&A with Biographer Christina Rice Pt.1

9 August 2011 3:27 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ann Dvorak Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel – Introduction Inevitably, my first question is, Why Ann Dvorak? I've definitely been asked that more than once! I rented Three on a Match around 1995 and was blown away by Ann Dvorak in it. She projected so much nervous raw energy, and even though the film was made during the pre-Code era I was still caught off guard by how edgy her performance was. I subsequently watched Scarface and G Men, not realizing Ann was in either one, and was impressed enough to try to find out more about her. I soon realized that no writer had really delved deep into her life or career, and that most of her films were not readily available. I also realized that since she was relatively obscure, I could afford to collect vintage posters from her films, even though I was a starving college student at the time. »

- Andre Soares

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Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel

9 August 2011 3:26 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ann Dvorak The name Ann Dvorak wouldn't ring even a faint bell for most people around at the beginning of the 21st century. Most people, I said — but definitely not everyone. [Ann Dvorak Movie Schedule on Turner Classic Movies.] A while back, author James Robert Parish heard a loud gong when I told him during lunch at a West Hollywood restaurant that I had been working on a q&a with collector-turned-biographer Christina Rice (right), who has been writing Ann Dvorak's life story. "I love Ann Dvorak! I still remember her in I Was an American Spy, when the Japanese villains stick a hose down her throat. I never forgot that!" I haven't watched I Was an American Spy (it will be on TCM at 11 p.m. tonight), but I remember being impressed by Ann Dvorak's work in Mervyn LeRoy's hard-hitting 1932 melodrama Three on a Match, in which she plays a beautiful woman whose life is destroyed by ambition, »

- Andre Soares

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'Horrible Bosses': Real-Life Tales Of Workplace Woe

8 July 2011 7:17 AM, PDT | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

Horrible Bosses” micromanages its way into theaters today, and – with a comedic lineup boasting Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis, it goes without saying that audiences will be punching tickets to witness their chemistry alone.

The black comedy centers upon three friends, Nick Hendricks (Bateman), Dale Arbus (Day), and Kurt Buckman (Sudeikis), whose overbearing bosses Dave Harken (Kevin Spacey), Julia Harris (Jennifer Aniston) and Bobby Pellitt (Colin Farrell) push them to the point of postal. The pals hatch a plan to murder their evil paycheck-signing overlords, with disastrously hilarious results.

We got to wondering: are the film’s over-the-top antagonists – Farrell’s drug-addicted chemical company manager, Aniston’s sexually inappropriate dentist and Spacey’s weasely promotion-stealing executive – among good company in real life? So we talked to five formerly disgruntled victims of horrible bosses, and the answer is an enthusiastically resounding: yes!

“When I told my boss I had »

- Katie Calautti

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Geek Girl Navigating the World – Of Groupies and Residents

6 July 2011 8:11 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

My DVD collection contains some oddities, to say the least.  I have stuff ranging from all of the seasons of Due South to the most complete collection of Snoopy cartoons I can amalgamate given current releases (which is pretty darn shockingly complete, if I may say so myself).  So it’s honestly not a surprise to find some strange or obscure movies in there.

I recently ordered a copy of the movie Groupie and watched it over the weekend.  I’m going to have to admit that the main reason that I bought the movie is because it’s got Hal Ozsan in it.  Since he is one of the actors I currently really dig, it was kind of a no brainer when I realized that it would be released on June 14th and it was relatively inexpensive.

I’m also going to admit that I’m pretty easily entertained. »

- dragonwomant

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New at Tfh: Josh Olson on Three On A Match

22 June 2011 12:05 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Josh gets a little superstitious and a little bit bawdy when he puts Three on a Match.

The largely forgotten Ann Dvorak sizzles in this snappy 63 minute  pre-code Warner Bros. melange of booze, drugs and gambling. Scarface star Dvorak still has a cult following, which has gotten a modern boost from recent dvd releases of her films by Warner Archive. As a result, Turner Classic Movies has scheduled a Summer Under the Stars 24 hour tribute, coming up on August 24.


Click here to watch the trailer, then follow on for a little bonus linkage.

First of all, this is the second mention of The Hollywood Production Code (aka The Hays Code). You should really know all about that ifyou’re here, but, if you don’t, here’s a mighty nice primer from a few years back.

Second of all, check out this website devoted to all things Anne Dvorak, the »

- Danny

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Week 199: Countdown To 600!

19 June 2011 1:49 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

2 and 3 plus 10 add up to a Tfh Milestone: our 600th Trailer!

Find out what these numbers mean in this week’s preview!

On Monday, June 20th, Allan Arkush rushes back after spending Two Weeks in Another Town


Director Vincente Minnelli and star Kirk Douglas reunited for this operatic non-sequel followup to their caustic 1952 Hollywood saga The Bad and the Beautiful, now set ten years later in the La Dolce Vita movie world of Rome and based on a novel by Irwin Shaw. Some claim its protagonists are thinly veiled representations of Tyrone Power, Linda Christian and Darryl Zanuck. Extensively recut by the studio, it’s still a deliriousfantasy about Eternal City filmmaking with some memorable sequences and a terrific cast.

On Wednesday, June 22nd, Josh Olson puts 3 On a Match.


The largely forgotten Ann Dvorak sizzles in this snappy 63 minute  pre-code Warner Bros. melange of booze, drugs and gambling. Scarface »

- Danny

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Tough, Uncompromising, Nasty Little Films: A Conversation with Elliot Lavine

12 June 2011 8:05 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Publicity still from John Parker's Dementia (1955).

Rep houses in San Francisco, like those in most American cities, are struggling to stay open. But for something like thirty nights a year, the clouds lift and big crowds materialize for films of the past: call it the noir exception. To be sure, one needn’t actually attend the Film Noir Foundation’s annual Noir City festival at the Castro or Elliot Lavine’s grittier programs at the Roxie to know that the generic fantasy of film noir (style, sex and violence washed together) still holds powerful allure. You could hardly miss the bus stop advert for Rockstar Games’ latest blockbuster, L.A. Noire, outside the Roxie during Lavine’s latest marathon, “I Wake Up Dreaming: The Legendary and the Lost”. For those of us still invested in the non-interactive cinema experience, however, the popularity of these series is a remarkable if curious thing. »

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