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Book Review: Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970

It was fellow film noir devotee and Down the Hatch author Vince Keenan who used his incredible cocktail powers to induce me into buying a copy of Facebook compadre John DiLeo’s Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery back in November of 2008...and since that initial purchase, I have filled the bookshelves here at Rancho… Continue reading Book Review: Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970

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Encore! Encore!

If you’re a regular visitor to this ‘umble scrap of the blogosphere you’re probably aware that I’d had issues with the DISH people from time to time.  Since the current Rancho Yesteryear the ‘rents and I occupy is located just outside the town limits of Winterville (a.k.a. City of Marigolds) in neighboring Oglethorpe County, we… Continue reading Encore! Encore!

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“Listen to me very carefully…I shall say this only once…”

Because I decided to start a Facebook page for Thrilling Days of Yesteryear some time back, the social media behemoth takes it upon itself every now and then to remind me when I haven’t generated any new content on the blog.  (As if I wasn’t already aware of this.  Facebook must be taking guilt lessons… Continue reading “Listen to me very carefully…I shall say this only once…”

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CMBA Banned and Blacklisted Blogathon: Salt of the Earth (1954)

The following essay is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to The Classic Movie Blog Association’s Fall 2017 blogathon.  Banned and Blacklisted focuses on banned films and blacklisted actors, writers, directors, and other participants in the motion picture industry, and will be underway from November 15-19.  For a list of contributing blogs and the subjects discussed,… Continue reading CMBA Banned and Blacklisted Blogathon: Salt of the Earth (1954)

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“Why bring that up?”

The end of October brought forth another volume in Alpha Video’s Ultra-Rare Pre-Code Comedies series, and friend of the blog Brian Krey was good enough to aim a screener for Volume 4 screener in the direction of Rancho Yesteryear.  “A collection of six racy, hilarious, and often politically incorrect shorts from the anything-goes pre-Code era!”… Continue reading “Why bring that up?”

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Book Review: You’re Going to Make It After All: The Life, Times and Influence of Mary Tyler Moore

As an individual who admittedly has a fascination for bits of arcane movie and TV trivia, I found this passage in a new book written by New York Times bestselling author Marc Shapiro refreshingly offbeat: At one point early in the show’s existence, The Mary Tyler Moore Show was in danger of being cancelled. So… Continue reading Book Review: You’re Going to Make It After All: The Life, Times and Influence of Mary Tyler Moore

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Crime of Passion (1957)

I don’t mind telling you—when my part-time employer, ClassicFlix, announced in February of this year that they were rolling out their very own DVD/Blu-ray label…I was a tad skeptical.  But their releases have surprised even jaded, cynical ol’ me; they’ve brought back quite a few titles from the Land of Dead DVDs (also referred to… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Crime of Passion (1957)