Television

As time goes by

Last night while watching television, I found myself confronted with one of thorny decisions that require careful analysis and deliberation…before flipping a coin: should I watch A Walk in the Sun (1945), a favorite war film of mine directed by Lewis Milestone and featuring an all-star cast in Dana Andrews, Richard Conte, and Lloyd Bridges? Or should… Continue reading As time goes by

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Stuff You Should Know · Television

R.I.P, Joan Alexander

I saw a notice on Mark Evanier’s blog this morning (how I missed it yesterday still has me puzzled, since I read it practically every day) that OTR actress Joan Alexander has gone on to her rich reward at the age of 94. Mark points out that her most famous radio role was that of… Continue reading R.I.P, Joan Alexander

Movies

Movies that I’ve stared at recently on TCM #29 (Michael Sarrazin edition)

Harry in Your Pocket (1973) – Back in January 2008, I wrote a rather glowing review (which was appropriate, as it was a glowing product) of All Day Entertainment’s DVD box set Harry Langdon: Lost and Found and decided to use the title of this rarely seen film as a clever title for the post as well. Since that time, I… Continue reading Movies that I’ve stared at recently on TCM #29 (Michael Sarrazin edition)

Classic Movies

Movies that I’ve stared at recently on TCM #28 (Latino Images in Film edition)

The Lawless (1950) – I kind of wish I had thought to record this one because I really enjoyed this ambitious-if-flawed Joseph Losey film, produced by William H. Pine and William C. Thomas (Paramount’s legendary “Dollar” Bills) and based on a novel (The Voice of Stephen Wilder) by Daniel Mainwaring (who wrote the screenplay under his… Continue reading Movies that I’ve stared at recently on TCM #28 (Latino Images in Film edition)

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Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #27

Last night, Turner Classic Movies showcased a double feature of rodeo-themed movies, kicking things off with Sam Peckinpah’s Junior Bonner (1972). I’d already seen the film but I had not seen the movie that followed, J.W. Coop (1972), a labor of love for actor and would-be auteur Cliff Robertson. The title character of Robertson’s first foray into directing is a… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #27

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Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #26 (James Mason Centennial Edition)

Today would have been the 100th natal anniversary of one of filmdom’s most delightful actors, James Mason, and TCM did a whipround in the office to put together a last-minute tribute with four Mason movies (1953’s The Story of Three Loves in on right now as I type this.) For a proper tribute to the man, of course,… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #26 (James Mason Centennial Edition)