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The passings parade

The classic movie blogosphere is abuzz this morning upon learning that actor Farley Granger, who starred in such films as Rope (1948), They Live by Night (1949), and Strangers on a Train (1951), has taken his final bow at the curtain at the age of 85.  Granger died on March 27th of natural causes at his home in Manhattan. I’ll go on record… Continue reading The passings parade

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DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!

Encore Westerns has a pair of reruns coming up in their Classic TV Westerns rotation tomorrow that might be of interest to fans of both the Lawman and Gunsmoke series because they introduce new regulars to the shows—one of which stayed for the rest of the show’s run and the other who wasn’t quite as fortunate.  First up, B-movie… Continue reading DVR-TiVo-Or whatever recording device strikes your fancy-alert!

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When you’re here, you’re family…so get ready to be somewhere else

Last August, a black wreath was hung outside the doorstep of Rancho Yesteryear when the BBC axed the longest-running situation comedy in television history, Last of the Summer Wine.  So with the news that the Beeb has put another one of its sitcom veterans on the chopping block, My Family, the florist may be a little busy: The BBC have… Continue reading When you’re here, you’re family…so get ready to be somewhere else

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Hold on tight—you know she’s a little bit dangerous

I’m only speculating here, but I have a feeling that the reason for TCM’s showing of Mildred Pierce (1945) on The Essentials Saturday night was to cash-in on the 2011 remake that’s currently in progress on HBO (which I have not seen, but because the good people at Hobo are nice enough to send Ed Copeland free screeners he has the skinny… Continue reading Hold on tight—you know she’s a little bit dangerous

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The best laid plans…

Even though I’m not a big devotee of child actors I’d cast the two kids in the above photo in one of my pretend motion picture projects…though modesty dictates that I reveal their identities to be my niece Rachel and nephew Davis.  (Okay, so there’s a lot of nepotism at my studio.  Just call me Carl Laemmle.)  The… Continue reading The best laid plans…

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…but with violet eyes to die for

I had no sooner sat down to work on a piece that will post at Edward Copeland on Film…and More tomorrow when I learned via The Daily Beast of the death of Academy Award-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, who has taken her final bow at the curtain at the age of 79.  The actress had been hospitalized for the past… Continue reading …but with violet eyes to die for

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The passings parade

It was my father who phoned me Friday to let me know that country music legend Ferlin Husky died on St. Patrick’s Day from heart failure at the age of 85—which is sort of unusual in that I’m usually the one who lets him know if a notable has gone to their greater reward…after I try… Continue reading The passings parade