Movies

From the Warner Archive: Slither (1973)

Paroled from prison after serving a stretch for car theft, easygoing Richard “Dick” Kanipsia (James Caan) agrees to stop by the B.F.E. home of fellow parolee Harry Moss (Richard B. Schull) for a beer before heading down the highway, destination to be determined.  What transpires during his visit with Harry will cement his future itinerary; no… Continue reading From the Warner Archive: Slither (1973)

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Classic Movies

On the Grapevine: Hula (1927)

On an Hawaiian island—“a land of singing seas and swinging hips…where volcanoes are often active and maidens always are”—rancher Bill Calhoun (Albert Gran) celebrates his daughter Hula’s (Clara Bow) twenty-first birthday with this title card that is now in my top five favorites: Hula has been raised since her mother’s death by an elderly half-Hawaiian… Continue reading On the Grapevine: Hula (1927)

Movies

From the DVR: Aaron Likes Loves Angela (1975)

Set in Spanish Harlem in the mid-70s, Aaron Loves Angela (1975) is a tale of young love; the titular characters are Aaron James (Kevin Hooks), an African-American high-schooler who’s fifteen, and Angela Sanchez (Irene Cara), a Latina (Puerto Rican) who’s the same age.  The two of them meet during a basketball game—Aaron has high hopes of turning pro… Continue reading From the DVR: Aaron Likes Loves Angela (1975)

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On the Grapevine: Clara Bow Double Feature – Free to Love (1925)/My Lady of Whims (1925)

Every now and then, the Mom-and-Pop joint known as Grapevine Video sends out an e-mail offering 25% off any of the DVDs in their massive inventory (with the exception of their latest releases).  And because my money seems to be soaked in gasoline (because you’ve never seen anything go so fast in all your life) I always pony… Continue reading On the Grapevine: Clara Bow Double Feature – Free to Love (1925)/My Lady of Whims (1925)

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From the DVR: The Big Mouth (1967)

I’ve referenced both here on the blog and in other venues on the Internets that my introduction to classic movies as a tyke involved many of the great movie comedians.  I went ga-ga over the silent clowns like Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd…and later moved on to those funsters who made solid reputations in talkies like the… Continue reading From the DVR: The Big Mouth (1967)

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Happy birthday, Edmond O’Brien: An Act of Murder (1948)

The photo above is a still from a 1947 noir entitled The Web, a great little suspenser starring Edmond O’Brien—who celebrates a birthday today, and you can read about it at Radio Spirits—as an attorney hired by criminal no-good Vincent Price to be his bodyguard…but ends up in much more trouble than he bargained.  (Thrilling Days of Yesteryear fave… Continue reading Happy birthday, Edmond O’Brien: An Act of Murder (1948)

Classic Movies

From the DVR: Bette Davis Double Feature – Parachute Jumper (1933) and Ex-Lady (1933)

If you’ve been making tuning in The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ on Fridays a regular habit this month, you’re no doubt aware that Tee Cee Em is featuring in its “Friday Night Spotlight” movies made during Hollywood’s famed “pre-Code” era.  There’s a lot to watch in September—though admittedly I’ve seen most of the movies—but… Continue reading From the DVR: Bette Davis Double Feature – Parachute Jumper (1933) and Ex-Lady (1933)