Classic Movies

Get Bent

Fragile young Daisy White (Mae Murray), a destitute child of the slums (plus she’s got a heart condition), pleads with a bartender for a little medicinal whiskey for her ailing mother.  Alas, Daisy has no credit with the proprietor, and she is shooed away—but not before her situation attracts the notice of confidence man John… Continue reading Get Bent

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Classic Movies · Television

“Ah ah ah ah…don’t touch that dial!”

After six years of drawing the comic strip Dumb Dora (about a brunette who “wasn’t as dumb as she looked”), Murat Bernard “Chic” Young handed it off to artist Paul Fung once Chic decided to embark on a new venture.  That new strip would soon become one of the most popular newspaper comics of all… Continue reading “Ah ah ah ah…don’t touch that dial!”

Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: The Hired Hand (1971)

Three saddle tramps—Harry Collings (Peter Fonda), Archie Harris (Warren Oates), and Dan Griffen (Robert Pratt)—are on their way to California when they stop off at a desolate town identified as Del Norte.  Dan needs his horse shod, and while the trio down whiskey in a cantina, Harry informs Arch that he’s decided to return to… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Hired Hand (1971)

Classic Movies · Television

From the DVR: Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)

You may recall that on Sunday (though it seems so long ago—doesn't it?) I did a post here on the blog that briefly described my happy dance over our free Epix movie channel weekend.  Meanwhile, at the paying gig, I wrote up an anniversary essay on The Adventures of Philip Marlowe, which made its radio debut on June 17, 1947. … Continue reading From the DVR: Guns, Girls and Gangsters (1959)

Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: The Addiction (1995)

Kathleen Conklin (Lili Taylor), an NYU student preparing for her doctorate in philosophy, is attacked one night by a mysterious woman (Annabelle Sciorra as "Casanova"), who insists that Kathleen forcefully tell her to go away and leave her alone.  Kathleen is unable to do this, and so Casanova does a number on her neck, calling… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Addiction (1995)

Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: Another Man’s Poison (1951)

One late night in the village of Tarnmoor (in England, you know), mystery novelist Janet Frobisher (Bette Davis) places a call in a phone booth outside the railway station.  The veterinarian (Emlyn Williams) who’s been treating her horse Fury thinks it odd that Janet went so far out of her way to make that call… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Another Man’s Poison (1951)

Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-Ray: Miss Annie Rooney (1942)

Since confession is good for the soul (or so they tell me), I’ll admit that when ClassicFlix announced that it was starting up its own distribution of classic movies to DVD and Blu-ray...I was a bit skeptical.  (You may have noticed from time to time that this is my nature.)  I posited that CF would… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-Ray: Miss Annie Rooney (1942)