Classic Movies

Thoroughly MODern Alley: Victory (1919)/The Wicked Darling (1919)

In December of 1914, I joined what eventually numbered nearly 100 contributors on Indiegogo to raise money for a Manufactured-on-Demand (MOD) program at Flicker Alley, a small independent home video company “born out of a passion for cinematic history and a desire to bring filmmakers and films from out of the past to new audiences with renewed recognition.”  What… Continue reading Thoroughly MODern Alley: Victory (1919)/The Wicked Darling (1919)

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Classic Movies

The Colleen and the Minstrel Boy: The Bride’s Play (1922)

In May of this year, I joined 158 additional Kickstarter backers to raise funds for the restoration of The Bride’s Play—a 1922 feature film starring the legendary Marion Davies, released in the same year as her breakthrough picture, When Knighthood Was in Flower (1922).  (Knighthood was the object of another Kickstarter project in late March, and successfully reached its initial goal within… Continue reading The Colleen and the Minstrel Boy: The Bride’s Play (1922)

Classic Movies

On the Grapevine: Glorifying the American Girl (1929)/Dixiana (1930)

Back in May of this year, Grapevine Video offered those customers who previously purchased a double feature collection of the early talkie musicals Glorifying the American Girl (1929) and Dixiana (1930) an opportunity to upgrade their copies because they had improved the image quality on the earlier discs.  And on the off chance you had not previously purchased the 2-DVD set…well, now… Continue reading On the Grapevine: Glorifying the American Girl (1929)/Dixiana (1930)

Blogathons · Classic Movies

For the Love of Film (Noir) Blogathon: The Dark Mirror (1946)

Note: This essay is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to the For the Love of Film (Noir) Blogathon currently underway from February 14-21 and being hosted by those grande dames of movie blogdom, Marilyn at Ferdy on Films and Farran at Self-Styled Siren.  The blogathon seeks to increase awareness of the need for classic film buffs to dig deep into their film buff… Continue reading For the Love of Film (Noir) Blogathon: The Dark Mirror (1946)

Classic Movies · Movies · Stuff You Should Know

The parade’s still gone by…but at least they’re honoring the Grand Marshal

This article over at the L.A. Times is trumpeting the news that Francis Ford Coppola will be the recipient of the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award come this November—and that French film directing legend Jean-Luc Godard and TDOY acting fave Eli Wallach will be getting honorary statuettes as well. But here’s the big news that really made me stand up… Continue reading The parade’s still gone by…but at least they’re honoring the Grand Marshal

Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know · Television

All the news that’s fit to blog

As the immortal Billy de Wolfe once uttered on a classic animated Christmas special: “Busy, busy…busy!” That’s the perfect way to describe current events taking place at Rancho Yesteryear (where I found the time to do the obits is still a mystery) so until I can push some of the projects that I’m working on off my… Continue reading All the news that’s fit to blog