Classic Movies

Buried Treasures: Crimebusting Double Feature – They Made Me a Criminal (1939) and Lady Gangster (1942)

At the same time I was purchasing the “Boxing Comedy Twin Bill” of The Milky Way (1936) and Kid Dynamite (1943) (which I covered on the blog earlier this month) from Oldies.com, I also invested in a “Crimebusting Double Feature”…which set me back the same amount of change as I ponied up for the “Boxing” DVD—seventy-nine cents.  (It’s now listed on the site for ninety-nine… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Crimebusting Double Feature – They Made Me a Criminal (1939) and Lady Gangster (1942)

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Blogathons · Classic Movies · Movies · Television

Queer Film Blogathon: Caged (1950)

This essay is Thrilling Days of Yesteryear’s contribution to the Queer Film Blogathon, being hosted by Garbo Laughs in honor of June being LGBTQ Pride Month.  The full list of participants can be found here. Nineteen-year-old Marie Allen (Eleanor Parker) is going to be a guest in the Grey Bar Hotel for about one to fifteen years because she happened to… Continue reading Queer Film Blogathon: Caged (1950)

Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

It’s a MOD MOD MOD MOD world

Both Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings and 50 Westerns from the 50s have mentioned Sony Pictures’ new “manufactured on demand” website—a place where you can order those elusive classic movie titles the company just can’t seem to justify releasing on DVD the old-fashioned way, much in the manner of the Warner Archive, Universal, Fox/MGM, etc. The titles they have available right now are a… Continue reading It’s a MOD MOD MOD MOD world

Classic Movies

“Did you say ‘gander’?—I wonder how she’d go for a goose…”

In You Can't Get Away with Murder (1939), an otherwise unremarkable Warner Bros. programmer starring Billy Halop as a juvenile delinquent sent to the slammer and Humphrey Bogart as the mook responsible for him being there, there’s a scene set in a prison library in which we see several inmates seated at tables reading intently…and the only… Continue reading “Did you say ‘gander’?—I wonder how she’d go for a goose…”

Classic Movies

Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #53 (Walter Huston edition)

Tuesday was a great movie-watching day on what my pal Rick Brooks calls The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ because TCM rolled out a number of rarities to salute birthday boy Walter Huston. I find that the more Huston films I watch from the 1930s—American Madness (1932), The Beast of the City (1932), Gabriel Over the White House (1933), etc.—the more I… Continue reading Movies I’ve stared at recently on TCM #53 (Walter Huston edition)

Bad Movies · Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

The Bogie Man Will Get You

In one half-hour, Turner Classic Movies will continue with their Star of the Month salute to Humphrey DeForest Bogart, on the 110th anniversary month of his birth (his actual birth date being December 25th). Here’s the lineup for today (with movies not currently available in the dusty Thrilling Days of Yesteryear archives in green): 06:00 AM San Quentin (1937)… Continue reading The Bogie Man Will Get You

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It’s my world—you’re just living in it…

Being the first of December, I thought it would be as good a time as any to comment on a few things regarding the blog…in addition to some other notable events that don’t involve me in order that I not appear too narcissistic. The first is the big Bogart festival that will take place on Wednesdays in December… Continue reading It’s my world—you’re just living in it…