Classic Movies

Grey Market Cinema: Casbah (1948)

Jewel thief Pépé Le Moko (Tony Martin) is wanted by the French police...for obvious reasons.  Pépé is the mastermind of a gang of no-accounts that operates out of The Casbah in Algiers (Casbah translates as "fortress" or "citadel"), an area where he can apparently move freely without being molested by the gendarmes.  Algiers' police commissioner… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Casbah (1948)

Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: The Freshman (1925)

After stalling for what seems like an eternity (well, mayhaps “stalling” is a bit harsh—I’ve really had a lot of items to clear out of my inbox) I finally got an opportunity to unwrap my Criterion Blu-ray of the Harold Lloyd classic The Freshman (1925) Thursday evening and have a peek at its contents.  I did a lot… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Freshman (1925)

Classic Movies

Adventures in Blu-ray: Caught (1949)

It’s a fairy tale right out of Cinderella!  A young carhop named Leonora (Maude) Eames (Barbara Bel Geddes), meets and marries dashing tri-zillionaire Smith Ohlrig (Robert Ryan), and soon settles in for a life of ease and plenty.  Jewelry, dresses, minks—plus a gaw-jus house complete with swimming pool, perfect for lunching around in the afternoons.  Only in America,… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Caught (1949)

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)

Blogathons · Classic Movies

CMBA Hitchcock Blogathon: The Pleasure Garden (1925)

Alfred Hitchcock was twenty-five years old when he received his first solo director’s credit for The Pleasure Garden in 1925.  When you stop to consider the incredible film career of the Master of Suspense, it’s difficult not to draw a parallel between him and another quarter-century wunderkind, Orson Welles, who made his cinematic debut with Citizen Kane (1941).  But where… Continue reading CMBA Hitchcock Blogathon: The Pleasure Garden (1925)

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

Movies · Television

Hell hath no Fury

In my obituary/tribute to the late Peter Graves, I pointed out that this “legendary actor” started his television career with a kiddie-oriented western-adventure series that aired on NBC from 1955-60 entitled Fury (later known in syndication as Brave Stallion). Graves starred as Jim Newton, proprietor of the Broken Wheel Ranch, and young Bobby Diamond played Joey Clark Newton, Jim’s adopted… Continue reading Hell hath no Fury