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Great Moments in Black Acting

The December issue of Movieline was dedicated to Black Hollywood.  Twenty years ago, David Thomson evaluated the progress of the acting opportunities in cinema from its beginnings through the mid-nineties. 3,972 more words


The Great Lie (1941)

  • Music by Max Steiner. (Everyone, all together now: Of course it is!!!)
  • This movie opens on the aftermath of a weeklong honeymoon party thrown by newlyweds Peter Van Allen (the ever stuffy George Brent) and famous pianist Sandra Kovak (the ever brilliant Mary Astor).
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Jackson’s Pre-Code Essentials #42: BLONDE VENUS (1932)

Welcome to another Wildcard Wednesday! Today’s post is the latest addition in our series of Pre-Code Essentials. Here’s the updated list.

42. Blonde Venus (1932) 1,024 more words

Bela Lugosi Stars in MURDER BY TELEVISION (1935)

About ten minutes into Clifford Sanforth’s Murder by Television (1935) I was completely lost so I rewound the DVD and started it again.  Approximately twelve minutes later I repeated the action.   473 more words

Classic Movies

Johnny Come Lately (1943)

“If I were thirty years younger.”

To see Marjorie Main look James Cagney up and down with a hunger in her eye and deliver that line is alone worth the price of admission to this enjoyable Cagney Brothers production released thru United Artists. 700 more words

Daily Take

Know Your Character Actor - Hattie McDaniel

Hattie McDaniel was born on June 10th, 1895 in Wichita Kansas. The youngest of thirteen children, her mother and father were both former slaves. Her father, Henry McDaniel, had fought in the Civil War and still suffered from wounds he had received in that conflict. 1,848 more words

Know Your Character Actor

Zippity Do Dah

When I chose Zippity Do Dah for my Z post, I thought it was just a song to sing when you are happy. But in reading about the origins and lyrics of the song, I learned it is surrounded by controversy. 389 more words