ANNE NOW FOR OUR LESSON

I recently saw a Gary Cooper/ Anne Sheridan picture called GOOD SAM  (1948), directed by Leo McCarey  (who gave us DUCK SOUP (1933),  THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937), and many others).  The picture was in line with Cooper’s everyman image, with tender moments reading the children bedtime stories.   The picture is filled with “Capra like” laughter... Continue Reading →

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THE HORROR OF IT ALL

I wanted to write on ‘Classic Horror’ in film, television, and literature and in areas that these images touch. We can look on our breakfast table and see Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Boo Berry cereals. The ‘monsters’ become ‘friends’ that you marvel at as you appreciate the mythology. It is why I am reluctant to... Continue Reading →

HOLIDAY DIFFERENCE

    Holidays are times that people love to watch the staples of the holidays.  Every generation has their favourites they put on and quite frankly watch without thinking. The films become like the Christmas cake or the poinsettia plant that someone brings you each year for no apparent reason other than they do it... Continue Reading →

THE CONVERSATIONAL MONSTER

When I set out to do this blog, I gave myself the deadline of one article per week, alternating between NITRATE FROM THE GRAVE and the Classic Hollywood Blog STARDUST and SHADOWS. I said I would write what I thought would be interesting in each on that time frame. Sometimes I had half formed ideas.... Continue Reading →

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