I have a film going weakness for the early talkies.  There is something naive yet fun to watch in these pictures:  the  Vitaphone System title for  Warner Brothers/ First National and, the propeller aircraft going around the globe for Universal, or the single title card with with all the "players" listed along with the title... Continue Reading →

THE FIXERS: Eddie Mannix, Howard Strickling and the MGM Publicity Machine (Book review)

Paperback: 315 pages Publisher: McFarland Publishing (Nov. 30 2004) Hollywood's morals (or lack of)  have long been with us as we discover even today. I have been interested in that part of Hollywood for a long time and wanted to find out more.  Hence, I got myself a copy of E.J. Fleming's book  THE  FIXERS: Eddie Mannix,... Continue Reading →


Hollywood loved to make films about doctors, nurses, lawyers, scientists, truck drivers,  electric linemen,  oil riggers; and, of course, teachers. The noble occupation of teaching  makes one think of the various narratives: GOODBYE MISTER CHIPS (1939),  TOM BROWN'S SCHOOL DAYS (1940) and  THE BROWNING VERSION (1951).   The Tay Garrett   directed CHEERS FOR MISS BISHOP puts... Continue Reading →

TITANIC (1953)

James Cameron's mega budget picture aside, the sinking of the  Titanic, first and foremost, is a human story. The sinking of the unsinkable has been filmed many times,  beginning in silent film to the definitive British production A NIGHT TO REMEMBER (1958).   Director Jean Negulesco's  version of the story sits as a bridge to the... Continue Reading →

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