Mar 17

Call for Contentment: Now, Voyager

On February 9, 2019 during the TCM 31 Days of Oscar, Now, Voyager (1942) starring Bette Davis aired. For me, it was a new classic discovery as a film I had never seen. Bette Davis’ Oscar-nominated performance held me captive, and I have been ruminating on the movie ever since. Davis portrays Charlotte Vale, a […]

Read More
Mar 10

Early Duke – The Desert Trail (1935)

John Wayne is a favorite actor of mine, especially in Westerns. Until I watched The Desert Trail (1935), available in March from The Film Detective, my knowledge of Wayne in Westerns began with his appearance in Stagecoach (1939). Working with director John Ford, Wayne got his big break portraying the Ringo Kid in the film, […]

Read More
Feb 19

My Fair Lady—Where Do I Begin?

Special Guest Blog By Caroline Lappetito, Raleigh/Cary TCM Backlot Chapter Member “Lots of chocolate for me to eat…warm face, warm hands, warm feet! Ohhhh wouldn’t it be loverly?” “I’m an ordinary man…but let a woman in your life…I shall never let a woman in my life!” “I could have danced all night, I could have […]

Read More
Feb 15

Saturday Matinee: Beauty and the Bandit (1946)

In the 1930s and 1940s, a Saturday matinee typically offered audiences a serial film, animated cartoons, newsreels and a couple of feature films. The serial Western enjoyed its heyday as moviegoers followed the adventures of a central hero from film to film, sometimes week after week. Between 1928-1950 twenty-five films featured The Cisco Kid as […]

Read More
Feb 12

Tidbits: My Fair Lady

In preparation for seeing the TCM Big Screen Classics 55th Anniversary showing of My Fair Lady (1964), I cast around for some trivia about the cast. Controversy about the leading roles abounds. Still, the resulting film garnered the following Oscar wins at the 1965 Academy Awards: Best Picture – Jack L. Warner Best Actor in a […]

Read More
Feb 10

New Classic Discovery: A Walk in the Sun (1945)

A Walk in the Sun (1945) is part of the February 2019 lineup on The Film Detective. For me, it’s a new classic movie discovery. The film begins in 1943 on a landing barge, with a group of infantry soldiers from Lee Platoon of the Texas Division awaiting their upcoming landing on a beach near Salerno, […]

Read More
Feb 07

My Trip Over the Rainbow

Special Guest Blog By Lisa Bistreich-Wolfe Since I was a child, my favorite movie has always been The Wizard of Oz. I watched it every year when it aired on TV, and my family complained that they had to listen “in stereo” as I recited/sang the entire production. Needless to say, when I learned there […]

Read More
Feb 01

Film and Fashion – Gucci Spring/Summer 2019 Campaign

The House of Gucci just unveiled its Spring/Summer 2019 campaign in a fashion brand tour de force called Gucci Showtime. It’s a trip back to the heyday of 1940s and 1950s movie musicals delivered in a series of song and dance vignettes scored with There’s No Business Like Show Business by Irvin Berlin. Images and video […]

Read More
Jan 29

The Wizard of Oz Grosses $1M at Box Office – This Past Sunday!

It’s 2019 and I’m writing about an 80-year-old-film taking in $1 million in a single day at the box office. This past Sunday. Simply stupendous! Yesterday it was announced that the Sunday, January 28, 2019 80th anniversary TCM Big Screen Classics presentation of The Wizard of Oz set a record for Fathom Events as the highest-grossing […]

Read More
Jan 28

TCM Chapter Off to See the Wizard

Yesterday the Raleigh/Cary TCM Backlot Chapter was off to see the 80th anniversary TCM Big Screen Classics screening of The Wizard of Oz (1939). Before the show I made the acquaintance of a six-year-old Wicked Witch of the Popcorn seeing the movie for the first time in a theater with her aunt. We had a […]

Read More