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At some point in January I decided to keep track of all the movies I watch in 2018. Please read that sentence carefully: “the movies I watch” is the key phrase. As a rule, I rarely “go out to see” a movie in theaters anymore because I don’t care too much about new movies. I’ll […]

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There’s nothing better than an old Warner Brothers gangster film particularly if it stars Humphrey Bogart and has a little humor in it. I had DVR-ed King of the Underworld in August andĀ decided to watch it the other night. I’d seen the film years ago but was happy to revisit it. It’s not a particularly […]

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Today is the 100th birthday of actress Olivia de Havilland. It’s impressive because it’s actually her birthday, not just the anniversary of her birth. She’s still here, among the living, and as far as I can tell from an article I recently read onĀ “Vanity Fair,” she’s doing quite well. Hattie Mc The secret to her […]

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I mentioned before that my introduction to the classic films of the 1930s and 1940s came in the early 1970s when, as an eight or nine year old kid, our local PBS station began running old Warner Brothers movies every Friday night at 8:00 p.m. and then re-running them again on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. […]

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Here’s a clip of James Garner being interviewed around the time he was working on the film remake of Maverick in 1994 with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster. It’s important to me for one reason and one reason only: his comments about acting and specifically Spencer Tracy. When I “discovered” the classic films back when […]

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It should come as no surprise that since the first classic movie I ever recall seeing was “Angels With Dirty Faces,” (1938), that the first female star with whom I fell in love was Ann Sheridan. She is the female love interest in that film for Jimmy Cagney and she is simply wonderful – sweet, […]

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Here’s a great one from 1943 from a movie called “The Sky’s the Limit.” The song is “My Shining Hour” and like so many Oscar nominated songs that became standards of the American Songbook, this one was introduced by Fred Astaire. The lovely lady to whom he sings this little gem is Joan Leslie. She […]

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Next Sunday, February 24, 2013, the Academy Awards will be telecast across the globe. I will, in all likelihood, NOT be watching or, if I do, it will be sporadically and with little interest. In addition to the fact that I’m not real interested in Hollywood films in the new millennium, I am even more […]

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