Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: Babes In Arms (1939)

Starring: Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Charles Winninger Director: Busby Berkeley A troupe of performers are struggling to make ends meet with the advent of sound in films. They decide to take their show in the road, but upset at being left behind, their children all get together and come up with a show of their… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Babes In Arms (1939)

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Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

Starring: Paul Muni, Glenda Farrell, Preston Foster, Helen Vinson Director: Mervyn LeRoy Adapted from the autobiography of Robert E Burns, this film is the story of James Allen (Muni), a man wrongly convicted  of a crime, who is sent to work in the chain gangs in the American South. The conditions and the cruel prison… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: 42nd Street (1933)

Starring: Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler Director: Lloyd Bacon Sometimes called the grandmother of all musicals, this film was a huge success, not just due to the fabulous cast and toe tapping songs, but also as the vehicle that launched Busby Berkeley. He became famous for his wonderful set pieces of women… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: 42nd Street (1933)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Women (1939)

Starring: Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Mary Boland, Paulette Goddard, Joan Fontaine Director: George Cukor An unusual film, The Women was adapted for the screen from the Clare Luce Boothe play, and has 130 speaking roles, all of whom are women. In fact, almost all of the portraits on the sets show women and… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Women (1939)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Swing Time (1936)

  Starring: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Victor Moore, Helen Broderick, Betty Furness Director: George Stevens Lucky Garnett (Astaire) is a performer who needs money to marry his fiance (Furness). Heading to New York City to raise the funds, he stumbles across Penny (Rogers), a woman with dreams of making it as a dancer and who… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Swing Time (1936)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: The Public Enemy (1931)

Starring: James Cagney, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell Director: William A Wellman Tom Powers (Cagney) learns at a young age that to get ahead you have to be a criminal. He starts out in petty crime, and eventually works his way up to the top of organised crime. When things start to fall apart… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Public Enemy (1931)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Stage Coach (1939)

Starring: John Wayne, Clair Trevor, Andy Devine, John Carradine, Louise Platt, Director: John Ford A group of very different strangers are travelling in a stage coach, when they find out that they're about to pass through dangerous territory. They decide to go on together, and in the process of facing danger learn that those who… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Stage Coach (1939)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Stella Dallas (1937)

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, John Boles, Anne Shirley Director: King Vidor Based on a well known novel that was already made into a silent film in 1925, this version of Stella Dallas is powerful and dramatic without ever being overly sentimental or emotional. It's the story of a working class woman (Stanwyck) who marries a man… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Stella Dallas (1937)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: The Black Cat (1934)

Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners, Julie Bishop Director: Edgar G Ulmer If you've read Edgar Allen Poe's story The Black Cat, you'll soon notice that it has nothing in common with this film but the title. But don't let that put you off. This is the film that first put the great Bela… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Black Cat (1934)

Persons Of Interest

Biography Of The Month: Howard Hughes (1905 – 1976)

A multi-millionaire with a strange childhood, known for his famous lovers, his ambitions and his odd behaviour in later life, Howard Hughes was a man who inherited a lot of money, but who made major innovations to the aviation industry and also became a movie mogul. Challenging convention, pushing boundaries, and living an incredibly lonely… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Howard Hughes (1905 – 1976)