Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: To Have And Have Not (1944)

Starring: Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Walter Brennan, Hoagy Carmichael. Director: Howard Hughes Martinique, 1944, Harry (Bogart) and his alcoholic friend Eddie (Brennan) run a some what shady operation of a boat for hire. When a job falls through, they find themselves forced to take on a job for the Resistance, but they might have bitten… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: To Have And Have Not (1944)

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Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

Starring: Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick Director: Preston Sturges John Sullivan (McCrea) is a director of comedies but longs to be taken seriously as an artistic director of dramas. His decides to stage a stunt and heads off into the world disguised as a hobo, in order to learn about how real people live.… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: Double Indemnity (1944)

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G Robinson Director: Billy Wilder The film opens with a wounded man staggering into his office and making a confession. As he talks, time spools back and we learn he is Walter Neff (MacMurray) an insurance agent who has gotten caught up in something bad. Neff meets a beautiful… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Double Indemnity (1944)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Seventh Victim (1943)

Starring: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks Director: Mark Robson Mary Gibson (Hunter) is at school when she is told that her sister and only remaining family member, Jacqueline (Brooks), has gone missing. She heads to Manhattan to find out what's happened to her, and discovers a trail of black magic and betrayal that leads… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Seventh Victim (1943)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Wolf Man (1941)

Starring: Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jr, Bela Lugosi, Warren Williams, Evelyn Ankers Director: George Waggner Part of the Universal monsters cycle, The Wolf Man is an enduring horror classic. While there had been werewolf movies before this, this was the one that grabbed audiences by the throat and made them sit up and take notice.… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Wolf Man (1941)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ghost & Mrs Muir (1947)

Starring: Gene Tierney, Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Natalie Wood Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz In 1900, Lucy Muir (Tierney) is a young widow with a daughter (a very young Natalie Wood), who decides to move out of the home she shares with her miserable in-laws. She ends up choosing a house that is reputably haunted, but… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ghost & Mrs Muir (1947)

Persons Of Interest

Biography Of The Month- Lana: The Lives and Loves Of Lana Turner by Jane Ellen Wayne

Jane Ellen Wayne's book, Lana: The Lives and Loves of Lana Turner is a slim volume. It's amazing that a woman whose life was lived so large and so passionately, and whose life was also so fascinating, should be given only a small book. There is a biography written by her daughter Cheryl, but I… Continue reading Biography Of The Month- Lana: The Lives and Loves Of Lana Turner by Jane Ellen Wayne

Classic Movie Of The Week 2017

Classic Movie Of The Week: High Sierra (1941)

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ida Lupino, Alan Curtis Director: Raoul Walsh Roy Earle (Bogart) is a well known criminal recently released from prison, and whose old boss tasks him with aiding a group of inexperienced criminals to rob a resort. ┬áBut of course, things aren't going to go as planned. Before this film, Bogart was still… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: High Sierra (1941)

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)

Persons Of Interest, The Reading List

Biography of The Month: Nobody’s Perfect: Billy Wilder, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler

Born in Vienna, Billy Wilder started out as a newspaperman, and fled to America to escape the Nazi occupation. He had already started his forays into screenwriting that would lead him to working as a writer and later director of some of the Hollywood's most famous and successful films. In this book, he talks about… Continue reading Biography of The Month: Nobody’s Perfect: Billy Wilder, A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler