Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: High Noon (1952)

Starring: Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, Thomas Mitchell Director: Fred Zinneman Marshall Will Kane (Cooper) is a well respected man who has just married Amy (Kelly) and is looking at a comfortable future when he is told that an evil man he put away years ago is heading into town for revenge, and will arrive on… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: High Noon (1952)

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Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ladykillers (1955)

Starring: Alec Guiness, Cecil Parker, Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom Director: Alexander Mackendrick Pretending to be a musical group, a band of robbers rent out a room from a sweet old lady, who they think will be no trouble at all. But when she finds out about their crime, she urges them to come forward and… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Ladykillers (1955)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: Angel Face (1953)

Starring: Jean Simmons, Robert Mitchum, Mona Freeman Director: Otto Preminger Frank Jessup (Mitchum) bites off more than he can chew when he meets the beautiful and wealthy Diane Tremayne (Simmons). Charmed by her innocent face, he's convinced to work as her families chauffeur, with the deal being that she'll arrange an investment for him so… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: Angel Face (1953)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: The Wrong Man (1956)

Starring: Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle Director: Alfred Hitchcock A jazz musician, Manny (Fonda) finds himself accused of robbing an insurance firm. When he's arrested, he does everything he can to cooperate with the police, which only makes them more convinced that he's guilty. The massive pressure to prove his innocence starts to affect… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Wrong Man (1956)

Classic Movie Watchlist 2018

Classic Movie Of The Week: A Star Is Born (1954)

Starring: Judy Garland, James Mason, Jack Carson Director: George Cukor There have been several versions of A Star Is Born, and there's set to be another one out this year. There's something about the story of the meteoric rise of the starlet while her famous love and mentor takes a massive fall that's so dark… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: A Star Is Born (1954)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

Starring: Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien Director: Frank Tashlin You won't find many Jayne Mansfield movies in academic lists of classic films. Partly because she didn't make very many before she died in a car accident, and partly because her films are not considered very high brow. Many people felt that she was the… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Girl Can’t Help It (1956)

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: The Searchers (1956)

Starring: John Wayne, Jeffrey Hunter, Vera Miles, Natalie Wood Director: John Ford Ford made many fine westerns, but this one has become the definitive western film. It's about Ethan (Wayne), who loves his family and his secretly in love with his brothers wife. When he is drawn away by pursuing some Indian cattle thieves, he… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: The Searchers (1956)

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