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 Watchlist 2018

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)

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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Biography Of The Month: Louis B Mayer

The story of Louise B Mayer is the story of Old Hollywood and it’s Golden Age. He and the other players of his era shaped the industry from it’s inception and used the studio system to control and create stars. It was a very different time both socially and culturally. Under Mayer’s days as head… Continue reading Biography Of The Month: Louis B Mayer

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Classic Film Of The Week: Johnny Guitar (1954)

Starring: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge Director: Nicholas Ray Vienna (Crawford) is a saloon owner in the Old West, whose business sits on land where the railroad will come. She stands to make a lot of money in the future, but the local farmers think she's a bad seed, along with the rough and… Continue reading Classic Film Of The Week: Johnny Guitar (1954)

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Classic Movie Of The Week: In A Lonely Place (1950)

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy Director: Nicholas Ray Any Bogart film deserves a place on a must watch or classic movies list. He's one of my all-time favourite actors. He often played characters who had more than a hint of the amoral, but were also good guys, think Rick Blaine in Casablanca, a… Continue reading Classic Movie Of The Week: In A Lonely Place (1950)

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Classic Film Of The Week: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

Starring: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray Director: Robert Wise A flying saucer comes to Earth and lands, setting the world on it's head. What does it want? Why is it here? From it emerges a humanoid alien in a suit, which the US army shots at. Then a 7ft robot… Continue reading Classic Film Of The Week: The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)