Category Archives: 1950s

Young Man with a Horn (Curtiz, 1950)

I recently went to Noir City Hollywood’s “Jazz Noir” double feature night, and remembered that I hadn’t linked over to a guest post I did for The Retro Set last year for their Jazz Week celebration. So here’s my Bix-slanted … Continue reading

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Jimmy Stewart Blogathon: The Naked Spur (Mann, 1953)

This post is part of the James Stewart Blogathon hosted by the Classic Film & TV Cafe. You can view the complete blogathon schedule here. Thanks so much for hosting! My home state of Colorado has played host to many … Continue reading

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Summer Under the Stars Blogathon: The Bad and the Beautiful (Minnelli, 1953)

This post is a contribution to the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon. Thanks to Jill and Michael for hosting again this year! For director Vincente Minnelli’s follow-up to the Best Picture-winning An American in Paris, The Bad and the Beautiful … Continue reading

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Hitchcock Under the Stars

Last night, my friend and I trekked over to Hollywood Forever Cemetery for Cinespia’s summer outdoor movie series.  The film was the 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. We parked over in the Paramount Studios lot over … Continue reading

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Paramount Ranch

As many of you probably know, back in the classic Hollywood era, most films were filmed either on the studio lot or in the surrounding areas. Location shooting, which dominates today, was a lot more rare, although there are notable … Continue reading

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Singin’ in the Rain On the Big Screen!

On Wednesday night, I had the opportunity to catch the second showing of TCM’s presentation of Singin’ in the Rain on the big screen. I was very excited because I had to miss out on the first screening due to … Continue reading

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Gene Kelly Turns 100: Brigadoon (Minnelli, 1954)

This post is a contribution to the CMBA’s Gene Kelly Centennial Blogathon celebrating the actor/director/coreographer’s 100 birthday. Getting this blogathon post in just under the wire… For our CMBA Gene Kelly Centennial celebration, I wanted to take a look at … Continue reading

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Hollywood and Old Time Radio: Suspense

When I was in high school, probably my senior year, my history teacher took our class to see a local theater production that centered around Old Time Radio. The theater troupe  did a live broadcast of War of the Worlds … Continue reading

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Gone Too Soon: Alan Ladd

This is my contribution to Comet Over Hollywood’s Gone Too Soon Blogathon. To be honest, the image that comes to my mind when Alan Ladd’s name is brought up is the soft-spoken sharpshooter in Shane. At the height of his … Continue reading

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Bon Anniversaire François Truffaut

Today marks what would’ve been François Truffaut’s 80th birthday had he not passed away at the age of 52 in 1984. There are plenty of people out there who could offer much grander tributes to the great director, but I … Continue reading

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