Thursday, April 05, 2007

230AM EST TCM CHINATOWN





Chinatown Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston D: Roman Polanski


Great movie, better stories behind the movies. Huston plays a father whose daughter has been dating Nicholson's character. In real life, Nicholson at this time is dating Huston's daughter, Angelica. Also in real life, Nicholson's neighbor Polanski (Director) is auditioning a 13-yr-old in Nicholson's hot-tub. Angelica "breaks-in" and catches him. Panicked, the police are contacted; during the search, supposedly Angelica is caught "holding" illegal drugs; she turns state's evidence against Polanski. (These details summarized from Huston's bio; and Nicholson's bio) Results: Polanski flees the country and is living in Europe even now.

Anyway, the movie is about a private eye who gets in too deep.

Link to the script

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Mister Roberts 930AM CST on AMC



Mister Roberts (1956) Henry Fonda, Jack Lemmon, James Cagney D: John Ford, Mervyn Leroy

New York Times review

Link to Movie Review Query Engine

Trivia quiz about the movie

See the soundtrack listing on this site

Monday, April 02, 2007

Moby Dick 9AMCentral TCM



Moby Dick (1956) John Huston's amazing screen version of the Herman Melville story. Gregory Peck, Richard Basehart

Short reviewand narrative of the movie

Great March 18 blog about the Orson Welles speech.

Soundtrack songs and availability

Short bio of the writer Ray Bradbury

Saturday, March 31, 2007

FUNNY GIRL - 10 AM CST on TCM




The life of legendary stage comedian Fanny Brice is enhanced by an excellent Jule Styne-Bob Merrill score

Funny Girl (19 )Barbra Streisand, Omar Sharif

A short synopsis of the play/movie plot

NY Times review of the movie

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Bridge on the River Kwai 10:15 AM EST Monday






From History Dept. at Univ of San Diego

History in Film Website

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ball of Fire - Barbara Stanwyck - TCM 930EST




Short bio of Barbara Stanwyck as a dancer

Interesting discussion about a scene in the movie

Great Barbara Stanwyck web site

Good description of how the movie was made

Billy Wilder early career

What's left; oh yes, Barbara Stanwyck pics

Saturday, October 14, 2006

A Place in the Sun TCM 715 Central




The Montgomery Clift Shrine


NY Times Review

Place in the Sun (transcript)

A synopsis of the shot-by-shot scientific analysis by a scientist (?) of the movie, as compared to The Great Gatsby.

And, oh yeah, some pictures of Liz

Friday, May 12, 2006

Suddenly, Last Summer3PMCST on TCM




Suddenly, Last Summer(1959)Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift
Montgomery Clift is beautiful, Elizabeth Taylor too. Watch this. (P.S. There might be a plot but I didn't notice)

Nice small tribute to Elizabeth Taylor

Summary and review of the movie

Read short bio of the playwright Tennessee Williams

The Montgomery Clift shrine

BE SURE TO VISIT MY Foreign Actress page, beginning of my Monthly Web Site

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Of Human Bondage830PMCST on TCM




Of Human Bondage (1934)Bette Davis, Leslie Howard Bette Davis is bad. Not bad in a good way. One of the best early adaptations of a famous book.

Great Bette Davis page

Great download page from the exceptional Meredy movie site

In case you're too cheap to buy the cheap paperback, you can read the online version for free at Planet PDF, Of Human Bondage

Comprehensive story and review of the movie at VH1

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

ThatHagenGirl 1030AMCST on TCM




That Hagen Girl (1947) Ronald Reagen, Shirley Temple An older soldier and a young girl lead folks into rumors.

(Note: one of the first "troubled youth" movies. For a while, Hollywood was trying to take younger stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Shirley Temple into older roles; some didn't work too well, you may like this one though. I hope everyone had a chance to watch the great bios on TCM yesterday, especially the ones on Raoul Walsh and Lana Turner. Exceptional. Now back to your program.)

Very good article about Shirley Temple young adult films

Blog article about Shirley's acting ability; post-childstar era

NYTimes Review

Filmography for Lois Maxwell "Most promising newcomer" (aka Ms. Monypenny)

An older review that slams the movie

Monday, May 08, 2006

THEWEDDINGNIGHT-11PMCST, on TCM




The Wedding Night (1935)Gary Cooper, Anna Sten A young Gary Cooper gets adventurous with a married woman.

Short bio of Anna Sten

Short listing of her movies

Article about Samuel Goldwyn and Anna Sten

Brief review by MSN

Anne Sten (several photos)

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Dark Victory 830PMCST, on TCMCM




(1937) Bette Davis. Also with a brief appearance by Humphrey Bogart as the Irish horse groom.

Nice interview with Bette Davis

Bette Davis bio

Bette Davis tribute

Dark Victory review3Ebio

Bette Davis tribute

Dark Victory review

Friday, April 28, 2006

Classic Film Stock Market

Please visit the Classic Film Stock Market at CFILM

For the first 5 days, the IPO (Initial Public Offering) is for ten of the best loved movies of all time, included The Wizard of Oz, Psycho, Gone with the Wind, and Some Like it Hot. You have 10,000 imaginary dollars to spend on so far, 5000 stocks ranging from $50 for Citizen Kane to $100 to Casablanca.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Zorba the Greek 7PMCST, on TCM



Anthony Quinn, Alan Bates The life of Zorba; 7 Oscars, great music, great performances

Anthony Quinn tribute site

Detailed review

Alan Bates film archive

Bio of Nikos Kazantzakis, author of the book

Very good article about supporting actress Lila Kedrova and other underrated actresses and actors

Awards for the screenwriterMichael Cacoyannis