Category Archives: Classic Film

What to do this Saturday in LA?

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Screening & Illustrated Talk! THE ROARING TWENTIES / California Alcohol Production During Prohibition Presented by the American Cinematheque and the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
The afternoon begins with a 2PM screening of THE ROARING TWENTIES (see description below), followed by the illustrated talk:…
“California Alcohol Production During Prohibition,” 60 min. Chef, educator and historian Ernest Miller will take us back to Los Angeles before and during Prohibition to discover how some members of the local beer and wine industry survived by cleverly working around the Volstead Act’s ban on liquor. Chef Miller also will discuss what happened to the industry after Prohibition ended in December 1933. If not for Prohibition, Los Angeles might be a leader in wine and beer production today (the country’s largest winery was once located in Alhambra). Items used by alcohol manufacturers to make and advertise their product also will be displayed.
Following the lecture at 5:30 PM, members can join us at the Record Parlour (6408 Selma Ave., Hollywood) for libations and live music from Hedgehog Swing in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the repeal of the Volstead Act. Members of the Cinematheque and Art Deco Society will be e-mailed details on how to RSVP and obtain a password to enter this “speakeasy.”
75th Anniversary! THE ROARING TWENTIES 1939, Warner Bros., 106 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh
Raoul Walsh came bursting onto the screen in his first Warner Bros. directorial outing with this sensational gangster tale starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart as World War I vets who return to an unwelcoming American society and go straight for the criminal life instead. With a script from crackerjack Warner Bros. writing team Jerry Wald and Richard Macauley, and produced by the incorrigible erstwhile journalist Mark Hellinger, this picture bristles with suspense, smart-aleck humor and Walsh’s great comic and dramatic timing. The triple threat of Cagney, Bogey and Walsh make for nonstop action and fun. A terrific round-up and look-back at the great Warner Bros. gangster yarns of the 1930s, this film says it all about how the studio kept in touch with the hard-knock life of the times. Also starring the inimitable Gladys George as Cagney’s saloon-owning friend and Pricilla Lane as the woman who just can’t love Cagney the way he wants. A blast of energy that is pure Walsh!
Tickets are $11 general admission and are available on Fandango.com

 


What a character!!

One of the original comedians from the silent film era, other than the more commonly known Chaplin and Keaton comedies…..there was Ben Turpin!

First of all, the cross-eyed comedian of silent days was not born that way. Supposedly his right eye slipped out of alignment while playing the role of the similarly afflicted Happy Hooligan in vaudeville and it never adjusted. Ironically, it was this disability that would enhance his comic value and make him a top name.

Ben Turpin was born in New Orleans in 1869, the son of a French-born confectionery store owner. When 7 years old, his father moved to New York’s lower East Side. A wanderlust fellow by nature, Turpin lived the life of a hobo in his early adult years. He started up his career by chance while bumming in Chicago where he drew laughs at parties. An ad in a newspaper looking for comedy acts caught his eye and he successfully booked shows along with a partner. Going solo, he performed on the burlesque circuit as well as under circus tents and invariably entertained his audiences by doing tricks, vigorous pratfalls and, of course, crossing his eyes. One of his more familiar sight gags was a backwards tumble he called the “108.” He happened upon the Happy Hooligan persona while playing on the road and kept the hapless character as part of routine for 17 years.

Do you have a favorite film by him?


Vintage loving event in Rancho Mirage!!

And free!!!

http://www.ranchomiragelibrary.org/event/frankenstein-conversation-sarah-karloff-/

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Join art and culture journalist Stacy Davies as she presents clips from Karloff’s extensive career and talks with his daughter, Sara Karloff, about the man behind the many masks. The Bride of Frankenstein will screen after the interview.


PSA-Lucille Ball items up for Auction 7/30/13

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaza

Papers, costumes and other valuables of the late Lucille Ball, seen in a 1953 photo with her husband and “I Love Lucy” costar, Desi Arnaz, are hitting the auction block.    (Museum of TV & Radio )

“Mementos from the life and work of Lucille Ball are hitting the auction block. Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer Profiles in History will be putting what is being described as the “finest collection” of the “I Love Lucy” star’s papers, costumes and other items ever offered up for sale on Tuesday in Los Angeles.

The star of the auction is Ball’s signature polka dot dress that she wore as Lucy Ricardo on the series. It is estimated to sell for $40,000-$60,000.

Other items include Ball’s signed contract with producer Sam Goldwyn for her earliest films, including 1933’s “Roman Scandals,” which is expected to sell for $1,000-$1,500; her striped dress suit from the 1950 Bob Hope comedy “Fancy Pants” has been estimated at $4,000-$6,000; a fox stole she wore in the third season of “I Love Lucy” is expected to fetch $3,000-$5,000; and a blue skirt featured in the classic John Wayne episode of the pioneering CBS comedy series is expected to go for $2,000-$3,000.”

A short clip of pictures of Lucille in “Roman Scandals” and YES that is her, the blonde!!

https://www.profilesinhistory.com/auctions/the-dreier-collection-part-2/


PSA to Classic Film/Pre-Code Film lovers!!

I just found this out and will start my 2 week free trial TONIGHT!!

http://instant.warnerarchive.com/

Warner Archive Features


Great early car chase scene “Get that Girl” (1932)

This is a great movie and I really enjoyed the car chase scene in the beginning.  It’s amazing how far we have come cinematically with graphics and CGI,  but I still appreciate our humble beginning’s!

Synopsis: A young girl, who is about to receive a large inheritance, is abducted to an isolated sanitarium where a crazed doctor is performing strange experiments.


What a crackup!!!!! Just Imagine (1930)

This movie was extremely cheesy but simply hilarious how they viewed what the future would be….in the 1980’s that is!!

Check out this clip if you want a good laugh for all you 80’s babies…man if they only knew!!

Pre-Code humor: “She’s not the Queen, HE is!” Joyzelle in her mica costume.


What to do on Saturday? Silent film under the stars? YES!

Just a reminder that  Silent & Classic Movie Nights continues this Saturday with the 1915 film version of Alice In Wonderland. Bring the whole family and watch the film under the stars. Gates open at 7:30.

“The 1915 film version of Alice In Wonderland will be screened on Saturday, July 27. This is the third film adaption of the Lewis Carroll classic novel. For admirers of the book, this film version is significant for portraying the ‘Father William’ poem in its entirety and it includes an image of John Tenniel’s illustration of Father William doing his back-somersault at the front door. Tenniel was the artist who illustrated Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.

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Alice in Wonderland 1915 with live music - dir. WW Young/ 3


Movie review – A true classic, I give you….Grand Hotel (1932)

First let me wow you with the cast: Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, John Barrymore.  Let me allow you to soak in this greatness.

Joan…*sigh*

Greta….*sigh*

and John…*swoons*

Basically this movie is about  a group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas. John, who is the resident hotel thief and gambler, has a brief flirtation with Joan who is at the hotel on business as a stenographer, only to quickly fall head over heals in love with Greta, a world famous ballerina.  Joan gives a great performance, her eyes and smile dazzle you, Greta, with her silent film background, is very passionate and communicates so much about her character just in facial expressions and body language.  You really get a feel her anguish.  I loved Johns character because he was devilishly handsome and flirtatious.  He was also a gentleman and played this diverse part well.

This is a great look into luxury travel in the past, and the different characters you would come in contact with during your travel adventures.  As I like to say, a must see!!

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0022958/

I hope you take my word for it and give it a try!!


Movie review – Lonely Wives (1931)

This pre-code film had me LOL over their risqué behavior and lame double standards!! It was still a very enjoyable and unbelievable film!!

Edward Everett Horton plays Richard “Dickie” Smith, a respectable defense lawyer, who turns into a Don Juan, when the clock strikes 8 o’clock, in this Pre Code comedy.

To fool his mother-in-law Mrs. Mantel, (Maude Eburne), he hires famous vaudeville impersonator Felix, the Great Zero, (also played by Edward Everett Horton, in a double role), to stay at the house.

While he goes out on the town, with his new, sultry secretary Kitty “Minty” Minter Patsy Ruth Miller, and, his new client, Diane O’Dare Laura La Plante, who wishes to divorce her husband for neglect. She is unaware that her husband, who is Felix, the Great Zero.

When Madeline Smith, Richard’s wife (Esther Ralston), returns early from her trip, Felix knows that the jig is up; or, is it.

It’s a question of who’s fooling who. Zero, angry at being played for a patsy by Smith, arranges for the maid to make a pass at Smith, who thinks Zero is Smith himself. After a series of events, Smith ends up chasing Zero with a loaded gun.

Meanwhile, Andrews, the Butler, (Spencer Charters), thinks he must have the DT’s, seeing double of everyone.

They know they’ll reform their ways, if any of them survive the night.

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Happy B-day Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990)

Like most veteran actors and actresses, I loved her early work most. In 1928 Barbara moved to Hollywood, where she was to start one of the most lucrative careers filmdom had ever seen. She was an extremely versatile actress who could adapt to any role. Barbara was equally at home in all genres, from melodramas, such as Forbidden (1932) and Stella Dallas (1937), to thrillers, such as Double Indemnity (1944), one of her best films, also starring Fred MacMurray (as you have never seen him before). She also excelled in comedies such as Remember the Night (1940) and The Lady Eve (1941). Another genre she excelled in was westerns, Union Pacific (1939) being one of her first and TV’s “The Big Valley” (1965) (her most memorable role) being her last. In 1983, she played in the ABC hit mini-series “The Thorn Birds” (1983), which did much to keep her in the eye of the public. She turned in an outstanding performance as Mary Carson.


Ding-Ding! Movie review time- Sin Takes a Holiday (1930)

This cleaver movie was quickly on its way on being on my top ten list until the ending!  I won’t kill the movie for you, it is still a must see, but there are always movies that end in a way where your jaw tends to lower and possibly some drool leaking out because you can’t believe that’s how they ended it.

Dowdy Sylvia accepts her boss’ marriage proposal, even though he only asked her to avoid marriage to another woman. As a newly found  wealthy wife, Sylvia changes from ugly duckling to uninhibited swan and even contemplates having an affair with a man she meets during an all expense paid  trip to Paris.


San Bernardino Art + Film Lab Friday, July 26–Sunday, August 25, 2013

Friday, July 26–Sunday, August 25, 2013 Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino is the second site for the LACMA9 Art + Film Lab.  Area residents are invited to participate in free film workshops, an oral history project, outdoor film screenings, plus a free day at LACMA. Presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in collaboration with the City of San Bernardino Parks and Recreation and the Arts Council.

About the City of San Bernardino Located south of the San Bernardino Mountains and west of the lower desert, San Bernardino is known for its scenic beauty and strategic location.  It is the largest city in the County of San Bernardino with a population of over 200,000 people.  Early influences of Native Americans, Mexican settlers, Spanish missionaries and Mormon emigrants still echo throughout the city today forming a community rich in history and cultural diversity. Known as LACMA9 Art + Film Lab, the project opens its doors Friday, June 7, at the University of Redlands. The structure consists of three elements: a computer lab, an art-making space and an audiovisual lab, each housed in a trailer-like room radiating from a central hub.

A screen installed between two of the sections will be used for nighttime movie presentations. All the programs are free. The workshops, on topics such as documentary making, composition and sound design, will be offered in the first two rooms. The audiovisual lab will host oral history sessions, in which members of the public can talk about their lives. “People will record a story about their community or a significant story in their life,” said Sarah Jesse, the art museum’s associate vice president of education. “If they bring a flash drive, they can take (a copy of the session) with them.” The lab will be at the Redlands site until July 7. From July 26 to Aug. 25, it will be at Perris Hill Park in San Bernardino, next to the senior center.

 

LACMA9 Art + Film Lab The project of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will be visiting the Inland area through August. June 7-July 7: University of Redlands, Brockton and University avenues July 26-Aug. 25: Perris Hill Park, 780 E. 21st St., San Bernardino Oral history hours: 3-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Sunday. Redlands workshops: Mini Docs: noon-3 p.m. June 15 and 29 Soundscapes: 1-4 p.m. June 16 and 30 Instant Film: noon-3 p.m. June 22 and July 6 Composition: 1-4 p.m. June 23 and July 7 Sign-ups start one hour before the workshops. Information: 323-857-6000


Heritage Square presents: Silent and Classic Movie Nights series

Sponsored by Vidéothèque, admission to the Silent and Classic Movie Nights is free for Museum Members and a $10 donation for the General Public. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. for picnics with the show starting each Saturday after 8:00 p.m. These special screenings will take place on the lawn near the Palms Depot. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets to sit on, a small picnic to eat before the movies begin, and warm clothing. Beverages and snacks will be available with suggested donation. For more information about the program and featured movies, call the museum offices from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (323) 225-2700.


Old Pasadena Film Festival July 5-27, 2013!!!!

This sounds absolutely wonderful!! What a great selection of movies to watch in wonderful Old Pasadena.  I am a huge fan of Pasadena and their events.  I have NEVER been disappointed!!  Come one, come all!!

Old Pasadena Film Festival 2013

The   Old Pasadena Film Festival, a four-week, free movie series, returns  July 5 –  27. This mostly outdoor film festival  celebrates motion  picture in all of its forms, showcasing a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles  and genres.  With twenty screenings, the Old Pasadena Film Festival is the  largest open-air film festival in California.  The Old Pasadena Film Festival gives attendees the unique experience of  enjoying four weeks of award-winning cinema in unique outdoor spaces.

All Old Pasadena Film Festival screenings are free and open to the public. Arrive early for best seating at One Colorado Courtyard and Distant Lands, where chairs are provided. Bring your own chairs and blanket to Central Park screenings.

For a full schedule of what films are playing what days, directions, and any additional information, please click below:

http://www.oldpasadena.org/filmfestival/