Category Archives: Classic Film

What to do this Saturday in LA?

http://www.americancinemathequecalendar.com/content/the-roaring-twenties-california-alcohol-production-during-prohibition

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.