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Happy 75th anniversary Wizard of Oz

Wow, has it really been 75 years?? Yes it has.

To celebrate they are showing it in 3D at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.

http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/90160/887597?brand=pantagesca

http://thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com/

To celebrate here are some great behind the scene shots from the movie!!

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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.


Happy 100 Vintage Wonderlust!!!!!

This is my 100th post!! Time flies when you are having fun, and I still have tons of ideas to write about.  Have no fear, I’m just getting warmed up with my blog.  I appreciate all of the viewers and would like to remind you to please like the posts you enjoy most so I can see what my audience desires!!  Thank you for all of your support and please, keep coming back for more!! I update several times a week.

Happy 100!!

NYC in 1913, 100 years ago!

Los Angeles 1913

San Francisco 1913

Newspapers from 1913

Alabama Citizen newspaper 1913

Facts from 1913:

  • Darktown Follies opens in Harlem and helps to make Harlem a black cultural center.
  • Billboard magazine publishes a list of the most popular vaudeville  songs. It’s the predecessor to their trademark charts.
  • First crossword puzzle appears in the New York World. See Crossword  Puzzle Guide

Economics

Federal spending:   $0.72  billion Consumer Price Index:   9.9 Unemployment:   4.3% Cost of a first-class  stamp:   $0.02
Read more:  Top News Stories from 1913 | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/year/1913.html#ixzz2ZVxCjo5u

For the first time, American motorists can drive coast-to-coast via the Lincoln Highway, which goes from New York’s Time Square to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, Calif.

The average house cost $5,935 Equivalent today: $131,171

The average car cost $600 Equivalent today: $13,261

The average wage was $585 Equivalent today: $12,929
Here are some ads from 1913
Women’s fashion in 1913:
Random 1913 Photos:
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Happy Birthday James Cagney!!

James Francis Cagney, Jr. (July 17, 1899 – March 30, 1986) was an American actor, first on stage, then in film,[2] where he had his greatest impact. Although he won acclaim and major awards for a wide variety of performances,[3] he is best remembered for playing tough guys.[4] In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked him eighth among its 50 Greatest American Screen Legends.[5]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cagney#cite_note-2

To see all of his wonderful movies check out my most favorite reference site:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000010/


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.


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/


Behind the Scenes

Not much to write about on this one other than check out these really neat behind the scenes pictures I found on classic movies.  Enjoy!!

Frankenstein (1931)

Frankenstein (1931)

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Rebel Without A Cause (1955)

House on Haunted Hill (1959)

House On Haunted Hill (1959)

Wizard of Oz (1939)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

 


What is this Film Noir you ask? I had the same question!

As a fan of early cinema from early “talkies” to mid to late 30’s, I was unaware of Film Noir.  By definition it means: shadowy, pessimistic movie: a cinematic genre popular in the 1940s and 1950s, often filmed in urban settings with extensive use of shadows, cynical in outlook, and featuring antiheroes. Between the Great Depression and the start of the Cold War, Hollywood went noir, reflecting the worldly, weary, wised-up under current of midcentury America.

That sounds interesting to me!! This is also when I learned about Edward G. Robinson.  He is an AMAZING and unique actor and a great “go to” for finding a good film noir movie.

I knew about EGR long before I became a fan of B/W films, I knew him from Bugs Bunny mimicking him and his very unique style of speaking!

Here are my suggestions for EGR beginners!

Here is a great EGR movie with Orson Wells and Loretta Young!! The Stranger

I have seen every movie I suggest so feel free to ask questions or give me suggestions of your own.  These are great movies and I promise if you were not a fan of EGR before or Film Noir, you will be now!!  Have fun vintage movie lovers!!!


The Ultimate Classic Hollywood Experience

The Ultimate Classic Hollywood Experience

April 25–28, 2013  Things to do in Hollywood this weekend!

For years and years I have wanted to go but unfortunately the cost of this event has not allowed me to do so.  The cheapest total event pass starts at $249 per person.  I have thought of just hanging out in the area just to people watch as that can be just as fun sometimes.  The Turner Classic Movie channel has an annual event where they show classic films on the big screen and have lots of actors and actresses old and new come in and do commentary.

You can buy individual event passes for $20 for general audiences, $10 with valid student I.D. for most events. Individual tickets are $30 for general audiences, $15 with valid student I.D

Please note: Individual tickets will NOT be sold for the Opening Night Red Carpet Gala screening of FUNNY GIRL (1968) or Club TCM events – including panels – as these are exclusive events for pass holders (depending on pass level).

Please note: Children under the age of 4 are not admitted to any Festival events.

Please click this link to see the film festival schedule: http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/schedule-thursday.php  For movie nerds like us, this event is a guaranteed good time.  If you go, please share your experience here!!


Happy Birthday Charles Chaplin

Happy Birthday Charles Chaplin

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Where does one begin when trying to sum up Charlie Chaplin’s career?

Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was born on this day, April 16, 1889 in London, England.

Charlie Chaplin, considered (and for good reason) to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood and film.  Charlie Chaplin was an actor, comedian, director, producer, writer, musician and music composer whose work in motion pictures spanned from 1914 until 1967.

He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular “Little Tramp” character; the man with the toothbrush mustache, bowler hat, bamboo cane, and a funny walk.

Here is an interesting trivia fact that I had no clue about: “On March 3, 1978, his dead body was stolen from the Corsier-Sur-Vevey cemetery. It took until 18 May when the police found it.” – OH MY  I know silent films aren’t for everyone but if you ever want to give it a shot, you will not be let down with Mr. Chaplin.  He is a great comedian who can make you laugh without saying a word, and that’s saying something.

Top 5 Charlie Chaplin movies I suggest:

1: The Great Dictator (1940)

2: The Gold Rush (1925)

3: The Circus (1928)

4: The Kid (1921)

5: Modern Times (1936)

If you are in the Los Angeles area, I would suggest looking up the Egyptian Theatre for silent film screenings as I have seen first hand Chaplin films on original 8mm along with commentary.  It was a fabulous experience and definitely a great way to view the classics!


Tribute to James “Jimmy” Stewart

Tribute to James “Jimmy” Stewart

James Stewart, what a wonderful actor he was.

He mastered innocence in all of his characters and made you fall in love with him each time.  He was funny and handsome and accomplished so much in his long career.  I have seen many of his films and would have recommended prior to Easter a film that is one of my favorites from him.

Harvey (1950)

Elwood P. Dowd is a mild-mannered, friendly  man, who has an invisible friend resembling a 6-foot rabbit.  This movie is a crackup when he confuses everyone around him and the typical Jimmy Stewart antics follow suit.

Now everyone, even none classic film lovers knows Jimmy Stewart for the movie, “Its a Wonderful Life”. There is so much more to this actor that I suggest digging deeper into his career.  He is a fun actor to follow as his movies allow him to shine and this always involved some sort of comedy and a little crazy!

Another fun movie of his that I would suggest is:

Pot O’ Gold (1941)

Jimmy, the owner of a failed music shop, goes to work with his uncle, the owner of a food factory. Before he gets there, he befriends an Irish family who happens to be his uncle’s worst enemy because of their love for music and in-house band who constantly practices. Soon, Jimmy finds himself trying to help the band by getting them gigs and trying to reconcile the family with his uncle, an avid music-hater, all while winning the heart of the beautiful Molly! Written by  Nathan Will Sheets

Please share any of your favorite James Stewart movies or let me know if you watch these!


Welcome all!

Welcome friends, I have created this page to share my adventures and excitement for all things relating art, culture, history and film. I am an old soul who loves movies from silent films into the mid to late 1940’s. I do make exceptions for some 1950 Film Noir as I love Edward G Robinson. Please feel free to share events and historical sites in your area as well!

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