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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/


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/


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!!!


What a gem I’ve found Vintage Movie Lovers!!!

I am always on the hunt for locations that play classic films like the Egyptian Theater and the Silent Film Cinema on Fairfax, but this was unknown to be until about five minutes ago. I give you….. Old Town Music Hall.  Located at  140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245  (310) 322-2592.

Since 1968, Old Town Music Hall has been showing vintage silent and sound films, and presenting live concerts by some of the world’s finest performers of jazz, ragtime, and popular music from the past.

Silent films are accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer, a massive 1925 wind-powered pipe organ that has been meticulously preserved so that silent classics can be experienced with live musical accompaniment, just as they did when they were first shown.  It’s something you really have to see and hear to believe.

Old Town Music Hall is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your generous support enables us to preserve the golden era of feature film and music.

This weekend is Dinner and a Movie Night.  They are showing Wings, with Clara Bow.

Please visit the site to see details.http://www.oldtownmusichall.org/index.html

I can’t wait to check this place out and have already told my husband to add this on our list of “must do’s”.

If you go, please let me know here how it went!  Have fun!!


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!!


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!