It’s the Only Woman We Got: Margaret Dumont in Duck Soup (1933)

This post is the SBBN entry for the Funny Lady Blogathon, going on now at Movies, Silently. Check out the other entries today! *** Duck Soup (1933) is a tight little 68 minutes of absurdist, anarchic comedy featuring the Marx Brothers and a cast of constantly befuddled straight men and women. One part old-fashioned musical…

Sincerely Yours (1955)

Liberace’s brief stint as a leading man was preordained to be short lived. Loathed by critics of both cinema and music, the flamboyant Liberace was more entertainer than actor and could hardly carry a feature length film. That’s why Sincerely Yours (1955), his first and only starring vehicle, spends most of its nearly two-hour runtime…

Elsewhere: The Blogathons, Doughnuts and Doris Days Edition

Here are some things around the web you should be reading, doing or otherwise participating in while I recover from the Raiders of Ghost City-induced ennui. SBBN will be participating in a couple of blogathons this summer: The William Castle Blogathon will be hosted by The Last Drive-In and Goregirl’s Dungeon on July 29 through…

Raiders of Ghost City #13: Golden Vengeance

It’s our final recap of the 1945 non-classic Universal serial Raiders of Ghost City, and if my lack of enthusiasm and your lack of clicks are any indication, we were so done with this about five chapters ago. But it’s the glorious final chapter, which picks up just as the last chapter ends. Steve enlists…

Raiders of Ghost City #12: Calling All Buckboards

Last week on Raiders of Ghost City! Steve grabs some papers off the dead Rawhide and discovers Alex is the leader of the nogoodnik Prussians. Meanwhile President Lincoln has the poor taste to get himself assassinated, which leaves the U.S. Army in the lurch, as he was scheduled to speak with the Modoc tribe to…

The Secret Garden (1949)

Mary Lennox (Margaret O’Brien) is a young British girl living in India during a cholera epidemic. Her parents and servants have died, and Mary is left alone in the house. When she’s found by a British officer, she hardly seems to realize anything is wrong; her parents were barely part of her life and, though…

June Movies on TCM to Watch For

Ivan at Thrilling Years of Yesterdays has all the deets on TCM in June, which is featuring Eleanor Parker as their Star of the Month. For those of you who don’t like the content, helpfulness, intelligence or information TDoY provides, here are a few of my own picks of TCM flicks this month. All times…

The Elsewhere Files

Things you should be doing instead of checking SBBN: Fitzcardboardaldo: Herzog’s classic rendered in cardboard. Follow it up with the making-of documentary The Corrugation of Dreams. Charles Laughton spent time in Texas in 1953 with his one-man show, as well as working on a revelatory new interpretation of Othello. The BFI has more, as well…