Dynamic Duos in Classic Films Blogathon: Bela and Boris

This is the SBBN entry for the Dynamic Duos in Classic Film blogathon, hosted by the Classic Movie Hub and Once Upon a Screen. Read all of the first day’s entries here at Classic Movie Hub and the second day’s entries here! *** Boris Karloff never minded being typecast in horror films. Honing his craft…

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…

The Mary Astor Blogathon: Holiday (1930)

This is the official SBBN entry for The Mary Astor Blogathon, hosted by Tales of the Easily Distracted and Silver Screenings. Check out all the entries here! *** Holiday began life in 1929 as a successful Broadway production. Written by Philip Barry, whose work tended to focus on the upper classes and their isolation from…

White Elephant Blogathon: Same Time, Next Year (1978)

Welcome to the SBBN entry for this year’s White Elephant Blogathon! How the White Elephant Blogathon works: Everyone showing interest gives Paul of Silly Hats Only a bad (or “bad” or “interesting”) film, and he randomly hands them out to participants, who are then surprised or delighted or nauseated by the film they’ve been given….

The White Shadow (1924)

…it seems Hitch had created one of his earliest secret monsters: Someone who appears normal enough to other characters and the audience, but who is later revealed to be quite dangerous.

The Late Movies Blogathon: 10 Laps to Go (1936)

One gets the impression that the production was tickled to have Marie in the film, in part because of those scenes that seem to be added in to expand her part. She also gets some lovely close-ups, and even though she’s a little puffy and pale, older of course — time stops for none of us — she looks good…

The 3rd Annual Italian Horror Blogathon is Now

Today is the final day of the Hugo Stiglitz Makes Movies 3rd Annual Italian Horror Blogathon. This is one of my favorite ‘thons, it’s something I look forward to every year, and I can guarantee you that the entries this year are phenomenal! Check them out here at the main links page. Kevin has also…

The Soul of the Business: The Body Snatcher (1945)

This entry is for the Val Lewton Blogathon, going on now! Head on over to Speakeasy and Classic Movie Man to read the other entries. There are spoilers for The Body Snatcher, my friends. Many spoilers. This is a film you want to watch unspoiled if possible. *** By 1830, the industrial revolution had finally…

A Trio of Delightful Announcements

The delightful Arbogast has returned from Hell, scrubbed the spray paint off his banner and set a few doilies and coasters about the place, all just in time for another fantastic 31 Screams series. If you haven’t been checking in at Arbogast on Film because of his retirement, make sure you visit often this month…

Stage 28: Phantom of the Opera (1925) and the Universal Backlot

September 23, 2014: It appears Universal already demolished Stage 28. A photo of the pile of rubble that was left by the afternoon of the 22nd, courtesy @insideuniversal: CoasterMatt on Flickr rode past the building being torn down during a Universal tour on September 18th — you can see them here — but the building…