Happy Birthday to Monte Blue!

Monte Blue Born January 11, 1887 See more Monte Blue pictures at my Flickr gallery here Monte is one of my favorite character actors. He doesn’t get mentioned enough around these parts, but I hope to change that soon.

The White Shadow (1924)

Watch the surviving reels of Alfred Hitchcock’s earliest feature film The White Shadow (1924) online for free at The National Film Preservation Foundation. It’s only up until January 15, so watch it soon! Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Reville at their wedding in December, 1926.   Three reels of The White Shadow, about half the film, were recently discovered in New Zealand. In May of this year, Self-Styled Siren, Ferdy on Film and This Island Rod hosted the annual For the Love of Film Blogathon, proceeds of which went to allowing the restored White Shadow to be streamed online. Known as White Shadows in the U.S. and The White Shadow in the U.K., apparently not much is known about the film. Hitch, just 24 years old at the time, adapted the screenplay from Michael Morton’s unpublished novel Children of Chance. Morton was a well known dramatist whose biggest success was to come a few years after Shadow, when he adapted Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd into the play Alibi. Hitch worked many jobs on Shadow; he was not only writer but assistant director, editor and production designer of the film. David Sterrit considers The White Shadow to be a “missing link” in Hitch’s career, an example of work from the bridge of his career between neophyte title designer to director. Shadow is alternately listed as released in 1923 or 1924, with a February, 1924 review from a U.K. publication and Silent Era pinpointing the U.S. release date to October … Continue reading

The Late Show: The Late Movies Blogathon going on now at Shadowplay!

The sublime dcairns of shadowplay is hosting his annual blogathon The Late Show: The Late Films Blogathon. The theme is the last film of… well, of something, or someone. The ‘thon is running from the 1st through the 7th, and you can find all of dcairns’ entries as well as the rest of the submitters here. Yours truly will have at least one post up by Friday, hopefully two, it depends on how a few deadlines work out. Don’t forget to visit shadowplay, and even though it’s late notice, if you have something to contribute, please do!

Horror With Training Wheels is going on NOW!

Tromeric at Guts and Grog Reviews is in the midst of an absolutely epic theme week called Horror With Training Wheels, with submissions from tons of other bloggers, filmmakers, artists, writers, podcasters, and other assorted awesome people. This series is amazing so far, and I really encourage everyone to check it out. C’mon, you’ve had a couple weeks to get over your horror movie binges in October, it’s time to gorge yourself on gore again. You know you want it, baby.

The Best Hitchcock Movies (That Hitchcock Never Made) & My First Movie Blogathons

The Best Hitchcock Movies (That Hitchcock Never Made) Blogathon, sponsored by ClassicBecky’s Brain Food and Tales of the Easily Distracted is going on right now! Visit Tales of the Easily Distracted for a list of this year’s culprits I mean participants. Please check out the entries, and keep checking in every day for new posts being added. My entry, originally scheduled for the 7th, will be this Wednesday on the 11th — and thanks to our kind hosts for changing the date for me. Like I said on my most recent Phantom Creeps repost, nothing ever goes right in my life, thus delays.   *** Nate at Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear has announced the My First Movie Blogathon, held August 1st through 5th. In his own words: “This year’s blogathon topic is My First Movie. Everyone has a “first movie.” It can be the first time your parents took you to a movie theater as a child. Or maybe the first time you were watching a film on television and you realized that this was something much, much more than the regular everyday programming. This blogathon is devoted to our first memories of watching movies. You can talk about the movie itself if you want, but the focus should be the actual experience of watching a movie for the first time. This topic is open to interpretation. Maybe you could write about the film that first made you realize that you loved the cinema. Who knows?!” There are more details … Continue reading