Category Archives: Classic Film

Where’s Barnabas? The Vampire-Free NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (1971)

Fans of the original Dark Shadows have a complicated relationship with NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS (1971), the rarely seen second film based on the popular supernatural soap opera. And that’s unfortunate, because NIGHT OF DARK SHADOWS, which is now available … Continue reading

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Revisiting HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) on Warner Archive Instant

“Son, you should video this movie,” my father said, handing me a copy of TV Guide and pointing emphatically to the VCR he had just bought – for $1,000 – as a family Christmas gift. “It’s based on a soap … Continue reading

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New Channel Brings Classic Film to Broadcast TV

Turner Classic Movies is getting an unexpected present for their twentieth birthday: competition. On February 3, Sony Pictures Television launched getTV, a broadcast television network devoted exclusively to classic film from the 1930s through the 1960s. At launch, the channel … Continue reading

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Remembering Shirley Temple (1928-2014)

As usual, Robert Osborne says it best. “Shirley Temple was a good friend and an extraordinary human being who, after being the most famous person in the world at age 6 and Hollywood’s pint-sized queen at age 7, grew up … Continue reading

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Take a Look, I’m In a Book!

I’ve written a lot of things since I got my first professional credit at the ripe old age of 15, but I’ve never been published in a book. Now, thanks to Monster Serial: Morbid Love Letters to Horror Cinema, a new … Continue reading

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UPDATE #2: You Pick the Cities for TCM’s Nationwide Screenings of CASABLANCA

UPDATE 2/18/14 3:00 PM (ET) The winning cities have been announced. Read more about it here. UPDATE 2/12/14 11:30 PM (ET) Voting has closed. Check back on Tuesday, February 18 for the announcement of the winning cities. Original Post – 1/27/14  … Continue reading

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Esther Williams – The Wonder Woman of the 1950s

Sometimes pop culture passions of past and present converge in unexpected and serendipitous ways. This happened to me on a recent Saturday night when I watched Wonder Woman with Lynda Carter on the nostalgia-themed Me-TV network, followed by JUPITER’S DARLING … Continue reading

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Candice Bergen Remembers George Cukor’s Final Film

“He was so much smarter than anyone else,” Candice Bergen said of director George Cukor, the subject of a 50-film retrospective at the Film Society of Lincoln Center continuing through January 7. The 67-year-old actress, a five-time Emmy winner for … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve with Donna Reed’s Daughter

The climax of Frank Capra’s IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE may be the most reliably tear-inducing sequence in American film. But at a Christmas Eve screening at New York City’s IFC Center with special guest Mary Owen, daughter of Donna Reed, … Continue reading

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Stanwyck and Capra: An Intense Connection, Revisited

“I would say Frank Capra fell in love with her,” biographer Victoria Wilson said of Barbara Stanwyck last night at Film Forum in New York City. Really, who can blame him? And now, thanks to Film Forum’s 40-film Stanwyck retrospective, … Continue reading

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