Category Archives: Warner Archive Collection

George Winslow (1946-2015): Child Star of the 1950s Who Upstaged Icons

Even if you love old movies, there’s a good chance you won’t recognize the name George Winslow. And that’s unfortunate because Winslow, a former child star who died on June 14 at age 69, was one of the funniest film actors of the 1950s – in any … Continue reading

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Shampoo = Sex in SMARTEST GIRL IN TOWN (1936)

I’m a Pre-Code film snob. Or at least I’ve become one in recent years. If a sound film was released before July of 1934 (when enforcement of the Motion Picture Production Code censorship guidelines began in earnest), it’s a good bet I’ll … Continue reading

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Adam West vs. “Alice” in 1976

Remember that episode of Alice with Batman’s Adam West as a Sex Ed teacher and Lara Parker – Angelique the witch from Dark Shadows – as a sexually permissive mom? If you’re under 40, you may have answered “no” to that question, … Continue reading

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The Man Who Discovered Katharine Hepburn

Today was the hottest day of the year so far in New York City, but I’m suddenly feeling nostalgic for the holidays – not for the cold weather, but for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s epic, fifty-film George Cukor … Continue reading

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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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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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