The Quiet Man

The “best” films are the ones that touch us on an emotional level.  They stir, they move, they ultimately conquer us.  I am all too willing to surrender to them, be transported.  That’s what John Ford’s The Quiet Man does.  A lovely film full of the requisite Ford tradition and ceremony – and a deep tenderness. “Well, […]


The Best Years of Our Lives

There are movies.  And then there are MOVIES. WWII has just ended and three servicemen meet on their way back home to the town of Boone City.  Air Force Captain Fred Derry, Infantry Sergeant Al Stephenson and Sailor Homer Parrish.  During the day-long journey home, the three men forge a friendship and we get to […]


Just looking at Ginger

A very rare, quadruple threat in American cinema would have turned 102 years old today.  I haven’t a clue how to put into words the joy she’s brought to so many through the years by way of her extraordinary talents.  I never tire of watching Ginger Rogers.  As with so much of concerning being a […]


High Society in The Philadelphia Story

For the most part, I am not a fan of film remakes and am certainly against the remaking of great classic films.  There’s just no need for it.  Remakes are very rarely any good – especially when compared to the originals.  My feeling is leave our classics alone and expose new generations to them, rather than […]



You may have heard that  Universal Studios is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To celebrate, they will be restoring and reissuing some of its classics. A few of which may appear in theaters near you as special releases so be on the look-out! I wanted to post a personal homage to this studio whose films and […]



“Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo… I’m singing in the rain Just singing in the rain What a glorious feelin’ I’m happy again…” I spent the entire night “Doo-dloo-doo ing.”  It’s not a complaint, mind you, it’s pure joy as I am one of the lucky who saw the MGM classic, Singin’ in the Rain on the […]

An-American-In-Paris FEAT

To Louis B. Mayer, That’s Entertainment!

In 1924, MGM was formed by a merger of Louis B. Mayer’s Metro Pictures Company with the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. Under Mayer’s influence, MGM productions were characterized by elaborate sets, gorgeous costuming and pretty girls. Such pictures as Ben-Hur, Grand Hotel and The Good Earth gained MGM the reputation for entertaining films of consistently high […]


Play Misty for Me – Eastwood does Hitchcock

“And now a little diddy for all you bloggers out there in the airwaves.  My contribution to The Best Hitchcock films Hitchcock Never Made blogathon, hosted by the fabulous Tales of the Easily Distracted and Classic Becky’s Brain Food .  From an era gone by, misty memories.” ____________________________________________________________ Dave Garver arrives at KRML, a local radio […]


Memories ON THE TOWN

Following is one of my earliest classic movie memories, a random post I published quite a while ago.  It’s on a movie that means the world to me, that was a revelation and one, which I thought was my little secret, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s ON THE TOWN (1949).  Let me set the stage. My father has always been a […]

Errol Flynn - by George Hurrell 1938

Errol Flynn: A pictorial

I posted the following on the anniversary of Errol Flynn’s birthday on June 20 as that day’s entry of the Cinemental Journey on the former The Cinementals site.  But in looking at him in Vincent Sherman’s, THE ADVENTURES OF DON JUAN (1948) on Turner Classic Movies it occurs to me that these images should be […]