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Mark of the Vampire (1935)

In the small village of Vioska in Czechoslovakia… Sir Karell Borotyn is found dead in his study – his body completely drained of blood.  He has two small wounds on […]

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A Free Soul (1931)

By all accounts, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) producer and boy wonder, Irving Thalberg didn’t have the eye for talent that the studio’s chief, Louis B. Mayer had.  But Thalberg was a whiz at […]

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History of Columbia Pictures, Part 1

I’ve had this entry, a history of Columbia Pictures, done for some time but it never seemed the right time to publish it last year given 2012 was a year […]

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Gene Kelly does Summer Stock

The blogosphere is all abuzz this week in celebration of the life and work of Gene Kelly.  Today would have been his 100th birthday.  I just had to do something […]

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The Barkleys of Broadway

There are countless, unforgettable films made during the golden age of Hollywood that were the result of “accidents,” where for one reason or another stars or directors ended up on […]

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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 […]

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Still SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

“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 […]

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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, […]