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#TCMFF 2014 Highlights – the stars

I imagine every single TCM and classic film fan that attended this years TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) is having as difficult time as I am reconciling the fact it is already a week past.  The four-day event, which we all looked forward to since last April seems a blur, while at the same time […]


Once Upon a Screen…a second anniversary

Once Upon a Screen celebrates its second anniversary this week and as I think back on all that has happened by way of this blog this past year, I am dumbfounded – and grateful! It’s a kick in the pants! …And cause for celebration! Happenings… Several special recognitions that came by way of awards from […]


Warner Archive joins TCM Party for NOIRVEMBER

In our world the eleventh month of the year is not dedicated to family gatherings or special sales.  Here we celebrate crime-laden streets, shadowy figures and suspicious cops.  This is Noirvember. In celebration of all things noir, TCM Party is joining Warner Archive Instant for a series of tweet-a-longs in November. We’ve chosen favorite film noir from the Warner Archive Instant offerings. […]


The VINCENT PRICE of Fear / TCM in October

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has chosen Vincent Price as its Star of the Month for October.  The Merchant of Menace with the special gift for the macabre is among the most beloved actors to ever grace our screens and a perfect choice to be the classics network’s featured player during the spookiest month of the year. By all […]


WHAT A CHARACTER! blogathon 2013

No role is too small for the great actors who often appear in the periphery of our beloved classic films.  For the second year in a row we put them front and center.  Hosted by Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled and (@IrishJayHawk66), Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and (@Paula_Guthat) and Aurora, of Once Upon a Screen and (@CitizenScreen) it’s the WHAT […]


Happy anniversary – TCMparty

Today, September 3rd, marks the two-year anniversary of #TCMparty, a twitter hashtag many people follow while watching movies on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  #TCMparty is not affiliated with TCM, but it has been acknowledged by several notables on the network, including host Ben Mankiewicz @BenMank77 who made mention of the forum at this year’s Turner […]


TCM comes to New York

Prior to my first pilgrimage out West to attend the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival (TCMFF) this past April, I was one of those who hoped and prayed TCM would consider setting the festival at different cities every year so more fans could attend.  Like me, for instance.  I hadn’t been able to go out […]


Calamity Jane

It’s the latter part of the Nineteenth Century – when the West was being won.  Our story takes place in the town of Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota as depicted in David Butler’s 1953 musical, Calamity Jane. The town of Deadwood is filled with colorful characters who spend their abundant free time […]



Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicks off its 2013 Summer Under the Stars (SUTS) event, which takes place every August, with a day-long tribute to the man who is ranked #1 on the American Film Institute‘s list of the greatest screen actors – Humphrey Bogart.  I post this gallery in tribute to the star, the man and […]


TCMFF…abide and endure

Ghosts and the rapidly beating hearts of film geeks collided. I was in heaven. We descended on Hollywood like moths to flames looking forward to a weekend filled with movies, Hollywood, friends and magic. And we got it all. The “we” is the thousands of classic film fans who attended the Turner Classic Movies Film […]


Ninotchka (1939)

“Prologue: This picture takes place in Paris in those wonderful days when a siren was a brunette and not an alarm – and if a Frenchman turned out the light it was not on account of an air raid!” “Garbo Talks!” hailed ads when popular silent film star, Greta Garbo made her debut in talking […]


Bedtime Story for Loretta Young

A Delirious and Delightful Delving into Love’s Most Entrancing Moments of Mirth and Madness! As far as taglines go, that’s a mouthful!  It belongs to a romantic comedy from Columbia Pictures from 1941, Bedtime Story, directed by Alexander Hall and which stars Fredric March and Loretta Young.  Although this picture is not a standout, by […]


My Movie Alphabet

So how many times have I said that I hate lists in posts?  OK.  Many.  I will never do so again.  I ran into Mettel Ray Movie Blog and saw a great blogathon idea that entails creating and commenting on the mother of all lists.  And here I am, by choice, facing quite the challenge […]


Morality and Relationships, IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT

The home of the classics, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) played Frank Capra‘s 1934, Best Picture Academy Award winner, It Happened One Night this past weekend.  This is, for some reason, a film I never think of when I consider Capra’s great films, and he made many of them, but I was reminded on Sunday of […]


Watching THE BIRDS

Last night I was one of the very happy many who saw Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic, The Birds on a big screen thanks to Turner Classic Movies (TCM), Fathom Events and Universal Studios whose Centennial the release is commemorating – one of several special screenings of Universal classics happening this year. The Birds has always […]


Captain Louis Renault

On the day that Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is honoring one of cinemas greatest actors, Claude Rains, I am confessing my unwavering love for Captain Louis Renault in a simple but heartfelt post.  Captain Renault is the scheming, cheating, back-stabbing, lying, womanizing, corrupt prefect in Casablanca, and I adore him. “I have no conviction, if […]


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, […]


My night in Casablanca

Bogart.  Bergman.  Henreid.  Rains.  Romance.  Intrigue.  Espionage.  Patriotism. Humor.  Humanity.  Just a few of the reasons why I was one of what I hope were millions who went to a local movie theater last night to see a film I’d seen countless times before. I imagined being part of a WWII American audience simply doing […]