Chaplin’s, CITY LIGHTS

Celebrating the 81st anniversary of its premier in London today in 1931, Charlie Chaplin‘s wonderful, City Lights, reportedly Orson Welles’ favorite film and one of mine.  In 2008, this film was voted #1 on the American Film Institute‘s list of the ten best romantic comedies of all time.

The list of the film’s full cast and crew is available here.

Reportedly, Charles Chaplin re-shot the scene in which the Little Tramp buys a flower from the blind flower-girl 342 times, as he could not find a satisfactory way of showing that the blind flower-girl thought that the mute tramp was wealthy. (IMDB)

Ernst Lubitsch Silent comedy, Kohlhiesels Töchter

Released on March 9, 1920 in Berlin, Ernst Lubitsch comedy, Kohlhiesels Töchter.

Full cast and crew available here.

Paul Newman: career in pictures

Paul Newman would have celebrated his birthday on January 26th.  This is in tribute to the great actor featuring images of his films – from the classic era.

“Every time I get a script it’s a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It’s like falling in love. You can’t give a reason why.”

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If interested you can read a commentary I posted dedicated to Sidney Lumet’s The Verdict and Paul Newman’s tour de force.

Hitchcock’s First Film, THE PLEASURE GARDEN

Celebrating the film’s 1925 release in England today.  This is the famed director’s solo directorial debut.  The list of the film’s full cast and crew available here.

Lux Radio Theater – THE THIN MAN

Greetings from Hollywood, Ladies And Gentleman…… “The Thin Man”

Starring: William Powell, Myrna Loy
Original Air Date: June 8, 1936
Episode Number: 84
Play Introduced by W. S. Van Dyke

This entry includes Powell and Loy in the Lux broadcast of “After the Thin Man” as well.

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“His Girl Friday” Live Radio Performance

Starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell, live on radio reprising their film roles, Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson.

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Lux Radio Theater, “I Confess”

A special post honoring the anniversary of Cary Grant’s birth date this week.  As it aired on September 21, 1953, the Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s, “I Confess.”