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TCM’s Hollywood Moguls: An American Story

TCM’s Hollywood Moguls: An American Story

Thomas Edison Well I’m excited about TCM’s “Moguls and Movie Stars, the History of Hollywood.” It’s walk through Hollywood’s history. Being a history and classic movie aficionado, it gets no better than this. This whole month starting tonight we will learn of the humble beginnings of Hollywood and how it grew into a mega million dollar empire. The series airs tonight, and every Monday and Wednesday night...

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Feuding Sisters: Olivia de Havilland & Joan Fontaine

Feuding Sisters: Olivia de Havilland & Joan Fontaine

I’ve often thought of the feuding sisters, Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine. They are now in their 90′s, and still do not speak to each other! So what happened? You’d think that after decades of ill feelings, they would have reconciled. But unfortunately in this instance, that is not the case. Back in the day this was news. Nowadays you don’t hear about it much, but most classic movie fans know of the...

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First Kiss in Cinematic History

The year is 1896, and the world of the Victorians was one of all things genteel and moral. Well, at least, on the surface, for some. Around this time, Thomas Edison purchased the rights to a motion picture projector which C. Francis Jenkins and Thomas Armat had invented. The projector was later renamed the “Vitascope,” and on April 23, 1896 , it made its debut. The “Edison” Vitascope’s most popular film that...

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Clara Bow: Death of the “it” Girl

Clara Bow: Death of the “it” Girl

The Jazz Age always conjures up all sorts of thoughts for me. The flapper, prohibition, gangsters, silent movies, and stardust dreams. There are several silent movie stars I think of, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Louise Brooks, but one stands out to me, and that is Clara Bow. The only thing you ever hear about Bow, is her inability to transition from silent to talkies. Her story is always told with some sense of sadness. And I guess when...

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Classic Movie Bloopers

Have you ever watched a classic movie and wonder how on earth some of the actors or actresses were able to keep up with lines. The witty lines and the speed by which they said them has always impressed me. Now, do you ever think of your favorite classic stars as making mistakes while on the set? Can you ever imagine any one of them cursing on the set when bloopers were committed? I suppose we are all tempted to believe that the starlets...

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Classic Horror: Nosferatu

Classic Horror: Nosferatu

  The second horror movie I recommend you see is the silent horror movie, “Nosferatu.” Although it was done back in 1922, it is still gripping. Out of all the vampire movies I’ve  seen, I find this one to be the scariest. The movie takes place in an eerie and sleepy town in Germany. The story is based on Bram Stoker’s novel, “Dracula.” There were some copyright issues and so a lot of the names of...

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