Unraveling truth and myth in the life of character actor Stanley Fields. Born Walter L. Agnew, you’ll know him from Cimarron, Little Caesar (1931), Island of Lost Souls (1932), Algiers (1938), and several other major 1930s Hollywood releases.
Posted on December 9, 2016, Kirk Douglas’ one hundredth birthday. Archived posts including “The Centenarians,” TV Listings, and some Douglas favorites.
A brief biography of The Son of Kong star Helen Mack centered around her breakthrough role in RKO’s Sweepings earlier in 1933. With coverage of Mack as child star and explanation of how she reentered the movies in 1931.
Classic Movie Monthly #3 is now available from Immortal Ephemera. This number features an original essay about Born to Be Bad (1934) with Loretta Young and Cary Grant, plus additional articles about His Greatest Gamble (1934) and The Roaring Twenties (1939), and other regular features. This page reprints the Introduction to issue #3.
Noted for pairing Clark Gable and Carole Lombard a few years before they began their romance, Paramount’s No Man of Her Own (1932) is entertaining beyond their unsurprising screen chemistry. Post features several background notes about film’s complicated pre-production.
Film historian Scott Allen Nollen answers questions about his latest book “The Making and Influence of I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang.” Interview covers the film, real-life influence Robert E. Burns, and Nollen’s new book.
One passenger drops after another in Terror Aboard (1933), Paramount’s pre-Code preview of the far-off slasher genre. An all-star cast of B-players is led by John Halliday in this tale of multiple murders at sea.
How Universal horror died in 1936, only to return after a Beverly Hills exhibitor paired Dracula and Frankenstein reissues at his theater in August 1938.
Classic Movie Monthly #2 now available from Immortal Ephemera. Halloween edition features essays about The Wolf Man (1941), Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), and The Walking Dead (1936). This page reprints the Introduction to issue #2.
Monday morning, October 24, 2016, it’s the Turner Classic Movies Helen Twelvetrees marathon that we’ve been waiting for! Six movies play beginning at 6:00 am ET. Capsule reviews and details of all six on this page.