A lengthy and detailed interview with film historian Dan Van Neste about the subject of his latest book, The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez, published in 2017 by BearManor Media.
News & Notes
Articles gathered under this heading include Cliff's monthly previews of Turner Classic Movies programming, reviews of movie books and interviews with film book authors, and site-related announcements including collectibles sales and book announcements.
A quick aside for something a little more modern than usual. My brother-in-law Eric Terzo has had his film Exit Plan selected for the 2018 New York Short Film Festival. Playing November 6, 2018, at the Cinema Village Theatre in Greenwich Village. Also accessible online at Film Pulse.
Announcing an October 2018 update to the Immortal Ephemera all-time Movie Centenarians page to include Diana Serra Cary, aka Baby Peggy Montgomery.
Complete non-sports checklist and trading card gallery picturing the 1935 Ardath “Scenes from Big Films” tobacco card set of 100 cards.
Direct links to the three latest collectible galleries added to the site. A game set, a tobacco card set, and a mystery set of promo cards from the mid-1960s. Plus a more general update with notes about current eBay deals.
Review of Sex In the Cinema: The Pre-Code Years (1929-1934) by Lou Sabini, an encyclopedic collection of articles about 107 pre-Code movies. 2017, BearManor.
A look at actor Ricardo Cortez, subject of today’s TCM movie marathon and the new biography, The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez, by film historian Dan Van Neste.
Remembering Robert Osborne, 1932-2017, charming on-air host of Turner Classic Movies and influential film historian. Includes round-up of links to tributes and obituaries.
Ten recommendations of 1930s movies to watch on Turner Classic Movies in March 2017. Includes a capsule review of one of the ten, Under Eighteen (1931), with Marian Marsh, Regis Toomey, and Warren William.
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.