A bonus set of October links for film buffs in that Halloween frame of mind:

The Bat

Turner Classic Movies’ indispensable blogger Suzidoll examines the classic silent 1926 old dark house thriller The Bat, which begat a slew of memorable remakes and inspired the career of a certain celebrated caped crusader.

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October 30, 2009 · Posted in Legends  

A collection of recent links for lovers of classic movies:

JohannSuzidoll of Turner Classic Movies’ “Movie Morlocks” blog collective looks back at the lovely and eccentric actress Zita Johann.

Speaking of TCM, Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. tunes in to that channel’s Wheeler & Wheeler & WoolseyWoolsey festival and holds forth on that nearly forgotten comedy team.


Peter Sciretta links to an hour-long 1973 interview with Alfred Hitchcock from Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow show.


Dick Cavett shares two more conversations with Richard Burton from his 1980 talk show. The first video begins here and the final installment can be found here.


Blogger “Rupert” provides a loving appraisal of the haunting romantic noir Laura.

October 16, 2009 · Posted in Legends  


Jang Jin-young

June 14, 1974- Sept. 1, 2009


Dick Berg

Feb. 16, 1922-Sept. 1, 2009

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October 10, 2009 · Posted in Exits  


By 1932, Randolph Scott was all washed up.

The young Virginian had come to California in pursuit of an acting career, but despite his good looks, charm and intelligence, after four years he’d landed nothing more than extra work and a couple of bit parts. As many frustrated film actors have done before and since, he’d hauled his 6’2” frame onto the live stage in search of exposure, and his performance in a drama called The Broken Wing finally earned him attention and a contract with Paramount.

However, by mid-’32 he’d been given only one decent supporting role, a single bit part, and humiliating extra work as one of the hybrid creatures in The Island of Lost Souls. Paramount clearly hadn’t a clue how to use him.
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October 5, 2009 · Posted in Legends, Western