Sunday, February 18, 2024

BEHIND THE SCENES: THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939)

One of the greatest movies ever made was The Wizard Of Oz. I have heard and read about many of the back stories of the filming of this 1939 classic, but here are some photos from the time - many of which I have never seen!












Sunday, February 11, 2024

THE BOX OFFICE STARS: 1951

 As the 1950s got under way, there were different movie stars in the top ten. Here are the top ten grossing movie stars of 1951...






1. John Wayne
2. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis
3. Betty Grable
4. Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
5. Bing Crosby
6. Bob Hope
7. Randolph Scott
8. Gary Cooper
9. Doris Day
10. Spencer Tracy



Sunday, February 4, 2024

PHOTOS OF THE DAY: CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD AND THEIR VINYL

I still have some vinyl. No a lot of vinyl but some vinyl. I love looking at the classic Hollywood stars as they listened to their record collections. Some great picures here...


Rita Hayworth


Marlene Dietrich 


James Stewart


Gene Tierney


Marlon Brando


Carmen Miranda    



Friday, February 2, 2024

THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED - TO BE RELEASED?

While portions of the film will be made available to scholars for research purposes, sources tell us that a screening is impossible because the Library of Congress does not have a complete cut of the film.

Cinema completionists and fans of unreleased movies appeared to receive their Holy Grail last week when reports began to circulate that “The Day the Clown Cried,” Jerry Lewis‘ infamous Holocaust movie that has never seen the light of day, would be screened at the Library of Congress in 2024.

Lewis spent decades disavowing the film, which he directed and stars in as a circus clown imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, but ultimately donated his footage from it to the Library of Congress in 2014. The deal stipulated that the footage could not be screened for 10 years, meaning that 2024 would be the first year that it could be made public. Lewis died in 2017.

However, a representative for the Library of Congress confirmed to IndieWire that no public screenings are planned, as the archive does not possess a complete cut of the film. The footage donated by Lewis contains several unedited scenes from the film and several sound reels (which may or may not align with the film footage), and those portions will be made available to scholars for research later this year. But anyone hoping to watch the infamous film in its entirety will have to manage their expectations.


While the mystique surrounding the film has only grown in the 50 years since production on it concluded, those who claim to have seen it have had very harsh words about it. Harry Shearer famously said that the rough cut of the film that he saw was worse than he could have imagined.

“Seeing this film was really awe-inspiring, in that you are rarely in the presence of a perfect object,” Shearer said. “This was a perfect object. This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is.”




Monday, January 29, 2024

RECENTLY VIEWED: MAX ROSE

I remember hearing about the movie Max Rose when it first came out. I finally had the opportunity to see it. It is actually free on the Roku Channel as well as You Tube. The weather out is dreary so the movie is as well. Max Rose is a 2016 American drama film written and directed by Daniel Noah, and distributed by Paladin Films. The film stars Jerry Lewis, Kevin Pollak, Kerry Bishé, Claire Bloom and Dean Stockwell. Its story follows a jazz pianist who suspects that his wife of 65 years may have been unfaithful.

The film was among the last released for Jerry Lewis, Dean Stockwell and Mort Sahl, before their passings in 2017 and 2021 respectively, although Lewis and Stockwell filmed scenes for other films later that were released before Max Rose, including The Trust, Persecuted, and Entertainment.

Max Rose is an aging jazz pianist who learns that his wife of 65 years may have been unfaithful to him. Though his career was not everything he had hoped it would be, Max Rose always felt like a success because his beautiful, elegant wife, Eva, was by his side. While going through her things, however, Max discovers an object bearing an intimate inscription from another man, a shocking revelation that leads him to believe his entire marriage, indeed, his entire life, was built on a lie. Coping with anger, withdrawal and his own fragile health, Rose embarks on an exploration of his past, all the while searching for Eva's mystery suitor, hoping to find the answers he needs to be at peace.


Jerry Lewis had not starred in a movie in quite some time, so I was anxious to see him on screen, and in a drama as well. Jerry did a good job on the script, but I think he lacked the facial expressions that his character needed. Kevin Pollack had little to do in the movie, but he was great as Jerry's son. The person that stole the film was Kerry Bishe as the grand-daughter that helps Jerry cope with the loss of his wife. If you are a fan of Jerry Lewis, you will like this movie. The film is a little bit choppy, but it is worth watching. After watching the movie, I reached out to my wife and told her how much I loved her. She thought I was crazy and asked "So what movie did you watch now?". It was a good swan song for Jerry Lewis...

MY RATING: 8 out of 10



Sunday, January 28, 2024

CELEBRITY ADS: MIRIAM HOPKINS

Here is a great advertisment that actress Miriam Hopkins did for Lux Soap. This was published in Silver Screen Magazine in October of 1934...




Wednesday, January 24, 2024