Movie Quote of the Month
…The fights and skirmishes between Frank and Ava were legendary. They couldn’t live with or without one another. Ava hated Frank’s gangster friends and wouldn’t treat them with ‘respect’ as glamorous terrorizers, the way the rest of Frank’s group did—she lived with Frank. On the other hand, they thought she was a whacko and didn’t act the way a real wife should act.
Since Frank clearly preferred the company of The Boys to a regular home life, there was not real competition between them and Ava. But Ava satisfied an insatiable need of Frank’s to be bullied by a strong mother figure. Ava made him grovel. Ava humiliated him. Ava kicked him when he was down. Ava was unattainable, she was beautiful beyond words, and in her honey-dripping voice she mouthed words that could make a longshoreman wince. Ava was the perfect combination. And if she was unattainable, how could she become boring?
–From My Lucky Stars: A Hollywood Memoir by Shirley MacLaine p. 85
NEW: June 3:
The Gang’s All Here (1943) Directed by Busby Berkeley. Alice Faye, Carmen Miranda, Phil Baker, Benny Goodman and his Orchestra (103 min) (9 stills).
NEW: May 7:
REVISED: Gambit (1966) Directed by Ronald Neame. Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine, Herbert Lom (109 min) (7 stills)
NEW: March 5:
Green for Danger (1946) Directed by Sidney Gilliat. Alastair Sim, Sally Gray, Trevor Howard (91 minutes) (3 stills)
NEW: February 26:
Klute (1971) Directed by Alan J. Pakula. Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider (114 minutes) Rated R (7 stills)
REVISED: February 14: Sullivan’s Travels (1942) Written and Directed by Preston Sturges. Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Robert Warwick, William Demarest, Franklin Pangborn (90 min).
NEW: November 1:
Dog Day Afternoon (1975) Directed by Sidney Lumet. Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning, Chris Sarandon, James Broderick. (125 min) (7 stills).
NEW: October 20:
Making Mr. Right (1987) Directed by Susan Seidelman. John Malkovich, Ann Magnuson, Glenne Headley (98 min) PG-13 (6 stills)
NEW: September 25:
Monsieur Beaucaire (1924) Directed by Sidney Olcott. Rudolph Valentino, Bebe Daniels, Lois Wilson (146 min). (13 stills).
NEW: August 25:
The Eagle (1926) Directed by Clarence Brown. Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Banky, Louise Dresser (76 minutes). (10 stills).
NEW: July 21:
Sam Katzman: The Sultan of Schlock. A preview of my introduction to an Arrow Films Blu-Ray box set of 4 Sam Katzman monster movies.
NEW: July 12:
Madeleine (1950) Directed by David Lean. Ann Todd, Norman Wooland, Ivan Desny, Leslie Banks (114 min). (6 stills).
NEW: May 20:
The Wicked Lady (1945) Directed by Leslie Arliss. Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Patricia Roc, Michael Rennie (104 min). (7 stills)
NEW: February 5:
It All Came True (1940) Directed by Lewis Seiler. Ann Sheridan, Humphrey Bogart, Jeffrey Lynn. (97 min). (10 stills)
NEW: January 21:
Updated: Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (1945) Gumnaam (1965) and Ten Little Indians (1965)
NEW: January 6:
A Book Review:
Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s by Kimberly Truhler. Published by GoodNight Books 2020