One year ago today, the companion site to “At the Matinee” launched on WordPress as a blog that was originally written for Online Journalism.
“Silver Screen Reflections:” One-Year Anniversary
The management of “Silver Screen Reflections” has experienced interesting (and entertaining) motion pictures in cinemas (including revival screenings), television showings (including streaming) and interesting facts about classic/cult films.
From the latest information in vintage/cult film (and television programs), to revival screenings, fun facts about motion pictures and related events to classic cinema in the Frederick area (and beyond), the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” has covered many stories on the art of classic movies.
There will be more in store for October on “Silver Screen Reflections”
Be on the lookout for future articles on classic/cult film throughout the month of October on “Silver Screen Reflections.” To all friends of the Matinee, thanks for reading! “Don’t ignore good entertainment.”
-All the best,
Blog Writer/Creator, “Silver Screen Reflections”
Host of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” on Hood College’s Blazer Radio
If you heard the latest installment of my Friday afternoon radio program on Hood College’s exclusive online radio station, “Blazer Radio,” there’s another trivia contest in store for fellow listeners everywhere.
Classic Film Trivia Quiz #1: On the Sept. 23rd edition of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby,” the following question is related to one of the hit films of 1934 (which the blog writer /disc jockey is currently watching with several friends of the Matinee in the college’s “Reel Journalism” class). Here is the question:
What 1934 Frank Capra comedy was the first motion picture to win all five major Academy Awards?
Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert (1934).
-Capra’s screwball comedy featured Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.
-It won five Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor (Gable), Best Actress (Colbert), Best Director (Capra) and Best Screenplay (Robert Riskin).
-This was the film that helped put then-poverty row studio Columbia Pictures on the map.
Be sure to listen to “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” (one of many fine radio programs on Hood College’s exclusive online radio station, “Blazer Radio”). An hour filled with groovy music, interesting facts/tidbits about classic and cult film (along with TV shows), company/conversation and special guests (depending on time and availability of guests)!
The show is live on Hood College’s Blazer Radio (blazerradio.org & on the TuneIn app) each Friday at Noon Eastern/11 a.m. Central. Listen and Enjoy!
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“Young Frankenstein:” A perfect film to kick off the month of October
42 years after its general release, Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” still continues to delight audiences- both young and old. It is one of many spectacular films to kick off the Halloween season. For those that haven’t experienced Brooks’ farce on vintage horror, you will not be disappointed!
Another cult classic that is highly recommended from the writer of “Silver Screen Reflections.”
In select theaters from coast-to-coast on Wed., Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central
MATINEE ALERT: Though “Young Frankenstein” was shown during its general release in the Frederick area back in 1974, Fathom Events’ special revival screening will not be shown in the Frederick area. Here are some nearby theaters that will be participating in this event throughout the region:
Turner Classic Movieswill be showing Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” as part of “Ouch! A Salute to Slapstick” on Tue.,Sept. 27 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern and during the network’s tribute to the late Gene Wilder on Thurs., Sept. 29 at 9:15 p.m.
Also available on DVD and Blu-Ray disc from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.
A familiar classic/cult film (and television) blog writer will be getting his own live weekly radio show starting this Friday.
Blazer Radio Presents: “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby”
Blazer Radio, the exclusive online-based radio station of Hood College in Frederick, Maryland will present the first weekly broadcast of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” this Friday, Sept. 16 from Noon-1 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m.-Noon Central. Several friends of the Matinee also have programs on Blazer Radio.
My show will be filled with good songs to groove to, plus interesting (and entertaining) facts, the latest information on classic/cult films, company and conversation, fun and (in the near future)-special guests!
Be sure to tune into my first installment of “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” this Friday. I guarantee that you will have an exciting time listening!
Interested in being a special guest on “Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” (for episodes in the near future)? For people that may be interested in being a special guest on my program, feel free to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org, via Twitter (@chrishambyfilms) or through the contact page on this blog!
“Yours Truly, Chris Hamby” A Live, weekly show
Friday (starting Sept. 16) from Noon-1 p.m. Eastern/11 a.m.-Noon Central
Kubrick’s landmark comedy will be shown on Sun. Sept. 18., with an encore presentation on Wed., Sept. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern.
A special bonus digital offering for moviegoers that will attend the screening of “Dr. Strangelove”
According to press details, audiences who will attend the special two-day screening of “Dr. Strangelove” will be treated to a special digital offering provided by TCM and Fathom Events (through a special code that will be revealed onscreen before the film). The digital offering will include bonus commentary on the film by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
Iconic horror/sci-fi movie host Svengoolie will present a special edition of his Saturday evening vintage horror/sci-fi film showcase on Me-TV Network. On Sept. 10, Sven will present the rarely seen pilot episode of “Star Trek,” titled “The Cage” at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central, right after first broadcast episode of “Star Trek,” “The Man Trap,” which will air in the program’s regular timeslot on Me-TV at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central (part of Me-TV’s “Super Sci-Fi Saturday Night” lineup, the original series premiered on NBC with “The Man Trap” on the evening of Sept. 8, 1966).
According to the official Me-TV press release, there were two pilots made for the original “Star Trek” series. The first Trek pilot, “The Cage” was filmed in 1965. William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk is not in this pilot episode, as the Enterprise is led by Captain Christopher Pike, who is played by Jeffrey Hunter. Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock is in the first filmed pilot, along with Majel Barrett (who married series creator Gene Roddenberry in 1969), who played “Number One” in the first pilot of the series.
Scenes from “The Cage” were later recycled into “The Menagerie”
The first pilot was rejected by NBC, and the majority of footage from the “The Cage” was recycled into the two-part episode (episode 16), “The Menagerie,” which aired on the peacock network in Nov. 1966. Actor Sean Kenney was cast as an injured Captain Pike in the two-part episode.
According to the CBS Syndication logbook* (formerly known as the Paramount Syndication Bible), the first pilot was never seen until it aired for the first time in a syndicated special.
Rediscovery of “The Cage”
In 1988, Paramount Pictures produced (and syndicated) a retrospective series on the Star Trek franchise, titled “The Star Trek Saga: From One Generation to the Next.” The special was hosted by Patrick Stewart (who played Captain Jean-Luc Picard on the second Trek series, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from 1987-1994).
For the first time, “The Cage” aired in its entirety as part of the special (from the original color negatives).
Be sure to watch Svengoolie’s Salute to “Star Trek”
Svengoolie’s special presentation of the rare first “Star Trek” pilot, “The Cage,” is perfect for Trekkies, fans of science fiction and Sven’s program. You will not want to miss it, as it is one of many perfect opportunities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek.”
*CBS obtained the rights to the “Star Trek” franchise as part of then-parent Viacom’s corporate split in 2006. CBS inherited the broadcast television/syndication holdings of Paramount Pictures/Viacom that same year (excluding the post-48 Paramount feature films, which are still held by the studio).
1935 MGM trade ad for “A Night At The Opera.” The classic Marx Brothers comedy will be part of Turner Classic Movies’ “Ouch! A Salute To Slapstick” showcase
Buster Keaton. Mack Sennett. Charlie Chaplin. Harold Lloyd. Laurel & Hardy. The Marx Brothers. Abbott & Costello. Lucille Ball. Peter Sellers. Mel Brooks.
Turner Classic Movies’ “Ouch! A Salute to Slapstick” (Tuesday and Wednesday Nights in September)
Turner Classic Movies will kick off the month of September with a selection of 56 vintage and modern slapstick comedies on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings throughout the month of September, hosted by comedian Greg Proops. The network’s on-air festival is titled “Ouch! A Salute to Slapstick.”
Each week will be divided into different time periods of the slapstick genre, starting from the silent days and ending with more modern comedic box office features. Here is a sampler of what films will be shown on TCM:
Free Interactive Online Course in Slapstick Comedy!
The network has partnered with Ball State University and Canvas to offer a free online course devoted to enriching the art and science of slapstick comedy (and the people that were involved with slapstick). The free course is being taught by Richard L. Edwards, Ph.D., the executive director of Ball State’s iLearn Research program.
The Ball State course began at the end of August , and will end in early Oct.
Don’t miss TCM’s salute to Slapstick Comedy!
If you are into vintage and current comedy flicks, you will not want to miss TCM’s “Ouch! A Salute to Slapstick Comedy.” It is highly recommended for fans of classic cinema comedy and for those who have never been exposed to the fine art of slapstick.
Born Jerome Silberman on June 11, 1933 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he took acting lessons in his teenage years. He studied drama while attending the University of Iowa and moved to Bristol, England for further drama studies. According to Turner Classic Movies’ database, Wilder made his Broadway debut in the 1961 Graham Greene play, “The Complaisant Lover” as a comedic valet. He would win the Clement Derwent Award for that role.
After performing in Broadway productions, Wilder first appeared on the silver screen in Arthur Penn’s 1967 biopic crime film “Bonnie and Clyde,” opposite Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
That same year, he played Leo Bloom (opposite Zero Mostel’s character, Max Bialystock) in Mel Brooks’ hit comedy film, “The Producers” (according to IMDB, the film opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1967 and opened nationwide in November 1968). Wilder earned an Academy Award nomination for that role under the category of “Actor in a Supporting Role.” This would begin a longtime collaboration between Wilder and Brooks.
One year later, he starred in the David L. Wolper-Mel Stuart film, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (adapted from the Roald Dahl book, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”). Wilder’s role of Wonka would be one of his most recognized characters on the screen, and has been a cult cinema favorite for both children and adults.
In 1974, Wilder would appear in another Mel Brooks comedy with actor Cleavon Little, titled “Blazing Saddles.” In Brooks’ western farce, he played the role of “The Waco Kid.” alongside Little’s role of Sheriff Bart. Also appearing in “Blazing Saddles” were Harvey Korman (as Hedley Lamarr), Madeline Kahn (as Lili Von Shtupp), Slim Pickens (as Taggart), John Hillerman (as Howard Johnson), Alex Karras (as Mongo) and a cameo appearance by Brooks (playing dual roles- as an Indian Chief and Governor William J. Lepetomane).
That same year, Wilder starred in another hit Mel Brooks comedy spoofing the classic horror film genre, “Young Frankenstein.” In addition to playing Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronck-enstein”), he also collaborated with Brooks on the story and screenplay). Also in the film were Peter Boyle (as Frankenstein’s monster), Marty Feldman (as Igor, pronounced “Eye-gor”), Terri Garr (as Inga), Cloris Leachman (as Frau Blücher), Gene Hackman (as the blind man), Madeline Kahn (as Elizabeth), Kenneth Mars (as Inspector Kemp), along with a cameo voice role by Brooks (as the voice of Victor Frankenstein).
The film was a smash success, and was one of two Brooks films (along with “The Producers” in 2001, with Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane, which was remade into a feature film in 2005) that would be later adapted for the Broadway stage (for the 2007 stage musical adaptation of “Young Frankenstein,” Roger Bart played Wilder’s role).
In 1976, Wilder appeared in the comedy “Silver Streak,” with Richard Pryor, Jill Clayburgh and Ned Beatty. Both Wilder and Pryor would star in several other comedies, including “Stir Crazy” (1980, directed by actor Sidney Poitier), “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” (1989) and “Another You” (1991). After “Silver Streak,” Wilder appeared in another western comedy in 1979, titled “The Frisco Kid” with Harrison Ford.
In 1984, Wilder married comedian Gilda Radner, who was best known as one of the original cast members of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (from the show’s inception in 1975 and left the series in 1980 to pursue other projects). Before they were married, both Wilder and Radner starred in the 1982 comedy, “Hanky Panky.” According to Joe Blevins’ article on Wilder and Radner on A.V. Club, after she appeared with her husband in the film “Haunted Honeymoon” in 1986, her health problems became worse. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died of the disease in 1989. For the rest of his life, Wilder made a goal to ensure that people were not ignorant about the issue of ovarian cancer. He helped established the nonprofit organization Gilda’s Club (now part of the Cancer Support Community) in 1991.
In 1994, Wilder starred in a short-lived sitcom for NBC, titled “Something Wilder.” In 1999, he appeared (and co-in a made-for-TV mystery film, “Murder in a Small Town,” where he played theater director-turned-detective Larry “Cash” Carter. He would reprise his role in a sequel that was filmed later that same year, “The Lady in Question.” He co-wrote both films.