The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” commemorates Turner Classic Movies and the network’s 25th anniversary! Happy 25th and here’s to many more years of classic features, cult features and rarely-seen classics on the network! -C.H.
“It’s the pictures that got small.” “Without me, there wouldn’t be any Paramount studio.” “Allright, Mr. DeMille; I’m ready for my close-up.”
Fellow classic film enthusiasts from coast-to-coast will be interested in an upcoming re-release of one of the definitive Billy Wilder film classics.
Turner Classic Movies’ “Big Screen Classics” series: “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)
Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with Paramount Pictures and Fathom Events will present the coast-to-coast revival screening of Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) in select cinemas on Sun., May 13 (Mother’s Day) with an encore screening on Wed., May 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time). This is part of the network’s “Big Screen Classics” series of vintage feature film revival presentations.
The TCM “Big Screen Classics” showcase of Billy Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” (1950) will also feature pre-recorded opening introduction and closing conclusion segments by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
Who was in “Sunset Boulevard” (1950)?
The players/personalities who appeared in Wilder’s classic were Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond), William Holden (as Joe Gillis), Erich von Stroheim (as Max von Mayerling), Nancy Olson (as Betty Schaefer), Jack Webb (of “Dragnet” fame, as Artie Green), Cecil B. DeMille (as himself), Hedda Hopper (as herself), Buster Keaton (as himself), Anna Q. Nilsson (as herself), H.B. Warner (as himself), Ray Evans (as himself), Jay Livingston (as himself), Fred Clark (as Sheldrake), Franklyn Farnum (as the undertaker), Robert Emmett O’Connor (in an uncredited role as Paramount studio guard Jonesy) and John Cortay (in an uncredited role as Paramount studio guard Mac).
Winner of three Academy Awards and three Golden Globes
Billy Wilder’s feature won three Academy Awards in 1951 for best writing, story and screenplay (Wilder, Brackett and the junior Marshman); best art direction/set decoration for a black-and-white feature film (Hans Dreier, John Meehan, Sam Comer and Ray Moyer) and best music score of a dramatic or comedy feature (Franz Waxman).
Wilder’s “Sunset Boulevard” was also honored with three 1951 Golden Globe awards for best performance by an actress in a dramatic motion picture (Gloria Swanson), best motion picture director (Billy Wilder) and best original motion picture score (Franz Waxman).
One of the definitive cinematic comedies of 1940 with several legends of the silver screen will be returning to select cinemas this month for a limited time.
Turner Classic Movies, in association with Fathom Events and Warner Bros. Pictures (as part of the Turner Entertainment/pre-1986 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer holdings) will present the revival screening of “The Philadelphia Story” (1940).
The re-release of “The Philadelphia Story” (1940) will take place in participating cinema locations from coast-to-coast on Sun., Feb. 18 and Wed., Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. The re-issue will feature special pre-recorded introduction and concluding statements by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
Directed by George Cukor, the players who appeared in “The Philadelphia Story” were Cary Grant (as C.K. Dexter Haven), Katherine Hepburn (as Tracy Lord), James Stewart (as Macaulay Connor), Ruth Hussey (as Elizabeth Imbrie), Roland Young (as Uncle Willie), John Howard (as George Kittredge), Virginia Weidler (as Dinah Lord), Mary Nash (as Margaret Lord), John Halliday (as Seth Lord), Henry Daniell (as Sidney Kidd), Lionel Pape (as Edward) and Rex Evans (as Thomas).
One of cinema’s legendary features of 1948 will be returning to the big screen for its 70th anniversary.
The revival presentation of the 1948 screen adaptation of B. Traven’s novel will take place in participating cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Sun., Jan. 14 and Tue., Jan. 16* at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time.
The TCM “Big Screen Classics” 70th anniversary showcase of “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) will also feature pre-recorded opening introduction and closing conclusion segments by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz.
Directed by John Huston, the players who appeared in “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” were Humphrey Bogart (as Dobbs), Walter Huston (as Howard), Tim Holt (as Curtin), Bruce Bennett (as Cody), Barton MacLane (as McCormick), Alfonso Bedoya (as Gold Hat), A. Soto Rangel (as Presidente), Robert Blake (in an uncredited role as a boy selling lottery tickets), a pre-“Lone Ranger” Jay Silverheels (in an uncredited role as a pier Indian guide) and Jack Holt (in an uncredited role as a flophouse bum). John Huston also made an uncredited bit cameo appearance in the film as an American tourist in Tampico.
UPDATE (Dec. 10): A typographical/WordPress formatting error was made in the lead of this recent blog post (the prize of the “Batman in Noir Alley” comic was retrieved on Dec. 4, not Nov. 27). The lead has been corrected. -C.H.
On Dec. 4, I received a surprise package from Turner Classic Movies as part of a recent “Backlot” prize giveaway!
The prize was a copy of the recent “Batman in Noir Alley” comic, which was autographed by TCM’s Sun. morning “Noir Alley” host and film noir historian/expert Eddie Muller! Valentine De Landro designed the cover for the special edition “Batman” comic, Dan Panosian did the artwork and Stuart Moore wrote the story.
40 issues of the DC Comics-TCM “Batman”/”Noir Alley” comic were given away to TCM Backlot members who entered in the contest (I recently became a “Backlot” member as part of a graduation gift from my parents)!
Thank you to Turner Classic Movies, DC Comics, Mr. Eddie Muller (for the autographed “Batman in Noir Alley” comic) and to my parents (for the wonderful “Backlot” gift as a graduation gift during the summer)! And kudos to all classic cinema/film noir and comic aficionados everywhere! Highly appreciated, citizens! -C.H.
Watch Eddie Muller’s Sun. morning festival of vintage classic film noir features in “Noir Alley,” Sun. mornings at 10 a.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Central on Turner Classic Movies. This week’s feature (Dec. 10): “The Breaking Point” (1950, featuring John Garfield and Patricia Neal).
“You must remember this.” “We’ll always have Paris.” “Round up the usual suspects.” “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
One of the most iconic films from the golden age of cinema will be returning to the big screen for its 75th anniversary.
Turner Classic Movies’ “Big Screen Classics” series: “Casablanca” (1942)
Turner Classic Movies, in association with Warner Bros. Pictures and Fathom Events will be presenting the 75th anniversary revival screening of “Casablanca” (1942). The re-release will take place in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast on Sun., Nov. 12 and Wed., Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (local time).
The 75th anniversary re-release will also have pre-recorded opening introduction and closing conclusion segments by TCM on-air host Ben Mankiewicz.
Directed by Michael Curtiz, the players who appeared in “Casablanca” were Humphrey Bogart (as Rick Blaine), Ingrid Bergman (as Ilsa Lund), Paul Henreid (as Victor Lazlo), Claude Rains (as Louis Renault), Peter Lorre (as Ugarte), Dooley Wilson (as Sam), S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall (as Carl), Conrad Veidt (as Strasser), Sydney Greenstreet (as Ferrari), Madeleine Lebeau (as Yvonne), Joy Page (as Annina Brandel), John Qualen (as Berger) and Leonid Kinskey (as Sacha).
A 1925 thriller featuring one of horror’s iconic screen legends was featured recently on Turner Classic Movies’ “Silent Sunday Night.”
Lon Chaney (Sr.) in Roland West’s “The Monster” (1925)
The senior Lon Chaney played the role of Dr. Ziska in Roland West’s 1925 silent, “The Monster.” In addition to Chaney, the players who appeared in West’s film were Gertrude Olmstead (as Betty Watson), Hallam Cooley (as Watson’s head clerk), Johnny Arthur (as the under clerk), Frank “George” Austin (as Rigo), Charles A. Sellon (as the constable), Knute Erickson (as Daffy Dan) and Walter James (as Caliban).
Turner Classic Movies will kick off the month of July with a tribute to the “master of suspense,” Alfred Hitchcock and the five decades of his cinematic career, ranging from “The Ring” (1927) to “Family Plot” (1976).
44 of Hitchcock’s films will be shown throughout TCM’s salute, airing Wed. and Fri. evenings at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central throughout the month of July. Here is a sampler of the films that will be shown during TCM’s Hitchcock festival:
The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” remembers film historian and Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne, who died this morning at the age of 84.
Born on May 3, 1932 in the town of Colfax, Washington; Osborne would discover the art of motion pictures at an early age. He majored in the field of journalism at the University of Washington, he graduated in 1954. He would spend two years in the United States Air Force, serving as a lieutenant.
Osborne in Hollywood
Shortly after his stint in the Air Force, Osborne decided to pursue an acting career. According to Mike Barnes’ retrospective on Osborne in The Hollywood Reporter, he appeared in a regional stage production of “The Night Must Fall” with veteran actress Jane Darwell. Darwell encouraged Osborne to pursue his acting career in Hollywood.
He was then signed to Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball’s production company, Desilu in 1959. That same year, he appeared in “The Desilu Revue,” which was part of the “Westinghouse-Desilu Playhouse” anthology series.
In honor of Myrna Loy as the “Star of the Month” for December, Turner Classic Movies will be showcasing one of her most memorable films.
TCM to present “The Thin Man” (1934) this Friday
Beginning this Fri., Dec. 23 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central, TCM will be showcasing the 1934 film adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett novel, “The Thin Man,” featuring William Powell and Myrna Loy as husband-and-wife sleuths Nick and Nora Charles. As part of the network’s Friday night “Star of the Month” salute to Loy, all six Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer “Thin Man” films will be shown throughout the evening.