A Happy (and safe) Fourth to all fellow classic/cult film fans from the management of “Silver Screen Reflections.”
Svengoolie Presents: “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955, as part of Sven’s salute to Godzilla)
As part of Sven’s month-long salute to “Godzilla,” the legendary Chicago-based horror film host will be presenting the sequel to “Godzilla” (”Godzilla, King of the Monsters”), “Godzilla Raids Again” (originally filmed in 1955, released in the United States in 1959) on Sat., Feb. 11 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV Network.
Later this month, he will be showing two more vintage Godzilla features from Japan’s Toho Studios, including “Godzilla vs. Mothra” on Feb. 18 (released in 1964) and “Godzilla’s Revenge” on Feb. 25 (released in 1969 as “All Monsters Attack” in Japan).
Directed by Motoyoshi Oda and produced by Tomoyuki Tanaka (the North American dub was produced by Paul Schreibman), the film featured Hiroshi Koizumi as Tsukioka, Setsuko Wakayama (as Hedemi), Takashi Shimura (as Dr. Yamane) and Minoru Chiaki (as Kobyashi).
Now that classic/cult film aficionados and fans of Turner Classic Movies celebrated slapstick throughout September, film lovers will be in for a treat this October.
“Frankenstein:” Turner Classic Movies’ “Monster of the Month”
To kick off this month (and to celebrate the Halloween season), Turner Classic Movies will be showing a classic Frankenstein film each Sunday at 8 p.m. throughout the month.
Ranging from the Universal Studios Frankenstein films (including the original 1931 version with Boris Karloff), to Hammer Studios’ Frankenstein adaptations of the 1950s and 1960s, to Mel Brooks’ landmark 1974 comedic horror farce “Young Frankenstein,” there’s something for all fans of vintage horror on TCM this month.
Rundown of vintage and cult “Frankenstein” films as part of TCM’s month-long salute:
Sun., Oct. 2:
8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central: “Frankenstein” (1931) Directed by James Whale, featuring Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), John Boles (Victor), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Waldman), Dwight Frye (Fritz, the Dwarf) and Frederick Kerr (Baron Frankenstein).
9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Eastern: “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) Directed by James Whale, featuring Boris Karloff (The Monster), Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth Frankenstein), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Shelley/The Monster’s Mate), Ernest Thesiger (Dr. Pretorius) and Gavin Gordon (Lord Byron). An encore showing will occur on Sat., Nov. 12 at 9:15 a.m. Eastern/8:15 a.m. Central.
11 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Central: “Son of Frankenstein” (1939) Directed by Rowland V. Lee, featuring Basil Rathbone (Baron Wolf von Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Bela Lugosi (Ygor), Lionel Atwill (Inspector Krogh), Josephine Hutchinson (Elsa von Frankenstein), Donnie Dunagan (Peter von Frankenstein), Emma Dunn (Amelia) and Edgar Norton (Thomas Benson). This was Karloff’s final appearance as Frankenstein’s Monster.
A re-post from my other classic film and multimedia blog, “At The Matinee.”
Around the Fourth of July, many fans of classic cinema will be looking forward to watching one of the definitive perennial greats in screen entertainment.
James Cagney in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942)
That definitive classic is 1942’s “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal B. Wallis, the film features James Cagney (as George M. Cohan), Joan Leslie (as Mary Cohan), Walter Huston (as Jerry Cohan), Richard Whorf (as Sam Harris), Irene Manning (as Fay Tempelton), George Tobias (as Dietz), Rosemary DeCamp (as Nellie Cohan), Jeanne Cagney (as Josie Cohan), Frances Langford (as Nora Bayes), S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall (as Schwab), and Eddie Foy, Jr. (as the senior Eddie Foy).
Based off the story of real-life songwriter George M. Cohan (1878-1942), the film goes into the life, times and career of the multi-talented entertainer and songwriter, who brought such popular classic songs including “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Over There,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” just to name a few.
When the film premiered in New York at the Hollywood Theatre in May 1942, it was tremendous hit, and was one of the top-grossing motion pictures of that year. According to The New York Times, the audience on opening night purchased $5,750,000 worth of war bonds to help America’s war effort during the Second World War.
1942: A prolific box office year for Warners
For Warner Bros. (who acquired the rights from Cohan for his life story, where Warners’ competitors declined Cohan’s story throughout the latter years of his life), it would be the studio’s top-grossing film at the time (along with Warners’ other popular noteworthy films released that same year, including “Casablanca,” “Air Force,” “George Washington Slept Here” and “Now, Voyager.”
Winner of three Academy Awards
The film won three Academy Awards for Best Actor (James Cagney), Best Sound Recording (Nathan Levinson and the Warner Bros. sound department), and Best Music, Scoring of a Motion Picture (Ray Heindorf and and Heinz Romfeld).
Warner Archive Blu-Ray
Warners has released Yankee Doodle Dandy on Blu-Ray (through the studio’s “Archive” line), from a new high-definition transfer (along with several extras ported over from the DVD release). It is also available for streaming on Amazon, iTunes and Warners’ YouTube VOD service.
Why you should watch “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942)
To all fellow readers- if you haven’t seen “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” see it when you have the chance to. It is an entertaining and enlightening motion picture about the life and times of George Cohan, portrayed by James Cagney (in one of his few non-gangster roles on the screen).
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” is one of the best examples of uplifting screen entertainment. You won’t be disappointed!
Turner Classic Movies will be showing “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942) on the Fourth: As part of a collection of entertaining films related to America’s day of independence, the 1942 classic will be shown at 10:45 p.m., right after the 1962 Meredith Wilson musical “The Music Man” (featuring Robert Preston, Debbie Reynolds and Ron Howard), which will be shown at 8 p.m.
Other films that will be shown will include the 1972 film adaptation of the musical “1776” (featuring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva and Ken Howard) at 1 a.m., followed by “Thousands Cheer” (1943, featuring Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly and Mary Ator) at 4 a.m.
Before the primetime offerings, the network will show various classics related to Americana, including “Judge Hardy and Son” (1939, featuring Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone and Ann Rutherford) at 6 a.m., “The Howards of Virginia” (1940, with Cary Grant & Sir Cedric Hardwicke) at 7:30 a.m., “John Paul Jones” (1959, with Robert Stack) at 9:30 a.m., “The Scarlet Coat” (1955, with Cornel Wilde, Anne Francis, and George Sanders) at 11:45 a.m., “The Devil’s Disciple” (1959, with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Lawrence Oliver) at 1:30 p.m., Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939, with James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold and Claude Rains) at 3 p.m. and Robert Wise’s film adaptation of the musical “West Side Story” (1961, with Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris) at 5:15 P.M.
The author of “Silver Screen Reflections” wishes all readers a happy, safe and exciting fourth- do something interesting and fun!
Questions/Comments? Drop a line at the comments section!
A recent change has been made to an upcoming major classic film screening at the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
The Feb. 13 revival screening of the 1942 classic, “Casablanca,” with special guest Robert Osborne (of Turner Classic Movies) has been cancelled. According to a recent press release from the theater, Osborne informed the management of the Majestic that he is in the hospital and is undergoing treatment for pneumonia.
Osborne, a noted film critic and longtime TCM host (since the network’s launch in 1994), was originally slated to make a special guest appearance on stage at the Majestic, before the cinema’s screening of “Casablanca” (alongside Jeffrey W. Gabel, founding executive director of the theater). The cinema is honoring ticket refunds.
Sam Spade. Brigid O’Shaughnessy. Miles Archer. Joel Cairo. Kasper Gutman. Lieutenant Dundy and Detective Pullhouse. The “MacGuffin.” “The stuff that dreams are made of.”
The 75th anniversary revival screening of “The Maltese Falcon” (1941)
Fans of classic cinema and film noir are in for a real treat, as this year will mark the 75th anniversary of John Huston’s 1941 screen adaptation of “The Maltese Falcon.”
Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with Warner Bros. Pictures and NCM Fathom Events will showcase the film in select cinema venues from coast-to-coast for one day only on Sunday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb. 24. “The Maltese Falcon” will be shown at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (Eastern) on that day. A special pre-recorded introduction by TCM host Ben Mankiewicz will be shown before the film.
With an all-star cast, featuring Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet, Ward Bond and Barton MacLane, John Huston’s film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s novel is one of the definitive classics of the silver screen.
Earlier adaptations of Hammett’s novel for the silver screen
Before Huston’s landmark film was released, Warners made two film adaptations of Dashiell Hammett’s novel. The first screen adaptation of “The Maltese Falcon” was released as a pre-code feature in 1931, featuring Ricardo Cortez and Bebe Daniels.
Five years later, the studio produced a lesser-known light comedic adaptation with Bette Davis and Warren William, under the title of “Satan Met a Lady.”
A comedic version of “The Maltese Falcon”
In addition to the three motion picture adaptations of Hammett’s novel, a comedic spoof of “The Maltese Falcon” was produced by George Segal and Ray Stark in 1975, under the title of “The Black Bird.” Directed by David Giler, the film featured Segal (who also played the lead role of Sam Spade Jr.), Stéphane Audran, Lionel Stander, Elisha Cook Jr. and Vic Tayback.
Why you should watch “The Maltese Falcon” (1941)
If you’re going to see it on the big screen on Feb. 21 (or the upcoming TCM broadcast on Feb. 19), “The Maltese Falcon” is one of the definitive film noir classics. You will not be disappointed by 100 minutes of suspense and intrigue. Highly recommended!
Matinee Alert: “The Maltese Falcon” will not be shown in the Frederick area
SIDEBAR: Yet once again, the Frederick area will miss out on the revival screening of “The Maltese Falcon” (according to the NCM Fathom list of cinema venues from coast-to-coast that will be showing the film).
“The Maltese Falcon” (75th Anniversary Screening), presented by Turner Classic Movies, Warner Bros. and NCM Fathom Events
Sunday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern in select theaters from coast-to-coast
List of cinema venues that are showing “The Maltese Falcon” from coast-to-coast (via NCM Fathom Events)
“The Maltese Falcon” will be shown two days before the 75th anniversary screening on Turner Classic Movies, beginning on Friday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. Eastern.