Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

TOM HATTEN, NICE GUY

Before there was that pile of stiffs who introduce classic films on TCM, there were local hosts who performed the same function in individual markets (cable not having yet been invented…sort of). If you were growing up in LA in the 70s and 80s and you loved classic films, you

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CURLY HOWARD: THE FINAL CURTAIN

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFvVeu8LQXAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghwQT4bKWCk Those of us who follow the NFL (which, for those of you who don’t, stands for the National Football League) have heard a lot in recent years about the effects of repeated bashings on the head, which often leads to a disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopity (or CTE if

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HARLAN ELLISON V. FRANK SINATRA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHf_DtcxhpE The wonderful and wildly prolific writer Harlan Ellison died this past week at the age of 84 (click here for his fascinating NY Times obit). In 2006 my producing partner David Zellerford and I had the pleasure of interviewing him at his home in the hills above the San Fernando Valley

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CULVER CITY, LAUREL AND HARDY, HAL ROACH – THEN & NOW

Here’s one of those before/after looks at LA in the 30s (and earlier) as seen in Hal Roach comedies and the same exact locations now. In this case it’s not movie locations themselves that we’re seeing but the site of the Hal Roach studio. The main building is a handsome

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NICK RAY SPEAKS

Above I’ve posted a short clip of Nicholas Ray describing how the ending of ‘In A Lonely Place’ developed, going from a nice, neatly tied-up thriller ending (Frank Lovejoy bursts in and arrests Dixon Steele) and instead becoming the ambivalent, unsettlingly unanswered ending that leaves us wondering what will happen

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“FROGGY”: A REMEMBERANCE

Billy ‘Froggy’ Laughlin appeared in Our Gang comedies over a four year period–1940-44. As these were the MGM produced OG’s, they weren’t in the least funny–MGM seems to have had a humor-block what with ‘Tom and Jerry’ being the best they could come up with in the cartoon department and

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“CAT DOG & CO.”
A CULVER CITY TIME CAPSULE

Here’s another one of these wonderful before-after looks at the locations of a 1929 Our Gang comedy then with dissolves into images of the exact area now. Scroll down and read yesterday’s post to understand who’s doing this cool work and what we’ve learned about the neighborhood now known as

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BEVERLYWOOD: A HAL ROACH CHILD-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY

The Beverlywood section of Los Angeles is a friendly, suburban, hilly and pleasingly landscaped pocket of real estate developed in the post-war era of the 1940s. It runs (roughly) from Robertson Blvd. on the east south of Pico Blvd. and almost reaches Venice Blvd. on the south (thus making it

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CHAPLIN IN SWITZERLAND

Here’s a lovely look at Charlie Chaplin and his wife Oona (nee O’Neil as in Eugene O’Neil’s daughter who her dad disowned for marrying Chaplin one month after her eighteenth birthday) at their luscious home in Vevey, Switzerland in 1975. Chaplin is 86, two years away from his passing and

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Strange moment in the lyric of 'New York New York'. At the end the narrator says: 'If I can make it there I'll make it anywhere' but then shifts the burden of responsibility to the city:'It's up to YOU, New York New York', thereby evading responsibility for his potential failure.

In 'As Time Goes By' we are told 'woman needs man and man must have his mate THAT NO ONE CAN DENY'. But is it the specific mate that cannot be denied or the general concept about man needing his mate that can't be denied? I've never been clear on this. Anyone? #cinema #TCMParty

I just discovered this hour-long doc on Don Siegel, featuring a long interview with the man himself. "I find directing very boring, dull...I don't like it" are among some of his more joyous pronouncements. Well worth a watch. #FilmTwitter #Filmmaker #TCM http://raymonddefelitta.org/uncategorized/a-documentary-about-legendary-director-don-siegel/

Old Hollywood studios always had a 'ranch'--land somewhere in LA where they shot their westerns, outdoor stuff etc. Hal Roach's was in a neighborhood called Beverlywood which is near West LA. Dig these before/after views. http://raymonddefelitta.org/film-history/beverlywood-a-hal-roach-child-friendly-community/ #Cinema #LosAngeles #TCMParty

Old school NYC brownstone mailbox. I love when stuff like this remains untouched for decades. Perhaps even a century.

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