The Lake Update for March 2017

Greetings and salutations, friends! March is the month I call the calm before the storm. If I’m lucky, I’ll be winging my way down to L.A. to cover the TCM Classic Film Festival in just four short weeks. Until then it’s business at usual. If you’ve noticed the blog still isn’t running at 100%. I’m…

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The TCM Top 10 For March

The sun is shining depending on what part of the country you’re living in, and springtime is in arriving. If you’re like me March is simply known as “the month I need to get through before TCMFF arrives.” There were several great films worth spotlighting this month, but these are the ten I’m the most…

Ticklish Business – Dial M for Murder (1954)

Peter of the Podstalgic podcast joins me to talk about Grace Kelly’s career and her performance in the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock drama, Dial M for Murder. NEXT TIME: Special guest Danita Steinberg and I talk about 1962’s Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Listening via iTunes? Please consider leaving a rating and review to boost the…

All This, And Heaven Too (1940)

Often imitated, never duplicated, Gone with the Wind‘s massive success in 1939 saw every studio attempt to find their own literary epic to adapt in the hopes of sweeping up awards (and box office dollars). Warner Bros., known for its conservatism went full-steam ahead with their take on Rachel Field’s popular novel, All This, and Heaven Too…

Pitfall (1948)

There’s a formula to film noirs, and while not strictly enforced there are particular elements one looks for – the morally ambiguous hero, interplay between light and shadow, an evil femme fatale. It is both this adherence to and divergence from convention that makes director Andre de Toth’s Pitfall so special. Recently released on a…

The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)

The Phantom of Crestwood is the equivalent of watching a radio serial play out on-screen. Maybe that’s because it was! As the film’s introduction states, the series was broadcast via radio with the final episode, solving the murder, revealed in the film. Call it deceptive or ingenious, The Phantom of Crestwood would attract just as…

Women He’s Undressed (2015)

ZZ Top once sang “Every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp-dressed man.” Costume designer Orry-Kelly was Hollywood’s most sharp-dressed man, whose techniques swathed several legendary leading ladies in their best finery. Women He’s Undressed, premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, is a fascinating documentary by Gillian Armstrong, presenting Kelly as a tailor of many threads: renowned…