The studio era had a way of doing things with genres that weren’t unique but, in execution, make all the difference in the world. Director Henry Koster was adept at … Continue Reading Music for Millions (1944)
How appropriate that our 31st episode comes out on Halloween night. In the last of four special Halloween episodes I talk to writer Kimberly Pierce about William Castle’s House on Haunted Hill (1959).
“Last night I dream of Manderlay again…” The first words spoken in Alfred Hitchcock’s American debut conjure up a dreamworld that could only exist in the imagination, and yet it’s … Continue Reading Rebecca (1940)
It’s October which means it’s all about Halloween at Ticklish Biz HQ. In the third of four special Halloween episodes I talk to Hollywoodland Unsolved host Ansley Gordon about our favorite unsolved Hollywood … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #30: Classic Hollywood Unsolved Murders
It’s October which means it’s all about Halloween at Ticklish Biz HQ. In the first of four special Halloween episodes I talk to Karie Bible, author and tour guide at … Continue Reading Ticklish Business Episode #28: Interview with Hollywood Forever Tour Guide Karie Bible
Director John Brahms was best known for his sumptuously decorated murder mysteries, 1944’s The Lodger and 1945’s Hangover Square. Before he was getting A-list talent to go alongside his beautifully … Continue Reading The Undying Monster (1942)
Light up the cauldron and get a mug of witches’ brew because October is upon us. Can we really say September was anything else other than the month before Halloween? … Continue Reading The TCM Top 10 for October 2017
In 1859 author Wilkie Collins published The Woman in White, considered the first mystery novel with an actual detective-esque structure. Imitated in numerous films since, from serious drama to animated … Continue Reading The Woman in White (1948)
A camera points to the ground, gliding along to show the chaos of a recent event, the ground littered in detritus. Has the house been looted? Is this the scene … Continue Reading Father of the Bride (1950)
With a wealth of biographies out there it’s often difficult to differentiate yourself from the herd by finding someone new to say. A figure like Alfred Hitchcock, outside of being … Continue Reading Alfred Hitchcock
Visit the lovely town of Morgan’s Creek as guest Adam Kautzer talks with me about director Preston Sturges and his work, as well as 1944’s The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek.
Describing the Florida Keys always sounds as if a Dashiell Hammett-esque noir voice should be speaking the words aloud: “An isolated strip of land as beautiful as it is hot.” … Continue Reading Key Largo (1948)
Flicker Alley debuts two brand-new restorations this week with the DVD/Blu-ray combo release of Too Late for Tears (1949) and Woman on the Run (1950). Public domain victims whose copies … Continue Reading Woman on the Run (1950)
The 1960s have come represent a decade in turmoil, and that’s true. With Vietnam, political and racial unrest, it doesn’t appear too far removed from our current times; but in … Continue Reading A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
Out of all the on-screen teams the studio system created, none endures as strongly as the teaming of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. The two made nine films together, and … Continue Reading Woman of the Year (1942)