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Friday, July 28, 2006

Vintage Art

Thelma Todd Celebration

The 2006 Thelma Todd celebration started on July 27th,
and runs until the 30th. Click on the Vamping Venus
for details.

Happy Birthday William Powell

TCM will celebrate William Powell's July 29th birthday on Monday July 31st with the following movies and shorts:

7:00 AM Star Of Midnight (1935)
8:30 AM "Hollywood Hist-o-rama: William Powell"
8:45 AM Hoodlum Saint, The (1946)
11:45 AM Last Of Mrs. Cheyney, The (1937)
1:30 PM Evelyn Prentice (1934)
2:54 PM "Hollywood Hist-o-rama: Myrna Loy"
3:00 PM After The Thin Man (1936)
5:00 PM Thin Man Goes Home, The (1945)
6:45 PM One Way Passage (1932)

Kay Francis will be featured in:
6:45 PM One Way Passage (1932)
8:00 PM Confession (1937)

Top photo courtesy of Dr. Macro
Bottom photo courtesy of Simply Classics

Monday, July 24, 2006

Kay Francis High Resolution

Hal Skelly and Kay Francis. These two high res. photos are part of an outstanding collection of Kay Francis photos posted at Many thanks to Carrie for this info.

Thursday, July 20, 2006


The UCLA Film & Television Archive's 13th Festival
of Celebration begins today, and runs till August 19th.
Click on William Powell for schedule.


Slapsticon begins today at noon, and runs
till the 23rd. Click photo for film schedule.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Kay Francis in October

Mark your calender for October 9th. TCM has scheduled a Kay Francis mini-marathon.

9 Monday

6:00 AM Passion Flower (1930)
7:30 AM Notorious Affair, A (1930)
8:45 AM Street of Women (1932)
10:00 AM Keyhole, The (1933)
11:15 AM House On 56th Street, The (1933)
12:30 PM Storm At Daybreak (1933)
2:00 PM Mandalay (1934)
3:15 PM British Agent (1934)
4:45 PM Stranded (1935)
6:00 PM Feminine Touch, The (1941)

Grace Bradley

The lovely Grace Bradley circa 1933, later
married to William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy)

Many thanks to MichaelE for the Grace Bradley Images.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Vitaphone News Volume 8 Number 1

Read The Vitaphone Project's latest issue of Vitaphone News. Includes new info on the Holy Grail of lost pre-code films, "Que Semana"

A Kay Francis Weekend

A BIG weekend for Kay Francis fans.

Authors of the two recent Kay Francis biographies will be appearing this weekend in two seperate events.

From Lynn Kear will give a presentation on Kay Francis at the Stone Mountain, Georgia library on July 15 at 1 PM. Using rare film clips, she will explain why Kay should be rediscovered as an important star from Hollywood's Golden Age. More information is available on the Georgia Center for the Book site. Writer Jana Oliver interviews Lynn Kear on The Curious Mind radio show. Among the topics discussed are why Kay Francis: A Passionate Life and Career was written, what the surprises were, and information about the next Kay Francis book. The show will air beginning Monday, July 10th through July 23rd. Listeners can download the file to their computer or to their MP3 player. If you don’t have the appropriate software, there are links on the site so listeners can download what they need. The software is free. After the 2-week run, the show will be placed in the archives and still be available for download.

Scott O'Brien, author of Kay Francis "I Can't Wait to Be Forgotten" Her Life on Film and Stage will be appearing at the 11th Annual San Francisco Silent Film Festival book signing On Sunday July 16th. The Film Festival will run start today and run to the 16th.
From Silver Screen Audio Interviews author Scott O'Brien. Silver Screen Audio devoted exclusively to the golden age of Hollywood, Reviews, upcoming releases of vintage DVD Movie Film Classics from the 1930's, 1940's, 1950's, 1960's and 1970's from Columbia, Warner Brothers, 20th Century Fox, MGM and the other studio factories that turned dreams into reality. Silver Screen Audio airs each Monday night on WGBB Radio 1240 AM Freeport New York. The audio of this interview is available here April 3 2006 broadcast.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Kay Francis

Kay Francis on the cover of Cinefilo December 1937.

Fay Wray

The beautiful Fay Wray

The Wedding March 1928

The Four Feathers 1929

The Texan 1930 with Gary Cooper

By George Hurrell 1931

Many thanks to MichaelE for the post.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Great News!! Charley Chase Talking Comedy Shorts To Air On TCM

The great, underappreciated comedian Charley Chase might finally start getting his due thanks to TCM's recent 40 year lease of the Hal Roach Library. In addition to the already aired Todd/Pitts and Boy Friends comedy shorts, poster MGMWBRKO on the TCM message board reports that the "Hal Roach - Charley Chase, Musical Comedy, Todd-Kelly and Taxi Boys shorts are on order and will be premiering on TCM over the next 3 - 4 months."

See more Charley Chase HQ scans here

Stage and Screen: The Ladies #1

Ina Claire, Judith Anderson, Tallulah Bankhead, Ethel Barrymore, Alice Brady, and Jeanne Eagels. Photographed by Nickolas Muray from Muray's Celebrity Portraits Of The Twenties And Thirties

Picturegoer Summer Annual

Scans from The Picturegoer Summer Annual 1932

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Anna Sten by Hurrell

Anna Sten in Nana 1934 by Hurrell. Many thanks to MichaelE for the images.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Vitaphone Short Subjects

Rogue Cinema Article: The Vitaphone Short Subjects: When Sound Came to the Screen - By James L Neibaur