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Illicit

When I hear the name Barbara Stanwyck I usually think of a western TV series from the late 60’s called The Big Valley. Not because I ever watched the show, but because I remember seeing commercials for reruns of the show that aired on one of our local stations in Chicago. Stanwyck’s career goes back way…

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‘Neath the Arizona Skies

Long before John Wayne became the star of big scale westerns like The Searchers or True Grit, he spent a lot of time making small B-westerns. These films often tell very simple little western tales and tend to have very short running times. Today’s film clocks in at a mere 52 minutes and sees the…

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Blonde Crazy

As my knowledge of classic films has increased in recent years, there have been certain stars who have become favorites of mine. They are actors and actresses who I will watch in pretty much anything. Two of those names that have risen to the top for me are James Cagney and Joan Blondell. So putting…

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The Working Man

I admit, I’ve never been a big business kind of guy. Besides the fact that they make you wear a suit (I haven’t worn one in years), things are just a bit too cutthroat for me. I guess I’m just too much of a nice guy. I definitely wouldn’t be a good fit for the…

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Other Men’s Women

They say that you should never judge a book by its cover. Still, there are sometimes when you just know by a movie’s title that you’re in for something scandalous. Even more so if we’re dealing with pre-code cinema. Probably one of the biggest rewards for me as a film fan as I’ve embarked on…

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Downstairs

The change from silent films to talkies had a big effect on many Hollywood stars. For each one that made the transition smoothly, there were many many more who struggled. John Gilbert was one such actor. He was a suave, handsome, performer known as “The Great Lover.” At times his popularity rivaled even Rudolph Valentino.…