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DESIGN IN FILM: THE MODERN HOUSEAn eight-minute video montage of modern homes—real and fake—as seen on the silver screen.

An examination of the lengthy career of the Chinese-American character actor, from Charlie Chan to Woody Allen.

70MMThirty visually stunning films that illustrate the grandeur of large-format filmmaking.

Our look at the Texas actor’s 43-year film career, including an ill-advised Oscar campaign. 

A look at the professional life of an actress who proved to be much more than just the Wicked Witch of the West.

NEBRASKANSA look at some of the memorable talentsfrom Astaire to Zanuck—to come from the Cornhusker State.

Twenty-five cool photos reveal what goes on outside of movie camera range.

Our list of at least a dozen silent film performers that are happily still with us.

12 GREAT MOVIE SONGSElvis, The Beatles and The Supremes join our list of favorite movie themes of the 1960s.

WILHELM SCREAMWe trace the history of one of the most famous and beloved sound effects in movies.

LOST HORIZONA dud receives its due as we explore the elements that made this 1973 musical so preposterously memorable.

One hundred films whose final words of dialogue make indelible lasting impressions.

25 GREAT SILENT MOVIE POSTERSOur selection of artwork from the early days of motion pictures that expertly illustrate the tone and tale of the films they represent.

RAVES AND RASPBERRIES We select some choice bits from reviews by the late Roger Ebert.

ERROL FLYNN GETS WHACKEDThe actor recalls an unforgettable moment with Bette Davis on the set of The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.

CINEMATIC RIDESTen films where carnival attractions add to the plot and give their protagonists a cheap thrill.

Three overwrought cautionary tales from the 1930s examine the perils of smoking marijuana in polite society.

20 DIRECTORS / 20 FILMSSome of the world’s best moviemakers from Hollywood’s Golden Era provide a behind-the-scenes look at their creations.

LOS ANGELES IN THE 1920SVintage clips offer a look at famous boulevards, studios, theaters, eateries and more.

BILLY WILDEROur favorite lines of dialogue from the Oscar-winning writer/director.

WOODY ALLENChoice lines of dialogue, from Take the Money and Run to Midnight in Paris.

KATHARINE HEPBURNTen authoritative moments when Kate's movie character speaks her mind.

UFA MOVIE POSTERSA look at the early one sheets from the longest standing film studio in Germany.

THE LANGUAGE OF NOIRWe celebrate tough talk from the best of Hollywood’s gritty crime dramas.


Aerial shots of Hollywood in 1958 includes Griffith Observatory, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and major studios.

AMERICAWe celebrate one of the most exuberant dance numbers committed to film, a thrilling showcase for freakishly talented folks with music in their bones.

HOLLYWOOD POSTCARDSTen vintage postcards revealing the glories of Southern California's movie mecca.

MAJOR FILMS, MINOR GAFFESTwenty-five mistakes in some of the greatest movies ever made.

GEORGE GERSHWINTen classic songs as seen on the silver screen.

GREAT ENDINGSA memorable tussle in Death Valley caps Erich von Stroheim’s broken classic.

10 GREAT POSTERSOur look at striking works of art that just happen to sell movie tickets.

MUST READMGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot provides a fascinating look at a lost treasure.

IN THE COOL, COOL, COOL OF THE EVENINGJane Wyman and Bing Crosby charm with the Oscar-winning song from Here Comes the Groom (1951).

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W.C. FIELDSTen of his most memorable character names.

Aliens and mutants take center stage in twenty-five spectacular movie posters from the 1950s.

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STARS ON STARS: 30 CANDID OPINIONSA collection of favorite quotes from movie folk discussing their peers.

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JOHN QUALENFive of our favorite performances from the character actor’s lengthy career.

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Twelve examples of what made the late actor such an enduring movie star.

Ten artful, playful and downright silly shots from some of the most famous movies in existence.

JEFFREY HUNTERWe tip our hat to the underrated (and very pretty) actor best known for going toe-to-toe with John Wayne in The Searchers and hanging on the cross in Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings.

ELVIS PRESLEYFive essential films for the Elvis movie fan.

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BILL GOLD’S MOVIE POSTERSOur salute to the legendary graphic artist, including 25 of his posters for some of the most famous movies ever made.

BEAUTIFUL MENFilm giants Cary Grant and his ilk will have to wait. Here we look at ten not-so-obvious choices—actors blessed with incredible good looks, if not legendary status.

BEAUTIFUL WOMENTen of the most physically stunning females to grace the silver screen.

FOOTBALLFive classic films where gridiron shenanigans drive the plot. 

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FRED ASTAIREFive lively numbers from the peerless hoofer.

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 AMERICAN LANDMARKS ON FILM From the Empire State Building to the Golden Gate Bridge, we take a look at ten famous sights that added drama to the movies.

THE GIRL HUNT BALLETWe revisit the stylish Fred Astaire dream ballet from The Band Wagon (1953).

IOWA FILMS & STARSTen contributions the Hawkeye State has made to motion picture history.

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TRIGGERWe celebrate the life and somewhat creepy afterlife of Roy Rogers's favorite mount.

CHARACTERS: AGNES GOOCHPeggy Cass's memorable turn as a plain Jane coaxed into living a little in Auntie Mame (1958).

DESIGNS ON FILMA handsome volume by author and designer Cathy Whitlock chronicles the history of Hollywood set design.

REBECCAFive screen tests for Hitchock’s 1940 classic, with comments by David O. Selznick.

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JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZSmart dialogue from the Oscar-winning screenwriter.

DESERT NOIROur report from this year’s Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs.

RED DREAM FACTORYWe profile eight films from a unique Russian-German film studio of the twenties and thirties.

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Major Films, Minor Gaffes

In the collaborative art of motion pictures, it’s no wonder errors happen—the camera accidentally capturing a crew member, a 1950s car appearing in the background of a 1920s-set movie or a drinking glass that’s empty in one shot and magically refilled in the next. We tiptoed through the “goofs” section of imdb.com and found compelling evidence that, even in films considered the greatest ever made, mistakes abound. Here are 25 of them.

High Noon (1952)
In the crane shot when Kane (Gary Cooper) is alone in the town square just before the final shootout, modern day Los Angeles is clearly visible in the skyline.

Double Indemnity (1944)
The door to Neff's (Fred MacMurray’s) apartment opens away from, rather than toward, his apartment, a violation of the Los Angeles Fire Code. The configuration was needed, however, for a key scene where Phyllis (Barbara Stanwyck) hides behind the door in the hallway.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
When Smith (James Stewart) arrives in Washington on the train, he's seen walking towards the exit with a porter behind him carrying his bags. The next shot shows the same porter coming into the station carrying someone else's bags.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
When Nicholson (Alec Guinness) falls on the dynamite plunger, the charges on the bridge are set off several seconds apart. Being on a single wire, with a single plunger, both charges should have gone off at the same time. Two separate charges would require two separate plungers and two separate wires.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
As George (James Stewart), Bert (Ward Bond) and Ernie (Frank Faylen) eye Violet (Gloria Grahame) as she walks down the street, the same woman in a print dress, holding the brim of her hat, walks by five times in 30 seconds.

The Sound of Music (1965)
When the Nazis are searching for the family on the roof of the abbey, one of the actors shines his flashlight accidentally toward the mountains, throwing a beam of light on the painted wall and exposing the Alpine scenery as a mere backdrop.

Casablanca (1943)
When Major Strasser (Conrad Veidt) gets shot while talking to a phone operator, the telephone cord between the phone and the handset is not connected.

Psycho (1960)
When Norman (Anthony Perkins) drags Marion (Janet Leigh) from the bathroom to wrap her in the shower curtain, you can see that she is wearing panties.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
During the twister, a hanging flower pot on the porch barely moves.

The Graduate (1967)
In the scene in which Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) and Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) meet at the hotel bar, Benjamin unsuccessfully attempts to draw the attention of a passing waiter. In the glass wall behind them, the waiter can be seen to stop as he leaves the frame and wait for his cue to re-enter.

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
When Joe Gillis (William Holden) gets out of the pool and Norma (Gloria Swanson) dries him off, several crewmembers, as well as lighting, microphones and other equipment, are reflected in Norma's sunglasses.

The Godfather (1972)
The Thoroughbred racehorse in the first horse scene has a white marking on its forehead. In the scene with the horse head in the bed, there is no white marking.

Some Like It Hot (1959)
When Sugar (Marilyn Monroe) and Junior are talking on the telephone, Sugar's eyes are clearly following lines on a cue card.

Gone With the Wind (1939)
Just after the burning of Atlanta, Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) and Rhett (Clark Gable) pause to observe the soldiers fleeing the city. An extra playing a soldier looks right into the camera.

Vertigo (1958)
As the camera moves away from Scottie (James Stewart) standing at the edge of the tower, the shadow of the camera can be seen for a second on the outer wall of the tower.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
To come up with a convincing effect for the floating pen in the shuttle sequence, Kubrick decided to simply use a pen that was taped to a sheet of glass suspended in front of the camera (the shuttle attendant can be seen to pull the pen off the glass when she takes hold of it). Just before she catches the pen, you can see the glass briefly reflecting light. On the BluRay release, a palm print and other marks can be seen on the glass.

Citizen Kane (1941)
During the picnic scene towards the end, Welles had to shoot against a back-projection because a location shoot was too costly and time-consuming. The stock footage used for the exterior was taken from King Kong (1933); the birds flying in the background are pterodactyls.

Annie Hall (1977)
During the Lobster scene in the beach house, the refrigerator is placed so close to the oven that it would be impossible to open the oven door.

All About Eve (1950)
While Phoebe (Barbara Bates) is looking at herself in the mirror during the final scene, a crew member sitting on a crane is visible for a few seconds at the top of the shot.

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
When Peggy (Teresa Wright) and Marie (Virginia Mayo) are in the ladies room at the restaurant, the cameraman's left arm is visible in one of the mirrors.

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
When Spade (Humphrey Bogart) is talking to Det. Tom Polhaus (Ward Bond) about the Webley, the sound stage ceiling can be clearly seen above the tops of the buildings.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
When Scout (Mary Badham) and Jem (Phillip Alford) are discussing Jem going back to retrieve his trousers from Boo Radley's, Scout can be seen mouthing Jem's lines. In another scene, Scout mouths Atticus's (Gregory Peck's) next lines when begging her father to take her to visit Tom Robinson's family.

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
When Casy (John Carradine) and Tom (Henry Fonda) are walking along the road towards the Joads' old farm, their shadows can be seen on the painted backdrop behind them.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
As Kathy (Debbie Reynolds) takes Don (Gene Kelly) to Sunset and Camden, 1950s-era cars can be seen passing in the background.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
When the Doc removes the bed cover from Snow White while she is sleeping on the dwarfs' beds, you can briefly glimpse the outline of Doc's hand, drawn in the wrong place.

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