Her roles were largely stereotypical, yet her charm and goofiness made her memorable. Here’s a look at her work beyond Gone With the Wind.

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).

PLUNDER ROADFilm noir at its best—and most economical. No backstory, a lean look and just 72 minutes long.

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

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

Our list of ten must-see films—ten artful depictions of the human condition—by one of the world’s most influential directors.

Accomplished directors from the past 50 years talk about their triumphs and challenges in bringing a story to the big screen.

We single out five films that display the talent and range of the Warner Bros. character actor.

AL HIRSCHFELDWe select our ten favorite movie posters by the famed caricaturist.

Five films that best represent the fluttery voiced character actress’s charms.

DIAMOND SETTINGSWe take a look at five of our favorite baseball movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s.


A dozen books that became publishing phenomena and, at times, well-made and popular films.

SCREEN TESTSAudition footage from Monroe, Dean, Brando and others.

MOVIE MOMENTS THAT MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVINGOur collection of ten little moments of breathtaking beauty, expert craftsmanship and happy accidents that rank as our favorites.

A tribute to a character actress who’s made aunts and spinsters her specialty.

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

We take a good look at the work of MGM’s legendary art director.

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

We select three movie musicals we deeply wish the sunny singer/actress would have made.

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.

We take a closer look and listen at Johnny Mercer’s witty ditty about the coming of the season.

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. 

THE 43 FACES OF JOHNNY DEPPWe review the wide variety of characters the actor has played, from early teenager roles to larger-than-life eccentrics.

FRED ASTAIREFive lively numbers from the peerless hoofer.

THE ROAD TO HELEN LAWSONJudy Garland, Susan Hayward and the bumpy road Valley of the Dolls producers experienced in casting an important role in a truly lousy film.

 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.

FOX THEATEROur fond look back at one of San Francisco’s grandest movie palaces.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIESTen great titles penned by industry legends.

THE BAND WAGONNanette Fabray recalls a glaring mistake in the 1953 classic musical.

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.

CHARACTERS: BABY ROSALIEIn a daffy send-up of Shirley Temple, June Preisser plays an aging child star in MGM's let's-put-on-a-show musical, Babes in Arms (1939).

PRESTON STURGESSnippets of dialogue from six of the writer/director’s best films.

ANSELMO BALLESTEROur gallery of ten striking one sheets from the Italian poster artist.

GREAT MOVIESCelebrating the cool jazz short, Jammin’ the Blues (1944).

BETTY HUTTONTwelve films that exemplify the charms of this freakishly energetic performer.

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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January 12

Agatha Christie dies of natural causes in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England, 1976. Her death at age 85 would come 14 months after her final appearance at a public event—the premier of Murder on the Orient Express (1974), an all-star movie version of her novel Murder in the Calais Coach. The staggeringly popular mystery writer lauded the performance of Albert Finney as detective Hercule Poirot as well as the film itself, calling it the only big-screen adaptation of one of her works that she found completely satisfying.

The Big Sleep completes filming, 1945. Raymond Chandler, who authored the book on which the movie is based, allowed screenwriters William Faulkner and Leigh Brackett to come to their own conclusions about the murder mystery, since Chandler admittedly had no clue of his own. Who Faulkner and Brackett identified as the killer was included in the 1945 version of the film, which was screened for American servicemen that year. As World War II was drawing to a close, Warner Bros. saw fit to release their inventory of war-related movies throughout 1945, thereby delaying the release of the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall crime drama. This gave them a chance to rethink, rewrite and reshoot a few key scenes between the two in order to infuse them with the innuendo and attitude that made their work in To Have and Have Not (1944) crackle. The movie’s newer version was released to general audiences in August of 1946 with Bogart and Bacall’s chemistry assured and the mystery left unsolved.


Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart menaces Bette Davis and Leslie Howard in The Petrified Forest (1936).

“Even when I was carrying a gun, she scared the bejesus out of me.”
— Humphrey Bogart on frequent costar Bette Davis. Together, they appeared in eight motion pictures, including Marked Woman (1937), Kid Galahad (1937), Dark Victory (1939) and Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943).


July 13

Alla Nazimova dies of a coronary thrombosis in Los Angeles, 1945. The Russian-born actress established herself on stage in Moscow and St. Petersburg before heading to America, where, in 1906, she made her Broadway debut. She remained a wildly popular stage star for the next several years, with dramas by Ibsen and Chekhov her specialty. Though initially a hit in movies, Nazimova’s overall work on screen was more of a mixed bag. Early roles tended towards the outlandish and lustful, and audiences ate her up in pictures like Revelations (1918), The Red Lantern (1919) and Camille (1921). Her success was tempered considerably when she began to produce her own films—a handful of daring abstractions that left critics and audiences cold. After My Son in 1925, she took a break from moviemaking until the early 1940s, when she made a spate of five films that included Escape (1940), as Robert Taylor’s mother, and Blood and Sand (1941), as Tyrone Power’s mother. She left on a high note, a small part in the critically acclaimed wartime drama Since You West Away (1944).

In 1919, at the height of her film popularity, she purchased a Spanish-style home on Sunset Boulevard that sat on 2.5 acres between Crescent Heights and Havenhurst. Dubbed The Garden of Alla, a reference to the similarly titled 1905 novel The Garden of Allah by Robert S. Hichens, the home would become a key destination for the era’s Hollywood party people. In 1926, financial problems led her to construct 25 villas on the property and convert it to a residential hotel, which underwent a slight spelling change in 1930 when Nazimova sold it to Central Holding Corporation. The Garden of Allah, as it was now designated, became temporary lodging for many famous folk, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Marlene Dietrich, Artie Shaw, Buster Keaton, Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart and Ernst Lubitsch. In 1938, Nazimova, returned to the property and rented out Villa 24, where she lived until her death.

The Garden of Allah was operated by a succession of various owners throughout the thirties, forties and fifties, with final owner Bart Lytton, owner of a savings and loan company, demolishing home and surrounding villas in 1959 to make room for a bank.


Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2014: Out of the Past (1947)

The Story of G.I. Joe (1945) made audiences notice actor Robert Mitchum, Crossfire (1947) made him a star and Out of the Past (1947) cemented it. In Out of the Past, Mitchum plays Jeff Bailey, a gas station owner with a former life that menacingly resurfaces. It was a part Humphrey Bogart, John Garfield and Dick Powell all turned down. Flashbacks within flashbacks reveal racketeer Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) on the hunt for his mistress Kathy Moffat (Jane Greer), who took off with $40,000 of his money. Sterling hires Bailey to track her down and get the dough, but not to fall in love with her, which is exactly what he does. Sterling eventually tries to frame Bailey, resulting in a lakeside standoff unique for its imaginative use of a fishing pole to kill a bad guy.


Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2014: Deadline U.S.A. (1952)

Among the titles in the substantial library of Humphrey Bogart noirs, Deadline U.S.A. is one of the most underrated and overlooked. It is a smart, sharply written examination inside the world of a New York City newspaper and the forces that shape its headlines. Bogart plays Ed Hutcheson, the editor of the The Day, a daily in the process of being sold by the late owner’s family. Hutcheson makes a last bid to boost circulation and keep the paper alive by crafting an exposé tying a gangster to the murder of a woman. He also makes a bid to reunite with his estranged wife Nora, played by Kim Hunter. Their scenes have the terrific lived-in quality of two mature thinkers who obviously care for each other but, over the years, have grown to want different things. Ethel Barrymore, as the family’s matriarch, quietly steals every scene she’s in. If the whole enterprise reeks of verisimilitude, it is with good reason. Several real newspapermen played themselves, and the newsroom and printing plant for The New York Daily News were used for location shooting. A meticulous reproduction of the facilities was built on Hollywood soundstages for additional scenes.