Sunday, March 20, 2011

This week on N and CF.

D.O.A. (1950), a film noir drama film directed by Rudolph Maté, is considered a classic of the genre. The frantically paced plot revolves around a doomed man's quest to find out who has poisoned him – and why – before he dies. Please click picture on the side bar to view movie.

Happy Birthday: Joan Crawford!(March 23, 1905 – May 10, 1977). Starting as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting on Broadway, Crawford was signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. Initially frustrated by the size and quality of her parts, Crawford began a campaign of self-publicity and became nationally known as a flapper by the end of the 1920s. In the 1930s, Crawford's fame rivaled MGM colleagues Norma Shearer and Greta Garbo. Crawford often played hardworking young women who find romance and financial success. These "rags-to-riches" stories were well-received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women. Crawford became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars.Please click picture on side bar to read past reviews.

Happy Birthday: Steve McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980). He was nicknamed "The King of Cool."His "anti-hero" persona, which he developed at the height of the Vietnam counter culture, made him one of the top box -office draws of the 1960s and 1970 s. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno. In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world. please click picture on side bar to read past reviews.

On TCM Special Event, March 26, 2011: Joan Crawford. TCM is featuring 5 Joan Crawford films:

Mildred Pierce (1945)
Daisy Kenyon (1947)
This Woman Is Dangerous (1952)
Goodbye, My Fancy (1951)
The Damned Don't Cry (1950)

Happy Birthday: Gloria Swanson (March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983). She was most prominent during the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille. In 1929, Swanson successfully transitioned to talkies with The Trespasser. However, personal problems and changing tastes saw her popularity wane during the 1930s. Today she is best known for her role as Norma Desmond in the film Sunset Boulevard (1950). Please click picture on side bar to view past reviews.

ON TCM, March 28, 2011. Love In The Afternoon(1957). Comedy about a middle-aged playboy fascinated by the daughter of a private detective who has been hired to entrap him with the wife of a client. Cast: Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn.

My Bette Davis tribute continues...

Have a great week at the movies. :)

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