Lost Films: “In The Year 2014” (1914)

Lovely article on a lost film, “In the Year 2014” from 1914!

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Few things are more surreal than looking through a 100-year-old movie magazine only to see a title like this staring up at you! One of many, many, many lost films, In the Year 2014 (1914) was a split-reel comedy meant to be enjoyed for a day or two and then replaced by the next comedy.

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It was also one of many, many, many Joker comedies from a time when little films were “ground out like sausages,” as the saying often went. Joker, the slapstick branch of the Universal Film Manufacturing Company, was created to compete with Keystone comedies. Its films are thought to have been slapdash and silly–“thought,” because unfortunately the majority of them are lost. The titles will fill you with longing: Love, Roses and Trousers, At the Bingville Booster’s Barbecue, The Mechanical Man, and one of my favorites, Lady Baffles and…

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The A-B-Cs of CARY GRANT

A very “Zappy” post on the charismatic Cary Grant. You’ll have to read this well-thought out article to fully understand what “”Zappy” really means! Enjoy!

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Cary Grant is like a low-grade fever.  He causes an increase in body temperature above the normal.  While Mr. Grant possessed all of the qualities needed to cause a severe elevation in HEAT in any red-blooded human the fact that he was so varied a performer, so gifted in various aspects and genres of entertainment that the average effect is almost always a balance of love, heat, laughter, amazement and a special kind of swoon effect there is no word for.  Grant temperatures can fluctuate throughout the day and vary depending upon the site of measurement (which movie of his you happen to be watching).  Cary could do all of this with a quip, a smile or even a parody of himself in some instances.  He could be dangerous, mysterious, lovable, romantic, hilarious, extremely sexy or just plain gorgeous.  And when he throws all of that at you at once it’s…

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Cary Grant’s Résumé

Such a cleverly written resume of Cary Grant—I’d hire him! What a wonderful birthday tribute by Aurora!

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The first image that comes to mind when I think of Cary Grant is the classy gentleman that ultimately became his signature style. Most brilliant of all in Grant’s impressive repertoire perhaps was his ability to add the bumbling to the suave sophisticate. That’s the man I adore, but that man didn’t come about easily. It was hard work and perseverance that led to the archetype that’s still recognized as the domain of just one man. One.

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Cary Grant was born Archibald Leach in Bristol, England on January 18, 1904. From 1932 to 1966 he appeared in over 70 motion pictures becoming one of the greatest movie stars in the world. Ever. And that’s not an exaggeration as you well know. Beloved and admired by the masses and his peers Grant mastered various film genres turning in memorable performances in broad comedies, murder mysteries, adventure stories and romances.

On that road to becoming Cary Grant the…

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Day Seven of Noirvember: Words from the Men of Noir

I’ve always remembered the quote from William Bendix’s character in “The Glass Key”. Alan Ladd’s attempted escape by setting the mattress on fire is just as memorable! 😀 Great post!

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“I’ve got just the place for me and you.”

There’s nothing like the language of film noir. I could sit and listen to it all day.

Today’s Noirvember post celebrates the unique, distinctive dialogue that lives in the shadowy world of the film noir — from the mouths of the men.

“I’ve got just the place for me and you. A little room upstairs that’s too small for you to fall down in. I can bounce you around off the walls – that way we won’t be wasting a lot of time while you get up off the floor.” William Bendix in The Glass Key (1942)

“The next time you must indulge your hot, Spanish passion for dramatics, put on a uniform with polished boots and stomp around your wife’s bedchamber. Do not attempt brilliant decisions.” Luther Adler in Cornered (1945)

“You musta studied to get that stupid.”

“Don’t you…

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Daisy Kenyon- Joan Crawford Blogathon

I’ve finally watched this thanks to The Flapper Dame’s post (thanks, Emily!). I recommend everyone doing the same after reading this excellent post!

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No Man of Her Own (1932)

I’ve always wanted to see this film, and Flapper Dame will give you a brief intro to whet your appetite to put it on your pre-code viewing list!

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