Category Archives: history of film

Mary Astor

Thanks to Marie for sharing with me an in depth story about Mary Astor, a top female personality of film during the silent and talkie eras.  Never a “star” which was exactly what she desired . . . as she … Continue reading

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RIP Michael Ballhaus

As Bill Cutforth pointed out yesterday prior to the screening of Broadcast News, Michael Ballhaus, 3 time nominated cinematographer passed away on April 12.  Although not winning any Oscars he won many awards worldwide for his work.  He was the … Continue reading

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Romantic Comedies

Who doesn’t like a good comedy?  and then add to the story some romance!  Can’t go right and we’ll have a good time looking at these genre of film beginning on April 12 at the Palm Theatre in SLO.  There … Continue reading

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Herb Jeffries – the black Roy Rogers

Back in the 30s and 40s a few cowboy films were made with exclusively black actors and Herb Jeffries, who was already a popular singer was tabbed to be the hero of these films click here

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Wide Screen Projection

Daryl Zanuck was an early advocate of widescreen projection. One of the first things Zanuck did when he returned to Fox in 1944 was to restart the research on a 50mm film, shelved in the early 1930s as a cost-cutting … Continue reading

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Daryl Zanuck documentary

I haven’t been able to find anything on a DVD but this 20 minute YouTube video ought to do the job. Click here

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The Thin Man

I watched After the Thin Man last night and once again laughed at the gags, pratfalls and overall humor of the film while at the same time trying to figure out “who dunnit”.  Myrna Loy and William Powell have such … Continue reading

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