Tag Archives: 1940s

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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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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Baseball in the movies

Today we’ll watch “Pride of the Yankees” directed by Sam Wood and starring Gary Cooper, Theresa Wright and Walter Brennan.  The film is about the life of Lou Gehrig.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of the films I’ve chosen … Continue reading

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Today at the Palm with Laurel and Hardy, Hope and Crosby

Lots of fun today watching The Music Box and The Road to Morocco.  Pratfalls, gags, looking at and talking to the audience (or referring to the audience), silliness, special effects to bring laughter and comedic timing were evident in both … Continue reading

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Abbott and Costello update

The children of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are suing the highly acclaimed Broadway show “Hand to God” for copyright infringement for using the nearly 80-year-old sketch, one of America’s most recognizable. click here

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Preston Sturgis rules for comedy film making

His “golden rules” for successful comedy: A pretty girl is better than a plain one A leg is better than an arm A bedroom is better than a living room An arrival is better that a departure A birth is … Continue reading

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Italian Neo-realism

Neo-realist conventions: the lead actor is a non professional actor (a college Professor who agreed to play the role), the use of studio sets is kept to minimum and the everyday lives of people are examined in minute detail . … Continue reading

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