Friday, November 1, 2019

Doris Day gets her due at The Music Box Theatre

For several weekends now, The Music Box Theatre, 3733 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, has been screening classic Doris Day movies. The series is titled “The Inimitable Doris Day” and the films have been screened, for the most part on Saturday mornings at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 2, they’ll be screening one of Day’s most famous roles as Jan Morrow in Pillow Talk (1959). The film costarring Rock Hudson, was a tremendous box office hit, earning Day her only Academy Award Best Actress nomination. The picture did wonders for both Day and Hudson’s careers and they made two more successful comedies together: Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964). The film also stars Tony Randall and Thelma Ritter. Randall also costars in Lover Come Back and Send Me No Flowers.

Pillow Talk demonstrates Day’s ability to tackle any movie genre with ease. She’s a natural comic actress and she’s a knockout in the clothes designed for her by Jean Louis.

Lover Come Back will be screened on November 23 and 24 at 11:30 a.m. For more details, please visit the Music Box Web site.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween from Veronica Lake and Classic Movie Man!

Veronica Lake in I Married a Witch (1942)

Thursday, September 12, 2019

TCM Names New Host for “Silent Sunday Nights”

Jacqueline Stewart, the newest TCM host, will be introducing silent films on the channels popular “Silent Sunday Nights.”

Stewart is “a  professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago. She teaches American film history, specializing in African American cinema from the silent era to the present,” according to a post at

Stewart was part of the panel discussion at the 2019 TCM Film Festival: “The Complicated Legacy of Gone With The Wind,” along with Donald Bogle (panel host), Molly Haskell, and Stephanie Allain. This was one of the more enjoyable panels at the festival. Perhaps this was Professor Stewart’s audition for the host position. If it was, she passed!

For more information about Jacqueline Stewart, check out the post at TCM by clicking here.

Donald Bogle, Stephanie Allain, Molly Haskell, and Jacqueline Stewart at TCMFF 2019

Thursday, August 29, 2019

It’s Back! Noir City: Chicago 2019

Festival Dates: Friday September 6th to Thursday September 12th

Noir City: Chicago is back at the Music Box Theatre. This year’s theme is Film Noir in the 1950s. Once again the film festival will be presented by Eddie Muller, host of TCM’s Noir Alley and the Film Noir Foundation’s Alan K. Rode, author of Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film.

The event is co-presented by the Film Noir Foundation and sponsored by TCM’s Noir Alley. Festival passes are available at $85 and $75 for Music Box Theatre members. Tickets are available for individual movies as well as packages for double features.

Some of the films to be screened include In a Lonely Place, The File on Thelma Jordan, Pickup on South Street, Sudden Fear, and Pushover. For a complete list of films screened and more information on the festival, including ticket prices, click here.

Must sees for me:

  • The File On Thelma Jordan (1950) starring Barbara Stanwyck and Wendell Corey; directed by Robert Siodmak
  • Pickup on South Street (1953) starring Richard Widmark, Jean Peters, and Thelma Ritter; directed by Samuel Fuller
  • Sudden Fear (1952) starring Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, and Gloria Graham; directed by David Miller
  • Touch of Evil (1958) starring Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, and Orson Welles; directed by Orson Welles

Not sure I’ll get to all of them, but those are my picks! What films are you most excited about seeing on the big screen?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

2020 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival Dates Set

The 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival dates are April 16 – 19. The theme is “Grand Illusions: Fantastic Worlds on Film.” Passes go on sale this November.

The festival release says:
You’re invited on a wondrous journey to enchanted worlds of fantasy and stories beyond belief. From myths and magical creatures to ghostly encounters and travels through time, you’ll escape with fellow movie lovers to places that will ignite your imagination.

My best guess is that we’re going to see some classic science fiction movies like The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), This Island Earth (1955), and Forbidden Planet (1956). And maybe a few silent fantasy movies and the H. G. Wells classic Things to Come (1936).

Considering the theme, what movies might you expect (and want) to see?

For more information on the 2020 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, included pass price information, click here.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Field Trip: "Lawrence of Arabia" on the Big Screen at AMC River East 21 September 1

Lawrence of Arabia on the big screen
Date: September 1 
Where: AMC River East 21, 322 East Illinois, Chicago, IL 
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Winner of 7 Academy Awards® including Best Picture of 1962, Lawrence of Arabia stands as one of the most timeless and essential motion picture masterpieces. The greatest achievement of its legendary, Oscar®-winning director, David Lean (1962, Lawrence of Arabia: 1957 The Bridge on the River Kwai), the film stars Peter O'Toole - in his career-making performance - as T.E Lawrence, the audacious World War 1 British army officer who heroically united rival Arab desert tribes and led them to war against the mighty Turkish Empire. This predominant classic is not one to miss, don't pass up your chance to see this revolutionary title on the big screen!

Screenplay by Robert Bolt and Michael Wilson. The unique event includes exclusive insight from Turner Classic Movies.

This digital print of Lawrence of Arabia is presented in 4K. Utilizing 8K scans of the 65mm original negative, the picture was painstakingly restored, removing the damage, deterioration and fading it had experienced over 50 years. Accompanied by remastered 5.1 audio, the film is presented in its original 2.20 aspect ratio, along with the original overture and intermission.

If you’d like to join the Chicago Film Club Meetup group for this event, I’ll be holding a Meetup sign till 12:45 p.m. by the concessions. Depending how everyone feels, we can go to the theater bar for a discussion afterward.

You may purchase tickets in advance or at the theater. For more information click on the link below.

Left to Right: Anthony Quinn, Peter O’Toole, Omar Sharif

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