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What’s Up at TCM?

TCM’s showing of “At Sword’s Point” on Friday, part of its tribute to the late Maureen O’Hara, was preceded by what may be the oddest Robert Osborne introduction I have ever seen. Bob was taped against a black background and … Continue reading

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Houdini on TCM: ‘The Grim Game’

Harry Houdini in “The Grim Game.” Update: TCM is airing “The Grim Game” on Oct. 18. Set your DVRs! Here is Mary Mallory’s post on the film. Long considered mostly lost, Harry Houdini’s second film, “The Grim Game,” re-premieres in … Continue reading

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TCM Movie Camp: Do Your Homework

TCM’s “Movie Camp” hosts William Joyce, left, and Brandon Oldenburg. I tuned in to TCM’s “Movie Camp” over the weekend, not to watch these two fellows, but to catch “Hoppity Goes to Town” also known as “Mr. Bug Goes to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Film Festival Screens the Classics

For the sixth straight year, the TCM Classic Film Festival has delighted fans of Golden Age cinema from around the world. Based in the film lovers’ paradise of Hollywood, California, the 2015 Festival, based on the theme, “History According to … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: Houdini’s ‘The Grim Game’ Scares Up Thrills

Harry Houdini in “The Grim Game.”   Long considered mostly lost, Harry Houdini’s second film, “The Grim Game,” re-premieres in its entirety Sunday, March 29, 2015, at the TCM Classic Film Festival, 96 years after it was released. A suspense … Continue reading

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‘Singin in the Rain’: The Mystery of the Aspect Ratio

  Here is the opening of “Singing’ in the Rain” as it was broadcast on TCM in 2012. For Pi Day, I pulled my copy of “Singin’ in the Rain” for a screen grab of Debbie Reynolds hitting Jean Hagen … Continue reading

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Alexa Foreman: Available for Research

Alexa Foreman, an early member of the L.A. Daily Mirror brain trust, writes that after 20 years at TCM, she is now available to do research projects. Alexa, a researcher and producer at TCM since it began in 1994,  writes … Continue reading

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The Great TCM Experiment

A portion of the bounty from the Great TCM Experiment of 2014. From mid-August to early November, I conducted the “Great TCM Experiment,” in which I recorded everything on TCM. Yes, everything as in everything.

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An (In)complete List of TCM Tributes (Updated)

Here’s an updated list of TCM tributes. (Nov. 1, 2014: Adds John Cleese on W.C. Fields, Jamie Leigh Curtis on Janet Leigh, Naked and Famous rock video of Joan Crawford; adds writer/editor and production company credits for Guillotine Post) (Nov. … Continue reading

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Dear TCM

Dear TCM: Once again, you are airing Melanie Griffith’s “tribute” to Jean Harlow, which is dreadful in every way. I suppose it seemed like a good concept to have a “modern” (well sort of) blond bombshell discuss Harlow. But it … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — TCM Classic Film Festival Scores on Silent Movie Music Selection

  Carl Davis conducts a live orchestra in his score for “Why Worry?” at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Photograph by Tyler Golden / Turner Entertainment Networks. Just as the TCM Classic Film Festival offers a diverse selection of film … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights — TCM Classic Film Festival Highlights the Glory Days of American Cinema

Carl Davis conducts an orchestra for “Why Worry?” at the TCM festival. Photograph by Tyler Golden / Turner Entertainment Networks.   Blending popular, timeless films with bountiful celebrity appearances, the TCM Classic Film Festival gloriously salutes the epoch of classic … Continue reading

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Mary Mallory / Hollywood Heights: TCM Movie Location Bus Tour Cruises Los Angeles

  Over the decades, motion picture producers have unknowingly documented historic and outstanding architecture surrounding Hollywood and Los Angeles while filming their movies. These visual representations often stand as the only documentation of long-gone buildings, residences and businesses, a celebration … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo (Updated +)

Dewey Webb,  one of the L.A. Daily Mirror regulars, wrote the other day about TCM’s intro to its late-night shows. Dewey was saying that he only recently realized that these are clipped from other movies and not original footage. So … Continue reading

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A Note on Music for Silent Films

A Blackhawk film in all its low-tech glory is for sale on EBay with bids starting at $9.99. Note the lack of a ZIP Code in the address, which would peg the film as dating from the 1950s or early … Continue reading

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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated +]

Here’s a bit of fun trivia from a little documentary that aired on TCM the other day. It’s an early version of the directional signs used by movie crews. And “TWT” stands for? Photo: CSI:NY filming in downtown Los Angeles. … Continue reading

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