Howard Keel

“Aladdin,” “John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum,” and More Magical New Releases!

Whoa. Some weeks there are so many new releases making their debut that it is mind-boggling. This is one of them. Whether you like contemporary stars like Will Smith and Keanu Reeves to classic Hollywood figures like John Wayne, there’s…

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Doris Day: I’ll See You in My Dreams

Doris Day and Rock Hudson

Doris Day, the sunny, shapely one-time big band singer, parlayed her powerful pipes and peppy personality into a position as one of the most prolific and popular screen presences of the ’50s and ’60s. She excelled in all facets of her career as song stylist, movie actress, TV star and animal activist.

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Guest Review: Across the Wide Missouri (1951)

Bernard de Voto’s book Across the Wide Missouri became a surprise best-seller in 1947, earning the Pulitzer Prize for History. The brass at MGM quickly purchased the rights to the book in order to use the title and then pondered,…

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Movie Trailer of the Day: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Now available on Blu-ray in a two-disc set from the Warner Archives Collection, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is MGM’s rollicking 1954 musical set against the backdrop of 1850’s Oregon. Expertly directed by Stanley Donen (who also directed Singin’ in…

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Jane Powell and Howard Keel (But No Seven Brothers)

Big, splashy Broadway-style musicals had peaked in popularity when MGM released Hit the Deck in 1955. So, kudos to the studio for putting together an incredibly talented cast headlined by Jane Powell, Debbie Reynolds, and Ann Miller. Their male co-stars,…

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There’s Gold In Them Thar Trains: Two John Wayne Western Favorites

In today’s guest post, Jim Brymer shares his thoughts on the John Wayne Westerns The Train Robbers and The War Wagon: John Wayne was the essence of the classic western. Of the 150 or so movies he made during his…

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