Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi went shopping for scares in the 1940 Universal thriller Black Friday, an odd tale of mad doctors, mobsters and brain transplants. Read on to see if the terror titans’ final team-up for the studio was a bargain or a bust.Read more →
Monthly Archives: November 2014
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Why the Movie Blew It
1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn has legions of fans, but the film makes some major changes to the original Truman Capote story. Guest writer Leah Williams compares and contrasts the movie and its source material.Read more →
Burt Lancaster: A Legend in His Own Time
He always seemed confident on screen, but Burt Lancaster once said, “Most people seem to think I’m the kind of guy who shaves with a blowtorch. Actually, I’m bookish and worrisome.” Read more about the Oscar-winning Hollywood legend.Read more →
What’s Your Favorite Film Directed by Mike Nichols?
MovieFanFare remembers Oscar-winning filmmaker Mike Nichols, who died last week at 83. Vote in our poll for your top film by the director: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Graduate, Working Girl, and The Birdcage are among the choices.Read more →
This Week in Film History, 11.23.14
“Clang, clang, clang, went the trolley” in theaters 70 years ago this week, as the MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis, starring Judy Garland, debuted. We have a merry little list of memorable movie dates for your enjoyment here.Read more →
Claudette Colbert: Hollywood’s Lucky Charm
This week’s Criterion Collection release of It Happened One Night offers a perfect chance to revisit our fond salute to co-star Claudette Colbert, who won a Best Actress Oscar for the film and was one of the biggest stars of the 1930s and ’40s.Read more →
Funny Faces in Movies
What are your favorite funny faces in the movies? Have a look at five stars who twisted their faces into the kinds of unforgettable expressions that made for some classic movie moments.Read more →
Henry Travers: Attaboy, Clarence!
As part of the 2014 What a Character! Blogathon, MovieFanFare salutes the life and career of British-born actor Henry Travers, who earned his wings helping James Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life and an Academy Award nomination for the WWII drama Mrs. Miniver.Read more →
Tyrone Power Makes the Mark of Zorro (1940)
Was Tyrone Power ever more dashing than as the masked swordsman of Old California in 1940’s The Mark of Zorro? Guest writer Laura Grieve offers her mark on the swashbuckler gem, which also starred Linda Darnell and Basil Rathbone.Read more →
What’s Your Favorite Jim Carrey Film Role?
Jim Carrey revisited one of his best-loved roles this past weekend in the hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To. Vote in our poll for your top Carrey performance, either comical (The Mask, The Cable Guy) or serious (Man on the Moon).Read more →