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A blog about classic films and TV series from the silent era through the 1980s.
John Wayne In 3D In Hondo!
2023-05-01 10:00
John Wayne as Hondo. With John Wayne's 1953 3D Western Hondo, you actually get two movies in one. The first is an interesting love story between an tough dispatch rider for the U.S. Cavalry… Read More
The Movie Quote Game (Film Noir Edition)
2023-02-27 11:00
This month, we're focusing on quotes from film noir. We will list a quote from a famous film noir and ask you to name it. Try to answer these questions on your own without resorting to… Read More
Life Of A Downhill Racer
2023-02-13 11:00
Redford as David Chappellet.My favorite sport in the Winter Olympics has been downhill racing ever since I saw Downhill Racer (1969) on network television as a teenager. The high speeds… Read More
Revisiting John Ford's The Searchers
2022-12-19 11:00
John Wayne as Ethan.A few months ago, I hosted a Classic Western Films Tournament on Twitter, in which The Searchers (in a series of close contests) was crowned champion. The outpouring… Read More
Caprice: A Bad Day For Doris
2022-11-15 17:53
The 1960s was an uneven decade for Doris Day, beginning with some of her best films and ending with some of her worst. The former include Lover Come Back, That Touch of Mink, and The Thrill… Read More
A Halloween Vampire Movie Marathon
2022-10-31 10:00
Count Orlock's shadow in Nosferatu.Celebrate this Halloween with seven bloodsucking chillers and a miniseries featuring a variety of vampires! You'll have to start early in the morning to cr… Read More
Charles Bronson Seeks The Stone Killer
2022-09-26 10:00
Charles Bronson as Torrey.Made two years after Dirty Harry (1971), The Stone Killer stars Charles Bronson as a Harry clone named Lou Torrey. After being suspended for his violent behavior, p… Read More
William Holden Seeks Revenge!
2022-09-12 10:00
William Holden as Mr. Benedict.Between 1969 and 1972, William Holden made three Westerns: the first was a bona fide classic (Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch); the second was taken out of… Read More
An Interview With Nancy Olson Livingston
2022-09-05 10:00
Actress Nancy Olson Livingston shot to fame at the age of 22 when she earned a Best Supporting Actress nomination for Sunset Blvd. (1950). She subsequently became one of the most in-demand a… Read More
Seven Things To Know About Buddy Ebsen
2022-08-01 10:00
Ebsen as Jed Clampett.1. In his autobiography, The Other Side of Oz, Buddy Ebsen recalls Beverly Hillbillies creator Paul Henning pitching the show to him by reenacting scenes from the first… Read More
Chandler: Not Raymond, But Warren Oates
2022-07-04 10:00
Warren Oates as Chandler.After a long career as a supporting actor, Warren Oates was ready to headline a major motion picture in 1971. He had garnered good notices in Sam Peckinpah's controv… Read More
Kolchak Returns In The Night Strangler
2022-06-20 10:00
Things have not gone well for brash reporter Carl Kolchak since he destroyed a vampire in Las Vegas in The Night Stalker (1972). Most people don't believe his story and those who know it's t… Read More
Five Favorite Shark Movies
2022-06-13 10:00
1. Jaws (1975) - It's an obvious choice for the No. 1 spot, but it's also the only choice, isn't it? Time has improved this impeccably-made blockbuster that functions as two films. Its… Read More
2022-05-30 10:00
It's back for this month only after a long hiatus! The rules:  You will be given a pair or trio of films, TV series, or performers and will be required to to find the common connection… Read More
Petrocelli: Night Games
2022-05-09 10:00
Barry Newman as Petrocelli.There are few instances of an actor reprising a character from a theatrical film in a television series. Richard Widmark and Richard Roundtree first played Madigan… Read More
The Movie Quote Game (Bette Davis Edition)
2022-04-25 10:00
This month, we're focusing on quotes from Bette Davis films. We will list a quote from a famous Bette Davis movie and ask you to name it. Try to answer these questions on your own witho… Read More
My Name Is Julia Ross
2022-04-18 10:00
Nina Foch as Julia Ross.After reviewing Gun Crazy, the Cafe's staff decided to seek out more of director Joseph H. Lewis' work. That led us to My Name Is Julia Ross, a 1945 "B" picture with… Read More
Seven Things To Know About Barbara Eden
2022-04-11 10:00
1. Born Barbara Jean Morehead in 1931, she was using her stepfather's last name, Huffman, as a young actress in Hollywood. In her autobiography, she writes that her future agent, Wilt Melnic… Read More
Rosemary Clooney's Red Garters
2022-04-04 10:00
Rosemary singing the title song.For years, I assumed that Red Garters was Rosemary Clooney's follow-up to White Christmas. In reality, both films were released in 1954 and Red Garters h… Read More
The Movie Quote Game (Westerns Edition)
2022-03-28 10:00
This month, we're focusing on quotes from Western films. We will list a quote from a famous Western and ask you to name it. Try to answer these questions on your own without resorting t… Read More
2022-03-14 10:00
George Segal as Quiller.When two of its agents are murdered in Berlin, the British intelligence agency MI-6 employs an American spy to locate the headquarters of a 1960s Nazi organization. K… Read More
The Wild Geese: Action In Africa
2022-02-28 15:53
Richard Burton as Faulkner.When an African dictator's actions threaten to lower British copper prices, influential banker Sir Miles Matheson seeks to discredit the man. Matheson (Stewart Gra… Read More
Seven Things To Know About Richard Long
2022-02-07 11:00
1. In his film debut, Richard Long played the adult illegitimate son of Claudette Colbert and Orson Welles in the 1946 drama Tomorrow Is Forever. He was fifth-billed in the cast, which also… Read More
Sandy And Bobby Have That Funny Feeling
2022-01-31 11:00
Sandra Dee dressed for success.Imagine a Doris Day-Rock Hudson romantic comedy with Sandra Dee in the Doris role, Bobby Darin in lieu of Rock, and Donald O’Connor replacing Tony Randal… Read More
The One That Got Away
2022-01-24 11:00
Hardy Krüger as von Werra.It'd be hard to make up a story as exciting and unlikely as The One That Got Away (1957), the true tale of a German prisoner-of-war (POW) who escaped from… Read More
Mad Max Ventures Beyond The Thunderdome
2022-01-10 11:00
Mel Gibson as Max.The third film in director George Miller's post-apocalyptic Mad Max series faced a daunting task from the outset: Surpassing or equaling The Road Warrior (ak… Read More
Seven Things To Know About Yvonne Craig
2022-01-03 11:00
1. Yvonne Craig studied ballet at age 16 as the youngest member of The Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. After three years, she left the company and wound up cast opposite Patrick Wayne (John's s… Read More
Top Ten Posts Of 2021
2021-12-27 11:00
As the year draws to a close, the Classic Film & TV Café traditionally ends it with a countdown of our ten most viewed posts. We published a total of 52 in 2021. Naturally, the co… Read More
Sean, Gina, And $50 Million
2021-12-13 11:00
Sean Connery as Tony.Wheelchair-bound Charles Richmond mistreats his servants, bullies his adult nephew, and fosters tyranny wherever he goes. He is also worth $50 million.With his inheritan… Read More
Classic Movies About Ballet
2021-12-06 11:00
Moira Shearer in The Red Shoes.The challenge of integrating a dynamic theatrical art form into the confines of cinema has proven to be a difficult task. Consequently, it has been undertaken… Read More
Walt Disney's Live-Action Robin Hood
2021-11-29 11:00
Richard Todd as Robin.The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) is one of the greatest films ever made--with its perfectly-cast characters, vivid color, fabulous sets, and iconic scenes (e.g… Read More
The Movie Quote Game (November 2021)
2021-11-22 17:12
This month, we're introducing a new game! We will list a quote from a famous movie and ask you to name the movie. Try to answer these questions on your own without resorting to Google search… Read More
Seven Things To Know  About George Sanders
2021-11-15 11:00
1. In his autobiography Memoirs of a Professional Cad, George Sanders recalled his first film role in The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1937) as one of the gods: "The part called for me… Read More
Doris Day Finds The Thrill Of It All
2021-11-08 11:00
In the early 1960s, Doris Day was romantic comedy royalty. Her films with leading men Rock Hudson, James Garner, and Rod Taylor delighted audiences and scored big at the box office. One of h… Read More
Ten Little Indians X Five!
2021-11-01 10:00
Agatha Christie's classic 1939 mystery novel Ten Little Indians (the original title is best forgotten) has been adapted multiple times in multiple languages for the big and small screens. Be… Read More
When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth
2021-10-24 13:29
"Akita osur!"Roughly translated, that means: "Look, there's a dinosaur!" I know this because I got a copy of the promotional Caveman Vocabulary pamphlet distributed by theaters during the or… Read More
Juggernaut Narrowly Avoids Submersion
2021-09-27 10:00
Richard Harris as Fallon.Made during the 1970s disaster movie craze, Juggernaut (1974) replicates the ocean liner setting from the earlier Poseidon Adventure, but adds a twist. Wha… Read More
Cold War Thrills In The Bedford Incident
2021-09-06 10:00
Richard Widmark as Captain Finlander.The 1960s was a grand decade for top-notch Cold War thrillers such as The Manchurian Candidate (1962), Seven Days in May (1964), and Fail Safe… Read More
Seven Things To Know About Roger Corman
2021-08-23 10:00
1. Roger Corman produced Martin Scorsese's second feature-length film Boxcar Bertha (1972). In Corman and Jim Jerome's book How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never… Read More
The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
2021-08-15 23:54
Tom Courtenay as Colin Smith."Running was always a big thing in our family, specially running away from the police. It's hard to understand. All I know is that you've got to run, running wit… Read More
Michael Caine Meets A Billion Dollar Brain
2021-07-19 10:00
Michael Caine as Harry Palmer.It was assuredly no easy task to follow in the footsteps of two of the best spy thrillers of the 1960s: The Ipcress File and Funeral in Berlin. So, one must cut… Read More
The Delphi Bureau
2021-07-05 10:00
Glenn Garth Gregory is a reluctant spy.Laurence Luckinbill.He believes he was hired to do research for a government agency called the Delphi Bureau. Of course, the bureau has no street addre… Read More
The Friends Of Eddie Coyle
2021-06-14 10:00
The 1970s was a fantastic decade for gritty, urban crime dramas. Audiences were treated to fine films like The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, The Seven-Ups, The French Connection, Dirt… Read More

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