How to Have a Hollywood Romance — Silver Screenings

Have you ever had a Big Romance, one that completely engulfs you and makes you a better person? That’s a lot to ask of a love affair, but it does happen. Victoria Riskin writes about one such romance in her new book, Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir. Wray and Risken enjoyed a […]

How to Have a Hollywood Romance — Silver Screenings

Jean Simmons: Side-Stepping Burt Lancaster’s Shadow — Silver Screenings

Elmer Gantry (1960) is Burt Lancaster‘s movie. He plays the title character, a charismatic but aimless hustler who becomes involved in a 1920’s American religious movement. He loves the energy of dynamic religion, but equates it to selling a product, like hawking ice cream. Lancaster is at his scenery-chewing best here, with untamed hair and […]

Jean Simmons: Side-Stepping Burt Lancaster’s Shadow — Silver Screenings

Leadership Lessons from Henry Fonda — Silver Screenings

Years ago, we (yours truly) worked for a weekly newspaper. According to the Organizational Chart, we had three bosses: The Managing Editor, the Circulation Manager and the Supervisor. They were men with Experience. But none of them were regarded as our leader. Our actual leader was a woman who did advertising layout, someone who had […]

Leadership Lessons from Henry Fonda — Silver Screenings

Buster Keaton Goes to MGM — Silver Screenings

A graphic designer we know had a client who refused all her best ideas. They chopped away at her designs until they looked, well, awful. “They took a piece of my soul,” she said wrily. We wondered about miserable work experiences when we watched the Buster Keaton film, The Cameraman (1928). On the surface, it […]

Buster Keaton Goes to MGM — Silver Screenings

So Bad It’s Good: Teenagers from Outer Space — Silver Screenings

Don’t laugh: We genuinely like the Z-Grade film, Teenagers from Outer Space (1959). We immediately fell in love with it when our pal Debbi, from I Found it at the Movies, featured it as part of her Bad Film Series. What? You’ve never heard of this film? Well, you’re in for a Treat. Teenagers from […]

So Bad It’s Good: Teenagers from Outer Space — Silver Screenings

The Best Baseball Movie You’ve (maybe) Never Seen — Silver Screenings

A real trick in filmmaking, we think, is to develop an utterly ridiculous premise and make a decent film of it. Take the 1951 film Rhubarb, a comedy about a baseball team owned by a cat. Yes, we know. There’s no way a baseball team would be owned by a cat. And what cat would […]

The Best Baseball Movie You’ve (maybe) Never Seen — Silver Screenings

Alfred Hitchcock’s Letter to Pre-War Britain — Silver Screenings

Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Lady Vanishes (1938) is more “just” a mystery or thriller, in our opinion. The film centres on a train journey from a fictional European country to England. We first meet the train’s passengers while they are stranded in an alpine town due to an avalanche. This town shows little evidence of winter, […]

Alfred Hitchcock’s Letter to Pre-War Britain — Silver Screenings

1940s B Horror Films and the 21st Century Mind — Silver Screenings

“In early 1940s Hollywood,” writes Robert Guffey, “you had to go out of your way to descend any lower than Monogram Studios.”¹ Monogram was one of the small Hollywood studios – collectively known as Poverty Row – that produced low-budget “B” films. Monogram specialized in action and adventure; one of their stars in the early-to-mid 1930s […]

1940s B Horror Films and the 21st Century Mind — Silver Screenings

Mr. Ramsey’s Pattern of Villainy — Silver Screenings

Spoilers start right here. At the end of the 1956 drama, Patterns, we see Fred Staples (Van Heflin) leave the office building where he works as an executive. Fred, recently promoted to the company’s Executive Office, thinks he’s just won a battle with his CEO, Mr. Ramsey (Everett Sloane). Naturally, he’s infused with adrenaline, and […]

Mr. Ramsey’s Pattern of Villainy — Silver Screenings

Frank Sinatra’s Study of Psychopathy — Silver Screenings

One of the more remarkable films from the 1950s, we think, is a gritty black-and-white indie thriller that clocks in at 77 minutes. The film, Suddenly (1954), is about an assassination attempt of an American president. Specifically, it centres on a house overlooking a train station where the president – for security reasons – will […]

Frank Sinatra’s Study of Psychopathy — Silver Screenings