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Clara Bow inspiration for Taylor Swift song

What do classic movie fans and Taylor Swift fans have in common? A love of Clara Bow.  Pop superstar Swift announced during her Grammy Award win on Sunday that her 11th studio album would release April 19, 2024.  Called "The Tortured Poets Department," the album features a final track titled "Clara Bow," spotted by fans.  Who is Clara Bow? Clara Bow was an actress of the silent movie era and she epitomized the Roaring Twenties' flapper girl. Bow (born July 29, 1905, died September 27, 1965) starred in blockbuster after blockbuster, but her most famous is the classic 1927 silent comedy, “It” (no, not the horror movie). In "It," Bow plays a plucky shop girl in the silent movie with such exclamations – via title cards – as “Hot socks!” and “Sweet Santa Claus, give me him!” The concept of someone having “it” (that certain something, charisma) was popularized in the movie and Bow would forever be known as the “It Girl.” ( Watch for free on Youtube ) In-d

Film festivals to celebrate the love of old movies: 2024 calendar list

Classic movie lovers have a slate of film festival options in 2024, for everyone from film noir fans to silent film enthusiasts.  Below is a list of famous (and perhaps not-so-famous) film festivals celebrating classic movies along with announced or tentative dates for 2024, in rough chronological order: 

'The Crowd' (1928): Full movie now available for free

"The Crowd" is a 1928 silent movie nominated for the very first best picture Academy Award as "Unique and Artistic Achievement" and is considered today one of the best silent films in history. "The Crowd" was directed by King Vidor and stars James Murray, Eleanor Boardman and Bert Roach. IMDB plot summary: The life of a man and woman together in a large, impersonal metropolis through their hopes, struggles, and downfalls. Watch the full silent movie "The Crowd" (for free!) now at Youtube *** Follow @ReelOldMovies for the latest classic movie news. On: Instagram  |  Mastodon  |  YouTube  |  Google News x

'Dinner at Eight' added to Library of Congress list

“Dinner at Eight” (1933) was among 25 movies selected Wednesday for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry for 2023.  Jean Harlow was the breakout performance of the all-star ensemble cast that included Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Billie Burke, Lee Tracy and Edmund Lowe. George Cukor directed the MGM dramedy about a high class dinner party in which secrets are revealed.  The box office hit is full of crackerjack exchanges such as this one: Kitty (Jean Harlow) : I was reading a book the other day. Carlotta (Marie Dressler) : [Nearly trips]  Reading a book? Kitty : Yes. It's all about civilization or something. A nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy says that machinery is going to take the place of every profession? Carlotta : [Looking her over]  Oh, my dear, that's something you need never worry about. It’s no surprise that the screenplay has all-star talent behind it, too: Frances Marion and Herman J. Mankiewicz wrote the

17 gift ideas for classic movie fans

Whether it’s Christmas stocking stuffers, hostess gifts or holiday presents for family and friends, below are a few holiday gift ideas for the classic film fans in your life. And perhaps for yourself as well.  Here are ideas for books, puzzles, decor/home and movie streaming and experiences:

On this date: Birthdays for Mabel Normand and Joel McCrea, Lon Chaney as a Marine, more

On this date in Hollywood history -- November edition: Lon Chaney stars as a tough Marine sergeant, birthdays for Joel McCrea and Mabel Normand, "The Big Parade" premieres and more ... 

Classic movie treats: 5 hidden gems from silent horror

No trick, all treats: Horror movies lurk in every corner of classic film. This Halloween, go beyond the usual suspects and sample of few of these frightfully fun movies from the silent era that may not be as well known. 

On this date: 'How Green Was My Valley,' 'Bullitt,' 'Maltese Falcon' premiere, more

On this date in Hollywood history -- October edition: "How Green Was My Valley," "The Maltese Falcon," "How Green Was My Valley," "Bullitt," "The Red Shoes" and "All About Eve" premiere, birthday for Carole Lombard and Jean Arthur makes her screen debut a hundred years ago and more ... 

11 must-see silent movies on National Silent Movie Day

In honor of 2023’s National Silent Movie Day on September 29, check out these silent film classics that are considered must-see favorites by silent film fans.