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New book! 50 movies to start your discovery of Old Hollywood

[Updated for 2024] Classic movies heading to the big screen in 2024

Movie theater chains announced the first batches of classic films to be re-released on the big screen in 2024. Fathom Events , which parted ways with TCM, leads the pack along with Flashback Cinema, Alamo Drafthouse and other regional movie houses.  2024 will see the audience favorites “Gone with the Wind” and “The Wizard of Oz” (both 1939) hit movie theaters on their 85th anniversaries as well as “Blazing Saddles” marking its 50th anniversary. The  Alamo Drafthouse  chain is spotlighting movies (to be announced) from 1979 and 1974 later this year.  Here’s a list of classic movie re-releases coming soon to a theater hopefully near you. (A variety of independent movie houses include classic movies in their lineup but unfortunately, we can’t track all of those individually. This list is of roughly pre-1980, nationally or at least largely regionally playing in theaters.) This list will continue to be updated throughout 2024 as new movies are announced. January  The Wizard of Oz a

6 classic football movies that score touchdowns

It’s football championship season in the U.S., but classic movie lovers have football films all year long.  In classic movie land, football has been a favorite plot line for decades. Like the sport itself, football movies flourished in the 1920s and 1930s. As this list of football movies from Wikipedia shows , tried-and-true storylines keep getting repeated up to the present day: prison game matchups, nerd-becomes-hero, comeback from injury, the cost of winning and more.  Most lists concentrate on more modern movies, so we’ve rounded up a few pre-1960 football flicks that we’ve enjoyed.  So whether you’re looking for an alternative to the football talk or you just can’t get enough, here are a few choices that are touchdowns for classic movie lovers: The Freshman (1925) One of the biggest hits of comedian Harold Lloyd’s career, “The Freshman” follows Lloyd’s character as he attempts to be popular on a college campus, including participating in a slapstick football game that includes se

Doris Day's entrance -- and dress! -- in 'Do Not Disturb'

  Doris Day knows how to make an entrance.  In 1965's "Do Not Disturb," she not only stuns in an orange sequin dress, she also has a coat with a matching liner. Not to mention -- the back of the dress! Reel Old Movies posted the movie clip of Day's entrance on New Year's on TikTok . Almost 60 years later, audiences still love the dress, the entrance and the actress.  Below is the original post, along with some comments. Several followers asked to see the back of the dress. So, as requested, we're posting a photo (see above). You can also see the dress in action at around 2:30 in the trailer video.  @reeloldmovies May we all enter 2023 with this swagger #dorisday #newyear #fashion #vintagefashion #movie #film #cine #cinema #oldmovies ♬ original sound - ReelOldMovies.com

On this date: Cary Grant's birthday, 'Casablanca' opens, 'City Lights' premieres and more

On this date in Hollywood history -- January: "The Shop Around the Corner" released ... Cary Grant's birthday ... Gina Lollobrigida passes away ... Marilyn Monroe's "Niagra" premieres ... Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights" screens in Los Angeles ... "Casablanca" opens widely across the United States. Discover what happened on days throughout January in Hollywood history, from historic film premieres and industry milestones to anniversaries of birthdays/deaths of beloved Old Hollywood figures, and more. (This story will be updated throughout the month) January 12 The original “You’ve Got Mail”: 1940’s “The Shop Around the Corner” stars James Stewart and Margaret Sullavan as shop workers who fight by day and unknowingly fall in love with each other via letters at night. Versions of this premise abound in movies, but none so tender as this movie with the “Lubitsch touch,” a favorite of both fans and critics. It was released in theaters Janu

Now available: '101 Classic Movie Trivia Questions' book

Now available!  "101 Classic Movie Trivia Questions" -- order your ebook or paperback at Amazon  You may love classic movies, but how much do you really know? This collection of 101 trivia questions (and answers!) puts your knowledge to the test.  Who dated who in Old Hollywood? What movies set records at awards shows and at the box office? Who made silver screen history? From Charlie Chaplin to “Citizen Kane,” from sci-fi firsts to iconic final films, from “The Jazz Singer” to “The Quiet Man” – the questions pull from a range of classic movie history, from easy tidbits about the most famous films to more deep dives into hidden gems that only true classic connoisseurs may know.  Generally, the questions span movies and stars from early cinema to the 1960s, with emphasis on the Golden Age of Hollywood (roughly the 1930s and 1940s).  The topics covered include: Historic firsts Award winners Early days of cinema Famous quotes Scandals Romantic entanglements in real Hollywood And