Classic Hollywood

Classic Hollywood

The Moviegoer, April 15-22

20th Annual Noir City: Hollywood The series is chockablock with great pictures including this tidy midweek double: The droll and popular radio and television character Sgt. Joe Friday (Jack Webb) made his way to the big screen in Dragnet (1954), as he and partner Frank Smith (Ben Alexander) investigate...

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The Moviegoer, Feb. 4-11

Family Flicks Teenagers Scott Baio and Jodie Foster gave new meaning to baby-faced gangsters and molls in Bugsy Malone, the 1976 kid-friendly mobster musical written and directed by Alan Parker. Score by Paul Williams. UCLA Film & Television Archive, Billy Wilder Theatre, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire...

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    Classic Hollywood: The quotable Robert Mitchum

    One hundred years ago, the United States entered World War I, the first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded, and Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin were among those who ruled the silent silver screen. On Aug. 6, 1917, Robert Charles Duran Mitchum was born, the son of an Irish-Scottish railroad worker and...

  • 1987 revisited: Scribes, World War II through the eyes of babes and Mickey Rourke

    1987 revisited: Scribes, World War II through the eyes of babes and Mickey Rourke

    It was the ’80s, so the films of 1987 naturally had big stars, big hair and big soundtracks. The year’s most popular movie, however improbably, was a remake of a French comedy, “Three Men and a Baby,” starring Steve Guttenberg, Tom Selleck and Ted Danson, and directed by Leonard Nimoy. It beat...

  • What The Times' critics said about eight of Robert Mitchum's best-known roles

    What The Times' critics said about eight of Robert Mitchum's best-known roles

    Actor Robert Mitchum broke into Hollywood doing Hopalong Cassidy westerns in the early 1940s. He moved up quickly, appearing in war pictures such as “Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” and “The Story G.I. Joe,” earning an Oscar nomination for the latter, his sole acknowledgment by the academy. Neither...

  • Classic Hollywood: June Foray, a profile in characters

    Classic Hollywood: June Foray, a profile in characters

    “Now here’s something we hope you’ll really like!” “Santie Claus, why? Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why?” “My name is Talky Tina, and I’m going to kill you.” By invoking just a few words, you can hear the voice — or rather, the voices — of June Foray. Welcome to the latest edition of...

  • On his 100th birthday, here's to legendary Hollywood tough guy Robert Mitchum

    On his 100th birthday, here's to legendary Hollywood tough guy Robert Mitchum

    On Aug. 6, 100 years ago, Robert Mitchum was born in Bridgeport, Conn., though he once claimed he didn’t have a hometown. Humble beginnings led to several trips west, at least one in a boxcar, before he found stardom in Hollywood as one of its most iconic mid-century leading men. The actor, who...

  • The guilty pleasure of reading Hollywood memoirs

    The guilty pleasure of reading Hollywood memoirs

    A friend and I were standing on a corner waiting for the light to change, talking about the FX series “Feud.” “Isn’t it great,” he said, “how much it winds up on Joan Crawford’s side?” Yes, but no, I started to reply, but before I could we crossed and the conversation turned away. I wondered if...

  • UCLA fest looks at writers and directors from TV's golden age who transitioned to movies

    UCLA fest looks at writers and directors from TV's golden age who transitioned to movies

    It's a time when television is all the rage, when what's being done on the small screen is the envy of Hollywood. It's a time like today, only it's not. That time was the 1950s, when anthology shows like “Playhouse 90,” “Studio One,” “The Elgin Hour” and “Goodyear Television Playhouse” ran original...

  • Classic Hollywood: Impressions of the Chinese Theatre at 90

    Classic Hollywood: Impressions of the Chinese Theatre at 90

    To Jamie Lee Curtis, “the Chinese Theatre humanized, in the hand and footprints, the famous. It wasn’t a glossy picture that seemed unattainable, but something human and tangible.” To Carol Burnett, it was the place her grandmother flagged down Linda Darnell for an autograph — and little Carol...

  • Classic Hollywood: Kirk and Anne Douglas' lifetime of love is captured in their letters

    Classic Hollywood: Kirk and Anne Douglas' lifetime of love is captured in their letters

    On screen, Kirk Douglas was a legendary tough guy. But in his real life he wasn’t afraid to express his emotions, especially to his wife, Anne. That sensitive side is on display in the book “Kirk and Anne: Letters of Love, Laughter, and a Lifetime in Hollywood,” which comes out next week. For example,...

  • Jean Rouverol, blacklisted screenwriter, dead at 100

    Jean Rouverol, blacklisted screenwriter, dead at 100

    Jean Rouverol, who died Friday at age 100, was well acquainted with how the blacklist era divided Hollywood. An actress-turned-screenwriter, she and her screenwriter husband, Hugo Butler, were targeted by the House Un-American Activities Committee and went into exile with their children for 13...

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