Why Can’t They Be Like We Were?

For a decade, George Sidney was the enthusiastic vulgarian who enlivened MGM’s immaculately tasteful musicals with such lurid displays as “Bathing Beauty” (1944) and “Kiss Me Kate” (1953 — and reportedly set for a 3-D Blu-ray release by Warner Home Video). But when he crossed over to Columbia, he immediately became one of the [...]

Universal on Parade

Here’s a nice little box set from TCM’s Vault Collection, somewhat paradoxically titled “Universal Rarities” since it consists entirely of Paramount films: Edward Cline’s “Million Dollar Legs” (1932), Leo McCarey’s “Belle of the Nineties” (1934), Raoul Walsh’s “Artists and Models” (1937) and Henry Hathaway’s “Souls at Sea” (1937). Nothing all that important, but it’s [...]

Jaws: Threat or Menace?

Thirty-seven years later, it seems like the best thing to come out of “Jaws” was Joe Dante’s 1978 parody “Piranha,” but the mark Steven Speilberg’s first runaway hit has left on the movies seems truly indelible, in terms of how American films are conceived and marketed. On the occasion of Universal’s fine new Blu-ray [...]

Something’s Got to Give

Here’s a piece on Marilyn Monroe — specifically, on the excellent new Blu-ray box set of Monroe films from Fox — that does not contain

a) any reference to the fiftieth anniversary of her death

b) the word “iconic”

You’re welcome!

Above is a lobby card from Malcolm St. Clair’s lost, 1928 version of [...]