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The Adventures and Misadventures of Journalists

Sometimes it seems as if reporters and journalists have the most interesting lives. Or is it that their stories are just told so well?
Come find out with us this week at where we examine the adventures and misadventures of four separate journalists and reporters with the likes of Christopher Walkin and Hywel Bennett in Deadline, Lee Remick and Jill Clayburgh in Hustling, Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday, and Van Johnson and Elizabeth Taylor in The Last Time I Saw Paris.

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Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.


“Deadline”Deadline, also released under the name “Witness in the War Zone,” is a 1987 Nathanael Gutman war drama starring Christopher Walken, Hywel Bennett, Marita Marschall and Arnon Zadok telling the story of an ace reporter assigned in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war of 1983 when he is duped, set-up and uncovers a murderous plot to kill hundreds of civilians. Walken performs this role flawlessly.

His Girl Friday

“HisIn his classic 1940 black and white Romantic Comedy, His Girl Friday, director Howard Hawkes tells the story of a newspaper editor (Cary Grant) who uses every trick in the book to keep his ace reporter and ex-wife, (Rosalind Russell) from now marrying her new boyfriend (Ralph Bellamy). Great fun and great use of dialog over-looping creating a soundtrack that sounds more like real-life conversation than a recorded and rehearsed script.


“Hustling”Hustling is the 1975 Joseph Sargent drama starring Lee Remick, Jill Clayburgh, Monte Markham and Alex Rocco telling the story of a reporter for a New York City magazine decided to investigate the city’s prostitution industry to find out just who was making all the money. What she found out caused a firestorm of controversy – that many of the city’s richest and most powerful families and corporations benefited directly and indirectly from the illegal sex business.

The Last Time I Saw Paris

“TheThe Last Time I Saw Paris is the 1954 Richard Brooks drama / romance featuring an all-star cast with Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor, Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed and Roger Moore in which a post-war soldier/journalist/wanna-be novelist in Paris journeys through heart-wrenching love and loss, rags to riches, and a final redemption that is sure a fill a few tissues!

“F” for “Four Fabulous Films”

This week, the letter “F” stands for the “Four Fabulous Films” as is featuring a random sampling from our collection of classic movies with a catch – today we present a Mystery, a Comedy, and Thriller, and a Drama – and there are numbers that start with the letter “F” within each of their titles.

Our Mystery – from 1932, The Sign of Four – stars Arthur Wontener and Ian Hunter; our Comedy – from 1935, Life Begins at Forty – stars Will Rogers and Richard Cromwell; our Thriller – from 1987, Blunt: The Forth Man – stars Anthony Hopkins and Ian Richardson; and our Drama – and from 1988, Five Corners – stars Jodie Foster and Tim Robbins.

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The Sign of Four

“TheThe Sign of Four is a 1932 black & white British Crime/Mystery film directed by Graham Cutts and staring Ian Hunter, Arthur Wontener, Ilsa Bevin, Graham Soutton and Miles Malleson in which a young woman needs Sherlock Holmes for protection when she’s tormented by an escaped killer. However, when the woman is abducted, Holmes and Watson must infiltrate the city’s criminal underworld to track down the young woman.

Life Begins at Forty

“LifeLife Begins at Forty is the black & white 1935 George Marshall comedy starring Will Rogers and Richard Cromwell telling the tale of a small-town American publisher of the local paper (Rogers) finds himself in opposition to the hard-nosed local banker on the return to town of a lad (Cromwell) jailed possibly wrongly for a theft from the bank. Life Begins at Forty is based on the non-fiction self-help book with the same title authored by Walter B. Pitkin.

Blunt: the Fourth Man

“Blunt:Blunt: The Fourth Man is the 1986 John Glenister British spy-thriller starring Anthony Hopkins and Ian Richardson in which Anthony Blunt (Ian Richardson) is an eminent Cambridge-educated art historian who is also working as a spy for the Soviet Union. In love with double agent Guy Burgess (Anthony Hopkins), he helps Burgess get yet another treasonous British agent to safety in Moscow. When Burgess unexpectedly defects as well, the government becomes suspicious of Blunt, but investigators have trouble believing such a refined and aristocratic gentleman would ever betray his nation and his class.

Five Corners

“FiveIn 1988, Tony Bill directed the intriguingly offbeat crime drama Five Corners starring Jody Foster, Tim Robbins, Todd Graff and John Turturro telling the 24-hour tale of a disturbed neighborhood rapist, his victim with whom he is now in love with, and her two protectors – one of whom is an invalid, and one who is committed to the civil-rights movement and non-violence. These actors portray a wide range of emotions and perspectives begging the viewer’s empathy for each and every character’s plight.

April Fools Binge Watching

Here’s to enjoying a new twist on April Fools – binge watching! This week, for those movie buffs that are not college basketball fans, presents four featured collections for binge watchers including collections from TV the series Robin Hood, The Marx Brothers, The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Three Stooges.

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Robin Hood

“RobinPresenting 13 black & white episodes from Season 1 of 1955’s Lew Grade/Hannah Weinstein’s The Adventures of Robin Hood, British TV series starring Richard Greene and Alan Wheatley telling stories from the middle ages of the legendary hero’s quest for social justice and income equality.


The Marx Brothers

“ThePresenting 30 of 1962’s black & white Season 1 of the long running hit television show, The Beverly Hillbillies starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas and Max Baer, Jr. telling the tale of a family of country bumpkins strike it rich when oil is discovered on their property in Bug Tussle, Tennessee and move to Beverly Hills.


The Beverly Hillbillies


The Three Stooges

“ThePresenting eight of the black & white American Vaudeville comedy movie shorts from 1936 to 1949 of The Three Stooges – Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Shemp Howard and Curly Howard, with their spoofs on American society told with a complete lack of decorum, acceptable behavior or manners!

Villainous Creatures Wreaking Havoc on Humanity

Flora and Fauna – Plants and Animals – are crafty villains in this week’s features exploring four villainous creatures wreaking havoc on humanity in The Day of the Triffids with Nicole Maurey and Howard Keel, The Little Shop of Horrors with Jack Nicholson and Jonathan Haze, Kong Island with Brad Harris and Esmeraldo Barros, and Virus with Chuck Connors and Glenn Ford. Let the fun begin!

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The Day of the Triffids

“TheThe Day of the Triffids is a 1963 Steve Sekely sci-fi horror film starring Nicole Maurey, Howard Keel and Janette Scott, and tells the story of a meteor shower that blinded most of the people on earth, and has also spawned giant intelligent plants that think, walk and try to take over the planet.

The Little Shop of Horrors

“TheThis 1960 black & white Roger Corman film, The Little Shop of Horrors, is an American black comedy horror film starring Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph and Jack Nicholson is a wildly popular cult farce about an inadequate florist’s assistant who cultivates a plant that feeds on human flesh and blood.

Kong Island

“KongKong Island is not about King Kong or even shot on an Island. Kong Island is the 1968 Roberto Mauro sci-fi drama adventure starring Brad Harris, Esmeraldo Barros, Marc Lawrence and Adriana Alben telling a story based in Kenya where a mad scientist is experimenting with radio transmitters implanted in the brains of gorillas to control their minds and behaviors. Our hero (Harris) leads a team to rescue an abducted girlfriend from the wild jungle and the mind-controlled apes.


“Virus”Virus is Kinji Fukasaku’s 1980 sci-fi horror Japanese film starring Chuck Connors, Glenn Ford Olivia Hussy and George Kennedy telling the story of cold-war germ warfare that leads to the threat of escalated global nuclear doomsday and a desperate hope to re-populate the world in the aftermath.

Leading Actors Playing Outcasts

Outcasts! We’ve all felt like a third wheel, a red-headed step-child, the geek in the corner, or that guy (or gal) that just doesn’t fit in with the crowd. This week, takes a look at leading actors playing outcasts that just do not fit into society and we do so with the movies of Kris Kristofferson in Convoy, Jean-Paul Belmondo in Breathless, Jeff Daniels in Paper Man, and Mr. New York himself, Frank Sinatra in The Man with the Golden Arm. Each of these award-winning and highly successful leading actors delivers an exceptional performance in their respective movies as humanely believable Outcasts!

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“Convoy”Convoy is the 1978 Sam Peckinpah 70’s pop-drama starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali McGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young telling the story of a handsome young trucker whom ultimately fakes his death to avoid prosecution as a bevy of organized truckers are pitted against dirty cops with chase scenes, bar fights and plenty of ‘good-buddy’ CB radio chatter.


“Breathless”Breathless is 1960 Jean-Luc Godard drama/romance starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger and Henri-Jaques Huet where a young criminal commits murder and hides out in Paris while seducing his protector that eventually betrays him – but not without remorse.

Paper Man

“PaperPaper Man is the 2009 comedy action drama film directed by Keiran and Michele Mulroney starring Jeff Daniels, Lisa Kudrow, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. It tells the story of a failed novelist clinging to his childhood imaginary superhero friend as he very slowly and tediously learns the art of ‘adulting.’

The Man with the Golden Arm

“TheThe Man With The Golden Arm is the award-winning 1955 Otto Preminger drama starring Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker and Darren McGavin telling a heart-wrenching tale of a newly-released ex-con musician struggles in his run-down neighborhood and with his deceitful wife that weigh heavily on his recovery and rehabilitation. He’s just one suicide away from peace – but who’s?

Classic Black & White Movies

This week, has added 4 awesome classic black & white movies into our film vault of free-streaming and mobile-friendly movies. The recently acquired films are 1952’s western romance The Bushwhackers with Dorothy Malone and John Ireland, 1947’s musical romance Calendar Girl with Jane Frazee and Kenny Baker, 1946’s drama/mystery The Chase with Robert Cummings and Michele Morgan, and 1959’s ever-puzzling crime/drama Compulsion with Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman and Orson Welles. All of these films – and many more – can be seen now or anytime on any fixed or mobile device at

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The Bushwhackers

“TheThe Bushwhackers is the 1952 black & white Rodney Amateau western starring Dorothy Malone and John Ireland telling the story of a Confederate war veteran trying to swear-off firearms when he gets caught up in greedy, pre-railroad land-grabs in Missouri. His passivity yields to violence out of necessity.


Calendar Girl

“CalendarCalendar Girl is the 1947 black & white Allan Dwan musical romance starring Jane Frazee, William Marshall, Kenny Baker and Gail Patrick telling the story of two friends coming to NYC at the turn of the century (the 1900’s) to seek their destinies but are sidetracked by romance and the pursuit of true love, while still holding on to their secrets.


The Chase

“TheThe Chase is the 1946 Arthur Ripley black & white romance/drama starring Robert Cummings, Michele Morgan Steve Cochran and Lloyd Corrigan telling the story of an unemployed veteran gaining employment as a chauffeur after returning a lost wallet, but his shady new employer’s wife wants to escape. But wait – that’s just the beginning!



“Compulsion”Compulsion is the 1959 black & white Richard Fleischer crime drama starring Dean Stockwell, Bradford Dillman and Orson Wells exploring the ‘perfect crime’ of a pre-meditated murder accidentally gone wrong, and the clever manipulation of the American legal system – illuminating and exposing the Leopold/Loeb case of the time.

Classic Hollywood Musicals

This week, with a nod to La La Land’s almost-Oscar-win last Sunday, is featuring just four of our star-studded, song-and–dance films from our large collection of Classic Hollywood Musicals that and includes Black Tights with Cyd Charisse, Royal Wedding with Fred Astaire and Jane Powell, The Blue Angel with Marlene Dietrich, and Till the Clouds Roll By with June Allyson and Judy Garland. Join us in kicking up our heels and cutting the rug, and keep on dancing…

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Black Tights

“BlackBlack Tights is the 1961 Terence Young black and white anthology of four independent stories performed in the form of ballet, all choreographed by the infamous and renowned Roland Petit starring Cyd Charisse, Moira Shearer, Zizi Jeanmarie, Roland Petit and Maurice Chevalier. The performances include La croqueuse de diamants -a romantic comedy, Cyrano de Bergerac – a tragic romantic story, Deuil en 24 heures – a black comedy, and Carmen – a tragic romance.

Royal Wedding

“RoyalRoyal Wedding is the 1951 Stanley Donen romantic/comedy musical starring Fred Astaire, Jane Powell, Peter Lawford and Sara Churchill telling the story of an American brother and sister dance team in London in 1947 during the height of the royal wedding of Elizabeth and Prince Phillip when the siblings find loves of their own!

The Blue Angel

“TheThe Blue Angel is the 1931 black and white Josef von Sternberg dramatic musical starring Marlene Dietrich, Emil Jannings, Kurt Gerron and Rosa Valetti telling the story of a strict educator who falls hopelessly in love with a beautiful cabaret dancer and ruins his life chasing that which he cannot hold. Blue Angel, the first major German sound film, brought Dietrich international fame and introduced her signature song, “Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)”.

Till the Clouds Roll By

“TillTill the Clouds Roll By is the 1946 Richard Whorf and Vincent Minnelli musical comedy starring Robert Walker, Van Heflin, June Allyson, Lena Horne and Judy Garland telling the story of famed songwriter Jerome Kern’s charmed life leading up to his Broadway opening of “Show Boat.” Consisting of many musical numbers, the all-star cast includes a bevy of Hollywood talent including Kathryn Grayson, Frank Sinatra and Dinah Shore, among many others.

Classic Mystery Films

Welcome to the black & white classics of “Who done it?”

This week, explores the world of mystery with just four outstanding Sherlock Holmes selections from our classic, free-streaming movie cache – Murder at the Baskervilles, The Sign of Four, The Woman in Green, and for you binge-watchers – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes TV series from the 50’s. We hope you enjoy these classic mystery mind games – we sure do! Again and again!

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Where you’ll find Movies you love with Stars you know.


Murder at the Baskervilles

“MurderMurder at the Baskervilles is the 1937 Thomas Bentley black & white Sherlock Holmes mystery starring Arthur Wontener, Ian Flemming (not 007), Lyn Harding and John Turnbull telling the tale of Holmes’ vacation-gone-wrong involving some very shady characters and the attempt to “fix” the outcome of the world-famous Barchester Cup horse race.


The Sign of Four

“TheThe Sign of Four is the 1932 Graham Cutts black & white Sherlock Holmes mystery starring Ian Hunter, Arthur Wontener, Ilsa Bevin and Graham Soutton and tells the tale of Jonathan Small, a convicted criminal parlaying hidden treasure information for his release, the betrayal of the agreement, and the vengeance he seeks on the family of the double-crosser.


The Woman in Green

“TheThe Woman in Green is the original black & white version of the 1945 Roy William Neill mystery starring Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce and Hillary Brooke telling the tale of baffling murders of women who have had their fingers severed. This is a wild tale of deception, mutilation and murder that has Holmes and Watson stretching their collective powers of reasoning and evaluating opportunity and motive!


The Sherlock Holmes 1954-55 TV Series

“TheThe first American television series of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle‘s Sherlock Holmes adventures aired in syndication in the fall of 1954 through 1955. The 39 half-hour mostly original stories were produced by Sheldon Reynolds, filmed in France by Guild Films, and starred Ronald Howard (son of Leslie Howard) as Sherlock Holmes, Howard Marion Crawford as Watson, and Archie Duncan as Inspector Lestrade.

Classic Horror Films

After last week’s ‘love-fest’ of Marilyn and Valentine’s Day, how about a little horror to bring us back to reality of our world? We’ve selected just four of our choice classic horror films from our film vaults for your featured viewing entertainment this week: Blood Thirst with Robert Winston and Katherine Henryk, Bloodtide with James Earl Jones and Jose Ferrer, Lady Frankenstein with Joseph Cotton and Rosalba Neri, and The Pyx with Karen Black and Christopher Plumber. There’s nothing like a scary movie to make you feel alive!

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Blood Thirst

“BloodBlood Thirst, with Robert Winston and Katherine Henryk starring in Newt Arnold’s 1971 black & white horror film tells the story of a South American belly dancer who uncovers an ancient Aztec secret for eternal life involving regular blood transfusions so she enlists a monstrous club owner to help fill her needed pipeline…



“Bloodtide”Bloodtide, with James Earl Jones and Jose Ferrer starring in Richard Jefferies’ 1982 horror film tells the tale of a treasure hunter who accidentally frees a monster and forces the local villagers to revisit the demonic practice of sacrificing virgins.


Lady Frankenstein

“CHANGELady Frankenstein, with Joseph Cotton and the fabulous Rosalba Neri starring in this 1971 Mel Welles horror drama tells the story of a recently graduated daughter who picks up where her mad scientist father left off – assembling bodies from the dead. Only this time, it’s different!


The Pyx

“TheThe Pyx with Karen Black and Christopher Plumber star in this 1973 Harvey Hart horror crime thriller about a grizzly murder that puts an investigating detective in the middle of the occult surrounded by prostitution, drug addition and conspiracy with all of her suspects mysteriously dropping like flies.

Marilyn Monroe’s Most Glamorous Romantic Comedies

For Valentine’s Week, what better star to feature than sex-goddess Marilyn Monroe and 4 of her most glamorous romantic comedy films – 1956’s Bus Stop, 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blonds, 1953’s How to Marry a Millionaire and 1957’s The Prince and the Showgirl. Just remember – for Valentine’s Day and any other day – Diamonds are a Girl’ Best Friend!

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Bus Stop – Marilyn with Don Murray

“BusBus Stop is the 1956 Joshua Logan romantic drama/comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O’Connell, Betty Field, Eileen Heckart, Robert Bray and Hope Lange and tells the story of a naive virgin cowboy’s overly-enthusiastic wooing of a talentless but ambitious performer bent on ‘making it’ in Hollywood all taking place at bus stop in the middle of nowhere. Oh, those chance encounters!


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – Marilyn with Jane Russell

“GentlemenGentlemen Prefer Blondes is the 1953 Howard Hawks romantic comedy starring Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell, Charles Coburn, Elliot Reid, Tommy Noonan, George Winslow and Marcel Dalio telling the story of two showgirls struggling to find what the want in a relationship versus what they need in a marriage partner. Of course these girls go through laughable shenanigans on their way to the alter!


How to Marry a Millionaire – Marilyn with Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable

“HowHow to Marry a Millionaire is the 1953 Jean Negulesco romance, comedy/drama starring Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall, David Wayne, Rory Calhoun, Cameron Mitchell and Alexander D’Arcy telling the story of how three women in search of financial security share a Manhattan apartment to snare a rich husband. Sounds like a good plan, but there are speed bumps in their execution plans that send them in different directions, helping them to find love and riches of the heart. Yes, karma works in love matters, too!


The Prince and the Showgirl – Marilyn with Laurence Olivier

“TheThe Prince and The Showgirl is the 1957 romantic comedy directed by and co-starring Laurence Olivier with Marilyn Monroe, Richard Wattis, Sybil Thorndike, Jean Kent, Jeremy Spenser and David Horne. Set in London in 1911, it tells the tale of a dignified prince in London for Royal business that falls in love with a traveling showgirl and their whirlwind courtship during the pompous Royal festivities. With their diverse backgrounds, can they make it work? Love always wins!