Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ringing Out the Old: 15 Posts from 2009

Classic Movies Digest went online in late March of 2009 and in the nine months since its inception, much has been covered in the way of classic movies, so much more has not....yet. Great response has been given by the blogs readers and as a reflection on the past year as it concerns CMD, I wish to offer you the highlights from 2009.

The following are 15 posts which were deemed some of the more popular, by way of feedback through blog comments, Facebook and/or Twitter comments, notes sent via e-mail and page hits. They also include some of my personal favorites. The order in which they are listed is random and each title is clickable in order for you to easily catch any post you may have missed.

  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938): In Like Flynn
    One of the most memorable films since its release in 1938, The Adventures of Robin Hood cemented the stardom of Errol Flynn and made a bundle for Warner Brothers. Technicolor extraordinaire!

  • The Glass Key (1942): Lake and Ladd in Hardboiled Hammett
    A classic crime drama from Paramount, the film re-teamed Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, a red hot pairing who became an iconic Hollywood on-screen couple.

  • The Many Faces of Those Glorious Character Actors
    By far one of the most popular posts of the year, Character Actors showcases some of the marvelous supporting players who make the films from Hollywood's Golden Age, the well rounded, multi faceted stories they should be.

  • Black Narcissus: Technicolor Masterpiece
    A cinematic masterpiece from British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Black Narcissus is brilliant in almost every way. Even if nuns in a remote convent aren't your cup of tea, you might be surprised.

  • 42nd Street: Brother, Can You Spare a Dame
    "You're going out there a youngster, but you've got to come back a star." That's the famous line Warner Baxter said to dancer Ruby Keeler in this classic Depression-era musical, and she did! Both on screen and off.

  • George Sanders: A Scoundrel for All Seasons
    Readers either love to hate this suave cad or hate to love him but regardless they made this post spotlighting the urbane actor very popular.

  • Bride of Frankenstein: A Toast to Gods and Monsters
    Boris Karloff and Elsa Lanchester make electricity of the most morbid sort in this classic horror flick from Universal Studios. One of the most creative and intriguing films of its genre.

  • 13 Classic Movies I've Never Seen ...But Really Want To
    A post with a personal slant, it arguably got the most response than any other Classic Movies Digest entry in 2009. A final update on this post is planned for January 2010.

  • Scarlet Street (1945): Classic Film Noir
    Film noir at its finest. A femme fatale, murder, sex and Edward G. Robinson in a frilly apron. You gotta see this one.

  • My Darling Clementine: An American Classic
    John Ford's poetic western, climaxing at the legendary OK Corral. Fonda, Mature and Darnell are great but Ford's direction and the gorgeous photography are the stars here.

  • Laura (1944): Sophisticated Murder
    Gene Tierney became synonymous with her title character in Laura. The most stylish murder mystery of the 1940's, it made a star of Tierney and didn't hurt Dana Andrews or Clifton Webb either.

  • Judy Garland: Before the Yellow Brick Road
    With all that's been written about the superstar, this post touches on her early innocent days, before booze and pills took their toll. A young girl on the cusp of stardom.

  • A Letter to Three Wives: Is It Your Husband?
    With A Letter to Three Wives, master screenwriter Joseph L. Mankiewicz put dialogue and direction together to create a sublime slice of middle class Americana. Sharp and witty, Mankiewicz' Wives set the stage for his greatest work the following year, All About Eve.

  • The Innocents (1961): Spectres of Complexity
    The classic ghost story based on Henry James' novel. Deborah Kerr gives one of her finest performances as a timid governess who may or may not be seeing spirits. Classy and spooky in every respect.

  • The Awful Truth: Grant, Dunne and a Dog Named Smith
    One of the funniest and most clever screwball comedies to come out of the genre, The Awful Truth stars comedic greats Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as perfect foils for one anothers mishaps. As a divorcing couple still in love, they are A #1.

There you have it. It's been a fun year (or should I say nine months) here at Classic Movies Digest and I hope the coming year will be even more so. Check out the next post to find out some great stuff CMD has in store for 2010. Happy New Year!


  1. Fantastic posts! You picked fantastic films to write about.

  2. Rupert, Happy New Year, good to see "The Uninvited" on your top list, one of my three favorite ghost stories, take care, Tommy

  3. Keep up the good work Rupert! Best wishes for 2010!

  4. I just re-read them all - somehow I missed "The Glass Key" (love me some Veronica!) and "42nd Street" posts. I'm glad I discovered them.

    I have to thank you for turning us onto "Night to Remember" - we watched it Christmas Eve, and have added it to our future Christmas Eve line up tradition! It's delightful - and not syrupy at all.

    Looking foward to another year of your amusing and insightful essays.

    Happy New Year! - and shake that cold!

  5. Tristan, Thank you so much for the well wishes friend. So glad you discovered and enjoyed REMEMBER THE NIGHT. Wonderful film and well worth adding to your holiday line-up.

    I look forward to sharing some of my favorite films, both main stream and those off the beaten path in 2010. Have a great one.


  6. Can't wait to see what you give us in 2010! Thank you so much for the encouragement with my blog, too!

  7. Thank YOU Lesley! I was just over at your site this morning and it always looks great.




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