matchmaker

DVD Review: The Matchmaker (1958)

It is 1884 in Yonkers, NY and Horace Vandergelder (Paul Ford), owner of a large general store and the wealthiest man in town, has hired Dolly Gallagher Levi (Shirley Booth), a widow who makes her living through various pursuits–but primarily as a matchmaker–to find him a suitable second wife. Dolly wants to marry Horace, but…

Goooooldfingahhhhhhh …

One of my priorities upon my recent move to Atlanta has been to immerse myself in the classic film fan-friendly culture ’round these parts. There’s an abundance of things for the devoted classic fan to do about town–including, first and foremost, a frequent number of movie screenings at several fabulous venues. On Sunday afternoon, I…

betty in blunderland

The early days of animation at Paramount, courtesy of the Fleischer brothers.

By 1927, Adolph Zukor, the Hollywood mogul behind the rapidly-expanding Paramount-Famous Lasky Corporation, had built a veritable entertainment empire. The studio had moved into a new, multimillion-dollar twenty-six acre lot off Melrose Avenue. They had amassed a chain of nearly two thousand theaters across the country, called Publix Theatres, in which to screen their many…

the dot and the line

Celebrating 100 Years of Chuck Jones: The Dot and the Line (1965)

After Warner Bros. terminated his long-term contract in 1962, Chuck Jones moved on to MGM, producing a series of cartoons featuring that studio’s famed pair, Tom and Jerry. Jones’ time wasn’t completely consumed by the antics of the cat and mouse, however; the animator/director worked on several other projects for the studio, one of which–The…