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Les Tremayne

Les Tremayne, actor (1913-2003)
See Les Tremayne in North by Northwest (1959) on April 18th at 11:00AM (ET)

Charles Chaplin, actor, filmmaker & co-founder of United Artists (1889-1977)
Christine McIntyre, actress (1911-1984)
John Hodiak, actor (1914-1955)
Barry Nelson, actor (1917-2007)
Peter Ustinov, actor, writer, filmmaker, screenwriter & comedian (1921-2004)
Henry Mancini, composer, conductor, and arranger (1924-1994)
Edie Adams, singer, actress and comedienne (1927-2008)

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Claudia Cardinale, actress (1938- )

Florence Bates, actress (1888-1954)
John Williams, actor (1903-1983)

Classic Hollywood Birthdays

Lee Tracy

Lee Tracy, actor (1898-1968)
See Lee Tracy in Dinner at Eight (1933) on April 17th at 8:30AM (ET)

John Gielgud, actor director & producer (1904-2000)
Valerie Hobson, actress (1917-1998)
Rod Steiger, actor (1925-2002)
Gloria Jean, actress & singer (1926- )
Julie Christie, actress (1941- )

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Howard Keel, actor & singer (1919-2004)
Catch a couple of Howard Keel films on Sunday, April 20th beginning with The Big Fisherman (1959) at 10:30AM (ET) and in the evening in Annie Get Your Gun (1950) 10:00PM (ET)

Stanley Donen, director & choreographer (1924- )

Classic Movie Night Recommendation:

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Friday, April 18th

10:00PM (ET)


When Frank Chambers mused that maybe his future starts now, little did he know the events at Twin Oaks would seal his fate.

When Frank Chambers mused that maybe his future starts now, little did he know the events at Twin Oaks would seal his fate.

Drifter Frank Chambers (John Garfield) ends up at a Twin Oaks roadside diner and gas station. Instantly he loses his breath upon seeing Twin Oaks mistress, Cora Smith (Lana Turner). The longer he stays, the more he is taken into the web of this femme fatale. Cora wants Frank and Twin Oaks, and the only way to have both is to get rid of her husband (Cecil Kellaway). They plan for an accident to befall Nick Smith, planning every detail of the crime. However, as fate would have it the murder doesn’t go off as planned, and the accident attacks the attention of the local district attorney. Their second attempt to get Nick out of their lives succeeds. However, Nick and Cora are torn apart under the strains of an investigation into their involvement with Nick’s death. But, this temporary breakup is far from the end for Frank and Cora.

Postman_3The influence of Postman written in 1934 by James M. Cain can be seen in a later Cain novel turned film, Double Indemnity. Both films feature a man entangled and brought down by a femme fatale plotting to permanently get rid of her husband. It was because of Paramount’s success with Double Indemnity (1944) that convinces MGM to take this leap into film noir. It was the glamour studios way of featuring their blond-bombshell Lana Turner while keeping within the lines of the censors, and Turner steams up the screen with her pairing with Garfield.

Follow the link for more images from The Postman Always Rings Twice. Pinterest Board: Classic Movie Night Recommendation

Images from: The Postman Always Rings Twice Dir. Tay Garnett. MGM, 1946. DVD.

Classic Hollywood Birthdays


Ann Miller, dancer, singer & actress (1923-2004)
See Ann Miller in Easter Parade (1948) on April 30th at 8:00PM (ET)

Dorothy Cumming, actress (1899-1983)
Virginia Cherrill, actress (1908-1996)
Helen Forrest, singer (1917-1999)
Jane Withers, actress (1926- )


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