The Great Villain Blogathon 2019 – Day 3 Recap

•May 26, 2019 • 4 Comments

Day 3 of The Great Villains Blogathon 2019 made us want to dance with joy!

Our participants turned in another batch of swoon-worthy posts in which they extolled the virtues (or the lack, thereof) of those baddies we love to hate. Check ’em out, below . . .

And you’ll find all of the recap links together at the main blogathon page, including entries posted on Day 1 and Day 2.

Now take a deep dive into today’s dastardly collection!

The Lonely Critic: The Invisible Man

Fading, But Not Forgotten: The Abusive Power of Nicholas Van Ryn

Speakeasy: The Villains of The Tall T (1957)

MovieRob: Monster (2003)

Old Hollywood Films: The German Pilot in Mrs. Miniver

Moon in Gemini: Judas Iscariot in Jesus Christ, Superstar

Mildred’s Fatburgers: Rhoda Penmark Problematizes Eugenics

Critica Retro: The Many Faces of Bafo, The Villain of Disney

Movies Silently: Behind the Door (1919) A Silent Film Review

18 Cinema Lane: Why Jiggy Nye is Not An Effective Villain in Felicity: An American Girl Adventure

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Salome, Where She Danced” from 1945; Who is the Real Villain?

Shadows and Satin: Pre-Code Villainy

The Great Villain Blogathon 2019: Pre-Code Villainy

•May 26, 2019 • 22 Comments

There’s a lot to love about pre-Code.

The scandalous plots. The memorable lines. The gratuitous shots of ladies in their undies.

And then there’re the bad guys – the fellas who were often the forebears of the heavies of the film noir era: scoundrels, cheaters, murderers, and rogues.

To celebrate the fifth annual Great Villain Blogathon presented with my partners in crime, Kristina over at Speakeasy and Ruth at Silver Screenings, I’m shining the spotlight on three no-goodniks from the pre-Code era – whether their parts were large or small, they each made their marks in these films and left an impression that lingered long after the final reel sputtered into silence.

Harve (Humphrey Bogart) in Three on a Match (1932)

What it’s about:

Three childhood friends – Mary (Joan Blondell), Vivian (Ann Dvorak), and Ruth (Bette Davis) – have a chance encounter after years apart and have lunch together to catch up on each others’ lives. Ruth and Mary are working girls, but Vivian has the most outwardly enviable life; she’s married to a wealthy, devoted husband (Warren William) and has an adorable young son (Buster Phelps). “Outwardly” is the operative word, however – in reality, Vivian is bored with her staid existence and longs for some excitement, which she gets in spades when she starts an affair with local gambler Michael Loftus (Lyle Talbot). Eventually, she winds up broke, living with Loftus in a dump, and hooked on drugs. And that isn’t the worst of it.

Harve is not a nice guy.

The Villain:

Bogart plays Harve, a cold-blooded gangster who encounters Vivian when he comes to collect on a debt owed to the mob by Loftus. But Harve isn’t satisfied with the $2,000 Loftus owes him – when the mob learns that Vivian’s young son is with her, they demand a $25,000 ransom from his father.

On screen for less than five minutes, Bogart’s Harve manages to demonstrate a streak of cruel ruthlessness. One of his most chilling moments comes after he manhandles Vivian, causing her son to plaintively whine, “You mustn’t hurt my mama.” Harve affixes the tyke with a steady, unsympathetic gaze and responds, “Okay. I’ll bear that in mind.”

General Director Preysing (Wallace Beery) in Grand Hotel (1932)

What it’s about:

Based on a best-selling novel by Vicki Baum, Grand Hotel looks at the intertwined lives and loves, tragedies and triumphs, of a small set of hotel guests, employees, and passers-through during a 24-hour period at the title establishment in Berlin. These include Baron Von Gaigern (John Barrymore), a financially strapped nobleman who hopes to boost his income by burglarizing the room of a famous ballerina (Greta Garbo); Otto Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), who is dying of some unnamed malady and is using his life savings for one final, magnificent hurrah; General Director Preysing (Wallace Beery), a wealthy factory owner who is desperate to close an all-important merger with another company; and Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), a stenographer who reports to the hotel to do some dictation for Preysing.

Preysing is not a nice guy. Also, he’s married.

The Villain:

Preysing is bombastic, self-absorbed, and ill-mannered – not to mention a bit of a creep. He’s at first superior and brusque toward Flaemmchen, but it doesn’t take him long to start appreciating her feminine attributes and the very married director winds up proposing that Flaem do more for him than take dictation, if you know what I mean. But that’s just the beginning. Later, Preysing gets into a vicious argument with Otto Kringelein, who happens to work in Preysing’s factory. When Kringelein chastises his employer for his low wages and unfair working conditions, Preysing publicly accuses the dying man of embezzlement, fires him from his position, and physically attacks him. And later, when he catches Baron Von Gaigern stealing from his room, Preysing’s villainy escalates to another, more lethal, level.

Nick Powers (Robert Barrat) in Baby Face (1933)

What it’s about:

Lily Powers (Barbara Stanwyck) works for her father, Nick (Robert Barrat) in a Philadelphia speakeasy, serving drinks to rowdy crowds of drunken men and fending off their unwanted advances. After Nick’s sudden, unexpected death, Lily heads for New York, hitching a ride on a freight train – and when she’s caught by a railroad worker, she bribes him with sex so that he won’t turn her over to police. Once in New York, she lands a corporate office job, then proceeds to literally sleep her way from job to job, each time offering her sexual favors in order to better her status.

Lily’s dad is not a nice guy.

The Villain:

Lily’s father is killed in an explosion in the first 15 minutes of the film. But before his sudden demise, his villainy is on full display – in one scene, Nick tries to ensure protection for his illegal bootleg whiskey enterprise by offering Lily’s “services” to a local politician. When Nick discovers that Lily has rebuffed the man’s advances (leaving him with a burnt hand and a bloody face, incidentally) Nick furiously berates her, telling Lily that she “never was any good – I oughta kill you!” Lily’s response gives us a good idea of what’s been going on in her home due to her father’s machinations: “Yeah, I’m a tramp, and who’s to blame? My father!” she says. “A swell start you gave me. Ever since I was 14, what’s it been? Nothing but men – dirty, rotten men!” What a prince. Need I say that Lily didn’t shed any tears when dear old dad was blown to smithereens?

Me, either.

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Who are your favorite pre-Code villains? Let me know and I’ll cover them in a future post! Meanwhile, be sure to check out the great contributions that are part of this year’s Great Villain Blogathon!

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The Great Villain Blogathon 2019 – Day 2 Recap

•May 25, 2019 • 3 Comments

Day 2 . . . more villainy, more characters you’ll love to hate!

Silver Screenings

We’re having too much fun here at 2019 Great Villain Blogathon.

Like Kristina said yesterday, we’re always impressed by the turnout and the entries for this event. Please visit participating blogs and share the blogathon love!

If you don’t see your entry included in this roundup, never fear. Karen will include it tomorrow at Shadows and Satin.

All the recap links can be found at the main blogathon page, including posts from Day 1.

Enjoy today’s fiendish offerings!

Once Upon A Screen  Maleficent, the Mistress of All Evil

Wolffian Classic Movies Digest  Pan’s Labyrinth: A Disobedient Fairy Tale

John V’s Eclectic Avenue  007 Seeks Revenge in Licence To Kill

Dubsism  The Longest Yard

Pale Writer  The Death of Beauty:
The Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937
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Karavansara  Laugh While You Can, Monkey Boy!

The Midnite Drive-In

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The Great Villain Blogathon 2019 – Day 1 Recap

•May 24, 2019 • 5 Comments

We’re off to a great start for our annual blogathon!! Get your villain fix by checking out these great posts!!

Speakeasy

It’s been a fun Day 1 for the 2019 Great Villain Blogathon!

We are always so impressed by the turnout for this event, and once again many bloggers are taking part and covering a lot of great topics so please visit them, comment and share their posts.

If you posted this evening and don’t see your entry included in this roundup, it will be included tomorrow over at Ruth’s Silver Screenings.

And for convenience, all the recap links will also be found at the main blogathon page.

Now please enjoy reading about today’s featured villains!

Cinematic Catharsis: Dr. Malic (Cesar Romero) in Latitude Zero (1969)

Realweegiemidget Reviews: Lex Luthor in Superman (1978)

The Last Drive In: Judith Anderson as Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca

Silver Screenings: Everett Sloane as Mr Ramsey in Patterns (1956)

The Old Hollywood Garden: Bette Davis in Of Human Bondage

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The Movie Night Group’s Guide…

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National Classic Movie Day Blogathon: Five Favorite Films of the 1950s

•May 16, 2019 • 31 Comments

Every year, in celebration of National Classic Movie Day, Rick over at the Classic Film and TV Café hosts a blogathon, and when I found out that this year’s theme was “Five Favorite Films of the 1950s,” I was all over it like white on rice! I can never turn down an opportunity to indulge in a list, and what better list than one for which I can identify some of my favorite films!

Of course, all of my selections are from the film noir era, although I’d like to give a quick, well-deserved nod to some of my beloved non-noir favorites from the decade, including Singin’ in the Rain (1952), From Here to Eternity (1953), 12 Angry Men (1957), and Some Like It Hot (1959). Also, in order to be included on my final list for the blogathon, the films had to be noirs that I haven’t previously covered here at Shadows and Satin, so that put the instant smack-down on a number of features that would have otherwise been in heavy contention, like Gun Crazy (1950), Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The Big Heat (1953), The Big Combo (1955), and The Sweet Smell of Success (1957).

All in all, I must confess that it wasn’t really that difficult to come up with these five favorites – they’re noirs that I’ve seen numerous times, each offering unique and distinct characteristics to recommend them. If you’re not familiar with them, take it from me, you’ll want to check ‘em out!

 Night and the City (1950)

What it’s about:

Richard Widmark stars as Harry Fabian, an opportunistic hustler and con man living in London, who is constantly in search of the next get-rich-quick scheme, certain that Easy Street is just around the corner. When he serendipitously gains the favor of famed Greco-Roman wrestler Gregorius (Stanislaus Zbyszko), he attempts to parlay the relationship into a career as a wrestling promoter. A couple of major monkey wrenches get tossed into Fabian’s plan, though, including the fact that Gregorius’s son, Kristo (the always-great Herbert Lom), runs the wrestling game in town and is no Fabian fan, to say the least.

Who else is in it?

Gene Tierney plays Harry’s long-suffering girlfriend, Mary, and Googie Withers is a standout as the wife of corpulent nightclub proprietor Phil Nosseross, who pins her hopes on Harry as her ticket out of her loveless marriage and the means of her opening her own establishment. Nosseross is played to the hilt by Francis Sullivan, who treats Harry with utter contempt, despite his habit of referring to him as “dear boy.”

Why I like it:

Withers and Sullivan are memorable additions to the cast.

From the first scene, Widmark’s Harry Fabian embodies a pervading sense of disaster that’s a hallmark of film noir. “I wanna be somebody,” he tells his girlfriend, who only wants to live “peacefully and quietly.” But that’s not for Harry. And it doesn’t matter what he has to do or who he has to bulldoze in order to achieve his goals. You want to root for Harry’s success, but you know that he’s got a one-way ticket to Doomsville – and he’s on the express train.

Trivia tidbit:

There are two versions of the film – a British version and an American version. The British version has a slightly more upbeat ending. I don’t think I need to tell you that I like the American release better.

Favorite quote:

“You could have been anything. Anything. You had brains, ambition. You worked harder than any 10 men. But the wrong things. Always the wrong things.” – Mary Bristol (Gene Tierney)

Robert Walker gives the performance of a lifetime.

Strangers on a Train (1951)

What it’s about:

A couple of strangers meet on a train – tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger), who is unhappily married and having an affair with a senator’s daughter, and Bruno Antony (Robert Walker), a wealthy psychopath who shares with Guy his idea for a perfect crime. Proposing that the two men “swap” murders – Bruno could kill Guy’s wife while Guy would kill Bruno’s father – Bruno secures what he considers to be Guy’s blessing, and proceeds to carry out his part of the bargain. And then, of course, he expects Guy to fulfill his.

Who else is in it?

Laura Elliott (who years later, under the name Kasey Rogers, would appear as Larry Tate’s wife on TV’s Bewitched) was only in a couple of scenes, but she made the most of them as Guy’s shrewish, ill-fated spouse. Guy’s true love, played by Ruth Roman, was not only beautiful but clever as well, as was her little sister, played by director Alfred Hitchcock’s daughter, Patricia (who is still with us at age 90). Also, playing Bruno’s mother, was Marion Lorne, another Bewitched alum; she played the ditzy Aunt Clara.

Hitchcock’s cameo.

Why I like it:

My favorite part about this film, other than the story itself, is the performance of Robert Walker. He was in fewer than 25 movies before he died at the age of 32, and I was surprised to realize that I’ve only seen him in two other films – Since You Went Away (1944) and The Clock (1945). Still, for my money, Walker gives the performance of his career in Strangers on a Train, bringing to life a fascinating, frightening character who would literally charm you one moment and choke the life out of you the next. He was, in a word, riveting.

Trivia tidbit:

Alfred Hitchcock’s patented cameo in this feature came near the beginning of the movie, where he’s seen boarding a train carrying a double bass fiddle.

Favorite quote:

“I may be old-fashioned, but I thought murder was against the law.” – Guy Haines (Farley Granger)

The Narrow Margin (1952)

What it’s about:

A no-nonsense detective, Sgt. Brown (Charles McGraw) is charged with covertly escorting a gangster’s widow (Marie Windsor) by train from Chicago to Los Angeles, where she’s slated to testify about the mob before a grand jury. Before the journey even gets started, Brown’s partner is murdered, which is a sign of things to come, as he’s faced with a cohort of mobsters looking to prevent the widow from blowing the lid off the mob’s nefarious activities.

Who else is in it?

Jacqueline White – who was featured in the 1947 noir Crossfire – has a sizable role in this film, but I can’t tell you what character she plays! Instead, I’ll just tell you that The Narrow Margin was her last film – and she is also still with us, at age 96.

No love lost between these two.

Why I like it:

Except for a handful of scenes, the entire film takes place aboard the train, making for an appropriately tense and claustrophobic atmosphere. And together, Marie Windsor and Charles McGraw comprise one of my favorite noir duos. Every single scene they’re in together fairly crackles with rancor – they spit their lines at each other as if they taste like curdled milk.

Trivia tidbit:

The Narrow Margin was remade in 1990 with Gene Hackman and Anne Archer. I’m not a fan.

Favorite quote:

“Sister, I’ve known some pretty hard cases in my time; you make ’em all look like putty.” – Det. Sgt. Walter Brown (Charles McGraw)

Sudden Fear (1952)

The salad days. (And yet another film with scenes aboard a train!)

What it’s about:

San Francisco heiress and playwright Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford) falls in love with Lester Blaine (Jack Palance), an actor who auditioned (unsuccessfully) for one of her productions. After their rocky introduction and a whirlwind romance, the two get married and are blissfully happy (at least, Myra is), but when Lester runs into an old flame (Gloria Grahame), all bets are off. And the honeymoon is REALLY over when Myra learns that Lester and his chick-on-the-side are plotting to kill her.

Who else is in it?

The cast is rounded out by Bruce Bennett – who played Crawford’s husband, Bert, in Mildred Pierce (1945); Mike Connors, perhaps best known for his role as TV’s Mannix; and Virginia Huston, who was memorable as Robert Mitchum’s good-girl gal pal in Out of the Past (1947). Huston can also be seen in another Crawford vehicle, Flamingo Road (1949), as the wife of Zachary Scott, who played Monte Beragon in Mildred Pierce!

Everything’s better with Gloria.

What I like best:

Gloria Grahame is sheer femme fatale perfection as Lester’s the sexy, cold-blooded mistress, who is completely devoid of a conscience, whether she’s fooling around with a married man or trying to come up with ideas for the perfect murder. I also love what Joan Crawford’s character does after she finds out that her husband just isn’t into her anymore. (I mean, after she finishes freaking out.)

Trivia tidbit:

Both Crawford and Palance earned Oscar nominations for their performances; Crawford lost for Best Actress to Shirley Booth in Come Back, Little Sheba, and Palance lost for Best Supporting Actor to Anthony Quinn in Viva Zapata!

Favorite quote:

“I was just wondering what I’d done to deserve you.” – Myra Hudson (Joan Crawford)

The Killing (1956)

The best laid plans . . .

What it’s about:

Career criminal Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) assembles a motley crew of everymen to plan and carry out a racetrack heist. Like the best laid plans of mice and men, though, this intricately designed plot goes tragically awry.

Who else is in it?

The film’s rich cast includes Ted deCorsia as a crooked cop with a gambling problem; Timothy Carey as a slightly unhinged sharpshooter; Coleen Gray as Johnny’s loyal girlfriend; Elijah Cook, Jr., as a racetrack cashier and Marie Windsor as Cook’s not-so-loyal wife.

What I like best:

Marie Windsor and Elijah Cook, Jr., as Sherry and George Peatty, make for a definite odd couple with some of the film’s best lines. George is dutifully devoted to his spouse, willing and ready to do whatever’s required to make her happy, and Sherry is all disdain and wisecracks. You gotta love ‘em.  Speaking of love, I also love the way that the plot is presented in a non-linear fashion by Stanley Kubrick, in one of his first outings as a director. It makes for fascinating viewing.

The endlessly watchable George and Sherry Peatty.

Trivia tidbit:

Marie Windsor was reportedly cast in the film after Stanley Kubrick saw her performance in The Narrow Margin.

Favorite quote:

“Alright sister, that’s a mighty pretty head you got on your shoulders. You want to keep it there or start carrying it around in your hands?” – Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden)

And that’s it! What are your five favorite films from the 1950s? Leave a comment and let me know! And be sure to celebrate National Classic Movie Day by reading the other fabulous entries for the Classic Film and TV Café blogathon!

You only owe it to yourself.

Pre-Code Crazy: It Happened One Night (1934)

•May 5, 2019 • 10 Comments

My Pre-Code Crazy pick for this month is a film that I’d bet money you’ve all seen already – It Happened One Night (1934). And if you haven’t, I’m absolutely certain you’ve seen a clip of its most famous scene, where Claudette Colbert succeeds in flagging down a passing car by flashing one of her shapely gams. Whatever the case, it’s a film worth seeing – whether it’s for the first time or the 14th!

It Happened One Night tells the story of a spoiled, headstrong heiress, Ellie Andrews (Colbert), who is kidnapped by her father (Walter Connolly) after she elopes with a gold-digging playboy named King Westley. After escaping from her father, Ellie embarks on a bus trip to New York, where she meets reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable), who has just been fired from his job. Despite their instant mutual dislike, the two find themselves inextricably bound together as they travel across the country, encountering a series of adventures and misadventures – and love – on the way.

Because I’m so sure that most of you already know all about this beloved film, I thought I’d skip the deep dive into the plot and instead share with you a few trivia tidbits about the production.

The film was the first of only three movies to win all five major Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. (The other two films were One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest [1975] and The Silence of the Lambs [1991]).

Colbert didn’t want to do this scene.

Claudette Colbert reportedly objected to the scene where she had to pull up her skirt in an effort to stop a passing driver. A chorus girl was brought in to serve as Colbert’s body double, causing Colbert to tell director Frank Capra: ”Get her out of here. I’ll do it. That’s not my leg!”

If you check out the 1937 Laurel and Hardy comedy Way Out West, you’ll see a parody of the well-known hitch-hiking scene, in which Stan Laurel stops a stagecoach by offering a bit of leg a la Colbert.

This was the last film of Blanche Friderici, who died two months before it was released in 1934. Friderici can also be seen in such pre-Codes as Night Nurse (1931), Mara Hari (1932), and So Big (1932). She suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 55.

Many sources claim that this is director Frank Capra. I don’t think so. Do you?

About halfway through the film, there’s an impromptu bus singalong “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze.” Several internet sources claim Frank Capra, the director, makes a cameo as one of the passengers, singing the third verse of the song. I beg to differ.

Clark Gable, who won the Best Actor Oscar, wound up giving his golden statuette to a child, telling him that what mattered was winning the award, not owning it. Years later, after Gable’s death, the Oscar was returned to the actor’s widow. In 1996, the Oscar was put up for auction by Gable’s estate, although the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sued to keep the statuette off the auction, claiming that, two years before his 1960 death, Gable had signed a contract that gave the Academy first rights to buy the statuette for $10 if it was ever sold. The Academy’s lawsuit was unsuccessful – director Steven Spielberg purchased the Oscar for $607,500 – but ultimately, the Academy emerged the victor. After acquiring the award, Spielberg donated it to the Academy.

Watch out for this goof about 57 minutes in: Colbert and Gable are in a car, with Gable driving. Colbert dons a scarf, but every time the camera cuts to her, the scarf is in a different position.

Even though the film is considered to be a romantic comedy, Gable and Colbert never kiss.

It Happened One Night airs on TCM on May 7th. Do yourself a favor and check it out! You’ll be glad you did.

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Be sure to visit the Speakeasy blog later this week to see what pre-Code gem Kristina is recommending!

A Many Splendored Thing: The 2019 TCM Film Festival – Part 2

•April 27, 2019 • 6 Comments

Hollywood Boulevard: The calm before the storm

Two weeks ago today, I was with my older daughter, Veronica, in sunny Los Angeles, joyfully immersed in the world of cinema (and the circus-like atmosphere that is Hollywood Boulevard) at the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival. As I look I my window in Chicago now, at the snow that’s been falling all day (yes, SNOW – in APRIL!), I’m glad to take a look back and offer the next installment of my year-round posts on the 2019 event.

In my initial post about the festival, I outlined my plans for film screenings and presentation viewings. Today’s entry provides an overview of what actually happened, because for the first time in the seven years that I’ve been going to the TCM film festival, I actually changed my plans, not once, but several times! (And if you know anything at all about me, you’ll know that changing my well-laid plans is major!)

Cinema Central: The Roosevelt Hotel

The first change came near the start of the event, on Thursday evening. After participating in the annual trivia contest (I knew two answers this year – SCORE!), I hightailed it over to Grauman’s Chinese Theater to nab a seat on the bleachers and watch the red carpet processional. I found to my dismay, however, that the capacity of the bleachers was significantly reduced this year; in order to watch the proceedings (which typically go on for at least a couple of hours), I would have had to stand, and that was not happening. Disappointed but not defeated, Veronica and I hung out with my friend Dail at the pool at the Roosevelt Hotel and waited to see Angie Dickinson, who was interviewed by Ben Mankiewicz before the screening of Oceans 11. Good company, cold champagne, and tasty treats made for a great evening!

My plan for the next day included seeing Steel Magnolias, which was to feature a discussion with Shirley MacLaine. Unfortunately, before I even got to L.A., I’d learned that MacLaine had cancelled her appearance. Instead of replacing this film with another, I took the opportunity to nab a good spot in line for Do the Right Thing – my daughter and I were number 5 and 6 and got a front row seat!

Skipping one film got us in the front row at another!

My biggest changes came on Saturday, when I’d initially planned to see Raisin in the Sun and The Bad Seed, with discussions with Lou Gossett and Patty McCormack, respectively. Once in L.A., though, I decided to switch things up and take my daughter to see Nashville, for which Lily Tomlin was scheduled to appear; Veronica is a big fan of the Netflix series Grace and Frankie and I knew she’d get a kick out of seeing Tomlin in person (as would I!). Unfortunately, on the day of the screening, I learned that Lily Tomlin wouldn’t be able to come! This completely threw my schedule into an upheaval but, ultimately, in a good way. We wound up seeing Love Affair, Blood Money (a 1933 pre-Code that I’d REALLY wanted to see in the first place!), and Samson and Delilah. For the latter, we had VIP tickets (I felt like such a big shot!), courtesy of my pal, film historian and author Alan Rode, who interviewed Victor Mature’s daughter Victoria before the film.

Finally, on the last day, after seeing two Club TCM presentations, I overruled Veronica’s pick of My Favorite Wife in favor of A Woman of Affairs, a silent film starring Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, which was accompanied by a full orchestra. It was one of my better decisions as a parent!

And that’s about the size of it – quite a few modifications from my original plans, but all things considered, everything worked out! I’ll be covering these and other screenings and events from this year’s fest, starting in May and continuing in the months to come, so be sure to tune in!

Guess I’ll go shovel some snow now . . .