Before Grace Kelly, there was Gene Kelly!
By 1940, the dancer was a hot property on Broadway, taking the lead role in Rogers & Hart's musical "Pal Joey". Hollywood wanted a piece of the action and it was producer David O. Selznick who eventually persuaded Kelly to sign a contract.
With Kelly due into Hollywood in October ...more
From the first issue of The Cine-Technician (May 1935), a lead article by Hitchcock...
Alfred Hitchcock Says
"Acquire a Real Knowledge of Cinema Technique"
Any young technician entering films to-day should take a parallel from the instruction given to sailors learning the art of navigation. Just as the best of the present-day candidates for the Mercantile Marine have ...more
Reproduced from the Winter 1933-34 issue of Cinema Quarterly.
ALFRED HITCHCOCK on MUSIC IN FILMS
In an Interview with STEPHEN WATTS
When the British student of intelligent cinema turns to survey the creative side of film-making in his own country the names available for reference are pathetically few. Even ranging over the whole of the talkie's short history ...more
A surprise from the newspaper archives! I knew Hitchcock was considering several potential projects for Transatlantic Pictures, but this one from the Yorkshire Evening Post (27/Mar/1948) was new to me...
Alfred Hitchcock hopes to produce "King Lear" in England, with Orson Welles in the lead. "Hitch" leaves for England early next month to produce "Under Capricorn," ...more
The Yorkshire Evening Post carried details of the death of Charlie Brown in December 1936. However, this wasn't the Peanuts cartoon character created by Charles M. Schulz — this was the head carver at the famous Simpson's in the Strand:
Charlie Brown is dead. After working at Simpson's in the Strand for 59 years he was ...more
Following on from yesterday's post, here's another archive clipping about Blackmail (1929) from the Hull Daily Mail (11/Sep/1929)...
SOUND v. SILENT FILM VOTE.
The first showing in Berlin of the British International Pictures production, "Blackmail," was used to test the feeling of the public here on the vocal film.
The whole work was passed twice across the ...more