Hollywood musicals have been with us ever since “talkies” appeared on the scene about 75 years ago. Although most musicals were geared toward mainstream audiences, a surprising number were aimed at niche markets. “Niche” is just a polite way of saying rural white folks or urban black folks.
If you were a kid during the late 1940s or early ’50s and you lived within reach of the DuMont TV network, it’s a safe bet that Captain Video was part of your life.
This Veteran’s Day is not a shopping sales day, but a time to reflect on our gallant men and women who have served in our Armed Forces. And when it comes to famous battles, nothing is more remembered than D-Day. There is an abundance of books and movies specifically on the subject of that...
Alan Young is most recognized for his role as Wilbur Post in the classic 1960s television series Mister Ed, where his beautiful palomino horse talks and engages him in a series of zany comedic situations.
In the 1920s and 1930s animal actors were often big stars featured in lengthy movie fan magazine articles. They “sent” photographs of themselves (signed, of course, by their owners or their press secretaries) to their fans who wrote in to request them.
As early as the 1890s, Americans began reading about the new “moving pictures” in general interest publications. A few short-lived periodicals devoted exclusively to “the flickers” appeared and disappeared in the opening years of the 20th century.
The star of The Galloping Ghost, a 1931 Mascot serial, was Red Grange, arguably the best college football player in history.
Creature From the Black Lagoon has left an indelible mark on motion picture history. The movie opened a new vista for the future of underwater filmmaking, and the title menace was the last of the great Universal Monster creations, following in the footsteps of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, and The Wolf...
Actor Shia LaBeouf has no reason to be disturbed by his career choices. His role in the suspense thriller Disturbia became a surprise hit in April, finishing at the top of the box office for three consecutive weeks.
In 1932, dominance in the movie serial business is up for grabs. The previous year, both Universal Studios and Nat Levine’s upstart Mascot Pictures released five titles.