Hurricane Express: Vintage Black Cinema

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.

Veteran’s Day Salute

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...

When the hero was a horse

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.

Golden days of movie magazines

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.

Remembering Ben Chapman, the Creature from the Black Lagoon

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...

Anything but disturbing

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.

Hurricane Express

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.