Tag Archives: Steve Hayes

Tired Old Queen At The Movies #129

Clip recap: It’s high hilarity as Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe play three gold diggers on the make in Jean Negulesco’s “How To Marry A Millionaire”. Shot in glorious Technicolor and cinema-scope it’s a love letter to Manhattan and three of the funniest and most glamorous gals that ever hit Hollywood. Rounding out the cast are Cameron Mitchell, ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #128

Clip recap: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and a brilliant cast ring in the season in George Cukor’s HOLIDAY (1938). Adapted by Donald Ogden Stewart and Sidney Buchman from the play by Philip Barry, it deals with an unconventional young man (Grant) who wishes to marry into a wealthy family without sacrificing his ideals. He meets a comrade in the feisty ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #127

Clip recap: James Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves turn in subtle and brilliant performances in Merchant Ivory’s adaptation of E. M. Forster’s romantic, gay love story; “Maurice” (1987). Published after Forester’s death and hidden for decades, it concerns the romance of a two young men at Cambridge at the turn of the century, what their love affair costs them ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #126

Clip recap: No one celebrates Halloween like Alfred Hitchcock, especially with his masterpiece of the macabre PSYCHO (1960). Brilliantly shot, edited and with a classic score by Bernard Herrmann, Anthony Perkins in the role of his career brings to iconic life a lonely motel clerk named Norman Bates. With solid support from Vera Miles, John Gavin, John McIntire, Patricia Hitchcock ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #126

Clip description: Tori Spelling, Christian Campbell, JP Pitoc, Miss Coco Peru and “Yours Truly” spend a hilarious and romantic summer night in Manhattan in Jim Fall’s classic Gay comedy “TRICK” (1999). Shot on location with an original script by Jason Schaeffer, the film deals with a young gay composer and a hot go go boy who hook up. During the ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #125

Clip description: The underside of Gay Hollywood history is examined with love, sensitivity and a lot of humor in Bill Condon’s brilliant “Gods and Monsters” (1999). Starring Ian McKellen as veteran, gay, Brit director James Whale and Brendan Fraser as a beautiful, young, gardener he takes a fancy to, the film deals with the relations ship that develops between these ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #124

Clip description: Billy Wilder takes a sardonic look at Hollywood’s past in the classic “SUNSET BLVD” (1950). The film stars William Holden, Nancy Olsen, Erich Von Stroheim and in the greatest comeback in motion picture history, Gloria Swanson as silent screen star Norma Desmond. Based on an Oscar winning original screenplay by Wilder and writing partner Charles Bracket, it tells ...

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Tired Old Queen at the Movies #123

Clip recap: Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey give iconic, Oscar winning performances in Bob Fosse’s brilliant CABARET (1972). The plot deals with a tragic affair between a would-be novelist and a cabaret chanteuse, set against the decadence of pre-Nazi Berlin in the early 1930’s. Based on the writings of Christopher Isherwood, shot on location in Berlin and adapted from the ...

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Tired Old Queen at the Movies #122

Clip recap: Cary Grant and Irene Dunne are at their zany best and will have you on the floor with holiday laughter in Leo McCary’s classic screwball comedy THE AWFUL TRUTH (1937). Playing a couple about to divorce, they do everything possible to stay together and the result is non-stop hilarity. Ralph Bellamy lends excellent support as a hick Texas ...

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Tired Old Queen at the Movies #121

Clip recap: Errol Flynn and Olivia deHavilland make movie magic in William Keighley and Michael Curtiz’ s 1938 spectacular; “The Adventures Of Robin Hood.” Sumptuously shot in Technicolor and featuring an unbelievable supporting cast featuring Claude Rains and Basil Rathbone at their villainous best, along with Alan Hale, Eugene Pallette , Una O’Connor and a cast of hundreds, it’s the ...

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Tired Old Queen at the Movies #120

Clip recap: THE BLUE DAHLIA (1946) In their third noir together, the romantic team of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake unravel a murder mystery in George Marshall’s “The Blue Dahlia” (1946). Raymond Chandler’s only original screenplay is set in LA near the end of the war. Ladd plays a returning veteran, with a faithless wife, who’s murdered, leaving him to ...

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Tired Old Queen at the Movies #119

The latest from Steve Hayes: John Agar and Mara Corday find themselves doing battle with a gigantic spider in Universal’s sci-fi classic TARANTULA (1956). Sci-fi veteran Jack Arnold directs this with all the fast paced action, thrills and terrific special effects he brought to “The Creature From The Black Lagoon” and “It Came From Outer Space”. For anyone with a ...

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Tired Old Queen at the Movies #118

Today’s movie: James Wilby, Hugh Grant and Rupert Graves turn in subtle and brilliant performances in Merchant Ivory’s adaptation of E. M. Forester’s romantic, gay love story; “Maurice” (1987). Published after Forester’s death and hidden for decades, it concerns the romance of a two young men at Cambridge at the turn of the century, what their love affair costs them ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #117

Clip description: Special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen creates one of his legendary fantasy films using the classic Greek tale of Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece in “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963). With a cast headed by Todd Armstrong as Jason battling mythic monsters of all descriptions, Nancy Kovak as Medea, the woman he loves and featuring a ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #116

Clip recap: Sparks fly as Joan Crawford and John Garfield heat up the screen in a forbidden romance set against the world of classical music in Jean Negulesco’s HUMORESQUE (1946). Joan plays a wealthy dipsomaniac and patron of the arts who falls head over highballs for a young, struggling violinist played by a very hot John Garfield. Giving able support ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #115

Clip recap: GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (1953) Jane and Marilyn have a comic field day together aided by a supporting cast which includes; Tommy Noonan, Charles Coburn and precocious little George “Foghorn” Winslow, who may be the youngest millionaire on the boat, but has an eye for a good looking girls. Adapted from the hit Broadway show with musical numbers staged ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #114

Clip description: STAGECOACH (1939) The action is fast and furious as John Wayne takes us on a bumpy journey across Monument Valley in John Ford’s legendary western classic, STAGECOACH. This is the film that became the blueprint for every western since. Shot on location, the film made a star out of Wayne and supplied excellent supporting roles for Claire Trevor, ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #113

Clip description: Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn take the battle of the sexes to hilarious heights in George Cukor’s classic courtroom comedy; ADAM’S RIB (1949). Based on an original screenplay by the married writing team of Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon, ADAM’S RIB sparkles with their sophisticated humor that’s mixed with a dash of slapstick, and will have you rolling ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #112

Clip description: Marlon Brando gives an iconic performance while Vivien Leigh, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden walk off with the Oscars in Elia Kazan’s version of Tennessee Williams’ volcanic “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1951). Shot in beautiful black and white with a haunting jazz score by Alex North, this is the ultimate version of a Williams’ play, directed by the ...

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies #111

Clip description: For Valentine’s Day, here’s a touch of Hitchcock. Psychiatrist Ingrid Bergman treats and falls in love with an amnesic and possibly homicidal doctor played by Gregory Peck in David O. Selznick’s lavish production of Alfred Hitchcock’s SPELLBOUND (1945). With Oscar nominated support from legendary Russian actor Michael Chekhov and a haunting — and Oscar winning score — by ...

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