Another weekly round-up from your favorite filmaniacs here at The Retro Set. This week offered an abundance; a plethora of news items as wide-ranging as the skies over a John Ford western. Let’s get into it:
Other than the TCM Classic Film Fest in Hollywood, TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars” is our OTHER favorite time of year, and it’s in its final week. Don’t miss out on some of the great classics of all time, plus some TCM premieres, including AN ACT OF MURDER, starring Editor Jill Blake’s past-life husband Fredric March, as well as Edmond O’Brien, and Florence Eldridge. This premiere is airing on August 27 at 9:30pm EST. Here’s the schedule.
Orson Welles’ long-lost film TOO MUCH JOHNSON is now available online for free, courtesy of the National Film Preservation Foundation. Noel Murray at The Dissolve has all the details.
Your FB page and e-mail inbox probably get flooded all the time with heart-breaking requests to rescue some pets in need, right? Well now, the NY Times offers up a plea for some abandoned film, thousands of them, that need a good home!
We’ve recounted at Retro Set how many wonderful film icons we’ve lost recently. Here, Kirk Douglas remembers the sultry Lauren Bacall, who he called his “Lucky Charm.”
The most iconic voice from late night Saturday will no longer bellow: “It’s Saturday Night Live! With the Not-Ready-For-Primetime Players! Dan Aykroyd! John Belushi! Chevy Chase!” Don Pardo was 96!
And speaking of friends who have passed, every film lover should bow their heads in reverence to this essential tome.
If Martin Scorsese says you should watch these films before you die — you better listen. He’s talking’ to you!
One final word about the passing of Robin Williams from his good friend, David Letterman.
And finally for all you Film Obsessive-Compulsives (meaning, all of us) a little Early Labor Day gift, every Hitchcock Cameo, from all his films he DID a cameo in (he didn’t do it in all of them – Trivia – can you name the ones he didn’t?) in chronological order!