Comet Over Hollywood

Classic films in music videos: “Express Yourself” by Madonna

Classic films in music videos: “Express Yourself” by Madonna

This is September’s edition of Comet Over Hollywood’s film references in music videos.

metropolisMadonna has always mixed pop culture into her music and music videos- especially classic films:
-Frequently wearing clothing and bleached blond hairstyles reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe
-Paying homage to Monroe’s “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” number from “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (1953) in her “Material…

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— 2 days ago
#Express Yourself  #Express Yourself Madonna  #Express Yourself Metropolis  #Madonna  #Madonna Metropolis  #Metropolis  #silent film 
Review: Meet Me in St. Louis (1959) CBS TV Special

Review: Meet Me in St. Louis (1959) CBS TV Special

It’s difficult to improve on perfection.

While this two-hour CBS 1959 TV Special may not be a remake, it pales when compared to the original.

The first “television special of 1959” was an adaptation of  the 1944 film “Meet Me In St. Louis” starring Judy Garland, Mary Astor, Leon Ames, Margaret O’Brien, Marjorie Main, Tom Drake and Lucille Bremer.

(L) Judy Garland and Tom Drake in the 1944 "Meet Me in St. Louis." (R) Jane Powell and Tab Hunter reprising their roles in a 1959 TV Special.

(L) Judy Garland and Tom Drake in the 1944 “Meet…

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— 4 days ago
#Jane Powell  #Meet Me in St. Louis  #Meet Me in St. Louis 1959  #Myrna Loy  #Tab Hunter  #TV Special 
#mcm Van Johnson
Pictured here in “Battleground” (1949)
#classicfilm

#mcm Van Johnson
Pictured here in “Battleground” (1949)
#classicfilm

— 5 days ago
#classicfilm  #mcm 
Musical Monday: “Rock Rock Rock!” (1956)

Musical Monday: “Rock Rock Rock!” (1956)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.


rock rock rockThis week’s musical:

“Rock Rock Rock!” –Musical #384

Studio:
Vanguard Productions

Director:
Will Price

Starring:
Tuesday Weld, Fran Manfred, Teddy…

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— 6 days ago
#Alan Freed  #Chuck Berry  #musical  #Musical Monday  #Rock Rock Rock  #Tuesday Weld 
Musical Monday: “Cabin in the Sky” (1943)

Musical Monday: “Cabin in the Sky” (1943)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.


cabin-in-the-sky-movie-poster-1943-1020197555This week’s musical:

Cabin in the Sky” –Musical #379

Studio:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Director:
Vincent Minnelli, uncredited Busby Berkley

Starring:
Lena…

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— 1 week ago
#Cabin in the Sky  #Eddie Rochester Anderson  #Ethel Waters  #Lena Horne 
Review: Star Reporter (1939)

Review: Star Reporter (1939)

Often while discussing films we rank their importance with the alphabet.

An A film is a mainstream, high dollar movie. A B movie is a low-budget commercial film that may have a quality story line and actors, but is less publicized. These films would be the bottom half of the double feature — sort of like the song on the 45 record that wasn’t the hit single.

“Star Reporter” (1939) would most…

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— 2 weeks ago with 2 notes
#1939  #Marsha Hunt  #newspaper films  #Star Reporter  #Warren Hull 
Back to School Musical Monday: She’s Working Her Way Through College (1952)

Back to School Musical Monday: She’s Working Her Way Through College (1952)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.


This week’s musical:

She’s Working Her Way Through College” –Musical #395

college

Studio:
Warner Brothers Studios

Director:
H. Bruce Humberstone

Starring:
V…

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— 2 weeks ago
#Gene Nelson  #Musical Monday  #Ronald Reagan  #She&039;s Working Her Way Through College  #The Male Animal remake  #Virginia Mayo 
Back to School Musical Monday: “Old Man Rhythm” (1935)

Back to School Musical Monday: “Old Man Rhythm” (1935)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.


Old Man posterThis week’s musical:

“Old Man Rhythm” –Musical #267

Studio:
RKO Radio Pictures

Director:
Edward Ludwig

Starring:
Charles “Buddy” Rogers, George…

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— 3 weeks ago
#Betty Grable  #Old Man Rhythm 
Review: “Hot Rods to Hell”

Review: “Hot Rods to Hell”

hot rods to hellWe all have at least one guilty pleasure film that is so terrible, but we inexplicably love it.

I have several, and one of them is the 1967 drama/thriller “Hot Rods to Hell.” It is one of those films where you laugh at the ridiculous lines and moments but have a desire to rewatch it constantly.

Originally made for TV but released in theaters, the camp film stars veteran Hollywood stars Jeanne…

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— 1 month ago
#camp classics  #cult classics  #Dana Andrews  #Hot Rods to Hell  #Jeanne Crain 
Musical Monday: “The Time, the Place and the Girl” (1946)

Musical Monday: “The Time, the Place and the Girl” (1946)

It’s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals.
In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 500. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals.


This week’s musical:

“The Time, The Place, The Girl” – Musical #490

picture

Studio:
Warner Brothers

Director:
David Butler

Starring:
Dennis Morgan, Martha…

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— 1 month ago
#Dennis Morgan  #Jack Carson  #Martha Vickers  #Musical Monday  #The Time The Place and the Girl