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FYI, if you don't know WHERE to drop off your ballot, or where to vote in person early, this is an amazing resource…
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃One witchy ride! Tarot cards, zodiac signs, and a black cat on Diana Dors's Hillman in NOTHING BUT THE NIGHT (1973).
Have you really lived if you've never heard William Shatner speaking Esperanto? Stevens's cult horror film INCUBUS, with dialogue entirely in Esperanto—yes, ESPERANTO—opened in theaters on… @mercurie80 What a meme! Thank you! @selfstyledsiren Thank you so much! ❤️Sylvia Sidney is annoyed that I'm late in wishing a happy birthday to @NitrateDiva, goddess of nitrate, knitting, a…
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @SabinaStent Thank you! I love this picture of Veronica! @NitrateDiva Happy belated Birthday, Nora! 🌺
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @CitizenScreen Thank you! Yes, I hope we'll get a TCMFF/Capitolfest gang reunion before too long. ❤️Time for that solemn yearly birthday tradition: tweeting this picture of Abel Gance on a floaty horse.
The screencaps are from: STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR (1940) CAT PEOPLE (1942) THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (1946) OUT OF THE PAST (1947)#Bornthisday in 1892, Nicholas Musuraca, described by @AmericanCine in 1948 as RKO's "mood expert," shot some of th… birthday, @NitrateDiva! 🎉🥳 Celebrate w/ a donation to the Film @NoirFoundation! Y…
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃A Few Classic Horror Favorites to Stream Before Halloween to chat for a few moments on Periscope about some classic horror favorites to stream before Halloween. @joelrwilliams1 @FussyFilm Thank you so much, Joel! 25 marks the birthday of Henry Van Cleve from Lubitsch's HEAVEN CAN WAIT (1943). Mine too! Have a slice of… Silent movie star Martha Mansfield also died at 24 after her period costume for THE HOWARDS OF VIRGINIA caug…🎶 These are a few of my favorite things... 🎶 #NoirAlley't mind me. I'll just be here coveting every sparkly embroidered thing Gloria Grahame wears in MACAO. #NoirAlley Grahame's embroidered gloves/bolero jacket in MACAO (1952). Costume design by Michael Woulfe. #NoirAlley @willmckinley You're an influencer! I hadn't seen HOUSE since I streamed it on Warner Archive Instant (RIP). It was… majesty of Joan Bennett in HOUSE OF DARK SHADOWS (1970) 🖤🖤🖤"Do you remember the fun we had when you poisoned me?" THE HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (William Castle, 1959)
The "spook show" movie that the kids are watching in THE BLOB is DAUGHTER OF HORROR, a grimy, dialogue-free low-bud… @marccold TBH I hate how they marry her off to Frank McHugh in the last seconds of MYSTERY too! @carolineavenue You bet it is! MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM is streaming on the TCM app and her armload of whisky bott… it started / How it's going designs in two-color Technicolor >>>>>>>> @thehardmenpath It's two-color Technicolor.Our fast-talking queen Glenda Farrell in THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933): MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (Michael Curtiz, 1933): MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933) restoration is so glorious that we can now truly appreciate Glenda Farrell's… in a good word for William Wyler's lovable melodrama THE SHAKEDOWN (1929), a Blu-ray that I had the honor o… Farrell strolling into the police station in THE MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM (1933) and dropping this line is…
Happy Scorpio season from Norma Desmond and me! (And by "happy" I mean obsessive and vengeful as hell.)
Joan Leslie tripping over her soon-to-be-nemesis's suitcase while carrying a bouquet of roses in BORN TO BE BAD (19…"You love only one person in the world, Christabel, and it's the love of a lifetime." Joan Fontaine #bornthisday a… @thebasementtan Yes, at TCMFF in 2018. @thebasementtan Marsha Hunt didn't know Cohn personally, but I wrote up this comment she made about his gutsy choic… @thebasementtan Joseph H. Lewis's reminiscences of Cohn were generally fond, from what I've read. Phil Karlson had…"We picked up a flock of platinums" is an amazing phrase. there's no in-person TCMFF next year, @FussyFilm and I have time to recreate the elaborately matching mother-… was unprepared to see so much of Jimmy Cagney's thighs in HARD TO HANDLE (1933).'s no tough dame like a pre-Code Warner Bros dame.Ruth Donnelly as the formidable stage mom in HARD TO HANDLE (1933). 🔥🔥🔥
Come for the movies, stay for stories about the wild lives of Hollywood screenwriters! Excited for TCM's pre-Code a… whodunit THE MAD MISS MANTON opened in theaters on this day in 1938. Cinematographer Nicolas Musuraca was… @TurnbullMartin I believe so. Allene Roberts, a rare non-smoker in Hollywood, remembered everybody smoking on the s…
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Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃HORROR OF DRACULA editor Bill Lenny recalled that his smash cut from Dracula poised to bite Mina to the shrieking o… Lee's bloodshot Dracula contacts were painful. He could barely see while wearing them. During the first… @uncle_miles Yes, the Hammer adaptation of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES.I'd forgotten what a gift the Hammer version of THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES is. These two look so young and dashi… know its a Hammer film as soon as you see the blood - it has a particularly fake, shiny, bright red quality to…
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@willmckinley @FussyFilm tomorrow: Scott Eyman's new Cary Grant biography! I'm only partway through, but there are plenty of firsthand q… @willmckinley Actual footage of me and my stans. @FussyFilm is holding the camera. 😂😂😂"Oh, you mean there's a ghost as well as a skeleton in everyone's cupboard?" DEAD OF NIGHT (Cavalcanti, Crichton,… up on Monday like: @wilkiedesk @JamalBloodhound Yes, Marshall was wonderful as the host of the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. He set the t… @willmckinley That's really interesting! I had no idea. I've listened to a lot of CBSRMT but never in any particular order.There's a splendid over-the-top ending in the grand tradition of "villain brings the Gobelin tapestry down on his h… that movie theater Christmas decoration in the upper right corner. From DESTINATION MURDER (1950), partially sh… before have I seen a movie in which a GOOD seductress and a BAD seductress are working so hard on the same tr…—He never bothers you. —That's what bothers me. DESTINATION MURDER (Edward L. Cahn, 1950) #NoirAlley how devilishly bizarre is LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM? Let this thread of screencaps give you an idea. @TheLittleFoxes1 Thanks! I had a lot of fun working on it. @Kathy__Gee Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy this next one. @DishonoredLady Thank you! DETOUR's Nevada Diner makes an appearance, of course.And The Nitrate Diva nailed it. One of my favorite pieces to ever run in @noirfoundation’s NOIR CITY e-magazine. Co…
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @EddieMuller Thank you! I hope the gang has as much fun reading it as I had writing it.My TV was on the fritz this morning so I couldn't watch #NoirAlley. I suspect Claude from MURDER BY CONTRACT.
Oct. 29: free virtual screening of THE VAMPIRE BAT (1933), a “Poverty Row” film that capitalized on the horror craz…
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃Snakes and Ladders: endorsed by British horror movie cult leaders since 1957. NIGHT OF THE DEMON (1957) LAIR OF TH… @MWKronenberg @noirfoundation Thank you! So excited to see the layout!What if a Charles McGraw character wrote Yelp reviews? That's the question I tried to answer... season style goals: Amanda Donohoe serving Couture Aristocratic Snake Lady looks in THE LAIR OF THE WHITE… of my favorite CBSRMT episodes. Creepy and ambiguous. is from CRY 'HAVOC', which is worth seeking out for Hunt and one of classic Hollywood's greatest women ensembles.)Happy 103rd birthday to the courageous and versatile Marsha Hunt! A marvelous actress, a wise woman, and an interna…
In honor of her *103rd* birthday today, please take a few moments (ok, many) to celebrate extraordinary human Marsh…
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @szacharek @themediawitch That's impressive though! Sweaters are still a major weak spot for me. My equivalent has… @szacharek Thank you! I am a chicken about colorwork but this pattern was so pretty I couldn't resist. pattern is the Lunar Spine shawl. The yarn is from the Farmer's Daughter Fibers.)Did I buy pumpkins today and do a mini photoshoot with the shawl I'm knitting? You bet I did. AUTUMN, BABY! 🌛🎃🧶 Rhonda Fleming, 97. What a career! Acted w/ Peck, Mitchum, Ethel Barrymore, Bing, Lorre, Sanders, Lupino. Direc…
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃Rhonda Fleming was the last star from OUT OF THE PAST (1947) and CRY DANGER (1951). Seems like a couple years ago w…
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃Fleming is perhaps most memorably loathsome as the passive-aggressive bombshell sister from hell in HOME BEFORE DAR… screenshots here are from: SPELLBOUND OUT OF THE PAST CRY DANGER SLIGHTLY SCARLET All recommended. Fleming is g… Rhonda Fleming. Technicolor loved her, but so did black-and-white. Especially tempting, elusive, and fascinatin… Rhonda Fleming, the Queen of Technicolor
Retweeted by 🎃 The Nightmare Diva 🎃 @FancyNotions There's a similar haunted mirror segment in FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (1974).Douglas Slocombe, cinematographer of DEAD OF NIGHT, THE SERVANT, and RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, had a long and advent… British horror anthology film DEAD OF NIGHT is on TCM right now. A rich tapestry of the uncanny with a few chu…
Much of THE RAVEN's absurd humor reportedly arose from Peter Lorre and Vincent Price ad-libbing. Sam Arkoff said, "… moss green velvet gown with the aqua lining 😍