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...discovering old movies one poster at a time

Peruse the hundreds, maybe even thousands whenever I get around to it, of examples of Vintage Movie Lobby Cards spanning the era of silent films to modern slasher flicks, classics, movie monsters, and even foreign posters for favorite films - definitely something for everyone.   

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Entries in Universal (2)

Wednesday
Jul182012

Harvey (1950)

Harvey (1950) is one of the first old movies I remember seeing... along with Sound of Music and Million Dollar Mermaid.  I had seen it one Friday night when my parents were out and the babysitter let me stay up to watch Classic movie Night on our local station. I thought it was awesome and I thought Jimmy Stewart was the coolest. Kids always think it's awesome when adults act childish and get away with it.

Anyhoo... my mom had seen the Mary Chase play at a regional theater in Little Rock when she was a kid, and she had the playbill tucked in an old scrapbook. Of course, in my fantastic eight year old imagination, my mom had seen the play on Broadway (you know Broadway is in Little Rock, right?) and eternally affable Jimmy Stewart was playing the lead. How would I have known any differently back in the days before cable television and the internet? I mean... the library was more than a bike ride away...

Harvey is the story is about a man whose best friend is a pooka named Harvey—in the form of a six-foot, three-and-one-half-inch tall invisible rabbit. Sound familiar? You may know the remake-of-sorts Donnie Darko. The Jake Gyllenhaal movie is definitely darker than it's original inspiration - the lighthearted farcical fare served up by Stewart, Josephine Hull, Peggy Dow and Charles Drake. Not only is this a funny fable, it's got a touching, melancholy core beautifully embodied by the Oscar-nominated Stewart. A must see for any child at heart.

Below is a short narration of Jimmy Stewart discussing his recollections on the film (and play) that was featured on the 1990 VHS release of the film. The video showcases stills from the film while Stewart waxes poetic on the lasting legacy of this charming film.

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Sunday
Jan152012

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)

As the weekend winds to a close - my ritual is to turn on Turner Classic Movies and settle in for a good night's sleep with dreams fueled by melodrama, noir or musical doused with a healthy dose of nostalgia. Well tonight's feature is Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy from 1955. Ancient Egypt is the setting and ancient jokes are on the docket in this (the last movie the duo made with Universal) creature feature starring the slapsticky duo Abbott and Costello and their monster muse, The Mummy. Marie Windsor and Peggy King ride along for the adventure providing a catalyst for the typical A&C nonsense as well as some eye candy. 

"The fight the Goon of the Tomb!, The get clipped in the crypt! They're chummy with a mummy!" Sounds like business as usual for this wacky duo. 

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