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My Michael Curtiz manuscript is at the publisher with the book scheduled for publication in 2017.  “Done” is a relative term as there is still a considerable distance to travel before I am holding a completed book in my hand, but the work itself is completed and it’s a good feeling.  With that, I will be returning to my blog and updating the web site on what is going on with me and the world of classic film.



Alan's sporadic takes on Film Noir and other aspects of pop culture

Shortly after relocating to the far reaches of the western San Fernando Valley, I came across this sign while driving home one day.  Was this street named after Francis Lederer, actor?  Of course, it was.  It must have been fate and a collective touch of native soil that brought us together. My awareness of Lederer began at a young age. After viewing Return of Dracula (1958) on local N.Y. television, I firmly believed that the Czech-born thespian was the real Count Dracula and Bela Lugosi was well... Bela Lugosi. Sorry about that all you devoted Lugosiphiles. I was enamored with horror and sci-fi movies before acne and a deeper voice.  Francis Lederer and that Dracula movie made quite an impression on me.  I particularly enjoyed Lederer's continental lilt as the Count -  "...and your arm holding that cross, it feels like lead, no?" - along with a uniquely creepy score composed...
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2/8/2010: Sad news. Bobby Hoy passed away early this morning. He leaves a loving family and a legion of friends and colleagues who will miss him greatly. R.I.P. Here us a link to his obit in the L.A. Times. It was my distinct privilege to attend the Golden Boot Award ceremony last week that honored Bobby Hoy. The Golden Boot is the most prestigious Western genre award that recognizes the elite of that special fraternity of actors, stuntmen, writers, directors who contributed significantly to the Western tradition in films and television. Here's a link that provides more detail about the legacy of the Golden Boot Award. It is disheartening to realize that the ranks of this exclusive alliance are becoming increasingly thinned by the inexorable march of time. For those of us who grew up during the 50's and 60's, the Western experience, especially on television, was an important part...
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Posted by on in Film Noir Events
While resolving that I will not be at the screenings of Red Light and Walk a Crooked Mile at Noir City in San Francisco this Thursday because work beckons, my thoughts turned to...   The Noir City opener this weekend in San Francisco   A better weekend of darkness could not be imagined! After the opening night double header of Pitfall-one of the seminal film noirs, IMHO and Larceny on Friday, Saturday brought the debut of the restored print of Cry Danger (funded by the Film Noir Foundation, btw) followed by another Bill Bowers scribed jewel, The Mob. The Cry Danger screening was special. Not only was this underrated film in spectacular shape thanks to the stellar efforts of the UCLA restoration team, I brought my pal, Richard Erdman up to the Castro Theater to share in the good vibes. Dick has the best part in the film as a smartass...
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