Thar She Blows!

Thar She Blows!

Twilight Time releases a restored Blu-ray® of John Huston’s essential Moby Dick (1956)   In the film, Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962), there is a beach scene with an alluring ingénue telling James Stewart that she began reading Moby Dick but gave it up because, “who...
A Few Thoughts on NAPOLEON

A Few Thoughts on NAPOLEON

The presentation of Abel Gance’s NAPOLEON this Saturday at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, California, dwarfs any previous experience that I’ve ever had in a movie theatre.  I have never seen a film of such epic scale with the most amazing attention to authentic...
A Golden Boot for Bobby Hoy

A Golden Boot for Bobby Hoy

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...
Wanted:  More Film Preservationists

Wanted: More Film Preservationists

Although One Way Street has been on an extended hiatus because of my on-going Michael Curtiz biography and a medley of other unapproved excuses, I have returned – a cyber-Lazarus – to proselytize for the cause of film preservation, specifically film noir...
The Count of Canoga Park . . . and my mental CD player

The Count of Canoga Park . . . and my mental CD player

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...
Soldier in the Rain . . . and a Favorite Femme Fatale

Soldier in the Rain . . . and a Favorite Femme Fatale

I watched Soldier in the Rain (1963) for the second time in my life this week. The initial viewing was on a local New York television station some four decades ago. I was many things different back then starting with “impressionable” followed by “young”. Soldier in...