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For those who missed this post, in 2021 I will be hosting “Star/Genre Of The Month.” Since this is my attempt at hosting my own blogathon, if you are interested, I would encourage you to go to that announcement post to sign up! At present, we are celebrating actor Gene Kelly for the month of March, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested!

Upcoming “Star/Genre Of The Month” Schedule

April – nothing

May – star: Cary Grant

June – star: Claudette Colbert

July – star: James Cagney

August – star: Barbara Stanwyck

September – genre: Musicals

October – nothing

November – star: Humphrey Bogart

December (1-24) – genre: Christmas films

December (25-31) – nothing

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Welcome, everybody, to Thoughts From The Music(al) Man (TFTMM)! For those that don’t know me, I have over time developed a fondness for older movies, from a few silent comedies in the twenties up through the fifties (and a fair few from the sixties as well). I have over the years gathered together a pretty decent collection of a lot of these movies, on DVD and on Blu-ray. Some are well-known, quite a few are obscure. My hope with this blog is to be able to share some of these movies. Maybe some of these will appeal to others, maybe none. I have become increasingly open to a lot of these movies (and keep finding more and more that I hadn’t even heard of that are just as enjoyable), and I hope others will be open to trying some of these as well.

My plan is generally to write my thoughts on some of the movies as I watch them. Some I will have stuff to talk about, others I won’t immediately. I started doing all this on Facebook, first on my own profile, then as a FB page, and now I have this blog, as well as a YouTube channel. For the most part, I will be posting regularly on Sundays, which will be my “Thoughts From The Music(al) Man column. I will be posting for movies released on disc in the current year on some Wednesdays (when I have new ones to talk about), as part of “What’s Old Is A New Release Again” column.

I know there will be differences in how everybody sees things, because I know not everybody watches movies the same way I do (and by that, I mean I tend to watch movies as a form of escapism, whereas others won’t necessarily watch them in that way). Due to my preferences there, I know I am most likely to watch musicals, with comedies following close behind (and if you want to hear about any of the dramas, you may have to ask, as they tend to be something I need to be in more of a specific mood to watch). I will try to be as sensitive as I can on things, but I know I am human and will make mistakes here and there. I do hope people will enjoy, and every now and then I hope I can convince people to be “guest reviewers,” but in the meantime, enjoy the blog!  Also, if you enjoy what I am doing, please feel free to support this blog by using the posted Amazon links, whether for the movies themselves or your usual Amazon purchases!

Also, I would like to throw in one more thing. As I will readily admit, due to the way I try to schedule things, the reviews for some of the movies I watch (particularly my Sunday reviews in my “Thoughts From The Music(al) Man” series) tend to appear a while after I watch the movies. But, I am now adding in the list of movies I am watching, or will be watching soon. This list will be constantly updated, so keep checking in to see what will be getting reviewed soon!

Note: for clarification, * means I will be reviewing the movie as part of my Sunday Thoughts From The Music(al) Man series, and therefore might be a while before the review shows up, ** means it’s a new disc release, which will be part of my Wednesday What’s Old Is A New Release Again series (unless I have a different reason for putting it on a different day), which will generally be posted closer to when I actually watch the movie, and no asterisks of any kind indicate I currently do not have plans to review the movie in the immediate future (or, in some cases, have already reviewed it, but in those cases, I will link to the previous reviews). Also, for movies I plan to review, I will be showing the theatrical poster when I am currently viewing it (or for those I’ve already reviewed).

Currently Viewing:

Ben-Hur (1959) *

Planned titles (Up to 10 films, usually in the order I *hope* to watch them):

  1. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)

Recent Purchases/ Gifts:

  • Previously Seen:
    • Go West (1925) *
    • San Francisco (1936) **
    • Holiday Affair (1949) *
    • Show Boat (1951) **
    • On Moonlight Bay (1951) **
    • Miss Sadie Thompson (1953) *
    • Pal Joey (1957) *
  • Never Seen Before:
    • College (1927) *
    • Little Caesar (1931) *
    • The Public Enemy (1931) *
    • The Bitter Tea Of General Yen (1932) *
    • The Sign Of The Cross (1932) *
    • Cleopatra (1934) *
    • Imitation Of Life (1934)
    • After The Thin Man (1936) **
    • Libeled Lady (1936) *
    • The Petrified Forest (1936) *
    • Internes Can’t Take Money (1937) *
    • Bluebeard’s Eight Wife (1938) *
    • The Great McGinty (1940) *
    • All-American Co-Ed (1941) *
    • Fiesta (1941) *
    • The Lady Eve (1941) *
    • Sullivan’s Travels (1941) *
    • Flying With Music (1942) *
    • The Great Man’s Lady (1942) *
    • The Palm Beach Story (1942) *
    • Double Indemnity (1944)
    • The Bride Wore Boots (1946) *
    • Down To Earth (1947) *
    • The Lady From Shanghai (1947) *
    • The Loves Of Carmen (1948) *
    • White Heat (1949) *
    • Affair In Trinidad (1952) *
    • Room For One More (1952) **
    • Salome (1953) *
    • Fire Down Below (1957) *
    • Man Of A Thousand Faces (1957) *
    • Imitation Of Life (1959)
    • Never Steal Anything Small (1959) *
    • Operation Petticoat (1959) *
    • They Came To Cordura (1959) *
    • Father Goose (1964) *