Happy Birthday to the whole crowd, born on January 23rd! Randolph Scott; Franklin Pangborn; Sergei M. Eisenstein; Bob Steele; Irene Sharaff; Ernie Kovacs; Jeanne Moreau and Sonny Chiba

Classic Film Aficionados

Randolph Scott, 1898-1987: The Last of the Mohicans, 1936; Jesse James, 1939; ‘Gung Ho!’: The Story of Carlson’s Makin Island Raiders, 1943; Home, Sweet Homicide, 1946; Christmas Eve (his last non-western film, this of his own choosing, he said he felt uncomfortable outside of westerns), 1947;  Rage at Dawn, 1955; Seven Men from Now, 1956 and Ride the High Country (his last, his best and one of the best of the western genre), 1962. Scott made one watchable, tense western after another in the 1950’s, seeming to produce because of his age not in spite of it. Always a good choice for Film-Noir or a thriller but at his best with a gun at his hand.

Franklin Pangborn, 1889-1958: a one note character actor who needed sound as much as the local cinema. He put his talent to use in more than 200 movies: International House (W. C. Fields’ vehicle), 1933;  Flying Down to Rio, 1933; Mr…

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