Film History’s Number 3…

When it comes to Hollywood and the magic digit 3, there's really only one possible thing which comes to mind. Time to hide the children. Because we're about to give the low down on The Three Stooges. Love them or hate them, The Three Stooges hold the distinction of being the longest running comedy act … Continue reading Film History’s Number 3…

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The Wilhelm Scream

You may have not realized it, but the movie industry also thrives on the concept of recycling. And this time, we're talking about sound effects. A very special one in particular. One that even the casual movie-goer should have no trouble recognizing. For years it's been sort of an in-joke among film people as Hollywood's most famous "recycled" sound effect. And it goes by the name of the Wilhelm Scream. AHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEIIIIIIIII!!!!

Film History 101 (Part 12): Heaven Help Us

When we last left off, we saw how "Jaws" and "Star Wars" had transformed the movie-making landscape.  As Hollywood headed into the 1980s, the emphasis was going to be on mass entertainment that appealed directly to a younger audience.  The decade would see a plethora of fantasy and science fiction films, teen-oriented comedies, slasher films, … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 12): Heaven Help Us

Film History 101 (Part 10): Open Wide

One of the most famous "behind the scenes"  stories ever to come out of Hollywood occurred during the 1970s.   It happened during the filming of Marathon Man (a terrific movie by the way) and involved stars Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman.  Specifically, it took place during the filming of the famous scene where Olivier's Nazi … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 10): Open Wide

Film History 101 (Part 9): “An Offer You Can’t Refuse”

The early 1970s represented an enormous period of change for the film industry. As we've seen, studios no longer had the resources or clout to make pictures adhere to any pre-determined standards.  In fact, after a series of expensive flops, most of them were staring bankruptcy right in the face.  And it seemed  impossible to … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 9): “An Offer You Can’t Refuse”

Film History 101 (Part 8): A Violent Walk on the Wild Side

As we have seen, the 1960s was a transitional decade for Hollywood as it was overcome by a new wave of youth-oriented pictures.  As such, it began to feature an ever expanding variety of new styles, themes, and story lines.  Among them were some key films which acted as benchmarks for the future development of … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 8): A Violent Walk on the Wild Side

Film History 101 (Part 4): Dark Places

When we last left off, it was 1941 and Orson Welles had just been given the boot from RKO. This was after creating what many people consider to be the greatest film ever made: "Citizen Kane." RKO's slogan that year became "Showmanship, Not Genius". It was a direct slap at Orson Welles, and a signal … Continue reading Film History 101 (Part 4): Dark Places