Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!

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MARILYN MONROE  1926 – 1962

Marilyn Monroe would have been 88 years old today.  In honor of her birthday, check out the amazing documentary ‘The Legend of Marilyn Monroe‘ (1966) by clicking on any of these stunning photos.

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This is a remarkable documentary about the life and career of 1950s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, narrated by director John Huston (who worked with her on ‘The Misfits’). Included are interviews with friends, cast and crew who worked with her and others who knew her, clips from her films and some scenes that were cut from her earliest movies and not seen for many years.

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Date Night Pick of the Week: “My Favorite Brunette”

Baby photographer Ronnie Jackson, on death row in San Quentin, tells reporters how he got there: taking care of his private-eye neighbor’s office, Ronnie is asked by the irresistible Baroness Montay to find the missing Baron.
There follow confusing but sinister doings in a gloomy mansion and a private sanatorium, with every plot twist a parody of thriller cliches. What are the villains really after? Can Ronnie beat a framed murder rap?

Today In Movie History: Marilyn Monroe Found Dead At 36

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MARILYN MONROE  1926 – 1962

On August 5th 1962, Marilyn Monroe passed away in her Brentwood home in Los Angeles.  She was only 36 years old.  The coroners office recorded her death as “barbiturate poisoning” from a probable suicide.  However many theories, including murder, have circulated about the circumstances surrounding her death and the timeline after her body was found.  CIA, Mafia, the Kennedy’s, and more are just some of the conspiracy theories people love to entertain.

In honor of her iconic career, you can stream the amazing documentary ‘The Legend of Marilyn Monroe‘ (1966) by clicking on any of these stunning photos.

This is a remarkable documentary about the life and career of 1950s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, narrated by director John Huston (who worked with her on ‘The Misfits’). Included are interviews with friends, cast and crew who worked with her and others who knew her, clips from her films and some scenes that were cut from her earliest movies and not seen for many years.

Genre for the Weekend: Film Noir

Suddenly“: The tranquility of a small town is marred only by sheriff Tod Shaw’s unsuccessful courtship of widow Ellen Benson, a pacifist who can’t abide guns and those who use them. But violence descends on Ellen’s household willy-nilly when the U.S. President passes through town… and slightly psycho hired assassin John Baron finds the Benson home ideal for an ambush.

The Stranger“: Wilson of the War Crimes Commission is seeking Franz Kindler, mastermind of the Holocaust, who has effectively erased his identity. Wilson releases Kindler’s former comrade Meinike and follows him to Harper, Connecticut, where he is killed before he can identify Kindler. Now Wilson’s only clue is Kindler’s fascination with antique clocks; but though Kindler seems secure in his new identity, he feels his past closing in.

 

Film Noir For Dummies“: is a Detective series that spoofs the1940s gumshoe movies like The Maltese Falcon using Storefront Dummies as actors. There are lots of laughs and plenty of action/adventure as Peter Mache, Private Detective apes his hero Humphrey Bogart and takes on The Case of the Plaster Parrot. After many exciting twists and turns in the plot Peter Mache thwarts his nemesis, The Big Man, and survives an amazing airplane chase to eventually win out, retrieve a stolen diamond the size of an ostrich egg and get the girl. The series has high-production values in addition to an original specially commissioned score which features the tenor saxophone playing of the award-winning musician Gene Cipriano

Romeo and Juliet Return to the Big Screen

Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld will play Romeo and Juliet in the latest version of the classic tale. The film will hit theaters this year, but does not have a set release date yet.

Check out the trailer for the latest adaption of the romantic film below:

NEW on BIGSTAR This Week

Of Human Bondage“: Philip Carey is a medical student of limited means who is particularly self-conscious about his physical deformity, a club foot. When a fellow student wants to try and impress a waitress in a local restaurant, Philip goes along to show him how to make small talk with someone you’re attracted to. The woman in question is Mildred Rogers, an attractive girl who gets the attention of many customers, particularly the wealthy Emil Miller. Philip takes an immediate liking to her and asks her out. It soon becomes obvious to everyone except Philip that Mildred is manipulative and using him only insofar as he spends money on her and treats her nicely. She refuses his proposal of marriage saying she is to marry someone else but many months later is back on his doorstep, pregnant and without a place to live. This will not be the last time that she seeks his help only to abandon him when a better proposition comes along. Throughout it all, Philip remains steadfast, honest and caring even though it is all to his detriment

Night of the Living Dead“: A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

Love Affair“: French playboy Michel Marnet and American Terry McKay fall in love aboard ship. They arrange to reunite 6 months later, after Michel has had a chance to earn a decent living.

The Black Book“: Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.

Lady of Burlesque“: After one member of their group is murdered, the performers at a burlesque house must work together to find out who the killer is before they strike again.

The Little Shop of Horrors“: A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it’s a bloodthirsty plant, forcing him to kill to feed it.

Border Cop“: Where the law crosses the line.

A Farewell to Arms“: A tale of the love between ambulance driver Lt. Henry and Nurse Catherine Barkley during World War I. The action takes place in Italy and the two fall in love during the war and will stop at nothing to be together. The film also analyses Lt. Henry’s feelings on war and the purpose of fighting.
Bride of the Gorilla“: The owner of a plantation in the jungle marries a beautiful woman. Shortly afterward, he is plagued by a strange voodoo curse which transforms him into a gorilla.

Dementia 13“: Directed by Francis Ford Coppola, John Haloran has a fatal heart attack, but his wife Louise won’t get any of the inheritance when Lady Haloran dies if John is dead. Louise forges a letter from John to convince the rest of his family he’s been called to New York on important business, and goes to his Irish ancestral home, Castle Haloran, to meet the family and look for a way to ensure a cut of the loot. Seven years earlier John’s sister Kathleen was drowned in the pond, and the Halorans enact a morbid ritual in remembrance. Secrets shroud the sister’s demise, and soon the family and guests begin experiencing an attrition problem.

The Red House“: An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Carnival of Souls“:  Mary Henry is enjoying the day by riding around in a car with two friends. When challenged to a drag, the women accept, but are forced off of a bridge. It appears that all are drowned, until Mary, quite some time later, amazingly emerges from the river. After recovering, Mary accepts a job in a new town as a church organist, only to be dogged by a mysterious phantom figure that seems to reside in an old run-down pavilion. It is here that Mary must confront the personal demons of her spiritual insouciance.

Stage Door Canteen“: “Dakota,” a young soldier on a pass in New York City, visits the famed Stage Door Canteen, where famous stars of the theatre and films appear and host a recreational center for servicemen during the war. Dakota meets a pretty young hostess, Eileen, and they enjoy the many entertainers and a growing romance.

The Death Kiss“: While filming the closing scene of “The Death Kiss”, leading man Myles Brent is actually killed. Having played around with, or been married to, most of the women connected with the movie studio, there are lots of suspects. When leading lady Marcia Lane is arrested for the killing, her suiter, a studio writer, starts to investigate the killing in order to prove her innocence.

The Fatal Hour“: When Captain Street’s best friend Dan O’Grady is murdered, Street enlists the help of Chinese detective James Lee Wong. Mr. Wong uncovers a smuggling ring on the waterfront of San Francisco and unmasks the killer, though not until several more murders occur.

My Dear Secretary“: Owen Waterbury, bestselling novelist, recruits aspiring writer Stephanie ‘Steve’ Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries. The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his apartment, with a constant parade of eccentric visitors and slapstick provided by klutzy roommate Ronnie. Moreover, Waterbury’s idea of work looks a lot like play, his interest less in books than in blondes. She leaves; to get her back, he swallows his playboy principles and marries her. Can the leopard change his spots? Can Stephanie turn the tables?

Murders with Pictures“: Suspected crime boss Nate Girard beats a murder rap, and newspaper photog Kent Murdock is on the story. Girard and lawyer Redfield throw a party for the news men where Murdock romances a mystery woman who confronted Girard in front of him, but Murdock’s fiancée Hester shows up.

McLintock!“: Cattle baron George Washington McLintock fights his wife, his daughter, and political land-grabbers, finally “taming” them all in this Western Comedy with Taming of the Shrew overtones.

 

‘Princess Bride’ 25 Years Later

The cast of “The Princess Bride” recently reunited after 25 years at the New York Film Festival, and we just had to share this photo from the big event. The reunion was in conjunction with the Blu-Ray release of the film.

At the reunion, Carry Elwes announced that she hadn’t seen the movie in 25 years, despite its frequent television appearances. ”The Princess Bride” opened in theaters on Sept. 25, 1987, and went on to become an iconic film that we have all grown to love.

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe would have been 86 years old today.  In honor of her birthday, check out the classic documentary ‘The Legend of Marilyn Monroe‘ (1966) by clicking on any of these stunning photos.

This is a remarkable documentary about the life and career of 1950s sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, narrated by director John Huston (who worked with her on ‘The Misfits’). Included are interviews with friends, cast and crew who worked with her and others who knew her, clips from her films and some scenes that were cut from her earliest movies and not seen for many years.

Charlie Chaplin Was Born Today in 1889


Charles Spencer Chaplin was born on this day in 1889, in London, England.

In celebration, we bring you a clip from Chaplin’s first talking picture, ‘The Great Dictator’. This is where Chaplin drops out of his comedic character to address the audience directly denouncing dictatorship, greed, hate, and intolerance, in favor of liberty and human brotherhood. This truly is one of the most unforgettable and moving speeches in all of movie history.

‘The Great Dictator’ (1940), was an act of defiance against Nazism. It was filmed and released in the U.S. one year before entering into World War II. The film was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor.

You can watch several more Charlie Chaplin films right here on BIGSTAR Movies! Click any one of the images below to start streaming now!

Betty Boop: Jazz Age Flapper and Sex Symbol

Betty Boop: Jazz Age Flapper and Sex Symbol

Inspired by actress Helen Kane, Betty Boop made her first appearance on August 9, 1930. She was made to be a jazz-induced flapper girl with more heart than brains in over a hundred animated films. As a symbol of the Depression era, she became one of the most well-known and popular cartoon characters in the world.

Betty Boop is also regarded as one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen. While other female characters at that time were merely clones on their male counterparts with eyelashes and high pitched voices, Betty Boop wore revealing dresses, high heels, a garter, and even showed cleavage. Her films were very daring since sexual behavior in film was considered taboo at the time. More daring was the portrayal of sexual harassment on the big screen. The lewd behavior of men [she encounters] is exposed in scenes where Betty is relentlessly pursued, tied up, and even threatened her job if she doesn’t submit to their sexual advances.

The sexual innuendos and Jazz Age attraction of Betty Boop were forced to tone down in 1934 due to decency guidelines of the Motion Picture Industry. She was made to be a fully dressed housewife and career girl to appeal to a more juvenile demographic. This new portrayal hurt her success and resulted in the decline of her series, and attempts to bring her into the new big band and swing era were met with little or no interest.

In the 1980′s advertising and marketing companies brought Betty Boop’s likeness back into the public eye. The subsequent merchandising success of her character in her original, sexier form has surpassed her exposure in films and comic strips, and has become popular worldwide once again.

Even though the animated cartoons of Betty Boop have enjoyed a much deserved rediscovery over the last 30 years, most audiences today are completely unaware of Betty’s place in the history of cinema, animation, and sex.

We have two amazing ‘Betty Boop Collections’ you can watch instantly on BIGSTAR Movies! Each featuring some of her most beloved classics with her ample moves and trademark sultry ways. Click an image to watch now…