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- The Sting (1973)
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March Issue

Classic Film

Skool Daze

In March we are headed back to school. From the mayhem of the Marx Brothers to the pouting discontent of Molly Ringwald, we're taking two polar opposite views on what life was like back in School Days past.

In this edition of the magazine, we'll do a bit of background on the 4 mad Jewish boys from New York, take a look back on the Brat Pack and fast forward to what they're up to today, and pay a well earned tribute to the last of the Great film Noir actresses to leave us.

Let us know your thoughts on our little monthly eZine, whether its praise or critique. And let us know what content you'd like to see by clicking this link.
Lizabeth Scott - the last of the great Femme Fatales
The last several months have seen the passing of two of the greatest film noir actresses, one a household name, the other much less so. Lauren Bacall passed away in August, 2014, and Lizabeth Scott quietly slipped away at the end of January.

But despite her much lower profile, Scott was a very important part of the film noir genre. Some compared her to Bacall, but for me any way she was more unique, and in many ways much better. She could flick the switch between good girl and bad like no other. Her voice resembled that of Bacall's only it was lower and deeper and even more sensuous. And here career began and ended with the hey day of the Film Noir genre.

After leaving the big screen, Lizabeth Scott led a very private life that consisted mostly of charity work, and the occasional appearance at film retrospectives. She was quoted as saying she never want to be a big star, only a great actress.

She was, and we are lucky to still have her films.

You can read tributes to her life here, here, here and here.
Minnie's Boys
Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo, and perhaps even Gummo are the names of the funniest and most multi-talented siblings movie audiences have ever seen. But if the truth be known, Julius, Leonard, Adolph and Herbert didn't really want to go on the stage and would've been mostly happy to keep the names they were born with.

The difference was their mother Minnie Marx who was a stage mother like no other. She pushed them on to the vaudeville stage where they learnt their craft. She turned them into Chicago Chicken farmers so they could avoid the draft for World War I, and she was proudly by their side as their film careers took off.

We have a lot to thank Minnie for, but we can also be thankful she wasn't our mother.
What is sometimes forgotten about the Marx Brothers is their great musical ability. No doubt honing their skills on the Vaudeville stage made them great all round entertainers, and the threat of an audience turning hostile made them quick on their feet and able to readily ad-lib to turn a gag around from a clanger to a classic. But it also made them great musicians.

Chico was a very talented pianist, so much so his tickling of the ivories often turned into finger-tip acrobatics that left audiences mesmerised. Harpo, as his name suggests, was an entrancing harp player, but what is most amazing is that he was entirely self-taught. Groucho could play the guitar, but his real talent was the lyrics he wrote and the crazy dances he did to round off the routine.

For a taste of some of those great songs, which are still so funny and so entertaining, follow this link
The Brat Pack
The Brat Pack is a nickname given to a group of young actors who frequently appeared together in teen-oriented coming-of-age films in the 1980s. First mentioned in a 1985 New York magazine article, the group includes Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.

It is a play on words, refrencing the Rat Pack of the 1960's. The name was used by the press and the general public to refer to a group that called itself "the Summit" or "the Clan," and featured Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
To find out what they are up to today, click here.

While they no longer have the profile they once had, many are still acting and working in film and television.


Saturday, 7th of March

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought.
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Sunday, 8th of March

Horse Feathers (1932)

Quincy Adams Wagstaff, the new president of Huxley College, hires bumblers Baravelli and Pinky to help his school win the big football game against rival Darwin University.
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