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Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on January 23, 2020 by dcairns


For the second installment of Forgotten by Fox, I examine the tattered fragments of Howard Hawks’ THE CRADLE SNATCHERS, maybe his most Hawksian early work outside of A GIRL IN EVERY PORT.

There are three young guys in it: the wilting wallflower, the square joe, and the lecherous “sheik.” From the character name (Howard + bird) we may be able to guess with whom the director most closely identified.

Here you go.


Posted in FILM, Mythology, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2020 by dcairns


A new year, a new column for me at MUBI’s The Notebook — spinning off from The Forgotten, we launch today the fortnightly Forgotten by Fox, a chronological review of the Twentieth Century Fox movies Disney doesn’t want you to see.

In a spirit of complete unfairness we begin with ALADDIN AND THE WONDERFUL LAMP (1917), made before 20th Century and Fox got incorporated, and now in the public domain and therefore not Bob Iger’s responsibility, or so conventional wisdom would have you believe. But to hell with conventional w. If Frankenstein was responsible for his monster’s rampage, William Fox’s commercial heirs can take the blame for this madness, an Arabian nights adventure starring Elmo Lincoln (pre-Tarzan) and “the Fox kiddies.”

Explain yourself, Bob Iger!

The Column.

The Project Fear Impossible Film Quiz

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on November 1, 2019 by dcairns

All you have to do is identify these images… yeah, that’s all ~

Meanwhile, the Halloween edition of The Forgotten looks at a crypto-Draculean effort from Germany known simply as JONATHAN.

And don’t forget, we have a podcast!