A great collection of sites, several of them chosen as Best of the Net, that cover a wide variety of topics in the field of classic cinema. Listed alphabetically, in two groups. The first bunch are either Best of the Net sites or just favorites of mine.
An ambitious site by Jim Johnson (The Judy Garland Database, a Best of the Net site) and Ted Nesi (Ted’s Lucille Ball Page) featuring tributes to the actors, actresses, musicals, and songs of the Golden Age.
Classic Movies: Lynn’s Favorites Best of the Net
Lynn Dougherty has collected her growing assemblage of classic film, actor, and actress tribute pages on one site, and they’re all gems.
Donna Moore’s home page includes links to her tributes to Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Myrna Loy, Asta, and Bette Davis, as well as to screwball comedy and magazine ads from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Most of these pages are also listed individually on my site.
The Greatest Films Best of the Net
Tim Dirks’ amazing site features plot synopses of 100 great films, plus a listing of even more movies by year, with summaries of the film history of each decade. Plus many other related features for the true film buff.
The Palace Best of the Net
An all-purpose resource for fans of the classic films of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Lovingly done and endlessly interesting.
The Ravin’ Maven of Classic Film Best of the Net
Julie Stowe has created one of the nicest-looking and most entertaining collections of classic tributes, including stars such as William Powell, Lauren Bacall, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Fred Astaire, and Charles Boyer. This link will take you past the great splash page, but click on “Catseye Opening” to experience it.
Reel Classics Best of the Net
A very informative site, filled with photos, information, and Elizabeth’s take on some of the greatest actors, actresses, and movies of the classic era.
Dedicated “to the legendary stars of cinema’s golden age,” Arabella’s very nice site offers an excellent group of articles, including a series of tributes to stars including Tyrone Power, Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy, James Cagney, Ingrid Bergman, Robert Mitchum, and Barbara Stanwyck, presented as an online magazine.
With a goal of developing the best, black themed movie web site on the internet, co-publishers Laurence Washington and Jim Stevens have created an extensive site which includes news, reviews, articles, and more, encompassing both new films and classics created by African Americans.
A very extensive, no-nonsense listing of selected movie-related sites. Not all of them are classic movie sites, but the site is light on graphics and therefore quite fast-loading.
Detroiter Michael Grost refers to his extensive, text-only site as “an educational site containing reviews and articles about films and television, and articles on their writers, directors and photographers.” There’s plenty of fascinating information here for both scholars and casual enthusiasts.
This site starts right out with a discussion of what constitutes a “classic” film (a topic we deal with all the time) and then continues with short reviews of classic films (with a special emphasis on Hitchcock), essays, lists of essential and “obscure” films, a guide to the best of TCM programming, and more. Short on graphics, but highly recommended.
Dedicated to “the craft of the old masters,” this site offers a directory of the great actors and actresses of the old days, as well as an extensive listing of films, all with a photo, brief information, and links to the IMDb. There are also special sections on Hitchcock films and horror movies, plus a tough quiz.
Dina-Marie offers bios of Joan and Constance Bennett, Clark Cable, Cary Grant, and more, plus a nice gallery of movie magazine covers from the 30s to the 50s.
You’ll find a little of this and a little of that on this site devoted to old movies. Including tributes to Katharine Hepburn, Hedy Lamarr, Marlon Brando, and Fred Astaire, plus some reviews, wallpapers, little-known facts, and lists of movie star name changes and top-grossing films.
Includes a collection of galleries featuring photos of classic Hollywood actors and actresses, film stills, movie posters, and images from French cinema, plus a “did you know” page. Not updated recently.
Though you might expect this site to be filled with current movie reviews (look for those under Leonard’s Picks), it’s actually filled with essays, photos, and suggested links, mostly on classic film topics. There’s also an opportunity to subscribe to Maltin’s print newsletter. You’ll have to click on the link in the upper right to get past the full-page ad at the beginning.
Ken Robichaux launched his site in November, 2004, with the goal of doing something similar to what this site has been trying to do for many years — provide a resource for fans of vintage films. So far he’s doing a great job, creating a nice-looking venue with an extensive historical timeline, articles, a Q&A section, film recommendation, a festivals and events listing, and a section on movie cliches.
Ginny Sayre’s site is filled with heartfelt and detailed tributes to classic actors and actresses, including Judy Garland, Jane Powell, Nelson Eddy, Don Ameche, and more, as well as teams like Hope & Crosby and the Andrews Sisters. Plus message boards, streaming video, and other goodies.
I have several links to individual sections of Patrick Picking’s classic film site. Enjoy his articles on Judy Garland, Laurel & Hardy, Harold Lloyd, and others.