CineSavant Column

Tuesday March 28, 2023



Here’s an ancient, very good article unearthed by Gary Teetzel in a 1923 issue of ‘The Motion Picture Studio,’ written by none other than the better half of the Hitchcock legend, Alma Reville. Her piece Cutting and Continuity is a thoughtful lesson in basic editorial sense. She makes a good good case for editing as an art.

This second Alma Reville- related article, from a 1925 ‘The Picturegoer’ is a profile piece that explains Ms. Reville’s impressive career rise, before meeting Alfie. Reading Alma in Wonderland we become convinced that she was irreplaceable for helping Hitchcock as well. The article makes mention that she has recently worked with Hitch, and then concludes by noting that she has never had time to get married. According to the IMDB, they got officially ‘hitched’ one year later.



As part of its April Tribute to Warner Bros. on the studio’s 100th Anniversary, Turner Classic Movies has released its special screening lineup, which reveals some genuine goodies.

On Monday, April 3, a screening of a newly remastered  Helen of Troy  by Robert Wise, and a screening of a remastered (rescued from oblivion, actually) Safe in Hell by William Wellman. 

Monday April 10, has an all-evening Hammer gala, including the remastered (in 2020) The Curse of Frankenstein.

Friday, April 14 brings a remastered (hooray!) The Land of the Pharaohs by Howard Hawks. This ought to be a revelation. Its stereophonic soundtrack was one of scores of titles rescued in the 1990s by WB special projects producer Michael Arick.    I wish the reader who keeps telling me to spell the possessive for Howard Hawks as Hawks’s could see the above ad . . . although he’d probably tell me the ad is wrong.

Other remasters: Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo (Monday April 17); Paul Newman’s Rachel, Rachel (Friday April 21); Elia Kazan’s East of Eden.

Two other ‘remastered’ re-premieres are 1941’s The Strawberry Blonde, 1951’s Storm Warning and 1953’s A Lion in the Streets, which has prompted disc-watchers to predict that Helen of Troy and Land of the Pharaohs will also be along soon from the Warner Archive.

TCM will hit all the studio’s ‘big’ titles, including scores of interesting-sounding short subjects and a great many celebrity-driven video pieces on filmmakers and performers.

Thanks for reading! — Glenn Erickson