Friday, January 17, 2014


I am almost ready to announce the publication of BEYOND CASABLANCA II: 101 CLASSIC MOVIES WORTH WATCHING, and with any luck it will be ready for readers in the next few days. In the mean time, I wanted to share the Table of Contents so that you can get a peek at the 101 movies I'm reviewing in the new book. Here are all of the films included in the new collection!

Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
The Apartment (1960)
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
The Bad Seed (1956)
The Band Wagon (1953)
The Birds (1963)
Blood and Sand (1941)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Brief Encounter (1945)
The Canterville Ghost (1944)
Cape Fear (1962)
Captains Courageous (1937)
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
Charade (1963)
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Desk Set (1957)
Dial M for Murder (1954)
The Divorcee (1930)
The Doll (1919)
Don’t Bother to Knock (1952)
Dragonwyck (1946)
The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
Eyes without a Face (1960)
Father of the Bride (1950)
Fort Apache (1948)
42nd Street (1933)
Fury (1936)
The Girl from Missouri (1934)
Grand Hotel (1932)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
The Great Race (1965)
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
The Gunfighter (1950)
Gunga Din (1939)
The Haunting (1963)
High Sierra (1941)
Holiday (1938)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
I Married a Witch (1942)
The Innocents (1961)
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Jane Eyre (1943)
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
Jewel Robbery (1932)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
The Letter (1940)
Lifeboat (1944)
Little Caesar (1931)
The Lodger (1944)
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Mad Love (1935)
The Man from Laramie (1955)
McLintock! (1963)
Midnight (1939)
Mister Roberts (1955)
Modern Times (1936)
Monkey Business (1952)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
The Music Man (1962)
My Darling Clementine (1946)
National Velvet (1944)
Niagara (1953)
Night Nurse (1931)
Night of the Demon (1957)
Of Human Bondage (1934)
On Approval (1944)
On Dangerous Ground (1952)
The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Pat and Mike (1952)
Peeping Tom (1960)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Roman Holiday (1953)
Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Safety Last! (1923)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Stalag 17 (1953)
Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
The Stranger (1946)
Swing Time (1936)
Tension (1949)
They Drive by Night (1940)
The Thing from Another World (1951)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
Torch Song (1953)
Touch of Evil (1958)
The Trouble with Angels (1966)
Vertigo (1958)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
Westward the Women (1951)
White Christmas (1954)
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
The Women (1939)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
You Can’t Take It with You (1938)

If you read the blog very often, you'll recognize some of these movies as ones that I have reviewed here, but lots of the reviews are exclusive to the new book. As you can see, I'm venturing a little farther forward in time with this collection by including movies from the 1960s. That trade-off means the focus is a little more explicitly American and British; one of these days I'll put together a world cinema collection, but for now my audience tends to be more mainstream. Like the original book, BEYOND CASABLANCA II offers movies from many different genres, decades, directors, and stars, and balancing all of those elements with the need to get most of the alphabet covered is no small task.

BEYOND CASABLANCA II is going to be available exclusively on Kindle for now; I want to see how it does before I commit to doing a print edition. The retail price will be $4.99, but I hope to run a free promo for it once it goes live.

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