Robert Mitchum is my favorite actor. There is something about his on-screen charisma that keeps me coming back for more. He brightens up even a dull movie. August 6th marks the 100th anniversary of Robert Mitchum’s birth. To celebrate, I encourage all of you to marathon some of his best films. New to Mitchum? I highly recommend starting with Out of the Past (1947), the classic film noir that put him on the map. Once you’ve watched that, follow it up with these 10 films available on DVD Netflix to rent. Even if you’re familiar with Robert Mitchum, it’s still fun to revisit the legendary actor’s body of work.
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The much beloved fictional character Charlie Chan was created by author Earl Derr Biggers and inspired by a real-life Honolulu police detective. Although Charlie Chan’s home base is Oahu, the film series takes the detective all over the place to solve mysteries. In The Black Camel (1931), Charlie Chan solves the murder of a Hollywood movie star that was filming in Honolulu. The movie stands out because it’s the only one in the entire series of almost 50 films to be shot on location in Hawaii. You’ll see scenes from the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki, Punchbowl Hill, as well as Kailua Beach.
Hollywood has always had a fascination with sports. Early films featured everything from boxing, football, track and field, racing, baseball, tennis, surfing, and much more. Even if you're not a sports fan, it’s still easy to be inspired by stories of athletes striving for glory against all odds. Let’s take a trip back to see what the early days of cinema; I present to you ten of my favorite classic sports movies.