My favorite movies of 1944.

“Going My Way” directed by Leo McCarey with Bing Crosby, Barry Fitzgerald, Rise Stevens, and Frank McHugh.

“To Have and Have Not” directed by Howard Hawks” with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall and Walter Brennan.

“Double Indemnity” directed by Billy Wilder with Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson.

“The Spider Woman” directed by Roy William Neill with Basil Rathbone, Gale Sondergaard and Nigel Bruce.

“Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo” directed by Mervyn LeRoy with Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson and Phyllis Thaxter.

“Arsenic and Old Lace” directed by Frank Capra with Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Raymond Massey and Josephine Hull.

“Laura” directed by Otto Preminger with Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews and Vincent Price.

paultoombes asked:

have you seen "Keys to the Kingdom" (1944)? Its one of Vincents earlier roles where he played a supporting character, but his character has such a stuck up (kinda dickish) air to him that he's pretty memorable. It's also a really good movie.

I have it on my DVR waiting to be watched but it always takes me a while to watch his early stuff for some odd reason. I always figure he’ll be too cutesie and sweet, lol! But now I wanna watch it cos you made him sound more interesting!

Feline Friends: Leopard Cats Likely Domesticated in Ancient China

Wild leopard cats may have been domesticated by farmers in China more than 5,000 years ago, according to a new study of feline fossils.

These cats were of a different species than the ancestors of today’s house cats, which suggests that at least in the early history of pets, humans may have had two different kinds of kitties keeping them company.

Today’s pet cats (Felis catus) descend from the wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) native to the Middle East and Southwest Asia. It’s typically thought that humans and cats first got cozy in the Near East some 10,000 years ago, after the birth of agriculture. A cat was found buried in the same grave as a human at a 9,500-year-old Neolithic settlement in Cyprus. Cat burials nearly 8,000 years old have also been found at an elite cemetery in Hierakonpolis, in Egypt. [Here, Kitty, Kitty: 10 Facts for Cat Lovers]

But recent discoveries of cat fossils in China have muddled that narrative. Cat bones have been unearthed at Neolithic sites; one such site was a village called Quanhucun. Some researchers have claimed these remains are evidence that cat domestication also occurred in northwest China independently, but it was not clear which species these cats belonged to.

A group of researchers, led by Jean-Denis Vigne of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Paris, took a close look at five cat jawbones found at archaeological sites in China’s Shaanxi and Henan provinces, dating from 3500 to 2900 B.C.

They found that all five jawbones most closely resembled those of the leopard cat (Prionailurus bengalensis), a species that still lives in the region today. The analysis was published Jan. 22 in the journal PLOS ONE.

The researchers suspect Asian leopard cats were probably domesticated by the same processes as wildcats in the Near East; the felines likely followed the rats that were drawn to the grain stores in early Chinese settlements.

“That the cats turned out to be Asian leopard cats is not really a surprise,” said Carlos Driscoll, a geneticist at the National Cancer Institute, who has studied cat genetics but was not involved in the new study. “Had the cats actually been F. silvestris the story would have been much more complicated, interesting and important. As it is, the paper is still important, but we know the end of the story even if we don’t know the middle.”

The end of that story is that none of the cats that populate our homes and Internet videos today are the descendants of ancient Asian leopard cats. At some point, F. silvestris replaced the leopard cat as the pet of choice in China, but more research is needed to fill that gap in cat history. The earliest record of F. catus in China dates to the Tang dynasty (A.D. 618 to 907), the researchers said. But when did it arrive? Did the species, as a statement from CNRS suggests, head east along the Silk Road with traders traveling between the Roman and Han empires?

Driscoll also raised the possibility that these cat fossils from China could have been a fluke, representing a group of wild animals that were tamed after a hunting expedition.

“It could be that the cat with a broken femur was caught in a snare, broke it’s leg, but was kept alive as a curiosity or a pet,” Driscoll told Live Science. “This type of one-off taming is known to occur widely in early agricultural communities the world over. People just like interesting animals.”

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Born Today, February 9, in 1891, Ronald Colman…

“It’s a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It’s a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.” - Ronald Colman as Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities

Over 60 film (silent and sound) and television roles including A Double Life (Best Actor Oscar), A Tale of Two Cities, Stella Dallas (1925), Beau Geste (1926), The Winning of Barbara Worth, Random Harvest, Lost Horizon, The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), The Talk of the Town, Kismet (1944), Champagne for Caesar… 

I am an expression of the divine, just like a peach is, just like a fish is. I have a right to be this way…I can’t apologize for that, nor can I change it, nor do I want to… We will never have to be other than who we are in order to be successful…We realize that we are as ourselves unlimited and our experiences valid. It is for the rest of the world to recognize this, if they choose.
—  The Color Purple (1982) by Alice Walker, born February 9th, 1944.

Sebastião Salgado (February 8, 1944) is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist. He has traveled in over 120 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these have appeared in numerous press publications and books. Touring exhibitions of this work have been presented throughout the world.

The movie about the photographer: The Salt of the Earth (2014)


Себастьян Сальгадо (8 февраля 1944) — бразильский фотограф, один из крупнейших фотожурналистов мира. Он побывал в 120 странах. Его работы публиковались во многих книгах и статьях. 

 Фильм про фотографа: Соль земли (2014)

German authorities search homes in Nazi investigation

BERLIN - German authorities say they’ve searched the homes of three former SS men believed to have taken part in a World War II massacre in northern France.

Prosecutor Andreas Brendel told The Associated Press on Friday that the homes of the three men, all around 90 years old, were raided this week in Saxony and Lower Saxony. Authorities confiscated documents, photos and other possible evidence.

The three are believed to have been members of the 12th SS Panzer Division “Hitler Youth,” which was responsible for the massacre of 86 men in Ascq, France, in 1944.

Brendel says all three men, whose names he would not release, are believed to have been present for the massacre but deny that they were.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

Heroic And Legendary Dialogues From Sholay DDLJ And Anent Dilip Kumar

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The Red River, or sometimes the Red River of the South, is a major tributary of the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers in the southern United States of America. The river gains its name from the red-bed country of its watershed. It is one of several rivers with that name. “The Mexicans and Indians on the borders of Mexico are in the habit of calling any river, the waters of which have a red appearance, ‘Rio Colorado’, or Red river”, observed R.B. Marcy in 1853.

Howard Winchester Hawks (May 30, 1896–December 26, 1977) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter of the classic Hollywood era. He is popular for his films from a wide range of genres such as Scarface (1932), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948), The Thing from Another World (1951), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), and Rio Bravo (1959).

Red River
Howard Hawks
Genre: Western
Price: $14.99
Rental Price: $2.99
Publish Date: July 24, 1996

In this epic tale, a ruthless Texas rancher is determined to get his huge herd of cattle to the market…and to have his revenge on his liberal minded son who, rebelling against his father’s growing authoritarianism, takes the cattle to Abeline just over the newly opened Chishom Trail. From a magazine story “The Chisholm Trail” by Borden Chase.