Jeff Stafford (aka morlockjeff)
Jeff Stafford Jeff Stafford blames his parents for his addiction to movies. At the age of five in Memphis, Tennessee, he was allowed to stay up and watch "The Wolf Man" on the Late Night Show. It scared the bejabbers out of him and gave him nightmares but also led to a lifetime fascination with film. His other formative movie experience that same year was seeing Elvis Presley in "Love Me Tender" with his father during a trip to New Orleans and being disturbed over the ending where Elvis's ghost sings the title song. Born in Dalton, Georgia, Jeff has also lived in Memphis; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Richmond, Virginia; Athens, Georgia; and Atlanta. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a journalism degree and for a while dabbled in radio, television and newspapers before landing one of his favorite jobs, working as a film programmer at Films Inc., a non-theatrical distributor (no longer in business) that rented 16mm movies to colleges, libraries, film societies, etc. Provided with a 16mm projector and a warehouse full of films, he was able to indulge himself with the Janus and Audio Brandon collections plus the film libraries of 20th-Century-Fox, Paramount, RKO, Warner Bros. and many other studios. When the non-theatrical film market eventually collapsed due to the rising video industry (Blockbuster and their clones), Jeff began working as a freelance writer and started contributing to tcm.com. He is currently the managing editor of the Turner Classic Movies web site and has been since 2000.
Posts by Jeff Stafford

Angela Pleasence, like her father, has a face made for the cinema though not in the realm of conventional leading ladies. Even as a young actress appearing in bit parts in movies like Here We Go Around the Mulberry Bush (1968) and The Love Ban (1973), she was never a winsome ingénue or the lovable […]

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Tis the season for major film festivals and Telluride often trumps those that follow – Toronto, New York, Chicago – by presenting the North American premieres of major works, a mixture of Cannes award winners receiving their American debut, lesser known discoveries and surprises (some without distributors yet) and wonderful retrospectives (from silent films with […]

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Tuesday, August 21st marks Kay Francis day on TCM’s Summer Under the Stars and the lineup of films should not only please her avid fans but also introduce newbies to this elegant underrated actress of the early sound era who is not that well known today. While there are plenty of high points to recommend […]

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The TCM Movie Morlocks blogathon tribute to Toshiro Mifune continues as I revisit THE LOST WORLD OF SINBAD, a film I first saw as a kid at the National Theatre in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Although TCM is not airing this in their Mifune lineup scheduled for Thursday, August 9th, it is worth checking out (if […]

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The Women of the “Joy House” Allowed Him Every Freedom…Except the Freedom to Leave! He loved as if his life depended on it…and it did! He couldn’t leave it alone….He couldn’t leave it alive… Taglines for JOY HOUSE      

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Among the many teen idols of the fifties who climbed to fame with top forty hit records, only a few made the successful crossover to film acting. Pat Boone was groomed by 20th-Century-Fox as a teen matinee idol in Bernadine (1957), Tommy Sands stayed in his comfort zone playing an aspiring pop star in Sing […]

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Marlon Brando on A COUNTESS FROM HONG KONG, Beverly Garland on SWAMP WOMEN and STARK FEAR, Tony Curtis on SON OF ALI BABA, Patricia Neal on THE FOUNTAINHEAD, Richard Widmark on SLATTERY’S HURRICANE, Ava Gardner on THE BIBLE, David Carradine on SONNY BOY and more.      

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Donald Pleasence is DR. CRIPPEN.          

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This is Part Two of a tribute to that irrepressible force of nature known as Ninian Joseph Yule Jr. (aka Mickey Rooney) and some of the more offbeat, underrated and over-the-top movies he made in the post-MGM years. Part One covered the ‘50s and ‘60s  – http://streamline.filmstruck.com/2012/04/29/hey-mickey-youre-so-fine-you-blow-my-mind/  – and this post takes us through the […]

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Forget about Boys Town, Judge Hardy and Son, Babes in Arm, The Human Comedy or National Velvet. This is the less traveled road of Mickey Rooney’s post-MGM career where anything goes…and often did.  

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