On June 26, 2015, I published my first post, a look at the 1941 Peter Lorre film THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK (appropriate, since today is Mr. Lorre’s birthday). Since then, Cracked Rear Viewer has published over 280 posts, covering mostly classic movies. It’s been a year in which I’ve left my long-time job to take a new position, only to have the rug pulled from under me when my program was defunded by the government. Fortunately, I’ve managed to land on my feet relatively unscathed, at least for the moment. My love for spreading the gospel of Classic Films, however,  has not dissipated, and despite continuing time constraints, I’ve been able to keep this blog going strong.

That’s directly because of you, Dear Readers, who’ve supported my efforts to bring you ‘Fresh Takes on Retro Pop Culture”. Though I mostly deal with classic film, I’ve also sprinkled in some looks at books, television, and music I thought would be of interest to you. We’re now 250 followers strong (not including reposts to Facebook, Twitter, and the good people at THROUGH THE SHATTERED LENS) and viewership continues to grow. Over 11,376 views and counting, with over 6,367 visitors as of this morning. The USA is #1 with 7,642 views, followed by Great Britain, Canada, Germany, and France,  with Australia and Spain in hot pursuit. Never did I imagine I’d gain an international following!

The posts you’ve liked best are an eclectic mix to be sure, due to the eclectic nature of this blog. Here are links to the Top 20 posts of the past year:

Love That Dirty Water: Johnny Depp in BLACK MASS 



Cleaning Out the DVR Pt 7: Film Noir Festival

Unfunny Business: Bela Lugosi in ZOMBIES ON BROADWAY

Happy Birthday Robert Mitchum: OUT OF THE PAST

Beyond Redemption: 1947’s BORN TO KILL

FILE – NOVEMBER 23, 2012:  The American romantic movie drama Casablanca celebrated its world premiere on November 26, 1942. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman the film was a solid success in its initial run, winning three Academy Awards, and its characters, dialogue, and music have become iconic. It now consistently ranks near the top of lists of the greatest films of all time. Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery: http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=113854183&EditorialProduct=Archival&esource=maplinARC_uki_12nov Humphrey Bogart (1899 - 1957) and Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982) star in the Warner Brothers film 'Casablanca', 1942. (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Top Ten Reasons CASABLANCA is The Greatest Movie Ever Made!!


The Farce Awakens: PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE

Cleaning Out the DVR Pt 4: B-Movie Roundup!

A Dying Man, Scared of the Dark: John Wayne in THE SHOOTIST

Hidden Gem: Natalie Wood in PENELOPE

The Devil Made Me Do It: EQUINOX

Homeless to lose some spots after 2 New Bedford transitional housing programs lose HUD funding


(tie) Irish Eyes Are Smiling: THE QUIET MAN

(tie) Halloween Havoc!: THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE

(another tie) I Wish I Were A Fish: Don Knotts in THE INCREDIBLE MR. LIMPET

(another tie) Madeleine LeBeau: Vive La France!

A Star is Born in Monument Valley: John Wayne in John Ford’s STAGECOACH

Halloween Havoc!: Peter Lorre in MAD LOVE


PROMO Donald Duck  Disney

Happy 82nd Birthday Donald Duck! 

I initiated some continuing series early on, and “Cleaning Out the DVR” has proved the most popular, with capsule descriptions of five different films. Other series have been “That’s Blaxploitation!”, “Pre-Code Confidential”, and “Rockin’ in the Film World”, with a possible new series in the works (stay tuned!). October’s “Halloween Havoc!” horror marathon was both successful and challenging, and will return this year with a post a day on your favorite monster movies (I’ll definitely  be getting a head start this season!).

So thank you one and all who follow this labor of love, and I hope to continue doing it for years to come. I’d like to end here with a request for some feedback from you Dear Readers. What would you lie to see more of here, what would you like to see less of? Are there any specific films or actors you’d like to see covered? You guys make this site happen, and your feedback is important to me, so let me know! And again, thank you for reading Cracked Rear Viewer!






  1. Oops….’thorough’ writers & I enjoy so much of what you share!! I have a list of movies I’d have never watched had it not been for the way you pulled me in with your enthusiasm & well versed descriptions! Kudos for all you have accomplished thus far & I cannot wait to see what the future holds for you (blog & otherwise!) I will be mulling over your request for recommendations but until then I send you my hugs n’ a blessing for a job well done this past year!!

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  2. Congrats on completing a year of blogging!
    There are so many film titles I’d have never heard of it wasn’t for what you share (especially some of the horror/sci-fi movies), so thanks for spreading your love of old classics.
    Don’t have any requests unless you want to indulge my love of films with Audrey Hepburn or Judy Garland in them but here’s to the next year! 🍾

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  3. I used to go to the movie theater every Friday night with my dad because they showed a western and a newsreel and then on Saturday with my friend to see cartoons. We lived five miles out in the country so coming in town was special. Saturday usually included a hamburger at Berts, bank-turned-restaurant after the depression of 1929. After the movies a visit to the five and dime was a must. Four years ago I returned to the small town – still small, and the theater, a one viewing room theater – was still open. In fact they were having a fundraiser to keep it open. The theater still had red velvet seats and gold plaster goddess-like statues.
    Oh – and every year the Halloween Contest for best costume was held there. One year I won first prize for the Donald Duck costume my mother made for me.

    Thanks so much for your posts!

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