Happy Land

TCM's NOW PLAYING guide for April lists tonight as Frances Dee night. However the TCM website lists tonight as Faye Dunaway night and if you do a Happy Land search it lists May 17 as Frances Dee night, well whichever night this movie is premiered it is well worth watching. Rochellelynn this is not a … Continue reading Happy Land

Marilyn Monroe or Doris Day

While this may not seem to be a comparison of equal measure it was exactly the conversation that was being had on the Fox Studio set in 1962. When Somethings Gotta Give lost their lead star, Marilyn Monroe, who died unexpectedly, they were in a lurch with no leading man- who refused to make the … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe or Doris Day

LUCILLE BALL-TCM Summer Under the Stars

Lucille Ball used to be a favorite entertainer of mine. A former RKO/MGM Girl and President of Desilu Television Productions it was in this capacity that Lucy disappointed me. Allegedly ‘dumping’ RKO movies into Santa Monica Bay after purchasing RKO Studio’s in 1957. (Re: These Amazing Shadows-Special Features: Lost Forever). I’ve decided my favorite Lucille … Continue reading LUCILLE BALL-TCM Summer Under the Stars

Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and the downfall of the Studio System

In 1962 Fox Studios was in dire financial trouble. With Marilyn Monroe  still within her 7  film 100k contract she was working on the cheap on Something’s Gotta Give with Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse. Somethings Gotta Give was a remake of My Favorite Wife (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne ) and ultimately the story … Continue reading Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and the downfall of the Studio System

Mothers ~ Jane Darwell

Jane Darwell played the mother to or mothered some of our greatest stars. She appeared in five Shirley Temple films. Her sometimes gruff but wise advice finally paid off for her in her Oscar winning performance as Ma Joad in the Grapes of Wrath. She is quoted as saying, “ I’ve played Henry Fonda's mother … Continue reading Mothers ~ Jane Darwell

Same Story, Same Year, Different Studio

http://i.cdn.turner.com/v5cache/TCM/cvp/container/mediaroom_embed.swf?context=embed&videoId=460159 1950 Panic in the Streets ~ Twentieth Century Fox, The Killer That Stalked New York ~ Columbia Pictures Panic in the Streets deals with the pneumonic plaque being smuggled onto the New Orleans docks by someone entering the country illegally. We have to keep things hush hush so we won’t panic the public while … Continue reading Same Story, Same Year, Different Studio

Hollywood Good Girl Loretta Young

Ok, ok, she did have that one indiscretion with Clark Gable that reaped a child who through careful planning on the part of Loretta, her mother and sisters was housed with a nanny shortly after birth just down the street from the Young family home for a few months. Then put in a Catholic foundling … Continue reading Hollywood Good Girl Loretta Young

All About Eve ~ Best Picture 1950

I like this Best Picture because the characters can be related to not only the stage or say the screen but in everyday life. We all have our little Eve’s to deal with, sweet and seemingly innocent and worshipful at first and then BAM. Fourteen nominations six wins who knew a movie (metaphorically speaking) about … Continue reading All About Eve ~ Best Picture 1950

Donna Reed Best Supporting Actress 1953

Walter Brennan three times Best Supporting Actor Presenting Donna Reed Best Supporting Actress of 1953 Donna Reeds dash down the aisle in her heels and strapless evening gown to accept her award for the character Alma that she portrays in From Here to Eternity isn’t an academy first but it might be the fastest. I … Continue reading Donna Reed Best Supporting Actress 1953