Summer Under the Stars ~ William Powell

A William Powell Favorite? Love Crazy. Part of the Loy and Powell film collection, this film adds slapstick humor to an already crazy storyline. Whether its getting his head stuck in an elevator, or his mustache shaved off, Powell does everything he can think of to keep his wife from divorcing him. Such devotion. I…

Summer Under the Stars ~ James Stewart

Vivacious Lady (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Rear Window (1954), Shenandoah (1965) Airport ’77’ (1977), Right of Way (1983), An American Tail: Fieval Goes West (1991)

Summer Under the Stars ~ Walter Pidgeon

Check out Walter Pidgeon all day on TCM. Here’s the schedule Make sure to catch Walter and top leading lady Greer Garson in Mrs. Parkington. If you’re a die hard fan, you’ll have to catch Julia Misbehaves (co starring Greer and Walter, alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Lawford). Enjoy.

Rock Hudson Star of the Month

One Year. One year of diligent focused efforts, in 1947, handing out his headshot to agents all over Hollywood would land Rock Hudson in the hands of talent scout Henry Willson. On a contract with Warner Bros. and no acting background to speak of, Rock Hudson would gain a role in Fire Squadron ( 1948). So impressed…

The Duke: John Wayne

  In honor of John Wayne week on TCM, we share some of the nitty and gritty:) Marion Morrison- aka John Wayne- had spent most of his early career in bit roles in serial westerns. Luckily, John Ford came along and cast him as Ringo Kid in Stagecoach, thus propelling him into legend.  The realistic…

The Original Mad Hatter

  November 9, 1886 ~ June 19, 1966         Ed Wynn The Mad-Hatter in Disney’s 1951 Alice in Wonderland, relatively crazy Toy Maker in Babes in Toyland, and the off the wall Uncle Albert in Mary Poppins, Ed Wynn earned his nickname The Perfect Fool. Known for his fun voice and whimsical mannerisms Ed was always sure…

Joel McCrea

November 5, 1905 ~ October 20, 1990          Joel McCrea       The More the Merrier, The Palm Beach Story Regardless of his own personal opinion about his acting ability Joel McCrea succeeded more than once in being able to impress the right people at the right time.  Will Roger’s took a liking to him and put him in…

Edmund Gwenn

September 26, 1875 ~  September 6, 1959 Miracle on 34th Street,  The Doctor Takes a Wife Everyone who has ever seen Miracle on 34th Street with Edmund Gwenn, automatically gains a soft spot for the actor that plays Santa. He’s insightful, sleeps with his whiskers out, and stands up for Alfred the janitor. What’s not to…

Director Gene Kelly

  August 23, 1912 ~ February 2, 1996 Gene Kelly I love Gene Kelly. In my mind when I was younger, I always thought I had to choose between Gene and Fred Astaire, and then I realized I could have them both. Gene, not only as a dancer and a choreographer, but as a director…

Franchot Tone

February 27, 1905 ~ September 18, 1968 Midnight Mary, Three Comrades, Bombshell Knowing full well that we should be assigning Bombshell to Jean Harlow’s b-day, given it being her signature piece, we chose instead to highlight Franchot’s debonair and dashing man for hire instead. Why? Well, he had the tendency, sometimes to come across a…

Happy Birthday Cuddles!

                    February 2, 1884 ~ January 12, 1955             S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall Catastrophe- pronounced Cat-A-Strof – is an ongoing joke at my house, courtesy of S.Z Sakall and his inability to understand Barbara Stanwyck’s predicament in Christmas in Conneticut. Whether it be creating Goulash out of Irish Stew, teaching Barbara how to flip flapjacks, or trying to…

Clark Gable the King of Classic Hollywood!

February 1, 1901 ~ November 16, 1960 Wife vs. Secretary, Manhattan Melodrama, It happened One Night, Red Dust, Gone with the Wind Dear Mr. Gable…the letter that a fifteen year old Judy Garland sang to her Clark Gable scrap book in Broadway Melody of 1938 says it all, ‘You Made Me Love You’. Happy Birthday Clark!

Paul Newman as Brick

January 26, 1925 ~ September 26, 2008 The cool guy in  Cool Hand Luke and Hud, the very seasoned Sports writer opposite his wife, Joanne Woodward in A New Kind of Love and the French Artist in What a Way to Go. I think I like him best as the broken husband in Cat on a…

Classic Hollywood Actor: Robert Montgomery

Now don’t get me wrong, I am definitely more of a Tyrone Power type girl when it comes to looks, and more of a Joel McCrea girl when it comes to charm, so I was just as surprised as you may be when I fell head over heels with the Robert Montgomery in Private Lives…

Spencer Tracy

Why we LOVE Spencer Tracy, TCM’s October Star of the Month 1. Loved Katherine Hepburn, all his life, but was too devoted to his faith to divorce his wife. Don’t know if this is insane, or romantic, but we’ll take both. 2. He worked through illness on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. 3. Excellent comedic…

Johnny Depp in The Thin Man

So I guess the question is not if Johnny Depp can pull off the smart, fun and witty role of everyone’s favorite martini shaker, Nick Charles, but who can pull off the role of Nora. Johnny, amazing everyone with his Captain Jack role in Pirates of the Caribbean, will not have a difficult time as…

A Tale of Two Lauries

I have finally watched ‘Little Women’ 1949 version and while Rochellyn found herself ‘smitten like a kitten’ over Peter Lawford, I find I cannot stop thinking about Douglass Montgomery in the 1933 version. Both Laurie’s seemed to fit their parts well but there was just something about Douglass… I first saw it in the 1931…

A Man Scorned

Newly single mom, Lana Turner, fresh off her divorce from Stephen Crane, was in dire need of an escort to all the Hollywood parties, and who better than our very own Peter Lawford to do the escorting? In 1944 Peter was 21 and like most 21 year old males, infatuated with Lana Turner. Termed the…