Icon Merle Oberon TCM Star of the Month

At the age of 21 Merle Oberon would solidify her place as a 1930’s Hollywood Glamour Girl. Her role in The Private Life of Henry the VII ( 1933) was a result of a chance meeting with British Film Producer, Alexander Korda while waiting in a tea line at the movie studio. This meeting would…

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING?

SAG AWARDS vs ACADEMY AWARDS… I’m puzzled and am  thinking that no one in the media paid any attention on January 14, 2016 when nominees for Academy Awards were announced as to which actors were also on the nominee’s list for the SAG awards announced on December 9, 2015. The SAG awards viewed last night also…

OSCAR STATS ~ 2015

Contrary to popular belief the Oscars consist of more than: five nominations each for Best Actor/Actress, and five nominations each for Best supporting Actor/Actress. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a Multi-National entity. There are twenty-four categories and NOT counting the twenty people nominated for: Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress there…

John Williams ~ 1980’s

In the 1970’s John Williams Original Music Score Nominations for the Oscars enlivened ten memorable movies of the decade with three wins. In the 1980’s Williams was nominated for eleven movies with one win. All were unforgettable movies with remarkable music scores. Besides congratulations on this fantastic feat since this is John Williams Birth month…

Best Oscar Songs of the Sixties

Some of the most memorable Best Oscar winning or Oscar nominated songs of the sixties were written by the teams of: Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer, Burt Bacharach/Hal David and James Van Heusen/Sammy Cahn. I’m sure you recognize all of these songs: Best Songs 1960-1969 1960 Never on Sunday from the movie Never on Sunday Melinafilm, Lopert…

Caesar and Cleopatra

              Historically speaking, I guess I am one of the few people that do like George Bernard Shaw’s version of these two ancient history Icons. Played by two of classic Hollywood’s acting icons, British born Claude Rains and Vivien Leigh. Leonard Maltin is not happy with this British made…

Fanny and Alexander

Take a visual break. Now that all of the preparation, planning and organizing the perfect family Christmas get together is over. Sit in that comfy recliner, kick back and travel back in time (even though you have to read sub-titles) to watch Fanny and Alexander’s best Christmas which would end up being their worst Christmas….

Bride of Frankenstein 1935

Once again seeing Boris Karloff in his element on screen as The Monster always brings on a sense of Halloween.  In this story, our Dr. Frankenstein, played by Colin Clive, wants to be done with the mad scientist business- that is until another evil doctor kidnaps his wife and forces him to make another monster-…

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof, a powerful yet beautiful film, Israeli actor Topol (35 at the time) is brilliant as Tevye the father of five daughters that lived in a small simple village in Russia during turbulent times at the turn of the last century. From the opening strains of music in this film we slowly grow…

Female

  If you’re not familiar with Ruth Chatterton, now’s the time to get familiar. While there may be good reason to not know Ruth, her work in some fantastic pre-code films in the 20’s and 30’s warrant attention. Those that paired her with husband George Brent were always particularly steamy. One film most memorable is FEMALE,…

Mothers ~ Marjorie Main

                    Marjorie Main was a wonderful character actress. She made you laugh, she made you cry, you felt her despair and pain. Whether playing the care-worn distraught mother of a killer gangster in Dead End or the grief stricken mother that watches her crippled son burn…

Deanna Durbin SPRING PARADE

  Waiting here at Classic Hollywood for the release of  Deanna Durbin’s long hidden film Spring Parade, we chose to contact Larry at the Library of Congress to see what was going on. This is the DISAPPOINTING answer we got… Spring Parade still sits on our shelves waiting for Universal Studios to release it. I have asked several times…

Gregory Peck Academy President 1967

Sometimes the Oscar show is rescheduled due to a National Tragedy which happened April 10, 1968. The assassination of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 shocked the nation. The Oscars were programed for April 8th but due to Dr. King’s funeral the show went on, only a couple of days later. Gregory Peck…