Ex-Lady Bette Davis and The Problem with Marriage

O.K. So I have to admit it took me like 2 months to finally wrap my head around this film enough to write this post. While I’m always up for a challenge to defend the noble institution of marriage, this pre-code film just brought up lots and lots of questions.

Monty Woolley

  Looking at Monty Woolley it wouldn’t be hard to believe that he was raised wealthy, went to Yale, was a professor and had friends like Cole Porter. A charmed life, he didn’t find Hollywood fame until he was 50 years old with The Man who Came to Dinner. Opposite Ann Sheridan and Bette Davis,…

The Letter

Week One of the Daily Doses of Darkness for those of us in Noir school highlighted the 1941 movie of ‘The Letter’ with Bette Davis. The first five minutes of this movie are intense. However…in the past I had also seen the 1929 version starring Jeanne Eagels. I re-watched it to see if there was…

Debbie Reynolds

Congratulations Debbie Reynolds on receiving the SAG 51st Annual Life Achievement Award January 25, 2015! The Catered Affair(1956), The Rat Race(1960), The Unsinkable Molly Brown(1964)

Summer Under the Stars ~ Thelma Ritter

Thelma Ritter six times nominated for Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress: All About Eve (1950),The Mating Season (1951),With a Song in My Heart (1952),Pickup on South Street (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Summer Under the Stars ~ Herbert Marshall

Herbert Marshall, WWI Veteran lost a leg during the Great War for King and country then came home to hold his own, playing leading man opposite some of Classic Hollywood’s greatest actresses. He duked it out with Barbara Stanwyck in Breakfast for Two (1937). Appeared as Deanna Durbin’s pretend father in the multi-nominated (4) film…

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)

Mothers ~ Lucile Watson

Some may think it was unfortunate that Lucile Watson often got the role of meddling mother, but my what a lineup? With roles in Waterloo Bridge, The Women, Watch on the Rhine, My Reputation, Never Say Goodbye and Made for Each Other, Watson didn’t only bring film credits, but also stage credentials that would help…

Happy Birthday MGM

MGM Studios 90th Birthday April 17th/18th tribute on TCM- make sure to watch their lineup. Boy wonder, Irving Thalberg (husband of Norma Shearer), was known for his genius with money. Able to cut costs much to the chagrin of many extravagant directors, Thalberg was able to show Louis B Mayer he was the man for…

Hollywood Good Girl Claudette Colbert

Hollywood Good Girl Claudette Colbert Sure, she was bitchy. She had all sorts of diva issues going on. She only ever allowed herself to be filmed from the left side- it was her best side. She never let her measurements be publicized. And she would have rather been on Broadway– only the desperate ones went for…

Hollywood Good Girl Claudette Colbert

Sure, she was bitchy. She had all sorts of diva issues going on. She only ever allowed herself to be filmed from the left side- it was her best side. She never let her measurements be publicized. And she would have rather been on Broadway– only the desperate ones went for Hollywood. But the Depression…

Hollywood Good Girls

TCM honors Mary Astor this month, and while this fine actress boasted a long, lucrative career, and the acting chops to go head to head with Bette Davis amongst others, when we think of Mary, we think of good girls. You know ‘em. The Hollywood dolls you didn’t just love to watch on screen, but…

Hollywood Good Girls

TCM honors Mary Astor this month, and while this fine actress boasted a long, lucrative career, and the acting chops to go head to head with Bette Davis amongst others, when we think of Mary, we think of good girls. You know ‘em. The Hollywood dolls you didn’t just love to watch on screen, but…

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…

Three on a Match Three on a Match 1932 (First National): Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Anne Revere, Warren William Co… View Post

Three on a Match

  Three on a Match 1932 (First National): Joan Blondell, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak, Warren William Coming off an extremely delicious Warren William in the Gold Diggers of 1933, I decided to revisit Three on a Match, also pairing Joan Blondell and Warren William. Rather shocked by the Pre-Hays Code ending, it had been one…

theacademy: Thanksgiving is just 8 days away. So here’s Bette Davis in 1934 preparing for her feast. (Image via Margaret Herrick Library) Happy Thanksgiving from 1934 and Classic Hollywood!

Frances Dee November 26, 1909 ~ March 6, 2004                        Frances Dee Army Brat Frances Dee, had… View Post

Frances Dee

November 26, 1909 ~ March 6, 2004                        Frances Dee Army Brat Frances Dee, had her breakout role in Playboy of Paris (1930) opposite Maurice Chevalier, but her role in The Silver Cord  would lead her to future husband Joel McCrea, to whom she was married for 57years, until his death in 1990. Dee made a name…

Teresa Wright October 27, 1918 ~ March 6, 2005  Teresa Wright the only actor to receive Oscar nominations for… View Post

Teresa Wright

October 27, 1918 ~ March 6, 2005  Teresa Wright the only actor to receive Oscar nominations for their first three films. The Little Foxes 1941 ~ Nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Mrs. Minniver  1942~ Received Oscar for Best Supporting Actress Pride of the Yankees 1943 ~ Nominated for Best Actress Happy Birthday Teresa!

Joan Blondell August 30, 1906 ~ December 25, 1979  Joan Blondell  ~ Lawyer Man, Three on a Match, Footlight… View Post

Joan Blondell

August 30, 1906 ~ December 25, 1979  Joan Blondell  ~ Lawyer Man, Three on a Match, Footlight Parade, Night Nurse In the Gable-Garson film, Adventure, Joan Blondell gets the never- envied third billing, but the ever envied proposal from Clark. Yep, he liked the blondes. Apparently confessing to Joan that she reminded him of late…

Natalie Wood July 20, 1938 ~ November 29, 1981The Star, Gypsy, Love with the Proper Stranger Remembering… View Post

Natalie Wood

July 20, 1938 ~ November 29, 1981 The Star, Gypsy, Love with the Proper Stranger Remembering Natalie on her Birthdate!

Olivia de Havilland July 1, 1916        Olivia De Havilland is a Living Legend from Classic Hollywood of days gone by. View Post

Olivia de Havilland

July 1, 1916        Olivia De Havilland is a Living Legend from Classic Hollywood of days gone by. It was a time of Swashbucklers, Gangsters, and Romantic virile Leading Men.  It was a time of the Movie Studio System of seven year exclusive contracts, contracts with options to loan out actors or actresses at the whim…

Jane Bryan June 11, 1918 ~ April 8, 2009 Kid Gallahad, Marked Woman, Brother Rat Happy Birthday Jane! View Post