Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle

  March 24, 1887  ~ June 29, 1933 He Did and He Didn’t, The Waiters Ball, Love Over one hundred years ago before Classic Hollywood films there were The Silent films, Roscoe Arbuckle was one of the top Box Office Comedy draws of the Silent era. Cousin Al St. John’s mother was Roscoe’s sister. Silent…

The Nutty Professor

  March 16, 1926 Jerry Lewis The Nutty Professor Dare I say that The Nutty Professor is Jerry Lewis’ smartest role? I do. Combining the hilarity of the dorky college professor, and the suave debonair man’s man, Jerry Lewis masters the duality perfectly. Keen on Stella Steven’s Stella, the Professor goes about trying an experimental potion…

George Brent

March 15, 1904 George Brent Female, Baby Face I never liked George Brent more than I did in the pre-code film Female. Playing opposite Ruth Chatterton, who I had only known prior in the Simone Simon vehicle, Girls Dormitory, Brent plays the Alpha Male. Brent’s status as a man matters of course, because until now,…

David Niven

March 1, 1910 ~ July 29,1983 David Niven Bachelor Mother, Pink Panther, Please don’t eat the Daisies I think annstj and I both agree that Bachelor Mother is our favorite David Niven film. Opposite Ginger Rogers, David Niven plays the upper class department store owner, laid with the task of giving Ginger Rogers back her…

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…