Tyrone Power

Since we all dearly missed Tyrone Power in the Summer Under the Stars 2015 on TCM  there’s no time like the present to honor this great star.  Tyrone’s playful spirit ( watch the extras on Mark of Zorro), and commitment to the craft of acting set him apart from other pretty boys of the day (like…

Norma Rae

This iconic picture of Sally Field as Norma Rae holding the Union sign is to remind people of the reason for the Labor Day Holiday. For her performance in the 1979 film Norma Rae, Sally Field received the Best Actress award. The movie was based on the real life of textile worker Crystal Lee Jordan…

Marilyn Monroe: Reader

Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader. Apart from the plethora of scripts she had to read, she would often read the scholars for fun. An owner of more than 400 books her favorites were James Joyce, Truman Capote, and Charles Sandburg. No doubt determined to prove her intellect overshadowed by her beauty, Marilyn would write poetry and read as often…

Happy Classic Hollywood Harvest

With September bringing in all sorts of changes(leaves, fashion, school, etc.), we thought we’d revisit some of our favorite Hollywood Icons. We’ll bring fun facts and pics of Marilyn, Audrey, Cary, Paul… the whole gang. Wanna see your favorite Classic Hollywood Icon? Just let us know on facebook or twitter:)

Movie Morlocks: Grab Your Tux and Let’s Go Clubbing

Between Capitolfest and TCM’s focus on stars from the 1930s, I have discovered a newfound love for films from the Depression era. Among the many reasons for this recent interest is the imaginative, almost dream-like quality to some of the production design. I don’t know a lot about Golden Age production designers beyond recognizable names…

Happy Birthday Ingrid Bergman

Honoring Ingrid Bergman on the  anniversary of her birth ( August 29th) has become a staple in Classic Hollywood reporting. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of this iconic star this year, remembering that she did so much more than just Casablanca.  Able to establish and grow a career before and after children, Ingrid was a motivated…

Warren Oates

“There were forty western series, and I went from one to the other. I started out playing the third bad guy on a horse and worked my way up to the No. 1 bad guy,” Oates once quipped. Most know for the films/tv by director Peckinpah (Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, The Rifleman) Warren…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: A Little Princess

LIFE LESSON: Faith Required A Little Princess: A absolutely required introduction to Shirley Temple as a child actress can fuel the talk about what the Great Depression was ( which I hear some schools don’t even teach now!), and how America got through it( with shirley temple and musicals). A lovely testament to the Human…

Happy New Year!

  Here’s hoping this will be the best Classic Hollywood year ever!        

Getting through the Holidays

  If you’re feeling bad about the Thanksgiving Feast you just enjoyed, are secretly dreading the cookies for Christmas, and have no idea how you’re going to recover from imbibing on New Years Eve, take a cue from our Curvy Girls in Classic Hollywood. See how our fave glamour girls stayed in shape!    …

Happy Black Friday

  Hello all. In the event that you ‘d rather not leave your house, no doubt still recovering from the Turkey Coma you induced yesterday, check out the Black Friday deals online. And if you want to save big this holiday check out the latest from Huffington Post. Now that the holiday season has officially…

The Cat and the Canary

This is what I like about The Cat and the Canary. -A creepy old mansion on the Bayou, with hidden paths and passages -A 10 year delay in the reading of a WILL -A hidden necklace that was presumed stolen -Spirits that warn you of imminent danger -Paulette Goddard playing the wide eyed heroine, and…

TCM FILM FESTIVAL 2015

Passes for the TCM FILM FESTIVAL 2015, go on sale today! History told through movies. Already we’re seeing some featured titles: Apollo 13, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Spartacus, Steamboat Bill Jr. , and there are sure to be more coming soon. The theme History According to Hollywood is something that rings true with all of…

Bob Hope Entertainer of the Century

  TCM honored Bob Hope on November 4th, reminding me why this man was an icon in film. While I’ve had many a pretty-boy phase in Classic Hollywood, I never ventured over to Bob Hope Land… until now. Just one film into the Bob Hope Collection and I was hooked, so I’ll be sharing some his…

The Sheik

TCM’s Silent Sundays gives us access to a plethora of great silent films. The Sheik was the film that propelled Rudolph Valentino into super stardom as the first sex god of the screen. Watching it the other evening, I was reminded by how much was not shown in these old films. Sure, you get some…

Theodora Goes Wild

Irene Dunne plays Theodora- a woman who has a secret that she intends to keep. As all the people in her small town throw a fuss about the new erotic romance novel sweeping the country, Theodora tries to find distractions in the city, and finds it in a very curious artist playboy-  played by Melvyn Douglas. So intrigued by Theodora, ….he…

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Melvyn Douglas narrates this film, and as Bill Cole( aka the best friend/lawyer) shares the billing with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy ( Mr. and Mrs. Blandings). Trapped in a small apartment in NYC, the uptight  Mr. Blandings needing something, anything… sees the potential for salvation in a broken down old house, while trying to…

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…

25 Days of a Classic Hollywood Christmas

If you want to watch along as we post and tweet funny lines from our favorite holiday flicks. This is our schedule. December It Happened on Fifth Avenue Meet John Doe White Christmas Christmas Holiday Mickey’s Christmas Carol Christmas in Connecticut Sant… View Post

Suicide in Classic Hollywood

Much of my love for film comes from the fact that we can learn anything and everything from the stories we’re told- about ourselves, about others, about our culture. Film has always represented time periods, beliefs, and obstacles better than any other medium. We can see reactions and we can feel their feelings. This is…

Happy New Year Hangover

In the grand spirit of Classic Hollywood, we’re honoring the first day of the New Year with much needed respite, reflection and regrets about last night. If your cocktail parties look even a little like Nick and Nora’s you know what I mean. But, we must push forward into the New Year, along with the…

Una Merkel

Una Merkel. What can we say? We love her. She adds fun, and wit, and slapstick comedy, and even cartwheels to the films we love.  I was most taken by just how wonderful Una is, when recently watching Forbidden Hollywood Vol. 4. The advantage of being not overly gorgeous( though not all people come with…

My week with Marilyn

When I discovered that there was a movie being made about Marilyn’s week with a random third assistant director on the film, The Prince and The Showgirl, I must admit I cringed. But as the pieces began to come together- Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Williams, Simon Curtis, and even Alexander Desplat, all gave me the assurance…

Care to Share Your Classic Movie Experience?

Last month Dutch Jan made a couple of poignant comments about his movie theater experiences as a teenage boy in German occupied Netherlands in regards to my Deanna Durbin Post. At the same time I was writing that Post I was also reading the book ‘The Star Machine’ by Jeanine Basinger my favorite film historian…

‘Classichollywood, take it or leave it…and she did’

Who better to Post about in February, the month of Valentines, but America’s Sweetheart from the mid-1930’s to the late 1940’s;  Deanna Durbin.  Who knew that Universal Studio actually had a musical singing star?  Previously when I thought of Universal Studio I associated them with either Monsters, or Abbott and Costello. Obviously I was wrong….

Money in Classic Hollywood

After finishing a Holiday season filled with Classic Hollywood, I was struck by how prevalent certain themes were in these films we watch over and over again. Is it our familiarity with these themes that make these films lovable? Is it further evidence that we’re catching Hollywood when it most parallels the issues in our…