How Gary Cooper saved Hollywood.

Gary Cooper as a man embodied “honor and decency” ( Smith, The Film 100), along with an unaffected manner that made him appear strong in the face of danger. His dream to draw newspaper cartoons for a living was put on hold when he made a trip to California in 1924 and landed a role…

It Happened One Night

1934 was the first year to choose pictures for eligibility for Academy Awards within a calendar year: January 1st thru December 31st. It was the first year all of the major awards were swept away by one single movie, It Happened One Night. Talk about your sour grapes these awards were received by Columbia Studios…

Mothers ~ Beulah Bondi Beulah Bondi, she surprised us in Vivacious Lady by showing us her jitterbug side, she protected her son Fred MacMurray from a Christmas shopping kleptomaniac Barbara Stanwyck in…

Mothers ~ Beulah Bondi

Beulah Bondi, she surprised us in Vivacious Lady by showing us her jitterbug side, she protected her son Fred MacMurray from a Christmas shopping kleptomaniac Barbara Stanwyck in Remember the Night and was the stand by your son Mom in another Christmas must watch every year movie It’s a Wonderful Life. She is another actress…

Mothers ~ Spring Byington Spring Byington made the mistake of playing a “heartwarming” Mrs. March in Little Women (1933) and was quickly typecast as Mother in a variety of films.

Mothers ~ Spring Byington

Spring Byington made the mistake of playing a “heartwarming” Mrs. March in Little Women (1933) and was quickly typecast as Mother in a variety of films. Meet John Doe, Heaven Can Wait, and You Can’t Take It With You soon led to a career as everyone’s favorite mother-in-law in the TV show, December Bride. Her…

Hollywood Good Girl Jean Arthur Hollywood Good Girl ~ Jean Arthur Apart from the extremely steamy scene on the steps in…

Hollywood Good Girl Jean Arthur

Hollywood Good Girl ~ Jean Arthur Apart from the extremely steamy scene on the steps in The More the Merrier and the two husbands problem in Too Many Husbands, Jean actually was a very good girl. We saw it in innocent roles on screen in Easy Living as the broke writer who finds some good luck,…

It’s a Wonderful LIfe   The piece de resistance of all Holiday Films, which has enjoyed decades of acclaim, did… View Post

It’s a Wonderful LIfe

    The piece de resistance of all Holiday Films, which has enjoyed decades of acclaim, did horribly at the box office. It was rumored that 8 actresses turned down the role of Mary opposite George Bailey because of their dislike of James Stewart- of them ex-girlfriend Ginger Rogers. Luckily, the film came together beautifully,…

Classic Holiday Films from Classic Hollywood Getting ready to jump into the Holiday Season, we wanted to share our ABSOLUTLEY ESSENTIAL Holiday… View Post

Classic Holiday Films from Classic Hollywood

Getting ready to jump into the Holiday Season, we wanted to share our ABSOLUTLEY ESSENTIAL Holiday Films from the days of old. While there are quite a few classic movies out there we decided to narrow it down to ones we’ll definitely make time for. Christmas in Connecticut(1945): My absolute favorite Christmas film! Dennis Morgan…

Priscilla Lane June 12, 1915 ~ April 4, 1995 Brother Rat, Four Daughters, Arsenic and Old Lace Happy Birthday… View Post

Priscilla Lane

June 12, 1915 ~ April 4, 1995 Brother Rat, Four Daughters, Arsenic and Old Lace Happy Birthday Priscilla!

Leading Men: Jimmy Stewart May 20, 1908 ~ July 2, 1997 Jimmy StewartHappy Birthday James Stewart! Jimmy brought an element of… View Post

Leading Men: Jimmy Stewart

May 20, 1908 ~ July 2, 1997 Jimmy Stewart Happy Birthday James Stewart! Jimmy brought an element of range to his acting career that we rarely see in actors. In his early career he was cast often as the tall, if not awkward, dashing young man trying to get the girl. The Philadephia Story is…

Frank Capra May 18, 1897 ~ September 3, 1991 The Miracle Woman, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lady for a Day Happy… View Post

Frank Capra

May 18, 1897 ~ September 3, 1991 The Miracle Woman, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Lady for a Day Happy Birthday Mr. Capra!

Max Steiner May 10, 1888 ~ December 28, 1971 Gone With the Wind, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Unfaithful Happy… View Post

Max Steiner

May 10, 1888 ~ December 28, 1971 Gone With the Wind, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Unfaithful Happy Birthday Max!