Top 5 Song and Dance Men from Classic Hollywood Movies

As musicals begin to make a little bit of a comeback we decided to reflect on what it takes to make an amazing song and dance man. This is a little bit of a modge podge of men… all with different strengths.If you want a good classic hollywood musical education, try one flick from each fella…

Robert Siodmak~Master Stylist of Noir

Speaking of Deanna Durbin…although it seems most noir gurus gravitate toward ‘The Killers’ (1946) as an essential Robert Siodmak noir film. I can’t help mentioning Christmas Holiday (1944) Deanna Durbin’s dramatic film debut. Eddie Muller’s article from week two of Summer of Darkness described film director Siodmak’s style in Noir as using ‘Complexly layered flashbacks,…

Christmas Holiday

Who ever thought we’d see a film where Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin get wrapped up in a murder? We’ve written about Christmas Holiday before, but here we just revel in a mysterious Wednesday night flick. And if you’re looking for a double-feature- Deanna deals with murder in Lady on a Trainas well, where you…

Remembering Deanna Durbin

  America’s Sweetheart passed away in the spring of this year at the age of 91 and America barely blinked an eye. Her passing was only a whisper of a blip on the entertainment or news media radar. It isn’t even acknowledged in the Memoriam section on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences…

Director Gene Kelly

  August 23, 1912 ~ February 2, 1996 Gene Kelly I love Gene Kelly. In my mind when I was younger, I always thought I had to choose between Gene and Fred Astaire, and then I realized I could have them both. Gene, not only as a dancer and a choreographer, but as a director…

Unsinkable: A Memoir by Debbie Reynolds

In the 1970’s I had heard about Debbie Reynolds passion for collecting Classic Hollywood costumes and props for historical preservation. I’ve patiently waited for someday to come along to be able to visit a museum to see it. Most of her collection is from the MGM Studio’s and 20th Century Fox. The book Unsinkable a Memoir…

MANDATORY CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM LIST

LIST ONE….. Note: We’ve watched A LOT of classic Hollywood films. This is my list so far- and no they’re not necessarily based on anything even close to “merit.” I know annstj will have her own list, so look out for  a LIST TWO. This was prompted by my younger brother asking what “other” old…

Christmas Holiday

Oh My Goodness…A Deanna Durbin Film Festival in Palo Alto, CA from December 1st until January 7th. Finally the public will be able to watch Christmas Holiday at the time of year it was meant to be watched. I’m not sure what the Studio was thinking by releasing this movie on June 28th of 1944…