Actors of Forbidden Hollywood

Forbidden Hollywood is one of those Risqué topics only whispered about after everyone else has gone home. Why? Well before the “Hays Code” set up the rules, films were on the verge of going to the dark side. Clothes got skimpier, decision making got more lax, and divorce was running rampant as was sex, drugs,…

The Fighting 69th

On yesterday’s date one hundred years ago April 6, 1917 the United States entered WW I. In The Fighting 69th this 1940 Warner Brothers film remembers three real life heroes during the U.S. involvement on the front lines in France: Journalist and Poet Joyce Kilmer, Catholic Priest, Army Chaplain Father Francis Duffy and Major William…

Female

  If you’re not familiar with Ruth Chatterton, now’s the time to get familiar. While there may be good reason to not know Ruth, her work in some fantastic pre-code films in the 20’s and 30’s warrant attention. Those that paired her with husband George Brent were always particularly steamy. One film most memorable is FEMALE,…

Toby Wing July 14, 1915 ~ March 22, 2001 Happy Belated Birthday Toby! Kiss and Make-Up, …

Toby Wing

July 14, 1915 ~ March 22, 2001 Happy Belated Birthday Toby! Kiss and Make-Up, 42nd Street, Murder at the Vanities

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…

Week-End Marriage

Week-End Marriage 1932 (First National) “I like being independent.” “Because you’re not in love, that’s why.” This is the story of the Independent Woman in the 1930’s. If you were a working woman it was usually because you were single and needed to support yourself, or because you were stupid. See if you weren’t single,…

The Crash

The Crash(1932 First National): George Brent and Ruth Chatterton Real Life husband and wife( Brent and Chatterton) were paired in so many great films together, but The Crash while chronicling the newlywed pair through the up and down of the market leaves something to be desired. George Brent is hard to believe as the helpless…

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…

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,…

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…

Forbidden Hollywood Volume 5

Like most true Classic Hollywood Fans, we’ve been loving Forbidden Hollywood. Volume 5, however, it is not the comedic jewel we find in Volume 4. Forbidden Hollywood Volume 5 contains the darker side of humanity. The mysteries, murders, and set ups we’ve come to associate with films like Manhattan Melodrama, and Double Indemnity. In Ladies They…