Pillow to Post

A special Birthday shout out for Willie Best one of my favorite character actors. In the 1945 Warner Bros. Romantic Comedy Pillow to Post the world is at war and on the home front in this movie everything is topsy turvy. Ida Lupino’s character Jean Howard wants to help the war effort but has been…

Hedy Lamarr

HAPPY 101st BIRTHDAY! Picture from Come Live with Me ( Hedy Lamarr & Jimmy Stewart)

Baby Peggy ~ Diana Serra Cary

October 26, 1918 The Elephant in the Room documentary about Silent Film star Baby Peggy is a must see for those interested in early film. Diana Serra Cary (Peggy) was eighteen months old when she made her first silent movie. Her father was a stuntman in westerns her mother a sometime extra. Diana was discovered…

Jane Wyman

January 5, 1917 ~ September 10, 2007 Brother Rat (1938), The Doughgirls (1944), Pollyanna (1960) Happy Birthday Janie!

Maggie Smith

Happy Birthday Dame Maggie! The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie(1969), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone(2001), Downton Abbey(2010-2014)

Joel McCrea

Joel McCrea November 5, 1905 ~ October 20, 1990 Ramrod(1947), Bird of Paradise(1932), Chance at Heaven(1933) Happy Birthday Joel!  

Carole Lombard

October 6, 1908 ~ January 16, 1942 Carole Lombard ~ Supernatural (1933) Happy Birthday Carole!

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…

Mrs. Miniver

  September 29, 1904 ~  April 6, 1996    Greer Garson Greer Garson is most known for her role in Mrs. Miniver, and was quickly given more roles like it. The dramatic roles however while stretching acting muscles and winning her awards did nothing for her comic genius. She gets snarky, and sarcastic with Lawrence Olivier in…

And God Created Woman

September 28, 1934 Brigitte Bardot first stormed American shores in Act of Love with Kirk Douglas. The sexpot image of course had been done before by Ann Sheridan, Lana Turner, and Marilyn Monroe. What Brigitte brought to the table was a sort of sexual “foreign” promiscuity we’d never seen before. Keep in mind it was…

Edmund Gwenn

September 26, 1875 ~  September 6, 1959 Miracle on 34th Street,  The Doctor Takes a Wife Everyone who has ever seen Miracle on 34th Street with Edmund Gwenn, automatically gains a soft spot for the actor that plays Santa. He’s insightful, sleeps with his whiskers out, and stands up for Alfred the janitor. What’s not to…

Garbo Smiles

September 18, 1905 ~ April 15, 1990 Greta Garbo. What can we say? Both annstj and I just aren’t sure we understand the appeal. I apologize outright for any sacrilege that we may be committing at this moment- especially on her birthday! Greta came to Hollywood quickly filling the role of elusive foreigner with perfect skin,…

Al St. John

September 10, 1892 ~ January 21, 1963 Out of Place (1922), His First Car (1924), Harem Scarem (1932) Al St. John was a pioneer of Old Hollywood and a native Californian. He started his film career over 100 years ago in 1912. He worked with Mack Sennett then was joined by his Uncle Roscoe Arbuckle…

Marilyn’s Last Phone Call

  September 7, 1923 ~ December 24, 1984 Good News, It Happened in Brooklyn, Easter Parade Peter Lawford had many claims to fame. He was the first guy Elizabeth Taylor’s mother honed in on, when he strolled across the studio. Nothing could be better than a real English gentleman, with notable parents for a very…

Joan Blondell

August 30, 1906 ~ December 25, 1979  Joan Blondell  ~ Lawyer Man, Three on a Match, Footlight Parade, Night Nurse In the Gable-Garson film, Adventure, Joan Blondell gets the never- envied third billing, but the ever envied proposal from Clark. Yep, he liked the blondes. Apparently confessing to Joan that she reminded him of late…

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…

Happy Birthday Leslie

  August 16, 1946  Leslie Ann Warren Playing the naïve daughter in Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire, Leslie Ann Warren depicts the awkwardness of the Teen Girl with such sincerity, you almost wonder if in this, her first big movie role, she wasn’t really going through all that angst right on the screen. Opposite the delicious…

Esther Williams Easy to Wed

  August 8, 1921~ June 6, 2013  Esther Williams Million Dollar Mermaid, On an Island with You, Easy to Wed The TCM Spotlight Collection of Esther Williams films offer up Esther Williams swimming into fame and fortune. So, I was surprised to see so very little swimming in Easy to Wed. This remake of the…

Hearthrob Robert Taylor

August 5, 1911 ~ June 8, 1969 Magnificent Obsession, Camille, The Gorgeous Hussy, Personal Property After seeing his heartbreaking performance as the lovesick fool in Camille, I couldn’t help trying to get my hands on all the Robert Taylor I could find. Apart from his dashing good looks, and Valentino-like skin, Robert succeeded in playing…

Leading Ladies: Myrna Loy

August 2, 1905 ~ December 14, 1993 Choosing three favorite movies from Myrna Loy’s extensive filmography (123 films) list is as near to impossible as picking out three from William Powell’s (97 films). I repeat we love all of their movies. And like Williams Birthday Post I’ll list three favorites of Myrna’s that are also…

Leading Men: William Powell

July 29, 1892 ~ March 5, 1984 ~ Choosing three favorite movies from William Powell’s extensive filmography list is near to impossible because as far as we are concerned all of William Powell’s movies are our favorites. So I’ll list three films that are not shown in the media as much as the more popular ones…

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…

Nelson Eddy

  June 29, 1901 ~ March 6, 1967                    Nelson Eddy Gruff on screen, and apparently even more so in the bedroom, Nelson Eddy could boast a temper, as well as unbridled passion when it came to things he wanted. Namely- things like Jeanette Macdonald. Quite sure she belonged to him, he spent a good deal of…

STAR OF THE MONTH Eleanor Parker

  June 26, 1922                     Eleanor Parker                  Valley of the Kings Eleanor Parker, this month’s TCM star, worked in Hollywood for 50 years. Yep. You know her, she’s the gorgeous baroness trying to steal Captain Von Trapp away from our little nun, Maria in Sound of Music. With experience in theater, Eleanor was one of those…

Leading Men: Errol Flynn

  June 20, 1909 ~  October 14, 1959                   Errol Flynn With films in Glorious Technicolor that boasted scores to accompany any Sunday afternoon, Errol Flynn did nothing better than gracing the screen in sprawling films that could take up hours. Dodge City is a classic Errol-Olivia film that boasts all the earmarks of the grand theater…

Leading Men: Robert Preston

June 8, 1918 ~ March 21, 1987                     Robert Preston Robert Preston always had that broad shouldered, tousely hair thing going on, that needless to say just made all the girls swoon. Nevertheless he was married to the same woman for 46 years. *sigh*. A combination of theater, and film gained him more acclaim than most in Hollywood,…

Leading Ladies: Rosalind Russell

June 4, 1907  ~ November 28, 1976     Rosalind Russell Rosalind Russell is known for many roles. For her slapstick humor. For her witty banter. We like her in Howard Hawks 1940 remake of The Front Page,  His Girl Friday, playing the able-to-run-with-the-men reporter Hildy Johnson.  We like her in My Sister Eileen as the passed over…

Leading Men: Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis June 3, 1925 ~ September  29, 2010 Probably best known, depending on who you are, for his bare-chested slave/tutor role in Spartacus, OR his dead-on Cary Grant impersonation in Some Like it Hot, Tony Curtis made a living being “willing”.  Willing to seduce possible “virgin” Natalie Wood in Sex and the Single Girl…

Happy Birthday Paulette Goddard

June 3, 1910 ~ April 23, 1990 Paulette Goddard Paulette Goddard was one of the first, what I considered “underground” actresses,  I had stumbled upon when I was younger. “Underground” because she wasn’t Marilyn, or Audrey, or Elizabeth. Of course then I found she was once married to Charlie Chaplin, and then she didn’t seem…