Actresses of Forbidden Hollywood

I’ve been in a Kay Francis and George Brent phase lately. This usually warrants long periods of Forbidden Hollywood film watching. So I realized it was about time to make this list. AnnStj and I watch these films a lot, mainly because it’s terribly intriguing to see what people put in films before censorship. Lots…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Dick Powell

Dick Powell crooned his way through the 1930’s in Busby Burkely musicals like Gold Diggers of 1933. Strong armed his way through the 1940’s as the hard boiled bad boy in noir’s like Murder My Sweet. Founded Four Star Production in the 1950’s with David Niven, Ida Lupino and Charles Boyer and directed his wife…

Smarty

Smarty (1934 Warner Brothers) Warren William and Joan Blondell play the magically in-love married couple Tony and Vicky. Then one day Vicky goes a little too far mentioning impotence and baby carrots in the same sentence, and Tony slaps her in the face, in front of friends. This of course is just a little marital…

Dames

Dames (1934 Warner Brothers): Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell James( Powell) is trying to get money from the rich Uncle Ezra for his new broadway  show, but Uncle Ezra wants nothing to do with that one branch of his family tree who is not an upstanding moral citizen. In fact, upon swearing that…

Gold Diggers of 1933

Gold Diggers of 1933 (Warner Brothers): Joan Blondell, Ginger Rogers, and Dick Powell “I believe I can make this girl transfer her affection from him to me.” Down and out in the Depression, Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, and Dick Powell get it together to put on what they hope to be a successful show. But…

Illicit

Illicit(1931 Warner Brothers): Barbara Stanwyck “There have been women who want to park their heads on this manly bosom.” Illicit Fearing the loss of her freedom Ann refuses to get married to a man desperately in love with her. The thing is is she’s absolutely hopelessly in love with him too…but her parent’s divorce left…

Blonde Crazy

Blonde Crazy (1931 ~ Warner Brothers): James Cagney and Joan Blondell “If I can’t get it from you, I’ll get it from someone else” As most of what we find in Forbidden Hollywood, Blonde Crazy is a movie about sex, not romance. How to use it, how to get it, and when to withhold it….

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…

Henry Fonda and Margaret Sullavan

Henry Fonda ~ May 16, 1905 ~ August 12, 1982 The Mad Miss Manton, The Lady Eve, The Male Animal Margaret Sullavan ~ May 16, 1909 ~ January 1, 1960 The Good Fairy, The Mortal Storm, Cry ‘Havoc’ Happy Birthday Margaret and Henry!    

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…