David Niven ~ Star of the Month

I’ve come to the conclusion that David Niven was a rich man; rich in friends, rich in talent, rich in words that describe a bygone era that we will never see again. David Niven experienced the spectrum of Classic Hollywood first doing extra work for various studios, supplementing his income as crew on deep sea…

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 Marilyn Monroe!

  June 1, 1926 ~ August 5, 1962                      Marilyn Monroe               How to Marry a Millionaire The Blonde Bombshell role has been  a staple in Hollywood for what feels like the beginning of time. In the now we get Halle Berry and Scarlett Johannson, in the 1940’s we had Betty Grable- pin-up girl of WWII, in…

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…

Classic Hollywood Actresses: Lauren Bacall

Bringing Ernest Hemingway’s story to life couldn’t be an easy job, but no one but Lauren could’ve bled that sentimental, romantic side out of Humphrey Bogart. Always tagged the hard guy, with the hard face, deep voice, and tough guy act, no one thought he could ever pull off a believable romantic lead, and yet-…

The good, the bad, but mostly just the ugly!

I must start by reaffirming our general love and adoration for the wonderful Ginger Rogers, because that which is to follow will not reveal very much love or adoration. As many of you know, in the spirit of preservation of our film heritage, a few reknowned production companies have taken to FINALLY offering those little…

The Greeks Had A Word For It…..

At fourteen, rather upset that Ed McMahon had not yet driven up to my door with that million dollars he so clearly stated I would be winning, I headed to the library to find an instructional video. Even then, I knew the old stuff was always more dependable than the new.  How to Marry a Millionaire is probably…