Summer Under the Stars ~ Thelma Ritter

Thelma Ritter six times nominated for Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress: All About Eve (1950),The Mating Season (1951),With a Song in My Heart (1952),Pickup on South Street (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Summer Under the Stars ~ Paul Newman

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Exodus (1960), Towering Inferno (1974) Absence of Malice(1981), Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990), Road to Perdition (2002).

Summer Under the Stars ~ Herbert Marshall

Herbert Marshall, WWI Veteran lost a leg during the Great War for King and country then came home to hold his own, playing leading man opposite some of Classic Hollywood’s greatest actresses. He duked it out with Barbara Stanwyck in Breakfast for Two (1937). Appeared as Deanna Durbin’s pretend father in the multi-nominated (4) film…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Carole Lombard

Jane Alice Peters, aka Carole Lombard, was dubbed “the finest actress I ever worked with” by the iconic John Barrymore. And I needed to share this sentiment from Carla over at carolelombard.org ( support her pending Carole biography in any way if you can!) “Lombard’s legacy comes from her compassionate character. A character who brought…

Summer Under the Stars ~ William Powell

A William Powell Favorite? Love Crazy. Part of the Loy and Powell film collection, this film adds slapstick humor to an already crazy storyline. Whether its getting his head stuck in an elevator, or his mustache shaved off, Powell does everything he can think of to keep his wife from divorcing him. Such devotion. I…

Summer Under the Stars ~ James Stewart

Vivacious Lady (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Rear Window (1954), Shenandoah (1965) Airport ’77’ (1977), Right of Way (1983), An American Tail: Fieval Goes West (1991)

Summer Under the Stars ~ Walter Pidgeon

Check out Walter Pidgeon all day on TCM. Here’s the schedule Make sure to catch Walter and top leading lady Greer Garson in Mrs. Parkington. If you’re a die hard fan, you’ll have to catch Julia Misbehaves (co starring Greer and Walter, alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Peter Lawford). Enjoy.

Scraps of Paper

‘Scraps of Paper’ is a rare fund raising short that was made in 1918 to sell Victory Bonds for the winning of the war. It was made by the number one box office draw Roscoe Arbuckle and the Famous Players-Lasky Corp. In the short Roscoe explains to Kaiser Willie and his acrobatic son Al St….

Agatha Christie murder mysteries

  Agatha Christie, queen of murder mysteries, was not only the brain child behind notorious sleuths like Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence, she is also the best selling author of all time . She wrote 78 crime novels, six other novels, 150 short stories, four non-fiction books and 19 plays. Thankfully TCM…

‘Battling Burtons’

There is no better example of the Battling Burtons than this great Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton  movie, The Taming of the Shrew. It is an entertaining version of Shakespeare’s classic play. The sparks fly between the two actors. The Supporting cast is a who’s who of great British actors; Michael York, Michael Hordern, Cyril Cusack,…

Rock Hudson: Great Actor

Rock Hudson spent his life acting. He was nominated for two academy awards. Succeeded playing the comic in the Doris Day films, the typical noncommittal heartbreaker in Come September, and complicated male leads in Giant, Seconds, and Obsession. Still, when I google Rock Hudson, all I find is AIDS. Sad, but very true. For that…

How to be a PIRATE

The lessons we learn from Classic Hollywood are always valuable. And TCM’s Pirate Fridays are no exception. 1. Your Reputation Always Precedes You: whether its true or not. Double Crossbones thrusts Donald O’Connor in a revered “false” reputation, much like the Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride. The good part? You don’t even have…

Pirate Fridays on TCM

Pirate Fridays on TCM             What better way to kick off June and Summer than with pirates at sea. TCM hosts Pirate Fridays all through June. Before we fell in love with Captain Jack of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Dread Pirate Roberts of The Princess Bride, Classic Hollywood did…

Pirate Fridays on TCM

                        What better way to kick off June and Summer than with pirates at sea. TCM hosts Pirate Fridays all through June. Before we fell in love with Captain Jack of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Dread Pirate Roberts of The Princess Bride,…

Rock Hudson Star of the Month

One Year. One year of diligent focused efforts, in 1947, handing out his headshot to agents all over Hollywood would land Rock Hudson in the hands of talent scout Henry Willson. On a contract with Warner Bros. and no acting background to speak of, Rock Hudson would gain a role in Fire Squadron ( 1948). So impressed…

Mel Brooks in Hollywood

I love Mel Brooks. I can recite far too many embarrassing lines from a variety of his films, and they always somehow oddly fit into the fabric of my life just perfectly. Sort of like everything from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or The Princess Bride…there is always something in there you can use. And that’s…