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Arguably the greatest movie musical of all time, Singin' in the Rain, in its sixty-sixth year of existence, continues to prove that a Technicolor musical comedy all about the transition from the silent film era to the talkie era has the power to hold up in this ever-changing digital age. Most of the songs in the … Continue reading The History Behind the Songs of Singin’ in the Rain
For years, Hollywood has been filled with scandals, myths, and mysteries. Robert Williams's story does not fall into any of those categories. However, there is a sense of mystery for those of us who wonder what he would have gone on to do if he had lived past the age of thirty-seven. He is known only … Continue reading Robert Williams: What Could Have Been?
♫ "Tulsa...swinging down to Tulsa..." ♫ At the beginning of the month, I visited Tulsa, Oklahoma for the second time since my best friend moved there late last year. From Northeast Missouri to Tulsa I went. To keep a fairly long story as short as possible, I drove to Tulsa on July 5th and … Continue reading Tulsa, the Movies, and Me
This post is entirely inspired by the wedding of my friend and her new husband, which I attended in Arkansas last weekend with my best friend. This one is dedicated to you, Alisha. The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMy9tDtPlgM Oh, my heart. Everything about this scene...even the little things, like how concerned, then … Continue reading My Favorite Weddings and Proposals in Film
The ninth annual TCM Classic Film Festival was held on April 26 - 29 in Hollywood, CA. This year's theme was Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen so many of the films screened were based on novels, created from original screenplays, or depicted the life of writers - real and fictitious - onscreen. I find it so … Continue reading TCM Classic Film Festival 2018: My Story
Men have been buzzing around here like flies ever since you gave up baseball. This place is beginning to look like the YMCA on a rainy afternoon! Happy 96th birthday to Ms. Doris Day, one of the brightest lights to ever illuminate Hollywood. She was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922 in Cincinnati, … Continue reading ON MOONLIGHT BAY (1951)
Escape the Mundane in Five Easy Steps. So, your life has become slow and you don't know how to get it to its former sharpness. You've come to see me because you've heard that I have an easy solution to your problem. Well, it won't be easy, but it can be quick if you can … Continue reading How To Live Life Like You’re In A Screwball Comedy
"You think anything's going to stand in the way of us playing the Palace this time? Oh no, not even a war." For Me and My Gal was released in theaters in late 1942, when America was fully emerged in World War II. After the US entered the War in December 1941, Hollywood joined in on … Continue reading For Me and My Gal (1942)
My family's always been in meat. The original version of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one many movies I've been meaning to watch for a long time. I struck a bit of cinematic gold late one early October night by catching it on TV. One day, five fictional young adults walked into the truly terrifying world … Continue reading THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)