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
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)
"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)
Welcome to Tait College circa 1927, where football rules and romance is aplenty. This is Good News. This film is a remake of the 1930 film musical, which was based on the 1927 play. (The 1930 version was a full-out Pre-Code production filled with sexual innuendos. By the 1940s, it was no longer screened in the … Continue reading GOOD NEWS (1947)
What's the story, morning glory? It doesn't get much sillier or more fun than the musical film Bye Bye Birdie (1963), which was adapted from the 1960 Broadway musical. The film stars Ann-Margret as Kim MacAfee, a teenager from Sweet Apple, Ohio who wins the contest of a lifetime: a kiss from rock and roll superstar Conrad … Continue reading Spotlight on Fashion + Color: BYE BYE BIRDIE (1963)
It's always a pure joy to watch a classic film on the big screen, especially when you're watching James Cagney sing and dance. On the evening of Thursday, July 6, I drove about an hour and a half to a little town called Moberly and met one of my online friends (and fellow classic film … Continue reading YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942) on the Big Screen
In 1948, MGM released a vibrant Technicolor musical called Easter Parade.
“People love what other people are passionate about.” In the course of two days, I've seen La La Land twice (so far). I figured I'd enjoy it, but I didn't know that I'd love it as much as I do. I'm already binge-listening to the soundtrack.
"I was just a swimmer who got lucky." Christmas is over and the new year is here. So, you know what that means: Summer is right around the corner. Well, practically. What better way to celebrate than by talking about Esther Williams? Okay, so it took me twenty years to watch an Esther Williams … Continue reading Esther Williams: Baby, It’s Cold Outside