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?
Mrs. Rittenhouse, ever since I met you, I've swept you off my feet. I feel like anyone who is a fan of the Marx Brothers remembers when they first watched their movies and have vivid memories of it. I know I do. See, when it happened, I didn't plan on checking out several of their … Continue reading The Marx Brothers: A Love Story
Barbara Stanwyck is known for many roles: from her Pre-Code days up until her part in the popular 1960s Western television show The Big Valley, she could do it all. There’s a role of hers which I feel is often overlooked and totally underrated: the titular character in Stella Dallas (1937). Stella Dallas is the story of a … Continue reading Barbara Stanwyck in Stella Dallas (1937)
"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
August 19, 2016: Ruby Keeler Day for TCM'S Summer Under the Stars 1933 was an amazing year for Hollywood.... It was an especially amazing year for a young lady named Ruby Keeler. Today, the name Ruby Keeler is a name that is nearly forgotten, save for classic film fans-particularly those who are hardcore fans of 1930s … Continue reading Celebrating Ruby Keeler: “Gold Diggers of 1933” ☆
HAPPY 100th BIRTHDAY TO OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND! Scarlett O'Hara, one of the finest-crafted characters in all of literature and cinema, calls Melanie Hamilton a "pale-faced, mealy-mouthed ninny", completely jealous because Melanie marries Ashley Wilkes, the man Scarlett is crazy about. Although that phrase is hilarious, it's crazy inaccurate. In the 1939 landmark film Gone With the Wind, … Continue reading Melanie Hamilton: A True Heroine
"I have worked like a dog all my life, honey. Dancing, as Fred Astaire said, is next to ditch-digging. You sweat and you slave and the audience doesn't think you have a brain in your head." (photo courtesy of vintagegal.tumblr.com) Ann Miller was a big star in some of the Golden Age of Hollywood's biggest … Continue reading Tap Queen: Ann Miller
Mae Clarke was born Violet Mary Klotz in Philadelphia, PA in 1910 and grew up in Atlantic City, NJ. Her father was an organist who accompanied silent films, so Violet was brought up in a motion picture kind of environment.
The calla lilies are in bloom again. Such a strange flower, suitable to any occasion. I carried them on my wedding day and now I place them here in memory of something that has died. Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers lead an extraordinary ensemble cast in Stage Door (1937). The film was directed by Gregory La Cava, … Continue reading Katharine Hepburn and Ginger Rogers as Anti-Damsels in “Stage Door” (1937)
Classic film mega-fans, casual fans, and people who don't normally watch old films have one thing in common when it comes to Singin' in the Rain: they've all probably seen this movie at least once...so this movie doesn't require much of an introduction. But I'll give one anyway. You know how it goes: It's 1927 and … Continue reading Dueling Divas: Kathy Seldon vs. Lina Lamont