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
Handsome. English. Talented. Mysterious. Tormented? Robert Donat was an actor best known for his starring roles in Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps (1935) and Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939). He won an Oscar for Best Actor for the latter film-- beating out Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, Laurence Olivier, and Mickey Rooney in what is considered by many to be the greatest year in … Continue reading Robert Donat: Where Have I Heard That Name Before?
As much as I could say about The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) and all of the wonderful performances in it, I want to zone in mainly on one of the cast members: Harold Russell, a man who should be more well-known than he is today. Harold Russell was born in North Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1914 … Continue reading Harold Russell: Hero and Screen Legend
Opening note: The 1963 film Bye Bye Birdie is unashamedly one of my favorite musicals, so I thought I'd come back to my blog by dedicating a post to its starlet Ann-Margret and the impression she made on audiences, especially in the 1960s. This also gives me a chance to work with two subjects that are very dear … Continue reading Movie Icon: Ann-Margret
Gordon MacRae will probably always be best known for his unforgettable role as Curly in Oklahoma! (1955). He was an incredibly handsome dark-haired man with a rich, strong baritone singing voice. His roles were usually those of the clean-cut boy-next-door. MacRae was born Albert Gordon MacRae in East Orange, New Jersey on March 12, 1921. When he … Continue reading Gordon MacRae: A Birthday Tribute to an Underrated Talent