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‘THE BLUE GARDENIA’ (1953) – when film noir was king.

April 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

  As far as film noirs go, The Blue Gardenia rests somewhere near the middle of the genre. It has its moments, but the hurried ending detracts from its overall effectiveness. Indeed, if we didn’t know better, we could be forgiven for thinking that the production suddenly ran out of money, causing director Fritz Lang to suddenly yell, ‘Cut! That’s a wrap.’ A pity really because, [...]

Did you know?

February 10, 2017 // 3 Comments

  Bette Davis was born Ruth Elizabeth Davis in 1908. Fortunately, she did not hear her mother’s first words on her arrival: ‘Take it away! It’s horrible!’ she screamed. As a child little Ruth was a handful, cantankerous and precocious. She and her mentally unbalanced sister were raised by their mother after their father shot through. And the lady was strict. Biographers claim that [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 19.

December 20, 2016 // 0 Comments

      Bobby DARIN                                   Sandra DEE                           (1960 – 67)    divorced Bobby Darin & Sandra Dee   As a struggling songwriter in the legendary Brill Building, Bobby met up and coming singer Connie Francis and fell desperately in love with her. The girl’s strict Italian [...]

The Warner Bros. Story

December 8, 2016 // 1 Comment

  Warner Brothers was incorporated in 1923 by the four brothers – Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack. They bought a lot on Sunset Boulevard and their first big star was a German shepherd named Rin Tin Tin. In fact, it would be fair to say that the studio would almost certainly have gone under during the silent picture era if not for its canine superstar. The brothers got by on multiple bank [...]

Did you know?

December 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

  RUBY KEELER I recently watched 42nd Street (1933) in its entirety, having only seen excerpts until then. The acting was very ordinary, the sound quality (as expected) was inferior, and the highlighted singers were mostly awful. And that includes Ruby Keeler. In fact, she not only couldn’t sing, she couldn’t act or dance either. Looks-wise, she was a bit of a plain Jane as well. To her [...]

Past Oscar-winners – some observations – Pt 3.

October 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1949               All the King’s Men – Best Picture                         Broderick Crawford – Best Actor for All the King’s Men   Broderick Crawford Greg Peck as General Savage in Twelve O’Clock High Having seen all five nominated films for 1949, I am surprised that All the King’s Men came out on top. Darryl Zanuck’s [...]

Actors marrying other actors – Pt 9.

August 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

  BRATT, Benjamin                                        SOTO, Talisa                        2002 –   Talisa in License to Kill Benjamin and Julia Roberts Benjamin Bratt is quite an accomplished movie actor who has been seen opposite the likes of Sandra Bullock in Demolition Man in 1993 and in Miss Congeniality in 2000, and [...]

Great character actors. Pt 1

March 5, 2016 // 2 Comments

    Obviously, most of us are drawn to a movie more often than not because of the lead players, yet very few great movies are carried entirely by their stars. The support players can make a profound difference to the quality of a picture. A prime example of this (and there are many) would be the very funny My Cousin Vinny (1992). This film has two hilarious performances from its leads, [...]

Joseph Cotten & Deanna Durbin – lovers or not?

January 27, 2016 // 10 Comments

  In 2013, singer/actress Deanna Durbin passed away at the age of 91 in her adopted country, France. Actor Joseph Cotten had preceded her by nearly twenty years. Way back in 1943, Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper set the cat among the pigeons when she wrote that Deanna and Joe, both married to others at the time, had spent the night together in a room at Universal studios. The [...]

The Casting Couch.

January 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Claudette Colbert was a big star, but even she admitted to getting her start in Hollywood via someone’s ‘casting couch’. In fact, she told an interviewer that the only star she knew of who made it without resorting to the ‘couch’ was Bette Davis. She did not elaborate on that statement, but given Bette’s prestigious Broadway reputation, it might be [...]
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