bette davis

Why the studio system collapsed.

September 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

  The fall of the studio system in Hollywood did not happen overnight. It took from the late forties until the late sixties, but although it happened over a couple of decades, it was always going to happen sooner or later. Indeed, if World War Two had not interceded it might very well have occurred a decade earlier. When, in 1938, the Attorney-General Thurman Arnold restricted the practice [...]

The Many Loves of Bette Davis (1908-89).

August 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Bette Davis was never a raving beauty. Indeed, when Jack Warner sent a representative to the railway station to greet her on her arrival in Tinsel Town, the man returned empty-handed, declaring that nobody even remotely looking like a movie star got off the train. Be that as it may, she was a real man-eater once she got the hang of it. Claudette Colbert once said that the only big star she [...]

The Hollywood Canteen – a unique experience.

August 13, 2017 // 4 Comments

  Between 1941 and 1944 over 6,000 Hollywood workers entered the services, 1,500 of whom were registered actors and actresses. The ‘Hollywood Unit’ made training and recruitment films (and newsreels). One recruitment film starring Jimmy Stewart was said to have been responsible for 100,000 men joining the air force. Hundreds of stars, male and female, volunteered for the USO tours, [...]

‘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 [...]
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