claudette colbert

RANDOM SNAPSHOTS – PT5.

November 7, 2017 // 4 Comments

BERGMAN, Ingrid  (1915-82)                                                             Joseph Mankiewicz had this to say about Ingrid Bergman. ‘Even when she learned about Spencer Tracy’s involvement with Kate Hepburn, she was still crazy about him. Don’t forget, she was there before Kate came onto the scene. Bergman was a stunningly beautiful creature. I [...]

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 3

October 28, 2017 // 4 Comments

The third and final segment regarding ‘Katharine the Great’, the controversial Darwin Porter biography of Katherine Hepburn. Eleanor Roosevelt *Eleanor Roosevelt had a heavy crush on Kate although it was not reciprocated. In the early 1940s the First Lady wrote her many passionate letters, but it was a one-way love affair. In 1948 there was serious talk that Eleanor might run for the [...]

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 [...]

PAST OSCAR WINNERS – Some observations – PT 2.

October 1, 2016 // 2 Comments

  1942                Mrs. Miniver – Best Picture   Well, World War Two was in full swing and America was now in it, so a war picture (or at least a flag-waver) was bound to win Best Picture. And one did. There were four of these nominated: Mrs. Miniver, Wake Island and The 49th Parallel were about the current conflict, and Yankee Doodle Dandy provided the flag-waving. I [...]

PAST OSCAR WINNERS – Some Observations – PT 1.

September 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

                I have been looking through the history of the Academy Awards and, like most people interested in such things, I have found myself disagreeing with many of the choices and agreeing wholeheartedly with others. Here are a few of my thoughts on the merits or otherwise of those lucky enough to have received the coveted statuette. Most of the really early films I am yet to [...]

Henry Willson – super agent.

February 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

  He started out as a journalist in the 1930s. By the late 30s he became the guy who gave Lana Turner her name. In fact, Henry had a real flair for creating memorable (and unusual) names for up and coming actors and actresses. In addition to Lana he represented Joan Fontaine, Rhonda Fleming and Natalie Wood, but his main source of income derived from his ‘stable’ of beef cake actors. [...]

The Casting Couch.

January 13, 2016 // 2 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 [...]

Gay Hollywood in the studio days.

December 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

  I read recently that ‘gay-gossip is the newest and most clever form of homophobia’. Nice try, but I’m not buying it.  I am neither homosexual nor homophobic, but I am interested in subterfuge and in exposing old-time movie studios that made an art form out of gulling the public. For fifty or so years their publicity machines churned out phony, sanitized images of their stars and [...]

The Studio System – the Big Five.

July 22, 2015 // 6 Comments

  For several decades the ‘Big Five’ in Hollywood were MGM, 20th Century Fox, RKO, Paramount and Warner Bros. United Artists had its moments in the sun, as did Columbia, Republic and Universal, but they were not really in the same league as the others. Of the ‘Big Five’ only RKO Pictures was not owned by European Jews. The initials RKO, incidentally, stand for ‘Radio – Keith – [...]