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1939 – What a Year! – PT1.

April 16, 2018 // 0 Comments

There have been other great movie years – 1950 springs to mind, to name but one – yet most fans (those who are old enough anyway) would probably settle on 1939 as the crème de la crème. The list of features churned out that year really is impressive although they were not all great movies. Not by a long shot. Among the sub-standard features released in 1939 were: Gunga Din – Cary Grant, [...]

More Thirties Movie Trivia – PT3

February 7, 2018 // 1 Comment

      Ann Miller                                               in You Can’t Take It With You You Can’t Take it with You (1938) was dancer Ann Miller’s ninth movie as an adult, yet she was just 14 years old at the time of shooting! She had managed to procure a fake birth certificate that said she was born in 1919 when, in fact, her birthdate was April 12, 1923. [...]

The best pictures – year by year – PT 1 (1939-44).

October 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

  I have often been flabbergasted or just plain disbelieving as the Academy ran out each year’s list of Oscar nominees, especially the Best Picture nominees, and time after time exceptional pictures simply did not make the list. Consequently, I thought I might (starting with 1939, the year movies came of age), examine each year since then, by first listing the nominees and winner; then [...]

Western Women ( Pt 1 )

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

There have been countless stories written about the men in the American West, but very few about the women, yet there were quite a few who achieved varying levels of fame and notoriety. Of course, most of them were just hard-working, dirt poor and ill-educated sodbusters’ wives, women who slaved from dawn till dusk alongside their husbands, raised their children, and died, usually very young. [...]