joel mccrea

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 1.

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Darwin Porter is a prolific writer, a man who has been an entertainment columnist for The Miami Herald since he was 20 years old. He has written and sold more celebrity biographies than anyone else, yet he has his ‘knockers’, people who think he is little more than a sensationalist muckraker. And they may well be right yet, when we consider that generations of movie fans have been weaned on [...]

Actors marrying other actors – PT 20.

January 17, 2017 // 2 Comments

  Frances DEE                                     Joel McCREA                       (1933 – 90)    his death   Frances & Joel in Wells Fargo (1937) By all accounts Joel McCrea was one of the nicest men to ever become a big movie star. He had it all. He was tall, handsome, sincere, extremely affable and soft-spoken. And he [...]

WAMPAS Baby Stars – PT5 (1926)

December 28, 2016 // 2 Comments

  MARY ASTOR (1906-87)                            1526 For some reason 1926 was quite a year for WAMPAS Baby Stars. Most of them ended up being major movie stars. Mary Astor is the first of these. Born Lucile Langhanke, her career started in 1921 and lasted over forty years and 154 screen credits. These included such classics as Red Dust (1932), Dodsworth (1936), [...]

Past Oscars PT 5 – (1961-66)

November 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

    1961               West Side Story – Best Picture                         Maximilian Schell – Best Actor for Judgment at Nuremberg                         George Chakiris – Best Supporting Actor for West Side Story                                     [...]

Did you know?

October 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

  A few notes on Destry Rides Again (1939) For years writers have been saying that the bar-room fight scene between Marlene Dietrich and Una Merkel in Destry Rides Again (1939) was real, that the two actresses went at it hammer and tong because they loathed each other. That is simply untrue. In fact, they had never even met until the day that sequence was filmed. Director George Marshall [...]

What was Veronica Lake really like?

March 21, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Veronica Lake became famous during World War Two, primarily because of her silly ‘Peekaboo’ hair style that was copied by thousands of young women employed in the war industry. I recently watched her in a quaint little 1942 film called Sullivan’s Travels and I was surprised to find her giving a really enjoyable performance alongside Joel McCrea. The picture was written and [...]

Good Guys & Gals (Pt 1)

January 21, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Like any community, Hollywood has had its share of men and women who excelled as human beings, not just in their chosen profession, but in their private lives as well. In an industry where the slightest miss-step is plastered all over the media, to go through decades without drawing any adverse publicity is not an easy thing to do, especially given the temptation in evidence in every [...]

Tragic Hollywood – no end of stories.

December 12, 2015 // 0 Comments

Louise Brooks once described Buster Keaton as the most beautiful man she ever saw. Be that as it may, he was certainly a comic genius. While other funny men relied on slow-cranking cameras and speeded-up images to get their laughs, he mostly worked at normal speed, much of his humour coming from scenes in which he hardly moved at all. And he never threw a single custard pie in any of his [...]