the private lives of elizabeth and essex

1939 – My Top Ten.

April 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

10        THE WOMEN – Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford, Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard,                                          Mary Boland, Joan Fontaine, Virginia Weidler, Marjorie Main, Virginia Grey, Ruth Hussey, Lucille Watson, Hedda Hopper There are a number of things wrong with The Women, not the least of which is the appallingly hammy [...]

Thirties movie trivia – PT1

February 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

                  Norma Shearer                               Norma & Jimmy Stewart circa 1939         Mickey Rooney in his Andy Hardy days Norma Shearer’s husband, Irving Thalberg, passed away in September 1936. Because of his fragile heart condition the couple had, on doctor’s orders, pretty much abstained from energetic sexual activity during their [...]

SNIPPETS – PT2.

November 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Kate and Barrymore in A Bill of Divorcement (1932) Kate Hepburn made her movie debut in the 1932 drama A Bill of Divorcement, in which the aging John Barrymore played her mentally unbalanced father. Known as ‘The Great Profile’, he invited her to his dressing-room where he promptly stripped naked and suggested the two of them ‘get on with it.’ Kate admitted that he seduced her, ‘but [...]

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 [...]