As the story goes, Reed discovered Anton Karas playing the zither in a Vienna bistro during a break in the film’s production. As soon as he heard the music, he knew it would be perfect for the film.Read more "Z is for Zither"
Y is for Youth Hollywood during the Golden Age at times could seem like an adventure playground filled with children. Child stars were a staple of most of the studios; and a huge draw. At one point Shirley Temple was indisputably The Biggest Star in the World. And many of her peers were also highly […]Read more "Y is for Youth"
X is for Xanadu In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree: Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. – Coleridge I was going to write something about Orson Welles yesterday, but then I realised that I still needed something for the letter X. So […]Read more "X is for Xanadu"
Others played the part, but Weissmuller is the only Tarzan I can recall from my childhood. I can still remember the command he gave the elephant (“Umgawa!”) and of course his patented yell.Read more "W is for Weissmuller"
Bad guys … and bad girlsRead more "V is for Villains and Vixens"
U is for Universal Universal was always the poor man’s studio that churned out B Pictures. MGM had the stars; and the high-end productions; Warner Bros. had the social conscience and pretty much created the crime thriller; Fox had the quality melodramas. Universal had Dracula. And Frankenstein’s monster. And the Wolf Man. And the Mummy. The […]Read more "U is for Universal"
He brought his gruff brand of charm and cunning to some of the century’s most memorable films, exuding authority, kindness and common decency,Read more "T is for Tracy"