Z is for Zither


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.

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Y is for Youth


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 […]

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X is for Xanadu


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 […]

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U is for Universal


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 […]

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