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"
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"
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"
N is for Nick and Nora It’s really no surprise that Nick and Nora Charles captivated audiences when the sleuthing couple tipsily arrived on screen in 1934 in The Thin Man. Prohibition in America had just recently been repealed; the nation was in the mood for a drink, and Nick and Nora happily imbibed. A […]Read more "N is for Nick and Nora"
There were five Marx Brothers, but the world conveniently only ever recalls three. Seriously, can you recall what Zeppo looked like?Read more "M is for The Marx Brothers"
I is for Ingram I was thinking I would continue my A to Z Challenge on Old Hollywood with a general post about Irish actors in movies: Barry Fitzgerald, Maureen O’Hara, George Brent, Una O’Connor, and so on. My good friend Beanmimo has already written two excellent articles on this subject, one about Irish Oscar […]Read more "I is for Ingram"
She was a silent star for many years, usually cast as a flighty party girl, and she was one of the few silent movie stars who successfully transitioned to talkies.Read more "C is for Crawford"
“The Shop Around the Corner” has to be one of the most relaxed romantic comedies ever made. Made at a time when Hollywood comedies were getting faster and more screwy, the film opts for ease: it moves briskly but effortlessly through 97 minutes, and it’s so charmingly played you barely realise just how simple it is.Read more "The Shop Around the Corner"
Louis B. Mayer ruled MGM with an iron fist, punishing actors who crossed him by refusing to loan them to other studios or deliberately putting them in stinkers.Read more "The MGM Birthday Photo, 1943"
With her flaming red hair, alabaster skin and air of gracious gentility, Greer Garson reigned at MGM in the 1940sRead more "Diasporational Part Eight: The Leading Lady"