Then Comes Marriage

Here comes Elizabeth... Okay, so we've visited the Banks family once before, only this time we get to see more than their gorgeous house. In 1950, Elizabeth Taylor turned eighteen, so MGM began transitioning her into more adult roles, and one of her first was Father of the Bride. Based on the best-selling novel by then-popular author … Continue reading Then Comes Marriage

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Mary’s Dilemma

And now for that surprise blogathon I told you about... San Francisco is a town of extremes. Even in its earlier days, it had both upstanding citizens and degenerates, plus everyone in between, and it wasn't always in relation to one's station in life. It is the city Emperor Norton called home, after all. The … Continue reading Mary’s Dilemma

The Face On the Lunchbox

There have been a lot of famous last words spoken throughout history. John Lennon's aunt famously told him, "A guitar is nice, but you'll never make a living with it." Neville Chamberlain waved the Munich Pact and declared "Peace in our time." The Titanic was called "unsinkable." Then there's this little gem: "I'm telling you, this is … Continue reading The Face On the Lunchbox

All About Ann Rutherford

OK, all--confession time: up until Ruth and Kristina announced this blogathon, I had no idea that Ann Rutherford was Canadian. I've watched her films for years, so I don't know how I missed that important detail, but it's true. Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia a hundred years ago as of November 2, 2017, … Continue reading All About Ann Rutherford

Louis and Oscar

Out and about with one of our closest neighbors... 🙂 Of all the studio moguls except for the Warner Brothers, Louis Burt Mayer gets the most attention, and rightly so. He presided over Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which not only bore his name, but boasted it had more stars than there are in the heavens and made "art … Continue reading Louis and Oscar

Ma and Pa

Once upon a time, there was a king named Clark Gable. He sought a queen to live by his side, and found her in Carole Lombard. She wasn't his first queen, and he wasn't her first king, but they were each other's favorite by far. At least, that's the way most people know them. The … Continue reading Ma and Pa

Going Wildcat

Time to pay homage to the King... Spencer Tracy and Clark Gable made three movies together, always playing close friends, or what some today might term "bromance." However, instead of simply being best friends, the dynamic was usually Tracy's character shepherding Gable's, at times sacrificing his own happiness in order to allow Gable to prosper, … Continue reading Going Wildcat

TEDDYx Talks

One of Robin Williams' many unforgettable roles was that of Teddy Roosevelt in the Night At the Museum series. It wasn't the only time Williams played a President--he also took a turn as Dwight D. Eisenhower in The Butler--but his Teddy is memorable as well. While the real Roosevelt famously said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick," … Continue reading TEDDYx Talks

This Is Your Life

The idea of life flashing before one's eyes is almost a cliché, but what if everyone else could see that montage after someone is gone? Moreover, what if one's entire life was stored on a microchip ready to be edited and presented in all its warty glory? Or shame, as the case may be. Robin … Continue reading This Is Your Life

Goooooood Morning, Vietnam!

Welcome, Robin fans... Robin Williams is a loved fella. For my part, I was a big Mork and Mindy fan as a very young child. At least as much as Mom and Dad would let me, anyway, but I did have the suspenders. Oh, yes. I wore those things as often as I could. I remember when … Continue reading Goooooood Morning, Vietnam!