Being Fay Bainter

Gotta watch those character actors... Only ten actors to date have been nominated for Best and Supporting Actor or Actress in the same year. Fay Bainter is the first one. Fay Bainter was biz-ee. She was an able supporting player, and her work spans radio, film, television, and stage. Mostly stage, though. Born in Los … Continue reading Being Fay Bainter

The Unexpected Blogathon: Wrap Up

We have had a great weekend with these terrific entries! I would expect no less (Yeah, corny, but it had to be said, right?). It's always fun to see what kinds of things jump out at people when watching something new. Here's a fashionably late entry, and if anyone else has Unexpected contributions to add, … Continue reading The Unexpected Blogathon: Wrap Up

The Unexpected Blogathon Has Arrived

Ah, the long-expected Unexpected Blogathon! I will be updating this post throughout the next three days as new entries come in. We've got a great weekend ahead, with what I'm sure are plenty of surprises. Let's do this! Silver Screenings hits the ground running with this fab review of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The Story Enthusiast keeps … Continue reading The Unexpected Blogathon Has Arrived

For Your Consideration

Hello there... In 2006, my husband and I went to the movies. We'd been hearing for a long time about a film where Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman go head to head as rival magicians, with Michael Caine as stage manager, and we were both intrigued and interested. Only problem was, neither one of us … Continue reading For Your Consideration

Le Scandale

Hello, Mr. Burton... Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor's love story is the stuff of legend. It's such a sacred tale that it merits hushed, reverent tones in Hollywood, but for the most part it doesn't seem to be a touchable subject by filmmakers. Lifetime tried, though, in their 2012 TV biopic, Liz & Dick,"tried" very much … Continue reading Le Scandale

One Week Until the Unexpected Blogathon

It's getting close, you guys...are you ready? Thanks again to everyone who's signed up already, too. And if anyone is looking to join us, feel free--the more, the merrier! Find the rules and current roster here, and enjoy. Since it's the end of November, here's a small preview of December: Here are the people to see … Continue reading One Week Until the Unexpected Blogathon

George’s Final Days

It's Mr. Hudson! Doris Day and Rock Hudson are a perennially favorite screen team. They only made three movies together, but they're all memorable and fun. The last of them was 1964's Send Me No Flowers, a tale of hypochondria, hysteria, and hilarity. George (Rock Hudson) has it tough. He may live in a perfect house with … Continue reading George’s Final Days

Dance, Vicky, Dance

Hello there... I don't know why I never saw The Red Shoes. TCM showed it several times during the brief period my family had cable, but I never watched it. Too distracted, I guess. Well, that's all changed now, so let's hop into this 1948 gem, shall we? The Red Shoes was based on a story by Hans … Continue reading Dance, Vicky, Dance

Announcing the So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

OK, yes, the Unexpected Blogathon hasn't dropped yet, but I'm announcing the So Bad It's Good Blogathon now because I'm kind of excited about this idea. So excited that I'd like to hold it in February, which is filling up fast. Plus, Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews and I were talking on Twitter yesterday about this … Continue reading Announcing the So Bad It’s Good Blogathon!

Down In Africa

It's Miss Grace! Grace Kelly's third movie was 1953's Mogambo, co-starring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner. Set in the French Congo, it was a remake of the 1932 film, Red Dust. The story was a daring choice for Kelly, but it paid off. Victor Marswell (Clark Gable) is a big game hunter living in the African bush. He's … Continue reading Down In Africa

So Long, Champ

Hello, Mr. Rains... Claude Rains could play anyone...well, almost anyone. He never was a song-and-dance man. He was known for his elegant gentility, whether he played a villain, a hero, or someone in between. In 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Rains plays what appears to be his usual type, only he holds an extra set of … Continue reading So Long, Champ

Beneath the Beauty

And here's Miss Hedy... When it comes to Hedy Lamarr, it's easy to zero in on her beauty and go no further. However, this woman had plenty more going for her than just a gorgeous face, and we in the twenty-first century wouldn't be where we are today without her. 2017's Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story ably … Continue reading Beneath the Beauty