See You In Court

Kate and Spence have returned, all... When Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy come up, people often talk about how well-matched they are. They're like two peas. Whatever Spence gave Kate, she gave back to him, and their love for each other was always evident. This dynamic played successfully in nine feature films, and one of … Continue reading See You In Court

Jean’s Breakthrough

Here's Miss Jean... Jean Arthur was an extremely competent actress and best remembered for her screwball comedies. She made several films with Frank Capra, one of which was the 1936 smash, Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. It was Arthur's breakthrough role and her first time working with Frank Capra, who was making the first of what would … Continue reading Jean’s Breakthrough

All For One, One For All

Hello again, Mr. Breen... Ah, The Three Musketeers. I remember watching the film when it came out in 1993 and thinking it seemed a tad derivative in the wake of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Both movies start out in a prison with guys getting done in for stealing. Both movies were scored by Michael Kamen … Continue reading All For One, One For All

Everybody’s Habitual

Hello, Miss Parker... Eleanor Parker certainly got around in terms of the roles she played, and in my opinion one of the more unusual ones was that of Zosh in the 1955 film, The Man With the Golden Arm. Oh golly, it's a doozy. It's a little bit beatnik. It's a little bit Requiem For A Dream. In the … Continue reading Everybody’s Habitual

The Documentary of the Future

Hey Boo... Robert Duvall has had a wildly diverse career to say the least. George Lucas, um, not really, but he's George Lucas. In 1971 the two of them made an unlikely team with the release of Lucas's first feature film, THX-1138, a dystopian tale of the world we live in, only not. THX-1138 bears a slight resemblance … Continue reading The Documentary of the Future

The Atticus and Boo Blogathon Has Arrived

Atticus and Boo are here, people. Who else is ready to celebrate these two great actors? You all know the drill: Please send me your entries today and tomorrow and I'll post them here. And if anyone has any late contributions, feel free to send them anyway because I'll be doing a wrapup post on … Continue reading The Atticus and Boo Blogathon Has Arrived

We Can Take It

Rule, Britannia, Britannia rules the waves... It's no secret that early in the Second World War the United Kingdom was among the few free nations fighting against the Nazis. By 1944 people were exhausted and pep talks were in order, one of which came in the form of the Carol Reed film, The Way Ahead. … Continue reading We Can Take It

Seven Days Until the Atticus and Boo Blogathon

One week to go, people. Are you ready? I'm looking forward to seeing what my wonderful bloggers come up with and sharing it with all of you. Want to join us? There's still plenty of space, so if anyone's interested, then click here for the details. OK, this weekend is Terence's Rule Britannia Blogathon, so … Continue reading Seven Days Until the Atticus and Boo Blogathon

The Old College Try

Hello, Mr. Lawford... One of the quirks of the studio era was that very often actors were conscripted into parts. Unless a performer had a lot of clout with the public, they pretty much had to take whatever the studio threw at them. Even then the word, "suspension" got bandied around a lot, but that's … Continue reading The Old College Try

One Month Until the Atticus and Boo Blogathon

How is everyone holding up? It's T-minus thirty days and counting until the Atticus and Boo Blogathon, people. Thanks to everyone who has signed up so far--you all are awesome! If any of you other equally awesome people are looking to join our little tribute, here are the details. Feel free to contact me anytime … Continue reading One Month Until the Atticus and Boo Blogathon

This Train Is Bound For Murder

Nice to see Ms. Bergman again... In the seventies, studios liked a lot of star wattage in their prestige films. Maybe it was because their output was so much smaller than it was in past decades, or maybe they were desperate to get audiences away from their TVs and back into theaters. It was probably … Continue reading This Train Is Bound For Murder

Holy Guest Star, Batman

Mr. Johnson's back... When Batman was on TV in the 60s, it seemed like every star in Hollywood lined up to take their turn at being a villain, and one of these was Van Johnson. Early in Season Two, he played the Minstrel, a devious lute player who sets his sights on the Gotham City Stock Exchange … Continue reading Holy Guest Star, Batman

Anybody Could Be Anybody

Good evening (oh, wait)... Every prestigious filmmaker has had their imitators, and there's probably more homage paid to Hitchcock than anyone. One instance of this is the 1997 David Mamet film, The Spanish Prisoner, a tale of twists, turns, betrayal, and secrets. Oh, and it features an unusually serious Steve Martin, but we'll get to that. … Continue reading Anybody Could Be Anybody

Come On In, the Water’s Fine

Swimmers, take your marks... Esther Williams never set out to be a movie star. She was a champion swimmer who dreamed of competing in the Olympics. When the 1940 games were cancelled, she got a job working as a floor model at I. Magnin's Los Angeles store, and then landed a gig with Billy Rose's … Continue reading Come On In, the Water’s Fine