Less Phantom, More Opera

Surprise blogathon time... From the 1925 Lon Chaney classic to the beloved Andrew Lloyd Webber leviathan of a musical, The Phantom of the Opera is a perennial showstopper with its soaring music, swinging chandelier, and all-around creepiness. Sandwiched among the many onscreen iterations is the 1943 version starring Claude Rains as the Phantom with Nelson … Continue reading Less Phantom, More Opera

The Man With No Name

Yee haw... Ah, 1964's Per Un Pugno Di Dollari, better known as A Fistful of Dollars. I've never seen it until now, but I always felt as if I had since it's pretty notorious. If Stagecoach is the Bela Lugosi of westerns, A Fistful of Dollars is Christopher Lee with a generous dash of Kung Fu. Or something like … Continue reading The Man With No Name

Why “Peter Pan” Might Be Your Ideal First Silent Movie

Swish, swish... Who else likes silent movies? I do. I'm no expert, but I've been dipping my toe into that pool for a few years now and it feels fine. One of my favorites is Peter Pan, which came out in 1924 and stars Betty Bronson as Peter, Mary Brian as Wendy, and Esther Ralston as Mrs. … Continue reading Why “Peter Pan” Might Be Your Ideal First Silent Movie

There’s A New Sheriff In Town

Looking for a few good men... Anyone who's ever been in a school anywhere, teacher or student, public, private, religious, whatever, knows that the average class can smell fear. Even a Sunday school class can be fraught with peril. Some teachers claw their way through it. Others buckle. Still others end up bringing it, whether … Continue reading There’s A New Sheriff In Town

Brave Walter Mitty

I'll see you in my dreams... I remember reading "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" in the eighth grade because my lit teacher, Mz. Howell was a big James Thurber fan (Yes, she spelled her "Ms." with a "Z." She was a fun lady.). Anyway, the story was originally published in the March 18, 1939 … Continue reading Brave Walter Mitty

Broadway Bound 2021: Afterparty

We have come to the end of the blogathon, people. Hope everyone's had a great weekend! It seems cheesy to say, but I know I have. I've read some of your entries and I'm looking forward to working my way through the rest. Speaking of which, the party is still going on, so if anyone … Continue reading Broadway Bound 2021: Afterparty

The Wind Has Changed

For my third and last post of this blogathon, I'll be looking at the 2008 film, Doubt, which was based on the Tony and Pulitzer-winning play of the same name. The only things I knew about it before I watched it was that it stars Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams, and a lot … Continue reading The Wind Has Changed

Broadway Bound 2021: Day Three

Hi, all, we're back for Day Three. How is everyone doing? And who's ready for another round of impressive entries from our intrepid bloggers? Of course, if anyone is just joining us, here are Days One and Two. And now for Day Three... MovieRob brings us his third and final review of the blogathon with 1975's The … Continue reading Broadway Bound 2021: Day Three

Swing Heil

In my opinion, Robert Sean Leonard is one of the most competent and interesting actors of my generation. This guy has been in it since he was a young kid. He can sing, dance, read Shakespeare, and handle both drama and comedy. Basically everything that's respectable in show business. And of course, Leonard is a … Continue reading Swing Heil

Broadway Bound 2021: Day Two

Hi, all! Hope you enjoyed our first day on the red carpet, and welcome to Day Two of our Tony Award extravaganza. If you're just joining us, here are Day One's entries. On to Day Two and more posts from our lovely bloggers: Silver Screenings has a look at the wonderful film, The Heiress, starring Olivia de … Continue reading Broadway Bound 2021: Day Two

That’s Entertainment

One of the distinctive things about the Freed Unit at MGM was that they didn't just mine Broadway for film material; Arthur Freed brought Broadway talent to Hollywood. One of these was Tony-winning actor, dancer, and choreographer Michael Kidd. Born Milton Greenwald to Russian Jewish refugees on August 12, 1915, Brooklynite Kidd briefly studied engineering … Continue reading That’s Entertainment

The Fourth Broadway Bound Blogathon Has Arrived

It's here, y'all! We're back on Broadway. Let's raise this roof! Oh, wait, we're also on the red carpet this year. Guess any roof-raising will have to be sedate. Wouldn't want to see all that borrowed bling go flying into the stratosphere, ya know? 😉 All right, without further ado, let's talk about some Tony … Continue reading The Fourth Broadway Bound Blogathon Has Arrived

Morocco Bound

On the road again... Few Golden Age comedy teams have worn better than Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. Bob was the zany comic. Bing was the suave crooner who always got the girl. Whenever these guys were together they played off each other, they trolled each other, and they had a ball. Thankfully for those … Continue reading Morocco Bound

And Then There Was Agatha Christie

Building a mystery... One of the first Agatha Christie films I ever saw was 1945's And Then There Were None. It's got an all-star cast and an effective bait-and-switch structure that I would hate to spoil, so it's probably best to just dive right in without much of a build-up. Here we go... The movie opens … Continue reading And Then There Was Agatha Christie

One Week Until the Fourth Broadway Bound Blogathon

(Yes, that's Christopher Plummer, rest his soul.) Seven days, now, friends. Seven days until the curtain rises, those coveted shiny statuettes get one last polish, and we go back to Broadway. Who else is getting excited? I know I am--I think we're going to have another fun event this year. Our Broadway has a mighty … Continue reading One Week Until the Fourth Broadway Bound Blogathon