Why I Like the First “Pirates” Best

Have you seen the latest Pirates of the Caribbean yet? What did you think? If Leonard Maltin's review is any indicator, things aren't looking so good. Granted, the public is by no means tired of watching the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow, and as long as a franchise makes money, new installments will keep coming. Personally, I lost interest … Continue reading Why I Like the First “Pirates” Best

X Marks the Spot

Swish, swish, swish... 🙂 There have been adaptations a-plenty of Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous work, Treasure Island. The entertainment world has produced over fifty for film and TV, over twenty-four major stage productions, six radio versions, five computer games, five musical scores, three audio books and two retellings. And a partridge in a pear … Continue reading X Marks the Spot

City of Secrets

Class differences seem to be the theme for this week (It was totally inadvertent, I promise). This time, we're off to Germany to see what lies beneath in the 1927 film, Metropolis, a harrowing and complicated story of veiled dystopia. On one hand, it is among the first feature-length science fiction movies and really raised the bar in … Continue reading City of Secrets

Stage To Screen: Miss Julie

Hope my American and Canadian readers enjoyed their Independence Day or Canada Day! If you saw my Instagram, you know mine was rip-roaring. 🙂  Anyway, may I introduce a companion to the new "Page To Screen" series: "Stage To Screen." Like "Page," "Stage" will cover works that have been adapted for the screen, only plays … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Miss Julie

Reblog: Screen Guild Theatre July 4th Triple Feature

Happy Independence Day to all my American readers! Hope you like Aurora’s new post as much as I did. 🙂

Once upon a screen...

A special post honoring Independence Day with Screen Guild Theater radio adaptations of three patriotic classic movies. Enjoy!

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Starring:  James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Jeanne Cagney, Richard Whorf, S.C. Sokol, Charles Irwin

A Yank in the R.A.F.
Starring:  Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton, Pat O’Malley

Take a Letter, Darling
Starring:  Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant (in the part played by Fred MacMurray in the film version) and Edward Everett Johnson

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The Guild, Gulf Oil and CBS bring The Screen Guild Show to the air:

The Gulf Oil Corporation sponsored the first four seasons of The Screen Guild Show – from 1939 to the Summer of 1942. The program was called The Gulf Screen Guild Show for its first season, and The Gulf Screen Guild Theatre for Seasons Two through Four. The reasoning for the name change was simply a natural progression in the type of productions…

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That Other Hamilton Woman

And now to discuss one of the great ladies of the screen... Gone With the Wind is a notorious tale. Margaret Mitchell's 1936 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the Civil War South was a massive success, and the 1939 movie is still the top box office earner of all time. Even those who haven't seen it … Continue reading That Other Hamilton Woman

You Irreplaceable You

February 15, 2016 was the seventieth anniversary of the unveiling of ENIAC, without which none of us would be tapping away at laptops smaller than coffee table books, or blogging, or sending e-mail, or using self-check cash registers, and so on and so forth. It goes without saying that we can't imagine life without computers. … Continue reading You Irreplaceable You

Judy Garland Lived Here

Judy's life was an odyssey and like most of us, her place of residence changed frequently. I thought it would be interesting to post current-day photos of as many of her former homes as possible, preferably using Google Maps. There was only one slight hitch (and being a Californian I should have remembered this): Mansions … Continue reading Judy Garland Lived Here

Mick and Jootes

One of Old Hollywood's sweetest stories is the long-enduring relationship between Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. They knew each other almost all their lives, and while romance never entered the picture, there was always more than friendship there. Both started in vaudeville at very young ages (Mickey was eighteen months old, while Judy was two-and-a-half), … Continue reading Mick and Jootes

Accentuate the Positive

Here we go--time to talk about Miss Show Business! I've said it before and I'll say it again: When people think of Judy Garland, they most often go right to the sordid parts of her life. This is a huge shame, because to the people who knew her, Judy had such a gift for bringing … Continue reading Accentuate the Positive