Iron Sharpens Iron

It's spring! Well, kinda. I know a lot of people are still getting wild and crazy weather, but what can you do? Happy Easter or Passover to those who celebrate them, and I hope everyone's having a great month so far. My son has another four days of Spring Break as of today, and we've … Continue reading Iron Sharpens Iron

POLL: Which Studio Has (Or Had) the Best Backlot?

I know it may be a tough question if you're into classic film, but what do you think? Is it M-G-M's gone-but-not-forgotten backlot? Or has Warner Bros. done it better? Do you like both of them? Or maybe you prefer some other studio? Comment below! Or on Twitter. Or on Instagram. Preferably not a combo, … Continue reading POLL: Which Studio Has (Or Had) the Best Backlot?

Bette’s War

During the Second World War, most stars worked to support the fight. Jeanette MacDonald joined the American Women's Voluntary Service (AWVS). Rita Hayworth donated the bumpers off her car for scrap and replaced them with wooden ones. Many, many actors, directors, and crew members, like Jimmy Stewart and George Stevens, enlisted in the Armed Forces. … Continue reading Bette’s War

Sailing Forth

In Of Human Bondage, we saw Bette play a cruel, gold-digging vixen keeping a romantic young man in her clutches. Eight years later, the shoe was on the other foot when Bette took the role of Charlotte Vale, a woman controlled by her mother, in the 1942 film, Now Voyager. Not only is the movie an interesting … Continue reading Sailing Forth

Bye, Mildred

Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy blogathon (OK, I couldn't resist 🙂 ). It's a fact of life that not all attraction is mutual. It's also a fact that sometimes relationships happen because one person wants to throw the other a bone. It is yet another fact that abuse can come from … Continue reading Bye, Mildred

A Highly Ordinary Life

Producer Lynn Novick once called the generation that fought World War Two "reticent," and this is absolutely true. These men believe that they're no one special, and that they went to war because they knew they had a duty to defend their nation. Most of them weren't career soldiers but regular guys who went off … Continue reading A Highly Ordinary Life

Waiting For Judgement

What happens after death is an interesting question, maybe a little scary, but very important. I definitely didn't start this blog to proselytize, and I'm not going to start now, but death is something we'll all face someday. The problem is, no one who dies can tell the rest of us what it's like--all we … Continue reading Waiting For Judgement

Into the Wild Blue Yonder

And we're off... 🙂 Have you ever explored a B-17? I had the opportunity a few years ago, which was an amazing experience. The plane was the same one that appeared in the movie, Memphis Belle, and it's not only beautifully maintained, but it still flies. There was so much more to seeing the plane than being where Sean … Continue reading Into the Wild Blue Yonder

And the Oscar Goes To…

Ah, the Oscars are upon us yet again. It's hard to believe, but this year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hits the big nine-oh, which is a pretty impressive milestone. Speaking of milestones, I think it would be great if the Academy added the "First" category, a special award given to films … Continue reading And the Oscar Goes To…

Film Gris

Dick Powell had an interesting career. He went from being a crooner and a radio personality to a straight-ahead actor, best-known for playing hard-boiled types. While he had a lot of successful films to his credit, he did produce a turkey now and then, or something close to it. 1951's Cry Danger is one of those, but … Continue reading Film Gris