Just the Two of Us

It's the Dynamic Duos! Betty Grable and Don Ameche were each icons in their own right. Ameche was a durable lead actor who did everything from drama to comedy to musicals, whether on the screen or on the radio. Betty, was, of course, the A-number one pinup of the Second World War, and a popular … Continue reading Just the Two of Us

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Moana Becomes A Man

Have you seen Disney's Moana? I watched it on Netflix a few months ago, and thought it was all kinds of cute and fun. Plus, Moana hasn't worn out its welcome like some films that shall remain nameless (Hint: "Let it go, let it go..."). Also on Netflix is another version of Moana from 1926. Uh huh. Silent. It's always … Continue reading Moana Becomes A Man

All By Himself

From the good to the mad to the lonely. And why shouldn't our hero be lonely? He's the last man in a world full of zombies. At least, that's what he thinks... The sixties and seventies were a funny time in Hollywood. The studios were in transition, and since they were no longer allowed to … Continue reading All By Himself

Monster Mashup

We've seen the good, and now we get to see the mad. The very, very mad. Universal got a lot of mileage out of their monster movie franchises. The granddaddy of the talkie era was, of course, Dracula, originally played to great effect in 1930 by Bela Lugosi and Carlos Villareas (in the Spanish language version). … Continue reading Monster Mashup

I’m From the Government, and I’m Here To Help

It's the Movie Scientist Blogathon! Great Scott! We're looking at good scientists today, and what's better than saving all of mankind from a mysterious bacteria? Remember how the Apollo 11 astronauts were put in a mobile quarantine facility to make sure they didn't bring anything infectious back from the moon? Who hasn't seen the pictures … Continue reading I’m From the Government, and I’m Here To Help

Stage To Screen: The Women

September 1, 1939 was the day the Second World War started. It was also the day the M-G-M film, The Women, premiered to great fanfare. Three years previously, The Women was a successful Broadway play by Clare Boothe Luce, with a respectable six-hundred sixty-six performances to its credit (or six-hundred fifty-seven, if you believe Wikipedia). Directed by George … Continue reading Stage To Screen: The Women

The One Who Loves People

Nu kör vi... (That's "Here we go..." in Swedish--thank you, Google Translate. 🙂 ) Gladys Aylward was born in London in 1902. She felt strongly called by God to be a missionary in China, but unlike most women who went to China at that time, she wasn't highly educated or trained in a useful vocation such … Continue reading The One Who Loves People

A Strange Brand of…Something

Christian films can be just as dicey as Christian fiction, only more so. To be clear, I'm not talking about Christian-themed movies made by major studios necessarily, but movies made by Christian film companies. I've never held with the idea that as a Christian I need to champion Christian films just because they're Christian. Personally, … Continue reading A Strange Brand of…Something

Once Upon A Time

Cinderella, like Treasure Island, has been done over and over and over again. Only instead of the adaptations all drawing on a single original source, every culture has its own version, the earliest-known being found in ancient Greece. Some versions have one royal ball, some have three, some have a fairy godmother and one has a … Continue reading Once Upon A Time

Lionel On the Air

Lionel Barrymore was a towering actor, but unfortunately he had to deal with severe physical pain after the mid-nineteen-thirties, which limited his prospects somewhat. The possible causes range from rheumatoid arthritis to a drawing room table falling on him in 1936, to breaking a kneecap, to hip injuries. No one knows for sure. Some think … Continue reading Lionel On the Air