A 4th Anniversary Celebration…and a Teaser

  Once Upon a Screen celebrates its 4th anniversary this week and there’s a lot to be thankful for… To start – It’s still here! For that alone I thank… everyone who visits this blog the community that has embraced it those I now call friends due to my ramblings here… To help commemorate this milestone… I honor tradition and the gifts appropriate […]

MY MAN GODFREY, Eugene Pallette, 1936

The Rotund and Gravel-voiced Ol’ Reliable, Eugene Pallette

A man descends a commanding staircase with considerable ease despite his heft.  He sings in a voice not made for song… Come landlord fill the flowing bowl Until it doth run over. For tonight we’ll merry merry be For tonight we’ll merry merry be For tonight we’ll merry merry be Tomorrow we’ll be sober. The […]


WHAT A CHARACTER! 2015 – Day Two!

This is so exciting Edward Everett Horton is biting his nails! I’m thrilled to be hosting Day Two of the 2015 What A Character! Blogathon, the fourth installment of an event during which we put aside the stars and focus our efforts on the Hortons of the world.  Paula’s Cinema Club kicked things off yesterday with a terrific […]

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Patience, MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) from Criterion

When I think of John Ford, an artist if there ever was one, what I find most fascinating is his gruff persona, which is evidenced in every single image you see of the man and that comes across in most interviews, in contrast to the sensitivity and tenderness infused in his films.  That dichotomy is what makes […]


Violent Masterpieces: BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) and THE WILD BUNCH (1969)

Most life-long film and Hollywood fans are equally fascinated by both the product and its history.  Of particular interest to me, for example, are the players and films that were influential in changing trends, the ones that pushed boundaries.  A while back I posted a write-up on Lowell Sherman’s, She Done Him Wrong (1933), one of the films responsible for the strict enforcement […]



THE JAGGED MARK OF HIS SWORD STRUCK TERROR IN EVERY HEART – BUT ONE! That’s a catchy tagline for Rouben Mamoulian‘s The Mark of Zorro, which serves a terrific ninety-four minutes at the movies!  This tale of chivalry and adventure with beautiful people, memorable (if familiar) characters and a snazzy, well-paced plot should not be missed if only for its […]

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November on #TCM

I’m a bit late with this entry given November is two days old already (where does the time go?) so I’ll get right to my TCM highlights for the month. There’s a particularly interesting article by Robert Osborne in the November issue of TCM‘s ‘Now Playing’ guide.  As each month’s featured write-up Mr. Osborne dedicates […]


Honoring a Small Horse and Big Dreams – SEABISCUIT (2003)

On this day in 1938 a small horse named Seabiscuit defeated a mighty champion, Triple Crown winner War Admiral during a race at the Pimlico Special in Baltimore deemed “the match of the century.”   To commemorate the event I am dedicating this entry to a post-classic film that honors the life of Seabiscuit – and unlikely […]

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Universal Pictures’ SON OF FRANKENSTEIN (1939)

My absolute favorite horror movies are those produced by Universal Pictures during the studio’s horror hey day.  Today I am dedicating a post to a prime example of the era, one that stands among my favorites from the Universal entries that tell the continuing saga of Frankenstein and his monster – Rowland Lee’s Son of Frankenstein […]


CMBA – Plains, Trains And Automobiles: Hitchcock On a Train

When the Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) announced the topic for its fall blogathon, Trains, Planes and Automobiles, the first images that came to mind were from scenes of trains and in trains from Alfred Hitchcock movies.  While the legendary director used all modes of transportation to the advantage of his stories and the peril of […]


Erle C. Kenton’s GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN (1942)

Friend, good.  This movie, bad. In the timeline of classic Universal horror entries dedicated to the big boy on the lot, The Monster, Erle C. Kenton’s The Ghost of  Frankenstein (1942) follows Rowland Lee’s Son of Frankenstein (1939).  I’ll be posting a commentary on Son of Frankenstein, which is a favorite of mine in a couple of weeks, but for […]


¡De Película! Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon

 Celebrando la Herencia Hispana en Hollywood en este Día de la Raza o Día de la Hispanidad. The celebration of Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage is upon us and I’m honored to be hosting a terrific array of posts.  I’ll waste no time getting to the submissions, which exceeded my expectations.  But first to all the bloggers who’ve taken the […]

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In Praise of ‘El Conde’ (The Count)

Following is a special guest post by a long-time pal of mine, Chris Moniz. ♦ As the Halloween Season is upon us, I thought it appropriate to honor a great man…however undead he is. Ladies and gentlemen, Conde Dracula! That’s right, you read it correctly, Conde Dracula…not Count Dracula. You mean to say that you […]


OUT OF THE PAST (1947) remade AGAINST ALL ODDS (1984)

I HATE REMAKES.  That’s my usual point of view, but I’m about to contradict myself.  One of my favorite movies from the 1980s is a remake of one of the greatest films ever made and I don’t have a problem with it. When I first saw Taylor Hackford‘s Against all Odds (1984) I had not […]

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Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage: The Conga Line

From flash mobs to high school proms to weddings the Conga Line makes appearances in celebrations the world over.  Just a few days ago I was watching an episode of “The Golden Girls” that ended with the ladies in a conga line during Blanche’s birthday party.  Instantly recognizable and easy to do, the conga line dance […]


FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN (1973) – Once was too Much

Flesh for Frankenstein was later titled Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (1973) – Written & Directed by Paul Morrissey Cast: Udo Kier – Baron von Frankenstein Monique van Vooren – Baroness Katrin Frankenstein Joe Dallesandro – Nicholas, the stable boy Arno Juerging – Otto, the Baron’s assistant Dalila Di Lazzaro – Female Monster Srdjan Zelenovic – Sacha / Male Monster Marco […]


From ¿Qué Pasa, USA? to THE BIG BOODLE with Velia Martinez

I was talking to a friend of mine last week and the conversation turned toward “¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.?” a PBS-produced sitcom we watched religiously in days gone by.  Hailed as the first bilingual situation comedy “¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.?” centered on the multi-generational, Cuban-American Peña family living in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood.  The show, which initially […]


“The Judy Garland Show” comes to getTV. Be still my heart.

I’ve been talking to myself for a couple of days now.  Or ever since I saw the announcement from getTV about the addition of vintage variety shows to their slate of classic movies.  I don’t know about you, but I love me some classic variety shows! getTV’s new variety night will begin on Monday, October 12 with a fantastic […]


Announcement: WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon 2015

NOTICE:  The WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon has been postponed until next weekend, November 21-22-23. We will promote everyone’s post as usual during those three days. To all participants – thank you for your patience and understanding. Kellee, Paula and Aurora ◊ WE’RE BACK for number 4! WHAT A CHARACTER! a phrase borrowed from Turner Classic Movies […]


Friday Foto Follies: Myrna Loy’s Hats

Pickford & Fairbanks, Laurel & Hardy, Fred & Ginger, Abbott & Costello, Hope & Crosby, Tracy & Hepburn, Gable & Lombard and… Myrna Loy & Hats – the subject of today’s Friday Foto Follies because no one wore them better.   This post was inspired by and is dedicated to Sarah Owens – classic film fan, […]


Laurel, Hardy and the Biggest Stoop You’ve Ever Seen in Your Life

The best, most memorable comedy is often based on a simple premise or formula.  That’s especially true of classic comedians, masters of laughter like Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd or Laurel & Hardy who regularly took common situations or scenarios and turned them into madcap adventures.  The topic of this post is one of those instances where a couple of […]


Friday Foto Follies: Premiere – Ziegfeld

This is the launch of a series on Once Upon a Screen that will serve as entertainment in its simplest form – images.  If you’ve visited this blog before you know how much I love them.  There will be no rhyme or reason for the topics chosen for each post in the Follies series to be published every Friday. […]


#HispanicHeritageMonth Image Gallery

To commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) I offer you images of a few classic faces. The official celebration on this blog will take place on October 12 with the Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon.  For details click on the following banner.  There’s still plenty of time to join. El Dia De La Raza The […]

THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES, Lauren Bacall, 1996

Lauren Bacall in THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES (1996)

There are portraits of a familiar face in the New York City apartment of Hannah and Rose Morgan.  It’s the face of one of classic Hollywood’s great beauties – Lauren Bacall. Seeing Bacall’s face in those pictures alongside her marvelous portrayal of Hannah in Barbra Streisand‘s The Mirror Has Two Faces only enhances the movie and […]