Word has it that Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein as the result of a dare from a friend.  The friend was poet, Lord Byron and he challenged her to write a ghost story.  Drawing from state of the art medical experimentation at the time, Mary, born Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, wrote one of the most influential books in […]


Val Lewton’s, CAT PEOPLE

There’s a genius to suggestive horror and it is not for the faint of heart. She’s the “new type of other woman.”  Alice Moore finishes dinner with co-worker, Oliver Reed, the man she’s also in love with.  But he’s married.  Alice leaves the restaurant and heads for home – with someone on her tail.  She […]


Top 10 Drama Films – Internet Challenge

Earlier today Radu of Radu Presents: The Movie-Photo Blog sent me a challenge., which requires I come up with a list of the ten films I consider my “top dramas.”  If you’ve happened on by this blog before you know I absolutely abhor lists.  While I am in awe of anyone who can convincingly come […]

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I recently watched Lowell Sherman’s, She Done Him Wrong (1933) starring the incomparable Mae West.  While watching, I couldn’t help but think of the film in regards to its connection to The Motion Picture Production Code ( also referred to as The Production Code, simply The Code or The Hays Code, after Hollywood’s chief censor at the time, Will […]


Hedy Lamarr: Brains, Beauty and Talent

I am, once again, honored to feature a guest post written by Manish Tripathi (@manishtpa) on this blog. ___________________________________________ It’s funny how things in life turn out, and how one thing leads to another, quite often without the expected outcomes.  This is certainly true for this post about Hedy Lamarr.  Please allow me to explain. […]


Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi

Edward D. Wood, Jr. was born in 1924 to a blue-collar family in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  They say his mother, Lillian, dressed him up like a girl throughout his early childhood until people started making comments about it.  Wood grew up during the Golden Age of film.  Talking pictures had just been perfected and his childhood was […]


“Marvelous girl. Crazy as a bedbug”

I chose a quote by director, Howard Hawks as the title of this post because it describes, to me, why so many of us love Carole Lombard without ever having met her.  Born Jane Allen Peters she was born on this day in 1908. Carole was one of the classic stars I would have most like to […]


Images of Buster Keaton

The most basic and obvious allure of film is the image.  Although I sometimes feel like a cheat when I post pictorials dedicated to classic stars on this blog, they are also the posts I revisit most often.  I never tire of looking at these people and I know I’m not alone.  Today calls for […]


Sunset Blvd…It IS Big!

Norma Desmond: “You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark…” _______________________________________________ The opening credits role down the famed, Sunset Boulevard and end at the L.A. Country Morgue.  A dead man lies on a slab with an identification tag on […]