Best Actress of 1950, A Race to Remember

Rather than focus on a specific performance for this year’s ACTORS! week in the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon I decided to take a look back at one of the most hotly contested Best Actress races in Oscar History.  Or at least it is by my estimation.  Although the contest didn’t end as I would’ve liked, […]

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Herbert L. Strock’s GOG (1954) Coming to Blu-ray in Stunning 3-D Restoration

The best scientific minds in the country are working in a secret underground laboratory in New Mexico preparing to launch an outer-space station.  The work is important and the fears of possible total annihilation of mankind all too real.  BUT… (Cue music) someone or something is sabotaging the experiments and killing off the scientists one by one. […]


Celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth with Exquisite Sounds

Last year I shared an image gallery of African-American legends and pioneers to celebrate Black History Month.  This year I thought I’d do something similar only with sound. I guarantee that what you will hear below – a tiny collection of music-only radio shows from the 1940s (my favorite decade in all things entertainment) – is right up […]


Congratulations to Our Own Robert Osborne for Menzies Award honor!

In 89 days (if I counted correctly) thousands of classic movie fans will gather in Los Angeles for this year’s Turner Classic Movies Film Festival (April 28 – May 1).  The excitement started building for this year’s three-day film marathon as soon as last year’s event concluded.  We’re excited because we can’t wait to see our friends again. […]


A Little L’Amour, L’Amour for Mary Boland

Once Upon a Screen is remembering Mary Boland today (January 28, 1882 – June 23, 1965) with some sights and sounds. The great character actor, comedienne enjoyed a forty-year career on film and television leaving us plenty to enjoy.  This is a drop-in-the-bucket tribute to one of the greats. Oh, l’amour, l’amour Countess DeLave, The Women (1939) ♥ […]

The Walt Disney animated movie "101 Dalmatians" (alternatively: One Hundred and One Dalmatians), directed by Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske and Wolfgang Reitherman. Story by Bill Peet based on a novel by Dodie Smith.  Seen here, newspaper headline, '15 Puppies Stolen'.  Initial theatrical release January 25, 1961.  Screen capture. © 1960 Walt Disney Productions. Credit: © 1960 Disney / Flickr / Courtesy Pikturz.  
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Disney’s DALMATIANS turn 55!

I either didn’t know or forgot that Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians celebrates a special anniversary today when I watched it during the snowgeddon this weekend.  I introduced Dalmatians to my neighbor’s kids on Saturday morning.  They loved it and I was reminded it’s one of my favorites, which is why I offer this humble, spoiler-filled tribute. Songwriter Roger Radcliffe […]


The Wilder-Lemmon Affair

“I promised myself, ‘I’m not going to let him do all those marvelous tricks.’   But I’m helpless.  Jack’s talent seduces me, and I’m too weakened to resist.” – Billy Wilder “To be with and work with Billy Wilder is sheer bliss.  He is the most extraordinary man I have ever known.” – Jack Lemmon […]


The TITANIC Stanwyck (1953)

The behind-the-scenes stories that have emerged from the making of Jean Negulesco’s Titanic (1953) are nothing new.  She was the ultimate professional.  She was generous, warm and kind to everyone.  She was one of the biggest stars in the world. In Titanic Barbara Stanwyck plays Julia the American wife of Richard Ward Sturges, an upper crust British man […]


The Naughty Nineties (1945)

I made a last-minute change in my entry for The Backstage Blogathon and it turned out a terrific choice because I revisited an old favorite, Jean Yarbrough‘s The Naughty Nineties (1945) starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. While The Naughty Nineties is a great choice for me as far as entertainment goes I’ll admit it isn’t an obvious choice […]


CHARADE (1963) – Grant, Hepburn and Paris Never Looked Better

Best known for such memorable musicals as On the Town (1949), Singing’ In the Rain (1952), It’s Always Fair Weather (1955), and The Pajama Game (1957) director/producer Stanley Donen delivers a special treat that falls well outside the music box with the terrific romantic comedy/thriller, Charade (1963). Regina “Reggie” Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) wants a divorce.  Or so […]


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2016

“I’m very enthusiastic about the Academy Awards because if there were no Oscars, we wouldn’t have as many good movies as we do have.” – Robert Osborne The Oscars – both maligned and praised are always cause for celebration and we’re here to do just that. For the fourth consecutive year Once Upon a Screen (@CitizenScreen) joins […]


Friday Foto Follies: The Sneeze

This week’s Follies commemorate the landmark film, The Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze starring Fred Ott.  Released in January 1894 Ott’s Sneeze was one of a series of short films made by William Dickson for the Edison Company for advertising purposes. The star of the short, Ott, was an Edison employee known to his fellow workers in the laboratory for […]


Elvis ’68 Comeback

The year is 1968 and this is some of what’s happening in television entertainment: The Nighttime version of “Hollywood Squares” premieres on NBC, “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In” premieres on that same network, the 40th Academy Awards are postponed from April 8th to April 10th due to death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the 20th Emmy […]

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Friday Foto Follies – Classic Christmas

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  

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Merry Christmas to One and All

May the true spirit of Christmas fill your home as you gather ’round the radio for classic family fun.   Frank Sinatra stars as the footloose and fancy-free Rocky Fortune in “The Plot to Murder Santa Claus” Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart and Frank Morgan reprise their work on one of the screen’s most enchanting movies, […]

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The Irene Dunne-Fred MacMurray Show

Not long ago I found a new-to-me old-time radio show called “Bright Star.”  I listened to every single episode of the show’s first and only season during a road trip and thought I’d introduce you to it today, the birth anniversary of one of its stars, Irene Dunne. “Bright Star” was also known as “The […]


Friday Foto Follies: New Jersey Born

One of the original 13 colonies, New Jersey achieved statehood on December 18, 1787.  To celebrate the anniversary of that event this week’s Friday Foto Follies is dedicated to the Garden State, which got that moniker for being a leading producer of cranberries, blueberries and tomatoes. But the state can also boast having produced great talent in […]

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LOVE ACTUALLY, a Post-Classic Christmas Favorite

Neither original romantic comedies or affecting Christmas films are easy to come by these days. Unless they are the classics, of course. And by “classics” I mean the ones we can’t do without, the (mostly) black-and-white gems that set the standard. But once in a while a new movie emerges that has some of those […]

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The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (1971)

Originally posted on How Sweet It Was:
The inhabitants of the fictitious Walton’s Mountain in Jefferson County, Virginia had depended on the lumber mill to make a living for generations.  The difficulties presented as The Great Depression tightened its grip forced the mill’s closing, driving many in the area to venture off far and wide in…


#PayClassicsForward for Christmas

‘Tis the season to spread cheer and I’m doing my part by recommending classic movies, paying them forward in hopes that these memorable distractions take people’s minds off negative goings on. I’m asking that you join me, recommend your favorites and #PayClassicsForward on your blogs, by noting your recommendations in the comments or sharing across social media. Let’s […]

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Classic Sinatra, a Centennial Celebration

Frank Sinatra would’ve celebrated his 100th birthday on December 12th, 2015.  As one of the most beloved and admired entertainers of the 20th Century you certainly will find no shortage of tributes dedicated to Ol’ Blue Eyes.  Well, here’s another one. I dedicated this to the man and his music, the extraordinary voice I never […]

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Friday Foto Follies: The Phonograph

Thomas A. Edison makes the first sound recording when he recites “Mary had a Little Lamb” into his phonograph machine on or about December 6, 1877 so today’s Foto Follies honors that invention and its groovy descendants. “I want a phonograph in every home…”  


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 […]

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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 […]