Best Original Song, Misses and Hits #31DaysOfOscar

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) first introduced the ‘Best Original Song’ category at the 7th Academy Awards ceremony in 1934.  That year “The Continental” from Mark Sandrich’s The […]


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2015

EPIC turnout!  75 entries representing the entire 87 year history of the Oscars! THE ACTORS! Flickin’ Out – William Holden: The Perfect Anti-Hero Wolffian Classic Movie Digest – Fredric March: […]


WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon 2014

UPDATE: Day Three I’m thrilled to be hosting the third and final day of the What A Character! Blogathon for 2014.  For the third year in a row the response, […]

Dolores Del Río the epitome of Glamour

Dolores Del Rio, All Beauty and Class

Following is a special, guest post by Fernando Silva.  You can visit Fernando’s FB page here.  ◊ When I read about this Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon, I was intrigued and […]


WWI in Classic Film: PATHS OF GLORY (1957)

“The paths of glory lead but to the grave.” – from “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard,” by Thomas Gray ♦ Stanley Kubrick offers a portrayal of grotesque inhumanity in his 1957 film, […]


getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon

Now that September has arrived I will be updating this post periodically as submissions to the getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon come in.  Following is a list a participants so far, […]



UPDATE:   Many great choices still left… CASINO ROYALE (1967), THE EMPEROR WALTZ (1948), BUDDY BUDDY (1981), THE BISHOP’S WIFE (1947), A SONG IS BORN (1948), HOLD BACK THE DAWN […]


Josephine Hull in HARVEY

Josephine Sherwood decided to study drama at Radcliffe College because she couldn’t fight the urge to perform.  The Newtonville, Massachusetts native began her journey to become one of the greats of […]


A Place in the Sun (1951)

The nominees for Best Motion Picture in 1952 for film achievements in 1951 were Vincente Minnelli’s An American in Paris, Anatole Litvak’s Decision Before Dawn, George Stevens’ A Place in the […]


Spotlight on Fellini

Maegan is back with this special guest post for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon.  You can follow her on Twitter @MaesMusings ♦ Will You Listen to What I Have […]


The Golden Age of Hollywood Revisited

Following is a guest post by Pamela Fallon Thornley for the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon.  You can follow Pam on Twitter at @fallonthornley . ♦ The first Academy Award ceremonies I […]


The Snubbing of Barton Keyes

The 17th Academy Awards, which honored achievement in film in 1944 was held at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Thursday, March 15, 1945 and was one of distinction for several reasons. […]


31 Days of Oscar Blogathon 2014

“I’ll tell you this about the Oscars – they’re real.” – William H. Macy And so is this blogathon! For the second year in a row Kellee (@IrishJayHawk66) of Outspoken and Freckled, Paula […]


Here’s to you, 1939!

It remains the greatest year the movie industry has ever seen.  The movies produced that year are an embarrassment of riches.  365 films were released in total – that’s an […]


Classic Movie History Project Blogathon

Following is the announcement for the Classic Movie History Project Blogathon as written by Fritzi of Movies, Silently.  Why re-invent the announcement wheel when this one came from the source and […]

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The Wolf Man (1941)

Presented with spoilers, a commentary on a film produced and distributed by Universal Pictures in 1941, directed by George Waggner… “Even a man who is pure at heart and says […]


To the Lon Chaneys – a wall of faces

As soon as I learned about A Thousand Faces! The Chaney Blogathon hosted by Movies, Silently and The Last Drive-In, which is celebrating the careers of both Lon Chaney and Lon Chaney, Jr. I made […]


Harry Davenport, WHAT A CHARACTER!

The moment I first saw him he became my grandfather.  Or, rather, never having met my own, the image of the grandfather I always wanted. It was at the turn […]

Actress Jessie Royce Landis

Jessie Royce Landis, WHAT A CHARACTER!

This is a special guest post by Maegan on “A Character Worth Celebrating.”  You can follow Maegan on twitter @MaesMusings ♦ I knew I wanted to write about Jessie Royce […]



Co-hosts, Kellee of Outspoken & Freckled, Paula of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora (me) of Once Upon a Screen announced this year’s WHAT A CHARACTER! blogathon on September 10th.  And now – it’s over! […]


Hitchcock’s masterpiece, REAR WINDOW

The camera pans across a courtyard bypassing windows, showing glimpses of life.  The view is – counter-clockwise and in full circle – from a rear window.  Our perspective changes as […]


Hammer’s Horror of Dracula

Memorable films are aplenty, but few films have changed the course of legend as did… Universal Studios gave the world an unforgettable face to ascribe to Bram Stoker’s legendary character […]