Announcement: The Classic Movie History Project (2015)

I thank you so much for your interest in this historical blogging event!  Be aware that new and exciting additions have been made to this event.  For complete details please visit the updated announcement, which includes the complete roster of entries. Note also that the event banners have been updated. ◊ One of my favorite blogging […]


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 Gay Divorcee, music by Con Conrad and lyrics by Herb Magidson became the first Best Original Song. Fred and Ginger doing “The Continental” Since “The […]


OSCAR SNUBS for the #31DaysOfOscar Blogathon

“Now I know what it feels like to be the bridesmaid and never the bride.”  – Thelma Ritter on being nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar four times in a row without a win.  The legendary character actress would receive two subsequent nominations – that’s a total of six without ever taking home the golden statuette! I […]


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: History of an Oscar-winning Actor Classic Movie Hub – Olivia de Havilland in THE HEIRESS CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch – NETWORK Wolffian Classic Movie […]


What a Character! Ann Doran and Lurene Tuttle

This is a special guest post by Theresa Brown  ◊ As I scroll down the names of the participants in this third annual “WHAT A CHARACTER!” blogathon, I feared my picks would get lost in the shuffle of greats. But when I pounced on Aurora (I mean, politely asked her) if I could participate in […]


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, enthusiasm and quality of posts dedicated to these actors have been outstanding. I’ll be updating the links to individual posts throughout the day and will […]


Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon

¡Ha llegado el día! The celebration of Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage is upon us and I’m honored to be hosting a terrific array of posts for day one of this special event.  I’ll waste no time getting to the list, but first I want to thank Kay of Movie Star Makeover for co-hosting this blogathon with me. […]


Pedro Armendariz, “The Clark Gable of Mexico”

Following is a special, guest post by Wendy Merckel.  You can follow Wendy on Facebook here. ◊ Whew! Just look at this guy! Those full sensitive lips, the clear gaze and long eyelashes….. who wouldn’t line up at the movie theater to watch him, even if he only stood there and looked pretty? Pedro Armendariz […]

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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 also piqued. I wondered about which would be the outlook of the pieces written by American people, most of them, perhaps, without Hispanic roots. You […]


getTV Mickey Rooney Blogathon: It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

This is a special guest post by Maegan on a film directed by Stanley Kramer.  You can follow Maegan on Twitter @MaesMusings. ◊ Open on a car chase. Criminal out front. Cops behind. Criminal goes “sailing right out there” and literally kicks the bucket. Five guys hear the dying criminal’s last words—“there’s all this dough . […]

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ANUNCIO: Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage Blogathon

Hispanics in Hollywood have left a deep imprint on the movies.  Whether by way of stereotypical depictions that range from the latin lover to the subservient housemaid or via the talents of ambassadors like Carmen Miranda and Xavier Cugat, Hollywood’s Hispanic Heritage is rich and deserving of celebration.  In that vein and to coincide with Hispanic Heritage […]


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, PATHS OF GLORY – as harrowing a motion picture as I’ve ever seen. PATHS OF GLORY is one of those movies that must be seen […]


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, but there’s still plenty of time to throw your Rooney hat in the ring.  You can submit a blog post (or several) dedicated to Mickey […]


Paging Dr. Kildare for MGM’s 90th Anniversary

About a month or so ago I received the Dr. Kildare Movie Collection to review from the fine folks at Warner Archive.  The set is a nine-film, five-disc collection of the popular MGM Dr. Kildare movie series starring Lew Ayres and Lionel Barrymore.  Watching the films in this series was my first venture into anything […]


Just another Hitchcock spy story….The 39 Steps

A handsome, charming, innocent man who is wrongly accused of a crime runs into a smart, beautiful blonde in a chase thriller that revolves around international espionage.  This is the story depicted in what is – exactly – just another Alfred Hitchcock spy story.   Except it is also among the director’s best visual narratives and considered his first masterpiece […]



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 (1941), ARISE MY LOVE (1940), MIDNIGHT (1939), THAT CERTAIN AGE (1938), CHAMPAGNE WALTZ (1937), PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (1930), DEATH MILLS (documentary, 1945), THE SPIRIT OF […]


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 the American theater in a stock company in Boston.  Hers was not the built of a glamour queen, but when she stepped onto a stage […]


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 Sun, Mervyn LeRoy’s Quo Vadis, and Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire.  It was Minnelli’s An American in Paris that took home the Oscar for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) […]


31 Days of Oscars Blogathon: THE DIRECTORS

Here we are – Oscars week and Week 4 of the 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon – a week during which we pause to honor those who helmed the motion pictures we swoon over.  While we’ve only a handful of entries this week, it is indeed an important and impressive lot… To begin…visit with the great Sidney […]


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 to Say? I think that if you talk about what you know and talk about yourself, and your family, your hometown . . . when […]


Spencer Tracy: Oscar and the Actor’s Actor

The first Spencer Tracy movie I ever saw was George Cukor’s Edward, My Son, the 1949 drama in which Tracy plays an obsessive father who goes to extremes to ensure his son’s success.  I was riveted by the movie and Tracy’s performance.  I was either seven or eight years old and didn’t know who Spencer […]


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 was able to watch fully, was the 54th Ceremonies in 1982, on March 29th.  I know this because I was 14 years old and 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. For one thing, the 1945 Oscars marked the first time the ceremony was broadcast nationally on the ABC Radio network.  This was also the first year that the […]


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 (@Paula_Guthat) of Paula’s Cinema Club and Aurora (@CitizenScreen) of Once Upon a Screen bring you a mammoth blogathon event to coincide with Turner Classic Movie’s (TCM) 31 Days of Oscar … This promises to be […]


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 average of one per day – any number of which are considered among the greatest of classics.  That year is also the most discussed, ruminated […]


Classic Movie History Project: The War Years

Update: The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon is HERE!  In the last two days you have been treated to entries dedicated to topics of early Hollywood and the start of the Golden Age – on Movies, Silently The Silent Era is spotlighted, on Silver Screenings the “talkies” in An Uncertain World.  And now we complete the history project with The War Years […]


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 is perfect?  It was Fritzi’s idea to create an event that celebrates the history of film in a manner that I think is unique.  I […]

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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 his prayers by night may become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.” After an eighteen-year absence,  the youngest son […]


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 my choice of film – George Waggner’s 1941 Universal classic, The Wolf Man, which stars the younger Chaney.  That post will follow in a day […]


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 of the last century and he came skipping and singing out of the washroom in the home he shared with his family, which was located […]

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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 Landis for the What a Character! blogathon when I found myself wishing Jessie Stevens—instead of her daughter Francie—would catch John Robie.  A great character actress makes […]



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!  Over forty bloggers submitted entries on some of the most beloved character actors in classic film – a truly impressive list of actors that represent […]


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 the camera dictates and as it completes the circle we enter through that rear window and land upon the sweaty forehead of a sleeping man. […]


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 when it released Tod Browning’s, Dracula in 1931.  Playing Count Dracula in that film is Bela Lugosi whose stylized portrayal and image would become the […]


Journalism in Classic Film: Christmas in Connecticut

Once upon a time…during World War II… A U.S. Navy Destroyer is hit by enemy torpedoes.  The results are catastrophic and only two men survive.   After nearly twenty days floating at sea, the two are rescued and taken to a naval hospital for care. One of the two men, Jefferson Jones (Dennis Morgan), a […]