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 […]


On Her Centennial – The NOTORIOUS Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman was an internationally renowned actress who’s still considered among the best the silver screen has ever featured.  Known for her beauty and talent, Bergman played all types of women on screen – from the simple and pure to the complicated, historical figure and in scenarios that varied from love affairs to international intrigue.  She always […]


The Bishop’s Wife (1947)

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. ~George Elliot ◊ We know he is a force for good from the moment we see him.  The streets are buzzing with the […]



Cary Grant is like a low-grade fever.  He causes an increase in body temperature above the normal.  While Mr. Grant possessed all of the qualities needed to cause a severe elevation in HEAT in any red-blooded human the fact that he was so varied a performer, so gifted in various aspects and genres of entertainment that […]


The inimitable voice of Cary Grant

“For all anyone knows, God could be Cary Grant.”  Carol Morin This post surfaces not because I adore him, but because he was one of the greats and today would have been his 110th birthday (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986).  Here’s the inimitable voice of Cary Grant in three fantastically entertaining old-time radio […]


Christmas Classics on Old-time Radio

Christmas is twenty days away, which makes it a great time to start celebrating the holiday season in earnest on Once Upon a Screen.  To kick off the celebrations here are two old-time radio show broadcasts of beloved Christmas classics: First from the “Lux Presents Hollywood” series sponsored by Lux, which guarantees “YOU too can […]


Happy Vintage Halloween!

To celebrate the joys and terrors of All Hallows’ Eve – bwahahahahahaha bwahahahahaha – a Once Upon a Screen Happy Vintage Halloween card. A vintage gallery: Vintage sounds of terror: A compilation of frightening and disturbing classic radio shows for your listening pleasure.  Included are episodes of the popular, Mystery in the Air and Inner Sanctum series […]


Screen Guild Theater – July 4th Triple Feature

A special post honoring Independence Day – Screen Guild Theater radio adaptations of three classics. Yankee Doodle Dandy: Starring:  James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Jeanne Cagney, Richard Whorf, S.C. Sokol, Charles Irwin A Yank in the R.A.F.: Starring:  Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton, Pat O’Malley Take a Letter, Darling: Starring:  Rosalind Russell, Cary […]


Children in Films: The boy Winslow

George Karl Wentzlaff was born on May 3, 1946 in Los Angeles, California.  He took (or was given) the stage name George Winslow and was billed as George “Foghorn” Winslow is several of the feature films he appeared in during the 1950s.  Films, I might add, in which he often took the spotlight away from […]

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Howard Hawks in his own words

He averaged a film a year for forty-three years.  He left us comedy gems, legends of the old West, brought together inspired casts that became the stuff of legend, and hailed the greatness of ordinary heroes.  He was Howard Hawks. Seetimaar-Diary of a Movie Lover is hosting a blogathon dedicated to Howard Hawks and this is the […]


Cary Grant: The Road to Suspicion

There’s so much that could be said about the extraordinary career of Cary Grant, arguably the greatest of all movie stars and one of the most important actors in cinema history.  Today I delve into the part of his career that led him to meet and subsequently work with one of the greatest directors who […]


Lux Radio Theater, “I Confess”

A special post honoring the anniversary of Cary Grant’s birth date this week.  As it aired on September 21, 1953, the Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s, “I Confess.”


My Movie Alphabet

So how many times have I said that I hate lists in posts?  OK.  Many.  I will never do so again.  I ran into Mettel Ray Movie Blog and saw a great blogathon idea that entails creating and commenting on the mother of all lists.  And here I am, by choice, facing quite the challenge […]

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A happy anniversary…Once Upon a Screen

Lo and behold Once Upon a Screen turns one year old! I’ve been congratulating several bloggers, some of my favorites, as they’ve celebrated momentous milestones on their blogs of late all the while regretting I didn’t make note of when I started Once Upon a Screen.  Unfortunately, I’m not that organized.  Then today, I received […]

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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 […]


7 x 7 Award – My favorite posts

I was tagged by three great bloggers, Kari at What Happened to Hollywood, Kristina at Speakeasy and Stephen at Classic Movie Man (thank you!) for what seems to be a “tag-you’re-it” blog award.  To me it means the world that other, very highly regarded bloggers even think of my blog so I’m thrilled to be mentioned not by […]


Cary Grant’s greatest co-star, Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne and Cary Grant made three pictures together.  Far too few for this fan.  Those were, Leo McCarey’s, The Awful Truth (1937), Garson Kanin’s, My Favorite Wife (1940) and George Stevens’, Penny Serenade (1941).  The first post I ever did for a blogathon was on their first collaboration, which happens to be one of […]


Myrna Loy – the little things

“Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.” Today is Myrna Loy day on Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  This would have been her 107th birthday and I can’t resist jumping on the blogging  bandwagon and dedicating a post to the Hollywood legend.  I watched a few of her films […]


High Society in The Philadelphia Story

For the most part, I am not a fan of film remakes and am certainly against the remaking of great classic films.  There’s just no need for it.  Remakes are very rarely any good – especially when compared to the originals.  My feeling is leave our classics alone and expose new generations to them, rather than […]

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The Hitchcock Signature

For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon III _____________________________________________ Everyone knows that all Alfred Hitchcock films have a lot in common, all that is Alfred Hitchcock. The mark he left on each of his movies is indelible and undeniable, comparable to the mark any of history’s greatest painters left on their art.  As […]

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Set a thief… To Catch a Thief

I sit on a lazy Saturday afternoon watching the beauty of Hitchcock.  Not the man (necessarily), but his work.  He is so deliberate, the master manipulator – I am putty in his hands! To Catch a Thief never comes to mind when I consider my favorite of Alfred Hitchcock’s films – and there are many.  […]

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The Awful Truth …the matter of Mr. Smith

Divorce.  An ugly business.  It turns love into hate and dependency into burden.  Facts that are never truer than when young ones are involved – when they are forced to choose between those they love most. Mr. Smith, or Smitty, as his friends and family know him, has to grapple with this difficult situation one […]