Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca and Notorious (OTR)

I celebrate what would have been the birthday of one of the most beloved stars of the silver screen with radio performances to be enjoyed for the ages.  It’s Ingrid Bergman day on Once Upon a Screen with special adaptations of CASABLANCA and NOTORIOUS. “I’ve never sought success in order to get fame and money; […]

humphrey bogart & dooley wilson - casablanca 1943

Everybody comes to Rick’s

Widely considered one of the best films ever made, there is no lack of information and/or commentary available on Michael Curtiz‘ 1942, classic of classics, Casablanca.  We can’t seem to stop watching this film and later, discussing it.  It’s simply a wonder, a miracle of the Hollywood Studio System. That said, here’s another post dedicated […]


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 […]


Ingrid – a career in pictures

Updated for her centennial – of one of Hollywood’s most beloved and enduring figures, Ingrid Bergman.  A fantastic actress and stunning beauty, Bergman’s appeal has not waned through the decades, her long career admired by several generations of movie-goers. I hadn’t the time or inclination to publish a post on this day.  But it’s bothering me […]


Captain Louis Renault

On the day that Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is honoring one of cinemas greatest actors, Claude Rains, I am confessing my unwavering love for Captain Louis Renault in a simple but heartfelt post.  Captain Renault is the scheming, cheating, back-stabbing, lying, womanizing, corrupt prefect in Casablanca, and I adore him. “I have no conviction, if […]


My night in Casablanca

Bogart.  Bergman.  Henreid.  Rains.  Romance.  Intrigue.  Espionage.  Patriotism. Humor.  Humanity.  Just a few of the reasons why I was one of what I hope were millions who went to a local movie theater last night to see a film I’d seen countless times before. I imagined being part of a WWII American audience simply doing […]