Warner Archive’s A Damsel in Distress (1937)

Fred Astaire dancing to tunes by George and Ira Gershwin and partnered with George Burns and Gracie Allen, Gracie-isms galore, a nineteen-year-old Joan Fontaine, the snootiness of Reginald Gardiner, impressive […]


Loretta Young 101

A&E’s Biography (1987) said Loretta Young “remains a symbol of beauty, serenity, and grace. But behind the glamor and stardom is a woman of substance whose true beauty lies in her dedication […]


Honoring George Gershwin

He was born Jacob Gershowitz in Brooklyn, New York on the 26th day of September in 1898.  The younger brother of lyricist Ira Gershwin, Jacob, who changed his name to “George” […]


Versatile Blogger

I never know exactly how to start posts that result from another blogger’s appreciation of whatever might be presented on Once Upon a Screen. It never fails to blow me […]


Cyd Charisse – a tribute in Pictures

Born Tula Ellice Finklea, Cyd Charisse would have turned 90 years old today.  This image gallery is in tribute to her style and elegance as she graced the silver screen […]


The Barkleys of Broadway

There are countless, unforgettable films made during the golden age of Hollywood that were the result of “accidents,” where for one reason or another stars or directors ended up on […]


Just looking at Ginger

A very rare, quadruple threat in American cinema would have turned 102 years old today.  I haven’t a clue how to put into words the joy she’s brought to so […]

An-American-In-Paris FEAT

To Louis B. Mayer, That’s Entertainment!

In 1924, MGM was formed by a merger of Louis B. Mayer’s Metro Pictures Company with the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. Under Mayer’s influence, MGM productions were characterized by elaborate sets, […]