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 art direction and available in HD – all reasons why I so enjoyed watching George Stevens’ A Damsel in Distress (1937) on Warner Archive Instant […]


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 to her family, her faith, and her quest to live life with a purpose.” She was class personified.  She was a talented actress.  She was voted […]


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” to go with the new last name both brothers adopted, would be considered by some to be the greatest American composer of the 20th Century.  In […]


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 away and certainly never gets old. Today is no exception and I am as thrilled as ever. Even more so, in truth. Gwen of The […]


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 and won our hearts in countless classic musicals during the golden age of Hollywood.  A unique talent, mesmerizing to look at. “If I had to […]


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 a film because it was meant to be.  The Barkleys of Broadway is one of those. Kismet:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) had intended Charles Walter’s, Easter Parade […]


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 many through the years by way of her extraordinary talents.  I never tire of watching Ginger Rogers.  As with so much of concerning being a […]

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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, gorgeous costuming and pretty girls. Such pictures as Ben-Hur, Grand Hotel and The Good Earth gained MGM the reputation for entertaining films of consistently high […]