From Stage to Screen: INHERIT THE WIND

On July 10, 1925 John Scopes, a twenty-four-year old general biology teacher and part-time football coach walked into the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee charged with illegally teaching the theory of evolution.  Although the Scopes Trial would be known in association with his name the “crime” he was charged with would in essence take a […]


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 […]



“Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo Doo-dloo-doo-doo-doo-doo… I’m singing in the rain Just singing in the rain What a glorious feelin’ I’m happy again…” I spent the entire night “Doo-dloo-doo ing.”  It’s not a complaint, mind you, it’s pure joy as I am one of the lucky who saw the MGM classic, Singin’ in the Rain on the […]

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, 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 […]


Memories ON THE TOWN

Following is one of my earliest classic movie memories, a random post I published quite a while ago.  It’s on a movie that means the world to me, that was a revelation and one, which I thought was my little secret, Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly’s ON THE TOWN (1949).  Let me set the stage. My father has always been a […]