Classic Movie History Project: The War Years

Update: The Classic Movie History Project Blogathon is HERE!  In the last two days you have been treated to entries dedicated to topics of early Hollywood and the start of the Golden Age – on Movies, Silently The Silent Era is spotlighted, on Silver Screenings the “talkies” in An Uncertain World.  And now we complete the history project with The War Years […]


Honoring The Hollywood Canteen

A former livery stable and nightclub located at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood, California opened its doors as The Hollywood Canteen on October 3, 1942.  Reportedly the brainchild of actor, John Garfield, who felt there was a need to establish a place where servicemen who visited Hollywood on their way overseas could enjoy leisure and entertainment, […]


“I will never be below the title” – Bette Davis for SUTS on TCM

“That’s me: an old kazoo with some sparklers” Ever fascinating are the sights and sounds of Bette Davis, a force on screen and in life. Here’s a pictorial tribute dedicated to the unforgettable Davis, who is the tribute star on Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) grand festival, Summer Under the Stars on August 14th, 2013.  This pictorial is specific […]


A Hollywood Memorial Day

We honor – by remembering – all of our war heroes this weekend. As a special Memorial Day post I put together a slide-show of classic Hollywood stars performing patriotic duties.  Whether by enlisting in the armed forces, traveling the country with the Hollywood Victory Caravan, performing on Armed forces radio, working war bond drives or entertaining and serving […]


TCMFF…abide and endure

Ghosts and the rapidly beating hearts of film geeks collided. I was in heaven. We descended on Hollywood like moths to flames looking forward to a weekend filled with movies, Hollywood, friends and magic. And we got it all. The “we” is the thousands of classic film fans who attended the Turner Classic Movies Film […]


History of Columbia Pictures, Part 2

This is the second part of a two-part post. To read part 1, which covers the early years of Columbia Pictures, please go here or access it on this blog’s home page.  Reading Part 1 first is highly recommended. The History of Columbia Pictures, Part 2… Tyranny The culture within Columbia Pictures was complex, as […]


Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi

Edward D. Wood, Jr. was born in 1924 to a blue-collar family in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.  They say his mother, Lillian, dressed him up like a girl throughout his early childhood until people started making comments about it.  Wood grew up during the Golden Age of film.  Talking pictures had just been perfected and his childhood was […]


The culture at Warner Bros.

While pursuing my master’s degree in Media and Professional Communications, I took a course in Corporate Culture.  One of the assignments in the course required we choose a corporation and write about its culture based on the Arthur W. Page Society’s principles as discussed in “The Authentic Enterprise.”  I chose to write about Warner Bros. and […]


A Romance of the Redwoods

Other than the significant role she played in Hollywood history, I know close to nothing of Mary Pickford’s work as an actress.  This is why I wanted to take part in The Mary Pickford Blogathon hosted by Classic Movies.  My attempt to venture wholeheartedly into the world of silent film.  To this point I can […]

Lupino Directing

Women Directors…special tribute to Ida Lupino

I wrote this essay several years ago as part of a course I took on women directors.  Since the essay was submitted, women have made some strides in the movie industry.  The most significant being Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Best Director’ Academy Award win for The Hurt Locker.  The win, significant not only because she was the […]

Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes…

… (1938) is the last film Alfred Hitchcock would make in England before his move to Los Angeles to start work in the Hollywood Studio system.  Defying some genre conventions, The Lady Vanishes is a fun film, as far as Hitchcock films go, and outright funny at times.  But a Hitchcock film it is in […]