Nice mug Edward G. Robinson as BROTHER ORCHID (1940)

Edward G. Robinson is best remembered for his portrayals of hardened criminals – and rightfully so.   When it comes to mugs and gorillas in the movies he’s as bad as they come. “Some people have youth, some have beauty – I have menace.” In truth, however, the cultured Robinson could play all types of […]


Remembering Lauren Bacall with a BOLD VENTURE Tribute

We lost a favorite classic icon this week and there has been no shortage of tributes.  But I didn’t want to ignore the passing of one of my favorites, a woman of substance – Lauren Bacall. “Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.” When the news of Lauren Bacall’s passing flooded social media earlier […]



Lighthearted fare from the Warner Bros. slate of classic stars is my recommendation for this Memorial Day. ♦ Edward Everett Horton and S. Z. Sakall are producers Farnsworth and Dr. Schlenna (respectively) who are staging a show called “Cavalcade of Stars” in order to raise money for Allied charities during World War II.  The duo have […]


Remembering The Hollywood 10

On November 25, 1947 ten men were found guilty of contempt of Congress by the House Un-American Activities Committee. ♦ The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, was formed in 1938 to investigate allegations of communist activity in the country.  Using its power to subpoena, HUAC set its sights […]


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; […]



Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicks off its 2013 Summer Under the Stars (SUTS) event, which takes place every August, with a day-long tribute to the man who is ranked #1 on the American Film Institute‘s list of the greatest screen actors – Humphrey Bogart.  I post this gallery in tribute to the star, the man and […]

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Howard Hawks in his own words

He averaged a film a year for forty-three years.  He left us comedy gems, legends of the old West, brought together inspired casts that became the stuff of legend, and hailed the greatness of ordinary heroes.  He was Howard Hawks. Seetimaar-Diary of a Movie Lover is hosting a blogathon dedicated to Howard Hawks and this is the […]


MARY ASTOR – the stuff that dreams are made of

“A painter paints, a musician plays, a writer writes – but a movie actor waits.” Mary Astor‘s friend, John Huston and actor, Humphrey Bogart went to her house one day with a script in hand.  The script, titled The Maltese Falcon, was written by Huston and was based on Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 detective novel of […]


1947: The Year in Noir

This post was my submission to the December 2012 special, double-issue of The Dark Pages, the newsletter for film noir lovers, which was dedicated to Edmund Goulding’s 1947 classic, Nightmare Alley.  My topic was, “1947: The Year in Noir.”  And what a year it was! _____________________________________________________ Let’s get to them – just the facts.  In 1947, […]

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Screen Guild Theater: High Sierra

Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ida Lupino reprising their film roles in High Sierra based on the story by W. R. Burnett.  This show was originally broadcast on April 17, 1944 on the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) and was Bogart’s second radio recording of his character, Roy Earle from the 1941 Raoul Walsh film adaptation, his breakout […]

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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 […]


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 […]