On Her Centennial – The NOTORIOUS Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman was an internationally renowned actress who’s still considered among the best the silver screen has ever featured.  Known for her beauty and talent, Bergman played all types of women on screen – from the simple and pure to the complicated, historical figure and in scenarios that varied from love affairs to international intrigue.  She always […]


“Ladies and Gentlemen Lux Presents Hollywood”

It went off the air for the last time on June 7, 1955.  Here’s to Lux Radio Theater. ◊ To everyone from me and Cecil B. DeMille a hearty welcome! Following is information on Lux Radio Theater as noted on The Radio Hall of Fame site with some details and images added by me: “Lux…presents Hollywood!” These words […]


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; […]

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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 […]


Ingrid – a career in pictures

Updated for her centennial – of one of Hollywood’s most beloved and enduring figures, Ingrid Bergman.  A fantastic actress and stunning beauty, Bergman’s appeal has not waned through the decades, her long career admired by several generations of movie-goers. I hadn’t the time or inclination to publish a post on this day.  But it’s bothering me […]

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The Hitchcock Signature

For the Love of Film: The Film Preservation Blogathon III _____________________________________________ Everyone knows that all Alfred Hitchcock films have a lot in common, all that is Alfred Hitchcock. The mark he left on each of his movies is indelible and undeniable, comparable to the mark any of history’s greatest painters left on their art.  As […]


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 […]


The Dark Side of Genius

Some time ago I read Donald Spoto’s 1999 book, The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock.  Here are my thoughts on the book and its infinitely fascinating subject… As soon as one begins to read Daniel Spoto’s The Dark Side of Genius it is apparent that the book’s emphasis is on the […]