Henry Potter

Henry F. Potter, the villain’s villain

Bedford Falls nearly crumbles because of his greed and the heart of one of the purest, kindest characters to ever appear on film is nearly destroyed because of the venom he spews.  This is the story of Henry F. Potter, the villains villain. Beginnings As the only son of Harrison Potter and Mildred Forrester Potter, […]


Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation

I refer to this movie as one of my guilty pleasures, but in truth there should be no guilt associated with it.  Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation, director Henry Koster’s amusing 1962 look at family togetherness offers plenty of laughs via a fine script and talented cast.  And I can’t get enough of it. Mr. […]


Josephine Hull in HARVEY

Josephine Sherwood decided to study drama at Radcliffe College because she couldn’t fight the urge to perform.  The Newtonville, Massachusetts native began her journey to become one of the greats of the American theater in a stock company in Boston.  Hers was not the built of a glamour queen, but when she stepped onto a stage […]


The inimitable voice of Cary Grant

“For all anyone knows, God could be Cary Grant.”  Carol Morin This post surfaces not because I adore him, but because he was one of the greats and today would have been his 110th birthday (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986).  Here’s the inimitable voice of Cary Grant in three fantastically entertaining old-time radio […]


To remember Carole

No one needs a reason to remember Carole.  Or to dedicate a post in her honor.  But I do so today because it happens to be the anniversary of her death (January 16, 1942).  And because there’s fun to share. Although Carole Lombard left this world in a tragic way and far sooner that she should have, I […]


It’s a Wonderful Life

All you can take with you is that which you give away. A man finds out what the world would have been like if he’d never been born in…  It’s a hell of a day.  It’s Christmas eve and George Bailey sits on a stool in Martini’s Bar, Bedford Falls, USA.  He’s desperate.  Not a […]


Hitchcock’s masterpiece, REAR WINDOW

The camera pans across a courtyard bypassing windows, showing glimpses of life.  The view is – counter-clockwise and in full circle – from a rear window.  Our perspective changes as the camera dictates and as it completes the circle we enter through that rear window and land upon the sweaty forehead of a sleeping man. […]


High Society in The Philadelphia Story

For the most part, I am not a fan of film remakes and am certainly against the remaking of great classic films.  There’s just no need for it.  Remakes are very rarely any good – especially when compared to the originals.  My feeling is leave our classics alone and expose new generations to them, rather than […]

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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 […]