I arrived in this country with my family at the age of five and curiously that’s when my earliest memories start – memories of playing house with pencils.  Before I loved the movies, I loved pencils.  They were my favorite toys. The biggest was the father, the medium one was the mother and two smaller […]


Mark of the Vampire (1935)

In the small village of Vioska in Czechoslovakia… Sir Karell Borotyn is found dead in his study – his body completely drained of blood.  He has two small wounds on his neck.  The local doctor, Doskil, immediately suspects that this is the act of a vampire, a fear that runs rampant throughout Vioska.  Dr. Doskil […]

Verne And Julie

Gable and Crawford: King and Queen of Hollywood

This is the story of Hollywood royalty.  Sparks flew and embers are still visible in their movie pairings – eight in total – all at Metro Goldwyn Mayer.  Of all the stars in the heavens they were two of the brightest… Gable and Crawford By 1931 Joan Crawford‘s star was already shining brightly. Not only was […]


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 […]


Ninotchka (1939)

“Prologue: This picture takes place in Paris in those wonderful days when a siren was a brunette and not an alarm – and if a Frenchman turned out the light it was not on account of an air raid!” “Garbo Talks!” hailed ads when popular silent film star, Greta Garbo made her debut in talking […]

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 […]

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 […]