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 […]

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The Little Tramp turns 100

“A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure.” – Charlie Chaplin Today marks the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Charlie Chaplin‘s Little Tramp when the Keystone Comedy, Kid Auto Races at Venice was released.  The day was January 7, 1914 and the character would […]


FORBIDDEN HOLLYWOOD give-a-way to celebrate 90 years of Warner Bros.

As you know, 2013 marks the 90th anniversary of Warner Bros. (WB), the “working class studio” that gave us the gritty presence of Cagney, the force of Davis and the inimitable style of Bogie.  Although I’ve already dedicated a post to the studio’s history in The Culture at Warner Bros., which I posted in 2012, I couldn’t […]


Remembering Nigel Bruce on OTR

British character actor, Nigel Bruce who appeared in over 80 films in a career that spanned three decades, died sixty years ago today (October 8, 1953).  Best known for his depiction of Dr. Watson starring opposite Basil Rathbone in several pictures and radio dramas based on the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Bruce is remembered today on […]


SHANE on Hollywood Radio Theater

WELCOME TO HOLLYWOOD…for a special Alan Ladd birthday remembrance…   The Hollywood Radio Theater presentation of SHANE.   Starring Alan Ladd, Van Heflin and Ruth Hussey.      


“Le voyage dans la lune” de Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès‘ LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE (A Trip to the Moon), was released today in 1902.  Special presentation in honor. A Trip to the Moon is one of the earliest known science fiction films. A segment near the end was animated, making this one of the first animated films, too. (IMDB) Although no official […]


Alfred Hitchcock: The Lodger – Radio Drama

Alfred Hitchcock directs Herbert Marshall in a radio SUSPENSE adaptation of THE LODGER, which aired on July 21, 1940.   Posted to celebrate Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM), Sundays With Hitchcock, a 43-film festival dedicated to the films of the Master of Suspense throughout the month of September 2013.


The voice of FREDRIC MARCH

On what would have been his birthday, I celebrate the voice of Fredric March – impressive on stage, screen and radio.  For your listening pleasure a special old time radio double feature: Lux Radio Theater presents “Death Takes A Holiday” starring Fredric March and Florence Eldridge With: Kay Johnston, Arthur Byron, Gene Lockhart Original Air Date: […]

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Today would have been the birthday of one of the most influential authors who ever lived, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. In tribute I post a few of the shorter radio adaptations of her perennial classic, FRANKENSTEIN. “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”  Radio ad for James Whale‘s 1931 classic, FRANKENSTEIN: “…learn from my miseries, […]


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; […]


Portraits of a tough Irishwoman – Maureen O’Hara

“Above all else, deep in my soul, I’m a tough Irishwoman.” “She is a woman who speaks her mind and that impressed me, despite my old-fashion chauvinistic ways! She is feminine and beautiful, but there is something about her that makes her more like a man. It’s her stubbornness and her willingness to stand up […]


Lux Radio Theater presents THE WIZARD OF OZ

The magical and magnificent!  MGM’s THE WIZARD OF OZ premiered today in 1939 in Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater.  To commemorate the occasion, here’s the Lux Radio Theater adaptation starring Judy Garland from 1950.


Gregory Peck on the radio for SUTS on TCM

As a tribute to today’s star of the day on Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) Summer Under the Stars (SUTS), Gregory Peck – here are two classic radio shows in which he starred.  An inspiring on-screen presence, Peck’s unmistakable, booming voice is a wonder on the airwaves of old time radio. Suspense Radio episode, “Hitchhike Poker” from […]


Lucille Ball in Tales of Suspense

As a birthday tribute to Lucille Ball here is a collection of remarkable Tales of Suspense starring the famous redhead, radio veteran, Queen of the B’s and soon to be queen of television. PLAYLIST: “The Ten Grand” from June 22, 1944 “A Little Piece of Rope” from October 14, 1949 “A Shroud for Sarah” from October […]


The Gulf Screen Guild Show with Boland and Dietrich

Here’s an entertaining episode of a variety installment of The Gulf Screen Guild Show radio program directed by W. S. Van Dyke, which aired on January 29, 1939.  Boland double talks and Dietrich sings.  Enjoy! Starring….. Marlene Dietrich, George Murphy, Frank Morgan, Cliff Nazarro, Mary Boland it’s “Variety Review 2”



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 […]


Lux Radio Theater presentation: My Man Godfrey

A tribute to MY MAN GODFREY (1936) on old-time radio, a Lux Radio Theater presentation. Reprising their roles from Gregory La Cava’s 1936 film version are William Powell, Carole Lombard and Gail Patrick.  Mischa Auer and David Niven join the cast in this adaptation.  Hosted and produced by Cecil B. DeMille.  ◊ ◊ ◊ The stars…


Burns and Allen

Not long ago I did a post on Gracie Allen, Just Gracie, one of my all-time favorite comedians and now here’s another honoring her on what would have been her birthday – and of course, George Burns – they were perfect together! Burns and Allen were far more popular from their work on the vaudeville […]


Build my gallows high, baby…

In a noir mood, though no excuse is needed. A gallery of film noir posters (and more) simply because I love them. “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”    


Screen Guild Theater – July 4th Triple Feature

A special post honoring Independence Day – Screen Guild Theater radio adaptations of three classics. Yankee Doodle Dandy: Starring:  James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Jeanne Cagney, Richard Whorf, S.C. Sokol, Charles Irwin A Yank in the R.A.F.: Starring:  Tyrone Power, Betty Grable, John Sutton, Pat O’Malley Take a Letter, Darling: Starring:  Rosalind Russell, Cary […]


Behind the scenes with Billy Wilder

An image gallery celebrating the genius of Billy Wilder who would have celebrated a birthday today. This is, I must admit, an inappropriate tribute to a man whose talent for conveying words on the silver screen remains unequaled.  Still, I enjoy looking at these images of Wilder at work and at play and hope you […]


Errol Flynn, The Perfect Specimen

Errol Flynn (1909-1959) would have turned 105 years old this June 20th and I post this in tribute. A Lux Radio Theater performance of “The Perfect Specimen,” which originally aired on January 2, 1939 with Errol Flynn and Joan Blondell reprising their roles from the Michael Curtiz-directed 1937 film of the same title. If it’s images of Errol […]



This is for Judy! “I’ve always taken ‘The Wizard of Oz’ very seriously, you know. I believe in the idea of the rainbow. And I’ve spent my entire life trying to get over it.”    


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)

Honoring the 101st Anniversary of Universal Studios‘ incorporation here is one of the studio’s early hits starring Lon Chaney.  From 1923, produced by Carl Laemmle and Irving Thalberg, Wallace Worsley’s, The Hunchback of Notre Dame.      


Suspense Radio starring ROSALIND RUSSELL

One of my favorite on-screen comediennes, Rosalind Russell (1907-1976) would have celebrated a birthday today.  In tribute I present a few of her classic, radio suspense performances.  I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.  A different kind of Roz! Suspense was a radio drama series broadcast on CBS Radio from 1942 through 1962. […]


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 […]

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The Mystery of the Leaping Fish – 1916

I wasn’t planning on posting anything special to pay tribute to Douglas Fairbanks (May 23, 1883 – December 12, 1939)  because I’ve little time to dedicate to a full post.  But I came across this rather odd 1916 short directed by Christy Cabanne and John Emerson and thought it would be fun to share. Hailed […]


The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – RADIO

In honor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930). ♦ The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was an old-time radio show which aired in the USA from October 2, 1939 to July 7, 1947. Originally, the show starred Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. Together, they starred in 220 episodes which […]


It’s a Wonderful Birthday – Jimmy Stewart

An American original was born today in 1908.  In honor, here’s a career retrospective – in pictures – Jimmy Stewart.  The measure of a Man – a wonderful Actor. His words: There ought to be a law against any man who doesn’t want to marry Myrna Loy. If I had my career over again? Maybe I’d […]

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Henry Fonda on the radio

As a very special tribute to one our greatest actors I post a compilation, short as it may be, of classic radio performances. Henry Fonda would have turned 108 years old today.  It’s a joy to be able to enjoy his work in a medium many are not familiar with – to hear the man […]

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Howard Hawks’, A GIRL IN EVERY PORT (1928)

A fun silent gets a bit of attention – While familiar with many of Howard Hawks’ films, I know none of his silents.  In trying to remedy that I watched this 1928 gem, which stars Victor McLaglen and Louise Brooks, A Girl in Every Port.  I am posting it here for your viewing pleasure and so […]


The Great Gatsby classics

In celebration of the Warner Bros. release of Baz Luhrmann’s, The Great Gatsby this week I thought it would be fun to share images and clips of the classic versions of the film.  A post dedicated to my own indulgence. “Although a lost film, the trailer survived and is one of the 50 films in the 3-disk […]

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Dancing on air…Fred Astaire

“I have no desire to prove anything by dancing. I have never used it as an outlet or a means of expressing myself. I just dance. I just put my feet in the air and move them around.” – Fred Astaire An image collage followed by a special rendition of “Lovely to Look At” to honor […]


Mary Pickford Interview

In tribute to Mary Pickford who would have celebrated her birthday today, I thought I’d share this outstanding interview she did with CBC Radio on May 25, 1959.  In it she recounts memories of her life and career – a smorgasbord of wonderful quotes and remembrances. In her own words for your listening pleasure. Images: […]