Tuesday, December 30
Saturday, December 27
Friday, December 26
Thursday, December 25
Directed by Rob Marshall
2 hours 4 minutes
Tuesday, December 23
He was best known for his tough-guy movies and more specifically for five films he made with Clint Eastwood. (In the end credits for Eastwood's western masterpiece, Unforgiven, he gave a thumb's up to Sergio Leone and Don Siegel.) He worked with quite a number of the Hollywood greats but for whatever reason, he never took on an auteur status nor did he ever gain any great fame with the general public.
Friday, December 19
Tuesday, December 16
Friday, December 12
It would be a daunting task to write about Paul Newman's 80+ films, all of which I have seen and a great many of which I regard as some of America's finest films. Along with William Holden, Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, I consider Newman one of my favorite actors and like the others, one of this country's best. But writing about all of his work is simply not possible in this format so we need to break it down. We'll do it by decade... and yes, we'll do "Newman in the...whatever" as we skip along. The 60s, however, produced an amazing amount of brilliant work, 19 films in all, along with a number of duds. This decade offers four (of the 10) films in which he costarred with his wife, Joanne Woodward.
Tuesday, December 9
Friday, December 5
Always fairly lubricated and given to surliness, impatience and rudeness, George Peppard would occasionally come to my pay window for talent payroll at Universal Studios to collect a check for some TV show or movie. Most often he would send one of his minions to collect the check and funny thing... they were usually as disagreeable as he was. If I were to judge him solely by these encounters, I would have disliked him. But I was rather taken by his blond-haired, blue-eyed mischievous handsomeness and an admiration for his acting in some films I immensely liked.
Tuesday, December 2
Friday, November 28
Dolores Hart was a young actress in the late 1950s, most famous for playing the love interest of Elvis Presley in two films, and shortly after her 10th film was released in 1963, she joined an abbey in anticipation of her monastic life as a nun. For many years I lost track of her until just a couple of years ago when a documentary on HBO brought her back into the public consciousness... or at least mine.
Tuesday, November 25
I fondly remember Stanley Kramer as the man who made message movies. He is one of those who made me pay attention to directors instead of just actors. I found his films to be entertaining with something to say, a point of view which was of a liberal bent. As a young person, I learned things about life from a few of his films. And every film he made prior to the 70s, I quite liked... with one exception.
Friday, November 21
Tuesday, November 18
He really was a piece of work. I have mentioned Darryl F. Zanuck more times than any other studio mogul, perhaps due to the fact that he ran my favorite studio, 20th Century Fox. I have probably covered his contract stars more than any other studio as well... with more to come. He seemed to have an unerring instinct for what the public wanted, in terms of stories, directors and performers, and he saw to it that we got it. But his legacy doesn't stop there.
Friday, November 14
I suppose no one who recalls her will go out of their way to laud her as one of the screen's great actresses. Hepburn, Davis and Stanwyck likely went to their graves knowing their positions were secure. And there are still others who would find it easier to pigeon-hole her as a mere starlet, a blonde apparition who floated in a gauze-like manner through colorful scenes of glossy MGM productions. But I fall somewhere in the middle of these revelations. I always enjoyed her and thought she brought a refreshing honesty to her roles that left me eager to see her next film.
Tuesday, November 11
I suppose it was the war that kept German actors from gaining the kind of popularity in America that some other Europeans achieved... especially those in England, Italy and France. Of course there was always Dietrich to shoot that theory down but I still cannot recall many back in the sizzling sixties that we're discussing. But here are three who did capture my attention, albeit briefly.
Friday, November 7
He was a tall, imposing, handsome, muscular, gentle giant who first made a name for himself in sports and ended up a movie actor. He was most famous for his roles in John Ford movies. Along the way, unfortunately, he was stereotyped in jungle movies and some other nonsense parts but he was way more capable at his craft than what was required in films like those. It's likely you have seen and enjoyed him in some good films.
Tuesday, November 4
Friday, October 31
Here are three more actresses who were under contract to 20th Century Fox. All came to our attention in the mid-late 50s but were still around in the 60s and later. One thing that makes this trio a bit more bonded than some others we've written about is they were the stars of 1959s The Best of Everything.
Tuesday, October 28
It may be that his name is not as familiar to the general public as some of his more heralded contemporaries. But I think I can assure you that you have heard of many of his films, some of which could even be among your favorites. Much of his work holds up quite well. He was fond of the anti-hero and often placed him in a tug-of-war with his principles.
Friday, October 24
Tuesday, October 21
When I first came across Jacqueline Bisset in the 1960s, I found her to be one of the most beautiful actresses I had ever seen. Adding to the lustre was that she seemed so unaffected by her beauty which made her all the more alluring to me. If that wasn't enough, her voice, so clear and direct, often seemed like it wanted to start speaking French mid-sentence. Then she really had me. It's a love affair that continues to this day.
Saturday, October 18
Tuesday, October 14
Friday, October 10
Tuesday, October 7
Of course we've all had coworkers we didn't get on with, maybe didn't speak to or had a battle royal. Movie stars can have the same problems and some of those times it hits the press. And often when their feuds make the news, it's called creative differences. Other times one or more of the parties deliberately alerts the press. Some are just plain difficult to get on with and a few to follow have actually been in more feuds than the one I am listing. Be sure to duck.
Saturday, October 4
Friday, October 3
Tuesday, September 30
Just for a sense of fair play, instead of showcasing three actors from 20th Century Fox in the 1960s, here are three actresses. They were all talented ladies but for various reasons, they never quite made it to the top. You baby boomers and older should have little trouble remembering them or some of their work. Let's meet them again.
Friday, September 26
Tuesday, September 23
Friday, September 19
Directed by Shawn Levy
2014 Comedy Drama
1 hour 43 minutes
From Warner Bros
Tuesday, September 16
Perfect for my tribute to the 1960s, Claudia Cardinale arrived in the U.S. from Italy in the early part of that decade, made a splash in a few popular American films, broke some hearts, puffed up some libidos and before decade's end, bid a hasty arrivederci. It was our loss.
Saturday, September 13
Friday, September 12
To movie fans, he is probably best-known as the Academy Award-winning director of two of the most famous musicals of all time, The Sound of Music and West Side Story. Within the industry he was known as a master craftsman, enormously respected by his peers, with his use of carefully composed images, tight editing and fast pace. He also made some incredibly successful films.
Tuesday, September 9
Friday, September 5
A while ago a good friend, a regular reader of this thing, said he quite liked it (purr...!) but proffered you're soooo nice about everything. I know I gush a bit (!) but this is, after all, called My Romance with Movies not My War with Movies. I guess he was suggesting I get snarky once in awhile. Well, ok, I can channel a witchy-bitchy side if I really have to so I am responding to my friend with this... a new idea... a monthly (or so) column where I'll just let my hair down a little. But don't get too used to it. I'll be back to gushing real soon. You heah?
Tuesday, September 2
Who are they? Jim and Paula who? Well, all you sixties' movie fans know the answer right off, don't you? You youngins may be a bit flummoxed. They are Jim Hutton and Paula Prentiss and for a while, at the dawning of the sixties, they were the go-to comedy couple and quite popular. Her first four films costarred him. For awhile they were regarded as a new screen team. Together, it was said they could be the new William Powell and Myrna Loy... and indeed, I was probably not alone in seeing them as Nick and Nora Charles. Both were so adept at physical comedy and could deliver the most droll lines. Hutton, it was said, could fill the shoes of Jimmy Stewart and Prentiss seemed a natural successor to Rosalind Russell.
Friday, August 29
When I think of the movie world of the sixties, I am reminded of the slew of actors and actresses who had a brief flicker of fame and then they pop up in lesser movie parts, soon to TV and guest-starring roles in Murder, She Wrote. I think this happened during the 60s more than any other decade preceding it. Truth be told, talented though they were, most of them never did have it... that special something, that chemistry that zooms you to the top and keeps you there.
Tuesday, August 26
They are not to be confused with character actors although sometimes they become that. They are also not to be confused with leading men although they sometimes land a role that is the lead. The three actors showcased here, David Brian, Jack Carson and Zachary Scott, were all Warner Bros contract players who never quite rose to the upper echelons. But like all actors worth their salt, they contributed greatly to your experience of watching that movie.
Friday, August 22
Tuesday, August 19
He of the mellifluous, baritone voice, the pock-marked face and raging energy wanted desperately to be an actor. More than that, he wanted to be the greatest actor in the world. He wanted to snatch that appellation away from Laurence Olivier. One day, however, Olivier would say to Richard Burton... Make up your mind, Dear Heart. Do you want to be a great actor or a household word?
Friday, August 15
Let's not think of this as your standard obit. First of all, I am leaving off the RIP in the heading because I'm not sure Bacall can rest in peace. My guess is it's not in her DNA. She was restless, haughty, opinionated, frequently unkind, angry and completely full of herself. She was never soft, certainly not in real life, and there aren't too many film roles that showed a sweet-natured side either.
Tuesday, August 12
If you think it's difficult to come up with my 50 Favorite Films, imagine the stress I've caused myself coming up with my 10 favorite scenes. Eight of them will be a bit of a review because they come from my favorite films and two are films not a part of that list.
Friday, August 8
Tuesday, August 5
It's most appropriate to discuss this director for my 1960s piece because he started in that decade and I quite admired five of his seven sixties films. He's directed just 25 films and produced most of those. He seems to have picked his stories carefully. Some of his dramas shed light on racial issues and social injustice or simply the nature of the justice system. He has managed a comedy or two that are wonderfully satirical and one that is as delightful a rom-com as one could ever want. He even guided a couple of large-scale musicals.
Friday, August 1
I always quite liked him... good actor, great voice, easy-going manner, classy. He was the only male Asian-American actor to play romantic leads in decades. It was considered quite daring at the time, that in a couple of his films, the objects of his affection were Caucasian women. So he was a bit of a trendsetter but, of course, his being Asian also limited his opportunities and his being at the top of his game had a short shelf life.
Tuesday, July 29
I just reviewed Parrish (1961) and before that posting I did one on its star, Troy Donahue. He wasn't the sole focus of the film. I mentioned that part of my interest in it was watching old pros Claudette Colbert, Karl Malden and Dean Jagger. But for many a highlight of the film were the three actresses who portrayed the love interests of Parrish. I thought we'd give each of them a little attention here. They are, of course, Connie Stevens, Diane McBain and Sharon Hugueny.
Friday, July 25
Tuesday, July 22
It seems like I've heard all the jabs... he couldn't act his way out of a paper bag... that's not acting, it's pouting... if you saw one of his movies, why would you see another... he displays emotions from A to A-... lamentably wooden... one of Hollywood's most synthetic creations... pretty to look at but nowhere else to go... and even from an A Chorus Line song: If Troy Donahue could be a movie star, then I could be a movie star. One day he's a 1960s phenom and the next living on the streets. Well, not quite the next, but it would come.
Friday, July 18
Oh, wasn't she lovely? When she first came on the scene and I heard that sultry voice, noticed that flirty manner, dark hair, big smile and almost-perfect face, I was so smitten. There were some young beauties of her time (three coming up soon) but no one captured my attention then quite like Suzanne Pleshette.
Tuesday, July 15
Friday, July 11
Tuesday, July 8
There were two Aussies before him in the forms of Errol Flynn and Peter Finch, but I hadn't paid much attention to them. Rod Taylor, in all his handsome, cocky, masculine, muscular glory, spoke to me and he certainly qualifies to start our sweep of the 1960s since that was the decade of his greatest fame.
Friday, July 4
Do movies reflect a sign of the times or are the times reflected in the movies? I'll go for both. Each decade has something different to say about the movies. Talking films were still in their infancy in the early 1930s, which is likely why I didn't much care for them. That same period is when the production code (the overseer of movie morals) was established. The 1940s were troubling times, about war and loss, longing and romance. The 1950s provided escapism; the war was over and sweetness and sunshine were the order of the day. And then came the 60s.
Tuesday, July 1
Writing about my 50 Favorite Films has been the most fun I've had with the blog so far. I have loved watching each of them again and then settling in to some serious contemplation as I take various trips down Memory Lane. I have immensely enjoyed reading the comments some of you have taken the time to write, both pro and con, about my choices.
Friday, June 27
Like with a handful of Hollywood deaths (James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Natalie Wood), I could tell you where I was when I heard that Heath Ledger died. Some of you may find this silly because, after all, I didn't know Heath Ledger or any of the others. And to just get some borders around this one, I haven't a clue as to where I was when I heard my father died and I certainly knew him. But one thing all of the actors I mourned had in common is that they died way too soon... two from automobile accidents, two under highly suspicious circumstances. Another is that they were people I was mad about and whose new films I was not ready to give up.
Tuesday, June 24
As of this writing, he has only made a dozen films but they have enabled him to become one of the most important and respected directors in America and around the globe. Furthermore, no Asian director has ever touched his kind of success on both sides of the Pacific. Most all of his films have picked up honors from film groups worldwide. Actors want to work with him and if they have worked with him, they want to do it again. The same can be said for writers, producers, cameramen, costumers and most any technician interested in being involved in a film on some grand scale. His gift to me was directing my favorite film of all time.
Saturday, June 21
Friday, June 20
It started innocently enough. For some reason I got it into my head that it might be fun to attend a gay rodeo. I mentioned it to a friend who agreed he'd like to come along. We Googled appropriate sites and came up with one in Calgary. Of course it wasn't lost on me that Calgary was where Brokeback Mountain was filmed. Hey, why not figure out some location sites for BBM and combine seeing them with the rodeo?
Tuesday, June 17
From Focus Features
Directed by Ang Lee
Scott Michael Campbell
From Focus Features
Directed by Ang Lee
Scott Michael Campbell
Friday, June 13
Tuesday, June 10
Friday, June 6
Born as Phylis Isley in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1919, she was pathologically shy as a child. Her parents, who had a traveling tent show during good-weather months and owned and ran a movie theater during winters, thought she should perform as a way to curb her shyness. She balked but would eventually acquire a raging ambition to become an actress, but the shyness never really went away and was joined by severe emotional and mental problems she would have for the rest of her life. By the time she made an impact on the silver screen, we knew her as Jennifer Jones.
Tuesday, June 3
I get into actors in their roles. I am quite taken with who is considered for such and such a role or perhaps who should have been considered. Often great plans and studies are put into play before someone is cast... always important to find just the right actor. It's certainly true that insightful casting can bring about more of those dollars into the studio's coffers. And I have always had such great fun reading who was originally considered for a part or actually signed for it or even who starting filming but dropped out. Here are some of my favorite casting original ideas or might-have-beens.
Friday, May 30
Joan Crawford once wrote... of all the actresses only Faye Dunaway has the talent and the courage and the class it takes to make one a real star. I might take exception to that but Joan didn't consult me. If I had consulted her, however, I might have told her that I am not at all surprised she assessed Dunaway in such a way. In my mind's eye, they are not all that different as actresses and as movie stars they seem to be almost twins.
Tuesday, May 27
In MGM's 1974 tribute to itself, That's Entertainment, hostess Elizabeth Taylor referred to her Little Women costar, June Allyson, as MGM's most popular musical sweetheart. Really? Well, ok, Judy Garland, Jane Powell and Kathryn Grayson, I guess you can go home now. No need to stick around. To be fair, Allyson was one of MGM's most popular stars, that's for sure. The public embraced her whole-heartedly and her pictures were rousing successes. And while it's true she did sing and dance, she was hardly in the same league as the ladies just mentioned and a few more who aren't.
Friday, May 23
He was a most reliable actor, mainly a character actor as I see it, although he did have a number of romantic leads while under contract to MGM in the 40s and would later play leads in a slew of decent B flicks. No matter what he played one could always count on Van Heflin to deliver the goods.
Tuesday, May 20
It's always been said that off screen Robert Ryan was a very nice man but let's be clear... he could portray some of the meanest, most low-down, unsavory characters when the part called for it. In fact, when I first saw his work when I was a young kid, he rather scared me. I wouldn't call him a character actor exactly. As a younger actor, he often had lead roles and sympathetic parts, but more often than not, he was a sinister second lead. As he aged, he certainly fit comfortably into good-guy character roles.
Friday, May 16
She was one of those 1950s smart-mouthed actresses that caught my complete attention. The more platinum blonde she became, the more hard-bitten and the easier it was for trouble to find her. Jan Sterling was a damned good bad girl and often had that smart mouth shut permanently by movie's end. Even when she played a good girl, she was still sassy and knew how to bait a man better than a worm on a fishing hook. Her striking looks often gave way to a malaise and a weariness. She knew her craft, that was always apparent. Yet somehow, for some reason, she never made it to the heights that she might have.
Tuesday, May 13
What in the hell was going on in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s that produced so many big lesbian stars? Are you aware of that? Maybe it was something in the water or the intoxicating scent of the ever-present orange blossoms or even fresh Los Angeles air.
Friday, May 9
He was what was called a studio contract director. He was not independent, not a free-lancer. He was contracted by MGM to do what he was told to do. In my piece on director Richard Brooks, under contract to the same studio, I mentioned how he bristled at being an indentured servant. People like Brooks strove for autonomy. Directors like George Sidney didn't mind at all being told what to direct and when to do it. Lucky for us he did his job so well.
Tuesday, May 6
Looking for a book in my library I came across Change Lobsters and Dance, actress Lilli Palmer's terrific mid-70s autobiography. After reading a few pages, I knew I had my newest posting on an actress I have greatly admired for quite some time. Her acting was always so engaging and intelligent and her book, by the way, was a total delight, written with style and humor, not written in the usual Hollywood way.
Friday, May 2
Sudden Fear was my first Jack Palance film and it was a most appropriate title. He scared me into wide-eyed silence. Before I could recover I saw him in Shane and shook in my boots. He was often quiet but his stare seemed to bore a hole in me. He spoke in a way that was so smarmy and spooky. His face, which I would come to learn caused a certain angst in many, could make me go cold. I grew out of this as I got older, of course, but one day as a pedestrian he passed in front of my car while I was stopped at a light at Santa Monica and Wilshire Blvds in Beverly Hills and I sat there rather frozen. Had sudden fear struck again?
Tuesday, April 29
Oh, how the ladies drooled over this actor. I know my mama did. There was no one like him for her... not even equally handsome Tyrone Power. In the 1930s and 40s they were the cat's pajamas, I'll tell you. Well, wait, the 30s were well before my time and I was still pretty young in the 40s, but this is what my mama always said. I was with her the day she saw him from through our car window and I thought we were going to have an accident.
Friday, April 25
While I am still in a European frame of mind but always willing to write about those actresses who have charmed me over the years, we go to Italy again and check out Silvana Mangano. She is quite likely not known to young people, certainly not those in America, although perhaps her fame has endured in her homeland.
Tuesday, April 22
Friday, April 18
His career can easily be divided into two parts. The first was some masterful film noir work, mainly at Warner Brothers, and secondly at 20th Century Fox where he steered big-budget, big-cast, glossy productions in comedy, drama, romance and musicals. I was practically raised on his Fox work. I didn't miss a single one of them from the 1950s. It was only later when I went back and familiarized myself with his earlier work that I could scarcely believe it was the same director.
Tuesday, April 15
Elvis Presley made 31 films. Twenty-five of them are among the worst films ever made. Ever. Two more are passable and four of them aren't bad at all. I still don't know if any of the four are all that good, but they certainly stand apart from those crappy 25. After we drizzle some back story on you, we'll highlight those four.
Friday, April 11
Doing the last piece on Romy Schneider and mentioning her film, The Cardinal, made me think of the actor who played the title role, Tom Tryon. In fact, I haven't been able to stop thinking about him. And I was reminded of a time in the 1960s when I also couldn't stop thinking about him. So I've decided to see what I could come up with.
Tuesday, April 8
I have never much cared for foreign language films because I don't want to take my eyes off beautiful faces to do all that reading. But in 1958 I was taken by a neighbor to the local art house to see Christine, a French-language film starring Romy Schneider and soon-to-be boyfriend Alain Delon. It was my first experience with foreign language films and I formed an immediate dislike, much to my neighbor's chagrin. But I could not take my eyes off Schneider or Delon, so beautiful were they.
Thursday, April 3
Let's all wish Doris Day a happy 90th birthday. I am doing an alternate-date posting (not on my usual Friday) to celebrate the actual day. I'm imagining her spending it, happy as can be, letting a pack of dogs lick birthday cake frosting from her fingers.
Tuesday, April 1
I knew of him because his decade of fame was the 50s. He was talented, handsome, mercurial and mysterious. He appeared in a few films that I quite liked and then he disappeared. Forever. Has he passed away? I'm thinking not because even the deaths of long-ago movie actors usually still get reported, but who knows? It would be just like Dewey Martin to handle his death as mysteriously as he did his life.
Friday, March 28
Érase una vez habia dos ídolos latinos que tomaron Hollywood por asalto. Había algunos antes de ellos.... ooops, sorry, I got carried away. Once upon a time there were two Latin heartthrobs who took Hollywood by storm. There were some before them and there have been a slew since. But during the 50s primarily we had two of them at Hollywood's glamour studio. Let's see who they are.
Wednesday, March 26
Tuesday, March 25
Directed by Wes Anderson
2014 Comedy Drama
1 hour 40 minutes
From Indian Paintbrush
F. Murray Abraham
Friday, March 21
From Universal Pictures
Directed by Robert Mulligan
From Universal Pictures
Directed by Robert Mulligan
Tuesday, March 18
TCM just finished showing some of Gina Lollobrigida's films and now I find myself thinking about her. I don't exactly spend a lot of time thinking about her and today I've thought about her several times. What do I really know of her? How close is her screen persona to the real woman? Was she really as temperamental as they say? What's she up to today? So I thought, hell, let's just do a posting on her.
Friday, March 14
Time to get acquainted or reacquainted with three superior character actresses... Mildred Dunnock, Jessie Royce Landis and Mildred Natwick. You've seen each of them in countless movies, no doubt, because they made some big ones. There aren't enough words to clarify what these ladies brought to films and yet all were primarily stage performers, appearing on Broadway throughout their careers. Let's get to know them better.
Tuesday, March 11
It was inevitable he would direct. He spoke of it a number of years before he finally did. He always paid good attention to everything on the movies he acted in. He pulled as much information out of his directors as he could and he had worked with some of the best. He was a controlling person anyway and the way to control everything on a film is to take over the directorial reins. He may have been one of the brightest stars in the Hollywood galaxy, but he was never one of them.
Friday, March 7
She and I discovered movies the same year... 1952. Of course my discovery came in candy-stained seats at Peoria's Beverly Theater and hers was on the silver screen courtesy of Universal-International. My romance with the movies, however, lasted a lot longer than hers.
Tuesday, March 4
I need to send a thank you card or something to Amazon for its policy of recommending books. Without that I might not ever have heard of an astonishing bio on actress Barbara Payton. Who, you say? It's called Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story, (BearManor Media, 2013). I can't tell you the last time I enjoyed a book so much or found one so profoundly sad.
Friday, February 28
Here's a piece on Van Johnson, MGM's boy nextdoor, a sunny little confection of razzle-dazzle who for a number of years brought many dollars into the cash registers that L. B. Mayer counted. But before we can bring any truth to the red-headed actor's story, it is important to understand a thing or two about Mayer and the times in which their story unfolded.
Tuesday, February 25
In the heyday of the great studios, when their contract stars misbehaved or threatened retirement or didn't renew their contracts, studio heads usually had someone waiting in the wings to take over. My favorite studio, 20th Century Fox, is a great example of this and at one time it spanned three decades and four blondes.
Friday, February 21
Jeff Hunter was standing in front of me in a long line at the Santa Monica Post Office back in 1963... only I didn't know it for awhile. What I did know was that the man standing in front of me had the greatest backside to look at while standing in a long line. I remember he had a great haircut, a great tan and was wearing sweats that fit like I wished mine did. As we slid our packages along the table as the line moved, he turned around, looked straight at me, and made a grunting sound to express his boredom. Thankfully he didn't say anything intelligible because I could never have managed a single syllable in return, so blinded was I by his handsomeness.
Tuesday, February 18
He was a B movie star, a reckless adventurer and a sexual athlete who was more famous for his shenanigans off screen than he ever was on screen. In fact those peccadilloes in real life likely contributed to his being shunned in reel life. Considering the egos of movie stars, one could argue the point that he wanted to rise in the Hollywood echelon, but I'm not so sure. Cochran loved to play, loved to tempt the fates, loved to mess with people's heads. He snickered at being a Hollywood bad boy.
Friday, February 14
Tuesday, February 11
I said in my review of Out of Africa that Sydney Pollack is the best director of his time with a superb body of work. It's a powerful statement because there were some terrific directors during Pollack's long stay in the sunshine. But I am sticking with it. There are no words to say how I was drawn to his work. He is one of the few directors about whom I could say I have seen every movie the man has directed.
Friday, February 7
Tuesday, February 4
Saturday, February 1
Friday, January 31
It's been awhile since we've done a posting on character actors and I think it's high time we correct that. How about another trip down memory lane to connect those oh-so-familiar faces with names and a bit of bio? The three gentlemen in the center ring today, Edgar Buchanan, Elisha Cook Jr. and John McIntire, I first came across in westerns. All worked plenty in other genres but all filled a saddle in many a film. They worked a great deal. Buchanan was in 90 films, Cook was in 98 films and McIntire did 63. On top of this was a very great deal of television, including TV movies. Two of them were regulars in one or more TV series. Let's get to know them a little better:
Tuesday, January 28
Friday, January 24
It was only appropriate that I latch on to director Douglas Sirk because his biggest films came in the 1950s, the decade that my romance with movies began. I saw all of his films from that decade, not necessarily because I rushed out to see them but because Mama wanted to see them and if she wanted to see a movie, we packed up and headed out.
Tuesday, January 21
From 20th Century Fox
Directed by Robert Wise
From 20th Century Fox
Directed by Robert Wise
Friday, January 17
She was never the girl nextdoor type, no siree. It is no accident that her most famous photograph has her lounging seductively on a stack of hay, peasant blouse down over one shoulder, gun in hand, pout on face and breasts prominent enough to make a red-blooded boy forget about the gun, the pout and the hay.
Thursday, January 16
I wasn't going to do a posting on the Oscar nominations but then I watched them being announced and got all caught up in the excitement. Or maybe it was because Chris Hemsworth was reading them. As is the case with every Oscar year, there were predictable nominees and also some surprises. I cannot do every category here but let's hit some highlights.
Tuesday, January 14
Saturday, January 11
Friday, January 10
Directed by John Wells
2 hours 1 minute
From The Weinstein Company
Tuesday, January 7
Most unfortunately this dear lady will be unknown to most people unless one is very familiar with the 1959 Imitation of Life. In that case, you know exactly who she is. Although she worked for a decade before the film and would work many years afterwards, she never again gathered such praise and fame as she did playing Annie Johnson in Imitation of Life. Moore died on New Year's Day in Los Angeles, where she lived most of her life. She was 99.
Friday, January 3
Victor Mature was called all kind of names and The Hunk was simply one of them. A few others were lush Lothario, Technicolor Tarzan, overripe Romeo, the loafer, glamour boy. I'm sure there were more. His distinctive, often-brooding Mediterranean good looks generally found him in films that were pure escapism. No one would accuse him of being a great actor and that would include him.