Tuesday, August 30
There is no question this is one of the greatest American directors and screenwriters of all time. With the likely exception of Hitchcock, I doubt that any director has ever been more discussed, dissected or written about. His work spanned the 1930s to the 1960s and included stark dramas with such taboo subjects as alcoholism, adultery, kept boy toys and prostitution to brilliant comedies with witty, often cynical dialogue. Billy Wilder was a genius at his craft. I expect he was an even better screenwriter than director but it is the director that is our focus.
Friday, August 26
Tuesday, August 23
Friday, August 19
Tuesday, August 16
It would not have been out of line to have included her as part of one of the Almost Famous postings we've been doing. I am confident that she never attained the heights of fame that she sought when she started out as an actress. But most of the actresses in those postings never worked in as many good films as Ruth Roman did nor did most of them last as long in the profession.
Friday, August 12
Tuesday, August 9
I heard his beautiful, clear, crisp, baritone voice so much around our house when I was a kid. My parents, who didn't have much in common, agreed on Dick Haymes. Even though my own musical tastes veered toward rock and roll, I cajoled my grandmother into buying me Dick Haymes' recording of You'll Never Know and I listened to it constantly in various states of reverie. There was no boy crooner who commanded my attention more than this man.
Friday, August 5
Here we are, back again with three more actresses from the 1940s who certainly enrichened a few films with their luminous presences but who, for one reason or another, never ascended to the top of Mt. Olympus. Each one I enjoyed in one film or another for years. Let's see who they are: