1950s


Contrary to Popular Opinion, Doris Day Bugs Me

Doris Day was a hugely popular film songstress of the 1950s and 60s. She was a relatively talented actress, in addition to being fairly good looking and having a nice voice. The bright technicolor musical comedies in which she starred, with all the pretty costumes and perky dance numbers they usual […]


DESK SET (1957): A Happy Hepburn Christmas

Walter Lang’s DESK SET (1957) is one of Katharine Hepburn’s few “Christmas movies.” You could possibly count LITTLE WOMEN (Cukor, 1933) or Anthony Harvey’s THE LION IN WINTER (1968), but DESK SET stands out as a film that really captures the Christmas spirit, at least for the first half of the […]


Hepburn and the Anti-HUAC Brigade

Hollywood A-Listers, heading by Humphrey Bogart and his  wife Lauren Bacall head to Washington to protest the HUAC Hollywood report. On 8 June, 1949, the House Un-American Activities Committee published a report labeling more than 300 film industry individuals Communists. Aurora of The Cinementals writes about it in her recent post.