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Marlene Dietrich’s Re-Education of American Female Sensuality

This post was originally written for my MA Film and Literature course “Cold War Culture: Literature, Film, Theory in Cold War Europe” at the University of York (lecturer Dr. Erica Sheen).  The most poignant line Marlene Dietrich has in A Foreign Affair is when she asks her American army officer lover, […]


Exciting Announcement!

Graduate school, here I come! I am excited to announce that I have officially accepted an offer of acceptance from the University of York (UK) for their MA in Film and Literature! The film and lit. MA is a one-year programme that “examines the lively and symbiotic traffic between written […]


Announcing the 2nd Annual Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon!

The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2014 was such a success, I thought I’d do it again this year! The blogathon will take place over Katharine Hepburn’s birthday weekend, May 9-12. Hepburn was born May 12, 1907. A number of interesting events took place that year. The first Cubist exhibition was […]


Miriam Hopkins: a Georgia Peach in Hollywood

Miriam Hopkins is just the sort of intellectual east coast actress I find most interesting. She was born in Savannah and raised in Bainbridge, Georgia where her mother’s twin brother was mayor. After her parents divorced, she moved with her mother to Vermont, where she attended the prestigious Goddard Seminary, […]


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 […]


Cantinflas: Mexico’s Answer to Charlie Chaplin

The Mexican actor Cantinflas has been compared to two very different American comedians – Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx. Like Chaplin’s tramp, Cantinflas represents the Mexican Everyman with his pelado character. Like Groucho Marx, he spurns authority figures and uses wit and wisecracks to get himself in and out of […]


Mickey Rooney at Disney: “There’s Always Magic at the Movies”

“I think the family pictures are what people really want to see – and musicals, of course.” Mickey Rooney’s boyishly ebullient spirit could have been custom made for a lifelong Disney career. His outlook about what movies could do for the public runs parallel to Walt Disney’s vision for his young […]


The Great TAMING OF THE SHREW (1908) Debate

The feisty Fritzi over at Movies, Silently has had the unmitigated gall to challenge me, the self-proclaimed, magnificent, most humble Queen of Shakespeare to a duel to the blogging death over the quality/significance/thingness of D.W. Griffith‘s THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1908). How dare she embark on a mission so […]


Mata Hari: Exotic Dancer, Courtesan, Spy

Name at birth: Margaretha Geertruida Zelle Date of Birth: 7 August 1876 Place of birth: Leeuwarden, Netherlands Spouse: Cpt. Rudolph John McLeod (m. 1895 – 1907) Children: Norman-John MacLeod (30 January 1897 – 27 June 1899)                      Louise Jeanne MacLeod (2 May 1898 – 10 August […]


A Bible and a Gun: ROOSTER COGBURN (and the Lady) (1975)

This post is part of the Build-Your-Own-Blogathon hosted by the Classic Film and TV Cafe. It follows Jennifer Garlen‘s post about BEND OF THE RIVER (1952), which is another Western that takes place in the American Northwest. For The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon earlier this year, Jennifer wrote a great post about […]


The Era of the Ealing Comedy (for The British Invaders Blogathon)

Ealing Studios is a television and film production company and facilities provider at Ealing Green in West London. Films have been made on the site ever since Will Barker bought the White Lodge on Ealing Green in 1902 as a base for film making. It is the oldest continuously working studio facility for film production […]


THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (1967) is More Problem Play Than Comedy

William Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew” is classed as a comedy in the First Folio, though the term “comedy” had a slightly different meaning in Shakespeare’s day than it does today. A comedy then was simply any play that concluded with a happy ending, usually a marriage or reconciliation […]


THE WINNERS of The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon!

Thanks again to anyone and everyone who submitted a post to my first ever blogathon, The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon! It was a great experience and I look forward to hosting another blogathon in the future. I’d like to say a special thank you to Fritzi at Movies, Silently for […]


10 Things to Love about WITHOUT LOVE (1945)

Harold S. Buquet’s WITHOUT LOVE (1945) is without doubt one of Katharine Hepburn’s most underrated films. She plays a Jamie Rowan, a scientist’s daughter who rents out part of her Washington DC home to a Pat Jamieson (Spencer Tracy), a scientist who cannot find anywhere to live and work due to the […]