31 Days of Oscar blogathon


Katharine Hepburn Faces Fear and Fame in MORNING GLORY (1933)

“Youth has its hour of glory, but too often it is only a morning glory, the flower that fades before the sun if very high.” (from MORNING GLORY (1933)) “No other star has emerged with greater rapidity or with more ecstatic acclaim. No other star, either, has become so unpopular so […]


Musical Patriotism and Nostalgia in CASABLANCA (1942)

The other day on Groupon they featured an offer to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra play along with CASABLANCA (1942) and I sincerely regret not jumping at this chance to give myself the best Valentine’s Day gift imaginable! As we know, CASABLANCA is on every top 100 movie list out […]


Why LITTLE WOMEN (1933) is a very big deal

“There’s one thing George and I agree on. Actually, we agree on almost everything. I don’t know anything we don’t agree on. One thing we really agree on is, we love LITTLE WOMEN. We loved doing it. And we love the film we made.” (Katharine Hepburn in Chandler, 83) LITTLE […]


Oscar-Winning Director George Cukor (as in “cucumber”)

George Cukor was nominated for five Academy Awards for Best Director, ultimately winning in 1965 for MY FAIR LADY (1964). His first nominations were for two of the 10 films he made with Katharine Hepburn, LITTLE WOMEN (1933) and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940). Although Cukor was known primarily as a […]


Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin write for the silver screen’s dream team

When Garson Kanin published Tracy & Hepburn: An Intimate Memoir in 1972, Katharine Hepburn was furious and refused to talk to him for years. But after time went by and many of her friends started passing away, including Kanin’s wife and writing partner Ruth Gordon, Miss Hepburn came to value his […]