Classic Hollywood


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, […]


The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2016 is upon us!

Visit the announcement post for more information about how you can participate. Today is Katharine Hepburn’s birthday (May 12) and we have an excellent line-up of posts from across the classic film blogosphere devoted to the life and films of this magnificent actress. A big thank you to everyone who has signed […]


God and the Angel: Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh

This post is written in conjunction with the Star-Studded Couple Blogathon hosted by Phyllis Loves Classic Movies. “If we loved each other only with our bodies I suppose it would be alright. I love you with much more than that. I love you with, oh everything somehow, with a special […]


Announcing the Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2016

*Go to The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2016 is upon us! to view an updated roster of blogathon submissions Back by popular demand! Announcing the 3rd annual Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon 2016, which will take place Katharine Hepburn’s birthday, May 12-14. Hepburn was born May 12, 1907. She won an unprecedented 4 Academy […]


All the Oscars Katharine Hepburn DIDN’T Win

This film is written in conjunction with the Oscar Snubs Blogathon hosted by Silver Scenes. Anybody following the Academy Awards excitement will have probably seen the various Oscars trivia posts floating around the web, most of them giving a nod to the great Katharine Hepburn and her unprecedented 4 Oscar […]


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 […]


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 […]


Greta Garbo Faces Hypocrisy in a Man’s World in ANNA KARENINA (1935)

This post is written in conjunction with the Russia in Classic Film Blogathon, hosted by Movies, Silently and sponsored by Flicker Alley. Like DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965), ANNA KARENINA gives a cinematic snapshot of the opulent life of Imperial Russia. Although the earlier film is unable to employ the scenery of Russia’s vast landscape […]


7 Ways Katharine Hepburn Leans In in A WOMAN REBELS (1936)

The post is written in honour of International Women’s Day 2015. Scroll to the bottom for more information about how you can be part of the fight against sexism and gender inequality. A WOMAN REBELS (1936) is about a Pamela Thistlewaite (Katharine Hepburn), a young woman in Victorian England who must […]


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 […]


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 […]