Classic Hollywood

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 […]

The Women of the London Detection Club of the 1930s: Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Company

Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them, using those wits which it may please you to bestow upon them and not placing reliance on, nor making use of Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo-Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence or the Act of God? I […]

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 […]

Mae West: The Original Blonde Bombshell

This post is written in conjunction with Classic Chops – Blonde Bombshells, hosted by The LAMB. Mae West made some of the raciest films of the studio era, single-handedly necessitating the instigation of censorship in the motion picture industry. This voluptuous blonde almost exclusively played over-sexed madams on screen, but […]

CMBA Film Passion 101 Blogathon: THE WOMEN (1939)

This post is written in conjunction with the Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) Film Passion 101 Blogathon. Old movies were a natural part of my childhood. My parents have always enjoyed classic films, so I grew up with AMC, Turner Classic Movies, and movies from our own VHS collection. My […]

Alfred Hitchcock Cavorting with Cavett

This post is written in conjunction with the Hitchcock Halloween blogathon hosted by Backlots. Alfred Hitchcock’s groundbreaking work had a ubiquitous effect on the film industry – there isn’t a scary movie today that has not in some way been influenced by the English director’s vision. The famed horror/mystery/thriller/suspense director […]

Five Roles Katharine Hepburn Never Played: The Great Imaginary Film Blogathon

We all indulge in a little wishful thinking at some times. “I wish political leaders wouldn’t use chemical weapons on their own people.” “I wish Congress would NOT shut down the entire US government.” “I wish Katharine Hepburn had made a film about Amelia Earhart.” You know, the really important […]

REMODELING HER HUSBAND (1920): A lost Gish sisters treasure

This post is written in conjunction with the Gish Sisters Blogathon hosted by The Motion Pictures and Movies, Silently. For my previous post about Dorothy and Lillian Gish, see Conservatism in Revolution: The Gish sisters in D. W. Griffith’s ORPHANS OF THE STORM (1921). For more about silent movies in general, […]

Goodbye, Summer – Hello, September!

Happy September, everybody! Alas, summer has gone and autumn is upon us. Actually, fall is my favorite season, so I’m not exactly sad that the wretched days of Virginia humidity are behind us. But I am bummed that there will be no more Summer Under the Stars on TCM until […]

Shirley Jones (28 August SUTS)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. “Deep down I am a small-town girl from Smithton, Pennsylvania.” Despite having only seen a couple of her […]

Book Review: “Celluloid Gaze” by Boze Hadleigh

I won this book last year from my first ever blogathon, the Queer Film Blogathon 2012 hosted by Garbo Laughs and Pussy Goes Grrr. Not being terribly interested in queer theory myself, I was tempted to set this book aside. But flipping through I noticed a whole chapter devoted to […]

Maggie Smith (22 August SUTS)

This post is written in conjunction with the Summer Under the Stars Blogathon hosted by Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribe Hard on Film. Full listings for SUTS programming on Turner Classic Movies can be found HERE. Maggie Smith has not always played crabby old Dowager Countesses, though she seems to be taking parts of […]