Katharine Hepburn

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 […]

Henry Fonda (11 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. Did you know…? Henry Fonda knew Marlon Brando’s family from Omaha – he had studied acting with Brando’s […]

“Movies and the Battle of the Sexes” by ZetMec

This post was written in conjunction with the 2013 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by Out of the Past. This is my second summer book review. A few months ago, “Movies and the Battle of the Sexes” showed up in my mailbox – a fellow-classic movie lover requested […]

“Knowing Hepburn and Other Curious Experiences” by James Prideaux

My first contribution to the 2013 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge (Out of the Past) will be about my least favorite Katharine Hepburn biography. Actually, “Knowing Hepburn and Other Curious Experiences” by James Prideaux is less a Hepburn biography and more a Prideaux autobiography. The height of James Prideaux’s […]

Book Review: “At Home With Kate” by Eileen Considine-Meara

“At Home With Kate: Growing Up in Katharine Hepburn’s Household: An Intimate Portrait” is a bit of a highfalutin title for this humble volume. The book is written by the daughter of Katharine Hepburn’s cook/housekeeper at the NYC residence, so the author did not actually “grow up” in Katharine Hepburn’s household. That’s […]

BRINGING UP BABY (1938) or “Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant Go Leopard Hunting in Connecticut”

Friends often ask me which Katharine Hepburn film is my all-time favorite. I usually hem and haw and feed them a line about how there is a Hepburn film for every occasion. Sometimes I say that the one I saw last is my favorite. Other times I’ll list a top […]

Dueling Divas and Why Hepburn Isn’t One

This post was written in conjunction with the Dueling Divas Blogathon hosted by Lara at BacklotsWomen in film are often represented as romantic rivals for a male character. Girlfriends and ex-girlfriends, wives and mothers, sisters and fiancées are perpetually warring with each other on the big screen. As the Bechdel test highlights, […]

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 […]

Poll: Great Adaptations of LITTLE WOMEN

A previous post on this blog mentions the various “Great Adaptations” of films based on novels Turner Classic Movies will be featuring this month. Possibly the most quintessential American novel, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, has also been made into a number of popular films, two of which will be […]

GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER? (1967): Love, Controversy, and Progress

Turner Classic Movies will conclude their month of Spencer Tracy today, 29 October, with an evening of the four films he made with director Stanley Kramer. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER (1967) was Spencer Tracy’s final film and will be showing at 1:30 am EST. It was the ninth film he […]

Cate Blanchett as Kate Hepburn in THE AVIATOR (2004)

In 2004 Martin Scorsese directed Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in THE AVIATOR. Cate Blanchett co-starred as Katharine Hepburn, Howard Hughes‘ long-term girlfriend in the 1930s. In this post, I will analyse Blanchett’s overall look and her general performance as the great KH. Then I will break down the scenes […]

The Strength of CHRISTOPHER STRONG (1933)

The famous moth costume I’d forgotten how much I like Dorothy Arzner‘s CHRISTOPHER STRONG (1933). The plot isn’t very good, and Hepburn’s acting is a bit flat at times, but the Lady Cynthia Darrington character is very good, even if the plot doesn’t treat her well. Arzner’s directing is also […]