Toward the Unknown (1956) truly was made for me. It’s an aviation film directed by Mervyn Leroy and starring William Holden. The film is virtually unknown in Bill’s filmography. It’s not as memorable as Sunset Boulevard or Network, or The Bridge on the River Kwai. But it’s certainly worth any Holden fan’s time. It was also…… Continue reading William Holden boldly goes Toward the Unknown
Sunshine. Pure, unfiltered sunshine. That’s what Doris Day reminds me of; that’s what she is. Even her name sounds like a glorious spring morning. And today, this icon of Classic Hollywood turns 93 95 years old. One of my favorite Doris Day movies is Move Over, Darling (1963), which paired her with James Garner. They also…… Continue reading Happy Doris Day!
I just adore Margaret O’Brien, and I’m beyond thrilled to be celebrating her 80th birthday. Film critic James Agee once said she was “almost as hypnotizing as Garbo”, but I’d go further and say she really was just as hypnotic. Her performances were characterized by an intensity that’s so surprising for a small child. She was…… Continue reading Happy 80th birthday to Margaret O’Brien!
Humphrey Bogart was born on Christmas Day in 1899. It’s slightly ironic, since he made such a career for himself playing gangsters and his filmography is comprised of anti-Christmas classics. He was named the greatest male star of all time, which I don’t dispute. Although he’s generally a hallowed figure, I think it’s easy to…… Continue reading Bogie & Junie: an unlikely romance
Although I’m traveling this weekend, I couldn’t pass up the chance to write a special post in honor of today’s birthday girl, June Allyson. Born Eleanor Geisman on October 7, 1917 in the Bronx, Junie willed herself into stardom. She became the quintessential wholesome girl next door. While I’ve heard that she’s unpopular among classic film fans (most people…… Continue reading June Allyson in The Secret Heart (1946)
“What has Gable got for me? Or Mrs. Johnson’s blonde boy Van?” Once upon a time, these lyrics from “Prehistoric Man” in On the Town applied to me. I thought Van Johnson was about the most boring boy next door MGM ever imagined. But Van, reaching out from the grave, didn’t want me to merely change…… Continue reading Summer Under the Stars: Van Johnson in Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
On July 1st, 1916, Olivia Mary de Havilland was born. She marks 100 years on planet Earth, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I know she’s aware that people who’ve never even met her are celebrating the glorious occasion of her birth. She has been here for a century. How privileged are we for…… Continue reading Happy 100th birthday to Olivia de Havilland!