George Sidney’s The Harvey Girls combines my most beloved film genre – the musical – with my most dreaded – the western. What results is a splendid woman centered story about dreams, romance, civilizing the west (ah), and finding your place in the great big world. The Santa Fe California Limited of the Atchinson, Topeka…… Continue reading I’ve done a lot of dreaming with The Harvey Girls (1946)
Dean Martin was nicknamed the King of Cool, and quite rightly too. Although the former Dino Paul Crocetti of Steubenville, Ohio (the late, incredibly great Don Rickles was not impressed!) is best known for his laid back, easy breezy style and Rat Pack membership, his talents as an actor are overlooked. There will be…… Continue reading Dean Martin at 100: Ada (1961)
“Ah, that unique lady. She’s the original, and there are no more examples, and there never will be.” -Billy Wilder Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m irrevocably in love with Audrey Hepburn. She is one of the most important women in my life, and I never once met her, never even knew…… Continue reading May 4th: to the chorus girl with the eyes
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