“I don’t know whether or not I particularly like that kid. But she sure is cute.” -Dick Powell Dick Powell and I are not the same. I liked June Allyson right away. I watched Good News (1947) and found her to be overflowing with charm. She was cute and tiny and bubbly. She had a…… Continue reading Junebug’s 100th birthday
The fact that not one, but two classic Hollywood films exist about grown women impersonating 12 year olds is weird? Amazing? Decide for yourself. The Major and the Minor (1942) starred Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland. Susan Applegate pretends to be a 12 year old so she can buy a discount train ticket. In the…… Continue reading June Allyson is Too Young to Kiss
There’s a Korean term for obsessive fans, the ones who stalk kpop idols and violate their privacy; saesang. The stories that come out about saesangs are truly alarming. Know who they remind me of? Bobby soxers. Now you might be thinking that bobby soxers were just harmless Frank Sinatra obsessed teen girls, but you’d be wrong.…… Continue reading A tribute to Van Johnson’s most ardent fans
Peter Lawford and John Hodiak were both charming and handsome. They were not, however, Van Johnson. But why make this distinction? I love all three men. Peter Lawford was a better actor than most people remember and John Hodiak simply isn’t remembered enough. To be honest though, Van was special. He just had that certain…… Continue reading Van Johnson’s big break: A Guy Named Joe (1943)
I am excited to announce my first blogathon, dedicated to June Allyson’s 100th birthday in October! June Allyson is one of my ultimate favorites, America’s Sweetheart with the froggy voice. I don’t think she gets enough love. She worked her magic on me and I’ve been enamored with her for close to two years now.…… Continue reading Announcing the June Allyson Centenary blogathon!
“Oh yes, children often commit murders. And quite clever ones too.” I love a killer. Her golden hair is plaited in two long pigtails, her eyes are bright and curious, and her smile is the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen. She’s eight years old. Her name is Rhoda, of Mervyn LeRoy’s campy horror classic, The…… Continue reading Reel Infatuation: Rhoda, what a way to behave!
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)