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
“He’s good. It’s written all over him.” -The Big Hangover (1950) 2016 marked Van Johnson’s centennial on August 25th. Was it coincidence or fate that I fell in love with him this year? Seems like it was something I just had to do, and 100 years of his birth was the occasion for it. I watched…… Continue reading My year with Van Johnson
Miracle in the Rain is a rare film. Directed by Rudolph Mate, it has all the hallmarks of a tearjerker, but it’s so much more than just a doomed romance. It’s almost too pure. It also helps that screenwriter Ben Hecht, who was primarily known for cynical stories, wrote the novel. I felt like I stumbled…… Continue reading Favorite films: Miracle in the Rain (1956)
Despite a promising debut in the 1939 drama Golden Boy, William Holden’s career was fairly inauspicious until he teamed up with Billy Wilder in the 1950s. It’s a collaboration that produced the highly regarded Sunset Boulevard (1950) and the slightly less iconic but wonderful Stalag 17 (1953). There’s also Sabrina in 1954, where he’s arguably at…… Continue reading Reel Infatuation: unwavering love for J.J. Sefton.
John Ford’s The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) is my favorite western. Westerns are my least favorite genre, so the film is pretty special to me. There’s plenty to love about it, from its gorgeous black and white cinematography to its characters and themes. But the primary reason I love it is because of…… Continue reading Reel Infatuation: my love for a vicious and unrepentant criminal.
I didn’t love Robert Ryan immediately. The first couple of his films that I watched were for his costars. After seeing The Dirty Dozen (1967), anything with his name caught my full attention. In his own quiet way, he was starting to grow on me. Looks wise I didn’t think much of him, but now…… Continue reading A month with Robert Ryan
On April 17, 1918, William Franklin Beedle, Jr. was born in O’Fallon, Illinois. The son of a chemist with a daredevil streak, Bill Beedle caught the acting bug early. After being discovered by a Paramount scout, he moved to Hollywood where his surname was changed to the much more Hollywood friendly, Holden. His first major…… Continue reading I don’t care about your bridge, and I don’t care about your rules: William Holden the outsider in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)