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)
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)
Today in 1929, a fairy’s laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the birth of Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston. May 4th is honestly my favorite day. Audrey was born right on the cusp of spring, her favorite season, and my favorite too. Audrey once said that if she…… Continue reading May the 4th be with Audrey Hepburn!
There’s a moment in Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman when Angie (Susan Hayward) glares at her reflection, so consumed with guilt and self loathing that her gaze is piercing enough to shatter the glass. The mirror never breaks though. Angie just gazes stonily at the sodden woman looking back at her. It’s her, not the…… Continue reading On the edge: Susan Hayward in Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman (1947)