classic film · horror · Uncategorized

2017 Blind Spots: The Birds (1963)

Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) travels to the fishing town of Bodega Bay to deliver a pair of lovebirds to Mitch Brenner. The two only met each other the day before in a bird store, and right away there was friction. But Melanie arrives by boat, and is immediately attacked by a seagull, deliberately, Mitch observes.…… Continue reading 2017 Blind Spots: The Birds (1963)

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Announcing the June Allyson Centenary blogathon!

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!

birthday tribute · black history · centennial · Old Hollywood · Uncategorized

To Brooklyn, on her 100th birthday

“My life has been about surviving. Along the way, I also became an artist.” Lena Mary Calhoun Horne was destined for stardom. In The Hornes: An American Family, an inspiring record of family history and achievement, Lena’s daughter Gail Buckley maintained that Lena inherited her star potential. The Hornes were already stars. They weren’t athletes…… Continue reading To Brooklyn, on her 100th birthday

1950s · 1956 · blogathon · classic film · horror · Reel Infatuation blogathon · Uncategorized

Reel Infatuation: Rhoda, what a way to behave!

“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!

1940s · 1946 · birthday tribute · blogathon · classic film · musicals · Uncategorized

I’ve done a lot of dreaming with The Harvey Girls (1946)

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)