Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne

Have you watched TCM my cousin asked me. TCM what’s that. Turner Classic Movies. At that point in my life the answer was no. The station he pointed me too was the old Nostalgia network. I had seen some of the big band videos but even that was few and far between. TCM and more […]

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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

“The truth is, honey, I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve had a hell of a good time.” “I thought I was making fifty dollars a week [at MGM], but it turned out to be $35 because twelve weeks of the year you were on layoff. It was white slavery, and it lasted for seventeen years.” “I […]

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Deliciously Bad: The Pre-Code Art of Warren William

Deliciously Bad: The Pre-Code Art of Warren William

I rebelled and got the habit of rebelling against anything preconceived, cut-and-dried, foreordained. There are no treasure trove of in-depth interviews with Warren William but this rare quote speaks volumes for the characters he would play and become famous for. The unscrupulous captains of industry, con-men, hoodlums and lawyers who rebelled and played by their […]

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Ode To The Backdrop

Ode To The Backdrop

I laughed on numerous occasions. Out loud.  But not always. Even  by the standards of the time many Hollywood painted backdrops were downright cheesy but some are absolute works of art.  Take for instance the Mt Rushmore scene in North by Northwest Thanks to digital technology this art form has pretty much gone the way […]

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One They Couldn’t Break: Intruder In The Dust

One They Couldn’t Break: Intruder In The Dust

Some things you must always be unable to bear… Some things you must never stop refusing to bear. Injustice and outrage and dishonor and shame. William Faulkner: Intruder In The Dust 1949 was the year of the problem film. Problem meaning Hollywood for the first time took a hard look at the plight of African-Americans […]

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From Rosalind Russell To Auntie Mame

From Rosalind Russell To Auntie Mame

It was one of the most popular books not only of the nineteen fifties but the twentieth century. People couldn’t get enough of the lovable oddball who believed “life was a banquet and most poor suckers were starving to death”. The fifties were (allegedly) a time of conservative conformity. The public reaction said otherwise particularly […]

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I Gave It All That I Had

I Gave It All That I Had

I do twenty minutes every time the refrigerator door opens and the light comes on. “The truth is I loved an audience. I loved music and dance and that was exciting to me. If I ever stop working, I might have a problem. But I never seem to be able to stop working.    

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