“The Sound of Music:” Mr. Breen’s Last Film; The Swansong of the Code

Today is December 5. Many historians of the 1930s celebrate this day as the anniversary of the official repeal of Prohibition in 1933. I, however, acknowledge it as the end of something very good. While Prohibition died on December 5, 1933, the man who gave the Golden Age of Hollywood its luster died thirty-two years … Continue reading “The Sound of Music:” Mr. Breen’s Last Film; The Swansong of the Code

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“Too Many Girls” from 1940: The Start of It All for Lucy and Desi

Michaela of Love Letters to Old Hollywood is hosting a blogathon to celebrate the famous pairing of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. This blogathon, which is honoring the 31st anniversary of Mr. Arnaz's death, is a tribute to the careers of this famous married couple. I am joining the celebration with an article about their … Continue reading “Too Many Girls” from 1940: The Start of It All for Lucy and Desi

“The Kiss” from 1929: A Look at Infidelity Before and Under the Code

Crystal Kalyana, the authoress of In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood, is a devoted hostess of blogathons which honor famous actors' birthdays. This year I have participated in her blogathons for Olivia de Havilland + Errol Flynn, Ethel, Lionel, and John Barrymore, Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, and Joan Fontaine. These blogathons generated some … Continue reading “The Kiss” from 1929: A Look at Infidelity Before and Under the Code

“Remember the Night:” Thievery in Code Films

Since the first silent films in the 1890s, thieves have been important characters in movies. There is just so much you can do with them. They can be main characters or bit parts; they can be villains or protagonists. They can be pickpockets, bank robbers, embezzlers, or jewel thieves. The "It Takes A Thief" Blogathon … Continue reading “Remember the Night:” Thievery in Code Films

“Mister Roberts:” NOW: Eight Months After

For the “Now (and Then)” Blogathon hosted by Thoughts All Sorts and Realweegiemidget Reviews, I am reviewing two James Cagney films which are separated by twenty-two years. Footlight Parade was released in 1933, and Mister Roberts was released in 1955. 1933 was James Cagney's fourth year in Hollywood, and 1955 was his twenty-sixth year. Even … Continue reading “Mister Roberts:” NOW: Eight Months After

“Footlight Parade:” THEN: Eight Months Before

James Cagney was an actor whose great talent in the film industry made him a movie star for thirty years. After achieving fame through his fourth film, The Public Enemy, Mr. Cagney appeared in around sixty movies before his retirement after One, Two, Three in 1961. His career put him in many diverse genres and roles, … Continue reading “Footlight Parade:” THEN: Eight Months Before

“Sabrina:” A Swell Dish from 1954

This weekend is the feast of the Food in Films blogathon at Silver Screenings and Speakeasy. I would like to thank my two hostesses for allowing me to join the potluck by serving up my opinions on an epicurean and cinematographic collaboration. For my contribution, I have chosen Sabrina, a swell dish from 1954. What classic … Continue reading “Sabrina:” A Swell Dish from 1954

October 31: A Day of Death and Recollections

Tonight is October 31, which is Hallowe'en. It originally was called All Hallows' Eve, since it was the evening before All Hallows' Day or All Saints' Day. The holiday of Hallow's Eve begins at sunset; it is the beginning of Allhallowtide, which lasts through November 2. This is a Christian holiday for remembering the saints … Continue reading October 31: A Day of Death and Recollections

“The Emperor Waltz:” Austria is Going to the Dogs Indeed!

The Emperor Waltz is a 1948 musical set in Austria's early twentieth century. It tells the story of the dual romance between an Austrian countess and her pedigree poodle and an American traveling salesman and his lovable mutt. It is set against the background of beautiful Austrian locations, which are enhanced by Strauss melodies and … Continue reading “The Emperor Waltz:” Austria is Going to the Dogs Indeed!

Katharine Hepburn in “Woman of the Year ” from 1942: Tess Harding as a Woman

For my second article for The Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn blogathon, I chose to write about Woman of the Year from 1942. This was the famous couple's first movie pairing, but you can immediately see how marvelous they were together. This picture tells the story of a sports writer who gets into an argument … Continue reading Katharine Hepburn in “Woman of the Year ” from 1942: Tess Harding as a Woman