Silent movie legend Norma Desmond, as played by Gloria Swanson in Billy Wilder's dark Hollywood satire Sunset Boulevard (1950), was more than just "the greatest star of them all." Norma knew how to plan a memorable New Year's Eve party as illustrated in the clip above. Here are some tongue-in-cheek tips for planning a fabulous party the Norma way.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland perform an energetic version of Good Morning in Babes in Arms (1939). The song was written by Babes in Arms producer Arthur Freed with Nacio Herb Brown.
Sunday, December 28, 2014
Saintly Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy) knocks some sense into juvenile delinquent Whitey Marsh (Mickey Rooney) in this clip from Boys Town (1938).
New York Times critic Frank Nugent gave Rooney a rare rave review for his performance in Boys Town. "Mickey is the Dead End gang rolled into one. He is James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and King Kong before they grew up or knew a restraining hand. Mickey, as the French would understate it, is the original enfant terrible."
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Star in the Night is a 1945 short film that is a modern re-telling of the Biblical nativity story. The film follows three cowboys (Richard Erdman, Johnny Miles and Cactus Mack) as they follow a large neon star to a desert motel where the harassed innkeeper (J. Carrol Naish) is trying to find room for a young Mexican couple (Lynn Baggett and Anthony Caruso) who are about to have a baby. The film is directed by Don Siegel (Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dirty Harry, The Shootist). It won the Academy Award for best short subject.
|An illustration by Ben Stahl for a promotional book for the 1959 film, Ben Hur.|
We wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas. We'll be back next week with a look at Mickey Rooney's life and films, including one of his best movies, Babes in Arms.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
We're celebrating the season with some of our favorite Christmas movies. This week's selection is It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947), which is airing tonight (Dec. 4, 2015) on TCM.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Our look at classic Christmas songs from old Hollywood films continues with Bing Crosby and Marjorie Reynolds (dubbed by Martha Mears) performing White Christmas from Holiday Inn (1942).
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Victor Moore was a legendary Broadway actor, but he also appeared in many old Hollywood films, including Swing Time (1936) Make Way for Tomorrow (1937) and the Christmas classic, It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947).
Monday, December 15, 2014
Shirley Temple and Arthur Treacher perform a delightful rendition of the old Music Hall standard, "Knocked 'em in the Old Kent Road" in The Little Princess (1939).
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Shirley Temple and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson dance up the staircase in the famous number from The Little Colonel (1935). Robinson dances alone until the 2:00 minute mark and then Temple joins him. They made history by being the first interracial dancing duo in the movies.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
We're recommending some old Hollywood Christmas movies for your holiday viewing pleasure. First up is Christmas in Connecticut (1945).
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Our look at classic Christmas songs continues with Baby, It's Cold Outside sung first by Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban and then by Betty Garrett and Red Skelton in Neptune's Daughter (1949).
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Hungarian actor S.Z. Sakall's portly frame and fractured English were a much-loved addition to many old Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s, including Casablanca, Christmas in Connecticut and In the Good Old Summertime.
Monday, December 8, 2014
Sunday, December 7, 2014
I'm commemorating Pearl Harbor Day with a look at God Bless America. Here is a clip of Kate Smith singing a rousing version in the 1943 film This Is the Army, starring Ronald Reagan and Joan Leslie.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
We continue our look at classic Christmas songs with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from Meet Me in St. Louis (1944).
Monday, December 1, 2014
|Evelyn Keyes as Suellen O'Hara|