Strange Cargo (1940) is not an easy film to describe. It has elements of drama, romance, adventure and tragedy. It is all these things, but it does not fit neatly into any of these genres. It could perhaps be compared to I Was A Fugitive of a Chain Gang, with its frank depiction of prison… Continue reading Into the Wilderness: Clark Gable in “Strange Cargo” (1940)
Joan always adored her fans. They were her life and the reason she carried on acting and producing memorable, touching and brilliant performances for her entire career. For Joan, improving her craft was for her audience, as she knew they would be there long after she had gone, different audiences over different periods. And because… Continue reading The Queen Rests: A Wrap up of the Joan Crawford: Queen of the Silver Screen Blogathon
Although Our Dancing Daughters (1928) is the film that is often cited as Joan's star making role, she herself said that it was her starring in The Unknown that really taught her to act. According to IMDB , Joan Crawford always considered The Unknown (1927) a big turning point for her. She said it wasn't until working with Lon… Continue reading The Perfect Joan Double Bill: The Unknown (1927) and Berserk! (1967)
In a career that spanned almost fifty years, Joan starred in almost every type of Woman's Picture, and played almost every kind of part in the genre, as well as starring in almost every other kind of genre, and playing almost every type of role in those genres, too. But Joan's later films are often… Continue reading What A Dame: Joan’s Four Essential Later Performances
Erica and I are utterly thrilled that Gwenda Young, the author of Clarence Brown: Hollywood’s Forgotten Master, has written a post for our Blogathon. Please direct all of your comments for this post to Gwenda by twitter or email at, @y_gwenda and email@example.com. So without further ado, here is Gwenda's incredible post about Joan and Clarence Brown: “Let’s… Continue reading Joan and Clarence: A Match Made in Nitrate
Joan Crawford is one of the most famous and identifiable faces of the classic film era. It's difficult to gauge the extent of her impact on popular culture because it has been so wide and varied. Along with her supposed rival Bette Davis, and her friend Barbara Stanwyck, she has become synonymous with strong, often… Continue reading Announcing the Joan Crawford: Queen of the Silver Screen Blogathon
Born in 1889, Marjorie Burnet Rambeau started her stage career at the age of twelve. Before that, she had performed in saloons, singing, dancing and playing the banjo, whilst dressed as a boy. Her mother made her cross dress in order to avoid the avarice advances of men in Nome, Alaska, which at that time… Continue reading A Mother’s Memory
Slim cut black trousers with a large collared blue masculine skirt reminds the viewer that no matter what Joan is wearing, she is in control.