Barbara Stanwyck, or Missy or Stanny as she is often referred to with great affection in the classic film community, is one of the greatest actresses to ever live. Hands down. No contest. Even people who have never, or will never (pity on them) ever watch a classic film, are pretty likely to know who… Continue reading Announcing The Queen of Sass: Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon
I want to thank every blogger who dedicated their time to taking part in this Blogathon which honoured such an amazing performer, who deserves to be better remembered today. I cannot wait to read everyone’s entries, which are so wonderfully varied! I would love to make this an annual event if there is an interest… Continue reading A Big Basil Thank You
It's difficult to say why I find A Notorious Affair so enjoyable. Basil Rathbone has an abysmal Italian (I think) accent, Billie Dove isn't terribly charismatic, and the characterisation isn't exactly hugely well rounded for anyone. Basil really could play the violin, even if he looks a trifle nervous in this screenshot But what I… Continue reading Many-a-melodrama: A Notorious Affair (1930)
I am thrilled to say that The Suave Swordsman: Basil Rathbone Blogathon has finally arrived! I am so excited to share this event with all of you and the wonderful bloggers (of which there are happily many) who have generously donated their swashbuckling time to writing entries! First up is Maddy, who shares her thoughts… Continue reading The Suave Swordsman has arrived!
Like most people, my first exposure to Vincent Price was through horror films, and the only early film of his that I really knew was Dragonwyck. But over the years, as my appreciation for classic film has continued to grow and mature, I've sought out more films from his pre-horror career, such as the two other classics… Continue reading Paging Dr Death: Vincent Price in “Shock” (1946)
I would like to thank everyone who took part in the Blogathon. I can't think of a better way to have celebrated this icon of the silver screen's birthday. Please do read everyone's wonderful contributions here. And because of internet issues and the fact that I'd probably be late for my own funeral, my post… Continue reading The End of the Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon
Today is the 75th birthday of Mia Farrow, our lady of the hour for this blogathon! What better way to celebrate such a wonderful artist's birthday than to write about her films and exploits! So without further ado, let's dive right in! First up is Maddy, with her thoughts on one of Mia's finest performances… Continue reading The Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon has arrived!
Basil Rathbone is one of the greatest film and stage actors of the Golden era. Although he's largely fallen into obscurity now, he created timeless roles and is probably the most famous screen Sherlock Holmes. Born in Johannesburg in 1892, he was only a baby when his parents immigrated to England due to the Jameson… Continue reading Announcing The Suave Swordsman: Basil Rathbone Blogathon
The event dedicated to one of my favourite actors has finally arrived! I am absolutely thrilled that a few lovely bloggers have chosen to join me to celebrate Al Pacino excellent career. First up we have Maddy, who talks about one or Al's most heartfelt films, Frankie and Johnny. Then Quiggy talks about one of… Continue reading Please welcome Mr Pacino: The All About Al Pacino Blogathon has arrived!
When I was younger, I was confused by my mother's love for Mia Farrow. But then I watched Rosemary's Baby when I was about eighteen and I saw it, something just clicked. I understood why my mom had always wanted to watch films that Mia was in, why she felt that she had had such an impact… Continue reading Announcing The Magnificent Mia Farrow Blogathon