Okay so Florence Nightingale is probably the most famous nurse to ever live, with good reason, as she pretty much revolutionised the field by introducing sanitation measures (seriously, wash your hands) in hospitals, and establishing the first secular nursing school in the world. A famous lithograph of Nightingale from a painting by Henrietta Rae. So,… Continue reading The Man Who Loved the Lady with the Lamp: Timothy Dalton in “Florence Nightingale” (1985)
You knew his name. So It's been a while since I blogged. Life happens. But when one of my favourite bloggers, Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews approached me about co-hosting a Blogathon dedicated to the six official Bond actors' non-Bond films, I knew that it was time to get back on the blogging wagon! I have… Continue reading Announcing the You Knew My Name: The Bond Not Bond Blogathon
Dark Passage is Bogie and Bacall's penultimate film together, coming after To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep. It's a film that seems to divide their fans and those who enjoy film noir, due to its subjective camera perspective for the first half of the movie, as well as Bogie's more subdued performance.… Continue reading A tangled web: Agnes Moorehead in “Dark Passage” (1947)
This review contains major plot point spoilers. Don’t read any further if you haven’t seen the film. Frenzy is, in my humble opinion, Hitchcock’s most intense and disturbing film. Because it was made long after the production code had folded, it has all the graphic imagery that the 1970s, with its lack of overarching censorship,… Continue reading The intensity of “Frenzy” (1972)
So many of you who know me, also know that I am a HUGE Maxwell Caulfield fan. It's so bad that when I make a decision, I often think: What would Michael Carrington do? Yes. It's indeed... that... bad... Maxwell Caulfield is best known now for portraying British geek heartthrob, Michael Carrington, in the cult… Continue reading Announcing the Cool Rider: Maxwell Caulfield Blogathon
Hooray! The day for our wonderful Queen of the Silver Screen and Sass, Barbara Stanwyck, to be celebrated, has arrived! So without further ado, let's get into the lovely entries from our awesome participants! First up we have Kevin, who writes about Stany and Capra's work together. Then Lê writes about Barbara's performance in one… Continue reading The Queen of Sass: Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon has arrived!
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!