Blogathons, Joan Crawford, Uncategorized

Joan and Clarence: A Match Made in Nitrate

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 gwendayoung@gmail.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

Adventures in Alan Ladd, Alan Ladd, Blogathons, Lake and Ladd, Noir Or Never, Uncategorized

Announcing The Man Who Would Be Shane: The Alan Ladd Blogathon

As many of you know, Alan Ladd means a lot to me. He's my favourite classic male film star, and I have spent many happy hours trying to watch as many films of his as possible. I've also started a blog series dedicated to him and have written a number of articles that feature his… Continue reading Announcing The Man Who Would Be Shane: The Alan Ladd Blogathon

Blogathons, Classic Film Discoveries

The Loveliness of Laird: Discovering the Films of Laird Cregar

Laird Cregar has been on the periphery for me for a good while, but for some reason, I just never actively sought out his films. This was despite my admiration for his portrayal of the sleazy, cowardly, mint popping secondary villain in This Gun For Hire, which was his second film with my absolute favourite actor, Alan… Continue reading The Loveliness of Laird: Discovering the Films of Laird Cregar

Blogathons

Hitchcock’s Blondes: A Director’s Ideal

Cool, calm, sophisticated, icy and untouchable. That is what a Hitchcock blonde is supposed to be. She is supposed to a woman whose icy locks are never out of place. Her blue eyes are clear, appraising. Always sizing her leading man up. But she is also the symbol of sexual repression. According to Hitchcock, "We're after… Continue reading Hitchcock’s Blondes: A Director’s Ideal

Blogathons, Joan Crawford

Announcing the Joan Crawford: Queen of the Silver Screen Blogathon

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

Alan Ladd, Uncategorized

A New Adventure

"I have the face of an ageing choirboy and the build of an undernourished featherweight. If you can figure out my success on the screen you're a better man than I." --Alan Ladd And that was the thing about Alan, despite being a leading man, a sex symbol and star of big money making films,… Continue reading A New Adventure

Alan Ladd, Classic Film Discoveries, Lake and Ladd, Noir Or Never

My Top 15 Classic Film Discoveries for 2018

I'd like to preface this by saying that although I've been a classic film fan since I was a small child, I've only been active in the classic film Twitter community since the end of last year, and I only started my blog this year. So I still have many films to discover. And while… Continue reading My Top 15 Classic Film Discoveries for 2018

Blogathons

Putting on the Hits

Sextette (1978) is based on Mae West's 1961 play of the same name, which was also her last stage performance. At the time of the film’s release, Mae was eight five years old, although for her entire professional career Mae had claimed she was seven years younger than she actually was; so there have been… Continue reading Putting on the Hits