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 ambitious women in film. Women who went out and got what they wanted, and hardly, if ever, apologised for this ambition. Her career spanned six decades: from the gentle waved haired beauty of the silent screen, to the champion of the “shop girl” in the 1930s, to the symbol of the powerful, ambitious, and vulnerable, woman of the postwar era, most memorably through her role as Mildred Pierce, and finally to the “scream queen” of the 1960s. Very few actors and actresses of Joan’s or any era have or will enjoy the long, varied, and very successful career that she maintained.

 

 

 

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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 I discovered so many gems đź’Ž this year thanks to the wonderful classic film fans on Twitter, the Mad About Musicals course hosted by TCM and Ball State University, and some of my own tireless digging, these are the ones that left the largest impression on me.

From the pre-code to the Western to the film noir and musical, these films expanded my insights into the classic film era and also exposed me to some very memorable performers. These are in no particular order as I’m not very good at countdowns, so I like to think of it as a list that could really be in any order.

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A Mother’s Memory

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 was relatively wild and lawless.

Marjorie was not formally trained to be a stage actress, but gained experience through her travels as a performer across America. She made her Broadway debut at the age of twenty four, in a play called Kick In.

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