Imagine, if you will, going to see a Broadway show in which one of the performers sings a song that features the lyrics "Don't be a dummy, be a smarty! Join the Nazi party!" Would you get up and storm out in great disgust, or stick around when you get the very incorrect idea that… Continue reading Springtime for Larceny: The Producers (1967)
The catchphrase for Easter Parade was "The Happiest Musical Ever Made Is Irving Berlin's Easter Parade". And that's pretty accurate. The highest the stakes get is whether or not Hannah Brown (played wonderfully by Judy Garland) and Don Hewes (played equally wonderfully by Fred Astaire) will become a big hit, and you know right from… Continue reading With All The Frills Upon It: Easter Parade (1948)
The human soul is naturally inclined towards seeking comfort, that lovely feeling of reassurance that the world holds hope and wonder, that things once broken can be mended, that not all that is lost, is lost forever. As a child, my comfort film was Gone with the Wind. It was a film that filled me with the… Continue reading The Comfort of Classics: Five Favourites
It's true that as Astaire got older, his female costars got younger, with Audrey Hepburn almost thirty years younger than him in Funny Face and Leslie Caron thirty two years younger than him in Daddy Long Legs. This has garnered criticism from viewers, with many citing that it's "icky" to watch Astaire woo such young women. But I don't… Continue reading My Heart Belongs To Daddy: Fred Astaire in “Daddy Long Legs” (1955)
I became aware of Phantom of the Opera (1943) through the purchase of my two Universal Monster boxsets, both of which featured the second English language adaptation of Gaston Leroux's famous novel. I was quite delighted to discover that one of my favourite classic film actors, the great Claude Rains, who was no stranger to Universal, starred… Continue reading Christine, Christine: Phantom of the Opera (1943)
De-Lovely (2004) is one of the best and most underrated biopics I have ever seen. It has everything you'd want in such a film, awesome music, a fascinating, but very flawed central figure, which the filmmakers do not shy away from, a brilliant actor play that figure, and great supporting performances. Why people are not singing this film's… Continue reading In The Still of the Night: De-lovely (2004)
Doris Day is an actress who I've always known about but only recently really become aware of. I seem to be saying that a lot lately. Remember John Barrymore? It's rather strange really, because Doris was not only admired by my gran, but also has the distinction of being the biggest box office draw in… Continue reading Calamity Doris
I will be taking part in The Second Annual Broadway Bound Blogathon hosted by Taking Up Room, so please watch this space!
I will be taking part in The Third Doris Day Blogathon hosted by Letters to Old Hollywood, so please watch this space!
This Could Be the Night (1957) is probably one of the lesser known films of both Jean Simmons and Anthony Franciosa's varied careers. While it was Anthony's film debut after his incredibly successful Broadway career, Jean already had an established film career having been nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA. Jean would also be… Continue reading The Education of Miss Anne Leeds: Jean Simmons in This Could Be the Night