Gladys Cooper: From Wide-Eyed to Steel-Willed
Late last year I contributed a profile piece on the late, great Gladys Cooper (Rebecca, Now Voyager, The Bishop's Wife, My Fair Lady, etc., etc.) to a "What a Character" blogathon hosted by Once Upon a Screen, Paula's Cinema Club and Outspoken & Freckled. Now, MovieFanFare has revived it here!
Tyrone Power & Loretta Young: The 1937 Romantic Comedies
What a special slightly belated gift! MovieFanFare published my tour of the films of Tyrone Power and Loretta Young on May 23, the day after my birthday this year. The original post was my contribution to the Power-Mad blogathon commemorating the 100th anniversary of Ty's birth on May 5. Click here to go to the MFF version.
All About Eve
The first entry in my roman à clef series delved into the backstory of Joseph Mankiewicz's 1950 Oscar winner All About Eve. The piece was reprinted at MovieFanFare on April 22, 2014. Click here to read it as published at MFF.
The Gay Divorcee
|"Chance is the fools name for fate..."|
My entry for the Classic Movie Blog Association blogathon, "Film Passion 101," took a look at the Astaire/Rogers classic, The Gay Divorcee (1934), and recalled how I fell in love with the classics all over again the first time I watched it. Click here to go to my piece as it was republished at MovieFanFare on December 18, 2013.
|It was a very good year...|
This time a post of mine was republished on MovieFanFare while it was still at the top of my own blog's front page - in March 2013. Click here to read Vintage Years, a consideration of some great movie years, as it appeared at MovieFanFare.
Meet Me in St. Louis
|Tom Drake and Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis|
Click here to go to the December 2012 MovieFanFare reprint of my Christmas 2010 piece Meet Me in St. Louis: A Holiday From Beginning to End, my take on Vincente Minnelli's 1944 musical masterpiece.
Click here to go to MovieFanFare's reprint of my in-depth piece on Marilyn Monroe: Out of a Dream, written in tribute to her 'day' as part of Turner Classic Movies' 2012 "Summer Under the Stars" celebration in August. The post was republished at MovieFanFare in November 2012.
|Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957)|
During the 2012 Turner Classic Movies Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, I posted a piece in tribute to Stanley Donen and Audrey Hepburn, both of whom were being honored at the event. Click here to go to MovieFanFare's re-post of Funny Face: Give 'Em the Old Pizzazz.
Design for Living
|Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins, Fredrick March - Design for Living (1933)|
My entry for Jill Blake's March-in-March blogathon at Sittin' on a Backyard Fence in honor of two-time Oscar winner Fredric March was a reflection on Ernst Lubitsch's adaptation of Noel Coward's Design for Living (1933). MovieFanFare republished the piece on April 6, 2012 as Ernst Lubitsch Films Noel Coward: Design For Living - click here for more...
|Poster art for The Uninvited (1944)|
Before my two-part piece on Rebecca and The Uninvited posted late in 2011, I pondered the lovely tune, "Stella by Starlight" with The Haunting Melody of The Uninvited. Written by Victor Young with lyrics by Ned Washington, "Stella by Starlight" was introduced in The Uninvited. MovieFanFare republished my post in January 2012. Click here to find out more about and listen to different versions of a song that went on to become a classic in its own right.
Hannah and her Sisters
|Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)|
As Thanksgiving 2011 loomed, I pondered Woody Allen's '80s classic with Family Thanksgivings: Hannah and Her Sisters. Click here to read my take on a film in which the story begins with one family Thanksgiving and ends on another.
Father of the Bride
|Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor in Father of the Bride (1950)|
On June 3, 2011 MovieFanFare featured my contemplation of Vincente Minnelli's 1950 classic, Father of the Bride and the post-war era. Click here to read Father of the Bride and a Reflection on Mid-Century Hollywood.
Marlene Dietrich, Another Facet of Her Legend...on March 11, 2011, MovieFanFare kindly, and with grateful permission, republished my piece on the less glamorous, more generous acts of the great 20th century megastar. Click here to read the post as it appeared on MovieFanFare.