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Robert Walker: Not Quite the Boy Next Door
|Robert Walker with Farley Granger (left) in Strangers on a Train (1951)|
December 2, 2015: Robert Walker's film career covered nine of his thirty-two years on earth. He was best known for playing boy-next-door types, but at the end of his career, shortly before his tragic death, Alfred Hitchcock cast him in the role of a lifetime...
In August 2015, I took part in a Summer Under the Stars blogathon (held in conjunction with TCM's annual month-long event), contributing a profile of Robert Walker that posted on "his day" on TCM, August 9. On December 2, MovieFanFare re-posted my piece, and here it is!
The Pajama Game
|Doris Day (left) and Barbara Nichols (center) in The Pajama Game|
May 15, 2015: My review of the George Abbott/Stanley Donen-directed, Bob Fosse-choreographed musical The Pajama Game (1957), originally posted as my contribution for the Classic Movie Blog Association's Fabulous Films of the '50s blogathon in May 2014. MovieFanFare republished the piece just about a year later here!
|Poster for The Bad and the Beautiful|
Dec. 9, 2014: My review of Vincente Minnelli's inside-Hollywood masterpiece, The Bad and the Beautiful (1952), was my contribution to the "Build-Your-Own Blogathon" hosted by Rick of the Classic Film & TV Cafe last August. MovieFanFare republished it on December 9 as part of its celebration of Kirk Douglas' 98th birthday (!). Here it is...
Gladys Cooper: From Wide-Eyed to Steel-Willed
|The many faces of Gladys Cooper|
Aug. 1, 2014: 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
|Tyrone Power and Loretta Young in Love is News|
May 23, 2014: What a special slightly belated gift! MovieFanFare published my tour of the films of Tyrone Power and Loretta Young 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
|In color: Bette Davis, Gary Merrill and Anne Baxter; rear (in black and white), left to right: Tallulah Bankhead, Bette Davis, Elisabeth Bergner|
April 22, 2014: The first entry in my roman à clef series delved into the backstory of Joseph Mankiewicz's brilliant and much admired 1950 Oscar winner All About Eve. Click here to read it as published at MFF.
The Gay Divorcee
|"Chance is the fools name for fate..."|
Dec. 18, 2013: 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.
|It was a very good year...|
March 13, 2013:This time a post of mine was republished on MovieFanFare while it was still at the top of my own blog's front page. Click here to read Vintage Years, a consideration of some great movie years, as it appeared at MFF.
Meet Me in St. Louis
|Tom Drake and Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis|
Dec. 21, 2012: Click here to go to the holiday season 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.
Nov. 23, 2012: 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.
|Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face (1957)|
June 6, 2012: 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)|
April 6, 2012: 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 here...
|Poster art for The Uninvited (1944)|
Jan. 23, 2012: 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)|
Nov. 21, 2011: 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)|
June 3, 2011: MovieFanFare is featuring 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.
March 26, 2010: 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.