Sister Celluloid

Where old movies go to live

Monthly Archives: October, 2014

Bette and Joan, The Way It Should Have Been

The first pic is a publicity shot, for What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. But the second one, it just kills you, doesn’t it? This is the way it should have been, always, with Bette and Joan: Smart, tough, gorgeous, crazy-talented comrades in arms against the big bosses in Hollywood, who nickel-and-dimed them while they brought in millions …

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Thank You So Very Much!

I started this site late last spring, to share my love of classic movies, to connect with people who had that special spot in their souls that nothing else could fill. And yesterday, Sister Celluloid reached a little bit of a milestone: So before writing another post, I needed to say: THANK YOU SO VERY …

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Test Your Classic Film Knowledge! (Not!)

In the 1930s, lots of tobacco companies tucked little film-star photo cards into their packs of cigarettes. (By the way, if you’re looking for cheap, fabulous movie memorabilia, these cards, unlike the product they came with, are just what the doctor ordered: Just go to any auction site, type in your favorite star’s name and the word …

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Linda Darnell: “A Sweeter Girl Never Lived”

“At thirty-two, I can see tell-tale marks in the mirror, but the ravages of time no longer terrify me. I am told that when surface beauty is gone, the real woman emerges.” —Linda Darnell She never lived long enough for her beauty to fade. But a real woman—and a real actress—did emerge, and deserve to be …

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Thomas Gomez: The Soul Behind the Villain

You’ve seen him a hundred times. Maybe not in the center of the screen, but you always know he’s there. The shambling menace, just off to the side. Maybe he’s got a score to settle. Or a hurt that won’t heal. Or maybe he’s handed his fate and what’s left of his conscience over to …

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Carole Lombard: A Birthday Tribute

Remembering Carole Lombard on her birthday, through the eyes of some of the many who loved her: “You can trust that little screwball with your life or your hopes and your weaknesses, and she wouldn’t even know how to think about letting you down. She’s more fun than anybody, but she’ll take a poke at …

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