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Monthly Archives: November, 2014

December 1931: Frankenstein Takes Manhattan!

Eighty-three years ago this week, on a stormy December night in 1931, James Whale’s Frankenstein came ali-i-i-ve at the Mayfair Theatre in New York City—pulling in a record-breaking 76,360 fans in the first week alone. According to the NY Times‘ rave review, “the stirring grand giugnol type of picture aroused so much excitement that many in the audience …

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What’s Your “Green Eggs and Ham” Movie?

Has there ever been a movie you’ve avoided every time it was on, sure it wasn’t your cup of tea, and then bam! You finally watched it and fell in love? It happened to me recently with Lassie Come Home. For some silly reason I always thought it would be a bit on the clichéd and …

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As W.C. Fields’ Wife, Kathleen Howard Took Henpecking to Operatic Heights

Some movie-loving girls toss around lines by ladies like Lauren Bacall (“You just put your lips together and blow.“), Vivien Leigh (“I’ll think about it tomorrow…”) or Bette Davis (“Fasten your seats belts—it’s going to be a bumpy night!”) I grew up quoting Kathleen Howard. “Those were my mother’s feathers!” I’d roar to my Dad, out of nowhere, …

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And the Winner Is…

…Lindsay Edmunds! The first (but far from last) Sister Celluloid contest has concluded, and the name pulled out of the vintage hat was lindsayedmunds.com, the home of the fabulous blog Writer’s Rest. Lindsay wins the sealed DVD of William Wyler’s classic, Dodsworth. Walter Huston will be on his way to your house this week, my dear! …

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Finally! Maureen O’Hara Gets Her Oscar

At last. After more than 6o films in eight decades—and thousands of unforgettable moments—actress Maureen O’Hara finally received her Honorary Academy Award last night in Hollywood. The 94-year-old actress was introduced by Liam Neeson and Clint Eastwood, who both admitted they’d been a bit in love with the Irish beauty since boyhood. “I’ll never forget …

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Cinderella Finally Settles a Few Scores in THE GLASS SLIPPER

In just about every version of Cinderella, our heroine reacts the same way to the vicious abuse heaped upon her by her evil step-family: She hides away in her little corner. And she dreams. And she aches. And she yearns. But here’s the thing: why doesn’t she ever get really mad? Enter Leslie Caron, in …

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Win DODSWORTH in the First Sister Celluloid Contest!

Sister Celluloid is now just about six months old (websites grow up so fast—sniff!), and I’ve made so many new friends and met wonderful kindred spirits, I honestly can’t tell you how thankful I am. As a token of appreciation, I’ll be running contests with prizes including DVDs, CDs, vintage jewelry and other fabulous stuff. …

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