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Monthly Archives: January, 2015

Lombard and Francis in IN NAME ONLY: Onscreen Rivals, Offscreen Sisters

Making Kay Francis bitter and brittle is like spooning meringue into a sardine can. But that’s the role she was dealt in John Cromwell’s In Name Only—and it was only through the grace of Carole Lombard that she was cast in the film at all. The two first met in 1931, sparring over William Powell in …

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TCM Festival Flashback: The Cast and Director of DELIVERANCE

Last year, I covered the TCM Festival for Sister Celluloid (click here for Sunday in New York, Mary Poppins and Margaret O’Brien, here for Eddie Muller’s fabulous interview with William Friedkin, here for Kim Novak’s thrilling and moving takedown of online bullies, here for Shirley Jones’ awesome introduction of Oklahoma! and here for Maureen O’Hara bringing the house down with How Green Was My Valley).  …

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And the Winner Is…

The winner of Sister Celluloid Contest #2 is Kathy McC! This time, the prize was 10 classic film cards from the company that made them best: Garbaty of Germany. All of these cards are from the 1934 “Modern Beauty” series; the stars are Annabella, Virginia Bruce, Madeleine Carroll, Lil Dagover, Kay Francis, Miriam Hopkins, Emil …

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Seeing “Jungle Red” Over THE WOMEN

“The Women—And It’s All About Men!” shrieks the movie’s trailer. “Out of the boudoir, onto the screen skyrockets Clare Booth Luce’s sensational stage hit of 135 women with nothing on their minds but men! Dowagers and debutantes! Chorines and mannequins! See them with their hair down and their claws out!” Or in my case, just lead …

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Carole Lombard: A Birthday Tribute

Originally posted on Sister Celluloid:
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…

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The “Contrary to Popular Opinion” Blogathon Is Here!

Back in early December, the fabulous Fritzi Kramer of Movies Silently and I threw out this invitation to our friends in Classic Film Land: “If you love  a movie, performer or director that most fans and critics dismiss, or if you’ve had it up to here listening to praise for someone or something you simply can’t stand, then come sit …

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A Sad Coincidence in an Awful Week

I wanted to take a minute to share with you something you may not have known. Back in 1962, Anita Ekberg and Rod Taylor were briefly engaged. And today she left us, just three days after he did—and on what would have been his 85th birthday. Here’s a little article from Florida’s Ocala Star-Banner, back on …

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For Rod Taylor, with Love

Beyond heartbroken. You should never find out that someone you love is gone by scrolling through your Twitter feed. That’s how I found out that Rod Taylor had died today. I’ve been in love with him since I was a girl. He was the approachable terrific, gorgeous guy. The one you’d have a dizzyingly wonderful time …

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Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies! Nuttier Than a Screwball Comedy

Katharine Hepburn. Even when she insulted you, something good came out of it. Back in the 1970s, Kate befriended a young Manhattan neighbor at the urgent request of her father. It seems the girl was threatening to drop out of Bryn Mawr, Kate’s alma mater, and her frantic dad wrote to Kate—whom he’d seen but …

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HISTORY IS MADE AT NIGHT: Hard to Define, Harder to Forget

History Is Made At Night: Charles Boyer, Jean Arthur and Colin Clive, under the gloriously romantic direction of Frank Borzage. What’s not to love? But loving it is easier than explaining it. Clive plays Bruce Vail, a deeply crazed shipping magnate whose creepy scheme to hang onto his wife Irene (Arthur)  drives her straight into …

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