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The Un-Chilly Elegance of Frieda Inescort

“I’m so aristocratic on stage it’s a wonder I don’t come out blue when I take a bath.” Probably best known as the hopelessly haughty Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice—who seemed to smell cabbage whenever Elizabeth Bennet stepped into the room—Frieda Inescort took a wry view of her typecasting. But there was so much …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: The Classic Ladies of Autumn

Don’t look now, but what’s that coming around the corner? It’s… it’s… autumn! (At least in this hemisphere.) So let’s kick it off with a few of our favorite actresses decked out in their best reds, oranges, yellows and golds. There’s something about these pix that’s kind of anti-cheesecake: No frozen smiles to match their …

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Auntie Joan (Crawford) Explains It All for You!

Don’t say nothin’ bad about my Joanie. Not long ago, in need of a tonic on a stifling summer day, I reread the closest thing we have to her autobiography, the wildly entertaining Joan Crawford: My Way of Life. On the cover, firmly gripping her pair of poodles, she looks like a terrified hostage trying …

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MOMA Launches a Spectacular Series: Universal Restorations & Rediscoveries, 1928-1937

Friday the 13th just got lucky. That’s when the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) kicks off its fabulous series, “Universal Pictures: Restorations and Rediscoveries, 1928-1937,” which runs from May 13 through June 15. With several gorgeous prints newly struck by the studio, “this seemed a good opportunity to look at the Carl Laemmle Jr. years—which …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Classic Film Stars Let Their Freckles Fly Free!

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! In April 1976, George Hurrell wrote to Joan Crawford, his friend of almost half a century, asking her to say a few words for a book about his work. With it, he sent a 1930 photograph, his favorite of the thousands they’d shot in 33 sessions together. “I’ve always …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Bette Davis’s Unrequited Love Affair—With Dogs

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! In December 1930, Bette Davis stepped off the Twentieth Century Limited and swanned into Union Station all set to conquer Hollywood, with her mother by her side and her wire-haired terrier, Boojum, in her arms. A rep from Warner Bros. was supposed to meet the happy trio, but no …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: Bette Davis Invites You (and Half of Classic Hollywood!) to the Tailwaggers Ball!

Welcome to another edition of TINTYPE TUESDAY! Put on your party clothes and pile in the car, kids—we’re goin’ to a ball! Bette Davis, who famously doted on her own dogs, was also the Lifetime President of the Tailwaggers Society of Southern California. And in the summer of 1938, she threw a fundraiser at the Beverly Hills Hotel …

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Please Join Us for the “TRY IT, YOU’LL LIKE IT!” Blogathon!

When you’re plunking down on the sofa to watch a classic film, do your friends and loved ones react like… Or…  not so much? Well, never fear, the “Try It, You’ll Like It!” Blogathon is here! Hosted by Sister Celluloid and the fabulous Fritzi at Movies Silently, the blogathon is a public service of sorts… …

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Do Your Loved Ones Suffer from Dread Of Old Movies (DOOM) Syndrome?

We’ve all been there: That moment when you’ve cozily settled into the sofa as a classic film is coming on… and you can already feel the impatient fidgeting, hear the discontented sighs, catch a quick glimpse of the eye-rolling going on around you. Perhaps some clueless family member asks, “Haven’t you seen this already?” Or maybe, like something straight out …

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TINTYPE TUESDAY: When Olivia Met (and Almost Married) Jimmy

You know who almost got married? Olivia de Havilland and Jimmy Stewart. Can you imagine? But when they got to the marriage license bureau, they were intercepted by the Minister of Fabulousness, who told them it would be just too much for them to join together in wedlock. Okay that’s not actually what happened. Here’s what did. In December 1939, …

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