Remembering Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) on Screen, Especially 1937-1944

Mickey Rooney 1951 Artisti del Cinema Trading Card

Remembering Mickey Rooney with a look at his peak years. From Andy Hardy to Boys Town and the Judy Garland pairings. Plus previewing TCM’s April 13 tribute to Rooney.

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TCM Preview April 2014 – Plus Blogathons; Odds and Ends

John Wayne 1940s era 5x7 Fan Photo

TCM preview and recommendations for April 2014 with emphasis on the Golden Age titles showing on Turner Classic Movies throughout the month. John Wayne is Star of the Month and there are marathons dedicated to Marie Prevost and Lionel Barrymore. Plus other site odds and ends.

TCM Tally by Decade – 2014

Tally Marks

A decade by decade count of the movies TCM plays each month throughout 2014. Do they play more 1960s movies than 1930s movies? The tally will tell over time. Updated through March 31.

More Historical Movie Star “Deaths in Threes”

Robert Ames 1930s Picturegoer Postcard

Over fifty years of “Death in Threes” collecting original reports of Hollywood star trios who died close in time. Coverage from 1931 to 1982.

TCM Preview March 2014 – A Look Inside My Now Playing Guide

Mary Astor in Dodsworth

TCM preview and recommendations for March 2014 with emphasis on Golden Age titles showing on Turner Classic Movies throughout the month. Mary Astor Star of the Month with daytime birthday marathons dedicated to Betty Compson and Louis Wolheim.

Sara Haden, Age 5, Grows Up to Make Misery for Shirley Temple

Katherine from Burr McIntosh December 1904

A 1904 photo of actress Sara Haden as a little girl sparks a look at Haden all grown up and causing trouble for Shirley Temple in Captain January.

Shirley Temple in 1934, Part 1: Tracking the Rise

Shirley Temple color toned postcard

Tracking Shirley Temple’s 1934 rise to prominence through five feature film appearances and newspapers from around the world. Pinpointing when the public discovered her and tracing her subsequent rise to superstardom through her appearances in the press.

TCM “31 Days of Oscar” Preview for February 2014

Greer Garson 1940s Paper Premium Photo

TCM’s “31 Days of Oscar” celebration runs February 1-March 3. A look at the 2014 theme plus links to past posts about the movies and stars whose Academy Award nominated films play on TCM this month.

Classic Movie History Project: 1931 – Stars Emerge

Cimarron Trade Ad

As part of the Classic Film History Project Blogathon a look at the brand new stars and popular film cycles that dominated Hollywood in 1931. Gangsters and newspapermen, horrors and fallen women abound. With list of major studio releases for 1931.

TCM Preview January 2014 – A Look Inside My Now Playing Guide

Joan Crawford 1935 Ardath Film Stage and Radio Stars Tobacco Card

TCM preview and recommendations for January 2014 with emphasis on Golden Age titles showing on Turner Classic Movies throughout the month. Joan Crawford Star of the Month with daytime marathons dedicated to Anita Louise, Kay Francis, J. Carrol Naish, Jean Hersholt and the films of Charles Brabin and Ernst Lubitsch.