Barbara Stanwyck, Biographical Beginnings to Baby Face and Beyond

Barbara Stanwyck Early 1930s Warner Brothers Press Photo

This originally posted when Barbara Stanwyck was Star of the Month on Turner Classic Movies in December 2012. Ruby Catherine Stevens was born in Brooklyn, NY, July 16, 1907. Her mother died when she was four and her father abandoned the five kids pretty much right after that. Older sister Mildred was a showgirl. She […]

John Boles, Sinatra of the 30s and Elvis Presley of the Stone Age

John Boles 1934 Player Film Stars Tobacco Card

In a 1961 article reporter Bob Thomas credited a Houston reporter for having semi-recently hung the “Elvis Presley of the Stone Age” tag on actor John Boles. Boles didn’t mind. Boles, whose best known credits include a trio of Shirley Temple films, as well as Back Street (1932) with Irene Dunne, Craig’s Wife (1936) with […]