After falling in love with Nancy Carroll in Child of Manhattan I wanted to see more of her movies. Problem was her best work was done at Paramount and most of it is hard to find. This post points to a few of Carroll’s better known titles and includes a biography of this major early talkie talent.
An appreciation of Glenda Farrell’s 1930s Hollywood characterizations, especially Torchy Blane, combined with a complete biography of Farrell.
Preview of Turner Classic Movies in September with a focus placed on those oldies released between the World Wars. The reformatted TCM Now Playing Guide reviewed. A packed month of features from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s from TCM including the premiere of The Story of Film: An Odyssey documentary. Star of the Month is Kim Novak.
Picto-Sked collects period newspaper advertisements for each of the 17 movies that TCM airs on August 29, 2013 during their Summer Under the Stars tribute to Glenda Farrell.
A bare-chested Clark Gable in It Happened One Night is credited for killing the undershirt industry in the 1930s. But where’s the proof? This post follows evidence to show that while the undergarment industry did worry about Gable as early as 1934, no actual decline in sales can be attributed to a primary source
A biography of character actor Charles Coburn traces his Georgia roots to Broadway and the Coburn Players before a late start put him in nearly 70 movies and nets him an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor. Plus Coburn on taxes, the 14th Amendment and his monocle.
Recommendations for TCM Summer Under the Stars Wallace Beery day on August 17 with a preview of my coming Beery biography post. Plus, Happy Birthday, Alan Mowbray!
A collection of clippings tracing the early career of Bette Davis from 1928 in Rochester through Broadway and into Hollywood in late 1930. Articles and ads for plays and films included with commentary.
An old movie I found a bit too old-fashioned, though Mickey Rooney does give one of his best performances in MGM’s The Human Comedy (1943). Story by William Saroyan. Produced and directed by Clarence Brown. Also includes strong acting from Frank Morgan and James Cra
A look at Lana Turner’s small part in Mervyn LeRoy’s They Won’t Forget (1937). Illustrations include an advertisement and other early Turner news clippings.