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.
TCM Summer Under the Stars highlights the career of Ramon Novarro on August 8, 2013. This brand new Picto-Sked shows vintage newspaper ads for each of the movies TCM plays that day.
A biography of Oscar winning actress Joan Fontaine including a review of her 1978 autobiography No Bed of Roses plus a preview of Fontaine-day on TCM’s Summer Under the Stars, August 6, 2013.
A complete and illustrated biography of stage actress and later film star Mary Boland prepared to coincide with TCM’s Summer Under the Stars presentation of Boland movies, August 4, 2013.
TCM examines Humphrey Bogart as major film star during their August 1 Summer Under the Stars presentation. Here we trace his stardom backwards from High Sierra down to a 1930 newspaper interview which finds Bogie on the hunt for a Hollywood party.
A preview of TCM’s Summer Under the Stars 2013 includes what to look for throughout the month on Immortal Ephemera along with recommendations of what to watch–for most days–on Turner Classic Movies in August.