Zorina the Ballerina

Zorina the Ballerina

Prima Ballerina: Vera Zorina Vera’s parents were both professional singers, in Norway where Vera grew up. Zorina already had show business in her blood. Soon it was realized, not only could she sing, but she was an amazing dancer. Her … Continue reading

Archibald Leach becomes Cary Grant

Archibald Leach becomes Cary Grant

Archibald Leach was a teenaged runaway who became the definition of a gentleman. Who would of thought a circus juggler would be known as “the epitome of elegance”. It wasn’t without practice and change, though. First went the name. Archibald … Continue reading

Goodbye, Eleanor

Goodbye, Eleanor

Rest in Peace, Eleanor Parker. Parker went back and forth from A-list movies, to B’s. When going to see an Eleanor Parker film, you may not recognize her not only physically, but her range of acting ability, perplexed many moviegoers, … Continue reading

Loretta Young : Mommie Dearest : Part 2

Loretta Young : Mommie Dearest : Part 2

Gable and Young saw each other only socially in the years that followed. Clark had married Carole Lombard (who died in a plane crash, in 1942). In 1950 they made another film together, Key to the City. It’s believed Loretta … Continue reading

Loretta Young : Mommie Dearest : Part 1

Loretta Young : Mommie Dearest : Part 1

Loretta Young, publicity photo for “Call of the Wild”. During the filming of “Call of the Wild”, Loretta Young had an affair with her co-star, Clark Gable. Gable was notorious for bedding his leading ladies and Loretta although a devout … Continue reading

The underrated sexiness of Deborah Kerr

The underrated sexiness of Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr, From Here to Eternity ”I don’t think anyone knew I could act until I put on a bathing suit,” Deborah Kerr once told Collier’s magazine. That halter top, bathing suit did turn heads and Kerr was nominated for … Continue reading

Valley of the Dolls

Valley of the Dolls

1967’s Valley of the Dolls (based on the novel by Jaqueline Susann) starred Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, and Barbara Parkins. The movie centers on Anne Welles, Barbara’s character, who comes to New York with hopes of finding a lavish job … Continue reading

Classic Horror: Freaks, Fiends, and Scream Queens

Classic Horror: Freaks, Fiends, and Scream Queens

FREAKS! Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova) and a couple stars from Tod Browning’s “Freaks” (1932)

Femme Fatale Series:  Jane Greer in “Out of the Past”

Femme Fatale Series: Jane Greer in “Out of the Past”

Out of the Past is probably, one of my favorite films noir. This 1947 film, is a perfect noir, with narration and flashbacks, throughout the movie. Out of the Past stars Jane Greer as the femme fatale, who kills and … Continue reading

Femme Fatale Series: Joan Bennett in “Scarlett Street”

Femme Fatale Series: Joan Bennett in “Scarlett Street”

Next up, Joan Bennett plays Kitty March in Fritz Lang’s “Scarlett Street”. Kitty is in the racket with her boyfriend Johnny (Dan Duryea) of playing older men, for money. This time Kitty sets her sights on wanna-be artist, Chris Cross … Continue reading