Adventure · Western

A Word About Fräulein Maria

Nine years before Hollywood unleashed the world’s greatest schmaltz-fest known as The Sound of Music, German filmmakers released a biopic of the famous von Trapp family. Die Trapp-Familie (1956) is a more down-to-earth telling of the Fräulein-Maria-vs.-the-von-Trapps story. It set the basic template for the later Hollywood version, although neither film is an exact re-telling of actual events. (One could argue the… Continue reading A Word About Fräulein Maria

Adventure · War

Gregory Peck vs. David Niven & The German Army

This post is part of the Dueling Divas Blogathon. *SPOILER ALERT* We never tire of the WWII adventure The Guns of Navarone (1961), a grand spectacle of a film based on the Alistair MacLean novel that was gleaned from actual events in the Aegean Sea in 1943. The film is about a British-led team sent to the (fictional)… Continue reading Gregory Peck vs. David Niven & The German Army


When Warner Bros. Went to the Dog(s)

Have you ever jokingly asked your pet to get a job? “Go and make us rich,” you might tease. “And don’t come back until you do.” Very few of us have pets who can stock our bank accounts. It’s not like we own a major Hollywood studio and can release Beloved Animal Movies whenever cash flow becomes a trickle. We’re not the Warner Brothers,… Continue reading When Warner Bros. Went to the Dog(s)


Spencer Tracy, I Presume?

Sometimes we don’t care if a Based-On-A-True-Story movie is actually true. And if the movie stars Spencer Tracy, Cedric Harwicke, Charles Coburn and Walter Brennan, then we care even less. The movie in question is Stanley and Livingstone, a film based on the true story of explorer/missionary Dr. David Livingstone who went to Africa and disappeared.… Continue reading Spencer Tracy, I Presume?