Movie Scientist Blogathon: Day 3 Recap – The Lonely

Today’s Movie Scientist posts look at the lonely, often isolated nature of scientific work. The movies below examine movie scientists who work alone, or as part of a small, secluded team. Thanks to all of you for your research, observations and hard work over these past three days. We were so impressed by your selection… Continue reading Movie Scientist Blogathon: Day 3 Recap – The Lonely


Movie Scientist Blogathon: Day 2 Recap – The Mad!

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Another wonderful day of science! A good day to be mad. There are even some bonus good scientist! ? Movies Silently explores the awesomely titled The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship I Found It at the Movies highlights the mad Professor Foot who’s after the Beatles in Help! Taking Up Room gives us…


How to Write a Scientific Secret Code

Dear Reader, we always try to look out for your best interests. So, today! We have a life-saving tip should you ever find yourself with a Top Secret Invention that could change the Course Of History. We learned this valuable information from the WWII-era film Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942). This mystery/thriller/propaganda flick… Continue reading How to Write a Scientific Secret Code


Movie Scientist Blogathon: Day 1 Recap – The Good

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It’s been a good day. Mad scientists may get all the press, but today it’s been all about the good scientists, who have more than held their own. If you don’t see your post on this recap, we will be sure to include it in tomorrow’s. Without further ado, I…


#MovieScientist Blogathon Starts Friday!

The biggest movie scientist blogging bash of the year starts this Friday! We can’t wait to read your observations of the portrayal of scientists in film. The blogathon runs this weekend, September 8-10. Remember, each day will be dedicated to a different subset of movie scientists: Friday the 8th = Good Scientists Saturday the 9th… Continue reading #MovieScientist Blogathon Starts Friday!


Ingrid Bergman and the Most Boring Love Affair in the Movies

Have you ever spent time with a couple who talk and talk about their perfectly rapturous relationship? By the end of the evening, you’re placing bets on how long this union can possibly last. There is such a couple in the 1939 drama, Intermezzo: A Love Story, starring Ingrid Bergman and Leslie Howard. Now, please… Continue reading Ingrid Bergman and the Most Boring Love Affair in the Movies


Battleground: Why an Acclaimed WWII Film Needed Van Johnson

It’s still considered one of the best war movies ever made. The WWII drama Battleground (1949), examines American solders caught in a sudden, desperate battle against the Germans in the last months of WWII. This campaign was known as the Battle of the Bulge, so called because the Allied line “bulged” as the Germans tried to push… Continue reading Battleground: Why an Acclaimed WWII Film Needed Van Johnson


Kirk Douglas’ Servant, er, Secretary

There’s some uncomfortable business in the 1948 comedy My Dear Secretary. It’s a film with plenty of witty lines and delightfully outlandish characters, as portrayed by Kirk Douglas, Laraine Day and a scene-stealing Keenan Wynn. My Dear Secretary is about a celebrity author named Owen Waterbury (Douglas), who regularly hires secretaries to whom he dictates his… Continue reading Kirk Douglas’ Servant, er, Secretary

Mystery · Thriller

Alfred Hitchcock’s Creepy Lodger

Even though it’s a silent film, you can tell it’s directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It’s cheeky and tense, the way many of his films are, with unexpected twists. We’re talking about The Lodger: A Film of the London Fog (1927), based on the 1913 novel by Marie Belloc Lowndes. The story is about a strange… Continue reading Alfred Hitchcock’s Creepy Lodger

Book Reviews

Funny Women of the Silents

There is no delicate way to put this: We’ve been ripped off. We, meaning all of us movie-watching folk. Now, before we continue, we realize countless people in the world have been ripped off in much bigger ways, such as famine, war, injustice, etc. What we’re talking about is a rip-off in film history, an epic… Continue reading Funny Women of the Silents