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

Film Noir · Thriller

The Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Melee in Niagara

As it turns out, Niagara Falls is a perfect place for murder. The 1953 Technicolor thriller, Niagara, shows us what a perilous place it is: craggy shorelines, thundering water, a 100-foot plunge pool beneath the falls. Yet, for all the danger there’s a fierce beauty. It’s easy to see why this area became the Honeymoon… Continue reading The Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten Melee in Niagara


Inigo Montoya’s Triumphant Speech

The Princess Bride (1987) has, arguably, the most laugh-out-loud lines of any Hollywood film of the 1980s. One example is the scene where two men engage in left-handed swordplay. Suddenly one of them makes an admission: Man 1: “I know something you do not know.” Man 2: “What’s that?” Man 1: “I am not left-handed.”… Continue reading Inigo Montoya’s Triumphant Speech

Book Reviews

Ricardo Cortez: The Obscure but Magnificent Heel

You know you’re in for a treat when a book begins with a definition of the word heel: “A contemptibly dishonorable or irresponsible person.”¹ A “heel” is the type of character perfected by Hollywood actor Ricardo Cortez (1900-1977), for which he received critical acclaim. Example: “Mr Cortez is one of the screen’s best menaces”². Or: “Ricardo Cortez… Continue reading Ricardo Cortez: The Obscure but Magnificent Heel


Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017-Day 3

Originally posted on Font and Frock:
Another Reel Infatuation Blogathon has come and gone! The sharing of fictional crushes was, as always, almost too much fun. Thanks to all of the readers and bloggers who joined us this year. See you next time! Before you go, please check out these awesome entries from Day 3!…


Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 2

It’s been a fabulous Day 2 here at the Reel Infatuation Blogathon! We’ve been swooning all day. Bloggers: Font and Frock will be hosting Day 3 tomorrow, so if you post after this tonight’s recap, we’ll be sure to include you on Sunday. Enjoy today’s entries! ♥ Font and Frock Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) in… Continue reading Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 2


Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 1

What a beautiful day it’s been! It’s a pleasure to read bloggers’ secret (and not-so-secret) character crushes. In a world where it’s easy to get caught up deriding folks, it’s refreshing to spend the day extolling the wonderful qualities of others. Bloggers: If we missed your post today, fear not – we shall include you… Continue reading Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2017 – Day 1

Comedy · Musical

How Fred Astaire Sells Musical Comedy

Naturally, we love Fred Astaire‘s dancing. He’s Fred Astaire, for pete sake. Yet, when we recently watched the musical comedy Shall We Dance (1937), we realized Astaire is also a gifted salesman. First, a little about the film, a madcap look at celebrity gossip and the media. Astaire plays an American ballet star saddled with… Continue reading How Fred Astaire Sells Musical Comedy