Fan Letter · Western

To Katharine Hepburn, from a Reluctant Admirer

Dear Katharine Hepburn: It took us (as in, yours truly) a long time to acknowledge your talent. You see, you struck us as patrician and not a little self-important. We thought your manner and accent were affected, and we didn’t feel your performances exuded warmth. (Example: The Philadelphia Story.) Admittedly, we had not seen many… Continue reading To Katharine Hepburn, from a Reluctant Admirer

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Who on Earth is Dolores del Río, and Why is She in a Hollywood Mural?

If you find yourself wandering around Hollywood, you might come across this: …located here: It’s a tribute to actress Dolores del Río: …who, in the 1920s, was the first major Hollywood movie star from Mexico. She became a film actress at the age of 21 when she and her first husband, Jamie del Río, moved… Continue reading Who on Earth is Dolores del Río, and Why is She in a Hollywood Mural?

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The Brilliance of the 1930s Warner Bros. Gangster Movie

Almost nobody made better gangster films than Warner Bros. in the 1930s. The studio ground out these movies on notoriously economical budgets. The films were gritty and smart, featuring characters who talked in a machine-gun staccato and dispensed canny observations: “Whenever mugs get into a jam, the first thing they do is start knocking each… Continue reading The Brilliance of the 1930s Warner Bros. Gangster Movie

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How Vintage Movie Stars Became Glamorous

Dear Reader: We were recently tagged by Realweegiemidget Reviews and Thoughts All Sorts to list our top “Five Flaming Hotties” from film and television. This had us wondering about glamour in Hollywood, and whether vintage celebrities were always blessed with impossible* good looks. *Impossible being the operative term here, because who on earth looks that good all… Continue reading How Vintage Movie Stars Became Glamorous

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Announcing the Food in Film Blogathon

Originally posted on Speakeasy:
The honor of your presence is requested at The Food in Film Blogathon, November 3-5, 2017, for a multi-course, piquant, lickerous and decadent potluck celebration of food in the movies. Bring to the table your take on movie chefs or wannabes, big events at eateries, memorable meals or messes, greasy spoons,…

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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

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Movie Scientist Blogathon: Day 2 Recap – The Mad!

Originally posted on Christina Wehner:
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…

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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

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Movie Scientist Blogathon: Day 1 Recap – The Good

Originally posted on Christina Wehner:
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…

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#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!