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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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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5 Reasons We Love Classic Film

Dear Reader, if you were our neighbour, we would invite you to our place to celebrate National Classic Movie Day on May 16. There would be balloons, champagne and, of course, a classic movie. Oh – and cake, too! Rick at Classic Film and TV Café, an advocate of classic film and movie critic extraordinaire,… Continue reading 5 Reasons We Love Classic Film

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The Kirk Douglas Recipe (Or: How to Make a Hollywood Legend)

If you ask us, Kirk Douglas is one of the most remarkable of the Hollywood legends. For example, he was a big Movie Star when he agreed to work with a young and relatively unknown director named Stanley Kubrick in Paths of Glory (1957). Or how about the time Douglas helped give blacklisted scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo proper screen credit… Continue reading The Kirk Douglas Recipe (Or: How to Make a Hollywood Legend)

Fan Letter · Historical

The Hollywood Studio System: Art as Industry

Dear Studio System: We (as in, yours truly) are fascinated by you and your impressive film-making output during your prime, from the 1920s to the late 1940s. Rumour has it you made as many as 400 movies per year. Some of them were achingly beautiful, and they continue to enchant audiences today. Not every film… Continue reading The Hollywood Studio System: Art as Industry

Fan Letter · With Thanks

Thank You, Thelma Ritter

This post is a contribution to the A Letter to the Stars blogathon, hosted by In The Mood, Frankly My Dear and Best of the Past. Dear Thelma Ritter: We think you’re the best thing since all-you-can-eat chocolate fondue. As an actor, you never were leading-lady material, yet when we’re watching your movies, we can’t wait until your next… Continue reading Thank You, Thelma Ritter