Drama · War

Planning a Great, Gutsy Escape

We inherited several traits from our paternal grandmother, among them a love of calorie-rich food and an admiration for the actor James Garner. Our grandmother would Drop Everything if Garner made an appearance on television. Who could blame her? He was handsome, charming and easy-going. He was also a fine dramatic actor, as evidenced in The Great… Continue reading Planning a Great, Gutsy Escape

Excitement

#ReelInfatuation Blogathon Starts Friday!

The Reel Infatuation Blogathon starts Friday, and we can’t wait! This is a blogathon where we dish about our secret (or not-so-secret) screen or book character crushes – past or present. Click HERE for the original announcement and HERE for the roster. If you, like us, are having trouble picking one fictional character, you can… Continue reading #ReelInfatuation Blogathon Starts Friday!

Comedy · Musical

The Big-Screen Success of a Broadway Flop

The 1935 Broadway comedy, Sweet Mystery of Life, closed after 11 performances. You’d think this play was ideally suited to Depression-era audiences: Greedy associates of a hypochondriac businessman convince him to purchase a $5 million life insurance policy, naming them as beneficiaries. Then they try to cause the businessman’s demise by encouraging him to indulge… Continue reading The Big-Screen Success of a Broadway Flop

With Thanks

Help Wanted: Beta Readers, Publishing Advice and Sleuthing Skills

Dear Wonderful, Fabulous Reader: All right, you guessed it. Even though you are wonderful and fabulous, we’re going to ask you a favour. Or two. Or three. Now, we realize this is a busy time of year and nobody is ever short of Things To Do. Please do not feel obligated to volunteer your services.… Continue reading Help Wanted: Beta Readers, Publishing Advice and Sleuthing Skills

Excitement

2018 Reel Infatuation Blogathon–How to Participate Without Writing a Post!

Originally posted on Font and Frock:
Picture this… It’s May 2018. The yearly Reel Infatuation Blogathon is just a few weeks away. 2018 RI Banner (Flesh and the Devil) You have a character crush, or ten (we don’t judge, after all you’re only human), but don’t consider yourself a writer. Or, that kind of writer. …

Book Reviews

One of the Most Successful Women in Showbiz, and her Husband

Of course Gracie Allen was in the movies, but she didn’t make a lot of ’em. She didn’t have to. If our math is correct, she appeared in 18 films (17 features and one short) between 1929 and 1944. Now, the movies didn’t make her a Big Star. She already was a big star, and… Continue reading One of the Most Successful Women in Showbiz, and her Husband

Comedy · Musical

A Superficial Hollywood Musical? Say it Ain’t So!

You might as well know. We (as in, yours truly) are a sucker for Technicolor comedies about New York City. We can’t help it. We love a bright, busy city full of smart, witty people, a place where Dreams Come True. For example, look at the 1949 confection, On the Town. Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly and Jules Munshin… Continue reading A Superficial Hollywood Musical? Say it Ain’t So!

Excitement

Announcing the Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2018

We’re excited to be back with the Reel Infatuation Blogathon! This blogathon is the brainchild of the fabulous Maedez of Font and Frock and A Small Press Life. Reel Infatuation runs June 8-10, and we want you to join us. We want to hear about your film/TV/book character crush. (You can find this year’s Official… Continue reading Announcing the Reel Infatuation Blogathon 2018

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The Lon Chaney Sr Blogathon: Day Two

It’s Day 2 of the Lon Chaney Blogathon, a weekend of tributes to a legendary Hollywood actor. Maddy Loves Her Classic Films invited us to join her this weekend, and we’re thrilled to learn more about this remarkable man. You can read Day 1 Entries HERE. Today’s entries continue to highlight Chaney’s ability to become… Continue reading The Lon Chaney Sr Blogathon: Day Two

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The Lon Chaney Sr Blogathon: Day One

Originally posted on Maddy Loves Her Classic Films:
The Lon Chaney Sr Blogathon has finally arrived! Over the next two days, 11 wonderful bloggers will be submitting their articles celebrating the life and career of Lon Chaney Sr. Lon is one of my favourite actors. I have long wanted to do something to celebrate his…