Fridays With Yvonne De Carlo: Frontier Gal (1945)

Gazing at Frontier Gal’s opening credits might leave you thinking we’ve already reviewed this week’s film: a Charles Lamont-directed picture starring Yvonne De Carlo and Rod Cameron? Isn’t that Salome, Where She Danced? And put out the same year, no less? Released only eight months after De Carlo’s star-making performance, Lamont and crew gave her a bigger…


A Real American Character: The Life of Walter Brennan

“Walter Brennan became an archetype, not a stereotype,” which explains author Carl Rollyson’s title “A Real American Character.” Brennan was best known for playing old coots, seguing from starring as a loveable drunks in To Have and Have Not (1944) to becoming America’s “grandpappy” in The Real McCoys. But underneath that was a man in love…


The Lake Update for February 2016

Honestly, now through April involves me ticking down the hours till the TCM Classic Film Festival. Remember how you felt as a kid about Christmas? Well, that’s how I feel about the upcoming festival. But, that’s no reason to lay down on the job of telling you about classic films!


Jeanne Eagels: A Life Revealed

Often used as the poster child for the pitfalls of Hollywood, Jeanne Eagels has a tragic story commonly associated with the blondes of Tinsel Town; considering Eagels’ prolific career on the stage and in the early decades of Hollywood, she might be the origin of the stigma. Authors Tara Hanks and Eric Woodward have the…