Writing a biography is a challenge (understatement of the century), and the challenge only increases depending on how much information on your subject is readily available. Richard Kirby has his work cut out for him with Desperately Seeking Marie Prevost, a good beginner’s guide for those uninitiated with Prevost’s work.
Not a ton of consistency in the reading this week, probably because the blog’s seen no set theme post-Summer Under the Stars. In case you missed anything, here’s what were the most read stories of the week.
The Mating Season was my choice during TCM’s Summer Under the Stars tribute to Thelma Ritter. Ritter was one of the best remembered character actresses of the golden era, and The Mating Season wouldn’t work as well as it does without her (the same could be said, in an ensemble sense, with her role in All About Eve). The Mating Season is a tender-hearted tale of mother love without the negativity and melodrama of other films in the genre.
You know the routine. Click after the jump for what’s going on in the world of classic film and what’s new on DVD and Blu-ray.
After watching and enjoying Captain Blood, I wanted to watch another swashbuckler and see if it’s a one size fits all genre. While there’s some dubious treatment of the ladies in this movie, Tyrone Power and Maureen O’Hara are a scorching pair who elevate this campy pirate adventure into pure entertainment.
Book reviews are back and we’re already gearing up for Christmas! In honor of the 68th anniversary of It’s a Wonderful Life, Simon & Schuster are releasing the original short story on which the film is based. A short foundation from which director Frank Capra expanded, Philip Van Doren Stern’s tale is a brief introduction to a Christmas legend.
This week saw a lot of traffic thanks to TCM screening The Moon is Blue (it should be easy to figure out this week’s top post).