New Ticklish Business co-host Drea Clark joins me to talk about Centennial Celebrant, Robert Walker in his homefront drama Since You Went Away (1944).
It’s amazing to go to your local library and discover a biography you never knew existed; so it was that I pulled out Frank Castellucio and Alvin Walker’s The Other … Continue Reading The Other Side of Ethel Mertz: The Life Story of Vivian Vance
Author Tom Lisanti joins me to talk about his book, Talking Sixties Drive-In Movies and the 1965 Elvis Presley movie, Girl Happy.
When it comes to war movies I tend to gravitate more towards stories about the homefront. American citizens were enmeshed in the drama of both world wars, but when it … Continue Reading Since You Went Away (1944)
Earlier this year I reviewed the basic tour presented by Scott Michaels’ tour company, Dearly Departed Tours. In short, Michaels and his gang are film experts of the highest (and … Continue Reading Kristen Takes the Dearly Departed “Harlow’s Hollywood” Tour
Up until this point I’ve only reviewed (and seen) two Bob Hope features, both of them straightforward comedies – The Ghost Breakers (1940) and the fantastic The Cat and the … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Son of Paleface (1952)
Another Throwback Thirstday devoted to my number one classic film love, John Garfield. I’ve pretty much decided that ’30s Garfield is my favorite, mainly because his cynicism is just adorable … Continue Reading Throwback Thirstday: They Made Me a Criminal (1939)
I missed seeing Those Redheads From Seattle when it screened at the TCM Classic Film Festival last year and, really, that might have been for the best. The year 1953 … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Those Redheads From Seattle (1953)
Nell Minow returns to celebrate our Centennial Celebrant for June, Rita Hayworth by discussing her turn as the ultimate femme fatale in 1946’s Gilda.
Throughout the next four weeks I’ll be reviewing various musicals in support of TCM’s newest interactive online course, Mad About Musicals. Any classic film lover will tell you mitigation is … Continue Reading Mad About Musicals: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
There’s a disconnect to the 1950s best exemplified through media. One the one hand you have the Donna Reed world of mom, dad, and apple pie. And on the other … Continue Reading Gun Crazy (1950)
Guest Lauren Humphries-Brooks is back to finish out May’s Centennial Celebrant John Dall by discussing his turn as one half of a murderous couple (again) in Gun Crazy.
If you read my extensive interview with Michael Curtiz biographer, Alan K. Rode, then you know Curtiz was a director with a mania for filmmaking. The famed Hungarian helmer of … Continue Reading Book Review: Michael Curtiz – A Life in Film
Guest Lauren Humphries-Brooks is back to discuss May’s Centennial Celebrant John Dall by discussing his turn as one half of a murderous duo in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope.
Throwback Thirsday is a new column spotlighting films starring actors and actresses I just can’t get out of my head. This is the first post of many singing the praises … Continue Reading Throwback Thirstday: Four Daughters (1938)
As part of a special offer from TCM Backlot, I was able to be on one of the inaugural “Classics Made Here” tours now offered as part of the Warner … Continue Reading Kristen Take the Warner Bros. ‘Classics Made Here’ Tour