Bringing Up Baby (February 18, 1938) Synopsis Via IMDB: “While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.” Thoughts The story goes that this movie was a flop in its time, but history has reassessed it […]
The More the Merrier (April 7, 1943) Synopsis A housing shortage in Washington, D.C. during World War II causes Constance Milligan to rent out part of her apartment as an act of patriotism. Mr. Benjamin Dingle worms his way into the spare room and then plays matchmaker for Constance and “some high type, clean cut, […]
Jimmie the Raven Jimmie the Raven is an actual, real life bird (there’s some debate as to whether he is a crow or a raven–he’s been credited as both), that according to reports appeared in over 1,000 films from the 1930s through the 1950s including The Wizard of Oz. Frank Capra cast him in You […]
Handies It sounds more inappropriate than it is. Or it sounds inappropriate for different reasons than it is…? It was a craze that swept the nation circa 1936. It didn’t seem to have lasted very long, but it involved making hand gestures and having others guess what the gestures meant and then responding with their […]
The Love of the Last Tycoon, by F. Scott Fitzgerald – 1941 Synopsis Hollywood producer Marvin Stahr has an affair with a new-to-California British woman while dealing with the drama of managing the most successful film studio in America. Thoughts This book is incomplete and, as such, I find it difficult to rate. I don’t know how […]
Found in an old issue of Life magazine, in an article titled, “Life goes to a party with seven stars in Houston, Texas.” (August 5, 1940) The seven stars were Tyrone Power, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Mischa Auer, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene, and Olivia de Havilland. My favorite picture caption: “Henry Fonda, exhibiting deadpan technique, does tricks […]
Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Jimmy Stewart and Henry Fonda hanging out on the set of The Gorgeous Hussy in 1936.