Sidney Poitier in The Defiant Ones (1958)

Today the great Sidney Poitier hits a milestone birthday, as the legendary star turns 90 years old. The actor helped pave the way for black actors in getting roles more worthy of their talent, instead of being cast in subservient roles as had been done too often prior to his screen debut in 1950’s No Way…

Carole Lombard in To Be or Not to Be (1942)

It’s been 75 years since the world tragically lost Carole Lombard, one of Hollywood’s most vibrant actresses. Though she died at the young age of 33, she left behind some wonderful films that are still beloved today. Lombard is best remembered for being one of the premier stars of the screwball comedy genre, appearing in such classics as…

Humphrey Bogart Finds Himself In a Lonely Place

When one thinks of the classic Hollywood era, Humphrey Bogart is likely one of the first actors to come to mind. His image has endured through the years, thanks to such classics as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, and The African Queen, just to name a few. He was even named the #1 male legend on…

Looking for Love in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)

While Vincente Minnelli is best known for the musicals he helmed (many of which are still the most beloved films of the genre), he directed films across a variety of genres. Aside from musicals, he made a number of acclaimed melodramas and comedies, such as The Bad and the Beautiful and Father of the Bride, respectively. Instead…

At the Circus Blogathon: Nightmare Alley (1947)

Film noir is usually associated with urban settings, with cities like San Francisco and New York often serving as the backdrop to a film’s cynical characters. But much of Nightmare Alley takes place in the rural area surrounding a seedy traveling carnival, showing that even characters away from the bright lights of the city can…

Grace Kelly in Dial M for Murder (1954)

Today marks the 87th anniversary of Grace Kelly’s birth, one of the most enduring faces of classic film. While she only made 11 films in her short-lived movie career, her image is still recognizable today, as she led a truly enchanting life that saw her go from Hollywood stardom to royalty. As she has remained distinguishable…

My First Year with Blogathons

It’s been one year since I first starting participating in blogathons, so I thought I’d put together a little celebratory post. While I’ve been writing on this blog since January 2013, I mainly used it to log my monthly movie viewings and not much else. But after graduating from college last year, I finally had…

Taking the Train with Margaret Lockwood

Today marks the 100th anniversary of actress Margaret Lockwood’s birth, who I must add was also the daughter of a British colonial railway clerk. I mention this because the two films she’s best remembered for are incidentally set on trains. Both The Lady Vanishes and Night Train to Munich also have a lot in common aside…