Double Indemnity, Edward G. Robinson, & HUAC

Barbara Stanwyck is George Washington, Billy Wilder Defines Film Noir, Fred MacMurray Doesn’t Murder Husbands, & Edward G. Robinson Is Not a Communist. From 1944, it’s Double Indemnity.

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)

Edward G. Robinson Receives Death Threats from Nazis, Almost Joins the French Army, Is the First Movie Star in Normandy After D-Day, and Inspires the German Underground

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Some Like It Hot (1959)

Some Like It Hot (1959) is one of the greatest comedies of all time.  This classic has just about everything going for it: a perfectly crafted screenplay, the genius director Billy Wilder, and a star-studded cast, including Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, George Raft, and our Star of the Month, Joe E. Brown.  But […]

The Revolt of Mamie Stover

The Independent Jane Russell & The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)

The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956) is not considered a classic, but it’s certainly entertaining.  Based on William Bradford Huie’s 1951 novel about a World War II lady of the night, The Revolt of Mamie Stover is gripping, dramatic, and lusciously photographed.  It’s Jane Russell at her sultry, sensual best. I tried to find this […]

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Great Oscar Injustices: Barbara Stanwyck (Part II)

Welcome back to week four of my Great Oscar Injustice Series. We’re on my second week of tribute to the Oscar-overlooked Barbara Stanwyck.  Let’s jump right in. We pick up with Barbara in 1936, the year she met the beautifully handsome Robert Taylor.  After her abusive marriage to the domineering and alcoholic Frank Fay, Taylor […]

Was Jimmy Stewart Racist

Jimmy Stewart Was Not Racist. Here’s Why.

A recently posed question casts a shadow on the otherwise pristine legacy of Jimmy Stewart. Was Jimmy Stewart racist? The answer is no. Jimmy Stewart and jazz legend Duke Ellington jam together in Anatomy of a Murder (1959). Jimmy Stewart Was Not Racist Let’s go behind the origin of the rumor that Jimmy Stewart was […]