some like it hot

Some Like It Hot (1959)

[…] 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 as fans of the film know, what happened behind the camera is […]

Nothin’ Can Be a Real Cool Hand: Cool Hand Luke (1967)

[…] on a chain gang during his own imprisonment after getting caught.  Indeed, Donn Pearce was a character with some interesting stories to tell. Pearce was hired by Jack Lemmon’s company, Jalem Productions, to write a screenplay, which Jalem planned to make into a film, with Jack Lemmon himself in the title role. But smart guy […]

Doris Day

All Heart: Doris Day & Why She Matters

[…] pounds, wearing wigs and wrinkle-enhancing make-up for a film is impressive.  But it’s equally impressive that Doris didn’t need all these props to get into character.  With Jack Lemmon behind the scenes of It Happened to Jane (1959), one of my favorite Doris films that is incredibly underrated. Co-stars on Doris Day Her co-stars appreciated […]

3:10 to Yuma (1957)

[…] and murders.  But while making a stop in the next town for a drink and a quick seduction of a lonely barmaid (Felicia Farr, the soon-to-be Mrs. Jack Lemmon), the town marshal catches up with Wade, with farmer Dan’s help. Ben Wade seduces a barmaid just before he’s caught. Wanted: Two Volunteers (With a Death […]

Was Jimmy Stewart Racist

Jimmy Stewart Was Not Racist. Here’s Why.

[…] that was racist.” Jim always maintained that Sammy Davis Jr. did the best Jimmy Stewart impression. L-R: Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr., Jimmy Stewart, Angie Dickinson, and Jack Lemmon in 1980. The Words and Actions of Jimmy Stewart In addition to the testaments of people who knew him, Jimmy Stewart’s own words and actions prove […]

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

[…] something special.  But Paul wasn’t interested in playing Butch Cassidy. Paul agreed to do the film under the assumption that he’d play the Sundance Kid, with maybe Jack Lemmon taking the Butch Cassidy role.  Eventually, Cassidy director George Roy Hill broke the news to Paul that he was expected to play Butch.  After some back […]

Paul Newman

Paul Newman: Old Hollywood Class & Modern Cool

[…] birthday, Paul Newman is actually older than many stars so associated with Classic Hollywood, including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson, Jack Lemmon, and James Garner. Newman starred in films as early as 1954, technically making him a contemporary of these classic stars.  Even more surprising, Paul was over […]