Jane Russell

Jane Russell: Full-Figured & Faithful

I’ve admired Jane Russell for a long time.   As a nine-year-old Classic Hollywood fan, Jane was the third star I became enamored of, after Doris Day and Marilyn Monroe. An Immediate Jane Russell Fan When I saw my first Jane Russell film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), nine-year-old-me preferred the brunette in the film to the blonde.  […]

carmen jones

Carmen Jones (1954) & Dorothy Dandridge

[…] Preminger’s memory of what he saw on stage is indicative of the unique vision he had for his film version of Carmen Jones: Director Otto Preminger with Marilyn Monroe, whom he directed in River of No Return (1954) before starting work on Carmen Jones (1954). “I was fascinated by the idea of transposing the story […]

The Gift of the Magi

Favorite Stories: The Gift of the Magi

[…] Full House, which was playing on AMC .  The 1952 film brought five of O. Henry’s stories to the screen.  I wanted to watch the film because Marilyn Monroe had a bit role in one of the stories.   Young Marilyn Monroe in O. Henry’s Full House (1952). But it was The Gift of the […]

Great Oscar Injustices: Barbara Stanwyck (Part III)

[…] Cotton, Louis Calhern, and a very young Leslie Caron. ↗ The Man with a Cloak on TCM 2. Clash By Night (1952) Also starring a very young Marilyn Monroe, Marilyn once shared that Barbara was one of the only stars of the previous generation who was kind to her.  Barbara took Marilyn under wing on […]

tony curtis

Tony Curtis: The Underrated Actor With Perfect Hair

I’ll be completely honest: I’ve never been a huge Tony Curtis fan. Much of that stems from the fact that as a nine-year-old Marilyn Monroe mega fan, I was well aware of Tony’s now infamous remark, made during filming of Some Like It Hot (1959), that compared kissing Marilyn to kissing Hitler. Tony and Marilyn […]

Nora Prentiss

Nora Prentiss (1947), Ann Sheridan, & Billy Travilla

[…] in the 1950s. The sunburst on Ann’s white dress from Nora Prentiss above hints at the full scale sunburst pleating that Travilla would implement almost a decade later for Marilyn Monroe’s famous gold lame gown in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). Another Travilla element we first see in Nora Prentiss is the vertical sequins over skin-toned fabric he […]

John Garfield: Hollywood’s First Rebel

[…]  Yet despite his stage and film stardom, John Garfield never forgot his humble beginnings as a kid fighting for survival on the streets of New York. Like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, Garfield died tragically young: at 39 years old, John Garfield suffered a heart attack, brought on by the slanderous accusations of the House […]

The Paleface (1948), Jane Russell, & Bob Hope

[…] The Paleface (1948)! And that wraps it up for 1948’s The Paleface. Join me next week for the film that introduced me to both Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface The Paleface […]

Joe E. Brown: Hollywood’s Nicest Guy

[…] my share of happiness in a family, in friends, in work.  I have always felt that my work is the grandest business in the world.”  Joe makes Marilyn Monroe smile on the set of Some Like It Hot (1959). Even during the tough, impoverished days of his youth, Joe lived by one simple mantra: “I […]

Glenn Ford: The Canadian Boy Next Door

[…] his nice guy looks and persona, Glenn Ford got around. The short list of Glenn’s conquests includes: Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Stella Stevens, Eva Gabor, Gloria Grahame, Marilyn Monroe, Maria Schell, Hope Lang, and Geraldine Brooks. He Never Won an Oscar Despite his lengthy career and solid performances, Glenn Ford never won an Oscar.  Even […]