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

some like it hot

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 […]

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 […]

John Garfield

John Garfield, HUAC, and He Ran All the Way (1951)

He Ran All the Way (1951) was John Garfield’s last film.  Just a few years earlier, Julie rocked Hollywood by turning down a lucrative long-term contract to take his chances as an independent actor and producer. John Garfield and HUAC Initially, Julie’s daring was rewarded.  For his company’s first film, Body and Soul (1947), Julie […]

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 […]