Christmas Classic Movies You May Not Know (But Should!)

Classic Christmas movies you NEED to know

Two of my all-time favorite things in the world are old movies and Christmas. So when the two intersect, my heart squeals and jumps up and gives my brain a great big kiss!

It’s time to stop watching those Hallmark Channel movies and gather the family ’round the big screen hearth and settle in . . . → Read More: Christmas Classic Movies You May Not Know (But Should!)

You Don’t Get Called the "Oomph Girl" For Nothing

Ann Sheridan's Oomph, Exhibit A

Hollywood sex symbol Ann Sheridan

Lots of classic Hollywood stars are cast as the tough but tender wise-cracking dame, but perhaps none embody the archetype as well as Ann Sheridan – the infamous “Oomph Girl”.  Movie buffs remember the WWII pin-up as much for her comebacks as her comely sex appeal, and her . . . → Read More: You Don’t Get Called the “Oomph Girl” For Nothing

Libeled Lady Be Good


Imagine a movie opening that starred Sandra Bullock, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks, all in their prime. Now imagine Tom Cruise and Sandra were dating and talking marriage. How huge would that movie be?

A star-powered quartet in one of TCM’s “Essentials”.

That might give you some idea of big deal-ness . . . → Read More: Libeled Lady Be Good

My Interview With Penny Marshall

Laverne aka Penny Marshall Image Source: Paramount Home Entertainment

Though most famous (to me, anyway) as the Pepsi-and-milk-swigging half of Laverne & Shirley, Penny Marshall’s new memoir, My Mother Was Nuts, reveals her real life was as crazy as anything that went on in front of the cameras.

The book reads like a Who’s Who of pop culture’s major players in the last . . . → Read More: My Interview With Penny Marshall: In a League of Her Own

What Would Barbara Stanwyck Do?

Barbara Stanwyck

It’s tough to really commit to doing what Jesus would do in any given situation. I’m not generous enough, wise enough, or turn water into wine-y enough. There are T-shirts that suggest one do whatever Joan Jett would do, but I’m not bad ass enough. Not good enough to be Jesus, not bad enough . . . → Read More: What Would Barbara Stanwyck Do?

Fabulously Perverted and Sexy Pre-Code 30s Movies! Part 1

Pre-code Joan Blondell

I’ve been obsessed with Pre-Code movies for decades. Here’s why:

Most people believe old movies are stodgy, quaint relics of a time when asexual women did what they were told and upright, wholesome men stalwartly upheld good Christian values. But most people are wrong. Very, very wrong.

These people assume the post-World War . . . → Read More: Fabulously Perverted and Sexy Pre-Code 30s Movies! Part 1

Girl Crush on Girl Reporter (Wish MY Name Were Torchy Blane)

Glenda is dreaming of wisecracks and murder

The 1940s and Depression era “girl reporter” embodies everything I could ever want to be. The very quintessence of dame-ness, she’s smart, savvy, confident, independent, and quick with the comeback. (She also looks pretty steppy in her fitted suit.) As adept at a snappy line as she is with a byline, . . . → Read More: Girl Crush on Girl Reporter (Wish MY Name Were “Torchy Blane”)


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