Tag Archives: Adolphe Menjou

A Star Is Born: How Esther Found Vicky Lester

IS THE PRICE OF STARDOM A BROKEN HEART? We tend to think of this film as the most symbolic version of the Hollywood dream, powerful enough to have been remade several times. But before A Star Is Born, there was What Price Hollywood? (1932), a George Cukor drama about an aspiring actress who meets an … Continue reading A Star Is Born: How Esther Found Vicky Lester

A Farewell to Arms

EVERY WOMAN WHO HAS EVER LOVED WILL UNDERSTAND. This type of 1930s screen romance, shot in soft-focus light, is classic Frank Borzage – lightweight, conventional, pretty to look at and melodramatic. Gary Cooper and Helen Hayes are well chosen for the parts of the ambulance driver and the nurse who meet in an Italian field … Continue reading A Farewell to Arms

State of the Union: Run for the Money

HOW’S THE STATE OF THE UNION? IT’S GREAT! Today we regard Frank Capra’s two last great films, It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) and State of the Union (1948), as obvious classics, but in the late 1940s neither critics nor audiences were quite as appreciative. Capra had done a tremendous PR effort while serving in World … Continue reading State of the Union: Run for the Money