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Stanley Donen, 1924–2019

In the clip above, from the 1998 Oscars, Martin Scorsese presents that year’s winner of the Honorary Academy Award, Stanley Donen. There’s a lovely montage featuring some of the best scenes from Donen’s movies and then the man himself steps out, receives his Oscar and goes on to sing and dance! One of the best … Continue reading Stanley Donen, 1924–2019

Bringing Up Baby: David, Susan and the Big Cat

AND SO BEGINS THE HILARIOUS ADVENTURE OF PROFESSOR DAVID HUXLEY AND MISS SUSAN VANCE, A FLUTTER-BRAINED VIXEN WITH LOVE IN HER HEART! There are some people who love making the argument that sometimes the critics are ”wrong” whenever a panned movie becomes a box-office hit. As if this is a competition over who’s right and … Continue reading Bringing Up Baby: David, Susan and the Big Cat

My 12 Favorite Films

Compiling a list of what you believe are the greatest films ever made is a daunting task. Every critic and movie buff has a more or less available list hidden somewhere in their minds (or plainly written down, carefully cultivated). I have resisted to do the latter for many years, even though my list really … Continue reading My 12 Favorite Films

Arsenic and Old Lace: Basement of Buried Bodies

SHE PASSED OUT ON CARY! NO WONDER… SHE’S JUST DISCOVERED HIS FAVORITE AUNTS HAVE POISONED THEIR 13TH GENTLEMAN FRIEND! Cary Grant wasn’t too comfortable making this movie. It’s been said that director Frank Capra pushed him to act as broadly as possible, which bothered him; another source has it that Capra meant to do reshoots … Continue reading Arsenic and Old Lace: Basement of Buried Bodies

The Bishop’s Wife

An angel (Cary Grant) comes to see a bishop (David Niven) who’s struggling with the construction of a new cathedral… but his assignment is more important than that. One year after It’s a Wonderful Life came another Christmas fable, although far from as memorable. This one has a very dapper Grant who comes between the … Continue reading The Bishop’s Wife

His Girl Friday: Talk Fast or Die

THE YEAR’S WILDEST, WITTIEST WHIRLWIND OF A LOVE BATTLE… OUTRAGEOUSLY RACY… SPARKLING… GAY! In the 1930s and ’40s, Howard Hawks was all over the place as he did his part in shaping the history of Hollywood. Scarface (1932) was a landmark motion picture in the gangster genre; later, The Big Sleep (1946) and Red River … Continue reading His Girl Friday: Talk Fast or Die

Notorious: Spy Games

THE SCREEN’S TOP ROMANTIC STARS IN A MELODRAMATIC MASTERPIECE! In the mid-40s, the legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick had plenty of opinions about the casting of Alfred Hitchcock’s upcoming thriller Notorious. He preferred Joseph Cotten over Cary Grant in the lead role, especially since he owned Cotten’s contract. In the end, he lost the … Continue reading Notorious: Spy Games

Philadelphia Story: From Box Office Poison to Bankability

BROADWAY’S HOWLING YEAR-RUN COMEDY HIT OF THE SNOOTY SOCIETY BEAUTY WHO SLIPPED AND FELL – IN LOVE! The Philadelphia Story became a tour-de-force for Katharine Hepburn in more ways than one. In the late 1930s, she had been labeled “box office poison” by the Independent Theatre Owners of America after a string of failures. She needed … Continue reading Philadelphia Story: From Box Office Poison to Bankability

North by Northwest: Rushmore Rumble

THE MASTER OF SUSPENSE PRESENTS A 3000-MILE CHASE ACROSS AMERICA! According to one biography on Alfred Hitchcock, it was Bernard Herrmann who introduced screenwriter Ernest Lehman to the director. They hit it off and decided to make a movie together. Lehman told the director that he wanted to do the ultimate Hitchcock movie. Hitchcock then … Continue reading North by Northwest: Rushmore Rumble


EACH TIME THEY KISSED… THERE WAS THE THRILL OF LOVE… THE THREAT OF MURDER! Lina McLaidlaw (Joan Fontaine) marries playboy Johnnie Aysgarth (Cary Grant), but their marriage is off to a rocky start; eventually, she starts to believe that he wants her dead. Director Alfred Hitchcock reunited with Fontaine after the previous year’s Rebecca for … Continue reading Suspicion

Charade: What Hitch Would Do

IT’S A GUESSING GAME OF MIRTH AND MYSTERY! Sometimes you have to walk a difficult road to make something happen. When screenwriters Peter Stone and Marc Behm tried to sell their script “The Unsuspecting Wife” to the majors in Hollywood, they were rejected. Stone and Behm then turned the story into a novel and renamed … Continue reading Charade: What Hitch Would Do