Tag Archives: Jean Hagen

The Chaotic Era When Hollywood Found Sound

I recently finished Scott Eyman’s book “The Speed of Sound”, a chronicle of how sound transformed Hollywood in the late 1920s. This may all seem very stodgy since talkies have been around now for  close to 90 years… but Eyman makes us understand not only how big a change this was, but how fast it … Continue reading The Chaotic Era When Hollywood Found Sound

Adam’s Rib: Battle of the Sexes

IT’S THE HILARIOUS ANSWER TO WHO WEARS THE PANTS!   In the late 1940s, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn had made five films together and were also a couple offscreen, even though he still had a wife. Two of the couple’s best friends, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin (who were married) had written a script … Continue reading Adam’s Rib: Battle of the Sexes

Singin’ in the Rain: Wet and Wild

SINGIN’ SWINGIN’ GLORIOUS FEELIN’ TECHNICOLOR MUSICAL! I’m a little bothered by the fact that some of the movies we consider to be absolute masterpieces were actually received with much less fanfare by both critics and audiences at the time of their premiere. When Singin’ in the Rain opened in 1952, few people thought of it as a … Continue reading Singin’ in the Rain: Wet and Wild