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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

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

Dinner at Eight: Touched by the Depression

The same year as George Cukor delivered an excellent version of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” he also found the time to make this adaptation of a 1932 play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. Unlike the Alcott story, this one was a modern depiction of the “problems” facing the upper class. There’s a … Continue reading Dinner at Eight: Touched by the Depression