Happy Birthday, Charles Boyer! I love you beyond all reason and sanity.
This photo, taken during one of his many shifts at the Hollywood Canteen, really seems to capture him: warm, real, and totally un-movie-star-ish. Absent are the silly studio-mandated shoe lifts and toupee, which he never wore off camera—and you can see how hideously disappointed Claudette Colbert is about that. She’s like,…
DVR alert: William Dieterle’s “I’ll Be Seeing You,” part of the 24-hour Joseph Cotten marathon during TCM’s “Summer Under the Stars” event. I’m not sure why this movie’s on in September, as it’s set at Christmastime, but maybe TCM figures that once Labor Day’s over, Christmas is, like, five minutes away anyway.
“I’ll Be Seeing You” is the story of a fragile love affair between an emotionally…
Ah, Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter! An achingly realistic portrait of the repressed, thwarted love of Laura and Alec, two grown-ups too fundamentally good and decent to act on feelings that are stronger and deeper than any they have ever known.
Now imagine that Alec had grown sick and tired of being so damn noble and dependable and had given in to his every urge, and to hell with the consequences.…
Early on in Torch Song, the 1953 MGM “musical” starring Joan Crawford as (surprise!) an uber-diva, she’s kvetching to her producer (James Todd):
Crawford: “The script needs jokes, the music needs cutting and the staging—aaugh, it stinks!”
Todd: “You don’t think it’s going to be a flop?”
Crawford: “No show Jenny Stewart’s in is going to be a flop—if I have to pull every trick in the book to make it…
Dear Supreme Court,
Thanks so much for saying that “family-run businesses” don’t have to obey the law.