Category Archives: ’30s

What’s a Rose Marie? A Review of ‘Wait for Your Laugh’

I first experienced Rose Marie (b. 1923) when I stumbled upon the 1933 pre-Code film International House on TV back when I was a kid in the '70s. Watching this cute little girl, whose career predates that of Shirley Temple (1928-2014), belting "My Bluebird's Singing the Blues" — not to mention suggestive elements like racy…
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5 Famous People with 100-Year-Old Parents

Only a few truly famous people, people noteworthy for more than simply longevity, have lived past 100. But there are a number of famous folks past the age of 70 who you may be surprised still have a living parent, all of them 100 or more! (more…)
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Merry Widowmaker: Even Jeanette MacDonald Hates Harvey Weinstein

In a clever tip of the hat to Old Hollywood and tip of the hate to reviled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, accused of multiple acts of sexual harassment and even rape, singing comic Allison Lane is reviving the spirit of operatic movie-musical star Jeanette MacDonald (1903-1965). It's been a bad week for the man once…
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Marsha Hunt Turns 100: The Blacklist Survivor Never Gave Up

Marsha Hunt had a thriving film career in the '30s and '40s, including appearances in highly regarded movies following her 1935 debut, among  them Born to the West (1937), These Glamour Girls (1939), Pride and Prejudice (1940), Cry "Havoc" (1943) and Raw Deal (1948). (more…)
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The Naked Truth About Nude Swimming at School

I'd heard of this, but wasn't aware I just missed it (THANK GOD — I was fat and accused of having breasts playing shirts vs. skins basketball), but boys in the U.S. were mostly required to swim totally nude in school pools right through the early '80s. Girls were usually allowed to wear simple suits.…
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