Category Archives: ’40s

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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Blowing Up Her Image: A Review of ‘Bombshell’

If you're old enough to know who Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) was, her name probably conjures a handful of things: Great beauty, skinny-dipping, many husbands, Harvey Korman's Hedley Lamarr character in Blazing Saddles (1974), a shoplifting scandal. (more…)
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Jerry Lewis, King of Comedy, Dies @ 91

Hey, l-a-a-a-a-dy! Jerry Lewis, who rose to fame as part of the comedy team Martin & Lewis in the '50s, became a slapstick solo star in the '60s and went on to become a film auteur, has died at 91. (more…)
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