Category Archives: ’30s

Darryl Hickman, ‘Leave Her to Heaven’ Child Actor, Dies a @ 92

May 24, 2024 Darryl Hickman, a versatile child actor renowned for his dramatic and comedic abilities who appeared in the classics The Grapes of Wrath and Leave Her to Heaven 80 years ago, has died. Hickman's ill-fated Leave Her to Heaven character (Image via 20th Century Fox) Hickman died at 92 on May 22. Born…
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Inside Hollywood Heritage Museum’s Star-Studded Show

May 21, 2024 Stepping inside ... Where magic was made! Eve Arden (1908-1990) wore this in At the Circus (1939) On a trip to L.A., I visited the Hollywood Heritage Museum (2100 N. Highland, L.A.), the site of the oldest movie studio Hollywood, and the place where the first feature film was made by Cecil…
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Liza Minnelli’s Terrific New Movie, Jodie Foster Honored & More

April 19, 2024 Links to the past, with relevance today: Liza is excited about a new project. (Image via TriBeCa) FACEBOOK: Liza Minnelli announces she has worked with a filmmaker to tell the story of her career: "Hi Kids! Sit down, because this is a long story! People always wonder what I’m up to… when…
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‘Mae West & Her Adonises’ — The Life in Her Men

April 6, 2024 If you're a fan of the late, great Mae West, you'll want to seek out the new book Mae West and Her Adonises (BearManor Media), a new biography by Michael Gregg Michaud. (Image via BearManor) Unlike the standard bio, the book focuses on West's love affair with, well, love affairs. A description…
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Barbara Rush Dies @ 97

March 31, 2024 Old Hollywood star Barbara Rush, renowned for her regal beauty and for her work on the TV series Peyton Place and in the sci-fi classic It Came from Outer Space, died on Easter at 97. Lovely Rush contemplating space invaders (Image via Universal) Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan, her daughter by the…
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New Book Traces How ‘Mommie Dearest’ Got Made

March 27, 2024 We all love Mommie Dearest, right? (Image via Chicago Review Press) Well, maybe not all of us. The film was a critical disaster in 1981, and seems to have singlehandedly mortally wounded Faye Dunaway's previously flawless career. Nonetheless, it was a box-office hit — it earned five times its budget worldwide —…
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‘Poor Things’ X ‘Metropolis,’ an Open ‘Back to the Future’ Secret, History of the Pyramid Club & More!

March 23, 2024 Links to the past, with relevance today: https://www.tiktok.com/@boyculturedotcom/video/7349679839886019870?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7347408016276964907 Old Lang signs TIKTOK: @cinematologist over on Instagram has crafted a short but compelling argument that while Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935) are clearly the main sources of inspiration for the 2023 Oscar-winning film Poor Things, perhaps Metropolis (1927) was also in…
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20 Most Impactful Celebrity Deaths of 2023

January 1, 2024 Simply the best (Image via Capitol) Every year, I highlight the 20 celebrity deaths that seem to have been the most culturally impactful. Usually, it's a mix of legends who have faded away after seeming they might last forever, and younger, shocking departures. Every Other Year from 1976 on RIGHT HERE! This…
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William Frawley? Don’t Make Me Laugh

Many of us are actively alarmed by the invasion of AI technology, and the possibility it raises of creating entirely false historical narratives. After all, if an engineer and scientist is uncritically sharing this pretty obviously AI-created image/story: This story is fake. This picture is fake. (Image via Twitter) ... where will it end? Nothing…
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