Category Archives: ’40s

Geraldine Fitzgerald: A Tribute on Her 104th

Today marks the 104th anniversary of the birth of Geraldine Fitzgerald, the Oscar-nominated (for Wuthering Heights, 1939) actress who was delightful in everything from Dark Victory (1939) to Watch on the Rhine (1943). (more…)
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He Said/They’re Dead: Doc Profiles Hollywood Pimp Scotty Bowers

When Full Service was published several years ago, battle lines were drawn: You either believed Scotty Bowers, then 90, when he talked about having had sex with everyone from Bette Davis to Rock Hudson and having procured sex partners for no less a Hollywood great than Katharine Hepburn (and hundreds of others), or you dismissed…
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Best Supporting Actress 1944 Smackdown

Your blogger spent hours upon hours re-watching four films from 1944 in order to take part in The Film Experience blog's smackdown among film buffs deciding who really deserved the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress that year. (more…)
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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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Janis Paige Recalls Rape Attempt by Alfred Bloomingdale

Janis Paige, the 95-year-old veteran of  stage (The Pajama Game, 1964-1965), screen (Hollywood Canteen, 1944; Of Human Bondage, 1946; Romance on the High Seas, 1948) and TV (All in the Family, 1976; Eight Is Enough, 1977-1980), has come forward with her tale of sexual abuse in Hollywood's Golden Age — and she alleges it was…
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JFK Auction: No Shirt, No Problem!

(Above: 1942 family photo of JFK signed to his sis. Images via RR Auction) JFK is in the news as files related to his assassination see the light of day 54 years after the fact, but the truth is that the Kennedy clan is always the object of adulation from a segment of the population.…
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