Her roles were largely stereotypical, yet her charm and goofiness made her memorable. Here’s a look at her work beyond Gone With the Wind.

DESIGN IN FILM: THE MODERN HOUSEAn eight-minute video montage of modern homes—real and fake—as seen on the silver screen.

An examination of the lengthy career of the Chinese-American character actor, from Charlie Chan to Woody Allen.

70MMThirty visually stunning films that illustrate the grandeur of large-format filmmaking.

Our look at the Texas actor’s 43-year film career, including an ill-advised Oscar campaign. 

A look at the professional life of an actress who proved to be much more than just the Wicked Witch of the West.

NEBRASKANSA look at some of the memorable talentsfrom Astaire to Zanuck—to come from the Cornhusker State.

Twenty-five cool photos reveal what goes on outside of movie camera range.

Our list of at least a dozen silent film performers that are happily still with us.

12 GREAT MOVIE SONGSElvis, The Beatles and The Supremes join our list of favorite movie themes of the 1960s.

WILHELM SCREAMWe trace the history of one of the most famous and beloved sound effects in movies.

LOST HORIZONA dud receives its due as we explore the elements that made this 1973 musical so preposterously memorable.

One hundred films whose final words of dialogue make indelible lasting impressions.

25 GREAT SILENT MOVIE POSTERSOur selection of artwork from the early days of motion pictures that expertly illustrate the tone and tale of the films they represent.

RAVES AND RASPBERRIES We select some choice bits from reviews by the late Roger Ebert.

ERROL FLYNN GETS WHACKEDThe actor recalls an unforgettable moment with Bette Davis on the set of The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.

CINEMATIC RIDESTen films where carnival attractions add to the plot and give their protagonists a cheap thrill.

Three overwrought cautionary tales from the 1930s examine the perils of smoking marijuana in polite society.

20 DIRECTORS / 20 FILMSSome of the world’s best moviemakers from Hollywood’s Golden Era provide a behind-the-scenes look at their creations.

LOS ANGELES IN THE 1920SVintage clips offer a look at famous boulevards, studios, theaters, eateries and more.

BILLY WILDEROur favorite lines of dialogue from the Oscar-winning writer/director.

WOODY ALLENChoice lines of dialogue, from Take the Money and Run to Midnight in Paris.

KATHARINE HEPBURNTen authoritative moments when Kate's movie character speaks her mind.

UFA MOVIE POSTERSA look at the early one sheets from the longest standing film studio in Germany.

THE LANGUAGE OF NOIRWe celebrate tough talk from the best of Hollywood’s gritty crime dramas.


Aerial shots of Hollywood in 1958 includes Griffith Observatory, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and major studios.

AMERICAWe celebrate one of the most exuberant dance numbers committed to film, a thrilling showcase for freakishly talented folks with music in their bones.

HOLLYWOOD POSTCARDSTen vintage postcards revealing the glories of Southern California's movie mecca.

MAJOR FILMS, MINOR GAFFESTwenty-five mistakes in some of the greatest movies ever made.

GEORGE GERSHWINTen classic songs as seen on the silver screen.

GREAT ENDINGSA memorable tussle in Death Valley caps Erich von Stroheim’s broken classic.

10 GREAT POSTERSOur look at striking works of art that just happen to sell movie tickets.

MUST READMGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot provides a fascinating look at a lost treasure.

IN THE COOL, COOL, COOL OF THE EVENINGJane Wyman and Bing Crosby charm with the Oscar-winning song from Here Comes the Groom (1951).

PLUNDER ROADFilm noir at its best—and most economical. No backstory, a lean look and just 72 minutes long.

W.C. FIELDSTen of his most memorable character names.

Aliens and mutants take center stage in twenty-five spectacular movie posters from the 1950s.

Our list of ten must-see films—ten artful depictions of the human condition—by one of the world’s most influential directors.

Accomplished directors from the past 50 years talk about their triumphs and challenges in bringing a story to the big screen.

We single out five films that display the talent and range of the Warner Bros. character actor.

AL HIRSCHFELDWe select our ten favorite movie posters by the famed caricaturist.

Five films that best represent the fluttery voiced character actress’s charms.

DIAMOND SETTINGSWe take a look at five of our favorite baseball movies of the ‘40s and ‘50s.


A dozen books that became publishing phenomena and, at times, well-made and popular films.

SCREEN TESTSAudition footage from Monroe, Dean, Brando and others.

MOVIE MOMENTS THAT MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVINGOur collection of ten little moments of breathtaking beauty, expert craftsmanship and happy accidents that rank as our favorites.

A tribute to a character actress who’s made aunts and spinsters her specialty.

STARS ON STARS: 30 CANDID OPINIONSA collection of favorite quotes from movie folk discussing their peers.

We take a good look at the work of MGM’s legendary art director.

JOHN QUALENFive of our favorite performances from the character actor’s lengthy career.

We select three movie musicals we deeply wish the sunny singer/actress would have made.

Twelve examples of what made the late actor such an enduring movie star.

Ten artful, playful and downright silly shots from some of the most famous movies in existence.

JEFFREY HUNTERWe tip our hat to the underrated (and very pretty) actor best known for going toe-to-toe with John Wayne in The Searchers and hanging on the cross in Nicholas Ray’s King of Kings.

ELVIS PRESLEYFive essential films for the Elvis movie fan.

We take a closer look and listen at Johnny Mercer’s witty ditty about the coming of the season.

BILL GOLD’S MOVIE POSTERSOur salute to the legendary graphic artist, including 25 of his posters for some of the most famous movies ever made.

BEAUTIFUL MENFilm giants Cary Grant and his ilk will have to wait. Here we look at ten not-so-obvious choices—actors blessed with incredible good looks, if not legendary status.

BEAUTIFUL WOMENTen of the most physically stunning females to grace the silver screen.

FOOTBALLFive classic films where gridiron shenanigans drive the plot. 

THE 43 FACES OF JOHNNY DEPPWe review the wide variety of characters the actor has played, from early teenager roles to larger-than-life eccentrics.

FRED ASTAIREFive lively numbers from the peerless hoofer.

THE ROAD TO HELEN LAWSONJudy Garland, Susan Hayward and the bumpy road Valley of the Dolls producers experienced in casting an important role in a truly lousy film.

 AMERICAN LANDMARKS ON FILM From the Empire State Building to the Golden Gate Bridge, we take a look at ten famous sights that added drama to the movies.

THE GIRL HUNT BALLETWe revisit the stylish Fred Astaire dream ballet from The Band Wagon (1953).

IOWA FILMS & STARSTen contributions the Hawkeye State has made to motion picture history.

FOX THEATEROur fond look back at one of San Francisco’s grandest movie palaces.

AUTOBIOGRAPHIESTen great titles penned by industry legends.

THE BAND WAGONNanette Fabray recalls a glaring mistake in the 1953 classic musical.

TRIGGERWe celebrate the life and somewhat creepy afterlife of Roy Rogers's favorite mount.

CHARACTERS: AGNES GOOCHPeggy Cass's memorable turn as a plain Jane coaxed into living a little in Auntie Mame (1958).

DESIGNS ON FILMA handsome volume by author and designer Cathy Whitlock chronicles the history of Hollywood set design.

REBECCAFive screen tests for Hitchock’s 1940 classic, with comments by David O. Selznick.

CHARACTERS: BABY ROSALIEIn a daffy send-up of Shirley Temple, June Preisser plays an aging child star in MGM's let's-put-on-a-show musical, Babes in Arms (1939).

PRESTON STURGESSnippets of dialogue from six of the writer/director’s best films.

ANSELMO BALLESTEROur gallery of ten striking one sheets from the Italian poster artist.

GREAT MOVIESCelebrating the cool jazz short, Jammin’ the Blues (1944).

BETTY HUTTONTwelve films that exemplify the charms of this freakishly energetic performer.

JOSEPH L. MANKIEWICZSmart dialogue from the Oscar-winning screenwriter.

DESERT NOIROur report from this year’s Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival in Palm Springs.

RED DREAM FACTORYWe profile eight films from a unique Russian-German film studio of the twenties and thirties.

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Behind the Scenes: 25 Great Photos

Lengthy camera set-ups, time-consuming lighting preparations, actors with copious amounts of free time—all are hallmarks of the slow, precise process of making a movie. Here are some nifty glimpses of that process, 25 moments that reveal what lurks just beyond movie camera range.

Stanley Kubrick directs actor Keir Dullea in one of the concluding sequences of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall flank a rifle-wielding John Huston while on location in the Congo for The African Queen (1951).

Woody Allen chats with extra Brooke Shields prior to filming the classroom flashback scene in Annie Hall (1977). Shields, alas, did not appear in the final version of the film.

Director Roger Vadim puts Jane Fonda and John Phillip Law through their paces on the set of the futuristic Barbarella (1968).

Liza Minnelli rests herself on director Bob Fosse during a break from shooting Cabaret (1972) on location in Berlin.

Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra, Louis Jordan and cast play host to visiting Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on the set of Can-Can (1960). Shortly afterwards, Khrushchev condemned the Cole Porter musical as immoral, stating “We do not want that sort of thing for the Russians.”

Actor Slim Pickens gets ready to ride a nuclear missile to oblivion in the climax of Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964).

Director William Friedkin seems pleased with a pre-possessed Linda Blair on the set of The Exorcist (1973).

It’s teatime for Boris Karloff as costar Colin Clive enjoys a smoke during a break from shooting Frankenstein (1931).

James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor monkey around during a break in filming Giant (1956).

Director and star Charlie Chaplin ponders his next move on the frigid set of The Gold Rush (1925) in Truckee, California.

Henry Fonda touches up his scruff on the set of The Grapes of Wrath (1940).

Director Billy Wilder vividly demontrates to Jack Lemmon how he wants the scene to progress on the set of Irma La Douce (1963).

Brigitte Helm gets a brief respite from the confines of her robot costume in director Fritz Lang’s landmark film Metropolis (1927). Helm experienced minor cuts and bruises while donning the uncomfortable contraption.

Slant boards keep Rex Harrison and Audrey Hepburn’s elegant attire wrinkle-free during a break on the Burbank set of My Fair Lady (1964).

Janet Leigh and John Gavin share an intimate moment with at least four other people and tons of equipment in Psycho (1960).

Director Clarence Brown directs Greta Garbo and Gavin Gordon in a scene from Romance (1930). On day one of shooting, Gordon dislocated his shoulder and fractured his collarbone in a car accident on the way to the studio. Afraid of being recast if he went to the hospital, Gordon fought through the pain, completed his first scene and promptly fainted. Afterwards, Garbo visited him in the hospital and assured him that production would wait until he recovered.

“I Gotta Hear That Beat,” Ann Miller declares while surrounded by an “orchestra” mostly hidden under the floorboards in Small Town Girl (1953).

From the black-and-white film Some Like It Hot (1959) comes a color behind-the-scenes photograph of Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon that reveals the soft pastel tones of their dainty frocks.

An automobile interior is the setting for Burt Lancaster and Barbara Stanwyck in a scene from Sorry, Wrong Number (1948).


Julie Andrews is doused with water before her confrontational scene with Christopher Plummer during location shooting in Austria for The Sound of Music (1965).

Cinematographer James Wong Howe looks on as director W. S. Van Dyke chats with William Powell and Myrna Loy about a scene in The Thin Man (1934).

In a formation that would have pleased Busby Berkeley, Russ Tamblyn, Eliot Feld, Tucker Smith, Harvey Evans, David Bean, Tony Mordente and David Winters warm up and stretch prior to shooting the “Prologue” number in West Side Story (1961).

Aviator Amelia Earhart pays a visit to Cary Grant on the set of Wings in the Dark (1935), which features Grant as an aeronautical engineer working on a system that allows pilots to fly blind in bad weather. Myrna Loy plays Sheila Mason, a character patterned after Earhart.

A costume-less member of The Singer Midgets looks as if he’s about to start trouble while Judy Garland blithely enjoys an issue of Life on a break from The Wizard of Oz (1939).

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