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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Bill Gold and the Art of the Movie Poster

In the early 1940s, graphic artist Bill Gold designed the one sheet for Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), the first of what would be thousands of movie posters in a career that has spanned eight decades. Throughout, he developed lasting working partnerships with illustrator Bob Peak and directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, Federico Fellini, Stanley Kubrick and Clint Eastwood, for whom Gold designed his most recent poster, for J. Edgar (2011).

“I know what movie posters should look like instinctively, Gold said in a 2010 interview with The New York Times. “I always found fault with the fact that [the studios] showed three heads of the actors, and that’s about all the concept they would use. And when I started to work I thought, ‘I don’t want to do just a concept with three heads in it—I want a story.’”

Here’s a small sampling of his work, 25 eye-catching creations for some of the most well known movies ever made.

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Casablanca (1942)

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Dial M for Murder (1954)

Mister Roberts (1955)

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Oscars 2013: A Few Casual Remarks

In many a movie fan’s universe, almost two things are assured: avid viewership of the Oscar ceremony and ensuing comments—each and every year—that the show is too long, the host isn’t hitting it out of the park, attractive people sometimes wear ugly frocks, and so on. Here are a few of our random observations on this deeply flawed circus that was short on surprises and, indeed, long in duration.

Beards are in.

Seth MacFarlane has a very nice singing voice, a great smile and an easy charm about him. Nevertheless, I felt nothing. His humor is a bit sophomoric and reaching for my taste, and the opening segment—in spite of a lovely pas de deux from Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum as well as a nifty soft shoe routine by MacFarlane, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, Daniel Radcliffe—fell flat and could have used some serious editing.

Almost everyone looked terrific, though Quentin Tarantino looked a tad untidy. And I confess to not understanding what was going on with Kristen Stewart. She’s attractive, she’s a movie star, she’s at the Oscars—why does she look so bored and unhappy? And sleep deprived?

Great Sound of Music gag.

The salute to musicals was a mixed bag, with Catharine Zeta-Jones’s oddly aggressive performance of “All That Jazz” and audio balance problems for the Les Miz cast’s “One Day More.” But all is right with the world when Jennifer Hudson opens her mouth to sing.

Best dressed: Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Jennifer Aniston. Not so best dressed: Melissa McCarthy. And Halle Berry’s outfit seemed more appropriate for an older woman.

Thank heaven for Shirley Bassey, who considerably elevated the otherwise weak Bond music segment.

I’m sure the concept of using the theme from Jaws to play off long-winded award winners was funny. The execution? Not so funny. I particularly would have liked to hear what the one of the winners for Visual Effects was about to say about the industry.

Why did they omit Andy Griffith, Ann Rutherford and Susan Tyrrell from the In Memoriam segment? Barbra Streisand did a nice job remembering Marvin Hamlisch.

Mark Andrews, director for the Best Animated Feature Brave, rocked the kilt.

Jane Fonda is 75 years old. And she looks like that. What a world.

If Hitchcock were alive and working today, he would hire Charlize Theron in a heartbeat.


July 4

Eva Marie Saint is born in Newark, New Jersey, 1924. She was up against Elizabeth Montgomery for the role of Edie Doyle in On the Waterfront (1954), director Elia Kazan’s landmark drama set in the gritty working class neighborhoods of Hoboken, New Jersey. Eventually, Kazan chose Saint, thereby accepting the challenge of making the 30-year-old actress into a teenager over the challenge of making the 21-year-old Montgomery appear less finishing school and more…Hoboken. Prior to her auspicious movie debut in Waterfront—in a part that won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress—Saint appeared on stage and in various television productions. After her Oscar win, she acted in That Certain Feeling (1956), A Hatful of Rain (1957) and Raintree Country (1957). What followed was the second biggest role of her career, playing opposite Cary Grant in North by Northwest (1959). Saint recalled the words of her director: "[Alfred] Hitchcock said, 'I don't want you going back to sink-to-sink movies. You do movies where you wash the dishes looking drab in an apron. The audience wants to see their leading ladies dressed up.' He saw me as others didn't."


May 29

Foreign Correspondent completes its scheduled filming, 1940. Joel McCrea and Laraine Day were cast in the war-era thriller, which was director Alfred Hitchcock’s second American picture. In the weeks following the movie’s completion, the likelihood of a German attack on London increased dramatically, prompting the production staff to call screenwriter Ben Hecht back in on July 3 to write a different ending in which the McCrea character delivers a radio broadcast while bombs rain down on the city. The new final scene was filmed on July 5; the Nazis bombed London a mere five days later.


Alfred Hitchcock on Vertigo (1958)

In Vertigo, it was the end of the book before it’s revealed that it is one and the same woman. I decided halfway through to blow the whole thing, tell the audience the truth and not wait until the end. People were horrified. “What are you doing? Giving it all away?” I replied that if I didn’t, I’m starting another story. Jimmy Stewart has lost one woman. She’s dead, she’s gone, he was crazy about her, and she even drove him into a nursing home. Now he sees a girl on the street, he sees some resemblance, and he gets hold of her, gets into her room.

From that point on in the book, he endeavored to change the girl back into the image of the dead woman he wanted to renew. The reason I gave the whole thing away was to give additional values. First, we know who she is. Added value—what will Stewart do when he finds out? We know something that he doesn’t know. Now there is an element of suspense. Second, does the girl resist him? If you haven’t told the audience who she really is, you won’t understand her behavior—why she doesn’t want to wear a grey suit, why she doesn’t want her hair made blond.