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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Steven Spielberg on The Sugarland Express (1974)

[I]t wasn’t a box office success. It cost $1.8 million, but even with television sales it’s barely going to break even. I averaged about four printed takes per shot, which meant we went over budget in raw stock and printing by $50,000. But it was important for Goldie [Hawn], because she had never played a consistently dramatic role before, and I had to print a lot of takes to get rid of all her cutesy-pie crust, and then select the most subtle ones in the cutting room. I must say that she’s totally different than she’s ever been before. I wanted to do anything possible to keep the Goldie Hawn Tinkerbell-light away from her, and in the end she really did keep all that sugarplum stuff to a minimum. I even thought that if I shot the whole picture during overcast weather, the look of the shots would play against the lightness of the script and the fluffiness of Goldie’s images. I think I was right.

There are many reasons why the film wasn’t a success, not the least of which is that the Goldie Hawn fans didn’t want to see her in that kind of movie and the non-Goldie Hawn fans weren’t willing to give her a shot in a dramatic role. Audiences fell right through the cracks. I also have a feeling that the down ending turned a lot of people off, certainly in light of things like American Graffiti and The Sting and other films that premiered months before us that were kind of lighthearted and carefree. Audiences weren’t expecting Goldie to be in a motion picture in which one of the major actors is shot and killed and the film ends on a low note. They wanted her to go off into the sunset.

Beyond that, the distribution wasn’t good. The ad campaign sold Goldie Hawn with a smile on her face and a teddy bear next to her. It looked like a romp in the woods. When the film opened in New York there was a line of kids waiting to see the picture. The movie was misrepresented more than anything else, and when it came time for the studio to back up their mistake with money, that’s when the distribution men at Universal got cold feet and said sort of sotto voce, “We’ll allow it to play out its Easter run and let it close out.” That’s exactly what happened. The film opened and closed in three weeks. It was very disappointing for me. Later Universal rereleased the film, using another tactic that I wasn’t amused with: “From the director of Jaws.” The film still didn’t do well.

Excerpt from The Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation, compiled and edited by George Stevens, Jr. 


David Lynch on Mulholland Dr. (2001)

I don’t know where [the story of Mulholland Dr. came from]. In this case it came from ideas from the ether. They sometimes come in the form of a book and sometimes in the form of a screenplay, but before a book and before a screenplay the ideas come from somewhere, and that’s the trick: where these ideas come from and how they come to us and how we can get them and what we do with them once they have come to us. It seems as if they come from outside of us, and for me they come in fragments. It would be beautiful if they came all at once and it was one big thing and it was possible to pick it up and you were off and running. The first fragment in this case was the words “Mulholland Dr.” married with a certain knowledge of that road, and then it went to night and then the sign at night with the wind and headlights just gently illuminating that sign. That was the beginning of it.

I can’t remember how it unfolded, but there was always going to be a girl coming to Hollywood. How it got to where it is now was a pretty long journey. Sometimes when I get enough things together I dictate the script, because I don’t know how to type. I think that the dictating is, for me, really very good and useful, because there is someone in the room and that person has to be a certain type of person so you don’t feel a fool for saying things or going down a wrong road. I was dictating and I began to speak about the cowboy and just like that he walked right in and began to speak. And that’s how it happened. The ideas come in fragments. I don’t know where anything is going. When a few fragments start hooking themselves together and they marry to a fragment that you didn’t think was going to relate at all, it’s a big surprise. It’s such a huge, long process and some ideas come while you’re shooting and then more ideas come toward the end. It’s ongoing and never finished until it’s finished.

Excerpt from The Great Moviemakers: The Next Generation, compiled and edited by George Stevens, Jr.