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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March 3

Horst Buchholz dies of pneumonia in Berlin, 2003. In the early 1960s, the German-born actor was up for the part of Auda Abu Tayi in David Lean’s epic Lawrence of Arabia (1962), a role he declined due to his commitment to filming One, Two, Three (1961) for Billy Wilder. And so, Omar Sharif headed to Jordan, Morocco and Spain to assume the role for Lean and Buchholz stayed in Germany to antagonize costar James Cagney in Wilder’s rapid-fire comedy. It’s been said that Buchholz’s behavior on the set was a big reason Cagney stayed away from making movies until his cameo in Ragtime (1981) two decades later. Wilder managed to reign in Buchholz’s antics and scene-stealing attempts to the relief of the veteran actor, who was fully prepared to “knock Buchholz on his ass, which at several points I would have been very happy to do,” Cagney wrote in his autobiography.


February 14

Vic Morrow is born in The Bronx, 1929. Trained at New York Actor’s Workshop, the performer made an acclaimed movie debut as a tough street punk in MGM’s Blackboard Jungle (1955). “Sure, the reviews were great,” Morrow recalled, “but you would’ve thought [the studio] picked me up out of an ashtray and made me a star. Hell, I’d already done Shakespeare and Chekov and all those other cats.” A long series of B movies and television films followed, with better opportunities like Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) with James Cagney and The Bad News Bears (1976) with Walter Matthau few and far between. In 1982, director John Landis offered him a plum role in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), a famously fatal assignment. On July 23, 1982, Morrow was filming a scene with two children when a helicopter crashed on top of them, instantly killing all three actors.


Oscars 1942: World at War

Thoughts about World War II colored the evening, as attendees were told to eschew formal garb for the second year in a row. Privates Tyrone Power and Alan Ladd opened with show by unfurling the American flag while Jeanette MacDonald sang the national anthem. Mrs. Miniver, a William Wyler-directed drama about a British family during the early years of the war, took many of the top honors, including Best Picture, Director, Actress and Supporting Actress. And the Academy saw fit to recognize all the allied countries, military branches and studios that produced a documentary about the war, resulting in a record 25 nominees for Best Documentary. In an equally unusual move, there were four winners: The Battle of Midway (above), directed by John Ford for the United States Navy, Kokoda Front Line! from the Australian News and Information Bureau, Moscow Strikes Back from Artkino and Prelude to War from the United States Army Special Services.

Mrs. Miniver

William Wyler, Mrs. Miniver

James Cagney, Yankee Doodle Dandy

Greer Garson, Mrs. Miniver

Van Heflin, Johnny Eager

Teresa Wright, Mrs. Miniver


April 13

Thanks to Al Jolson, James Cagney and his own acting talent, Larry Parks, in The Jolson Story, was one of the five actors the Academy named as best for the year 1946. He didn’t win the Oscar—Fredric March took the honor for his role in The Best Years of Our Lives—but the actor did have the privilege of being in the year’s biggest box office draw in a role Cagney turned down. His take on the famous vaudevillian and movie star was repeated in its sequel, Jolson Sings Again (1949). Parks was never again as popular, and was, in fact, wildly unpopular with Hollywood’s powers that be after the actor appeared before the House Un-American Activities Committee and confessed a past affiliation with the Communist Party. “I would prefer, if you would allow me, not to mention other people’s names,” Parks said to the committee in 1951. “Don’t present me with the choice of either being in contempt of this committee and going to jail or forcing me to really crawl through the mud to be an informer.” His film career severely damaged, if not altogether ruined, Parks thereafter returned to where he got his start—the New York stage.


March 30

James Cagney dies of a heart attack in Stanfordville, New York, 1986. “My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once,” said the actor, who many thought was full-blooded Irish. “I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.” Scandinavia also played a part in his lineage: "My mother's father, my Grandpa Nelson, was a Norwegian sea captain, but when I tried to investigate those roots I didn't get very far, for he had apparently changed his name to another one that made it impossible to identify him within the rest of the population." Cagney’s close friends included fellow actors Spencer Tracy, Ralph Bellamy, Frank Morgan, Pat O’Brien and Frank McHugh, a fraternity known casually about Hollywood as the Irish Mafia.