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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Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival 2014: Storm Warning (1951)

Neither Ginger Rogers nor Doris Day was keen on doing this movie. Perhaps, in Ginger’s case, it had something to do with the final sequence in which she is whipped by a Ku Klux Klan member in the woods. For Day, it might have been that her character was decidedly unglamorous and didn’t sing a note. In addition [SPOILER AHEAD], she gets killed in the end—her only death scene on screen. Steve Cochran, on the other hand, was gung ho for this picture, which gave the handsome B-list actor a meaty role opposite bigger stars Rogers, Day and, as a district attorney on a mission, Ronald Reagan. It’s the story of Marsha Mitchell (Rogers) who visits a small town to see her sister Lucy (Day) and Lucy’s new husband Hank (Cochran). On her way to meet her, Marsha witnesses a man murdered by the Klan and sees the faces of two Klansmen who have lost their hoods in the ruckus. One of the men just happens to be her new brother-in-law, setting in motion a drama punctuated by mob rule, attempted rape, pregnancy, perjury and family loyalty. And if the dynamic between Rogers, Day and Cochran reminds anyone of a certain Tennessee Williams play set in New Orleans, I wouldn't be at all surprised.


February 25

Playwright Tennessee Williams dies after choking on a bottle cap in New York City, 1983. His work on the silver screen was uneven—a hit like Baby Doll (1956) often offset by a dud like Boom! (1968). Perhaps the best film version of any of his stories is A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), though the Broadway play was tamed considerably to appease the hilariously named Catholic League of Decency. The Production Code censors also raised a stink, requiring 68 changes to be made from the New York staging. Despite not all of the dialogue making it to Hollywood, Marlon Brando and eight other members of the original Broadway cast did, with Jessica Tandy, who played Blanche DuBois, the major exception. The producers wanted a bigger box office draw and instead hired Vivien Leigh for the role. Although Williams considered the final film “slightly marred by the Hollywood ending,” he was generally happy with the outcome.


June 13

 Geraldine Page dies of a heart attack in New York City, 1987. “I didn't want to be a Hollywood actress who every so often does a Broadway play,” Page said about her occupation. “I wanted to be a Broadway actress who every so often does a movie.” Though she appeared in more movies (28) than she did plays (16), a Broadway actress―one of the Great White Way’s finest―is how she is primarily known. In 1959 she appeared on Broadway in the Tennessee Williams play Sweet Bird of Youth and lost the 1960 Best Actress Tony Award to Anne Bancroft for The Miracle Worker. It was the beginning of a decades long dance between her and the actress. Movie versions of both plays hit the screen in 1962, with Page once again losing the Best Actress trophy to Bancroft. In 1982, Page appeared on Broadway in Agnes of God; when the movie was being prepared, Bancroft was cast in Page’s role. Finally in 1986, after eight Academy Award nominations, Geraldine Page won her first Oscar for The Trip to Bountiful (1985)…beating out Anne Bancroft for Agnes of God (1985).


John Huston on The Night of the Iguana (1964)

The adaptation was based on suggestions within the play that would be interesting to put on screen. The actual operation was done with a collaborator, a very dear friend of mine named Tony Veiller. We worked extremely well together. Our method was that I’d write a scene and Tony would write a scene and I would hand mine over to him, and his to me.

One thing I couldn’t reconcile in the film was the part Ava Gardner played. She was in Tennessee [Williams’s] original play, and despite a certain charm and humor she had in the original, she turned into a kind of great bloated spider that consumed this man. I didn’t change the character out of any desire to sentimentalize the material, but she just defied being put into that role on film. So one day we changed her completely so far as the end of the story and their relationship is concerned. I talked to Tennessee about this and he said it wasn’t what he’d intended at all. I accused him of hating women and twisting her to his own devices and purposes. He said maybe there was that, and agreed my changes were permissible. I wanted his approval, as I have too high a regard for him to have just gone blindly in another direction.

The scene I’m talking about is in Mexico where the girl comes to Richard Burton’s room to importune him. She’s trying to seduce him, but he’s had an unfortunate background so far as the seduction of maidens is concerned and he’s doing his level best to avoid this one. But she comes into the room, and this dialogue scene ensues where he tries to explain to her why he chooses not to make love to her. I’d written the scene, Tony had worked on it, but it still wasn’t very good. The dialogue was good, but the scene wasn’t satisfactory, so I asked Tennessee to look at it and see if he had any ideas. He came back the next morning with the scene he’d written, and if you’ve seen the picture you’ll know what I’m talking about.

It opens with Burton standing before a chiffonier and there is a bottle of whiskey on the chiffonier, and the girl opens the door and startles him. He’s shaving and he cuts himself, and the bottle falls off the chiffonier. The dialogue then continued as he walks on broken glass barefoot. Presently the girl, in the spirit of martyrdom, joins him walking on broken glass, and the scene proceeded in that vein. As these lines bounced back and forth between them they were walking on broken glass, something that served to dramatize the scene. The scene was the same except for broken glass on the floor, and this gave it something extraordinary. It’s an example of real dramatic genius, one of the best scenes in the picture.