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Clarissa Saunders
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Classic Hollywood fan, blogger
Classic Hollywood fan, blogger

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The Gunfighter and Gregory Peck's moustache
Henry King's  The Gunfighter  (1950)   is a terrific Western  about an ageing outlaw who tries to escape his past and comes back to town to see his wife and son.  The film, which stars a wonderful Gregory Peck in the title role,  wa s an atypical western fo...
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The old Hopkins-Davis feud has flared up again
Long before Bette Davis had her infamous feud with Joan Crawford, she had a feud with Miriam Hopkins which was almost as legendary.  Bette and Miriam met in 1928 when they worked together on stage in  Excess Baggage  directed by George Cukor.  Bette said th...
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Robert Mitchum's favourite role
I think it's quite interesting to know which role actors regard as their personal favourite. In an earlier post, James Stewart talked about his favourite role and why he liked it best ( here ).  This post deals with Robert Mitchum's favourite role.   The ro...
Robert Mitchum's favourite role
Robert Mitchum's favourite role
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A new low in the treatment of directors
In June 1944,  Jack Conway was hired to direct  The Clock  (1945), Judy Garland's first dramatic film since joining MGM ten years earlier.  Due to illness, Conway worked on the film for only one week and was then replaced by relative newcomer Fred Zinnemann...
A new low in the treatment of directors
A new low in the treatment of directors
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To memo or not to memo
Mega producer David O. Selznick first started to dictate memos when he was a teenager working as an apprentice for his father, silent film producer and distributor Lewis J. Selznick. "I was self-conscious about my youth and in giving orders and expressing m...
To memo or not to memo
To memo or not to memo
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My contract is ridiculous
During Hollywood's studio system, Bette Davis was one of the first actors to openly challenge her contract. After winning the Oscar for her performance in  Dangerous  (1935), Bette felt entitled to better pay, better roles and more vacation time (among othe...
My contract is ridiculous
My contract is ridiculous
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Errol Flynn's letter from the set of "Virginia City"
Meant as a follow-up to the successful  Dodge City  (1939),   Virginia City (1940)   began production late October 1939. Cast and crew members (including director Michael Curtiz, Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott, Humphrey Bogart and Miriam Hopkins) all went to F...
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Dialogue is the foundation
In the late 1950s, following the decline of her film career, Barbara Stanwyck turned to television. Her television career would prove quite successful earning her three Emmy Awards-- one for  The Barbara Stanwyck Show  (1961), another for the western series...
Dialogue is the foundation
Dialogue is the foundation
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Groucho Marx's advice to Jerry Lewis
The highly successful,  decade-long  partne rship between Dean Martin and  Jerry Lewis  came to an end in 1956. The comedy duo starred together in 16 films, numerous nightclub shows, radio and television shows. But in July 1956 it all ended, with Martin and...
Groucho Marx's advice to Jerry Lewis
Groucho Marx's advice to Jerry Lewis
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Errol Flynn, you are a hard man to get!
As a child Marilyn Monroe was a fan of Errol Flynn. After she became a star herself, Marilyn attended several of Flynn's notorious parties at Mulholland Farm. According to Hedy Lamarr, Flynn often held "greyhound" races around his house where six young men ...
Errol Flynn, you are a hard man to get!
Errol Flynn, you are a hard man to get!
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