Tag: classic Hollywood

August 22, 2014 /

Poet, Michelle Bitting, remembers her Great Grandmother, character actress of the Golden Era in: NOTES TO THE BELOVED (available on Amazon.com) Beryl Mercer, Actress (b.1882—d.1939) Time was you could stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and catch Great Grandma’s name flaming every cherry marquee. In All Quiet on the Western Front, Cagney’s…

November 14, 2013 /

“Eyes are the greatest tool in film. Mr. Capra taught me that. Sure, it’s nice to say very good dialogue, if you can get it. But great movie acting – watch the eyes!” Barbara Stanwyck (Photographer: George Hurrell. For Frank Capra’s “Meet John Doe”. 1941)

January 26, 2013 /

We used to have National Geographic dating back to 1924, and LIFE magazine back to 1939, a magic portal to other times up two flights of stairs to the attic. Most of the magazines are gone, cleaned out in a massive Spring Cleaning. Now I wish I had realized what…

October 10, 2012 /

Flora Robson, Gary Cooper, and Ingrid Bergman.