Bear with me today as I indulge in some of my favourite films and stars .

A wonderful scene at the end of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. All the principal characters are there.


The Shop Around The Corner

I was so looking forward to seeing SHOP AROUND THE CORNER on the big screen but I cancelled due to safety concerns.
Still, I watched  my blu Ray copy, wonderful print. And with a friend who had never seen it before. Can’t say she loved it as I do but she did enjoy it.( I think!)


Wonderful art from Alejandro Mogollo. Perfect dialogue, perfectly delivered by the one and only Thelma Ritter. Still haven’t forgiven Joseph Mankiewicz for letting ‘Birdie’ disappear half way through ALL ABOUT EVE.



I guess the world premiere of The Las Vegas Story had to be in Las Vegas.  Odd to see Victor Mature’s name in the marquee as VIC MATURE.



Love Eve Arden. Here she advises  Zachary Scott in The Unfaithful.


Love this cast picture of The Flight of the Phoenix.


Always fascinating to see on the set scenes. Angie Dickinson, Dean Martin, John Wayne, Howard Hawks (don’t know who the other girl is.) RIO BRAVO.


Patricia Neal holds hands with Gort. THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.


  • Sorry, boys, you  cant keep him out! THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD.



Always a pity that colour wasn’t more in use in the 30s.


Leonard Maltin

Watching Leonard with his daughter Jessie online, I noticed this cushion behind him. You’ll know what it’s from.


  • How could I not feature my favourite westerner, Randolph Scott.

This is absolutely fascinating.
To save time, the Essanay Film Co. produced this list of replies they could send to would-be writers.  Number 16 seems the harshest!

Essanay started in  1907. It had Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplin,Francis C. Bushman among its stars.

The name ‘Essanay’ comes from the surnames of its founders, George K.Spoor and Gilbert M. Anderson  (‘S and A’).


Ingrid Bergman , smiling at the cameraman. Holding that key! NOTORIOUS.



Would love to visit this historic cinema in Los Angeles.


Fred and Eleanor ,’Begin The Beguine’. BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940. I’ll always remember meeting Eleanor Powell in Hollywood – many moons ago!


And happy endings:

  • Robert Donat, Madeleine Carroll. THE 39 STEPS.


Humphrey Bogart. DARK PASSAGE.


  • All the usual suspects on the U.K. free to view tv channels today – White Christmas, Adventures of Robin Hood, Meet Me in St.Louis, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Casablanca, Notorious, Scrooge (Alistair Sim) – and The Tall T.


And now ,thinking about my next post.


And finally, all the very best to everyone. Doing this blog has certainly kept me going during the pandemic.
Stay safe and healthy. And do keep in touch.



8 responses »

  1. Some great images there if anyone needs some inspiration for a varied menu of viewing over the holidays.
    Merry Christmas.

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