A shout-out for my friend Stephen Sim who recently started  Amadeus Records, specialising  in rare classical vinyl and affordable CD box sets.
Stephen can be contacted at

Wants lists welcomed.

Below are some examples of recordings available.









A pleasure to discover the work of graphic  artist Alejandro Mogollo from Sevilla,Spain.
And we are lucky that Alejandro is a movie buff.  His dynamic colour portraits often have an iconic dialogue line .

Alejandro doesn’t do commissions but his work can be purchased at  For example, a Jungle Red canvas print at various sizes from £42.42.

His work can be purchased as T-shirts, greeting cards, notebooks etc.

Bette Davis. ALL ABOUT EVE.


Thelma Ritter. ALL ABOUT  EVE


The Master.


Ingrid Bergman. NOTORIOUS. I  love the  the key motif .




Joan Crawford.HUMORESQUE.


Bette Davis. NOW VOYAGER.


Veronica Lake








Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan. CATTLE QUEEN OF MONTANA

………….In 1972 the then Governor Ronald Reagan, in response to a letter from Barbara Stanwyck biographer Ella Smith , thanked Ms. Smith for letting him comment about “this wonderful gal.”  He described Barbara as “one of the best thought of and most respected performers in all the industry.”

In a letter to the President, Barbara said;

Ronnie, if I had known during the filming of ‘Cattle Queen’ that you were going to be president of our country, I would have given you  first billing!”

In response, in a handwritten note that sold at auction for $610, the President joked:

I appreciate your willingness to give me top billing but it might have set me back – ‘RR as……..?”


As always, I am grateful to for this interesting story.



………..Poster for His Girl Friday by Nikos Bogris.

Makes me wish the film had been in color. And Ralph Bellamy gets first billing!




…………Due out in the U.K. on 20th April, 2020 is a four-film box set from Powerhouse Films,  JOHN FORD AT COLUMBIA 1935-1958.

On Blu-ray for the first time in the U.K., this is a limited edition run of 6,000 units with plenty of extras on each film. The box set is £42.99.

From the charming The Whole Town’s Talking to a typically British film, Gideon’s Day, the quartet shows the master director’s range.


……….And from on 19th May,2020 comes DANCE,GIRL,DANCE  (1940), which stars Lucille Ball and Maureen O’Hara and is directed by Dorothy Arzner, the only woman directing in the Hollywood studios in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Blu-Ray price is $31.96 and the dvd is $23.96.

The new cover is by Jody Hewgill. Is that really Maureen on the right?

Lucille Ball


Maureen O’Hara

Lucille and Maureen play chorus girls who have different ambitions in show business. The supporting cast include Louis Hayward, Ralph Bellamy, Maria Ouspenskaya and Edward Brophy ( who has the wonderful character name of “Dwarfy Humblewinger”!


………Interesting to come across these Books of the Films which are quite collectible now. I wonder how many were produced in the classic period.





…………….Coming to Netflix in May,2020 is the new 8 part series , HOLLYWOOD from Ryan Murphy who gave us “Feud, Bette and Joan”  in 2017.

The story of aspiring  actors and filmmakers in post WW2 Hollywood ,  the production is described as “a love letter to the golden age of Tinseltown.”

Stars being portrayed in the series include Loretta Young,Irving Thalberg, Gloria Swanson, George Cukor, Leo McCarey.



KIM NOVAK is 87 today . Forever remembered for what should have been an Oscar winning performance in VERTIGO.

Kim lives in Oregon with her husband of 44 years, veterinarian, Robert Malloy.

Robert Malloy, Kim Novak


Kim more or less left Hollywood in the late 1960s when she was only in her 30s. In an interview with TV Guide magazine, Kim said she was being offered the “same-old, same-old glamour parts that offered little that was interesting in the way of character….my choice was to move away from Hollywood.”

Of VERTIGO, Kim said, “When we made Vertigo, none of us could have imagined it would have such longevity and acclaim.”




The two faces of Madeleine and Judy.


In the same year as the thriller,  Vertigo, Kim and James Stewart were reunited in BELL BOOK AND CANDLE  which I like a lot – great cast including Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs, Elsa Lanchester, Hermione Gingold.



And some unusual title changes in Europe:





Kim in PAL JOEY.

And her break-through role in  PICNIC.

William Holden, Kim Novak


On February 17th,2020, Julien’s Auctions in Los Angeles will be auctioning property and memorabilia from the estate of Loretta Young. The  catalogue can be seen at

A few samples below.


A collection of nine magazines from the 1930s/40s/50s.

($50 – $100.)


Lovely to think that Loretta kept a leather bound scrapbook given to her by a fan in the late 1930s.



Pages from the scrapbook.


Amazing to see a vintage 1940s bar of Lux toilet soap in its original wrapping !

($100 – $200)


Three signed photos of Loretta.

($50 – $100)


Studio publicity stills.

($300 – $500)


Stills from many  of Loretta’s  films.

$200 – $400)