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Marie Dressler, the Grandest Old Trouper of Them All

Will Rogers paid tribute to Marie Dressler on the radio just before her death in 1934. “Marie Dressler is the real queen of our movies,” the actor/humorist said of the … Continue reading

03/08/2020

The (Gasp!) Canadian Who Played Abraham Lincoln

An old trick of the media is to suggest an upcoming event will cause Great Offence and Controversy, without waiting to see if it actually does. Source: The (Gasp!) Canadian … Continue reading

03/06/2020

The Sinatra Movie Some Blamed for JFK’s Death

In the 1950s, Frank Sinatra starred in Suddenly, a movie that happens to depict a plot against the President. John Baron paces in a living room full of hostages, gun in … Continue reading

02/28/2020

The History of Race, Performance, and Drag Intersect in a Rare Photo of Thomas Dilward

TODAY IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, the southwest corner of Court Street and Remsen Street is home to a vitamin store, a law office, and a pizzeria. But in September 1862, during … Continue reading

02/26/2020

Bud Flanagan’s Spitalfields

My Sabbatical is Over! I’m back. However, posts will not be as frequent as during the old days. Also, I’ve decided not to allow your beautiful comments partly because of … Continue reading

01/28/2020

Sotheby’s Is Selling the World’s First Movie Poster, Which Promoted a Premiere Only 30 People Attended | artnet News

The world’s first public movie screening was a far cry from today’s red carpet premieres, with just 30 people in attendance for an event that lasted some 20 minutes at … Continue reading

08/21/2018 · 4 Comments

One great film noir for every year (1940-59) | BFI

Well, okay, I meant to post this in November last year. But I didn’t! To celebrate #Noirvember and the return to cinemas of The Big Heat and In a Lonely … Continue reading

08/20/2018 · 5 Comments

A Life in Focus: Peter Cushing, the actor who personified the horror genre | The Independent

The Independent revisits the life of a notable figure. This week: Peter Cushing, from Friday 12 August 1994 Peter Cushing was one of the handful of actors who defined the horror … Continue reading

08/14/2018 · 4 Comments

Dad’s Army at 50: the secret history of ‘comedy’s finest half-hour’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

The inimitable Dad’s Army is one of my favourite comedy series of all time. I find it extraordinary that it is 50 years old this year, which means I was eleven … Continue reading

07/27/2018 · 11 Comments

Shoeing for a New Play – Theatrical Footwear: 1901 | Mrs Daffodil Digresses

SHOEING FOR A NEW PLAY. Footwear a Big Item in a Stage Production—Cost from $1000 to $1600 Some Trials of a Theatrical Bootmaker. Through some oversight, the manager of a … Continue reading

07/22/2018 · 2 Comments

War, love and weirdness: A Matter of Life and Death – 70 years on | Film | The Guardian

I’m sure I’ve posted about this film before but I make no apologies for re-blogging The Guardian’s article as I love the tale to pieces! The opening scenes of A … Continue reading

06/18/2018 · 10 Comments

Old Vic Theatre celebrates 200th birthday: 7 fascinating things you never knew | London Evening Standard

‘Dare, always dare,’ reads a sign that shines bright across the Old Vic foyer. These words are inspired by a sign the theatre’s former manager, Lilian Baylis, kept on her … Continue reading

05/20/2018 · 3 Comments

Rochdale News | News Headlines | Appeal for Gracie Fields memories for new biography – Rochdale Online

It is 40 years next year since the death of Rochdale and Britain’s first superstar, Dame Gracie Fields. To commemorate the anniversary, Seb. Lassandro, the president of the Dame Gracie … Continue reading

05/19/2018 · 1 Comment

Greta Garbo in “The Temptress” (1926) | FROM THE BYGONE

I find photographs of Garbo impossible to ignore! Click for more Greta Garbo in “The Temptress” (1926) | FROM THE BYGONE

05/10/2018 · 5 Comments

The Old Vic is throwing a free party and parade for its 200th birthday

The extremely venerable Old Vic will be celebrating its double centenary this Saturday (May 12) with a series of free events, kicking off with a jolly good old-fashioned procession featuring special dance, theatre and opera … Continue reading

05/10/2018 · 2 Comments

Riot at the King’s Theatre in 1813 – All Things Georgian

On Saturday 1st May 1813 at the King’s theatre a serious disturbance broke out, proceeding apparently a call from the audience for the reappearance of Madame Catalani, who had withdrawn … Continue reading

05/01/2018 · 3 Comments

Amazing Vintage Photos of Actresses attending the Film Festival in Cannes during the Sixties | FROM THE BYGONE

The Cannes Film Festival was founded in 1946. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. via Amazing Vintage Photos of … Continue reading

05/01/2018 · 1 Comment

A flying visit – A Shakespearean story arc… | Sue Vincent’s Daily Echo

The afternoon was drawing to a close and the chill of early spring was settling over Stratford-upon-Avon as we made our way back towards the car. There were still many … Continue reading

04/10/2018 · 6 Comments

Shakespeare in Politics: Ustinov’s Romanoff and Juliet

On the 2nd of April 1956, German-Russian born director Peter Ustinov’s screenplay Romanoff and Juliet premiered as a theatrical performance in Manchester, England. A Broadway production followed an… Source: Shakespeare … Continue reading

04/02/2018 · Leave a comment

Madhubala, a Bollywood Legend Whose Tragic Life Mirrored Marilyn Monroe’s

A Bollywood legend whose tragic life mirrored Marilyn Monroe’s. via Madhubala, a Bollywood Legend Whose Tragic Life Mirrored Marilyn Monroe’s

03/30/2018 · 1 Comment

London’s Cinema Museum is keeping cinephilia alive. Can it be saved? | Sight & Sound | BFI

The threatened sale of the south London premises of the Cinema Museum would sacrifice a rare, grassroots collection of cinephile memorabilia – and a key community resource – to the forces … Continue reading

03/17/2018 · 6 Comments

The Life of Actress, Mary Wells – All Things Georgian

Mary Stephens Davies was baptised on 14th December 1761 in the village of Little Haywood near Colwich, Staffordshire, the daughter of Thomas Davies and his wife, Anna. At the tender age of … Continue reading

03/16/2018 · 2 Comments

GIULIETTA MASINA (1921-1994) – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

Giulietta Masina (1921-1994). Click here for more photos: GIULIETTA MASINA – Beauty Bellezza Beauté

03/13/2018 · 2 Comments

How ‘Strange Fruit’ Killed Billie Holiday – Progressive.org

“Strange Fruit” may have been written by American songwriter and poet Abel Meeropol (a.k.a. Lewis Allen), but ever since Billie Holiday sang the three brief stanzas to music in 1937, she’s … Continue reading

03/07/2018 · 1 Comment

Preserving Vivien Leigh’s Photo Albums – Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier

I’ve been collecting original Vivien Leigh (and Laurence Olivier, but mostly Vivien) memorabilia in earnest for about 10 years now. It began with vintage fan magazines and playbills, and gradually … Continue reading

02/06/2018 · 1 Comment

Theatre and Morality: Synge’s Playboy of the Western World | A R T L▼R K

On the 26th of January 1907, The Playboy of the Western World, a three-act drama, written by Irish playwright John Millington Synge, was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in … Continue reading

01/26/2018 · 3 Comments

Richard Wroughton (1749-1822): Actor – All Things Georgian

In a previous blog post ‘Miss Jenny Davis as a bride’ we briefly mentioned Richard Wroughton, so thought we would take a closer look at him to see if we … Continue reading

01/25/2018 · 1 Comment

London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket goes up for sale | Stage | The Guardian

London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket, which has staged premieres of Oscar Wilde plays and was John Gielgud’s temporary home during the blitz, has been put up for sale by its owners. … Continue reading

01/24/2018 · 3 Comments

Henry Montague: First Shepherd of the Lambs

Just a quick shout out to honor the natal day of actor Henry James Montague (Henry John Mann, 1843-1878). Montagu came to our attention through that eerie, ghostly portrait above, … Continue reading

01/20/2018 · 1 Comment

Pass the popcorn: a brief introduction to cinemas | Heritage Calling

Film was first shown in Britain in 1896 in temporary fairground booths and converted shops – so-called ‘penny gaffs’ or theatre ‘turns’. What followed was an endless love affair between … Continue reading

01/12/2018 · 6 Comments