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I WENT TO SEE A DOUBLE FEATURE AND FELL IN LOVE WITH ROBERT PRESTON.

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Mar 30, 2012

Ye Gods! I went to see Natalie Wood and fell in love with Robert Preston. Oh, it was an adolescent crush, to be sure, but it just won't go away! Remember double features? In the world of the less-than-5 minute attention span and no time for anything, it was perfectly normal to go to the read more

Bitches and Blaggards: Gail Patrick and Clifton Webb

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Mar 18, 2012

This is the third in the "Bitches and Blaggards" series; monthly posts devoted to my favorite movie bad girls and rogues. A bitch is a selfish, malicious woman. A blaggard is a villain, a rogue and a black-hearted man. Both are bad, both are devastatingly alluring.Gail Patri read more

What the Nitrate Gave Me: Life Lessons from the Silent Stars

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Mar 14, 2012

Jennifer at Flappers Flickers & Silent Stanzas and I are swapping posts this week. She has graced "A Person in the Dark" with this wonderful article about Theda Bara. To read my post on Charlie Chaplin, swing on over to Jennifer's beautiful site at http://silentstanzas.blogspot.com/. Meanwhile, read more

7 x 7 Link Award (2)

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Mar 12, 2012

Kim from 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die has passed the 7x7 Link Award this way. The 7 x 7 Link Award rules are as follows: 5 Tell  everyone something that no one else knows about 5 Link to one of my posts that I personally think best fits the following categories: Most Beau read more

John Gilbert: The Artist

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Mar 8, 2012

This is my contribution to the "Gone Too Soon" Blogathon, hosted by Comet Over Hollywood ,where you can see the complete line-up of tributes to those stars who left us too soon. John Gilbert was a silent screen star whose specialty was hot-house, throbbing romance. He was a great star in t read more

Reconsidering: Paulette Goddard

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Mar 4, 2012

I've had to change my mind about quite a few performers as I get smarter (notice I didn't say "older"?). Stars or films that left me cold when I was dumber (read "younger"), now are more intriguing to me. In fact, some are downright fascinating.The lovely Paulette Goddard is one of those stars. Ther read more

Douglas Fairbanks as Robin Hood: A Renaissance of Joy

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Feb 29, 2012

There is a touch of spring and youth in the air. Could that be Douglas Fairbanks? It seems there is a Douglas Fairbanks Sr. restoration movement afoot. Notice any similarity? How about now? All of a sudden silent films are "in" and Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., one of the most overlooked of read more

My Oscar Disappointments

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Feb 21, 2012

I rarely back a winner. My candidates for public office often lose, any horse I pick stops to smell the roses, and I usually have my fingers crossed for a loser at the annual Academy Awards show. Most of the time I take the Oscar loss with good grace, but there are a few losers that get under my ski read more

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Feb 15, 2012

"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1969) is one of those films that I am never quite done with. No matter how many times I see it, there are things about it that disturb me and make me want to go back for more. I have also changed my view about Jean Brodie over the years, which is probably a good thin read more

When Movie Stars Mate: A Valentines Day Hollywood Hug

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Feb 8, 2012

Twinkle twinkle Movie Star. Your way of love might seem bizarre.But who can know how just one glanceCan start a movie star romance?♥ Some romances cannot be denied! ♥ The Look of Hollywood LoveSome romances don't endure forever, but they sure were fun while they lasted. Mary read more

Miriam Hopkins (Bitch)/Warren William (Blaggard)

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Feb 2, 2012

This is the second in the "Bitches and Blaggards" series; monthly posts devoted to my favorite movie bad girls and rogues. A bitch is a selfish, malicious woman. A blaggard is a villain, a rogue and a black-hearted man. Both are bad, both are devastatingly alluring. Miria read more

The Dark Ladies of Warner Brothers: Ann Dvorak and Kay Francis

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jan 28, 2012

I've sung their praises before, but Ann Dvorak and Kay Francis are two of my favorite actresses. Ann Dvorak Besides being beautiful brunettes, both ladies had a lot in common. Kay Francis Both Ann and Kay: a Spent the best part of their careers under contract at Warner Brothers (a read more

THE PRODUCERS: Zero Bats a Thousand and Mel Hits a Home Run!

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jan 24, 2012

This is my entry in the Classic Movie Blog Association's Comedy Blogathon. Please click here to see the entire gleefully, hysterically, deliriously funny line-up. Great drama, action, and romance are fine, but there is no greater gift to the world than the pure joy of a good laugh that com read more

ATTENTION GOSSIP HOUNDS! PHOTOPLAY - JANUARY 1931

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jan 17, 2012

Oh, to be a movie fan in January 1931! I admit it - I love Hollywood gossip. It would be nice to say I'm above all that and I love the movies for their artistic merit, but I'm not. I love the dish, the dirt, the spectacle, the drama and those little, juicy tidbits about how the west coast glamorous read more

MOVIE BOOKS I LOVE: A SONG IN THE DARK: THE BIRTH OF THE MUSICAL FILM by Richard Barrios

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jan 10, 2012

This is an occasional series featuring my favorite movie books. Before TCM and the internet, the only way to satisfy my passion to know more about Classic Hollywood was through books, books and more books. I've cleared away the clutter over the years, but many remain permanent residents in my home. read more

Mary Astor (Bitch)/George Sanders (Blaggard)

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jan 3, 2012

This is the first in the "Bitches and Blaggards" series; monthly posts devoted to my favorite movie bad girls and rogues. A bitch is a selfish, malicious woman. A blaggard is a villain, a rogue and a black-hearted man. Both are bad, both are devastatingly alluring. Mary AstorMary read more

NORMA'S "NEW" NEW YEAR'S EVE

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Dec 30, 2011

The sixth and final chapter of the Norma Desmond Chronicles. Norma got off on a temporary insanity plea, did a short stint in a spa-like psych center and is now free in Hollywood. She's back and better than ever! New Year's Eve was the start of a horrible mess; A grave misunderstanding at Norma read more

THE ARTIST (3)

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Dec 27, 2011

A new silent film! Oh, I had my fingers and toes crossed before walking into the theater. I have looked forward to this film for so long, I prayed I wouldn't be disappointed. Is it possible that this movie, which has gotten so much "buzz," could actually live up to all of the praise heaped read more

Thank You, Santa!

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Dec 23, 2011

Dear Santa: What, oh what, should I get my darling little wife, FlickChick, for Christmas?Flicky can be so picky!Should I get her: A diamond tiara?No.....it might tangle her lovely hair. A new Bentley?No...she never learned to drive a stick shift. A house in the country?No... too far from the sh read more

DUELING DIVAS: HANDICAPPING DAPHNE VS. JOSEPHINE

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Dec 20, 2011

Were there ever any hotter dueling divas than Daphne and Josephine of "Some Like it Hot"? These two fillies were in competition from the word "go." It's a close race, so lets examine their record and form before placing our bets. Best LegsDaphne: slightly bowed, ankles weakJosephine: good muscle ton read more
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