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Clara Bow and Gilbert Roland: Brief Romance, Lasting Tenderness

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Dec 14, 2013

I am hoping that someday a movie will be made about the life of Clara Bow. Not a trashy version based on scandals, but an insightful depiction of a life filled with enough tragedy and heartbreak to give those Greeks a run for their money. God knows this poor woman was exploited  enough in her l read more

Book Review: ANN DVORAK: HOLLYWOOD'S FORGOTTEN REBEL by Christina Rice

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Nov 17, 2013

Ann Dvorak is one of my favorite actresses. Not a star of the magnitude of Barbara Stanwyck or Joan Crawford or her Warner Brothers team mate, Bette Davis, she certainly deserves more than the usual “who”” or “I don’t know anything about her” that are the usual re read more

WHAT A CHARACTER: TONY RANDALL

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Nov 8, 2013

This post is my entry in the What a Character Blogathon, sponsored by Once Upon a Screen, Outspoken & Freckled, and Paula's Cinema Club. Click on the links to these super blogs to read more about all of those marvelous characters that make the movies great! There are not many 100% true stat read more

The Magical Mystery Tour Inside My Head

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Oct 28, 2013

No – this is not a post about the Beatles. It’s about the wonder and magic and endlessly enchanting internal journey that is my love of film. It’s why I write this blog – to give voice to and share that private and personal world of living stories in the dark. Watching read more

Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait by Kendra Bean

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Oct 20, 2013

Oh joy! I have a beautiful new book on my coffee table! Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait by Kendra Bean is not a comprehensive biography of the actress. For that, you should refer to Anne Edwards' excellent biography published in 1977. Kendra's book focuses on Leigh's career as an actres read more

SCANDAL! Clara Bow: The It Girl's Lifestyle on Trial

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Oct 14, 2013

Welcome to 2013 - a year of scandals at A Person in the Dark. Yes, I love movies, but I confess I am a sucker for those juicy Hollywood scandals of old. October's scandal: Clara Bow and the Hired Help The irresistible Clara Bow The troubled life of Clara Bow is legendary. Behind the v read more

I'll Take Manhattan (on a TCM Tour!)

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Sep 29, 2013

While not exactly Hollywood, New York City can puff out its chest when it comes to iconic movie sites and proudly call itself the most filmed city in the world.  As both a tribute and an education, Turner Classic Movies and On Location Tours is offering a 3-hour tour (yes, a 3-hour tour) e read more

IT'S MOVIE STAR MAD LIBS: THE RESULTS SHOW!

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Sep 13, 2013

The results are in! Enjoy and thanks to all who played along! JAN MINER: JOHN WAYNE and ELIZABETH TAYLOR were asked to host the Oscars. They thought this would be a good idea to promote their new film called "THE BOISTEROUS LAMPSHADE.” As hosts, were asked to do a musical number together read more

LET'S PLAY MOVIE STAR MAD LIBS!

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Sep 7, 2013

I love to play word games and I am hoping you will join me! Mad Libs was a word game I loved as a kid. I am asking all readers to send me the requested word types listed below to help me complete my Movie Star Mad Libs story. Just note your choices in the comment space and I will publish your sto read more

Queen Kelly: Norma and Max's Wild Ride

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Aug 30, 2013

Some stories are so perfectly symmetrical you just have to sit back in amazement and feel that the universe is truly some magical Rubiks Cube. I am blessed to live in a location that affords me the opportunity to see silent films on the big screen with live accompaniment (usually by the there read more

DON'T YOU JUST HATE IT WHEN.......

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Aug 18, 2013

Don't you just hate it when an artist's work is judged by the personal life of the artist? Doesn't it just irk you if someone declares their dislike based upon an artist's  love life, family life or political affiliation? Well, it really bugs me, and here are three of my pet peev read more

BLUE JASMINE: Woody takes a cable car named Desire

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Aug 9, 2013

Imagine if Blanche DuBois was married to Bernie Madoff and you have an idea of the flavor of Woody Allen's latest film, "Blue Jasmine." As the story of Jasmine French (a scorching performance by Cate Blanchett) unfolds, you can't help but immediately think of Ruth Madoff, the elegant, suffering read more

SCANDAL! One Night at Jean Harlow's: Was it Murder or Suicide?

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Aug 3, 2013

Welcome to 2013 - a year of scandals at A Person in the Dark. Yes, I love movies, but I confess I am a sucker for those juicy Hollywood scandals of old. August's scandal: The Death of Paul Bern When 21 year old blonde bombshell Jean Harlow wed 42 year old MGM producer Paul Bern in 19 read more

My Favorite Movie Books: My Lunches With Orson

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jul 28, 2013

Orson Welles: hmmm.... well, as I read "My Lunches With Orson: Conversations Between Henry Jaglom and Orson Welles" I liked him, admired him, didn't like him so much, was charmed by him, felt sorry for him, was awed by him and amused by him. In real life, Orson had much better table manners Ed read more

Barbara Stanwyck in “Christmas in Connecticut”: Just One of Us

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jul 16, 2013

This is my contribution to the Barbara Stanwyck blogathon hosted by Aubyn at The Girl With the White Parasol. Click here to see the many tributes laid at the feet of the great Missy. I don't "do" diapers! Barbara Stanwyck was the greatest movie actress. Period. Maybe not the greatest film actres read more

John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars by Eve Golden

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jul 7, 2013

John Gilbert's ex-wife Leatrice Joy compared him to mercury, but he was never swift enough to outrun his demons. In "John Gilbert: Last of the Silent Film Stars," Eve Golden gives us story of a great star whose fall was legendary. The story of John Gilbert, in some form or another, has always b read more

You're Invited! Joan Crawford's July 4th House Party

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jun 29, 2013

Say what you want about our Joan, she knows how to throw a party. When it comes to being a hostess, Joan leaves nothing to chance. And because she's a patriotic gal, she wouldn't dream of letting Independence Day go by without a swell shindig at her place with all of her good friends (and you, read more

What's Cooking? Great Cinema Cooking Scenes

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jun 23, 2013

I hate to cook. I love the idea of cooking, but I confess, my oven is used for storage and I'd be lost without a microwave. Brooks cooks: Do you honestly think Louise knew her way around the kitchen? But since I love to eat, I really do appreciate the skill and creativity that tales place in the read more

Ann Dvorak Bests Bette Davis Again (and she's "just a housewife")

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jun 17, 2013

Housewife (1934) Sadly, this advertisement is more interesting than the film. "Housewife," a Warner Brothers factory product of 1934, is pretty much a stinker (but not, as Bette Davis referred to it years later, "a horror"). Bette probably hated it because her part, as the vampish bachelor-career read more

Scandal! Mabel and Edna's New Year's Celebration

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on May 29, 2013

Welcome to 2013 - a year of scandals at A Person in the Dark. Yes, I love movies, but I confess I am a sucker for those juicy Hollywood scandals of old. May's scandal: Mabel Normand and Edna Purviance party down! Best buds Mabel & Edna party with playboy Courtland Dines on his yacht P read more
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