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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

Hayley Mills: Let The British Invasion Begin!

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

This is my contribution to the Children in Film Blogathon hosted by Comet Over Hollywood. Click HERE to read about more talented tinseltown tykes! Before the Beatles, before Carnaby Street, before Twiggy, my heart had already been invaded by the British. Hayley Mills was my favorite pre read more

The Great Gatsby - In Baz We Trust

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on May 11, 2013

From the moment that I heard Leonardo DiCaprio was cast as Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," I have been counting the hours until the moment when I could see this on the big screen. It was a long wait, with its planned December 2012 release delayed until now. But, I finally got to don read more

HOLIDAY (1930): There's Something About Mary (Astor, that is)

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on May 6, 2013

This is my entry in the Mary Astor Blogathon hosted by Tales of the Easily Distracted and Silver Screenings . Click here for all who agree that there is just something about Mary! Cary Grant is Johnny Case and Katharine Hepburn is Linda Seton in the film version of the Philip Barry play "Holiday read more

NOVEL NOIR: TAKE HER FOR A RIDE

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

Are you one of those people who knows more about old Hollywood than anyone else in your circle of friends? Do you know who was who at every major studio? Do you know the seamy side of the silver screen? Do you think you have a book in you? Steven M. Painter, a film read more

ANTICIPATION: OH GATSBY, PLEASE BE GREAT!

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Apr 21, 2013

The countdown to the days before the film I have anticipated forever has begun!! F.Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is my favorite novel. It is compact, spare, gorgeous, heartbreaking and haunting. Its theme of America being a place anyone can reinvent themselves is one that makes the classi read more

Scandal! Charlie Chaplin Part 2

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Apr 17, 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. April's Scandal: Charlie Chaplin Part 2: Charlie, Joan Barry & Uncle Sam Once America's most beloved star, Chaplin is fingerprinted lik read more

The Roaring Twenties: The Biggest Shot of Them All

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Apr 12, 2013

This is my contribution to the James Cagney Blogathon, hosted by The Movie Projector. Click HERE for more, more, more about Mr. Cagney, the man who could do it all. Simply Irresistible Before I dive into this film, let me first say that, in my book, James Cagney could do no wrong. I love almost read more

Amazon Knows Me (or so they think)

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

I wandered over to Amazon to see if I could purchase the 1930 version of "Holiday" starring Mary Astor (for the upcoming Mary Astor Blogathon). Bad luck - they don't have it. Amazon thinks I should be watching a lot of Carole Lombard But, while I was there, I clicked on to "My Amazon" at my fa read more

Giving Them The Slip: When Passion Meets Fashion

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Mar 25, 2013

This is my contribution to The Hollywood Revue's Fashion in Film Blogathon. Click HERE for more fashion, more fun and more fabulosity! Joyce Compton approves of Barbara Kent's slip  According to Wikipedia, the slip is: "a woman's undergarment worn beneath a dress  read more

Rita Hayworth: American Exotic

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

Film historian David Shipman had this to say about Rita Hayworth in his masterful "The Great Movies Stars: The Golden Years": "The appellation 'The Love Goddess' has been used about a dozen stars, but mostly about Rita Hayworth. Whatever other girls had - and sexy, desirable girls were never in sho read more

Scandal! Charlie Chaplin - Part 1

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Mar 10, 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. March's scandal: Charlie Chaplin & Lita Grey Charlie and Lillita Louise MacMurray In 1924 Charlie Chaplin was one of the world's most read more

Castle on the Hudson: I'll Do Anything To Get Outta Here!

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

This is my contribution to the John Garfield 100th Birthday Blogathon, hosted by They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To.  Please take the time to read all of the wonderful tributes to this very special actor. Let's see.... tough but charming hoodlum lives the high life in the Big Apple. He read more

A Lover's Scandal! Ingrid Bergman: Influence of Evil

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Feb 11, 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. February's Scandal: Ingrid Bergman - from Saint to Whore WTF? It is hard to believe that this woman was once denounced on the US Senate f read more

Garbo vs. Gable: The Talkies Have Won

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Feb 2, 2013

Susan Lenox (Her fall and Rise)....the fall of silence, the rise of sound Garbo and Gable: what a pair! MGM was notoriously dense when providing Garbo with a suitable leading man, but here they nailed it. They walk in beauty In 1931, Greta Garbo was more than a queen of the movies. Like the emp read more

Scandal! Roscoe Arbuckle's Day Off

A Person in the Dark Posted by FlickChick on Jan 19, 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. January's Scandal: Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle Hollywood in the early part of the twentieth century was a tough place. The work was hard and the read more

Book Review: "Mae Murray: The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips" by Michael G. Ankerich

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

Like the fictional Lina Lamont of “Singin’ in the Rain,” the real-life Mae Murray was “a shimmering, glowing star in the cinema firmament." While real people walked on the ground, Mae Murray fluttered above it on gauzy fairy wings. While real people breathed oxygen, Mae Murra read more
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