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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 18, 2022

“It appeared as if I had invited the audience into the water with me, and it conveyed the sensation that being in there was absolutely delicious.” –Esther Williams Esther Williams was a beloved actress and competitive swimmer, setting regional and national records as a teenager. Bo read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 13, 2022

Anne Bancroft was a woman of many talents. She was especially impactful in dramatic performances, offering memorable appearances in The Miracle Worker (1962) and The Graduate (1967). Throughout her career, she won an Oscar, two Tony Awards, and two Emmy Awards. A biography about Bancroft’s lif read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 13, 2022

Throughout the course of film history, women have been influential both on and off the screen. Nonetheless, there are many impactful women whose names we do not hear and recognize as often as we should. Filmmaking has captured the interest of women since the early days of the industry, leading women read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 9, 2022

While there are many wartime films about homecoming, none are quite so balanced in comedy and drama as Preston Sturges’s Hail the Conquering Hero (1944). This satirical film tells the story of Woodrow, who is discharged from the military for chronic hay fever. After a chance encounter with som read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 7, 2022

Portrait of Jennie (1948) is nothing short of haunting. Beautifully shot with an esoteric feel, the film captures the spirit of a star-crossed love letter. A fantasy film based upon Robert Nathan’s novella of the same name, the film tells the story of an artist named Eben, living in 1934, who read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 4, 2022

In honor of National Classic Movie Day (May 16th), Classic Film & TV Cafe is hosting the Four Favorite Noirs Blogathon. I am delighted to spotlight some of my favorite film noirs as part of the festivities! It was hard to whittle my favorites down to just four, but here is my best attempt: Doubl read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 2, 2022

Oscar Levant is remembered as an American concert pianist with a sharp wit and an air of melancholy. In addition to his unmistakable talent as a pianist, he was a composer, music conductor, author, game show panelist, talk show host, comedian, and actor. Transitioning through the mediums of radio, f read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 1, 2022

Percy Helton was a beloved character actor during the Golden Age of Hollywood, in addition to performing on stage and on television. He was born Percy Alfred Helton on January 31, 1894, in Manhattan, New York. His father was Alfred “Alf” Helton, who worked as a stage actor, and young Helton followed read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 28, 2022

Dr. Annette Bochenek loves to take Hometowns to Hollywood on the road–in person or virtually–in order to offer fun and engaging presentations about Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her presentations range from focusing on various subjects related to Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to pres read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 11, 2022

Classic film fans can REJOICE! Happy days are here again with the return of the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival and there are so many wonderful films, panel discussions, and guest appearances to enjoy with fellow cinephiles. This will be my second time attending the festival, and frankly, read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 10, 2022

Each of us likely has movies, books, or songs that we find special–I know I do. Moreover, I find that some of my favorite movies resound with me in different ways during different moments of my life. They offer me an escape, a new perspective, a sense of nostalgia, or even teach me something n read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 10, 2022

Though the name Hal Wallis may not be as familiar as the names of other producers during Hollywood’s Golden Age, his career is well worth studying. The films he produced are certainly remembered today, including Jezebel (1938), Casablanca (1942), Now, Voyager (1942), and more. In Hal Wallis: read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 9, 2022

Buster Keaton was nothing short of a comic genius. A man of many talents, he awed and entertained audiences of his day and continues to inspire artists and delight audiences all over the world. An actor, director, comedian, stunt artist, screenwriter, and filmmaker, Keaton was innovative with his ph read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 9, 2022

Among the many on- and off-screen talents required to create a film is the critical role of the director. Directors with a keen artistic vision have sculpted and saved many films, playing an integral part in bringing a script to the screen. In The Essential Directors: The Art and Impact of Cinema&# read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 8, 2022

George Stevens was a highly accomplished director during the Golden Age of Hollywood, having worked on films including A Place in the Sun (1951), Shane (1953), Giant (1956), and The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). In My Place in the Sun: Life in the Golden Age of Hollywood and Washington by George Steve read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 8, 2022

Classic Hollywood would certainly not have been the same if it were not for the many beloved musicals that were produced during the filmmaking industry’s golden years. From films like The Jazz Singer (1927) to 42nd Street (1933), Darryl F. Zanuck, in particular, revolutionized the movie musica read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 8, 2022

Many classic films were made all the more invigorating, exciting, and memorable through the incorporation of high-energy action sequences and impressive stunt work. In Danger on the Silver Screen: 50 Films Celebrating Cinema’s Greatest Stunts, Scott McGee takes readers on a fascinating adventu read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 8, 2022

The names Herman J. and Joseph L. Mankiewicz are nothing short of legendary, as the brothers wrote, produced, and directed over 150 films. Among their many achievements, Herman wrote the screenplay for Citizen Kane (1941), while Joseph wrote and directed All About Eve (1950). Though the brothers dr read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 1, 2022

Lola Lane was borne Dorothy H. Mulligan on May 21, 1906, in Macy, Indiana, to Lorenzo and Cora Mulligan. Her father worked as a dentist in addition to renting out parts of their 22-room home to Simpson College students. Her mother was a former reporter with dreams of becoming an actress, but her Met read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Mar 30, 2022

In honor of the 2022 Academy Awards, I was invited to participate in Karie Bible’s Hollywood Kitchen Oscar Cook-Along for 2022. This year, the theme was “They SHOULD have won an Oscar…they didn’t…and that stinks!” For this episode, I baked Irene Dunne‘s vin read more
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