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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 18, 2018

What would the Golden Age of Hollywood be without the musical? When one reflects upon classic cinema, one cannot deny that the movie musical was an especially beloved genre of the time. In their heyday, musicals received profound attention from audiences, who were captivated by a combination of fan read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 12, 2018

“I use dancing to embellish, extend or enlarge upon an existing emotion.” –Gower Champion When considering notable dance teams throughout film history, it is easy to come up with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers as a perfect example of one. However, the teaming of Marge and Gower Champion read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jan 1, 2018

“And I’m grateful, too, to have been in a business in which you can work as long as you can walk.” –Una Merkel Una Merkel may aptly be labeled as Hollywood’s Best Friend. Throughout her colorful career as a character actress, she supported many leading film personalities. From working with read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 27, 2017

While Hollywood studios often end their films happily and with distinct resolution, the same sense of joyful closure does not necessarily apply to everyone off-screen. Many actors and actresses experience great success, but many also encounter harsh challenges in their personal lives. At their wors read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 22, 2017

Smile though your heart is aching/ smile even though it’s breaking. These are the opening lines to the song “Smile,” which Charlie Chaplin composed as a soundtrack for his 1936 film, Modern Times. Although we never hear the lyrics in this film since John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons would write read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 15, 2017

[the bartender hands Don his drink] Don Hewes: Can you drown a brunette in this? Mike the Bartender: How tall is she? Don Hewes: Five foot six. Mike the Bartender: [filling the glass a little more] Try this.  –Clinton Sundberg as Mike the Bartender in Easter Parade (1948) Where would films be read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 13, 2017

While actors and actresses in Hollywood are predominantly featured in the advertisements and general press for their films, there are many more people behind the scenes who are crucial to the development and depiction of a story. In order to portray a story, it has to be written first. But what was read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 12, 2017

When Chicago Review Press sent me Tracey Goessel’s The First King of Hollywood: The Life of Douglas Fairbanks, I was especially excited to read it for two reasons: I found myself in a position where I had the opportunity to learn about and teach others of Douglas Fairbanks, and that I was curious read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 11, 2017

Ann Blyth once said, “As an actress, I have always believed that the truer challenge, the deeper obligation, begins after the camera stops. My role as a woman in my community and in my home has always overshadowed the excitement of any part I have ever played on stage or screen.” Blyth’s Wedd read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 10, 2017

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone when I note that I am a fan of classic Hollywood. I am wildly enthusiastic about hearing the stories and lore behind any actors and actresses whose roots are embedded within the history of classic cinema. I love reading the “good, bad, and ugly” about read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 9, 2017

Although roughly 60 years have passed since the death of James Dean, his story and image fascinate filmgoers to this day. His personification of cool and epitomization of rebellion resound like a symphony to frustrated youth. A disciple of method acting, Dean did not merely portray his characters; read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Dec 4, 2017

Fred and Ginger. Their first names alone sweep our thoughts into images of slender silhouettes—usually a shimmering, ruffled gown, effortlessly whirling around a sharp top hat, white tie, and tails. In other instances, they delighted audiences with the vigorous staccato of taps, pounding out a boun read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 30, 2017

“Life is wonderful, but it’s very dangerous. If you have the courage to live it, it’s marvelous.” These words, spoken by beloved actor Lionel Barrymore, serve as the backbone to Edmund Goulding’s stunning 1932 drama, Grand Hotel. Grand Hotel is ultimately a celebration of life in the face read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 11, 2017

“The better the teacher, the better the future of America.” –Eve Arden As someone with a background in teaching high school English, you can safely bet that I hold a special place in my heart for Eve Arden and her work in Our Miss Brooks. Eve is one of my favorite comediennes and read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Nov 7, 2017

“All life, no matter how we idealize it, is nothing more nor less than exploitation.” –Friedrich Nietzsche While films of the Pre-Code Hollywood era boast many shades of sin and scandal, none are quite as salacious and as sexually-charged as Alfred E. Green’s Baby Face (1933 read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 18, 2017

“The kids keep telling me I should try this new ‘Method Acting’ but I’m too old, I’m too tired, and I’m too talented to care.” –Spencer Tracy Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy are one of the most notable on-screen duos in classic cinema. They could read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 13, 2017

“In my judgement there is nothing more important for us Catholics to do at the present moment [July 1939] than to use our energies in stemming the tide of racial bigotry and hostility.” –Joseph Breen While I typically tend to focus on actors and actresses throughout my articles, i read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Oct 5, 2017

  If you enjoy lighthearted collegiate musicals, then I have Good News for you! Set in the Roaring Twenties at fictitious Tait College, football star Tommy Marlowe falls in love with his tutor, Connie Lane. Driven by the book by Laurence Schwab and B.G. DeSylva, and with lyrics by DeSylva, Lew read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Sep 29, 2017

“It hit every paper the next day: the Cinderella story. Of course they said it was a starring role. I had one line, but you know about those things.” –Barbara Hale Actress Barbara Hale was one who performed on many different mediums, but ultimately carried out one of her most memo read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 28, 2017

“I didn’t quit movies. They quit me.” –Jane Powell Hollywood has certainly had its fair share of child stars, and Jane Powell is no exception. Thanks to many studio musicals, audiences saw Jane grow up on the screen from a charming teenager to a confident leading lady, while constantly showcasing read more
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