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Mini Tribute: Theda Bara and Fort Lee NJ, Classic Movie Travels

Born July 29, 1885 Theda Bara “I have the face of a vampire, but the heart of a feminist.” Silent Screen Siren, Theda Bara, made over 40 films from 1914 through 1926 (all but three from 1914-1919), becoming one of cinema’s … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: The Music Box Steps

Walking in the Steps of Laurel and Hardy! The Music Box Steps have long been high on my list of must-see classic movie sites. But, even I was surprised by the overwhelming giddiness I felt when my doppelganger film-fan-friends* and I piled … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: Andy and Don Take Manhattan

Andy Griffith and Don Knotts: A Manhattan Walking Tour Though Andy Griffith and Don Knotts were creatures of Hollywood, best remembered as stars of The Andy Griffith Show, both men spent their formative years in New York. Don first journeyed … Continue reading

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The Other California Film History (Exclusive Guest Post by Author H. P. Oliver)

The Other California Film History Most vintage movie fans know about southern California’s motion picture heritage and the region’s outstanding museums dedicated to preserving film history. Relatively few of those fans, however, know about the unique role northern California played … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: Lana Turner from Wallace Idaho to Hollywood California

Born Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner… When I think of the genesis of some of the most glamorous movie queens, I think of Lana Turner sipping a Coke at the Top Hat Cafe. Though the story of her discovery is … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: Francis Farmer from Seattle to Indianapolis

Francis Farmer… A Turbulent Journey When I relayed the complicated tale of Frances Farmer’s life to a friend of mine, his response was, “Now, that would make an interesting movie.” I immediately pointed him to the 1982 film, Frances, starring Jessica … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: The Great Katharine Hepburn of Fenwick, Connecticut

“I am Katharine Hepburn of Fenwick, Connecticut.” Sharp-witted and sophisticated, Katharine Hepburn was a pivotal figure in Golden Age cinema. Her independent life and strong-willed movie characters cemented her as a role model for multiple generations of women. She maintained … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy

The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy Red Skelton is probably one of the most endearing American comics. Maintaining a simple brand of patriotic comedy, stemming from the clowning tradition, Skelton charmed audiences through live performance, radio, and television broadcasts. … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: Essanay Studios Chicago

Before Hollywood, there was Chicago… As a Chicago native, I’ve always been fascinated by my town’s place in early cinema. After all, this was the place for moviemaking. The filmmaking industry had not yet been localized to sunny California just yet. As … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: The Bing Crosby Collection

 Bing’s Spokane and  Gonzaga University… I’d like to take us to the Pacific Northwest to explore the life of an iconic crooner—Tacoma’s Bing Crosby. Bing, or Harry Lillis Crosby Jr., was the fourth of seven children born to brewery bookkeeper … Continue reading

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