Category Archives: Guest Posts

Celebrating Judy Garland’s Birthday with Her Friend and Confidante, Dottie Ponedel (Exclusive Guest Post by Author Danny Miller)

  Celebrating Judy Garland’s Birthday with Her Friend and Confidante, Dottie Ponedel Judy Garland and Dottie Ponedel always found time for laughs on set. Today marks the 96th anniversary of the birth of Judy Garland, by any measure one of … Continue reading

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Hollywood at Play: Evolution of Photography Styles with Publicity Stills, Exclusive Guest Post by Author Mary Mallory

  Evolution of Photography Styles with Publicity Stills Never a trendsetter, always a follower, motion picture still photography has evolved over 100 years, aping popular processes and styles inaugurated and practiced for decades by art photographers and journalists. Technological advancements … Continue reading

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Barbara La Marr: Life on Her Own Terms, Exclusive Guest Post by Author Sherri Snyder

Barbara La Marr: Life on Her Own Terms Guest Post by Author Sherri Snyder Barbara La Marr, circa early 1924; Melbourne Spurr image. Born into an era governed by stifling Victorian mores, a time when many women led lives of … Continue reading

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From Heavies to Heroes – Exclusive Post by Authors James Bawden and Ron Miller (You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet)

From Heavies to Heroes Interviews with Classic Stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood Ever since Humphrey Bogart went from being a gangster-type heavy in the 1930s to being a tough guy anti-hero in the 1940s, actors have been able … Continue reading

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Hollywood at Play: The History and Use of Publicity Stills, Exclusive Guest Post by Author Mary Mallory

The History and Use of Publicity Stills In the early decades of the Twentieth Century before the invention of television and the internet, the Hollywood motion picture industry sold itself and its products to the general public through the use … Continue reading

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The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy – Exclusive Guest Post by Author Alan K. Rode (Michael Curtiz: A Life)

The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy The notion for a biographical film about legendary show business powerhouse George M. Cohan had been kicking around Hollywood since the late 1930s. The father of American musical comedy claimed to be born on … Continue reading

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Interviews with Classic Horror Stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era – Exclusive Post by Authors James Bawden and Ron Miller (You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet)

You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet Interviews with Classic Horror Stars If you’re an actor best known for playing monsters, madmen or maniacal killers, how do you cope with a career image that’s so mired in the dark side of life? … Continue reading

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Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft: Exclusive Guest Post by Author Douglass K. Daniel

 Mel and Anne, Hollywood’s best matched opposites… Was one of entertainment’s oddest couples – the dramatic actress Anne Bancroft and the wacky comic genius Mel Brooks – all that much a mismatch? That’s a question I pondered at times when … Continue reading

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Hollywood at Play: Photo Favorites Exclusive Guest Post by Author Mary Mallory

Hollywood at Play: Photo Favorites Before the advent of television and the internet, motion picture studios relied on publicity stills published in magazines and newspapers to sell entertainment to filmgoers. The studios shot millions of photographs to fit any kind … Continue reading

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Anne Bancroft’s ‘Noir’ Side: Exclusive Guest Post by Author Douglass K. Daniel

Anne Bancroft’s ‘Noir Side’ In her twenties actress Anne Bancroft had just what a film noir needed, the kind of smoky beauty a guy would take a bullet for. She turned up in a handful of movies in the 1950s … Continue reading

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