Category Archives: Posts by Annette Bochenek

Classic Movie Travels: Spencer Tracy and Milwaukee Wisconsin

Classic Movie Travels: Spencer Tracy and Milwaukee Wisconsin “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 … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: Barbara Hale, Chicago Illinois

Classic Movie Travels: Barbara Hale, Chicago Area Barbara Hale “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 … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: Jane Powell, Portland Oregon

Classic Movie Travels Hometowns to Hollywood: Jane Powell, Portland Oregon “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 … Continue reading

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Classic Movie Travels: Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle One of the most memorable flappers of the 1920s was actress Colleen Moore. In fact, beloved writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote: “I was the spark that lit up Flaming Youth, Colleen Moore was the torch. What little things we … 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: Newton, Massachusetts and the Great Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon’s Peculiar ‘Debut’ in Newton, Massachusetts…  Some actors are brilliant in comedies alone. Other actors are definitively dramatic. And then there’s Jack Lemmon. As an actor, Lemmon brought a quirky charm to each of his films—a charm that was … 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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