Michael York Autographed Blu-Ray Giveaway (via Twitter March 6-April 1)


“Something for Everyone” Blu-Ray
Michael York Autographed Copies to Giveaway

Well, this month we have a very special giveaway courtesy of Kino Lorber! We are happy to say that from now until Saturday April 1, we’ll be giving away 4 Michael York autographed copies of “Something for Everyone” on Twitter (another blog post will follow later this week, in which we’ll be giving away 1 more autographed copy via our Facebook/Blog version of the contest). And, yes, you can enter both contests to increase your odds of winning! And, for those of you who don’t have Twitter, there is an alternate way to enter below…

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this Twitter contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, April 1 at 10PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on four different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below… So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • March 11: One Winner
  • March 18: One Winner
  • March 25: One Winner
  • April 1: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub (or this blog, depending how you entered), the day after each winner is picked at 10PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winners on Sunday March 12 at 10PM EST.

If you’re also on Facebook, please feel free to visit us at Classic Movie Hub on Facebook for additional giveaways (or check back on this Blog in a few days) — because we’ll be giving away ONE MORE prize via Facebook/Blog as well!

something for everyone starring michael york and angela lansbury

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, April 1 at 10PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message:
Just entered to win the “Something for Everyone” #MichaelYork autographed #BluRay #Giveaway courtesy of @KinoLorber and @ClassicMovieHub

Which of Michael York’s films is your favorite and why? And, if you haven’t seen a Michael York film yet, why do you want to win this Blu-Ray?

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

About the film: Newly re-mastered in HD! Seduction and Murder Scandalizes German Nobility! The great Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote) and Michael York (Cabaret) star in this slick blend of drama and black comedy with a fairy tale setting in a Bavarian castle. In post WWII Germany, the aristocratic Von Ornstein family has fallen on hard times. Countess Von Ornstein (Lansbury) can’t maintain her castle, but things begin to look up with the arrival of a handsome and young footman named Conrad (York) who apparently can do “anything” asked of him. Determined to become a member of nobility, Conrad one by one, cons, seduces, corrupts and compromises everyone who crosses his path. Set in the authentic 100-year-old castle, this polished mix of humor and suspense with a great twist ending truly offers Something For Everyone. Legendary Broadway producer, Harold Prince (West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof) made his feature film directorial debut with this handsome production written by Hugh Wheeler (Sweeney Todd) and based on the celebrated classic novel, The Cook by Harry Kressing.

You can visit Kino Lorber on their website, on Twitter at @KinoLorber or on Facebook.

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

For complete rules, click here.

And if you can’t wait to win, you can buy it here on amazon:


Good Luck!


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub


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National Women’s History Month: Breaking Barriers


Women’s History Month
Breaking Barriers

When it comes to being a person of color in Hollywood, it’s never been easy. Even today there is still a troubling lack of non-white faces on the silver screen as demonstrated by last year’s #Oscarsowhite viral campaign. Now, add being a woman in the mix and go back in time over 60 years…yeah. As I said, not easy. Despite the innate difficulties faced by women of color hoping to shine in an environment so ready to cast them into the shadows, they have always been there, eager to break down the barriers keeping them from realizing their full potential.

Last year I wrote an article about one of these women. Turner Classic Movies was in their second year of Trailblazing Woman programming and I wanted to write about it. The theme I chose was breaking barriers and the actress I focused on: Anna May Wong. But now, I regret that decision. Not writing about Wong, of course – everyone should know her story. What I regret is that I ONLY wrote about Wong. You see, TCM’s night of barrier breaking women included four other women. And for some reason I only focused on one. SMH.

Luckily, most mistakes can be remedied and I’ve decided to do just that. So, for the month of March, which also happens to be Women’s History Month (FYI),  I will be writing of those trail blazing women whose work crossed the color lines and smashed the glass ceiling. In addition to the post about Anna May Wong, the series will feature these four lovely ladies:

lena-horne sings

Lena Horne



Dorothy Dandridge



Hattie McDaniel



Rita Moreno


So be sure to keep an eye out for those. And while you’re at it, might as well go back and read the Anna May Wong post. Consider it a warm up.


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5 Things You May Not Know about Harry Belafonte

5 Things You May Not Know about Harry Belafonte

Harry_Belafonte_portrait Like today is his birthday. Happy 90th Birthday to the legend Harry Belafonte!


In the Navy…


OK, so this may be a promotional picture of Belafonte from Carmen Jones (1954, director Otto Preminger).

Like many young Americans at the on-set of America’s involvement in World War II, Belafonte lied about his age and dropped out of high school to enlist in the Navy. Due to a medical condition, however, he was prohibited from serving overseas. So, instead, he spent much of time reading African American History. Not bad for someone who entered the military only semi-literate.


From the Mop to the Stage


I couldn’t find a picture of Belafonte on the American Negro Theater stage. So enjoy this picture of him instead.

After his honorable discharge from the navy, Belafonte returned home without a particular goal in mind. He ended up in a series of odd jobs and, while working as a janitorial assistant, a tenant gave him two tickets to the American Negro Theater as a gratuity. Well, the tip paid off because soon, Belafonte was obsessed, and an entertainer was born.


A Man of Firsts


That Emmy gold, yo.

When Belafonte broke onto the scene in the mid-1950s, he was quite the innovator. Not only did he introduce Americans to the Afro-Caribbean music of calypso, he also added a raw sexuality to American-folk that was missing from previous folk artists. Oh, he also was the first black man to win a Tony Award and an Emmy award. Not bad, Harry, not bad at all.


He liked to help out other talent


Yup, that’s Bob Dylan’s recording debut

Belafonte believed in sharing his fortunes. When his star sky rocketed, making him one of the best known folk-singers in America, Belafonte was sure to introduce American audiences to great foreign talents such as the south African singer Miriam Makeba and the Greek Nana Mouskouri.  In 1962, he released the album Midnight Special that featured the first profession recording of a young folk-singing harmonica player named Bob Dylan.


Ever the activist


Belafonte, along with Charlton Heston, Burt Lancaster, and Sidney Poitier at The March on Washington.

Belafonte has always been at forefront of political activism. In the 1950/60s, he helped finance not only the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also bankrolled organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and helped organize the 1963 March on Washington. Fast forward 54 years, Belafonte is still fighting the good fight, this time an honorary co-chair of the Women’s March on Washington in 2017. 


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Win Tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: North by Northwest” (Giveaway runs 2/22 through 3/18)

Win Tickets to see “North by Northwest” on the Big Screen!
in Select Cinemas Nationwide Sunday April 2 & Wednesday April 5!

“That’s funny, that plane’s dustin’ crops where there ain’t no crops.”

Look out Cary, here we come :) The Contest is over and the winners are:
Angela D, Samatha E, Colleen, Peter V, Woody, Ana R, Catherine C and Scott P. Check back on Friday 3/24 because we’ll be announcing our next Ticket Giveaway then…

CMH is thrilled to announce the 4th of our 14 movie ticket giveaways this year, courtesy of Fathom Events!

That said, we’ll be giving away EIGHT PAIRS of tickets to see “TCM Big Screen Classics: North by Northwest” – the classic Hitch film starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason (incidentally one of my all-time favorite Hitchcock films) — the way it was meant to be seen — on the Big Screen!

In order to qualify to win a pair of movie tickets via this contest, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, March 18 at 6 PM EST.

We will announce the winner(s) on Twitter on Sunday, March 19, between 6PM EST and 7PM EST. If a winner(s) does not have a Twitter account, we will announce that winner(s) via this blog in the comment section below.

North by Northwest TCM Big Screen Classics Fathom Events

The film will be playing in select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day-only event on Sunday, April 2 and Wednesday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. local time. Winners will be responsible for their own transportation to the Event. Only United States entries are eligible. Please click here before you enter to ensure that the Event is scheduled at a theater near you and that you are able to attend. (please note that there might be slightly different theater listings for each date)

About the film: This Alfred Hitchcock cross-country adventure offers non-stop thrills and a bit of romance. Cary Grant stars as Roger O. Thornhill, a man wrongly accused of murder, who hops on to a train … and into the lap of Eve Kendall (Eva Marie Saint). All the while, he’s pursued by the sinister Philip Vandamm (James Mason), who is convinced that Thornhill is a spy.


north by northwest mount rushmore


ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, March 18 at 6PM EST…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post


What do you love most about “North by Northwest”? And, if you haven’t seen it yet, why do you want to see it on the Big Screen?

2) Then TWEET* (not DM) the following message:

Just entered to win tickets to see “North by Northwest” on the Big Screen courtesy of @ClassicMovieHub & @FathomEvents #TCMBigScreen

*If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

NOTE 2: Due to an unprecedented amount of spam that we get, please give me at least 24 hours to manually find and approve your entry comment.

Please note that only United States residents are eligible to enter this giveaway contest. (see contest rules for further information)

BlogHub members ARE also eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

You can follow Fathom Events on Twitter at @fathomevents

Good Luck!

–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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5 Things You May Not Know About Sidney Poitier


5 Things You May Not Know About Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poiter 1Like that today is his birthday. Happy 90th Birthday to the legend Sidney Poitier.


1.) He’s a Loyalist and a Patriot…

sidney-poitierLoyal to Both The States and The Crown

Sidney Poitier has dual citizenship in the United States and Great Britain, and there’s an interesting story of how he got it. His parents were tomato farmers from The Bahamas on a business trip in Miami, Florida, when Poitier’s mother, Evelyn, went into labor three months early. Poitier was born only three pounds and not expected to live more than a few weeks. He and his family remained in Miami for three months while he made his miraculous recovery in the hospital. After his health was normalized, Poitier and his family soon returned to the British colonized Bahamas, thus giving Poitier dual citizenship in both England and the United States.


2.) It’s actually Sir Sidney Poitier, thank you…

Sidney Poiter 2I’ve never seen a more dapper Knight…

Remember when I told you just a few minutes ago that Poitier had dual citizenship? Well, thanks to his UK citizenship, Poitier was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 1974. Born in the British commonwealth of the Bahamas, Poitier’s knighthood is substantive, and not honorary, since he is a British citizen.


3.) The Army was not his thing…

Sidney Poiter 3

So he became a doctor instead, right?

In 1942, a homeless Poitier lied about his age (only 16 at the time) in order to enter military service for a warm place to sleep and a warm meal to eat. However he soon found that he wasn’t compatible with militaristic discipline. Not long in to his army stint the young Poitier threw a chair at a senior officer and found himself in the psychiatric ward. He was then given a medical discharge and returned to New York.


4.) Responsible for the “Smack Heard Around the World”…

In the Heat of the NightThis what I like to refer to as a ‘good pause’

Poitier has stated that he agreed to star in In the Heat of the Night only if Mr. Tibbs was allowed to slap Endicott back in retaliation. Apparently in the original script, he was supposed to react to being slapped by seething silently, without retaliating. I, for one, am glad he got that changed.


5.) Triple Threat

sidney-poitier-directorSidney Poiter, Writer/Director/Actor

Sure, we all know that Poitier is great actor. But did you know that he also writes and directs? In 1968 he wrote the feature film For the Love of Ivy and from there he would go on to have a successful directing career. His 1980 comedy Stir Crazy, starting Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder, became on of the highest grossing films of the year.


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90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon: To Sir with Love (1967)

Happy 90th Birthday Sidney Poitier! A Blogathon Celebration!

“The time has come for closing books and long last looks must end. And as I leave, I know that I am leaving my best friend… a friend who taught me right from wrong — and weak from strong — that’s a lot to learn… But, what can I give you in return?”

sidney poitier to sir with loveToo cool for school: To Sir with Love, one of my all-time favorite films ever since I was a kid


Ever since I was a little kid, way back in my grammar school days, I just adored the film To Sir with Love. I loved it so much that I recorded it (from the little TV in my bedroom) onto my portable Panasonic cassette recorder so that I could listen to it over and over again, anytime at all, at my heart’s whim. Of course, this didn’t make me the coolest kid on the block, but alas I didn’t care, because this movie really ‘spoke’ to me.  I even remember purposefully buying and reading the little paperback book written by ‘real-life Mark Thackery’ E. R. Braithwaite when I was in 8th grade, and surprise surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed that as well. Strike two to my coolness factor. And, if that wasn’t enough, I bought the 45″ single of the title song by Lulu, and listed to it incessantly. Need I say, strike three, to my coolness factor as a kid…

to sir with love book by e. r. braithwaite  to sir with love 7" single by lulu
The book and the single To Sir with Love were two of my prized possessions as a kid, along with my cassette tape of the movie of course

Now, I really can’t put my finger on why this film resonated with me so well at such a young age, but after pondering it a bit, I think maybe it was because I always liked school and learning, and I loved the fact that this particular school teacher cared so much about his students that he helped them love to learn too. And as simplistic as that sounds, I suppose that’s still part of the reason why I love this film today.

But, of course, there’s a bit more to it than that…  Over the years, this film has become more and more relevant to me, and I am emotionally tied to it because of the messages it conveys and the incredibly moving performance of Sidney Poitier as teacher/mentor. For me, there is a particular profoundness to it, as I have been fortunate enough to have had a teacher/mentor in my life who left an indelible mark on me and, yes, changed me — profoundly. But, what has really amplified the meaning of this film for me over the past few years is that, now, I myself, am in the position of teacher/mentor – funny how life sometimes takes an unexpected turn…

to sir with love, sidney poitier, teaching class

Sidney Poitier as Mark Thackeray, engineer turned teacher/mentor, in a tough East End of London school

That said (for those of you who have seen the film), you can probably imagine how uncontrollably I sob during the final scenes of the movie — from the time Lulu sings her ‘thank you’ song, until the very ending when Mark Thackery (Poitier) rips up the… oops, don’t want to spoil this fabulous ending for those of you who haven’t seen it.

sidney poitier to sir with love ending scene with gift

Yes, by now, I’m sobbing uncontrollably, and the sobs will continue through the last scene and, yes, even the ending credits


And now, in celebration of Sidney Poitier’s Birthday Blogathon, here are a few of my favorite life lessons from To Sir with Love…

sidney poitier to sir with love in the school yard

1) Life isn’t easy, and you’ve got to do your best to navigate it.  

Mark Thackeray (Poitier) is an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London’s East End until he can find an engineering job. But this is by no means an easy job for him… Thackeray’s pupils are a rowdy bunch of  working-class student rejects who try their best to break his spirit at every turn.


sidney poitier to sir with love, reading teaching the slow learner

2) Never give up.

Thackeray is thwarted at every turn, but perseveres. He tries his best to find resources and insights on how to help him help his students, but it’s not easy, and it seems as if he is fighting a losing battle. It’s a tough school and the students seem beyond his reach. He tries his best to remain calm throughout the disruptiveness and disrespect, until a disgusting incident causes him to lose his temper — it’s at that point that he realizes what he must do to get through to these kids! Now — it’s not all smooth sailing after that… there are still lots of issues to deal with, including a crush, a ring-leader, a parent-child conflict, a bullying teacher, and racial tensions — but Tackeray’s course is set, and he will see it through.


Sidney Poitier, to sir with love, the ending, the decision

3) Money isn’t everything.

Yes, teaching is a thankless job, at least financially. And Thackeray checks his mailbox every day in the hopes of getting an acceptance letter for an engineering job. Finally, at the very end of the semester, he gets that very letter, and resigns from teaching! He does, however, accept his students’ invitation to their graduation party, where they pay tribute to him with a heartfelt song and going-away present. He is speechless, and goes back to his old classroom to think. A bunch of rowdy lower-level students run into his classroom, interrupting his solitary moment, telling him that they’re in his ‘bleeding class’ next year… Now, I don’t want to tell you what happens next, but you can probably guess, given that the ‘lesson’ above says ‘Money isn’t everything’.


A Big Thank You to Virginie Pronovost at The Wonderful World of Cinema (@Ginnie_SP) for hosting this very special event! There are so many more wonderful Classic Bloggers participating in this event so please be sure to check out the other entries.


—Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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5 Things You May Not Know about Merle Oberon

5 Things You May Not Know about Merle Oberon

 Merle Oberon portrait

Like that today would have been her birthday. Happy 106th Birthday to the legend Merle Oberon!


She was not always who she said she was….

Merle Oberon 1The face of deception

We all know many classic Hollywood stars manufactured their personal history for more popular appeal, but Oberon definitely wins the award for most convoluted background in the business. She claimed to have born in Tasmania to aristocratic parents, and merely raised in India. In reality, Oberon was indeed born in India, to Arthur Terrence O’Brien Thompson, a British engineer who worked for Indian Railways, and teenaged Constance Shelby. However, it was Constance’s mother, Charlotte, who claimed the baby and thus making Merle believe her mother was her sister and her grandmother was her mother. Must have made for weird family reunions…


She wasn’t very comfortable with her heritage

Merle Oberon 2Is it yellow face if she’s already Asian?

Because she grew up in the British Indian Empire and was of mixed heritage, Oberon’s childhood was marred with hatred and prejudice. So, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that, as she grew older, Oberon tried her best to hide her Indian heritage. She would often tell people that the older woman who lived with her was her maid, when it was actually her mother. Or, ya know, grandmother.


She had some seriously sensitive skin

Merle Oberon 3Make-up department still showing some of the scaring on her face

I’m not just talking some dry skin here. Oberon suffered from cosmetic poisoning twice due to an allergic reaction to the heavy-make up used in Hollywood. Although she went to a skin specialist and underwent multiple dermabrasion procedures, her scars could still be seen if she did not use make up. Ya know, the thing that poisoned her face in the first place. They do beauty say is hard.


She has a light named after her

Merle Oberon 4Obie light doing its job

After suffering a pretty gnarly car crash in 1937, Oberon’s already delicate skin was marred with facial scarring that could be seen on camera. Lucky for her, cinematographer Lucien Ballard invented a small light that could be mounted directly to the side of the camera. It could then light the subject directly, washing away any unseemly blemishes. Oberon would later marry Ballard. So, fellas, all you have to do to get the girl is invent something that wipes away all her flaws!


She is the only Asian Actress to be Nominated for Best Actress Oscar

Merle Oberon 5Oberon was nominated for her performance in The Dark Angel (1935, director) Sidney Franklin

Yup. It’s 2017 and the woman who went through great lengths to hide the fact that she was Asian is the only one ever nominated. SMH. Perhaps I should start a #OscarsAddYellow campaign because that’s a pretty disheartening fact to learn.


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Oscar Losers – Not Even in the Buidling

Oscar Losers – Not even in the Building
The Never Nominated Club.

Angela Lansbury. Peter O’Toole. Glenn Close. Deborah Kerr. Those are the names that always pop up when the conversation steers towards The Oscars. All great actors, all with great performances who, somehow, despite almost two-dozen nominations between them, never won a competitive Oscar. And the funny thing about all of this is, in the grand scheme of Award shenanigans, those are the lucky ones. For every Lansbury and O’Toole, there are hundreds of thousands of actors whose talents are never recognized by agents, let alone the Academy. I’m not just talking about the failed actors either. Some of biggest names in classic Hollywood, and some of the most memorable performances, were simply ignored by the Academy all together. You’d be surprised at some of the names on that list – I sure was. So, it is without further ado, I present to you, the Never Nominated Club, or as I like to call it: The NNC.


Myrna Loy

MyrnaLoy_The Best Years of Out LivesMyrna Loy with Teresa Wright in The Best Years of Our Lives (1947, director William Wyler)

Out of all the people on the NNC, Loy is probably the best known for achieving this not-so-illustrious feat. While others on this list may come as a surprise, pretty much all of classic movie fandom knows that Loy was never nominated. To me, Loy always seemed more of a star than an actress. She had a perfectly crafted screen image as the perfectly perfect wife and was genius at adapting that image to the fit the tone of the film she was working on. However, the fact that she didn’t get nominated for The Best Years of Our Lives is still a travesty. Perhaps if she wasn’t such an established star in the realm of Hollywood, she could have been nominated for Best Supporting Actress but we’ll never know.

Robbed nomination: Milly Stephenson in The Best Years of Our Lives.


John Barrymore

Johhn Barrymore The Grand HotelJohn Barrymore and Joan Crawford in The Grand Hotel (1932, director Edmund Goulding)

An absolute giant of the 20th century stage and one of the biggest stars of the silent screen, John Barrymore is perhaps still the most well regarded member of the famous Barrymore family. His wit is the substance of legends and his endless talent never ceased to amaze his audiences. Yet, somehow, this most talented of the Barrymore clan was never nominated for an Oscar. Some say it was because of drinking, others say it was simply a case of bad luck but whatever the reason, clearly the Academy done messed up.

Robbed nomination: Baron Felix von Geigern in The Grand Hotel.


Fred MacMurray

Fred MacMuarry Double-IndemnityFred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944, director Billy Wilder)

Best known for his fatherly roles in early television series like My Three Sons, MacMurray was too often stereotyped as the upstanding father figure in films like The Shaggy Dog and The Absent-minded Professor. Sure, he played those roles flawlessly, but such roles completely ignored MacMurray’s ability to show the latent dark side hidden in the “everyman,” the hidden part of the soul that is often ignored as they focus on the everyday grind of work, home, and family. Perhaps if MacMurray wasn’t typecast as the perfect father, he might have had more of chance to show audiences this dark side and in the process get himself a nomination.

Robbed nomination: Walter Neff in Double Indemnity


Joseph Cotten

Joseph Cotten shadow-of-a-doubt-theredlistJoseph Cotten in Shadow of a Doubt (1943, director Alfred Hitchcock)

It’s hard to believe that the man who co-starred in Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Third Man and Gaslight was never once nominated for an Academy Award. It’s even harder to believe that he wasn’t nominated for his incredibly chilling performance as Uncle Charlie in Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt. The film is all about peeling back layers of polite, suburban society to find the forgotten but ever present evils that inhabit us all, and Uncle Charlie acted as our guide through the film. Cotten’s performance hit every beat perfectly; creating a metamorphic performance that usually requires five layers of make up to create.

Robbed nomination: Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt


Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre MPeter Lorre in M (1931, director Fritz Lang)

Lorre is one of those character actors you just KNOW must have been nominated. He has popped up in so many films, and fulfilled his roles so perfectly, that surely the Academy gave the man his due. Well, if you’re like me and you thought that – you were wrong. How could this be? I mean, have you seen M? His speech at the end of his “trial” was enough to get a nomination and, in my humble opinion, a win. If the film had been made in Hollywood instead of Germany, I’m positive he would have at least been nominated for the Best Actor award. And instead, he was never even nominated.

Robbed nomination: Hans Beckert in M.


Edward G. Robinson

edward-g-robinson Scarlet StreetEdward G. Robinson in Scarlet Street (1945, director Fritz Lang)

In Little Caesar as the infamous criminal Rico, Robinson helped usher in a new genre of film and create the anti-hero prototype that remains popular today: the gangster film and the gangster. As Barton Keyes in Double Indemnity, Robinson was able to materialize consciousness into a bodily form like no other before him, effortlessly playing off fellow NNC member Fred MacMurray. And in Scarlet Street, his turn as the depressed middle aged retail worker/amateur artist who falls for the wrong girl, creates one of the most pitiable characters the silver screen has ever produced. All marvelous performances and yet, somehow this giant of the silver screen was never nominated. Pity.

Robbed nomination: Chris Cross in Scarlet Street.


Errol Flynn

Erroly Flynn Objective burmaErrol Flynn in Objective, Burma! (1945, director Raoul Walsh)

To be honest, I wouldn’t exactly call Errol Flynn one of the greatest actors Hollywood ever produced. An amazing star with enough screen presence and charisma to fill the Grand Canyon? Yes, very much so. He floated so effortlessly on the silver screen that it was almost like he was born there. But as an actor he was, well, rather limited. However, I must say I am bit surprised that he was never nominated because most actors that reach Flynn’s caliber of stardom are often nominated, even if just for political reasons. Even when he combined his magnetic screen presence with a role that actually required him to utilize his acting chops, he was simply ignored by the academy.

Robbed nomination: Captain Nelson in Objective, Burma!


Marilyn Monroe 

Marilyn Monroe The MisfitsMarilyn Monroe in The Misfits (1961, director John Houston)

Perhaps the most iconic actress of any time period, Monroe wanted nothing more than to be taken seriously. Unfortunately for the blonde beauty, her status as Hollywood Sex Symbol often came in conflict with that dream. Although Monroe became a trained method actress, married the great playwright Arthur Miller and loved Dostoevsky, the public simply couldn’t accept that one could be both ungodly beautiful and intelligent. Perhaps if Monroe would have been little less beautiful, she could have gotten her wish.

Robbed nomination: Roslyn Taber in The Misfits.


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5 Things You May Not Know about Thelma Ritter


5 Things You May Not Know about Thelma Ritter


Like that today would have been her birthday. Happy 115th Birthday to the legend Thelma Ritter!

1.) She was a born romantic

2 Thelma Ritter_Face of a romantic

The face of romantic…

Well, perhaps she wasn’t a born a romantic but she was born on the most commercially romantic day in America. Valentines Day!


2.) Maybe she was born with it

2 Thelma Ritter_playbook

Thelma Ritter’s first love: The stage

By all accounts, Ritter was a natural performer with acting ambitions that dated back to her childhood. While kids were playing tag in the schoolyard, young Thelma was performing monologues for her friends and family, her favorite being from The Story of Cremona.


3.) She had an impressive alma mater 

3 Thelma Ritter_Rear_WindowWith fellow AADA graduate, Grace Kelly in Rear Window (1954, director Alfred Hitchcock)

Along with people like Kirk Douglas, Grace Kelly, and Spencer Tracy, Ritter attended the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, which is the oldest acting school in the English Speaking world. She was trained specifically for the stage.


4.) She was a late bloomer 

4 Thelma Ritter_Mircle_on_34th_streetHer silver screen debut, Miracle on 34th Street (1947, director George Seaton)

Well, at least by Hollywood standards she was. You see, Ritter didn’t make her Hollywood debut until 1947 with the film Miracle on 34th Street, and by that time she 44 years old. 44! Think about it, at an age when most women in Hollywood were struggling just to get pretty much any role, Thelma was making her debut. Sometime it pays to start a little late.


5.) Always the nominee, never the winner

5 Thelma Ritter_All_About_EveThelma Ritter and Bette Davis in All About Eve (1950, director )

Although Ritter was nominated six times for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award, four of those being consecutive nominations, she never won. She’s in good company though; as she holds this record with Deborah Kerr and Glenn Close.


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5 Things You May Not Know about Richard Burton

5 Things You May Not Know about Richard Burton

 Richard BurtonPortrait

Like the fact that he was very handsome but, then again, I guess we already knew that


1.) English was his second language

Richard Burton Wales 1His native Wales in the background

Yup, despite his reputation as one of the great Shakespearean actors and one of the most renown actors of the English stage, English was not Burton’s first language. He spoke the Welsh-language of Cymraeg as his mother tongue. Which makes sense considering he was born in the heart of Wales.


2.) He was as much an athlete as an intellectual

Richard Burton athlete 2That’s his Rugby crown, I swear…

Although Burton is well remembered as one of the great Welsh intellects, he was quite the athlete. Like most Welshmen, he grew up playing rugby and was quite good at it. He was even quoted to have once said “I would rather have played for Wales at Cardiff Arms Park than Hamlet at The Old Vic.”


3.) He may have been a bit of a drinker

Richard Burton drinking 3They do say it’s 5 o’clock somewhere

OK. So, I’m pretty sure you know this one. But do you know just how much he loved to drink? Well, during the height of alcoholism in the mid-1970s, he apparently consumed three to four hard liquor bottles a day. I suppose one could say he was always dedicated to his craft.


4.) He beat RFK in a Shakespeare-off

Richard Burton RFK 4

Before Jay-Z and Beyonce were riding with the Obamas, Liz and Dick were smoking with the Kennedys

During the era of “Liz and Dick,” Burton hobnobbed with the elites of just about every world imaginable, including U.S politics. He was a great admirer of Robert F. Kennedy and once got into a contest to see who could quote more Shakespeare sonnets. Burton won, of course, but not because he knew more sonnets. Both were able to quote the sonnets perfectly. He won by reciting  the sonnets backwards – the test of a true Shakespearean, I suppose.


5.) He was nominated for seven Oscars

Richard Burton No Oscar 5Basically the closest he ever got to an Oscar

But he never won a single one. That’s right, Although he was nominated six times for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting Actor, Richard Burton didn’t win a single one of them. None. But, that’s fine because he’s in good company. You can check out these fellow Oscar Bridesmaids in this article here. Not everyone can be a winner but, sometimes, it ain’t so bad being a loser either.


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