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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 19, 2019

Of the many Gold Digger films, one of the most celebrated iterations of this series is Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933). This film showcases many characteristics that immediately come to mind when thinking of the Gold Digger films: Busby Berkeley choreography, Depression Era tunes, and a Warner Brothers read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 14, 2019

Writing the book and telling the story of my family helped me weave things together at a time when they seemed to be unraveling. Writing has always served this function for me. Over the years, I always wrote letters to my aunt and uncle and Uncle Ray told me,  “You write like a son of a gun!&# read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 13, 2019

After yesterday evening’s festivities, I was ready to begin a full day of Red Skelton Festival activities. My morning started off with me arriving to the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center to set up for my presentation on Du Barry Was a Lady (1943) for that afternoon. After that, I had a bit read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 12, 2019

Among the many great comics of Hollywood’s Golden Age, audiences were particularly blessed with two talented redheads during this time: Lucille Ball (an honorary redhead) and Red Skelton. The two worked alongside one another in an energetic and imaginative musical film entitled, Du Barry Was read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 10, 2019

Vincennes, Indiana, is a town that proudly remembers one if the stars it produced–Red Skelton. While other stars such as Alvy Moore and Alice Terry were also born in the small railroad town, it is Red Skelton who continues to be the biggest draw to the town by film fans. In addition to housin read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Aug 5, 2019

“What became of my money? Well, I was not used to wealth when the studios began dumping it into my lap. The dollars slipped through my fingers like sand and went to pay for automobiles, houses and one great item–clothing.” –Mae Busch Mae Busch worked with so many Hollywood g read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 29, 2019

“I’ve never played anyone but myself on screen.” –Glenn Ford Glenn Ford was among the many Golden Age actors to enjoy a prolific career and several iconic roles. Best remembered for his film noir roles in Gilda (1946) and The Big Heat (1953), Ford offered many praiseworthy p read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 18, 2019

“I have conquered science! Why can’t I conquer love?” –Peter Lorre as Doctor Gogol There are so many talented stars who made their mark upon the horror genre, with Peter Lorre shining as one of the most iconic horror stars. Possessing a distinct voice and manner of speaking read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 16, 2019

“I prayed for an angel of the Lord and the Devil sent me you.” –Victor Mature as Samson Samson and Delilah (1949) is among the many biblical epics released by Paramount Pictures. Produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille, the film tells the story of the mighty Samson, who’s read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 15, 2019

“The best weapon a woman has is a man’s imagination.”–Maureen O’Sullivan as Jane Parker One of the most interesting serials to reflect upon from the Pre-Code era is the Tarzan series of films. Starring Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan as Tarzan and Jane, read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 11, 2019

“Check the lunatic asylums. He’s probably missing from one of them.” —Myrna Loy as Margit Agnew Without a doubt, Myrna Loy and William Powell were one of the best loved on-screen couples. Though the two were not romantically involved behind the scenes, they starred in many c read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 8, 2019

After a running start to the festival by seeing two delightful films with an engaged audience, I was ready to add some Pre-Code to my time at TCM Film Festival. Thankfully, there were plenty of opportunities to indulge in some enticing Pre-Code films, in addition to a variety of panel discussions a read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 5, 2019

The entertainment industry has had its share of challenges to overcome. In reflecting upon the many issue that arouse, one of the most prominent ones was the blacklist. Occurring during the trying time of McCarthyism, the entire nation was experiencing the effects of the Red Scare, leading to an in read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 1, 2019

“It’s fine to have talent, but talent is the last of it. In an acting career, as in an acting performance, you’ve got to have vitality. The secret of successful acting is identical with a woman’s beauty secret: joy in living.” –Rosalind Russell Throughout her car read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 13, 2019

Once the story of the Gold Diggers made its way to the big screen as a silent film, it was not terribly long until the story would find itself before audiences once again–this time, reimagined as a two-strip Technicolor, all-talking feature. In the greater context of Warner Bros. history, thi read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 11, 2019

1939 saw the release of a crop of some of the most notable films in American cinema. Among the many classics was a film called The Women (1939), which starred a powerful cast of some of the top female actresses of the day. Inspired by Clare Boothe Luce’s original 1936 play, The Opposite Sex ( read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 10, 2019

Overtime, fans of classic cinema have enjoyed biographical works written by the offspring of many different Hollywood stars. The latest addition to this intriguing genre comes from the perspective of Francesca Knittel Bowyer, daughter of German-America film actress, Luise Rainer. Francesca’s read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 8, 2019

Vanity Street (1932) is a Pre-Code film that is tougher to come by in terms of its availability and criticism. Distributed by Columbia Pictures Corporation in 1932, the film runs at just under 70 minutes in length but is brimming with drama and action throughout its brief duration. The film depicts read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 6, 2019

By the time Thursday rolled around, I was more than ready to enjoy my first day of TCM Film Festival. Having connected with many individuals in person for the first time and making some new friends, I was prepared for movies to be added to the merriment. First-Timers Meetup: Since this was my first read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 3, 2019

“Every time I get a script it’s a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It’s like falling in love. You can’t give a reason why.” –Paul Newman Paul Newman was a man of many talents. In addition to having a read more
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