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Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 20, 2020

“I do not want to be an emotional actress. I want to act comedy–nothing but comedy–no tears, no tragedy, no heartaches. I want to laugh and make others laugh.” –Alice Brady While many stars of the silent screen struggled to transition into the Sound Era, Alice Brady read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 13, 2020

“My father was a tailor. I used to deliver for him. I’d have to hold the clothes up high to keep them from dragging on the ground.” –Tony Curtis Tony Curtis enjoyed a long film career, in addition to appearing in the beloved comedy, Some Like It Hot (1959). Showcasing his ac read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 6, 2020

“Mostly I wound up as the friend—dumb but loyal. I guess my dumb look was convincing.” –Frank McHugh Frank McHugh was a beloved character actor whom fans of Pre Code cinema will remember particularly well. He typically carried out roles that provided comic relief in films but also read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jul 5, 2020

“What I have got is I have character in my face. it’s taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, ‘Don’t take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.” –Humphrey Bogart Humphrey Bogart was one of the m read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 29, 2020

“I used to go to Grauman’s Chinese or Pantages and sit there waiting to see my faceless body on the screen. Texas began to look awfully near and awfully good, and ‘Clara Lou’ had a sweet sound to my ears.” –Ann Sheridan From an “It Girl” or even a “Girl with read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 25, 2020

As one of the top stars of his day, Cary Grant appeared in a broad range of film roles, easily transitioning between many genres. In particular, Grant excelled in the roles he played in romantic comedies fairly early in his career. His time in the genre would continue for many years to come, with M read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 2, 2020

Marion Davies had quite a colorful life. From a career in the film industry to a well-known relationship with William Randolph Hearst, many stories about her life have been documented and revisited over the years. Though she experienced many successes in her career, her life did have its fair share read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Jun 1, 2020

While Dorothy Dare appeared in her fair share of Pre-Code films, her name is not remembered as strongly as the names of her peers. Her early roles in film shorts showed promise but, unfortunately, the roles she received in feature films failed to place her in the spotlight. Nonetheless, her work an read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 31, 2020

“I think that you die when your time comes and not until then. I feel the same about other things as I do about death. I don’t think you can change anything that is going to happen to you any more than you can change anything that has happened to you. That’s why I never worry, and read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 29, 2020

“Acting, the very thing I had been fighting and ridiculing for seven years, had brought me success, riches, and renown. I was a great motion picture artist. Well, I’ll be damned!” –John Gilbert When Hollywood ushered in its transition to sound, many careers flourished as the oppor read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 26, 2020

In examining the lives of past Hollywood stars, several leading ladies devoted time to their families and children. In some cases, stars retired from the screen–happily or not–and looked to establish a new life off-screen. Film actress Martha O’Driscoll’s retirement from a s read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 19, 2020

When times are tough, it is only natural for people to look for sources of comfort to soothe them and lift their spirits. There are many different resources to which one can turn, and films can certainly be one of them. The wide array of film genres and performances available to audiences is phenom read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 16, 2020

The 1960s certainly had their fair share of memorable releases across a wide variety of genres! While there are many films to laud from this decade, I have chosen six films to recommend as part of Classic Film & TV Cafe’s 6 from the ’60s blogathon. Each year, Classic Film & TV C read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 11, 2020

“To be entrusted with a character was always a big responsibility to me.”–Edward G. Robinson Edward G. Robinson is best remembered for being one of the cinema’s tougher characters. Frequently appearing in gangster films during his lengthy career, he proved to be a renowned star of read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 4, 2020

“Well… guess he won’t need me anymore. What does an actor want with a conscience, anyway?” –Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio (1940) Cliff “Ukulele Ike” Edwards was one of the most distinct voices in early film. As a musician, Edwards showcased his read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 2, 2020

The name Robert Wise easily conjures up numerous images to film fans. From Maria whirling about her beloved hills to the palpable tension of the Jets and the Sharks, Wise certainly made his mark upon American cinema. Though Wise worked on an array of classic films, his keen skills as a director, pr read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on May 1, 2020

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 27, 2020

“There is a God, even in Hollywood.” –Jean Harlow Jean Harlow’s life was short but fascinating. She was the first of Hollywood’s blonde bombshells to carry the title, with her iconic platinum blonde hair being imitated by film fans and other stars. In addition to strik read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 21, 2020

“Music has gone just as bananas as the movies. But kids are learning swing and going back to the music of the ’40s. There’s a swing club near my home in Santa Barbara, and the kids are fantastic. There’s no drinking, no smoking, just dancing all night long.” –Jan read more

Hometowns to Hollywood Posted by Annette Bochenek on Apr 20, 2020

Otis Harlan was born to lumber dealer William Harlan and Elizabeth Harlan on December 29, 1865, in Zanesville, Ohio. Harlan was one of four children in the household, in addition to the family’s domestic servant from Ireland. He developed an interest in acting while attending Ohio Wesleyan Un read more
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