Monthly Archives: February 2013

The First Academy Awards – 1929

The very first Academy Awards ceremony was much different than it is today with all the excitement and hype.  It was held on May 16, 1929 at the Roosevelt Hotel with approximately 270 people in attendance.  Douglas Fairbanks who was … Continue reading

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It Happened One Night

It Happened One Night is a 1934 romantic comedy screwball movie directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.  It was a smash hit winning five major Academy Awards that year for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best … Continue reading

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America’s Sweetheart

Mary Pickford is a silent movie icon.  She was a true pioneer of early films.  At the time she was the most famous woman in the world.  She pioneered a more naturalistic style of acting that was less theatrical.  She … Continue reading

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Frank Morgan

To me Frank Morgan was one of the most amazing character actors in Hollywood.  Before my passion for old classic films I just knew him for one movie, The Wizard of Oz (1939).  His career spanned 33 years from 1916 … Continue reading

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Marion Davies

Marion Davies’ career spanned 20 years starting in 1917 with her first film Runaway Romney.  Like many people I knew her primarily as the mistress of William Randolph Hearst.  Thanks to TCM I was introduced to her as an actress … Continue reading

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The Hollywood Sign

The Hollywood Sign was erected in 1923 at a cost of $21,000 by the Hollywoodland Real Estate Group.  It was used as an ad campaign for a housing development called Hollywoodland.    The Sign was originally 50 feet tall with 4,000 … Continue reading

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I’m finally breaking ground on my blog.  I wanted to share my love of old films and classic Hollywood.  Hopefully you will learn something new, be amused or maybe be inspired to go out and rent an old movie.   Stay … Continue reading

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