Where did they go?: Michael Schoeffling aka Jake Ryan of Sixteen Candles

As I’ve mentioned before, both of my parents graduated from high school in the early ’80s. Everyone gets attached to movies from their childhood and young adulthood, and my parents were no exception. I’ve been lucky enough for them to pass this fondness on to me, introducing me to everything from About Last Night… to Top Gun to all of the John Hughes greats, one … Continue reading Where did they go?: Michael Schoeffling aka Jake Ryan of Sixteen Candles

Make it a Marathon: 24 hours of Cary Grant

Today is Cary Grant’s birthday, and it’s also the second anniversary of the day that I started TMP! On that very first day of blogging, I posted a tiny tribute to Cary — one of my first original TMP posts, since I had spent most of the day migrating mini-reviews from Tumblr to WordPress. Since I’m unable to do a giveaway for the anniversary this … Continue reading Make it a Marathon: 24 hours of Cary Grant

Children in Films Blogathon: Skippy Homeier

Skip Homeier is an actor possibly best known for his role of Hunt Bromley in 1950’s The Gunfighter, also starring Gregory Peck. Before he became the young wannabe gunfighter at the age of nineteen, though, Skip was a child star billed as “Skippy.” Skip was born George Vincent Homeier on October 5, 1930 in Chicago. As a child, he got his start in the entertainment … Continue reading Children in Films Blogathon: Skippy Homeier

Historical Context: ‘Who’s Who in Hollywood’ 1954 issue, Part I

Historical Context is a series in which I share excerpts/information from my ever-growing collection of vintage publications. Today’s installment in the series features the 1954 issue of Who’s Who in Hollywood, an annual publication highlighting the biggest stars of the previous year as well as the “stars of tomorrow.” One of the gems of my old magazine collection is the 1954 issue of ‘Who’s Who … Continue reading Historical Context: ‘Who’s Who in Hollywood’ 1954 issue, Part I

Van Heflin: A tribute

Say the name “Van Heflin” today and chances are, your conversation partner (unless they are a fellow old Hollywood “expert”) will have no clue who your talking about, which is the unfortunate reality when it comes to many classic stars. But in the 1940s, Van Heflin was an actor on a roll, starring in both leading roles and important character parts, even taking home an … Continue reading Van Heflin: A tribute

Happy birthday, Joan Blondell!

From frisky pre-codes to a small supporting role in 1978’s Grease, there’s no denying Joan Blondell’s talent and screen presence. And it’s no surprise that she became such a star, with her show biz upbringing. Rose Joan Blondell was born into a family of vaudeville performers on August 30, 1906. Her parents were traveling performers, carting the family around the world to put on spectacular … Continue reading Happy birthday, Joan Blondell!

THREE favorite films of Joe E. Brown

Joe E. Brown had what may have been the world’s most enormous smile – the kind of expression that you can’t help but smile back at. And while his face may be his most well-remembered asset, he certainly wasn’t short on talent either. Joseph Evans Brown was born in Holgate, Ohio on July 28, 1891. He spent most of his young years in Toledo – … Continue reading THREE favorite films of Joe E. Brown