One year, one film: 1927 The film: It, dir. Clarence Badger starring Clara Bow, Antonio Moreno, William Austin, Jacqueline Gadsdon Rating: Recommended | Highly Recommended | MUST-SEE Of the 1927 Clara Bow releases, two are the most iconic films she ever made: It and Wings. I struggled to choose between the two for this post, the only tie-breaker being that I’d already done a lengthy … Continue reading One year, one film: 1927 – It
Clara Bow Born Clara Gordon Bow Date of birth: July 29, 1905 (The exact year of her birth has been debated, but TCM’s database lists it at 1905.) Date of death: September 27, 1965 Roles First role: Beyond the Rainbow (1922) Final role: Hoop-La (1933) Best known for… …being Hollywood’s first “It” girl and the quintessential flapper …getting her start as a WAMPAS Baby Star … Continue reading Star Spotlight: Clara Bow
A note from Lindsey: This article contains spoilers for a few minor plot points of 1927’s Wings. Read with caution if you have never seen the film and would not like to be spoiled. Details about the production process of this film are sourced from the documentary Wings: Grandeur in the Sky, IMDb and the TCM database. Wings (1927) is probably best-known for being the … Continue reading World War I in Classic Film: Wings (1927)
Of all of the people that I share a birthday with, Clara Bow is definitely my favorite. She was a beautiful woman and an amazing actress, but led an unfortunately less-than-perfect life. Sunday marked 105 years since she was born, so to round off July’s Tuesday birthday lists, TMP pays tribute to Clara today. Clara Gordon Bow was born to a troubled couple who lived … Continue reading FIVE favorite films of my birthday buddy, Clara Bow!
Part I covered Rose Dewitt Bukater, Ellen Arden, Vivian Rutledge and Frances Stevens. In this installment we’ll again be looking at one modern character and three classics. Keep an eye out for Part III and Part IV, coming soon! Young Sandra Bloom – Big Fish (2003) Designed by: Colleen Atwood Big Fish is in general a very aesthetically pleasing film, filled with stunning colors and … Continue reading Lindsey’s Lists: Characters with enviable wardrobes (Part II)
Clara Bow became the ‘it girl’ of Hollywood after starring as sassy store clerk Betty Lou in 1927’s It. Inspired by an Elinor Glyn short story, It follows Betty Lou as she vies for the affection of a rich, attractive higher-up. That man just so happens to be the object of another woman’s affection as well, though Betty Lou may succeed in making him forget … Continue reading Netflix Instant Pick #1
Dancing Mothers (1926): 4/5 A year before she became the ‘It’ girl, Clara Bow starred as budding flapper Kittens in this Paramount silent. Kittens is a girl who loves to have fun. She and her father Hugh (Norman Trevor) both love to hit the town, leaving mom Ethel (Alice Joyce) at home all by her lonesome. A wrench is thrown in everybody’s fun when Ethel … Continue reading Dancing Mothers (1926)
Watched February 5, 2012 The Plastic Age (1925): 3/5 The Plastic Age tells the story of a very smart, very athletic boy who heads to college with high hopes. However, upon arrival, he falls too deep into the party scene. He bombs a big track meet, his grades suffer, and his friendship with his roommate falters as a result. Clara Bow is captivating as usual … Continue reading The Plastic Age (1925)