4 for Texas (1963)

I wasn’t sure what I’d watch when Dean Martin’s day came around during TCM’s Summer Under the Stars, but as soon as I looked at the line-up on WatchTCM the day after, the decision was made for me. There it was, right before my eyes: a tiny thumbnail of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin sharing … More 4 for Texas (1963)

Colgate Comedy Hour: Anything Goes (1954)

In 1954, the Colgate Comedy Hour adapted the famous Cole Porter musical Anything Goes for a live, one-hour television special. The episode tells the tale of Reno Sweeney (Ethel Merman, reprising a role she’d played on Broadway 20 years earlier), a woman sailing on the S.S. Luxembourg. She plans to marry, becoming Lady Oakley. Harry … More Colgate Comedy Hour: Anything Goes (1954)

“Ava and Frank Tell the Truth to Louella Parsons,” Modern Screen, Feb. 1954

This post was written as a part of TMP’s “Historical Context” series, where I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. Louella Parsons was a pioneer of celebrity gossip and entertainment news. Her columns were read world-wide, published in hundreds of newspapers. Who better to get the scoop on the tumultuous relationship between Ava … More “Ava and Frank Tell the Truth to Louella Parsons,” Modern Screen, Feb. 1954

Tony Rome (1967)

Tony Rome (Frank Sinatra) used to be a cop. Now he’s a PI who lives on a houseboat in Miami. Work is somewhat scarce, and he spends a lot of his time gambling. Tony gets an odd gig one day, receiving $200 to return a young woman (Sue Lyon) to her rich father’s house after … More Tony Rome (1967)

Reviewin’ the Box: ‘Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime’

Reviewin’ the Box: Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime What’s in the box?: A single disc including including musical performances from Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. These performances come from a 1962 televised special. Packaging: This DVD, released by KULTUR, comes in a standard plastic case. The cover design is simple, … More Reviewin’ the Box: ‘Judy, Frank & Dean: Once in a lifetime’

Step Lively (1944)

Gordon Miller (George Murphy) is a stage producer, currently working on his latest musical comedy. He’s rented out the penthouse suite of a hotel owned by Joe Gribble (Walter Slezak) in order to carry out rehearsals, but can’t actually afford the space, so it’s all on credit. Gribble is going mad over the ever-mounting bill, … More Step Lively (1944)

Top 5: 1940s Musicals

Cabin in the Sky (Vincente Minnelli, 1943) Why: This film is just so captivating and full of energy. There’s always something going on — no dull moments, ever. Also, two words: Lena Horne! Two more words: Vincente Minnelli! Favorite character: Petunia, portrayed by the amazing Ethel Waters Favorite song: “Honey in the Honeycomb” Meet Me … More Top 5: 1940s Musicals