Modern Screen’s “Inside Story” for April 1956

As I flipped through a few magazine issues recently, I was looking for movie reviews rather than reading every feature, until something in Modern Screen‘s “Inside Story” Q&A column caught my eye. I’ve decided to share a few interesting bits from the April 1956 issue’s column for today’s vintage magazine post. First, the question that sparked this interest. C.L.D. of Akron, Ohio writes: “Does Van … Continue reading Modern Screen’s “Inside Story” for April 1956

1961: The Year of Crisis and Unhappy Endings?

NOTE: This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my old magazine collection. The purpose of this post is not to gossip about classic stars or assert the magazine’s stories as fact, but to look at how they were portrayed in the media during the height of their fame. Today we’ll be taking another look at Modern Screen’s Hollywood … Continue reading 1961: The Year of Crisis and Unhappy Endings?

The Hollywood Comebacks of 1961 (from Modern Screen)

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of old magazines. In 1961, several stars saw their Hollywood careers or lives rebound from periods of struggle. Modern Screen acknowledged these comebacks with a special eight-page feature in the annual Hollywood Yearbook, published in 1962. June Allyson and Dick Powell The first two stars to appear … Continue reading The Hollywood Comebacks of 1961 (from Modern Screen)

Modern Screen’s Top 12 Lists & Breakout Stars for 1961

Modern Screen‘s review of 1961’s stars, stories, and films, the 1962 Modern Screen Hollywood Yearbook, listed the year’s twelve top films, twelve top performances and two most promising newcomers. Today I’ll be sharing those lists with you! 12 Best Pictures (Listed alphabetically.) No commentary is given for the “Best Pictures” list — Modern Screen simply names them as the top flicks of the year. I’ve … Continue reading Modern Screen’s Top 12 Lists & Breakout Stars for 1961

Modern Screen’s Hollywood Yearbook: Top Couples of 1962

The 1962 edition of Modern Screen’s Hollywood Yearbook featured a list of the ten most fascinating on- and off-screen couples of the previous year. Today, as a part of TMP’s “Historical Context” series of fan mag excerpts, I’ll be sharing the list with you! Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty “Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty are now playing their sizzling screen scenes in real life,” the … Continue reading Modern Screen’s Hollywood Yearbook: Top Couples of 1962

10 Things Learned from Jan Sterling’s 1952 Modern Screen Column

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, where I share excerpts from my vintage magazine collection. The May 1952 issue of Modern Screen launched a new series for the magazine titled “Take My Word For It.” Each month, the magazine was to choose a “star columnist” for this section, allowing that star to write about anything that came to mind: opinions on … Continue reading 10 Things Learned from Jan Sterling’s 1952 Modern Screen Column

“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 Gardner and Frank Sinatra for Modern Screen than Mrs. Parsons? … Continue reading “Ava and Frank Tell the Truth to Louella Parsons,” Modern Screen, Feb. 1954

Modern Screen’s Top 20 Stars of 1953

This post was written for TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my collection of vintage publications. The February 1954 issue of Modern Screen included “Top 10” lists, featuring the ten most popular actors and actresses of the previous year. This list was fan-voted and a recurring feature of the magazine, published annually. These were the results (and I’ve added the names … Continue reading Modern Screen’s Top 20 Stars of 1953

“Storm Over Hollywood”: A profile of Gale Storm from Modern Screen, February 1954

Today, Gale Storm is a little-known talent of midcentury Hollywood. But in 1954, her career was booming, with Modern Screen calling her “the hottest star since the California fire.” The magazine’s February 1954 issue offers a profile of Gale. Home life and personality In some ways, this article is very much a product of its time. Storm’s life as a wife and mother is highlighted … Continue reading “Storm Over Hollywood”: A profile of Gale Storm from Modern Screen, February 1954

Modern Screen reviews the releases of Fall/Winter 1949

This post is a part of TMP’s Historical Context series, in which I share excerpts from my vintage magazine collection. The December 1949 issue of Modern Screen, like all issues of Modern Screen, contains reviews of all of the hot new releases of that month, as well as shorter reviews of recent-but-not-quite-new films that were still showing in theaters. Christopher Kane shares his thoughts on … Continue reading Modern Screen reviews the releases of Fall/Winter 1949