Mary Tyler Moore: A tribute (for the Funny Lady Blogathon)

TMP is largely a mid-20th century film blog, but as you may have noticed I also like to talk about classic television from time to time. One of my favorite classic television series is The Dick Van Dyke Show, which I’ve been re-watching and sharing my thoughts on through a “Recap and React” blog series. Today, for the Funny Lady Blogathon hosted by Movies, Silently, … Continue reading Mary Tyler Moore: A tribute (for the Funny Lady Blogathon)

Katharine Hepburn: a tribute

Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born on May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College she began her stage career, and a few years later found Hollywood success in the 1930s. She went on to amass 51 film and television credits between 1932 and 1994. As we celebrate her birthday today, the following are my five favorite Katharine Hepburn films (at the … Continue reading Katharine Hepburn: a tribute

Favorite films of Stanley Donen

Happy 89th birthday to one of my favorite directors and choreographers of the classic era, Stanley Donen! The following are a few of my favorites from his filmography, listed chronologically because I love them all equally. On the Town I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that On the Town is my favorite musical of all time. Few films of any genre have packed so … Continue reading Favorite films of Stanley Donen

Betty Hutton: A tribute

Elizabeth June Thornburg isn’t a name that most people would recognize, but Betty Hutton certainly is a recognizable name in entertainment. Born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, Betty was the daughter of a railroad foreman and his wife, a homemaker. The family lived in Battle Creek, Michigan. (And yes, the fact that she’s a fellow Michigander was a factor in my decision to … Continue reading Betty Hutton: A tribute

Sidney Poitier: A tribute

Born on February 20, 1927 was not only one of the most talented actors of the mid-20th century, but also one of the coolest human beings in general: Sidney Poitier. Sidney was born prematurely in Miami while his Bahamian parents were visiting Florida. Though being born on American soil gave him U.S. citizenship, Sidney grew up on Cat Island (where his parents ran a farm) … Continue reading Sidney Poitier: A tribute

Ida Lupino: A tribute

A girl named Ida was born February 4, 1918 to a comedian father and actress mother in England. Though her parents encouraged her to become an entertainer, none of them knew that she would become the Ida Lupino: a Hollywood star, writer and pioneering female filmmaker in a male-dominated industry. Ida’s career began on the stage, where she first appeared in school productions as a child. … Continue reading Ida Lupino: A tribute

Marlene Dietrich: A tribute

Few names hold as much weight as that of Marlene Dietrich.  She is one of the actresses who absolutely defines classic glamour and talent, on stage and on film. Born on December 27, 1901 in Schoneberg, Germany (now a district of Berlin), Marie Magdalene Dietrich first found success as a chorus girl. Her German film debut followed in 1922. The big break that turned her … Continue reading Marlene Dietrich: A tribute

Irene Dunne: A tribute

Irene Dunne may not have initially been confident in her skills as a comedic actress, but she was one of the best who ever lived. She remains undoubtedly one of the queens of the screwball comedy genre, consistently portraying her characters with a mix of hilarity and enviable elegance. Irene Dunne has also become one of my favorite actresses as I’ve continued to delve into … Continue reading Irene Dunne: A tribute

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