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Announcing the Second Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers Blogathon!

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The epitome of wit, sophistication, elegance, and fun, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are enduring icons whose films will never cease to delight audiences. Their solo work continues to inspire people, while their collaborations are unforgettable pieces of art. Last year, In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood's Crystal and I hosted our first Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Blogathon, and I'm thrilled to say we're bringing it back!

Choosing the dates for this event was a bit tricky given our schedules, but we decided to host this on Dec. 28-30. Obviously, this is very close to Christmas and New Year's, which is why we thought it best to announce now and give people plenty of time to write their pieces. (Personally, I find the cozy glamour associated with these holidays to be more than fitting for our favorite dancing duo!)

Here are our rules:
1) You can write about anything relating to Fred and Ginger: their collaborations, their other films, their TV appearances/spe…

Eight Favorites from Kate the Great

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A fierce and brilliant woman, Katharine Hepburn was a thorough original. She turned Hollywood upside down with her unapologetic attitude, her eccentric personality, and her closet full of pants. It’s safe to say that the filmmaking industry hasn’t been the same since. Any actor would be lucky to have a career such as Hepburn’s, not to mention the honors. Her four Academy Award wins are still the record for any performer. The longevity of her work is astounding. Over the course of 60-plus years, she did 44 feature films, 8 television movies, and appeared on the stage in every decade between the 1920s and the 1980s, amassing 33 plays.

From the biggest gestures to the most subtle, Hepburn revealed an intrinsic authenticity and a distinctive style. She wasn’t simply a personality — she was an honest-to-goodness actress, and a remarkable one at that. She practically gave off sparks whenever she entered a scene, and it’s a struggle to keep your eyes off of her regardless of who else is on …

The Second Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn Blogathon is here!

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Doesn't it feel like just yesterday that Crystal and I announced this blogathon? I have been absolutely swamped with so many things going on in my life, I can't believe it's already time for the Second Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn Blogathon. Crystal and I can't wait to celebrate this iconic couple with our wonderful participants, so let's get this party started!

Quick heads-up, though: I'm going to try my best to comment on everyone's posts as soon as I can, but I can't guarantee how fast that'll be due to work, grad school, and other commitments. So, thanks in advance for your patience!

Screen Dreams | Woman of the Year (1942)


Caftan Woman | Keeper of the Flame (1943)


The Stop Button | Adam’s Rib (1949)


18 Cinema Lane |It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)


A Shroud Of Thoughts | The People Against O’Hara (1951)


18 Cinema Lane |One Christmas (1994)


Pale Writer | Undercurrent (1946)


Dubsism | Pat and Mike (1952)


Critica Retro | Desk Set (19…

The Glass Slipper (1955): MGM's Atypical Retelling of Cinderella

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The story of Cinderella has been retold in Hollywood more times than we can probably count. From the more traditional iterations like Disney's 1950 classic to looser adaptations like Billy Wilder's Sabrina, the Cinderella narrative is something audiences love to see again and again. One of my favorite interpretations is The Glass Slipper, starring the wonderful Leslie Caron and directed by the underrated Charles Walters. When I first saw this film, I was struck by its unique handling of such a familiar tale and quickly fell under its spell. Every time I rewatch it, it's like revisiting a friend, it's just so cozy and sweet.
Leslie Caron plays Ella, an orphan who was taken in by the cruel Widow Sonder (Elsa Lanchester) and her two vain daughters, Serafina and Birdena (Lisa Daniels and Amanda Blake). An angry and lonely girl, Ella struggles to connect with people and often lashes out. One day in her secret spot away from the village, Ella meets Mrs. Toquet (Estelle Winw…