...Robert Taylor was born 101 years ago today. I celebrated the centennial of his birth last year; there are interesting links to stories on his centennial celebrations in Nebraska for anyone who may have missed it the first time around.
...Our oldest daughter is in London this week enjoying a reunion with friends from her London semester three years ago. One of the things she did this weekend -- along with watching the women's marathon in the rain! -- was tour the HARRY POTTER movie sets. Quite a thrill for a fan from way back! Something Potter fans should keep in mind if they're heading to the UK.
...My dad introduced me to the blog JazzWax, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary. Lots of great photos and info at this blog -- music fans should be sure to check it out.
...Published by Knopf this week: DEARIE: THE REMARKABLE LIFE OF JULIA CHILD by Bob Spitz.
...Over at Immortal Ephemera, Cliff wrote about Myrna Loy and Warner Baxter in the very entertaining PENTHOUSE (1933).
...Cliff also has a very detailed post on KINGS ROW (1942) and how it was adapated from the novel to fit the Production Code. His post is a good read covering a lot of different angles regarding the movie. I was curious about his comments on Betty Field's performance, as I confess I've not found her a compelling actress in the couple films I've seen her in. I thought she was all wrong in an otherwise fascinating adaptation of THE GREAT GATSBY (1949). Haven't seen KINGS ROW for decades; it's definitely a title I need to revisit.
...There's lots of good reviews by Glenn Erickson at DVD Savant this week, including THE 39 STEPS (1935), PRIVATE HELL 36 (1954), and the Columbia Pictures Pre-Code Collection from TCM.
...Caftan Woman's "One for August" choice is VACATION FROM MARRIAGE (1945), an absorbing film I reviewed back in 2009. It stars Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr as a British couple who are transformed by their wartime service. VACATION FROM MARRIAGE airs August 16th.
...Karen's film noir pick for the month, THE PROWLER (1951), is on Monday, August 6th. It stars Van Heflin and Evelyn Keyes. Read about it at Karen's blog, Shadows and Satin...and there's even more on the film from John Greco at Twenty Four Frames.
...I enjoyed the photos of Johnny Weissmuller and Brenda Joyce in TARZAN AND THE MERMAID (1948), currently featured by Dawn at Noir and Chick Flicks.
...USA Today recently ran an interesting story on the success of Five Guys Burgers & Fries.
...Lou Lumenick has reviewed CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944) with Deanna Durbin and Gene Kelly. I've been putting off watching my Region 2 DVD in hopes of seeing this one for the first time on a big screen, but I guess I'd better give in and finally watch it!
...I was quite taken with the beautiful Miramar Hotel when I saw it in THE BLUE DAHLIA (1946) and LET'S MAKE IT LEGAL (1951). Robby's got more info on the hotel at Dear Old Hollywood, including screen shots from the aforementioned movies, contemporary photos, and a restaurant tip. I've been planning to rewatch THAT TOUCH OF MINK (1962), which I've not seen in many years, and was interested the hotel is in that movie too!
...This Cineaste review of THE STEEL TRAP (1952) with Joseph Cotten and Teresa Wright has some good info on writer-director Andrew L. Stone, a filmmaker whose work I've really come to enjoy over the last couple of years. THE STEEL TRAP just came out on DVD-R from the Warner Archive.
...Don't miss the big Summer Under the Stars blogathon going on all month, hosted by Sittin' on a Backyard Fence and ScribeHard On Film.
...Leonard Maltin shares reminisces regarding Tony Martin...Will McKinley has happy memories of watching Martin in a favorite Marx Bros. movie in the middle of the night...Olivia de Havilland sent fond words regarding the late Ann Rutherford to a memorial service held for Rutherford in Atlanta...the Digital Bits paid a loving tribute to longtime DVD reviewer Barrie Maxwell...and Robin Ellis has more thoughts on his POLDARK costar, Angharad Rees, who recently passed away.
Have a great week!