Queer Films Blogathon: GLBT Characters in Early Hollywood, Part 2

This part two of my entry for the Queer Films Blogathon held by Garbo Laughs. Part one is here if you didn’t catch it yesterday. Check out all the entries, as they are listed beginning about 10 AM Eastern time this morning. ***  Earlier I listed a few examples of pre-code gay characters, ending with…

Queer Film Blogathon: Pictures

While you’re waiting for more posts in the Queer Film Blogathon, enjoy these fine photos and links, won’t you? Harvey Fierstein circa 1971. Photographed by Gilles Larrain. Courtesy the now-defunct Chateau Thombeau.   Farley Granger, Jane Powell and Roddy McDowall courtesy The Film Experience: Sal Mineo and Gay Hollywood.   Janet Gaynor and Margaret Lindsay…

Queer Films Blogathon: GLBT Characters in Classic Hollywood

This entry is for Garbo Laughs’ Queer Films Blogathon, held June 27. Because my post ran long, I put this part up early and posted the second half Monday, which you can find here.   ***Despite what you may have heard, portrayals of GLBT characters in early and classic Hollywood were not particularly rare, and…

Hotel Monterey (1972)

New York City’s Hotel Monterey was apparently built around 1909, and by the time of Chantal Akerman’s 1972 silent experimental film that features the building as the movie’s sole character, the motel had been turned into lower-rent apartments in the midst of a somewhat run-down neighborhood. Akerman’s stationary cameras capture movement, stillness, patterns, light and…

Ann Pennington, Oscar Levant, and Carole Lombard

Apparently, back in December of 2009, I was completely high. I watched Night Parade (1929) and blogged about it without once realizing that my best sarcastic boyfriend Oscar Levant was in the film. Again, I must assume I was high for days on end to not realize that. The worst part is that I distinctly…

The Roger Corman Blogathon: The Day the World Ended (1955)

This post is for Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear‘s Roger Corman Blogathon. This promises to be a great ‘thon with lots of terrific bloggers contributing. Check it out!   ***Science fiction was firmly entrenched as a popular film genre by the mid 1950s, but Roger Corman was still pretty new at the biz. Angry that he…

The Beautiful and the Bored: Penelope (1966) and Petulia (1968)

  Penelope (Natalie Wood) is a bored housewife who steals things for fun. Her inattentive husband runs a bank, which goes a long way toward explaining her kooky scheme to rob her husband’s bank of $60,000. She confesses this to her psychiatrist (Dick Shawn) and attracts the attention of a police officer (Peter Falk), and…

Already Missing the Daily Mirror

Larry in 2010, recipient of the Courageous Citizens Award. I am heartbroken by this news: The LA Times has put the axe to The Daily Mirror blog. For those who never went, The Daily Mirror was a massive daily blog featuring articles scanned from the archives of the Los Angeles Times newspaper. Every day you…

SLatIFR’s Summer Quiz

Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule is famous for many things: The reviews, the insight, the super spicy nachos, and of course the movie quizzes. I’ve been wanting to do one of these for a long while, but was always stymied on or before question #20 on the list, because I know a lot…

No More Ladies (1935) redux

Somehow, I ended up with a pile of great promotional photos for No More Ladies, so here they are. How’s that for an introduction? “I gots some pictures. Look at them, dammit!” This collar haunts me in my nightmares. Personally, I wouldn’t be caught dead near food in that gown. Or inks or liquids or…