Actors I Love, Part III

The last group. Some are still assuredly missing from my list, but many of these actors and actresses are in modern movies that I’ll probably never get around to blogging about, so this was a fun way to give them a little SBBN-approved love. Stewart Granger Timothy Carey Kathryn Grayson …

Actors I Love, Part II

Now with actresses and even a director! Everett Sloane Harvey Korman Jesse Royce Landis John Cassavettes Maria Bello Mischa Auer Pam Grier

Actors I Love, Part I

Contrary to the way it looks around here, I have been busy — busy clearing out all the half-finished drafts I’ve saved over the last *mumblemumble* years. This is one I started over two years ago when I first posted the Twenty Actors Meme. Once posted, I almost immediately realized …

El Brendel

Much of my information came from online sources (listed below) and the book pictured here, Anthony Slide’s Eccentrics of Comedy. Originally, my plan had been to thrill you all with a quick one-two punch, er, I mean series, of El Brendel-related posts. That is, until my plans were waylaid by …

Gloria Grahame

Much of my information on Gloria Grahame comes from the excellent book Suicide Blonde: The Life of Gloria Grahame by Vincent Curcio. I definitely recommend this book for fans of Grahame. It’s out of print, but used copies can be found online in several stores. Grahame was a beautiful, troubled …

The Big Heat (1953)

The Big Heat (1953, dir. Fritz Lang) is the quintessential classic 1950s film noir. The film begins, as they say, at the beginning: The suicide of a police officer and his hard, greedy widow looking to cash in while the body is literally still warm. She reads the cop’s suicide …

In the Background: Mrs. Potter

This post originally appeared on my previous blog in 2007, and was moved to SBBN in 2008. In October, 2008, I received a lovely email from Harry Morgan and Eileen Detchon’s grandson Jeremy Morgan, who confirmed that the photo of Mildred Potter in “M*A*S*H” is indeed his grandmother, Eileen Detchon. …

The Other Side of the Rainbow

The Other Side of the Rainbow With Judy Garland on the Dawn Patrol by Mel Tormé is an account of his time as composer and musical adviser on the 1963 television series “The Judy Garland Show”. The book, published just one year after Garland’s death, has become rather infamous for …

In the Background: Richard Simmons

Fitness guru Richard Simmons once told A&E’s Biography that he spent time in Italy in his early 20s, and was a bit actor in the 1969 film Fellini Satyricon, an epic tale of decadence and bloodshed populated by hundreds of extras with unique faces and surprising bodies. It’s no surprise that a young, doe-eyed, very large young Simmons would be cast as one of these human decorations.