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Mar 26, 2021

RKO 1935: we look at a couple of starring vehicles for two of the Queens of the Lot. First up is Anne Shirley in the deliberately slight and quietly charming Chasing Yesterday, paired with another father figure, O. P. Heggie (also her kindred spirit in the previous year's Anne of Green Gables, from which she took her...


Mar 19, 2021

In Part 1 of our look at Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' cinematic pairings (part 2 is penciled in for January 2023), we discuss Mark Sandrich's The Gay Divorcee and Top Hat, William A. Seiter's Roberta, and George Stevens' Swing Time. What formula does Sandrich set up for the stars, and how do the other films...


Mar 12, 2021

For our Fox 1935 episode of The Studios Year by Year, we look at two films about forming idyllic communities within a nightmare society: Henry King's One More Spring, Fox's version of a Depression movie (based on a novel by Portrait of Jennie author Robert Nathan); and John Ford's Steamboat Round the Bend, another...


Complete Viewing Schedule - The 2020s!

Mar 6, 2021

Hello everyone!

Well, just in case you were wondering, here's what we plan to watch & discuss for the rest of the decade. 

A little summary, for those who find this kind of thing overwhelming.

Our future Acteurist Oeuvre-View subjects (after current protagonist Clara Bow) will be:

  1. Margaret Sullavan
  2. Daniel Day-Lewis


Mar 5, 2021

This week's Clara Bow Acteurist Oeuvre-view episode sees our star's debut at Paramount, in a supporting role in Dancing Mothers, followed by a starring role in what is sometimes considered her best silent film, Victor Fleming's Mantrap (both 1926). Bow plays two versions of an amoral child-woman, one irritating and...