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Classic Hollywood: Spencer Tracy Classics on Chestnut

Classic Hollywood: Spencer Tracy

The best part about Spencer Tracy’s acting is that you rarely “catch” him doing it. There are no visible “Method” gears grinding, no hammy “Look-at-me!” moments. Spencer created real people from fictional characters and made it look easy, claiming his “technique” was simply “Know your lines and don’t bump into the furniture.” Read More Read More
Classic Hollywood: (Femme) Fatale Attraction Classics on Chestnut

Classic Hollywood: (Femme) Fatale Attraction

The honey-soaked hive of Film Noir Bad Girls is always buzzing with Queen Bee candidates. Barbara Stanwyck from Double Indemnity. Jane Greer from Out of the Past. Audrey Totter from, well, every pic Totter ever made. But for pure “Wait...what?!” shock value, few dames can rival the on- and off-screen tale of Gloria Grahame, whose boudoir eyes and va-va-va-voom figure rocked Hollywood. Read More Read More
Classic Hollywood: Jean Arthur Classics on Chestnut

Classic Hollywood: Jean Arthur

“Never have I seen a performer plagued with such a chronic case of stage jitters. I’m sure she vomited before and after every scene. When the cameras stopped, she’d run headlong to her dressing room, lock herself in and cry. Those weren’t butterflies in her stomach. They were wasps.”  So wrote director Frank Capra of Jean Arthur, the woman he called “my favorite actress.” I discovered Jean in my teens while reading Capra’s autobiography, The Name Above the Title. Who was this appealing, neurotic star, so publicity-shy that she was dubbed the “American Garbo” by Movie Classic magazine in 1937? Read More Read More

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