Shamedown #9: Telephone Operator

We're back for more shame! I'm always tempted to make "Love Potion #9" jokes when we get to this point in the year, but I'm not going to do that. If anyone is coming in late on this Shamedown business they can find the details here and past Shamedowns here. Off we go... I'm not sure … Continue reading Shamedown #9: Telephone Operator


Happy National Silent Film Day! There's nothing new under the sun, of course, and this year I thought I'd revisit the 1923 film, White Tiger, a Tod Browning tale of murder, mistaken identity, mayhem, and a chess-playing automaton. I couldn't make this up if I tried. The movie opens in a London suburb, where a young … Continue reading Checkmate

Announcing the Fake Teenager Festivus!

We all know teenagers are rarely cast as characters their age, and, as some have noted, teen-oriented shows have become even more prevalent lately. There are a lot of reasons for Hollywood's chronological smudge tactics. Teenagers, at least those under eighteen, can't put in as many hours a day, they may be growing or have … Continue reading Announcing the Fake Teenager Festivus!

It’s All About the Drapes

We all know that so many Hollywood stars got their start on the stage, Broadway or otherwise, and one of the most famous is Vincente Minnelli. Among the things Minnelli did so well in his films was communicate emotion without beating an audience over the head, and one of his lesser-known films is 1955's The … Continue reading It’s All About the Drapes

The Fifth Broadway Bound Blogathon Has Arrived

Friends, here we are for our fifth trip down the Great White Way, and I have mixed feelings because we missed the Tonys this year. Yeah. I've been laboring under the impression that the Tonys were going to stay in September for the time being, but in March the Broadway League and the American Theater … Continue reading The Fifth Broadway Bound Blogathon Has Arrived

If I Were A Broadway Musical

Here we go... Guys and Dolls is quite the show. I first heard the music in college when my voice teacher showed us clips from the 1992 revival starring Peter Gallagher, Faith Prince, Nathan Lane, and Josie de Guzman and liked it so much I bought the soundtrack album. However, I've never seen the 1955 movie … Continue reading If I Were A Broadway Musical

They’re Watching Us

Time to crack open those books... H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds seems to be the Michael J. Fox of sci-fi in that plenty of other sci-fi stories want to be it really, really badly, and some are more overt about it than others. John Christopher's wonderful Tripod series is definitely an homage to … Continue reading They’re Watching Us

My Tolkien Blog Party Tag Answers

We've been talking about Tolkien a lot lately on Taking Up Room and Taking Up More Room, which I'm completely good with, even though the latest buzz centers around the abhorrent new Rings of Power series (read my Substack review here). Groan. Anyway, since I don't want to repeat myself, I thought I would jump … Continue reading My Tolkien Blog Party Tag Answers

During World War Two: The Pacific Theater (Part Two)

When we last left off, America had temporarily pulled out of the Philippines as the last holdouts, Bataan and Corregidor fell to the Japanese, putting thousands of American and Filipino troops and civilians in the hands of enemy forces. Those who weren't murdered were herded into camps, where they faced extremely harsh conditions, and even … Continue reading During World War Two: The Pacific Theater (Part Two)

Five Reasons To See “A Hard Day’s Night”

Britannia rules the waves (again)... We all know 1964 was a huge year for the Beatles. Their careers and collective fate suddenly shot to the top. They made two appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. They toured America for the first time. John wrote and published In His Own Write, which he also promoted on … Continue reading Five Reasons To See “A Hard Day’s Night”

One Week Until the Fifth Broadway Bound Blogathon

It's coming up quick, guys. The cast has been off book for months, everything is set, and dress rehearsal will come and go. Are you all ready for the curtain to rise on our little production? Seriously, thanks as always to everyone who's signed up so far--you all are awesome! And if any of you … Continue reading One Week Until the Fifth Broadway Bound Blogathon

Hep To the Jive

The teen years are awkward enough, but for Shirley Temple they must have been downright painful, because after her 1940 film, The Blue Bird flopped she was at loose ends as an actress, ending her contract with Fox and trying to figure out what to do next. She made one movie at MGM, Kathleen, which didn't grab people, and … Continue reading Hep To the Jive

Stage To Screen: The Music Man

Few Broadway shows can touch The Music Man. It's probably in the top ten of the most well-known musical comedies, or just musicals in general. It's rousing, it's funny, it's winkingly naughty, it has a lot of cool plays on words, it feels like yesteryear. Most of all, who hasn't wanted to go marching out of the … Continue reading Stage To Screen: The Music Man