Going Italian With Mama Valerie

Up goes the curtain... Muppet Show alum Valerie Harper was always a versatile lady, and one of my favorite credits of hers is The Great Mom Swap. Released in 1995, the year of my high school graduation, it's vaguely based on the Betsy Haynes novel of the same name and is unusually well-done for a TV movie. … Continue reading Going Italian With Mama Valerie

The Great Muppet Guest Star Caper Has Arrived

It's time for The Muppet Show! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQZ8AuruyI0 We can tell people are raring to go for our little Muppet guest star extravaganza, so please feel free to send Gill and I your posts over the next three days (find Gill's blog here), or beyond, because, ya know, life, and we'll add them on our respective pages. … Continue reading The Great Muppet Guest Star Caper Has Arrived

Shamedown #1: Susan and God

Our first Shamedown of the new year! I think 2023 is going to be fun, at least movie-wise if nothing else. And if anyone would like to know what a Shamedown is, our instigators at CinemaShame have all the information here. Off we go... Who's made New Year's resolutions? I have, sort of--I've been trying … Continue reading Shamedown #1: Susan and God

Thirty-one Days Until the Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

It's not only one week until the Great Muppet Show Guest Star Caper, but it's one month until the Fifth So Bad It's Good Blogathon. Zoikes, people. Fugit hora and all that stuff. Anyway, I really appreciate everyone's continued enthusiasm for this blogathon--it's awesome, especially five years on. And as always, in anyone would like to … Continue reading Thirty-one Days Until the Fifth So Bad It’s Good Blogathon

Less Than One Week Until the Great Muppet Guest Star Caper

Hey, all! Gill's and my Great Muppet Star Caper will be dropping in six days and counting...can you believe it? We're enjoying and appreciating the way so many of you have gotten into this concept, which, by the way, was the lovely Gill's idea, and it's going to be really cool to see everyone's posts. … Continue reading Less Than One Week Until the Great Muppet Guest Star Caper

During World War Two: It’s An Expat Thing

Hollywood was rife with actors, directors, writers, and others who had fled Europe when Hitler came to power and who still had relatives living under Hitler's thumb. Those who stayed behind, especially if they were Jewish, were subjected to the same treatment as anyone else, often dying by execution, in prison or in death camps … Continue reading During World War Two: It’s An Expat Thing

The House of Improv

After the last three years we can all relate to wanting change, right? Big change. Quiet quitting. Quiet hiring. Packing up and moving out of the city for greener pastures. Some of the guys in my life, including my husband, have felt the need to grow facial hair this year. Or sometimes we find ourselves … Continue reading The House of Improv

Announcing the Seen On the Screen Blogathon

It's always interesting to see how places are portrayed onscreen, whether the place is another character in the story or just the background. It's also funny to see locations stand in for other locations, such as a movie set in New York or Chicago being filmed in Toronto, or Vancouver, British Columbia pretending to be … Continue reading Announcing the Seen On the Screen Blogathon

In the Year of Our Shame, 2023

We're back for another twelve doses of Shame in 2023, and since last year's jaunt through Poverty Row was so much fun, I thought it would be cool to go back there--it's kind of unexplored country in terms of blogging and film history. Plus, over the past year I've found a lot of intriguing titles … Continue reading In the Year of Our Shame, 2023

Meet Dorothy Morris

Gotta watch those characters... Dorothy Morris's career was relatively short compared to other character actors of her day, but she always made a big impression in her own quiet, pretty way. The daughter of a Methodist stockbroker, Morris was born on February 23, 1922 in Hollywood and despite being a shy person, became interested in … Continue reading Meet Dorothy Morris

Stage To Screen: Flower Drum Song

When I took a Broadway performance class at Sierra College we were required to audition for the spring musical, which was to be A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum. I had no interest in being in the show whatsoever but I wanted my grade so I signed up. Anyone who has ever … Continue reading Stage To Screen: Flower Drum Song