Category Archives: 1940’s

Laurel and Hardy, The Lovable Geniuses of Comedy

It is over seventy years since the heyday of Laurel and Hardy yet their movies are still popular, still make us laugh, still surprise us with their brilliant inventiveness. The essence of their humor is the physical differences between the … Continue reading

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Irene Dunne, Five Best Actress Nominations

Irene Dunne was a beautiful and highly talented film actress who had an extremely successful Hollywood career during the 1930’s and 1940’s but who has been seemingly forgotten and ignored in recent years. She appeared in several fine romantic comedies … Continue reading

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Tyrone Power, Too Short a Life

Tyrone Power is still a name which inspires strong emotions, particularly in female moviegoers of a certain age. Even so it is difficult nowadays to realise just how big a star, and a heartthrob star at that, that Tyrone Power … Continue reading

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Jane Russell, More Than a Pretty Face

  For two decades Jane Russell was one of the most famous movie stars in the world. she became one of the US armed forces favorite pinups along with Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, and the photo of her cleavage in … Continue reading

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Bob Hope, Mr Talented

Bob Hope died in 2003 but he still ranks amongst the very greatest performers of radio, film and television. As well as being the master of quick-fire comedy in all forms of media, this immensely talented man was also a … Continue reading

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William Holden, The Original Golden Boy

William Holden was a dependable leading man whose career peaked in the 1950’s when a third of his seventy films were made. His first major film was called ‘Golden Boy’ in 1939, with Barbara Stanwyck, and the name stuck with him. … Continue reading

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Joan Fontaine, Polished Hollywood

Joan Fontaine is one of the few surviving actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood. (Another one is her sister, Olivia de Havilland). Joan became famous for her early roles in the 1940’s as sophisticated but shy ingénues, and later … Continue reading

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