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Further Thoughts on Destry Rides Again - Marlene Dietrich and Femme Fatales

Last year I wrote a post about the movie Destry Rides Again, a comedic Western with James Stewart and Marlene Dietrich. I really enjoyed it, so several days ago I watched it again. 767 more words


Yeah, I've seen that talented young singer on the flat screen

Sitting around talking to the kind and happy family of four in the Syracuse suburb of Baldwinsville on one of the final days of 2014, they all were quite excited about a TV program that was coming on New Year’s Eve. 197 more words


Bing Crosby sings some Christmas songs that are NOT "White Christmas"

Every Christmas people play that ultimate of all popular Christmas songs, “White Christmas.” It has arguably been the most popular song ever, the best selling single, the song that keeps both Irving Berlin and Bing Crosby’s names alive today among people who otherwise would never know either man. 738 more words

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Spotlight: Spending a White Christmas at the Holiday Inn

Kicking off the holiday season, we’ll be taking a look at two of the most popular seasonal movie musicals ever made- and compare/contrast them a little bit since they’re often confused with one another. 368 more words

Shakespeare November: Love's Labour's Lost

A Shakespeare Musical.  I kid you not.  When my friend Manda Barker recommend this movie for me to review, I rolled my eyes and wondered “What I have done to deserve this?”  Remembering when this movie came out, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” was trashed by the critics and proved to be the end of the Shakespeare film craze that was started with Branagh’s “Henry V” and reached its apex with “Shakespeare In Love”.   310 more words


"It's Been A Long, Long Time" - The End of WWII

I’ve always been a bit of a living anachronism; I know virtually nothing about my own, contemporary culture and I especially know little about the music of my era. 584 more words

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