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The Curious Case of Craptastic Hollywood

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F. Scott Fitzgerald being gorgeous in the sun.

Today I am continuing on with what I have dubbed “F. Scotty Fitz Week” with another post focusing on the literary genius of F. Scott Fitzgerald.

In addition to novels that were outright perfection, Scott also wrote many short stories that originally appeared in publications such as Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post.

One of those stories, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, was first published in the May 27, 1922 edition of Colliers magazine.

The story is a fantasy about a baby who was born an old man.  A grown-up old man with a white beard and yellowed teeth, who talks, smokes, drinks and scandalizes his parents.  As the years progress, he becomes younger and younger, and eventually his grown children have to care for him as if he is one of their own wee brats.

Overall, it is a beautiful story about one family’s ability to cope with a unique situation. In an age where people with special needs were treated rather inhumanely, Fitzgerald found a way to make a hero out of someone who, in reality, probably would have been hidden from the public. Continue reading

Everything Old Is New Again

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My two favorite April Fools, Laurel and Hardy (Photo credit: twm1340)

Happy April Fools Day, everyone!  Spring is in the air, it’s the beginning of a new month, and I am excited about the latest Ultimate Blog Challenge, which starts today!

If you are stopping by from the UBC, welcome to my little space on the web.  I’m glad you stopped by.

For all of you who are new to The Little Jazz Baby (even if you aren’t from the UBC), I will take a moment to explain what this blog is all about.  Here you will information about people, historic events, film, and literature that shaped two fabulous decades—the 1920s and 1930s. Continue reading

5 Conrad Veidt Films Every Movie Fan Must See

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Conrad Veidt being weird in Eerie Tales (1919).

Dear readers, in the short time I have posted on my little blog, I think I have sufficiently proven that I am a huge fan of Conrad Veidt films…haven’t I?  The majority of posts on here thus far have featured him in one way or another.

Now if you did not get the memo…I am a huge fan of Conrad Veidt and his films.

Who is Conrad Veidt, you ask?  His is not a household name anymore, even though in his heyday he was an immense and often controversial star.  Like his contemporary Peter Lorre, Veidt was often cast as a villain or someone who was simply creepy in one way or another.  Continue reading