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The 10 Best Actors in Black and White (Part 2)

10 Best Actors, James Cagney

James Cagney and Ann Sheridan in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

As promised, this is the second part of the post I did yesterday on the 10 best actors in black and white.

You may recognize some of them, and there are others you may not know at all.  Whatever the case might be, I feel they should be included on any top 10, top 20, or even top 50 of anyone’s list.  They were brilliant onscreen.

Are your favorites among them? Continue reading

My Top 4 Red-Hot Jazz Daddies

You are probably looking at this title and thinking, “What the heck is a ‘Red-Hot Jazz Daddy’?”  You probably have a head full of guesses, but you aren’t really sure.

In flapper terminology, a “daddy” is a girl’s boyfriend—and odd enough, a flapper’s daddy in the parental sense is a “dapper”.  I added “red-hot jazz” to the title because it makes it look more interesting than plain old “My Top 4 Daddies”. And besides that, all the fellows on the following list were hot, physically (at least to me) and creatively.  If I had my way, I would go back in time and marry all of them. All. At the same time.  I am a polygamist at heart. Continue reading

The Memorable Roles of Conrad Veidt

This guest post was written by Conrad Veidt collector and fan “Monique Classique”, who writes for The Conrad Veidt Website and Fight for Conrad Veidt! and is a great source for several rare Conrad Veidt images and films on the web.

Cesare in Caligari

Conrad Veidt as Cesare in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Image via Monique Classique)

Conrad Veidt (a.k.a. Connie) is, to me, the greatest German actor of all time – if not the greatest actor in the world! He is considered the Prince of the silent German cinema, but he did make several motion pictures around the world, too, in such countries like Great Britain, France, Italy and the USA.

This year we celebrated Connie’s 120th birthday, and on April 3 we will remember, with deep sorrow, the difficult moment when he left us for good, 70 years ago. Continue reading

A Little Unexpected Emergency Surgery

Hello, my babies.  I hope to have The Little Jazz Baby updated soon with my posts about Bauhaus and other art posts that I have been planning.  Unfortunately an emergency surgery put a wee wrench in my plans.

I was admitted to the hospital early Friday morning in a horrific amount of pain. I thought that it was the kidney infection I was diagnosed with this past month. It wasn’t.  It was my gall bladder, which had been giving me problems for going on four years now.  It became infected and they had no choice but to remove it first thing Saturday morning.

I never had a kidney infection.

*groan* Continue reading

Sleepwalking Cesare (The World’s First Goth?)

Cesare in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Promotional still for Cesare in the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Just by the headline alone, you old school horror fans know what this post is about.  If you have no idea what it means, then allow me to introduce you to Cesare from German expressionist masterpiece, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).

Cesare (Conrad Veidt) is a somnambulist clad in a black turtleneck sweater, tights, and a haircut that reminds one of Moe from the Three Stooges.  He is kept in a large, rickety old cabinet and is only brought out during mealtimes, a carnival sideshow hosted by Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss)…and to commit murder in the middle of the night. Continue reading

The Man Who Laughs is Drama, Not Horror

The Man Who LaughsOne of the things that has long irritated me about descriptions/summaries and reviews of the 1928 Universal Picture The Man Who Laughs is that it is often dubbed a horror film when it is not, even by 1920s standards.

There are reasons, I suppose, that so many people classify it as horror.  The number one reason being the grotesque Glasgow Smile permanently fixed on Gwynplaine’s face.  Another good reason would be the use of shadows and grim scenery that are often so prominent in German Expressionist films of the era.

However when one watches The Man Who Laughs, they soon find out that it is not really a horror picture at all.  It is, in fact, a drama—a love story, even. Continue reading

January’s Jazziest Posts

Conrad Veidt and AngThe month has finally come to an end, my babies. And starting this month, at the end of each month, you will find a wrap-up of the month’s best posts.  A top five list.

The “best” posts, mind you, are not always the most popular ones, but rather my favorite ones.  And sometimes my favorite posts are the ones that have gotten little to no attention!

So what are January’s jazziest posts on The Little Jazz Baby?  This month it has been all about Conrad Veidt and German silent cinema for me.  I love those two  things more than life itself, and was totally excited to bring you content featuring these things (even if it was not as often as I would have liked!) Continue reading

5 Conrad Veidt Films Every Movie Fan Must See

eerie tales (1919)

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

Top 4 Masters of German Silent Cinema

Happy Wednesday everyone!  We are finally over the hump of what seems to be a never-ending week.  I have a whole weekend off, so I plan on spending it in my pajamas stretched out on the sofa watching movies.

If you are planning on a lazy weekend like the one I am going to have, might I suggest that you check out some of the films by the five German stars of silent cinema listed below? Continue reading

Conrad Veidt Was Different from the Others

My darlings, if you have known me for longer than two seconds, you know that I have a bit of an obsession with a long-dead German actor called Conrad Veidt.

Conrad Veidt and Ang

Conrad Veidt and my photoshopped head on Felicitas Radke’s body.

All right, I have a huge, all-consuming obsession with him. Hello, I Photoshopped myself into several pictures with him and ordered 8×10 prints of them to hang in my living room.  I’m not crazy, mind you…even though I am pretty sure I just made myself look that way…*ahem*…

My friends on Facebook are also used to my daily dose of what I call “Connie Crack” (pictures, videos, and other Connie things).  And some of them even enable me by tagging me in Connie-related posts.

And hey, it’s not like I am the only one who admires him a great deal nearly 70 years after his death. There are WordPress blogs, YouTube channels, and Tumblr pages dedicated to him and his ability to seduce from the grave. Continue reading