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The Saddest Movie in the World

A Star is Born I am sure that at least one of you have seen one version of the film A Star is Born, right?  More than likely these days, people are familiar with either the Judy Garland version from 1954 or the Barbra Streisand version from 1976.  Both are musicals, and both have similar story lines—a talented singer is discovered by a man seemingly hell-bent on destroying himself.  As her career takes off, his falls apart and the downward spiral spins out of control, fueled by copious amounts of booze.

If you haven’t seen either one of those movies, you now know what they are about.  They are terribly depressing dramatic pictures full of modern music.

Did you know that there is also a non-musical version released in 1937 that both musicals are based off of?  If you didn’t, you do now. Continue reading

Dear Hollywood, Please Stop Reinventing Gatsby

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Cover of the first volume in the series (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My second post on this blog asked “Does the world really need another Gatsby?” speaking of the the various adaptions of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby.  And a while back, I wrote a more creative post on how one can learn from Gatsby’s mistakes.  I also included the novel in a short list of must-reads by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

I think it is safe to say that I love The Great Gatsby more than life itself.  I am also extremely protective of F. Scott Fitzgerald and all the hard work (and hard drinking) he put into everything he wrote.

When I love something, I put my entire being into it.  I want to preserve it and get people as interested in it as I am.  That is one of the reasons I started this blog.

And I want people to love F. Scott Fitzgerald as much as I do.  I want them to appreciate and respect his genius.  Like most true artists, that something he did not get to experience much in his lifetime. Continue reading

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

March Roundup of My 5 Favorite Facebook Groups

English: Lobby card

English: Lobby card (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been pretty quiet around The Little Jazz Baby in March, hasn’t it?  Since I had my gall bladder out, I have been busy recuperating and honestly haven’t felt much like blogging.  And since I haven’t felt like blogging, I really can’t do a roundup of this month’s best posts…since there are only two.

Instead of doing the usual roundup of the month’s best posts on this blog, I have decided to share with you some links to my favorite Facebook groups, all of which are related to the Jazz Age and silent and classic film. Continue reading

Are You Ready to Go Back to the Jazz Age?

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Your lovely hostess, Angie Schaffer,

Oh my little darlings, I am so glad you took a spare moment out of your day to drop by my brand new little blog!  And I do hope that you like what you see here and plan on coming back often (and I wouldn’t mind at all if you spread the word about it to your friends and family…hint, hint. ;) ).

My name is Angie Schaffer.  I also answer to Ang von Scheffelheim, but as far as this blog is concerned you will always see me post by my legal name.  I have been in and out of the blogosphere for about 10 years now, blogging on politics, old Hollywood, and random this, that, and what have you.  My last blog, The Daily Hottentots, included all those topics and gained a bit of popularity in its short existence.

The feedback I received on that blog is what inspired me to start The Little Jazz Baby.  (Thanks, kids!)  I tried on many hats with that blog, just to test out the waters, you know.  You can afford to be experimental when you’re running a free blog! Anyhoo, my experimentation led to what turned out to be a very popular weekly series called Silent Star Saturday, which featured short biographies on the people who created Hollywood.

When I realized how much people loved these posts, the wheels started turning in my head; I began planning the very blog you are visiting today.

Welcome to The Jazz Age!

So what can you expect to find here?  In addition to my revival of Silent Star Saturday, readers can expect to find information about all aspects of the 1920s—the music, the films, the literature, the art, the overall culture of the decade that brought so much to the world.

Rudolph Valentino, one of the first "teen...

Rudolph Valentino, one of the first “teen idols” of the 20th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you want to learn all you can about society in the 1920s, this is the blog for you.  If you feel that you should have come of age in a speakeasy in 1922, and curse fate for sticking you in the 21st century, then you have found someone who can identify with you.  Your obsession with silent film, flappers, early jazz, bobbed hair, Art Deco, Rudolph Valentino (or Conrad Veidt…or [insert screen idol here]), is understood all too well, my friend. You are not alone.  You can get your fix here, darlings.

My goal is to entertain, educate, and inspire you about one of the most creative decades in the history of the world.  If I can do that for at least one person a day, then I feel I have done my job.

Now it’s your turn, dear reader.  Why did you come to this site today?  What do you expect to see in the future?  Please let me know by leaving a comment below.  And you can also contact me with any feedback.  I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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