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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

The Top 5 Best Actresses in Black and White

Best Actresses, Clara BowLast month I brought you the ten best actors in black and white, and today I am going to talk about who I believe are the top five best actresses in black and white.  They were all world-famous at one time (some of them for things other than their acting skills…unfortunately), and still have enduring qualities today.

And I admit that I do not pay much attention to actresses on the silver screen, so I really do not have a solid top 10 best actresses.  The other five vary with my mood.  But there are five dames who constantly, and will always, be the best actresses of all time to me.  And I hope they are to you, too.

Are any of your favorites on the list? Continue reading