Tag Archives: John Huston

The Books: The Making of The Misfits, by James Goode

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Making of the Misfits, by James Goode. I have known about the notoriously difficult shoot for The Misfits since I was in high school just because, if you study film, even in an … Continue reading

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The African Queen Restored

This year is the 60th anniversary of John Huston’s The African Queen, and the film, which has been seen in a pasty muddy-colored print for decades has finally been restored to its original brilliant luster. You can buy the restored … Continue reading

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John Garfield in We Were Strangers (1949)

John Huston’s gripping (and very sweaty) drama We Were Strangers tells of the fight of Cuban revolutionaries to take back their country, aided by an American (born in Cuba, forced to go into exile), played by John Garfield. Jennifer Jones … Continue reading

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“What a swell party this is”

(Title of this post stolen from a comment to this awesome photo – and the quote is, of course, already borrowed from another source – perfect!) There is so much about that photo that I absolutely love I am finding … Continue reading

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The Books: “John Huston: A Biography” (Axel Madsen)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: John Huston, by Axel Madsen Axel Madsen (who died last year) is one of those writers I envy. I would love that kind of career. He wrote in-depth biographies of John Jacob Astor, the Marshall … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Making of the African Queen: Or How I Went to Africa With Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind” (Katharine Hepburn)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: The Making of the African Queen: Or How I Went to Africa With Bogart, Bacall and Huston and Almost Lost My Mind, by Katharine Hepburn This isn’t strictly a biography and really should be catalogued … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Herman Melville

Herman Melville was born on this day in 1819. Moby-Dick is one of my all-time favorite books (my essays and excerpts are linked at the bottom of this post) – so I figured I wouldn’t just re-hash that old territory … Continue reading

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The Books: “Now” (Lauren Bacall)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Now, by Lauren Bacall Published in 1994, Now is the second of Lauren Bacall’s three autobiographies. By Myself (excerpt here) was published in 1978, and Now came out in 1994. For the most part, it … Continue reading

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Michael Caine: John Huston’s direction

Excerpt from Michael Caine’s awesome book Michael Caine – Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making. Great observation here from John Huston – from when he directed Caine in “The Man Who Would Be King” John Huston managed … Continue reading

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Bogart’s First Screen Kiss

Bogart, after doing film after film after film where he played a villain in the early 30s, where he always seemed to get shot by Edward G. Robinson, finally got a chance to show another side to his character in … Continue reading

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