Tag Archives: Mary Astor

Book Review: Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936, written and illustrated by Edward Sorel

I reviewed this absolutely wonderful book for Rogerebert.com.

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Mary Astor’s Sex Life On Trial

In light of the following recent text exchange … … between Mitchell and myself, I would like to announce the publication of two books, which will be sold as companion volumes: I Miss Sluts, by Sheila O’Malley Where’s Mary Fucking … Continue reading

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January 2015: Viewing Diary

I’m going to start listing everything I saw each month. It’ll be a good way for me to keep track, and also a good record for my end-of-year lists. So here’s everything I watched in January, 2015. Inherent Vice (2014; … Continue reading

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Other Men’s Women (1931); Dir. William Wellman

The romantic-triangle set against an environment of machines and technology was territory William Wellman had covered before (in Wings, most notably), and here, in Other Men’s Women, instead of planes, like in Wings, we’ve got trains. Male friendship and work … Continue reading

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Mary Astor …

Part 2!!

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“Get Me a Mary Astor Type.”

Today is Part 1 of a piece on Mary Astor, an actress I have always loved. I loved this bit: Mary Astor always conveyed a sense of having lived in the real world, as opposed to those who were just … Continue reading

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Christmas Movie Tribute: “Meet me in St. Louis”

Here is Alex’s tribute to “Meet Me in St. Louis”. Believe it or not – I came to this film late. I had never seen it and then I was in college, and I became friends with Mitchell, and I … Continue reading

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Casablanca Appreciation Day

From The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II: “Bogart had competence,” says Billy Wilder. “You felt that, if that big theatre where you were watching Casablanca caught on fire, Bogart could save you. Gable had that same … 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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