Tag Archives: Michael Curtiz

Silhouettes and Shadows in Mildred Pierce (1945)

Directed by Michael Curtiz Cinematograpy by Ernest Haller

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King Creole (1958): The Dreamspace of “New Orleans”

Young Danny Fisher (Elvis Presley) in King Creole (1958) is a high school flunky a couple times over (“I’m not going back to school. Before you know it, I’ll be a freshman again”), working jobs as a busboy in seedy … Continue reading

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A QA with Jeremy Richey about Elvis Presley As An Actor

Jeremy Richey’s site Moon in the Gutter has been an almost-daily pitstop for me ever since I discovered it years ago. He approaches his topics with passion and enthusiasm, and reminds me of one of those buttons on Facebook that … Continue reading

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The Books: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II, by Aljean Harmetz

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II, by Aljean Harmetz The book was first published under the title Round Up the Usual Suspects, which I like better, but that’s neither here … Continue reading

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A Brutal Scene: Elvis Presley and Dolores Hart in King Creole

Second post about Dolores Hart, costar with Elvis in two movies before she left Hollywood to become a nun. A documentary about her has been nominated for an Academy Award, and I have always wanted to write about her, so … Continue reading

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God Is The Bigger Elvis

Young actress Dolores Hart made her debut opposite Elvis Presley in Loving You (1957), his second film. She worked with him again, the following year, in King Creole, the final film he did before shipping off to Germany. She had … Continue reading

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Elvy and Valty

Elvis Presley, Walter Matthau, Carolyn Jones, “King Creole” Walter Matthau in a BBC interview on working with Elvis Presley in the Michael Curtiz-directed King Creole (Curtiz famously had an incomprehensible Hungarian accent): I almost hesitate, I creep up to the … Continue reading

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Female (1933); Dir. Michael Curtiz

Alice Drake (Ruth Chatterton) inherited her father’s automobile manufacturing business, a behemoth if you judge from the panorama outside her office window of a factory as far as the eye can see. She is just a “female”, but she has … Continue reading

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Movie Poster: Mildred Pierce

I just love this poster, everything about it. I love that red.

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Today in history: November 26, 1942

Casablanca premiered at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City. It was not expected to be a long-lasting mythical evocation of the quintessential American ideals we all aspire to, from generation to generation. It was just supposed to be another … Continue reading

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