Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin perform at the annual SHARE, Inc. benefit in Los Angeles, 1959
Frank Sinatra attends the premiere of Not as a Stranger with his daughter Nancy on June 29th, 1955. Photos by Earl Leaf
No Strings (I’m Fancy Free) (1935) - Irving Berlin
Written for the film Top Hat, No Strings was the brainchild of scriptwriter Dwight Taylor. The Song begins mid-sentence and tells of Astaire’s character’s unwillingness to settle down. The number then leads into an upbeat tap dance that inadvertently wakes Ginger Rogers’ character up, leading to a meeting common in Astaire/Rogers films. with Fred incurring Ginger’s anger and Fred being instantly enamoured with her.
Cary Grant walking his Siamese cat in Beverly Hills, 1955. Photo by Sanford Roth.
→Witty lines from Song of the Thin Man (1947)
I find it very difficult to allow my whole life to rest on the existence of another creature. I find it equally difficult, because of my innate arrogance, to believe in the idea of love. There is no such thing, I say to myself. There is lust, of course, and usage, and jealousy, and desire and spent powers, but no such thing as the idiocy of love. Who invented that concept? I have wracked my shabby brains and can find no answer.
Love letter from Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor
Rest in Peace William Powell (July 29, 1892 – March 5, 1984)
In March of 1929, when Powell was just beginning his transition from supporting actor to leading man, Photoplay magazine published an article accusing him of stealing every film from his co-stars. In the article he was quick to disagree, maintaining that there was no such thing as “picture stealing”. However, some of his friends and fellow actors offered a different perspective.
"Bill a picture stealer? Of course. He can’t help it. He characterizes so perfectly, studies and prepares for each part he plays. He can’t help but attract the most favorable attention. Why, I know that if Bill were playing a crook, a down-at-the-heel, dirty bum, and he had to appear in a close-up — just a head close-up, mind you — he would see to it that his nails were grimy and unpolished, that his heels were run over and his shoes soiled. And none of those things would appear in the picture. It is Bill’s honesty with himself, his desire to portray perfectly whatever he sets out to play, that prompts him to be so meticulous in his characterizations." — Richard Barthelmess
"I was seated at a desk in one scene of ‘The Last Command’ when I first met Bill Powell. This man came through the door. It was Bill. He was a radical in the picture. I was of the nobility. Instantly I felt ‘here is a man with a soul.’ It shone from his eyes. He walked towards me and I felt that he was a brother actor. He is a kindred spirit. The first kindred spirit with which I have worked since coming to America. It is something from the Lord, that which Bill has. A gift of God. But in addition to this divine gift, Bill is human. That is the combination which makes him a great actor. He is also of the earth. You do not see his face, his eyes, as much as you are aware of his soul when you watch him on the screen. They made of him a villain. And he had the soul of a hero. It is too bad. But it is so. In a year, I think Bill Powell will be the foremost character actor on the screen. Picture stealer he may be, but it all unconscious. He feels his parts because he wants to make them live. That is the way with all great actors. And Bill is one." — Emil Jannings
Clark was supposed to cry in the scene after the death of his daughter. It worried him for days before he was to do the scene as he’d never cried on the screen before. He didn’t think it was masculine for a man to cry. One day he confided in me, “Olivia, I can’t do it. I’m just going to have to quit.” I talked with him and convinced him that the tears denoted strength of character, not weakness. It turned out to be one of the most memorable scenes in the movie. Clark always underrated himself as an actor. I think his Rhett Butler will live forever as one of the screen’s classic performances ~ Olivia De Havilland