Articles by Joanna Paxinou

“Men like me because I don’t wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don’t look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.”* That’s how Jean Harlow described her appeal. She became a star playing a sexy, wise cracking, bad girl. Harlow died at…

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Growing up in Manhattan, I remember how hot summers were. Walking the streets felt like the heat was coming up from the asphalt and almost smothering you. We didn’t have air-conditioning at home, just a couple of fans. My Uncle George (my Dad’s brother and a film buff like me)…

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Although my blog is devoted to films of the 1930s and ‘40s, there are many, many more recent films that I love too. Midnight in Paris is one of them. The 2011 film is a fantasy/comedy. I love this movie! It is clever, creative, imaginative, entertaining—it’s just wonderful. The film…

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I grew up in Manhattan on West 57th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues. I loved it and still do! I left the old neighborhood some time ago, but it never left me. There are some new buildings built over the years, but surprisingly a lot has stayed the same….

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Harry Davenport, Courtesy of LeRoy Heritage Museum, Canton, PA Years ago, an actor shone his light in every film role he played. You would have seen him in many roles—he appeared in over 100 films. He was delightful in comedies…and strong, resilient in dramas. He was a wonderful actor who…

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I grew up on 57th Street between Ninth and Tenth Avenues in Manhattan. I loved my neighborhood—still do. They called this area Hell’s Kitchen when I was growing up. According to local lore, the area got its name because it was a rough part of New York City in the…

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One day in 1935, two men met on the set of the film TOP HAT and became lifelong best friends. They were very much alike: reserved, intensely private, dedicated to their wives, workaholics, perfectionists…and supremely talented. They were Fred Astaire and Irving Berlin. TOP HAT was the fourth film that…

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  Frank Sinatra I’ve been a fan of Frank Sinatra’s music for a long time. And as other fans, I have heard about his bouts with the media. But I just read a beautiful book about Frank Sinatra written by his daughter, Nancy Sinatra, entitled FRANK SINATRA-AN AMERICAN LEGEND. In…

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Ward Bond with John Wayne, his friend for 30 years, and Director John Ford. Who can forget the great stars who appeared in the films of the 1930s and ’40s-Greta Garbo, James Cagney, Ann Sheridan, Bogart. But in the background, there were many faces that added so much to their…

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Actress Thelma Ritter When you hear the names Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, or Bette Davis, images come immediately to mind. But in the films of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, there was an army of bit players and character actors who stayed in the background. Their faces are familiar to…

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