The Golden Age of Hollywood

A few Katharine Hepburn funnies in this post!


A sweet article from 2007 about Katharine Hepburn’s youngest sister, Peg Perry.

Spotlight on the Stacks with Librarian Patricia Moore

A close friend of mine recently sent me an article from a July issue of the New York Times describing “A Hipper Crowd of Shushers“… stating, in essence, that today’s librarians are quite hip and not at all the stereotyped bun-wearers of yesteryear. I replied that I always knew librarians were hip and that finally, after many many years of hipness, the NYT finally caught on. But that leads me to the subject of this blog: the draw of the professional library world and why (or actually who) inspired me to become a librarian.

For me, librarianship is a calling. I began working in libraries at the age of fourteen and while I have had other jobs, life experiences, and educational experiences, one constant in my life is that I’ve always worked in libraries. Some people may find it humorous to learn that I started working in libraries…

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Nineteen Fifty Four: Helen Jameson Hall

Nineteen Fifty Four: Helen Jameson Hall.

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What’s on TCM: January 2013

What’s on TCM: January 2013.

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Ginger Rogers’ Surprise Baby

Ginger Rogers’ Surprise Baby.

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All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front.

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31 Days of Oscar blogathon

31 Days of Oscar blogathon.

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To all my readers who celebrate Christmas, I would like to wish you a very happy holiday. I hope you have a wonderful day filled with happiness, good cheer, and good company!

Some housekeeping notes:

  • Stay tuned for Backlots’ coverage of Noir City X-Mas! It should be appearing on the site within the next day or two.
  • Backlots will be covering the larger Noir City film festival in late January. If you can, join us at the Castro Theater between January 25 and February 3, 2013! And if you can’t, be sure to catch Eddie Muller on TCM for a talk with Robert Osborne about film noir, on January 17.

And finally…

  • The winner of Backlots’ Dueling Divas competition is Angela from The Hollywood Revue! Her analysis of the Joan Crawford/Norma Shearer feud was excellent, and her name was randomly drawn out of a hat for Backlots’ Dueling Divas competition…

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Happy Christmas from the Great Katharine Hepburn!

publicity for LITTLE WOMEN (1933)
Joan Blondell, KH, and Spener Tracy in DESK SET (1957)
KH, Peter O’Toole, and Jane Merrow in THE LION IN WINTER (1968)
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in HOLIDAY (1938)
Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in HOLIDAY (1938)
Douglas Montgomery as Laurie and KH as Jo in LITTLE WOMEN (1933)
KH and director George Cukor on the set of LITTLE WOMEN (1933)
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Dueling Divas 2012

Here they are, folks! I will be updating this page as the entries come in over the next few days. Be sure to check back often for the newest posts! At the end of each day I will re-post this page on Backlots’ social media sites for your convenience so you can read the official entries for each day. Have fun!

MOVIE STAR MAKEOVER: Sonja Henie and Lynn Bari duel over John Payne in this clever piece by Kay at Movie Star Makeover.

CRITICA RETRO: Le examines Barbara Stanwyck’s two roles in everybody’s favorite comedy on a boat, The Lady Eve. This piece is in Portuguese, but Le has kindly offered a handy translation tool in the top right portion of her page.

GEORGIE LEE: Scarlett O’Hara and her sister Suellen do some serious dueling in Gone With the Wind, and Georgie Lee is here…

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