McLeod, Norman Zenos: Director’s Career; Filmography

Norman Zenos McLeod was born on September 20, 1898l he died January 27, 1964). He was educated at the University of Washington and spent two years as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Service in France during World War I. McLeod made several successful and influential movies, such as Taking A Chance (1928), Monkey […]

Honor Blackman: Pussy Galore in Bond’s Goldfinger Dies at 94

Honor Blackman, the sexy British actress who portrayed the campy leather-clad Cathy Gale on TV’s The Avengers and then Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (my favorite Bond picture), has died. She was 94.

Adventure in Baltimore (1949): Drama Starring Robert Young and Shirley Temple

Richard Wallace directed Adventure in Baltimore, a drama starring Robert Young and Shirley Temple. In 1905, Dinah Sheldon (Temple), a rebellious art student, is expelled from Miss Ingram’s Seminary for wearing two petticoats instead of five; she also attends political rallies and insists on studying nudes.  Sent home to Baltimore, Dinah’s understanding father, Dr. Andrew […]

Oscar Actors: Robbie, Margot, Best Actress and Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee

Australian born actress Margot Robbie, born July 1990, has received two Oscar nominations, one for Best Actress, the other for Best Supporting Actress. In 2017, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in 2019, she was ranked among the world’s highest-paid actresses. Robbie studied drama at Somerset […]

Movie Cycles: Beach Party Movies (1963-1965)

In the 1960s, a new genre emerged, the “beach party movie,” whose ingredients included teenagers as heroes, surfing, the beach, some adults, thin plot line, and some music.