Musicals and romantic comedies are in the spotlight this week from Warner's Archive Collection.
Gangly comedienne Charlotte Greenwood was making her mark on the Broadway stage in productions like The Tik-Tok Man of Oz and Pretty Mrs. Smith (a musical comedy that she literally stole out from under its star, Fritzi Scheff) when producer Oliver Morosco fashioned So Long, Letty for her in 1916. The success of that show led to several (read more)
Here is a second selection of casting tales from Hollywood history. As before, the caveat holds that much of what passes as Hollywood history is gossip, and when it comes to casting deals, the story may be clouded by hearsay, whimsy, and star egos.
Film buffs love these stories; we play the altered movies in our heads. (read more)