Sidney Sheldon, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, and the Lost Art of Dialogue

The name Sidney Sheldon might be more memorable to some for the popcorn-ready murder mysteries that clogged The New York Times Bestseller lists in the 80s and 90s. He is, after all, the sixth best-selling author of all time. But for the first 50 years of his life, Sheldon was a screenwriter. (Which explains his […]

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Charade (1962)

This film is a fine bottle of 1962 French romantic-comedy that has aged with the same charm and class as its lead characters. From the opening titles, you know you’ve got yourself a winner: directed by Stanley Donen, music by Henry Mancini, title cards by Bruce Binder, Audrey in Givenchy. A real 90-pointer. Grant and […]

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December 1960: Screen Spotlight Magazine

I was perusing the hallowed halls of the Larry Edmunds Cinema bookshop on Hollywood Boulevard the other day and had to take this copy of Screen Spotlight magazine home with me. Dated December 1960, it features an in-the-pink Sandra Dee opposite the eternally sexy Cary Grant (kinda wish they had done a film together!). The […]

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How to age gracefully, by cary grant

By golly, if Archie Leach from Bristol didn’t write the book on how to age gracefully then no one has. Superhuman genes aside, Cary Grant is the supreme champion of the subtle art of aging, proving the simple truth of Mark Twain‘s words: aging is mind over matter–if you don’t mind then it doesn’t matter. […]

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