Frank Sinatra: The Early Years – ‘Higher and Higher’

I recently picked up Warner Bros. Home Video’s 2008 DVD set ‘Frank Sinatra: The Early Years.’ I’ve never seen any of these films and have just started going through them in chronological order. The earliest film in the set is ‘Higher and Higher.’ Frank Sinatra made his starring debut in the 1943 RKO movie Higher… Read More Frank Sinatra: The Early Years – ‘Higher and Higher’

‘It’s Always Fair Weather,’ Except When It’s Not: The Musical Gets Cynical

Welcome readers to Movie Mania Madness and thanks to the Classic Movie History Projects hosts Aurora of Once Upon A Screen, Ruth of Silver Screenings and Fritzi of Movies, Silently for this event. Flicker Alley is also sponsoring it, so check them out (and buy their awesome Chaplin Mutual set). This is my first contribution… Read More ‘It’s Always Fair Weather,’ Except When It’s Not: The Musical Gets Cynical

‘The Belle of New York’ with Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen

It’s hard to see your favorite stars stumble through a bad movie, especially when it has so many good names attached. That’s the case with The Belle of New York, a seemingly tossed-off Arthur Freed production from 1952. It stars Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen and was directed by Charles Walters. There’s even lyrics by Oscar… Read More ‘The Belle of New York’ with Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen