Betty Monday: Mother Wore Tights

*Spoilers Ahead* For the next few weeks, I’m reviewing Betty Grable movies. Today’s (I know, it’s Tuesday) selection is┬áMother Wore Tights, co-starring Dan Dailey and Mona Freeman. Background: Interestingly, Fox executives held reservations about the film’s potential for success. Betty’s films normally focused on contemporary backstage shenanigans, but┬áMother Wore Tights revolved around turn-of-the-century vaudeville. Betty’s…

Betty Grable Blogathon

  Today, my papa would have been 92 years old. One of the first movies he introduced me to outside of Shirley Temple was Betty Grable’s Mother Wore Tights. I can still remember the VHS cover of her in a sparkly black kitty costume (I even made it the featured image on this post). I…

Betty Monday: The Dolly Sisters

*Spoilers Ahead* For the next few weeks, I’m reviewing a Betty Grable movie each Monday. Today’s focus is The Dolly Sisters, co-starring June Haver and John Payne. Let me start by introducing you to the following number: The Dolly Sister is a very loose adaptation of the real life Dolly Sisters, Rose and Jenny. Back…

Why Betty Grable’s Being Forgotten

I don’t do a whole lot of opinion pieces on here but something that’s always bugged me is how much love Betty Grable doesn’t receive. In fact, there’s a stark lack of literature available on her as well; with only a handful of books written about the woman who was in the Box Office Top…

The Evolution of the Fifties Blonde – Part 1, 1950-1956.

My focus on the 50s Blondes has festered for over a decade now. I’ve written a multitude of articles – and two books – on the blonde women who seemingly ruled the decade but find a heap of misinformation on their evolution from singing-and-dancing marionettes to halo-haired sex comediennes. While this piece cannot claim to…