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 Mother 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 Mother Wore Tights revolved around turn-of-the-century vaudeville. Betty’s…

Was Jayne Mansfield a Satanist?

This comes up more than any other aspect of Jayne’s life. It doesn’t help that The Church of Satan claims Jayne was a member, and documentaries like Mansfield 66/67 run with the idea all the time. Besides questions on Jayne being a Marilyn copycat and how exactly she died, Jayne’s connection to LaVey is what I’m asked…

Film Feuds: Dueling Harlows

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you I’m not a huge fan of biopics. This isn’t exactly true though; some biopics I really love once I separate the person being portrayed from the film. A lot of them are campy fun. I frequently see a lot of backlash against the actresses who play the stars…

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…

3 Reasons Why Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Remains Popular

SPOILER WARNING Last month TCM showcased Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. I did my first #TCMParty live tweet which was entertaining to say the least (then I of course missed Niagara). As I watched the film for the ten millionth time, I couldn’t help but wonder, “why does the movie still appeal to us?” 1.) The gold digger…