I had been kicking around the notion of writing about actor Martin Balsam for awhile, then fellow blogger Pete’s desert island film list mentioned him in several films. Balsam was a face everyone will recognize; his work lives on in his hundreds of appearances on the big and small screen. He was an actor’s actor. … More Martin Balsam: A Very Busy Character Actor
This is the best of James Stewart’s family films during the 1960s. Stewart’s decade of the 1950s was radically different from what followed in the 1960s. The 1950s was Stewart’s best decade of work; not only were his films very successful, but he turned in a variety of deeply convincing and challenging performances. I believe … More Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
Iconic actress Maureen O’Hara had a long successful film career. She is known for her pairing with John Wayne in five films, but she was a great co-star with many of Hollywood’s great leading men. During the years 1961-1963, she appeared in four of her best roles and most memorable films. She portrayed many fiery, … More Maureen O’Hara (1961-1963)
Two very different films on a related subject from the early 1960’s. One of the reasons I enjoy films from this time period is the frank subject matter, often adapted from best sellers, that take the viewers to the edge of reality with minimal soap opera or totally unrealistic and annoying love interests. These are … More Seven Days in May / Fail Safe (films)
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