Well, we got off to a rip-snorter of a start with Saturday’s crew (read all about it here) and we’re going to try to be just as exciting today. Enjoy, kids!
Phyllis Loves Classic Movies | Francis Marion, an Anti-Damsel
Legendary screenwriter Francis Marion gets a loving tribute.
Smitten Kitten Vintage | Mary Pickford
Actress, businesswoman, producer, superstar, Mary Pickford did it all!
Silent-ology | Polly, Minta and Louise–Three Unsung Keystone Ladies
Keystone wasn’t all about cops! A look at three talented comediennes from the studio’s peak.
Sister Celluloid | Margaret Dumont– Who Always Got the Joke
Myths are busted about the talented and (yes) self-aware Marx Brothers straight woman.
Smitten Kitten Vintage | Clara Bow
The one, the only Clara Bow! Flapper and anti-damsel extraordinaire.
Big V Riot Squad | The Exploits of Pearl (Pearl White)
Top serial queen (the old word for “action star”) gets the recognition she deserves!
Silver Screenings | Alice Guy: Entertaining Since 1896
Alice Guy wasn’t just one of the first female directors. She was one of the first directors, period.
Speakeasy | Leigh Brackett
She wrote in “men’s” genres like westerns, sci-fi and hard-boiled mysteries. Now Leigh Brackett is getting her due.
Hear Me Talk of Sin | The Life of Pola Negri
The much-maligned Polish superstar is celebrated and defended!
Wide Screen World | Gloria Swanson
If you only know the glorious Gloria as Norma Desmond, you don’t know a fraction of her story!
Girls Do Film | June Mathis
Starmaker and glass ceiling breaker, Mathis was responsible for Rudolph Valentino’s rise to the top.
The Century Film Project | Mabel Normand: Pretty, but no damsel
The sugar on the Keystone grapefruit, Normand was a talented artist in her own right.
A Person in the Dark | Italian Screen Vamps: All for Love
The glorious, glamorous women of Italian silent film.
Anti-Damsels on the Screen
Film Dirt | Phyllis Gordon in Werewolf (1913)
The first-ever werewolf movie? Yes, indeed!
Nitrate Diva | Blue Jeans (1917)
The heroine saves the hero from a sawmill. What’s not to love?
MovieFanFare | Olive Thomas in The Flapper (1920)
We get a close look at one of the first flapper films and a brilliant life cut short.
Outspoken & Freckled | Mary Pickford in Sparrows (1926)
Mary takes on gators and gangsters in this southern gothic classic.
Vitaphone Dreamer | Katharine Hepburn & Ginger Rogers in Stage Door (1937)
It’s All About the Right Writing | Mary Astor in The Great Lie (1941)
Astor’s Oscar-winning performance skillfully deconstructed.
Once Upon a Screen | Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve (1941) Crooked, but not Common
Poor Henry Fonda never knew what hit him.
Caftan Woman | Deborah Kerr in Vacation from Marriage (1945)
A mousy housewife joins the Royal Navy and an anti-damsel is created!
Cinematic Catharsis | Patricia Neal in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Gort, Klaatu barada… Oh, you know the rest!
Now Voyaging | Westward the Women (1952)
William Wellman, 200 women and an epic western.
Love Letters to Old Hollywood | Shirley MacLaine in Gambit (1966)
Shirley MacLaine baffles Michael Caine but she delights the viewers in this adorable romantic heist film.
Aperture Reviews | Katharine Hepburn in A Lion in Winter (1968)
Kate returns to play one of the ultimate historical anti-damsels!