Author: Bob J

Bob J’s – The Wizard of Oz (1939)

When Ida Koverman, the executive secretary of MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, heard the thirteen-year-old Frances Gumm sing at an audition at the Culver City studios, she quickly summoned her boss. Mayer eventually arrived in time to...

Bob J’s – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Throughout the 1940s and into the 1950s, Metro Goldwyn Mayer produced the most opulent and innovative screen musicals that every other Hollywood film studio tried to imitate. But MGM reigned supreme, and the man responsible for...

Bob J’s – The rise of the American teen-pic

Ever since the movies learned to talk, but particularly during the 1930s Depression era, Hollywood produced any number of films about problem youngsters – classic productions such as Dead End (1937), Angels with Dirty...

R.I.P. Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas (1916–2020)

Bob J. pays tribute to the last of the great male movie stars from Hollywood’s Golden Age, who has passed away today aged 103. A man drops a few coins into the outstretched hand of a Mexican peon and says, “I’m looking for...

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