The Seventh Victim (1943) and the Lesbian Monster

Jean Brooks as Jacqueline in The Seventh Victim (photo via RKO) The Seventh Victim follows Mary (played by Kim Hunter) as she leaves boarding school to search for her missing sister and guardian Jacqueline (played by Jean Brooks). As she searches, she descends into a dark world of murder and devil worship until she finds … Continue reading The Seventh Victim (1943) and the Lesbian Monster

REVIEW: Fanchon the Cricket (1915)

Mary Pickford in Fanchon the Cricket (1915) Fanchon the Cricket (1915) was directed by James Kirkwood, co-written by Frances Marion, and stars Mary Pickford as Fanchon, one of her many famous "waif" characters. The story is based on the "adult fairy tale" novel of the same name by George Sand, a constroversial yet popular French … Continue reading REVIEW: Fanchon the Cricket (1915)

The Films of Joan Micklin Silver (1935-2020)

Dear readers (all three of you), today's post is a little different. Last night I heard that director Joan Micklin Silver passed away and decided to write up something to honor her work. Silver died on December 31, 2020 at the age of 85. She directed seven theatrical release feature films and about nine more … Continue reading The Films of Joan Micklin Silver (1935-2020)

A Case for Speculation in Classic Hollywood

Every year at least one line of gossip or another circulates the internet and shakes the classic Hollywood community, inciting outrage in some die hard fans. For example, I remember a particular set of tweets going around a while back about Joan Crawford and Marilyn Monroe, suggesting (a little too explicitly) that they may have … Continue reading A Case for Speculation in Classic Hollywood