Summer Under the Stars ~ Herbert Marshall

Herbert Marshall, WWI Veteran lost a leg during the Great War for King and country then came home to hold his own, playing leading man opposite some of Classic Hollywood’s greatest actresses. He duked it out with Barbara Stanwyck in Breakfast for Two (1937). Appeared as Deanna Durbin’s pretend father in the multi-nominated (4) film Mad About Music (1938). Almost survived that conniving Bette Davis, (if only she had given him his pills…)in the nine category nominated film The Little Foxes (1941) and in the 1950’s and 1960’s shared the screen with some of the top box office draws of their time Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh in The Black Shield of Falworth in 1954 and Doris Day in Midnight Lace(1960). Great job Herbert and many thanks for your military service and sacrifice!

Mothers ~ Beulah Bondi

Beulah Bondi, she surprised us in Vivacious Lady by showing us her jitterbug side, she protected her son Fred MacMurray from a Christmas shopping kleptomaniac Barbara Stanwyck in Remember the Night and was the stand by your son Mom in another Christmas must watch every year movie It’s a Wonderful Life. She is another actress that made a career out of playing Mom, Granny, or not so very nice Auntie. A talented actress that played Jimmy Stewarts Mom four times however the one person she really wanted to play Ma to Henry Fonda was a part that eluded her losing out to Jane Darwell the Ma Joad part in the Grapes of Wrath. She was nominated for Oscars as Best Supporting Actress in 1936 for The Gorgeous Hussy and 1938 for Of Human Hearts. However longevity and excellence in her craft finally paid off in 1977 when she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress for a single appearance in a drama or comedy series in an episode of The Walton’s titled: The Pony Cart
She was never a mother in real life but hey who says you have to be a mother to play a mother, sometimes that mothering instinct just comes naturally. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the real, pretend or mothering just comes naturally even though I don’t have kids of my own ladies out there.

Mothers ~ Spring Byington


Spring Byington made the mistake of playing a “heartwarming” Mrs. March in Little Women (1933) and was quickly typecast as Mother in a variety of films. Meet John Doe, Heaven Can Wait, and You Can’t Take It With You soon led to a career as everyone’s favorite mother-in-law in the TV show, December Bride. Her last film appearance at the age of 70 was Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, as the spirited mother of Doris Day, proving that like all mothers, Spring was in it for the long haul.

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Mothers ~ Lucile Watson

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Some may think it was unfortunate that Lucile Watson often got the role of meddling mother, but my what a lineup? With roles in Waterloo Bridge, The Women, Watch on the Rhine, My Reputation, Never Say Goodbye and Made for Each Other, Watson didn’t only bring film credits, but also stage credentials that would help her move into the limelight, and so she did at age 55. Working another twenty years as mother to films biggest stars, she finally retired at age 75 and called it a day. Here’s to all the mothers that keep going…we salute you.


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zooeysaskatoon: “Baby face” (1933) d’Alfred E. Green : Un autre grand film de l’ère pré-code. L’histoire d’une aventurière qui va prendre Nietzsche (oui, oui) au pied de la lettre et va utiliser son corps pour monter dans l’échelle sociale… #une sélection