Vive Mitchum

Robert Mitchum on screen epitomizes ultimate cool… always has, always will. I have a short list of favorite Mitchum pictures…doesn’t everyone? Out of the Past– the quintessence of the noir stained private eye; Night of the Hunter and Cape Fear playing two of the...

One Tough Broad

Ann Savage was one tough broad. And that title is a royal adornment for a lady who was pure class. Ann Savage, who seemed indestructible, quietly passed away on Christmas Day. My friend and colleague Eddie Muller’s masterly profile of Ann in his wonderful tome,...

Bad Things Come in Threes

Honest to God, this blog is not a permanent obit column. I was actually working on an actor profile that is going to go up shortly – but simply had to pause in order to comment on the passing of three notable people from the world of film and entertainment who...

In Remembrance of Millie

Mildred Black died the other week in her home in the San Fernando Valley. Mill wasn’t a movie star or anyone famous. She was a sweet, tough, generous woman who gave a lot more than she got in this life. There wasn’t a funeral, wake, celebration of life or an obit in...

Joseph Pevney

Here is a recent piece on the late actor/director Joseph Pevney that was published in the current edition of the Noir City Sentinel, the house newsletter of the Film Noir Foundation. I recently transcribed about four hours worth of conversation with Joe when I visited...

As Time Goes By

The passage of time prepares one with a sense of acceptance for the death of admired personages; this musing is more of a personal “coming-to-grips” with the approaching finale to an era of popular culture that will shortly reside solely in films, books, the Internet...