If you read this column (and I hope you do!) you know that I write a lot about movies. The vintage stuff is what I enjoy the most, especially from the 1930's and 1940's. This was the golden age of movies in my opinion. It was the era of the great character actors, the emergence of sound films and, hence, the introduction of new stars and the demise of many who couldn't cut it with the new technology. It was a time when the Depression cut the heart out of the American economy paving the way for wonderful musicals followed by the era of film noir in the 1940's.
It was a wonderful time for the movies. Television had not yet made its appearance as a serious threat to the silver screen and radio, as big as it was, was more of a companion than a serious competitor. When television did make its move in the 1950's, it brought about panic driven changes in Hollywood that caused the 1950's to be one of the less enjoyable eras of motion pictures and one possessing far less quality than the previous two decades.
I have added a link to my list that may be of interest to those of you who like to know about the details of various films. That link is "IMDB" and will probably give you all the information you would ever want to know about films. If you are watching something and see an actor that you like but can't think of his or her name, just go to IMDB, type in the movie name, and read the credits. IMDB goes into great detail on cast lists printing all members even if they did not receive billing when the film was made. It is a wonderful link for those interested in film, I use it every day for research and enjoyment.
Enjoy a movie today! JM