Category Archives: Hollywood

Silent Star Esther Ralston: Why Do All My Husbands Want to Kill Me? Part II

Tweet Part I here. Esther Ralston was blessed with a lovely, melodic voice, thus it’s something of a puzzle why Paramount dropped Esther’s option in 1929. Esther was a rising star who, between 1924 and 1929, starred or co-starred in twenty-five films. She was a natural for talkies. But the mystery is soon cleared up […]

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Four Movies for the Fourth of July

Tweet Family, friends, backyard barbecue. You’re going to load up on burgers, hot dogs and french fries. Naturally, you will be exhausted from celebrating Independence Day. Time to heave your starch-laden body into a club chair and enjoy some rousing entertainment. Here are Seraphic Secret’s suggestions: four spectacular movies that are uniquely appropriate for this […]

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Silent Star Esther Ralston: Why Do All My Husbands Want to Kill Me? Part I

Tweet They called her, the American Venus. She lived in a Hollywood mansion with a staff of servants. Her chauffeur drove a limited edition limousine. But she ended her days in a trailer park in Ventura, California.

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Friday Footwear — Stiletto Statistics

Tweet Sigmund Freud famously asked: “What do women want?” A new survey by confirms what Seraphic Secret knows: Women want shoes. Women dream of nose-bleed stilettos, ballet flats, boots, Oxfords, sandals — whatever! If it clothes the foot, women lust for it.  Okay, a few statistics.

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The Engine Under Hollywood’s Hood

Tweet   Cars and movies. A natural alignment. There are movies you love because the cars featured become major characters with whom we identify. Bullitt, 1968, (allegedly) stars Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset. But let’s be honest, the real star of the movie is McQueen’s 1968, 390 V8 Ford Mustang GT Fastback. The 10 minute […]

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The Wisdom of Hollywood Screenwriters — They Died With Their Boots On

Tweet One of the most beautiful and touching films where marriage and family is the central subtext is They Died with Their Boots On (1941), a fanciful retelling of the George Armstrong Custer legend starring Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland. The screenplay is by Æneas MacKenzie,Wally Kline, and Lenore J. Coffee.

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The True Meaning of the Obama Spielberg Holocaust Party

Tweet Daniel Greenfield reminds us that Jewish history repeats itself with tragic consequences because so-called Jewish leaders are too busy marinating in their liberal pieties to notice that they are enabling the mass murder of their own people. Last summer, Obama had forced Israel to release the murderer of Isaac Rotenburg, an elderly Holocaust survivor who […]

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Hollywood Hat Game

Tweet There was a time when wearing a hat was  de rigueur. Fine millinery was considered a sign of good taste, good breeding, and good fashion. Hollywood actresses were rarely seen in public without hat, gloves and a designer outfit. Those were the days when Hollywood insisted on projecting style and glamour. Of course, with the […]

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Spielberg Honors Obama’s Lies About Jew-Hatred

Tweet Hollywood loves handing out awards. Once upon a time, Oscar was the only game in town. Then the Emmy appeared. Okay, I get it. Awards for movies. Awards for television. Makes sense. But now we are engulfed in an orgy of award ceremonies that render meaningless the achievement an award is supposed to signify. […]

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Hollywood Star Ads: Buy Me, Be Me

Tweet Ever since there were movie stars there have been star product endorsements. Corporations and their advertising companies were quick to understand that those larger than life figures floating like angels on the silver screen were potent persuaders. Thus, the synergistic relationship between one product, the movie star, and a consumer product — cigarettes, perfume, […]

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John Wayne: American

Tweet Scott Eyman’s superb new biography, “John Wayne: The Life and Legend” is an exhaustive look at Wayne’s long life and career as Hollywood’s most iconic star. Eyman points out time and again that Duke—no one called him John, Jack, or his birth name, Marion—was not just Hollywood’s greatest star, but a symbol of America […]

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In Memoriam: Mickey Rooney, 1920-2014

Tweet At five feet, two inches, he was the biggest star in the world. Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.) was probably the most talented star Hollywood ever produced. His astonishing career started in the silent era as a child actor. Rooney made the transition to sound with ease, and his career saw work in radio, television […]

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Remembering Legendary Costume Designer Helen Rose

Tweet Helen Rose was one of Hollywood’s most important costume designers. Seraphic Secret has authored several posts about Rose.  In June 2010, we wrote about Rose’s not-so-nice Jewish boyfriend. If you have not read this post, you should. The identity reveal at the end will take your breath away. In another post, with the help […]

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Hollywood Friday Photos — The Beautiful and the Damned


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Hollywood Friday Photos — Just Because

Tweet This week Seraphic Secret has been preoccupied with, um, stuff. Hence, no time to post about the latest ObamaCare outrage, our government of the pen and by the phone, and of course, John Kerry’s startling and touching discovery of his Jewish ancestry. Anyhoo. It is Friday. Time to take a vacation from the weight […]

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Classic Hollywood Passport Photos

Tweet If you want to torture yourself, take a look at your passport. Chances are you look pretty awful. With flat lighting, a grim full frontal pose, and that look of bafflement, your photo probably looks like a mug shot. Are glamorous Hollywood stars just like us when they submit to the artless lens of […]

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In Memoriam: Shirley Temple Black, 1928 – 2014

Tweet Shirley Temple Black passed away yesterday. She was 85. At the height of her career in the 1930s, she was the most popular actress in Hollywood with more drawing power than Clark Gable and Greta Garbo combined. As a child star during the Depression, the little girl with the 56 perfect corkscrew curls projected […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s: To Kill a Mockingbird

Tweet We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1960s. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1940s, click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1930s click here. For the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1920s click here. 6. To […]

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Scarlett Johansson Defies the Jew-Haters

Tweet It is rare for a Hollywood star to act with courage, especially when it comes to supporting Israel. Let’s face it: Except for Friends of Abe, Hollywood is a deeply conformist community that marches in left-leaning lock-step. Postmodern liberal ideology views Israel as an evil colonial empire. Never mind that Israel is a minuscule […]

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Hey Kids, Instead of Obama’s Long-Winded Speech… Meet John Doe

Tweet   Tonight, Obama will be delivering another, no doubt, long-winded hymn to self and the Democrat-Socialist Party of America. For the countless failures and scandals of his administration, Obama will, of course, blame George Bush, Republicans, Trotsky, saboteurs, Jewish settlers, Fox News, the Tea Party, and, sigh, racism. Seraphic Secret is not even going […]

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