Category Archives: Tony Curtis

Take #1: The Meaning of Leaning in Hollywood

Tweet Leaning boards ( also called Slant boards) were invented for Hollywood players to relax between takes. Frequently, the costumes were cut on the bias, and tailored so snugly that the actor could not sit down without bursting a ladder of seams. In fact, most of the time, there were no zippers or buttons on […]

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Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s: Some Like It Hot

Tweet We continue our survey of the Twenty Greatest Movies of the 1950s. 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. 19. Some Like It Hot, 1959. “Look at that!” Jack Lemmon tells […]

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Hollywood: 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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Marilyn Monroe Master Thief

Tweet Tony Curtis and costume designer Orry-Kelly prepare wardrobe for Some Like it Hot. The Making of Some Like it Hot by Tony Curtis and Mark A. Vieira is one of the most compulsively readable film books evuh. And believe me, yours truly has read many, in fact too many movie memoirs. I admit that […]

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Tony Curtis 1925 – 2010

Tweet No matter how famous he became, no matter how much money he earned, Tony Curtis was always Bernard Schwartz, an insecure and damaged Jewish kid from the Bronx. As the son of Hungarian-Jewish immigrants, Curtis didn’t speak English until he was five or six years old. His father was a tailor and the entire […]

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