Let us introduce ourselves.
We have both been around and closely observed movie making and the movie business for nearly 40 years. We both spent time at VARIETY.
Joe Morella is the author or co-author of more than 20 books, often about the most scintillating female stars of Hollywood’s golden age including Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, Loretta Young, Judy Garland, Paulette Goddard, Lucille Ball, Jane Wyman and Clara Bow.
He has also written books about Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, Noel Coward and Cole Porter, Marlon Brando and Bob Hope, among others. In addition, Joe has surveyed the (then) young screen rebels of the Fifties and Sixties and co-authored a fascinating survey of the films of World War II.
Frank Segers, who spent 20 years closely watching a more contemporary array of stars and movie personalities as contributor to a nationally syndicated gossip column, is focused more narrowly: film noir, spaghetti westerns, horror and action movies (the cheesier the better) that often star actors who regularly qualify for the annual Golden Raspberry Awards, the “Razzies.” In other words, his tastes are more often than not at odds with those of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Joining us on a regular basis – and keeping us honest – is guest contributor Larry Michie. Larry’s varied career includes stints as television editor of Variety, editor of the Vineyard Gazette (the Bible of Martha’s Vineyard) and editor-co-publisher of a weekly newspaper in Western Massachusetts. He has written for a number of publications including The New York Times.
Larry’s brief at the Classic Movie Chat is tracking the often treacherous and mystifying journey of books made into movies. His blogs will be tagged BOOKS 2 MOVIES, and must not be missed.
We believe that our collective preferences perfectly complement each other with you, the classic movie fan, the winner.
Let us know what you think about what we write, or just let us know what you think – period. Perhaps you’d like to be a guest contributor. Let’s hear what YOU have to say about your favorite movies, your favorite stars and favorite movie lines.
Our Classic Movie Chat is very much a conversation, not a monologue. So let’s staring having fun together.
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