Joan Fontaine: Articles


'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Oscar Winner Returns to Brazilian Screens

Rebecca 1940: Joan Fontaine as the “successor” and Judith Anderson as the creepy lesbian housekeeper, madly in love with her deceased mistress. 'Rebecca' 1940: Alfred Hitchcock Best Picture Oscar winner back on Brazilian screens Based on Daphne Du Maurier's 1938 novel, Alfred Hitchcock's first Hollywood movie, Rebecca (1940), has briefly […]


Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros.: Landmark Lawsuit

Olivia de Havilland in 'The Heiress.' Olivia de Havilland vs. Warner Bros. (See previous post: “Olivia de Havilland Turns 99: Warner Bros. Legal Fight Changed U.S. Labor Law.”) In 1942, Olivia de Havilland reportedly turned down the colorless leading lady role in Raoul Walsh's Gentleman Jim, which would have paired […]


William Cameron Menzies Movies: Murderous Joan Fontaine & Nazi Communists

William Cameron Menzies. William Cameron Menzies movies on TCM: Murderous Joan Fontaine, deadly Nazi Communists Best known as an art director/production designer, William Cameron Menzies was a jack-of-all-trades. It seems like the only things Menzies didn't do was act and tap dance in front of the camera. He designed and/or […]


'Judgment at Nuremberg' & Joan Fontaine: Kramer's Best 'Message Movie' & Only Hitchcock Acting Oscar Winner

Judgment at Nuremberg with Maximilian Schell. Stanley Kramer's most effective “message movie,” the 1961 courtroom/political drama Judgment at Nuremberg is a fictionalized restaging of the post-World War II Judges' Trial of Nazi Germany judges and prosecutors, which was held in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg in 1947. Besides its mostly […]


Joan Fontaine

Joan Fontaine today: One of the best actresses of the studio era has her 'Summer Under the Stars' day Joan Fontaine, one of the few surviving movie stars of the 1930s, is Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” star today, Tuesday, August 6, 2013. I'm posting this a little […]


Movie Stars of the 1930s Still Alive: Oscar Winners Luise Rainer, Olivia de Havilland

Movie stars of the 1930s still alive include Oscar winners Olivia de Havilland and Luise Rainer (image: Best Actress Oscar winners Luise Rainer, Olivia de Havilland, Jennifer Jones, Barbra Streisand, and Meryl Streep, and other Oscar-winning actors and actresses at the 2003 Academy Awards) With the passing of Deanna Durbin […]


Alfred Hitchcock 'Rebecca' Remake

Hollywood has been running out of ideas since the time filmmakers started making movies in Hollywood. Even the first “official” feature film made in Hollywood proper, Cecil B. DeMille and Oscar Apfel's 1914 Western The Squaw Man, wasn't an original story. DeMille and Apfel's Western was based on Edwin Milton […]


Joan Fontaine Movies: 'Jane Eyre' & 'The Constant Nymph'

Joan Fontaine in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion Joan Fontaine, who turned 94 last October 22, shines on Turner Classic Movies' tonight. TCM will be showing five Fontaine movies: Jane Eyre (1944), The Constant Nymph (1943), Born to Be Bad (1950), Suspicion (1941), and Ivanhoe (1952). I've yet to check out The […]


Joan Fontaine & Charles Boyer Rare 'The Constant Nymph': TCM Movies

Edmund Goulding's The Constant Nymph, a 1943 romantic drama starring Oscar nominee Joan Fontaine, Charles Boyer, and Alexis Smith, will be shown tonight on Turner Classic Movies at 5 p.m. PT as part of TCM's tribute to the Library of Congress Film Archive. Tied up in legal complications for decades, […]


Alfred Hitchcock & Gene Tierney + Horror Classic 'Dead of Night'

Michael Redgrave in the “The Ventriloquist's Dummy” segment in Dead of Night (top); Gene Tierney in Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Dragonwyck (middle); Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson in Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca (bottom) Turner Classic Movies' horror/mystery/suspense Halloween marathon kicks off this evening with a showing of the 1945 British classic Dead of […]


Edmund Goulding 'The Constant Nymph': Rare Screening

The Constant Nymph, Edmund Goulding's hard-to-find 1943 romantic drama starring Charles Boyer and Joan Fontaine, is the highlight of the August 2010 screenings at the Library of Congress' Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Virg. Joan Fontaine received her third and last Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role as a […]


Robert Taylor Movies: 'Waterloo Bridge' 'When Ladies Meet'

Vivien Leigh, Robert Taylor Waterloo Bridge Robert Taylor is April 2010's Star of the Month on Turner Classic Movies. The Robert Taylor Tuesday evening has already begun: Camille (1937), in which he co-stars with Greta Garbo, is on right now. The little-seen (in the last several decades) Magnificent Obsession (1935), […]


Olivia de Havilland on Joan Fontaine + Romance Classic

Olivia de Havilland. Olivia de Havilland is the subject of an interview published in the London Evening Standard about a week ago. The piece is a must-read. Discussed are de Havilland's youth, her early years in Los Angeles, Errol Flynn, Gone with the Wind, the Academy Awards, and – tangentially […]


'Gunga Din' Movie 1939: Cary Grant & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Adventure Classic

Gunga Din movie 1939: Cary Grant, Victor McLaglen, and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. George Stevens' rousingly politically incorrect – and for the most part much admired – action-adventure tale Gunga Din will have a special screening on Friday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and […]