On Thursday night the TCM Road to Hollywood Tour made a stop in the network’s hometown of Atlanta, GA, with a screening of Stanley Donen’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). The event was held in the Rich Theatre at Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown Atlanta. Thanks to TCM I received two VIP tickets which guaranteed me a reserved seat at the free event. My guest for the evening was Tony Dayoub, owner of the film blog Cinema Viewfinder. Confession: neither Tony nor I had seen Seven Brides for Seven Brothers prior to this special event. What a way to see it for the first time!
Jean Harlow epitomizes the essence of old Hollywood glamour and stardom. Although she died young, she has an immortal presence that has lasted for over 70 years. Perhaps it’s because we never saw her grow old. Her youthfulness, beauty, and sexuality are all perfectly preserved as if she were truly alive and breathing. Harlow in Hollywood: The Blonde Bombshell in the Glamour Capital (1928-1937) is a loving and dedicated tribute to “The Baby.” The book is filled with photos from author Darrell Rooney’s personal collection (one of the most complete Harlow collections in existence),and a well written biography by Mark A. Vieira that only a fan could compose. Vieira describes Harlow as intelligent, well-read, friendly, and loving–and always seeking love.
I have never considered myself a huge Judy Garland fan, but that’s not to say I don’t like her. I adore her. I respect her. I hold her in the highest regard. I suppose I never considered myself a fan because I do not feel worthy of that title. Honestly, like those who abused and exploited her, I have taken her for granted. She’s more than Dorothy, you know.