Betty Jean Perske started as a dancer, then went to acting school. When the tuition money ran out, she turned to modeling, and if not for an appearance on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, she might never have been cast opposite Humphrey Bogart.
Well-known as a movie-making wunderkind, Charlie Chaplin was also known to dabble in the musical arts.
Can music really soothe the savage beast? Lynne Warfel explores how pets and other animals respond to music, with some surprising conclusions.
Alan Silvestri's music to a Tom Hanks extravaganza with Hanks giving voice to at least four characters. Based on Chris van Allsburg's award winning kids' book.
It started as a "pop" song by Irving Berlin that Bing Crosby debuted at Christmastime 1941, but didn't get much notice until late in 1943 when servicemen and women requested it to the top of the charts.
During the holidays we unpack, dust off and polish up countless traditions. Many of these special times include classic movies that take us back to wonderful Christmases past.
Two WWII vets just returned from front line action pair up in Hollywood to make one of the most touching movies of all time; Frank Capra's masterpiece about George Bailey's redemption in Bedford Falls.
The first movie to be shot on location at the Macy's Day Parade in NYC, "Miracle" was also the first major vehicle for then-child star Natalie Wood.
From affable average guy-next-door roles in the movies to President of Screen Actors Guild to President of the United States, it's his "Oh shucks, folks" delivery that endeared him to many.
Considered by many to be the finest choral works in a motion picture, Patrick Doyle supplies Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" with a stirring score to match the epic tale. Non Nobis Domine from the orginal soundtrack.
Rodgers and Hammerstein try to top their success with "Oklahoma" when they filmed "South Pacific". Only two of the actors in the film are heard singing with their own voices.
"Dances with Wolves" changed both Kevin Costner's career as an actor and director as well as the place of Westerns in American film history. On FIF, we hear John Barry's Oscar winning score.
In 1937, a talented writer-artist came to Walt Disney to pitch an idea for a story based on life with his English Springer Spaniel, Lady, and how she was ignored after his first child was born.
The 1960s marked a big change in Hollywood. The studio system was nearly gone, and in its place a new freedom and variety reigned in the movies.
Henry Mancini is one of the most loved and celebrated of 20th century movie composers. He crated music for many of Blake Edward's movies including "The Pink Panther".