This morning I was at the gym and watching Turner Classic Movies. “Comet Over Broadway” was on and Kay Francis and I suffered together, but in very different ways: I had the treadmill set to 7 incline and Kay Francis was watching her husband be convicted for killing a man.
At this point, it donned on me that in the last year, I had never discussed how “Comet Over Hollywood” got it’s name.
In September 2009, Turner Classic Movies made the great Kay Francis the Star of the Month. I’d seen Kay in movies before, but I had never had the opportunity to see her suffer like I did during that film festival. I had my mom tape all 40 movies they showed of hers and we watched them throughout the year until the following summer.
I originally made my blog in April 2009 on Blogger and it was titled “Living on Velvet” after another Kay Francis movie (another blogger had this same name so I changed mine). I was going to write about old movies and let the whole world know that they were superior.
But my posts were few, long and lame.
My first post ever was about the horrible Connie Stevens movie “Susan Slade.” I did a play by play of the movie, tried to be witty and it took me three days to write it. Ridiculous. I wrote a few other forgettable posts on Blogger before I switched to WordPress (which I highly suggest.)
I wanted to change things up and be creative: No more 3,000 word movie reviews but now rantings about Katherine Hepburn and washing my hair with champagne.
And so “Comet Over Hollywood” was born.