Every now and then, someone comes up with an idea that makes me stand up, take notice and lead me to wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?" And here's another example.
Search engines are one of the great by-products of the Internet. From early examples such as Lycos, AltaVista and Dogpile to the now-ubiquitous Google, they have become invaluable resources for research, providing online "sailors" access to an ocean of material.
However, there are times when you don't seek to search an ocean, but merely want to explore a lake or even a large pool. Now, the classic film fan has a site dedicated to that area of expertise. It's appropriately called "Classic Movie Search" (http://classicmoviesearch.com/), and I think you'll find it a splendid aid for when you're searching for information on something pertaining to classic Hollywood. Its creator is Cliff Aliperti, author of a classic movies website called Immortal Ephemera (http://www.things-and-other-stuff.com/),
As of June 19, Classic Movie Search had 136 sites as part of this search engine (and I'm proud to say "Carole & Co." is one of them), a number that reached 205 as of June 21. In short, the site is growing faster than the 50-foot woman (and since this is a classic movie site, we're referring to Allison Hayes, not Daryl Hannah).
The list (http://classicmoviesearch.com/featured-sites/) has remarkable variety: Several sites from Turner Classic Movies, including its superb "Movie Morlocks" blog; plenty of old friends from the blogosphere; and quite a few blogs I'd heretofore never heard of.
There are also a number of blogs which, like "Carole & Co.", are designed to boost awareness of a classic Hollywood personality; among those getting such treatment are Ann Dvorak, Robert Montgomery, Dirk Bogarde, Henry B. Walthall, Ingrid Bergman, John Barrymore, Judy Garland, Louise Brooks, Joan Crawford, Clara Bow, Errol Flynn, Doris Day, Helen Mack, Judy Holliday, Cary Grant, Olivia De Havilland, Joan Fontaine, Vivien Leigh, Laurence Olivier and Warren William.
Want to recommend a site you don't see on the list? Simply go to http://classicmoviesearch.com/recommend-a-site/.
Check Classic Movie Search out -- I think you'll be as enthralled with it as I am.
To leave you, here's my favorite record by one of the great "girl groups" of the '60s, the Chiffons. "He's So Fine"? "One Fine Day"? "Sweet Talkin' Guy"? Fine recordings, all of them, but my particular favorite wasn't quite as big a hit (though it made the top 10 in markets such as Washington and the Akron-Cleveland area). It's from the summer of 1965, and it's called "Nobody Knows What's Goin' On In My Mind But Me." Give it a listen -- it's brilliant: