Holiday (1938)

When I saw that Holiday (1938) was included in the TCM Film Festival lineup I was convinced that this would be the Bringing Up Baby comedy of the lot. Also directed by George Cukor this film with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn had the promise of a laugh out loud fun romance with a twist…

Follow Your Heart at the TCM Film Festival 2019

The annual TCM Film Festival runs this year from April 11-14, 2019 in sunny Hollywood, California. If you haven’t gotten your passes yet, grab them here… that is, if they aren’t sold out. Believe it or not this festival draws crowds, featuring a side of sold-out hotel rooms and impossible-to-get flights.This years theme, however, may…

Christmas in Connecticut

There is nothing better than finishing up my must see Christmas movies list over the past Christmas weekend than watching Christmas in Connecticut (Barbara Stanwyck Warner Brothers 1945 version). I began the season with Christmas in Connecticut Dyan Cannon Turner Pictures 1992 version (Thanks Rochelle for the Birthday present). The 1992 update makes sense, the…

11 ~ 11 ~ 11

The eleventh month, the eleventh day, the eleventh hour, today is the 100th year Anniversary when Armistice was declared for the ending of WW I. In the U.S. it is called Veterans Day where we honor all soldiers that have served time in the military. TCM will be featuring WWII movies throughout the day on…

Penny Serenade

After Rochellelynn’s last Post – A Christmas Wish and Lots of Prayin, a Facebook Classic Hollywood follower commented asking what our thoughts were about Penny Serenade as a Christmas movie…my first reaction was an emphatic NO. Then since I have a habit of leaping before I look I decided to reconsider and actually watch the…

A Christmas Wish and Lots of Prayin’

I love watching old Christmas Movies in the mornings. Especially before Halloween, and before Work. But I had been putting off watching A Christmas Wish for the last three years, so why give in now? I have to say there was some curiosity, but not much expectation for this to actually be a good film….

Hot Saturday (1932)

Hot Saturday is one of those films you need to watch, because it’s the epitome of everything that was wrong with popular culture in the 1930’s. I’m not talking about the film of course, which is spectacular, but instead the mindset that ran rampant across the country in that holier-than-thou fashion we all despise. Here it’s…

Mad About Musicals

I can’t believe 2018 is half over…how did I miss May and June, it seems like the TCM Film Festival was just yesterday. Due to circumstances beyond my control I neglected signing up for the online free Mad About Musicals course offered by TCM. I believe I procrastinated signing up because I didn’t want to…

TCM FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Rochellelynn and I would like to give a shout out to all of our TCM Backlot peeps and classic movie fans from around the world that will be in L.A. April 26-29th attending the 2018 TCM Film Festival. Hope someone will make it to Bob Koster’s discussion about Deanna Durbin’s first movie Three Smart Girls…

The Great O’Malley

What better movie to post about on St. Patrick’s Day than Warner Brother’s 1937 movie starring Pat O’Brien part of the legendary Warner Brothers Irish Mafia. Pat O’Brian plays James Aloysius O’Malley an overzealous patrolman, a stickler for the law, that even threatens to arrest his own muther played by Mary Gordon for throwing bread…

ST. LOUIS BLUES

What better way to start off the month of February on Movies! TV network than to watch a film I’d never seen or heard of before. It was a pleasant surprise during Black History month to watch the Biography of the songwriter William Handy who wrote one of my favorite classic songs; St. Louis Blues….

Our Favorite Vintage Holiday Movie List

Every holiday, usually the day after Halloween, we dust off the Christmas movies and move them to the living room. Much like how we retrieve that box of sweaters we know we’ll need during the coming cold months, the ritual of “getting ready” for the holidays usually means taking stock of all the movies we’ll…

Favorite Classic Christmas Movies: Part Two

Rochellemariah is correct her Christmas movie list does not have the typical must-see films on it and neither does mine. MEET JOHN DOE (1941) Frank Capra hits the nail on the head with this Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck 1941 platitude ridden film. Every year by Thanksgiving we have had a whole year of doom, gloom…

Bombshell Jean Harlow

By the time Jean Harlow starred in Bombshell she had already been in 12 movies within the last 4 years. Among them Red Dust, The Public Enemy, Platinum Blonde and Red Headed Woman.  She had crafted herself as a siren starlet, reckless, oversexed, and yet somehow…very enduring. Like any good actress in the 30’s she…

Favorite Classic Christmas Movies: Part One

As I stare down a very long week of cooking and baking as my family prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday, with Black Friday close behind, a small cabin mini-break the weekend after and a mid-December vacation to get through ( not to mention the actual Christmas holiday and New Years plans at years end) all…

TCM Summer Under the Stars

Elizabeth Taylor: What better star to honor on the last day of TCM’s Summer Under the Stars 2017 than Elizabeth Taylor. My goal this past August on TCM was to find and watch movies I had never seen before. Looking for some I would consider as a keeper (meaning I’d buy them to watch over…

Under Eighteen Forbidden Hollywood Review

Okay, so I have to admit I am in a massive Warren William phase. It started when I finally got the chance to watch The Gold Diggers of 1933 and was absolutely smitten with the relationship between his and Joan Blondell’s characters. Mind you, had my first run in with Warren been in the depression tragedy…

Actresses of Forbidden Hollywood

I’ve been in a Kay Francis and George Brent phase lately. This usually warrants long periods of Forbidden Hollywood film watching. So I realized it was about time to make this list. AnnStj and I watch these films a lot, mainly because it’s terribly intriguing to see what people put in films before censorship. Lots…

Patriotic Films from Classic Hollywood For Fourth of July

If you’re looking for a few old films to remind you of why you should be truly, truly grateful that you live in a free country this Independence Day, check out the films below. Happy Fourth of July. Pollyanna- Hayley Mills Yankee Doodle Dandee- James Cagney Pride of the Yankees Drums along the Mohawk- Henry…

Waterloo Bridge A War Travesty

Waterloo Bridge opens with the ending; a man in despair looking out over the bridge. As a story telling device this can be compelling and effective. For Waterloo Bridge this device pretty much spoiled the entire story for me and sort of pissed me off.

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

  The Courtship of Eddies Father Glenn Ford, Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Connie Stevens, Jerry Van Dyke   The Courtship of Eddies Father was one of those films I had heard a lot about, but had never really gotten all the way through. Sacrilege, I know but I must admit the glamour of the 30’s…

Happy Fathers Day

To all of those Dad’s out there that go the extra mile (I’m sure those British Dad’s are now thanking Queen Elizabeth for putting the kibosh on the Debutante seasons after 1958) like Rex did for his American daughter in The Reluctant Debutante. Thank goodness Sandra Dee had John Saxon to save her from her…

Top 5 Song and Dance Men from Classic Hollywood Movies

As musicals begin to make a little bit of a comeback we decided to reflect on what it takes to make an amazing song and dance man. This is a little bit of a modge podge of men… all with different strengths.If you want a good classic hollywood musical education, try one flick from each fella…

Song and Dance Actresses in Classic Hollywood

  These are our top 5 song and dance women in classic films. Believe me, we deliberated over this list for quite some time! We joke, alongside most classic film followers, that back in the day men and women actually had to have talent ( in addition to looks) to get somewhere in Hollywood. And…

A Guy Named Joe

I finally watched this MGM film released in March of 1944. I’ve put off watching it because…well it was going to be a tear jerker and I have to be in a certain mood to watch a movie I know I will need a box of tissue to get through. But recently after finding letters…

Pillow to Post

A special Birthday shout out for Willie Best one of my favorite character actors. In the 1945 Warner Bros. Romantic Comedy Pillow to Post the world is at war and on the home front in this movie everything is topsy turvy. Ida Lupino’s character Jean Howard wants to help the war effort but has been…

Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

Sunday May 13, 1917 three children Lucia 10, Francisco 9, and Jacinta 7, cousins from the small village of Fatima, Portugal are visited in a small cove in the countryside by Mary the Mother of Jesus. In 1916 Germany had declared war on Portugal. Democrats, Centrists, Sectarianism, Evolutionists and Atheists abound in 1917 Portugal, and…

How Gary Cooper saved Hollywood.

Gary Cooper as a man embodied “honor and decency” ( Smith, The Film 100), along with an unaffected manner that made him appear strong in the face of danger. His dream to draw newspaper cartoons for a living was put on hold when he made a trip to California in 1924 and landed a role…

Al St. John

TCM’s Star of the Month for April features Character Actors. I would like to give a shout out for my favorite Silent Era Character Actor… Cousin Al St. John. 100 years ago in 1917 cousin Al St. John starred or co-starred in 11 shorts, some with Paramount’s Famous Players ~ Lasky Corporation with his Uncle…

The Fighting 69th

On yesterday’s date one hundred years ago April 6, 1917 the United States entered WW I. In The Fighting 69th this 1940 Warner Brothers film remembers three real life heroes during the U.S. involvement on the front lines in France: Journalist and Poet Joyce Kilmer, Catholic Priest, Army Chaplain Father Francis Duffy and Major William…