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We are Classic Hollywood

A guilty pleasure for those obsessed with classic film; in black, white and glorious technicolor, sharing the light and dark side of classic movies.

rochellelynn:  The Light: Regularly trying to get annstj to enjoy the slapstick, comedy, musicals and the romancy films that make life fun and hopeful.

An avid old movie watcher from a very young age I believe that old movies show us how to navigate every single thing life throws at us. The first old movie I ever saw was The Gay Divorcee with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. From that moment on I was hooked. Movies could guide me as nothing ever had. Bye Bye Birdie helped me understand boys. Music Man inspired me to join band. Robin Hood brought an archery obsession and Audrey Hepburn fueled a love of Paris. Most of my years in college and grad school were spent watching old films while studying and sucking down pots of coffee just to stay up late enough to experience these wonderful witty films in my overbooked weeks of work, family and school. I regularly quote lines from movies that only the classically educated recognize. I needed an outlet. This is it.

annstj: The Dark: Insistent upon educating rochellelynn in noir, drama and films with blood, guns, and amputated limbs.

As a child of the 1950’s I grew up watching Classic Movies on a Black & White Television set hoping for glimpses of cousin Al St. John or his mother’s brother Roscoe Arbuckle.

WKYC the local television station across the river from Detroit in Windsor, Canada featured afternoon weekly movies that were hosted by Bill Kennedy a character actor/radio announcer from the 1940’s. For me Bill Kennedy was the original Robert Osbourne. Most of the movies shown in the afternoon were Warner Brothers movies and we all know what that means. Gangsters, stories ripped out of the headlines, pot boilers, war movies like rochellelynn says, blood, guns, and amputated limbs…amputated limbs? Hmmm, I guess that would be Kings Row.

James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Errol Flynn, Barbara Stanwyck, Ida Lupino, Ann Sheridan these were the stars I grew up following.

With this background I jumped at the chance of participating in TCM’s 2015 online course: Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir but after nine weeks of The Summer of Darkness I had to OD on DD (Deanna Durbin) films. I still love the dark side of classic Hollywood but am grateful to rochellelynn for introducing me to Deanna Durbin movies and the lighter side of Classic Hollywood.

‘Sometimes we need a little dark and sometimes we need the light to help us out of the darkness’.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Anne says:

    Do you have pictures of the Frances Marion/ Fred Thomson house in Angelo Drive, Bel Air?

  2. Chinmaya says:

    Hello,
    A quick introduction from my end-Iam Chinmaya from Bangalore,India. The reason for my mail is that I understand that the “sons of the desert” are having their next convention at Hollywood and would want to know if you are attending it. You may check this for more details- http://www.laurelandhardywood.com/ .
    Incase you or anyone whom you know are,please let me know as there are somethings that i want to discuss regarding the same.My id is-chimayaprakash@gmail.com Else,you may ignore this.

    Regards and best wishes,
    Chinmaya

    1. annstj says:

      Sorry Chinmaya, we are not attending that event. Maybe check with the folks over at
      http://www.silentcomedians.com/comedians/laurelhardy/laurelhardy.html and see if they are going. Best of luck in your search!
      Rochelle and Ann Stj

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