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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Happy Land

TCM’s NOW PLAYING guide for April lists tonight as Frances Dee night. However the TCM website lists tonight as Faye Dunaway night and if you do a Happy Land search it lists May 17 as Frances Dee night, well whichever night this movie is premiered it is well worth watching. Rochellelynn this is not a…

Oscar ~ America America

The only nominated film for Best Oscar in 1963 that I had seen at the local theatre was How the West Was Won and at the time I was very disappointed that this film featuring Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Stewart, Carroll Baker, and a cast of thousands did not win Best Picture. However fifty…

Oscar ~ Best Picture 1963

Frank Sinatra, introduced as a Producer/Director from Warner Brothers handed out the Oscar for the Best Picture, the nominees were: America America, Cleopatra, How the West Was Won, Lilies of the Field and Tom Jones. As Frank read the Best Picture nominee titles the picture of a fake movie marquee with the title of the…

Oscar ~ Best Actor 1963

Anne Bancroft the Best Actress for 1962 presented the Best Actor Award: The Best Actor nominees were: Albert Finney for Tom Jones, Richard Harris for This Sporting Life, Rex Harrison for Cleopatra, Paul Newman for Hud and Sidney Poitier for Lilies of the Field. Technically four of the five nominees were British. Sidney Poitier a…

Oscar ~ Best Actress 1963

Gregory Peck the Best Actor in the previous year presented the Best Actress Award. The Best Actress nominees for 1963 were: Leslie Caron for The L-Shaped Room, Shirley Maclaine for Irma La Douce, Rachel Roberts for This Sporting Life, Natalie Wood for Love with the Proper Stranger, and Patricia Neal for Hud. Three out of…

Oscar ~ Best Supporting Actor 1963

Patty Duke presented the Best Supporting Actor award .The Best Supporting Actor nominees for 1963 were: Nick Adams for Twilight of Honor, Bobby Darin for Captain Newman, M.D., Hugh Griffith for Tom Jones, John Huston for The Cardinal, and Melvyn Douglas for Hud. I love watching the Oscar clips from the classic Oscars, scouring the…

Oscar ~ Best Supporting Actress 1963

The five films nominated for Best Picture of 1963 were: (Color) Cleopatra-Walter Wanger, Producer U.S.; How the West Was Won-Bernard Smith, Producer U.S.; Tom Jones-Tony Richardson, Producer British. (B & W) Lilies of the Field-Ralph Nelson, Producer U.S.; America America-Elia Kazan, Producer U.S.(born in Turkey) Talk about a British Invasion, an International group of women…

Oscars

If it isn’t one thing it is another, controversy seems to swirl around the ceremony. It’s either ‘Oscar so white’, ‘Oscar so right’ or ‘Performers so political’. This is also the time of year when TCM features 31 Days of Oscar movies. This year they are featuring Oscar winning or nominated film from A to…

DOUBLE WHAMMY~DEBBIE REYNOLDS DIES AT 84, 1932-2016

What can we say… Debbie’s friend Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away on December 18, 2016. Her beloved daughter suffers a heart attack over the Christmas Holiday and passes away on December 27, 2016, and now 84 year old Debbie. When you are 84 years old that is a lot of mental and physical strain to…

Veterans Day

So Proudly We Hail~1943 Paramount Studio Many Thanks from Classic Hollywood to all who have served or are currently serving!

The Last Hurrah

Columbia 1958 ~ Frank Skeffington (Spencer Tracy) is running for his fifth term as Mayor in a large unnamed city on the eastern seaboard of the United States (Boston). Frank invites his nephew Adam Caulfield (Jeffrey Hunter) a Sports Writer to a meeting asking him to follow him around on his last campaign his ‘Last…

Kisses for my President

What better movie to talk about during Fictional Presidents day on TCM than the 1964 Warner Brothers comedy ‘Kisses for my President’? TCM is featuring the men. During our current strange campaign for president it seems appropriate to feature an obscure 52 year old movie that had the novel idea that a woman could be…

JEAN HARLOW ~ TCM Summer Under the Stars

Rochellemariah and I are suckers for Jean Harlow movies. My favorite Jean Harlow movies are Red Dust with Clark Gable and naturally Dinner at Eight with that MGM big guns ensemble cast. Rochellemariah, well she love, love, loves Personal Property with Robert Taylor and Libeled Lady with William Powell. Jean Harlow had that rare chemistry…

LUCILLE BALL-TCM Summer Under the Stars

Lucille Ball used to be a favorite entertainer of mine. A former RKO/MGM Girl and President of Desilu Television Productions it was in this capacity that Lucy disappointed me. Allegedly ‘dumping’ RKO movies into Santa Monica Bay after purchasing RKO Studio’s in 1957. (Re: These Amazing Shadows-Special Features: Lost Forever). I’ve decided my favorite Lucille…

Into the Dark: The Hidden World of Film Noir 1941-1950

Last year at this time was week 8 of TCM’s The Summer of Darkness which I had a fun time participating in. This year instead of a summer of Darkness Noir course we are treated to a keeper of a Noir book written by Mark A. Viera for TCM titled: Into the Dark-The Hidden World…

Olivia de Havilland

Multi-Decade Actress extraordinaire; Warner Brothers Girl; activist for actors rights during the Studio System and present day Centenarian! Classic Hollywood wishes you a Happy 100th Birthday Olivia!!!

Let Us Be Gay

It took me almost 10 minutes to realize that the frumpy wife that looked like Ann B. Davis in this movie was actually Norma Shearer. Of all the Shearer films I’ve watched I am most impressed by Norma’s acting in this film. Norma was pregnant during the filming it’s fun to see the creativity the…

Marie Dressler

In RochelleM’s Post 10 Life Lessons from Audrey Hepburn, Lesson #10 certainly pertains to TCM’s Star of the Month Marie Dressler 1869-1934. Marie was born four years after the end of the civil war and died at age 65 at the beginning of Hitler’s rise to power. She brought laughter and tears during her many…

Memorial Day

Over one hundred years ago July 28, 1914 most of the world was at war. One hundred years ago on this Memorial Day the United States had not yet officially entered the war. On this Memorial Day Classic Hollywood would like to remember three Classic award winning movies dealing with this period in our history:…

All Through the Night

There is a mystery to be solved and retired gangster, professional gambler Humphrey Bogart’s character Gloves Donahue had better solve it because when Ma ‘has a feelin’ Ma has a feelin’. Warner Brother’s 1942 film All Through the Night deals with: murder, German spies, fifth columnists and Sabotage. It also features some of Warner’s favorite…