Scandalous Comedies of the 1960’s

Follow our blog with Bloglovin Perhaps its the winter weather, but I’ve been really into these old movies that simply reek of scandal with a side of social awareness..and a little fun. The Great Race is a classic 1960’s flick following the familiar storyline found in the classier Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, and…

Warning! TCM’s Condemned Film Festival is Here

Throughout the Month of March TCM will be risking damnation by airing “condemned” films every Thursday night beginning this evening with The Story of Temple Drake (1933) followed by Black Narcissus (1947), Design For Living (1933), The Outlaw (1943), Baby Face (1933) and Wild Boys of the Road (1933). These movies all have one thing…

Icon Merle Oberon TCM Star of the Month

At the age of 21 Merle Oberon would solidify her place as a 1930’s Hollywood Glamour Girl. Her role in The Private Life of Henry the VII ( 1933) was a result of a chance meeting with British Film Producer, Alexander Korda while waiting in a tea line at the movie studio. This meeting would…

Hollywood Stars considered for Gone With the Wind

In researching for other posts I found I needed this information and thought it may be intriguing to you to! Take a look at the talent that didn’t get chosen in the 1939 Epic GWTW. For the Role of Scarlett O Hara Jean Arthur Lucille Ball Tallulah Bankhead Diana Barrymore Joan Bennett Marguerite Churchill Claudette…

Monty Woolley

  Looking at Monty Woolley it wouldn’t be hard to believe that he was raised wealthy, went to Yale, was a professor and had friends like Cole Porter. A charmed life, he didn’t find Hollywood fame until he was 50 years old with The Man who Came to Dinner. Opposite Ann Sheridan and Bette Davis,…

Warren Oates

“There were forty western series, and I went from one to the other. I started out playing the third bad guy on a horse and worked my way up to the No. 1 bad guy,” Oates once quipped. Most know for the films/tv by director Peckinpah (Ride the High Country, Major Dundee, The Rifleman) Warren…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: Bye Bye Birdie

LIFE LESSON: What is Love & Marriage Bye Bye Birdie: A must see for any tween or teen in your life. Yes, they will be texting through the entire thing but that doesn’t mean they’re not listening. Besides, sex kitten Ann Margaret can show them how to get the guy with more class than we see nowadays….

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: Wizard of Oz

LIFE LESSON: There’s No Place Like Home Wizard of Oz: The power of merging color film with black and white is pretty remarkable when it comes to how Hollywood has progressed over the years and could provide an excellent history lesson for your child, especially when you explain computers weren’t invented yet–they will be amazed….

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: 101 Dalmations

LIFE LESSON: Be Resourceful. There’s always a way. 101 Dalmatians: This flick offers a perfect explanation for why dogs bark- at you, at other dogs, at cars. They are obviously crafting a rescue! This one will give your child the understanding about where fur coats come from, why women are sometimes called “crazy woman drivers”, and…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: The Sound of Music

LIFE LESSON: Anything is Possible The Sound of Music: Once upon a time, a long time ago they used to play Sound of Music every year at Easter, or so my mom tells me. Why? Well apart from the skyrocketing family friendly t.v. ratings gained on yet another holiday where having the t.v. on is the best…

Summer Under The Stars 2015 TCM

Turner Classic Movies is once again highlighting a Star each day of August, with a lineup of films. The Stars and Day highlighted are below!  Enjoy! 1. Gene Tierney 2. Olivia de Havilland 3. Adolphe Menjou 4.Teresa Wright 5. Fred Astaire 6. Michael Caine 7. Katharine Hepburn 8. Raymond Massey 9. Robert Walker 10. Joan…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: The Happiest Millionaire

LIFE LESSON: Fortuosity The Happiest Millionaire: This is one of my favorites, with Fred MacMurray and newbie actress Leslie Ann Warren. Yes, this is a musical, which means the kids will remember the songs and lessons, whether they want to or not! Key lesson in this film? Fortuosity: that life is always giving you exactly…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: A Little Princess

LIFE LESSON: Faith Required A Little Princess: A absolutely required introduction to Shirley Temple as a child actress can fuel the talk about what the Great Depression was ( which I hear some schools don’t even teach now!), and how America got through it( with shirley temple and musicals). A lovely testament to the Human…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: Mary Poppins

Follow our blog with Bloglovin LIFE LESSON: Just a Spoonful of Sugar helps the medicine go down. Mary Poppins: An Icon in nanny abilities Mary Poppins succeeds in teaching parents how to listen to their children without compromising her practically perfect standards. What’s more is that children can learn that cleaning can be fun, spending time…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: Babes in Toyland

LIFE LESSON: Never Settle Babes in Toyland : A classic fairytale wonderland sets the stage for true love to be battered about a bit before we believe it’s actually possible again. Catching a lucky break by not being thrown into the sea by Barnaby’s henchman Tom comes back as a gypsy woman in order to save his…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: Three Smart Girls

LIFE LESSON: When it comes to family, do whatever it takes. Three Smart Girls: Modeling the importance of family bonds, this favorite follows three sisters as they try to get their divorced parents back together. While not all marriages are worth saving, the lesson here is about a family that helps each other. Its perfect for showing…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: Pollyanna

LIFE LESSON: Look for the best in all things, and you’ll find it!   Pollyanna: The Glad Game alone can help everyone remember that we need to ( and have the power to) make the best out of all situations. More emotionally intelligent than most grown ups, Pollyanna is brave, respectful, curious and fun. Unfortunately our…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood

No matter the age of the children in your life… chances are you’ve noticed some behavior issues you’re not pleased with, are hoping that this hitting other kids (and the dog) thing is just a phase, and praying that the 7 hours a day they spend at school is not a life-scarring experience. Raising kids is tough.. Raising kids…

TCM Movie Camp 2015

The officially rebranded Essentials Jr. is now TCM Movie Camp , a mini movie summer camp for the kids, and on Sundays at 8pm on TCM. This lineup goes from June- August and boasts some classics like Steamboat Willie, The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Thief of Baghdad. With little installments from Disney’s Silly…

That Darn Cat

  If you haven’t watched the classic The Darn Cat (1965) lately, it’s about time you did that. It’s summery, fun and has lines that will make you miss the well written movies of old. In my search for all things beachy, I remembered that this flick had some lovely surfer references thanks to our clueless…

Teen Beach Movie & West Side Story

  Disney Channel brings us more old movie magic thanks to the success of Teen Beach Movie ( a mashup of Frankie & Annette , West Side Story, and Grease ) with Teen Beach Movie 2 and the Wet Side Story characters entering the real world this summer. Its a great time to intro the little ones in your life to…

Teen Beach Movie & Grease

As Teen Beach Move 2 gets ready to premiere on Disney Channel June 26th at 8pm, I can’t help feel a bit glowy ( yes , that’s a word glow-y). Mainly because Disney is bringing a critical set of Classic Hollywood Smart Kid Essentials to a whole new generation via these revivals. We saw this with…

Bikini Beach

  Bikini Beach. What can I say? Annette’s look of contempt here in this picture sums it up. After experiencing the whimsy and presence of a storyline in Beach Party I was saddened to see little of either in Bikini Beach. The good parts: decent beachy scenery, Annette holding strong to her virtue and fashion…

Muscle Beach Party

“You know if there wasn’t music here, this place would be raided!” Muscle Beach Party follows an Italian Contessa to the Body Builder Stables that pop up on Frankie and Annette’s beach, only to realize that the muscle bound man she had followed there couldn’t hold a candle to the yellow-leather clad Frankie singing in…

Pineapple Princess

In the spirit of Beachy Movies, I couldn’t help but sharing this catchy song…(also on the Lilo & Stich Island Favorites CD– a must have for beachy fun). Enjoy! More Frankie & Annette movie reviews on the way!

Beach Party

Frankie and Annette played teenagers in the American International Pictures surprise success Beach Party, though neither actually were. Interesting how times have changed! These days while we’re usually aging our young stars up, but back the, they aged them down. With the plan to run away to a beach house on the horizon Dolores(Annette) adds…

Spring Break

Nothing says Spring Break like Elvis and random girls in bikinis. If you’ve been snowed in too long and can’t wait to escape to the sunshine Girl Happy can help you get through the next few weeks. This is my favorite Spring Break movie and my favorite Elvis flick. The Location: Ft. Lauderdale, The Songs:…

Love and Taxes

  The Mating Game “If you want anything of mine, don’t ask for it, just take it- that’s what neighbors are for.” Unfortunately Pop Larkin’s snobby neighbors don’t quite feel the same, and decide to report him to the tax man- surely he must have some indiscretion that could lose him the farm! In fact…