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…

Personal Property

Personal Property with bombshell Jean Harlow and heartthrob Robert Taylor is slapstick comedy at its best. Enter a jealous fiancee, a slew of money troubles, a girl with a plan and a man who is got a wild card up his sleeve.

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…

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…

The Art of Manhood in Classic Hollywood

Since the beginning film has always held some responsibility to project where we are as the human race. Where we are developmentally, mentally, emotionally, societally, and aspirationally. You can look to any period in film, and see through the lens of the movie camera what society was striving for, what they thought of themselves, what…

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…

Movie Morlocks: Grab Your Tux and Let’s Go Clubbing

Between Capitolfest and TCM’s focus on stars from the 1930s, I have discovered a newfound love for films from the Depression era. Among the many reasons for this recent interest is the imaginative, almost dream-like quality to some of the production design. I don’t know a lot about Golden Age production designers beyond recognizable names…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford TCM’s star for the day acted in eleven Noir movies between 1945 and 1956. She received the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Mildred Pierce in 1945. Joan was nominated for Best Actress in the Film Noir thriller about ‘who was going to kill whom’ Sudden Fear in 1952. However the Oscar…

Summer Under the Stars-Adolphe Menjou

Sometimes he was the good guy but mostly the bad. I always picture him as playing the dapper ‘snidely whiplash’ parts in movies. Can you imagine in 1947 a 26 year old Deanna Durbin’s surprise when the man who played her father in 1937’s 100 Men and a Girl was now at age 57 going…

Summer Under the Stars – Olivia De Havilland

Ninety-nine year old Olivia De Havilland was also a Film Noir Girl, starring in two famous noir films. The 1946 Dark Mirror a Nunnally Johnson Production, directed by Robert Siodmak (if you had attended the Summer of Darkness Noir Course you would know Robert is a big deal in the Noir world). Vladimir Pozner was…

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…

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…

Robert Siodmak~Master Stylist of Noir

Speaking of Deanna Durbin…although it seems most noir gurus gravitate toward ‘The Killers’ (1946) as an essential Robert Siodmak noir film. I can’t help mentioning Christmas Holiday (1944) Deanna Durbin’s dramatic film debut. Eddie Muller’s article from week two of Summer of Darkness described film director Siodmak’s style in Noir as using ‘Complexly layered flashbacks,…

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…

Tammy and the Bachelor

Tammy and the Bachelor a 1957 Summer Release starring Debbie Reynolds is the ultimate bully movie. Seventeen year old Tammy raised down on the river by her bible preaching, moonshiner grandpaw witness a plane crash on the river. Hoping to find saleable salvage from the plane crash down river at the whirlpool they fish out…