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…

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:…

The Way You Look Tonight

Within a two year period and six nominations Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies picked up the Best Song Oscar twice. The music for: The Way You Look Tonight for the 1936 movie Swing Time (RKO) won Best Song at the Oscars and was written by Jerome Kern with Lyrics written by Dorothy Fields. In…

Henry Koster

I told Rochellelynn I would post about TCM’s September theme –The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film featured on Tuesdays of this month. I looked at the themes TCM was highlighting for the month and couldn’t make up my mind which to write about. I would pick one film subject which would lead me…

Melvyn Douglas

TCM’s September Star of the Month Melvyn Douglas spent 63 years as an actor. From the eligible bachelor in his early films to notable character parts in his later years, you’re probably wondering why you don’t know him as well as Cary Grant. Perhaps most known for Ninotchka, he was the guy pursuing the very cold Greta Garbo, and made…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Thelma Ritter

Thelma Ritter six times nominated for Oscar’s Best Supporting Actress: All About Eve (1950),The Mating Season (1951),With a Song in My Heart (1952),Pickup on South Street (1953), Pillow Talk (1959), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)

Summer Under the Stars ~ Herbert Marshall

Herbert Marshall, WWI Veteran lost a leg during the Great War for King and country then came home to hold his own, playing leading man opposite some of Classic Hollywood’s greatest actresses. He duked it out with Barbara Stanwyck in Breakfast for Two (1937). Appeared as Deanna Durbin’s pretend father in the multi-nominated (4) film…

James Garner

Remembering James Garner April 7, 1928 ~ July 19, 2014 Lafayette Escadrille, The Thrill of It All, Duel at Diablo

Mothers ~ Mickey Rooney

  In this month of Mother’s and Memorials who better to remember than Mickey Rooney and his sometimes onscreen mother or mother stand-in Fay Bainter. Whether it was encouraging her how and why do things work and how can I make them better son Tom in Young Tom Edison, or boosting the morale of the…

Same Story, Same Year, Different Studio

1950 Panic in the Streets ~ Twentieth Century Fox, The Killer That Stalked New York ~ Columbia Pictures Panic in the Streets deals with the pneumonic plaque being smuggled onto the New Orleans docks by someone entering the country illegally. We have to keep things hush hush so we won’t panic the public while Richard…

The Duke: John Wayne

  In honor of John Wayne week on TCM, we share some of the nitty and gritty:) Marion Morrison- aka John Wayne- had spent most of his early career in bit roles in serial westerns. Luckily, John Ford came along and cast him as Ringo Kid in Stagecoach, thus propelling him into legend.  The realistic…

My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic and Music Man

Music Man plays at Club TCM at 8pm On TCM Film Festival DAY TWO, April 11th, 2014 My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic, oddly incorporates a lot of Classic Film references throughout the show. There’s a Gone with the Wind scene, a Star Wars scene, and many more, including this one. Proof that The Music…