Ex-Lady Bette Davis and The Problem with Marriage

O.K. So I have to admit it took me like 2 months to finally wrap my head around this film enough to write this post. While I’m always up for a challenge to defend the noble institution of marriage, this pre-code film just brought up lots and lots of questions. Advertisements

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Lady on a Train

Nothing says Christmas to me more this year than the Deanna Durbin Christmas Noir movie Lady on a Train, directed in 1945 by French Director Charles David, Durbin’s future husband: December 21, 1950. The original story Lady on a Train was by Leslie Charteris author of ‘The Saint’ series of books. Lady on a Train…

Where the Boys Are

Courtship and Marriage class would never be the same after Dolores Hart’s character Merritt mentions the words Dr. Kinsey and making the statement should college girls play house before marriage? When questioned by the much older lady professor what her answer would be. Merritt answers a profound yes. Before clarifying her answer Merritt is swiftly…

Fanny and Alexander

Take a visual break. Now that all of the preparation, planning and organizing the perfect family Christmas get together is over. Sit in that comfy recliner, kick back and travel back in time (even though you have to read sub-titles) to watch Fanny and Alexander’s best Christmas which would end up being their worst Christmas….

Pride of the Marines

Two of my favorite Warner Brothers actors John Garfield and Eleanor Parker portray real life characters in Pride of the Marines the story of Al Schmid a Marine machine gunner during a battle at the Tenaru River on Guadalcanal August 21, 1942. Dane Clark another favorite portrays LeRoy Diamond, Al’s fellow gunner they both receive…

The Sheik

TCM’s Silent Sundays gives us access to a plethora of great silent films. The Sheik was the film that propelled Rudolph Valentino into super stardom as the first sex god of the screen. Watching it the other evening, I was reminded by how much was not shown in these old films. Sure, you get some…

Bride of Frankenstein 1935

Once again seeing Boris Karloff in his element on screen as The Monster always brings on a sense of Halloween.  In this story, our Dr. Frankenstein, played by Colin Clive, wants to be done with the mad scientist business- that is until another evil doctor kidnaps his wife and forces him to make another monster-…

Dracula

Dracula (1931) features Bela Lugosi, in this early “talkie” film, and quickly brings all that is terrifying to the screen. Unlike some of the other Dracula films you may have encountered, Lugosi’s Count Dracula succeeds in being alluring and sophisticated first and foremost, strolling the streets of London far more fashionable than anyone else. Of course by…

The Moguls

The Jewish experience in Classic Hollywood would not have been or meant what it means to us today without the foresightedness and influence of the major studio moguls or their families that made their own distant journeys to a little Podunk town called Hollywood. It is because of, or in spite of these men that…

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof, a powerful yet beautiful film, Israeli actor Topol (35 at the time) is brilliant as Tevye the father of five daughters that lived in a small simple village in Russia during turbulent times at the turn of the last century. From the opening strains of music in this film we slowly grow…

Distant Journey

Distant Journey what better movie to post about during banned book week than a 1949 forty years banned movie about the holocaust by the half Jewish Czechoslovakian filmmaker Alfréd Radok. This film was personal for him. I watched the film before reading the booklet enclosed with the DVD that explained about the making of this…

The Story of Ruth

Ruth survived being sold as a child by her destitute father for immolation at the hands of the Moab High Priest on the altar of the stone God Chemosh. As an adult she met a Judean artificer Mahlon (Tom Tryon) who was pretty handy at making gold crowns and teaching her the loving ways of…

Agatha Christie murder mysteries

  Agatha Christie, queen of murder mysteries, was not only the brain child behind notorious sleuths like Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence, she is also the best selling author of all time . She wrote 78 crime novels, six other novels, 150 short stories, four non-fiction books and 19 plays. Thankfully TCM…

100th Anniversary of WWI

                    TCM will be remembering, as we all should, the 100th Anniversary of the war to end all wars, WWI on Friday nights in July. It was a war to end all wars because of the weapons of war unleashed that hadn’t been used before on…

We’re No Angels

‘Sentimental Moments, Moments that you shared with me, they will last forever and ever and ever, In my Memory’ This is the opening verse of the featured song written by Fredrick Hollander with Lyrics by Ralph Freed in the holiday classic movie ‘We’re No Angels’. So in honor of Humphrey Bogart’s 113th Birthdate we’re remembering…

Son of Fury

When I found out one of Robert Osborne’s picks for the this month on TCM is Son of Fury, I just had to weigh in. Tyrone Power, as most of you know, is one of our favorites here at Classic Hollywood, and all for good reason too. This film, even as unrealistic at times as it…

‘Edge of Darkness’

From the opening strains of ‘A Mighty Fortress is our God’ written by Martin Luther in 1529 as credits roll; to the ominous music of Franz Waxman as a Nazi Reconnaissance plane flies over the small Norwegian village of  Trollness. The Co-Pilot thumbs thru a notebook to the current day October 1942 to make notes for his…

‘Be Mine…or Not…’

Well Rochellelynn I am taking you up on the challenge stated in your ‘Be Mine…Classic Hollywood’ Post. I don’t have a list but I have a movie that I had never seen before last month, not even a teeny tiny clip.  I am not a Marlene Dietrich nor Charles Boyer fan but I took a…

Grieving Done, Back to Fun…

I’m glad that Rochellelynn did get a chance to watch the excellent Splendor in the Grass, and I hope if we have any classichollywood followers out there that they also get a chance to watch it. It is a tri-fecta of a classichollywood dramatic movie, writing, directing, and acting. Besides newcomer Warren Beatty, it is…