Mary Tyler Moore Modern Woman

December 29, 1936- January 25, 2017 : Mary Tyler Moore died today at 80 years old. The poster child for Independent, Modern Woman in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, her character dealt with being single, in her thirties, without children and working a 9-5 job long before it became the norm, though just as frowned…

Kept Husbands in Forbidden Hollywood

If you want to see Joel McCrea at the beginning of his acting career get taken in by a sassy, well-trained Dorothy Mackaill be sure to watch Kept Husbands (1931). 4 Weeks. After meeting the steel boss and former football star Dick ( McCrea), spoiled rich girl Dorothy (Mackaill) lets her father know that she’s only…

Heartbeat: Ginger Rogers as a Pick Pocket

If you haven’t gotten a chance to peruse the classic movies on Amazon Prime, I highly recommend it! Hidden there you will find quite a few gems you’ve never seen before,

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…

Carrie Fisher Dies @ 60

Carrie Fisher grew up in what some coined a “tumultuous Hollywood home“. As we all know Classic Hollywood drama can definitely take its toll. Carrie was 2 years old when her father, Eddie Fisher left her mother, his wife of 4 years starlet Debbie Reynolds of Singing in the Rain fame, for Elizabeth Taylor. Not that we’re placing blame….

Have a little Holiday Affair

“Anything Can Change a Life that’s Ready to be Changed”. This pearl of wisdom comes oddly from what I consider to be a second tier Christmas Film, starring Robert Mitchum. I never really had a Robert Mitchum phase, and actually tried to watch this movie a few times before. This time, however, was different. My…

Classic Holiday Movies from Classic Hollywood

No matter what cable provider/ Netflix/ Hulu/ Amazon Prime/ whatever you’re supporting this holiday season you’ll be sure to find classic holiday films in the lineup. If you need to make sure you’re not missing a favorite, double check our Holiday Movie Check List here:

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…

How to Survive the Holidays Vintage Style

In case you haven’t been smitten by the world of Classic Hollywood yet there are really only a couple things we use to take care of ALL life’s trials and tribulations. From sickness, to breakups, to revenge, to an overabundance of family time here is our Classic Hollywood Guide to getting through it all. Cocktails Dose: With…

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…

Marilyn Monroe or Doris Day

While this may not seem to be a comparison of equal measure it was exactly the conversation that was being had on the Fox Studio set in 1962. When Somethings Gotta Give lost their lead star, Marilyn Monroe, who died unexpectedly, they were in a lurch with no leading man- who refused to make the…

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…

Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and the downfall of the Studio System

In 1962 Fox Studios was in dire financial trouble. With Marilyn Monroe  still within her 7  film 100k contract she was working on the cheap on Something’s Gotta Give with Dean Martin and Cyd Charisse. Somethings Gotta Give was a remake of My Favorite Wife (Cary Grant and Irene Dunne ) and ultimately the story…

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…

Pandora’s Box

OMGoodness…the German Cinema Weimar Era was pretty eye opening especially this G.W. Pabst version of Pandora’s Box, Sex, innuendo, manslaughter and murder are the bottom line in this 1929 German made silent movie featuring American born actress Louise Brooks. Again relying on DVD I am enjoying the Criterion Collection version of Pandora’s Box. Louise Brooks,…

ANNA CHRISTIE

‘Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don’t be stingy baby’ These were the first words spoken in the English version of the 1930 film Anna Christie by Swedish born Greta Garbo in a talking film. For TCM’s German Cinema in the Weimar Era theme I decided to borrow the DVD from my…

Metropolis vs Batman vs Superman

As I sat in the movie theatre a couple of weeks ago watching the DC comic book hero’s on the screen I was impressed at one point by the intentional or unintentional music reference to Gottfried Huppertz soundtrack for the 1926 German Cinematic Masterpiece-Metropolis. German born Hans Zimmer’s music composition of the Batman vs Superman…