Favorite Classic Christmas Movies: Part Two

Rochellemariah is correct her Christmas movie list does not have the typical must-see films on it and neither does mine. MEET JOHN DOE (1941) Frank Capra hits the nail on the head with this Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck 1941 platitude ridden film. Every year by Thanksgiving we have had a whole year of doom, gloom…

Favorite Classic Christmas Movies: Part One

As I stare down a very long week of cooking and baking as my family prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday, with Black Friday close behind, a small cabin mini-break the weekend after and a mid-December vacation to get through ( not to mention the actual Christmas holiday and New Years plans at years end) all…

Actresses of Forbidden Hollywood

I’ve been in a Kay Francis and George Brent phase lately. This usually warrants long periods of Forbidden Hollywood film watching. So I realized it was about time to make this list. AnnStj and I watch these films a lot, mainly because it’s terribly intriguing to see what people put in films before censorship. Lots…

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…

Mothers ~ Beulah Bondi Beulah Bondi, she surprised us in Vivacious Lady by showing us her jitterbug side, she protected her son Fred MacMurray from a Christmas shopping kleptomaniac Barbara Stanwyck in…

Mothers ~ Beulah Bondi

Beulah Bondi, she surprised us in Vivacious Lady by showing us her jitterbug side, she protected her son Fred MacMurray from a Christmas shopping kleptomaniac Barbara Stanwyck in Remember the Night and was the stand by your son Mom in another Christmas must watch every year movie It’s a Wonderful Life. She is another actress…

Mothers ~ Spring Byington Spring Byington made the mistake of playing a “heartwarming” Mrs. March in Little Women (1933) and was quickly typecast as Mother in a variety of films.

Mothers ~ Spring Byington

Spring Byington made the mistake of playing a “heartwarming” Mrs. March in Little Women (1933) and was quickly typecast as Mother in a variety of films. Meet John Doe, Heaven Can Wait, and You Can’t Take It With You soon led to a career as everyone’s favorite mother-in-law in the TV show, December Bride. Her…

Mothers ~ Lucile Watson

Some may think it was unfortunate that Lucile Watson often got the role of meddling mother, but my what a lineup? With roles in Waterloo Bridge, The Women, Watch on the Rhine, My Reputation, Never Say Goodbye and Made for Each Other, Watson didn’t only bring film credits, but also stage credentials that would help…

zooeysaskatoon: “Baby face” (1933) d’Alfred E. Green : Un autre grand film de l’ère pré-code. L’histoire d’une aventurière qui va prendre Nietzsche (oui, oui) au pied de la lettre et va utiliser son corps pour monter dans l’échelle sociale… #une sélection

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck Steel-True 1907-1940 There is nothing more shocking pre-code, than an early Barbara Stanwyck movie. Some of her most… View Post

A Life of Barbara Stanwyck Steel-True 1907-1940

There is nothing more shocking pre-code, than an early Barbara Stanwyck movie. Some of her most infamous, really stretched any semblance of a code before Breen took over as the strict enforcer of the code. Ladies of Leisure (1930), Illicit (1931), The Miracle Woman (1931), Ten Cents a Dance (1931), Night Nurse (1931), The Purchase…

Illicit Illicit(1931 Warner Brothers): Barbara Stanwyck “There have been women who want to park their… View Post

Illicit

Illicit(1931 Warner Brothers): Barbara Stanwyck “There have been women who want to park their heads on this manly bosom.” Illicit Fearing the loss of her freedom Ann refuses to get married to a man desperately in love with her. The thing is is she’s absolutely hopelessly in love with him too…but her parent’s divorce left…

Remember the Night Watching Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray trying not to fall in love as thief and prosecuting… View Post

Remember the Night

Watching Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray trying not to fall in love as thief and prosecuting attorney, we almost wonder how they ever had a chance- sleeping in cars together, going to dances together, dealing with crazy family drama together, and getting arrested together usually just end up one place- a relationship. Enjoy this one…

Christmas in Connecticut

Ahhhh, Friday at last. Hope you’re ready to cozy up for our first Friday Date Night Flick, because Christmas in Connecticut has it all- love, laughter, mishaps, and fun, and it’s one of our absolute favorites. With professionally trained singer Dennis Morgan playing our heartsick sailor, and Barbara Stanwyck dropping Christmas ornaments all over the…

Classic Holiday Films from Classic Hollywood Getting ready to jump into the Holiday Season, we wanted to share our ABSOLUTLEY ESSENTIAL Holiday… View Post

Classic Holiday Films from Classic Hollywood

Getting ready to jump into the Holiday Season, we wanted to share our ABSOLUTLEY ESSENTIAL Holiday Films from the days of old. While there are quite a few classic movies out there we decided to narrow it down to ones we’ll definitely make time for. Christmas in Connecticut(1945): My absolute favorite Christmas film! Dennis Morgan…

Joan Blondell August 30, 1906 ~ December 25, 1979  Joan Blondell  ~ Lawyer Man, Three on a Match, Footlight… View Post

Joan Blondell

August 30, 1906 ~ December 25, 1979  Joan Blondell  ~ Lawyer Man, Three on a Match, Footlight Parade, Night Nurse In the Gable-Garson film, Adventure, Joan Blondell gets the never- envied third billing, but the ever envied proposal from Clark. Yep, he liked the blondes. Apparently confessing to Joan that she reminded him of late…

Walter Brennan July 25, 1894 ~ September 21, 1974 ‘Was you ever bitten by a dead bee?’ To Have and Have Not, Nice… View Post

Walter Brennan

July 25, 1894 ~ September 21, 1974 ‘Was you ever bitten by a dead bee?’ To Have and Have Not, Nice Girl?, Banjo on my Knee Happy Birthday Walter!

Barbara Stanwyck July 16, 1907 ~ January 20, 1990 Shopworn, Golden Boy, The Lady Eve Happy Birthday Barbara! View Post

Barbara Stanwyck

July 16, 1907 ~ January 20, 1990 Shopworn, Golden Boy, The Lady Eve Happy Birthday Barbara!

Billy Wilder …Genius Billy Wilder June 22, 1906 ~ March 27, 2002 Billy Wilder ….on Audrey Hepburn “She was so gracious… View Post

Billy Wilder …Genius

  June 22, 1906 ~ March 27, 2002 Billy Wilder ….on Audrey Hepburn “She was so gracious and graceful that everybody  fell in love with her after five minutes. Everybody was in love with this girl, I included. My problem was that I am a guy who speaks in his sleep. I toss around and…