Caught in the Draft

Another Bob Hope classic, Caught in the Draft includes Eddie Bracken and Dorothy Lamour. Bob Hope plays Don Bolton, movie star, reluctant to enter the Draft-as required of all those men 18-32. Just 32, he concocts a plan to woo Tony( Dorothy Lamour) and get married, thus releasing him from having to join the army….

The Ghost Breakers

I’m not one for scary movies— at all. Annstj will tell you that straight out. I don’t really love tragedies, sad things, war, amputated limbs, anything that shows the “dark side” of humanity or anything with blood(unless there is a cute doctor involved). So needless to say when a Bob Hope film starts with talk…

The Cat and the Canary

This is what I like about The Cat and the Canary. -A creepy old mansion on the Bayou, with hidden paths and passages -A 10 year delay in the reading of a WILL -A hidden necklace that was presumed stolen -Spirits that warn you of imminent danger -Paulette Goddard playing the wide eyed heroine, and…

Bob Hope Entertainer of the Century

  TCM honored Bob Hope on November 4th, reminding me why this man was an icon in film. While I’ve had many a pretty-boy phase in Classic Hollywood, I never ventured over to Bob Hope Land… until now. Just one film into the Bob Hope Collection and I was hooked, so I’ll be sharing some his…

Gregory Peck Academy President 1967

Sometimes the Oscar show is rescheduled due to a National Tragedy which happened April 10, 1968. The assassination of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 shocked the nation. The Oscars were programed for April 8th but due to Dr. King’s funeral the show went on, only a couple of days later. Gregory Peck…

Julie Andrews Best Actress 1964

Sidney Poitier Best Actor 1963 presenting Julie Andrews Best Actress 1964. Sometimes the Academy actually honors the stuff you like. Upon discovering that The Continental (from the film The Gay Divorcee) won for best music, I began to realize how “right” the Academy actually got the awards for those early films. Seeing Norma Shearer’s out-of-the-box…

Elizabeth Taylor Best Actress 1960

Yul Brynner Best Actor of 1956 for The King and I presenting Elizabeth Taylor Best Actress Award 1960. Butterfield 8 I imagine kids today wonder what kind of a title that is. Well in the 1950’s it was a very special phone number for a very special call girl; Elizabeth. Controversy surrounds this film. Should…

Gary Cooper Best Actor 1952

John Wayne accepting the Best Actor Award for Gary Cooper in his performance for the movie High Noon, March 19, 1953. The 2013 Oscars are one month away; they will be held on March 2nd and presented by the ABC television network. You either love the Oscars or you hate them. The Oscars have reinvented themselves over…