Holiday (1938)

When I saw that Holiday (1938) was included in the TCM Film Festival lineup I was convinced that this would be the Bringing Up Baby comedy of the lot. Also directed by George Cukor this film with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn had the promise of a laugh out loud fun romance with a twist…

Penny Serenade

After Rochellelynn’s last Post – A Christmas Wish and Lots of Prayin, a Facebook Classic Hollywood follower commented asking what our thoughts were about Penny Serenade as a Christmas movie…my first reaction was an emphatic NO. Then since I have a habit of leaping before I look I decided to reconsider and actually watch the…

Hot Saturday (1932)

Hot Saturday is one of those films you need to watch, because it’s the epitome of everything that was wrong with popular culture in the 1930’s. I’m not talking about the film of course, which is spectacular, but instead the mindset that ran rampant across the country in that holier-than-thou fashion we all despise. Here it’s…

Actors of Forbidden Hollywood

Forbidden Hollywood is one of those Risqué topics only whispered about after everyone else has gone home. Why? Well before the “Hays Code” set up the rules, films were on the verge of going to the dark side. Clothes got skimpier, decision making got more lax, and divorce was running rampant as was sex, drugs,…

Top 5 Classic Hollywood Actors You Should Know

These are the men that defined Classic Hollywood and held roles in some of the most popular and influential films. Here you’ll get classy, debonair, rugged, wholesome and manly. Cary Grant In 1933 Mae West saw Cary Grant and quickly thrust him into her latest film She Done Him Wrong. You will know Cary Grant,…

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:

David Niven ~ Star of the Month

I’ve come to the conclusion that David Niven was a rich man; rich in friends, rich in talent, rich in words that describe a bygone era that we will never see again. David Niven experienced the spectrum of Classic Hollywood first doing extra work for various studios, supplementing his income as crew on deep sea…

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Melvyn Douglas narrates this film, and as Bill Cole( aka the best friend/lawyer) shares the billing with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy ( Mr. and Mrs. Blandings). Trapped in a small apartment in NYC, the uptight  Mr. Blandings needing something, anything… sees the potential for salvation in a broken down old house, while trying to…

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 ~ James Stewart

Vivacious Lady (1938), The Philadelphia Story (1940), Rear Window (1954), Shenandoah (1965) Airport ’77’ (1977), Right of Way (1983), An American Tail: Fieval Goes West (1991)

Toby Wing July 14, 1915 ~ March 22, 2001 Happy Belated Birthday Toby! Kiss and Make-Up, …

Toby Wing

July 14, 1915 ~ March 22, 2001 Happy Belated Birthday Toby! Kiss and Make-Up, 42nd Street, Murder at the Vanities

Hollywood Good Girl Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne was truly a Hollywood Good Girl and best buddy to another Good Girl, Loretta Young. Irene met Francis Dennis Griffin a promising young Dentist at a dance in 1928, married him and stayed married to him until his death 37 years later. She was nominated for five Best Actress Awards (Cimarron, Theodora Goes…

Hollywood Good Girl Loretta Young

  Ok, ok, she did have that one indiscretion with Clark Gable that reaped a child who through careful planning on the part of Loretta, her mother and sisters was housed with a nanny shortly after birth just down the street from the Young family home for a few months. Then put in a Catholic…

Hollywood Good Girl Doris Day

You just don’t get more good girl than Doris Day. She looked sweet, acted sweet, and was sweet in real life. Always playing the loving single girl, wife, and friend, no one played it better. As the fresh faced mermaid in Glass Bottomed Boat, she fails miserably at pretending to be a Russian spy. In…

Cary Grant Honorary Academy Award 1969

Frank Sinatra presenting Cary Grant an Honorary Academy Award for the Oscars 42nd year 1969. We love that the Academy always makes amends for Awards Not Given. Having never received an Oscar Cary Grant was given an Honorary Achievement Award as did Deborah Kerr (1993) and Fred Astaire (1950). Cary Grant received his Honorary Achievement…

Leading Ladies: Rosalind Russell

June 4, 1907  ~ November 28, 1976     Rosalind Russell Rosalind Russell is known for many roles. For her slapstick humor. For her witty banter. We like her in Howard Hawks 1940 remake of The Front Page,  His Girl Friday, playing the able-to-run-with-the-men reporter Hildy Johnson.  We like her in My Sister Eileen as the passed over…

Leading Men: Jimmy Stewart

May 20, 1908 ~ July 2, 1997 Jimmy Stewart Happy Birthday James Stewart! Jimmy brought an element of range to his acting career that we rarely see in actors. In his early career he was cast often as the tall, if not awkward, dashing young man trying to get the girl. The Philadephia Story is…

Marian the Librarian

  March 31, 1934 Shirley Jones The Music Man At the start of casting for The Music Man, she was promised the same leading man she had originally been promised for Carousel…Frank Sinatra… alas, it was not to be. Second Choice Cary Grant, also turned down the role, and handed it back to Jack Warner,…

MANDATORY CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM LIST…PART DEAUX

LIST TWO… Rochellelynn is correct we have watched A LOT of Classic Hollywood films. And making this list only confirms what I believed in the past. I am a Warner Brothers Studio Girl and Rochellelynn is an MGM Studio Girl. And I mean Studio as opposed to Archive. Because any Studio film can end up…

MANDATORY CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM LIST

LIST ONE….. Note: We’ve watched A LOT of classic Hollywood films. This is my list so far- and no they’re not necessarily based on anything even close to “merit.” I know annstj will have her own list, so look out for  a LIST TWO. This was prompted by my younger brother asking what “other” old…

‘Same Story, Different Century’

‘His Girl Friday’ I don’t know how many times I have watched it. It doesn’t matter, each time I find something new that I haven’t picked up on before. Murder, Insanity, Crooked Politicians, Slanted Press; Hildy Johnson has run that ‘rat race’ before, now she is ready for a normal life that her ex-husband Walter (Cary…

Halloween Classic Hollywood Even Spookier!

Peter Lorre and Raymond Massey in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’, (1944) the scene where Cary Grant is tied to a chair and Dr. Einstein opens his medical bag to reveal medical instruments to be used in torturing information out of poor Cary. The lighting, the shadows on curtains, the fear in Cary’s eyes as his…