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,…

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…

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…

1939

        The most anticipated film of the year was based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 Pulitzer Prize winning novel Gone With the Wind a book about a sixteen year old southern Belle’s loves and losses during the civil war and reconstruction. Twenty-six year old Vivien Leigh would play two sixteen year old characters…

It Happened One Night

1934 was the first year to choose pictures for eligibility for Academy Awards within a calendar year: January 1st thru December 31st. It was the first year all of the major awards were swept away by one single movie, It Happened One Night. Talk about your sour grapes these awards were received by Columbia Studios…

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 Claudette Colbert

Hollywood Good Girl Claudette Colbert Sure, she was bitchy. She had all sorts of diva issues going on. She only ever allowed herself to be filmed from the left side- it was her best side. She never let her measurements be publicized. And she would have rather been on Broadway– only the desperate ones went for…

Hollywood Good Girl Mary Astor

  Mary was once sued by her parents for support, accused of infidelity by an ex-husband, and almost lost her career in the 30’s for the scandal. So why you ask is she one of our top Good Girls?  Having only been married four times( as opposed to some of our favorite actresses 7 or 8…

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…

Remembering Eleanor Parker

June 26, 1922 ~ December 9, 2013 Eleanor Parker started out in film as a Warner Brothers girl. Her most notorious role was as the ‘Baroness’ in The Sound of Music. Here at Classic Hollywood Rochellelynn and I prefer to remember Eleanor for one of her lighter Holiday roles costarring with Errol Flynn in ‘Never…

Carole Lombard, Clark Gable and the Plane Crash

  October 6, 1908 ~ January 16, 1942               Carole Lombard Carole chooses to take a plane home from a war bond tour, ignoring a prophecy feared by her mother, an experienced numerologist, and the warnings of her publicist. Letting jealousy get the best of her, Carole puts her life in the hands of fate, hoping to get…

Al St. John

September 10, 1892 ~ January 21, 1963 Out of Place (1922), His First Car (1924), Harem Scarem (1932) Al St. John was a pioneer of Old Hollywood and a native Californian. He started his film career over 100 years ago in 1912. He worked with Mack Sennett then was joined by his Uncle Roscoe Arbuckle…

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…

Olivia de Havilland

July 1, 1916        Olivia De Havilland is a Living Legend from Classic Hollywood of days gone by. It was a time of Swashbucklers, Gangsters, and Romantic virile Leading Men.  It was a time of the Movie Studio System of seven year exclusive contracts, contracts with options to loan out actors or actresses at the whim…

Nelson Eddy

  June 29, 1901 ~ March 6, 1967                    Nelson Eddy Gruff on screen, and apparently even more so in the bedroom, Nelson Eddy could boast a temper, as well as unbridled passion when it came to things he wanted. Namely- things like Jeanette Macdonald. Quite sure she belonged to him, he spent a good deal of…

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…

Clark Gable the King of Classic Hollywood!

February 1, 1901 ~ November 16, 1960 Wife vs. Secretary, Manhattan Melodrama, It happened One Night, Red Dust, Gone with the Wind Dear Mr. Gable…the letter that a fifteen year old Judy Garland sang to her Clark Gable scrap book in Broadway Melody of 1938 says it all, ‘You Made Me Love You’. Happy Birthday Clark!

The Office Wife

Seeing one of William Wyler’s most telling films, Counsellor at Law, I must admit spurred an almost immediate need to address the issue of the quintessential secretary in the workplace. It is in Classic Hollywood, more than any other time in film history, that we see this sort of glamorous take on the working woman….