Mad About Musicals

I can’t believe 2018 is half over…how did I miss May and June, it seems like the TCM Film Festival was just yesterday. Due to circumstances beyond my control I neglected signing up for the online free Mad About Musicals course offered by TCM. I believe I procrastinated signing up because I didn’t want to…

TCM FILM FESTIVAL 2018

Rochellelynn and I would like to give a shout out to all of our TCM Backlot peeps and classic movie fans from around the world that will be in L.A. April 26-29th attending the 2018 TCM Film Festival. Hope someone will make it to Bob Koster’s discussion about Deanna Durbin’s first movie Three Smart Girls…

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…

Song and Dance Actresses in Classic Hollywood

  These are our top 5 song and dance women in classic films. Believe me, we deliberated over this list for quite some time! We joke, alongside most classic film followers, that back in the day men and women actually had to have talent ( in addition to looks) to get somewhere in Hollywood. And…

Lady on a Train

Nothing says Christmas to me more this year than the Deanna Durbin Christmas Noir movie Lady on a Train, directed in 1945 by French Director Charles David, Durbin’s future husband: December 21, 1950. The original story Lady on a Train was by Leslie Charteris author of ‘The Saint’ series of books. Lady on a Train…

Robert Siodmak~Master Stylist of Noir

Speaking of Deanna Durbin…although it seems most noir gurus gravitate toward ‘The Killers’ (1946) as an essential Robert Siodmak noir film. I can’t help mentioning Christmas Holiday (1944) Deanna Durbin’s dramatic film debut. Eddie Muller’s article from week two of Summer of Darkness described film director Siodmak’s style in Noir as using ‘Complexly layered flashbacks,…

Classic Films for the Classic Childhood: Three Smart Girls

LIFE LESSON: When it comes to family, do whatever it takes. Three Smart Girls: Modeling the importance of family bonds, this favorite follows three sisters as they try to get their divorced parents back together. While not all marriages are worth saving, the lesson here is about a family that helps each other. Its perfect for showing…

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…

Henry Koster

I told Rochellelynn I would post about TCM’s September theme –The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film featured on Tuesdays of this month. I looked at the themes TCM was highlighting for the month and couldn’t make up my mind which to write about. I would pick one film subject which would lead me…

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 ~ 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…

Deanna Durbin SPRING PARADE

  Waiting here at Classic Hollywood for the release of  Deanna Durbin’s long hidden film Spring Parade, we chose to contact Larry at the Library of Congress to see what was going on. This is the DISAPPOINTING answer we got… Spring Parade still sits on our shelves waiting for Universal Studios to release it. I have asked several times…

Christmas Holiday

Who ever thought we’d see a film where Gene Kelly and Deanna Durbin get wrapped up in a murder? We’ve written about Christmas Holiday before, but here we just revel in a mysterious Wednesday night flick. And if you’re looking for a double-feature- Deanna deals with murder in Lady on a Trainas well, where you…

Remembering Deanna Durbin

  America’s Sweetheart passed away in the spring of this year at the age of 91 and America barely blinked an eye. Her passing was only a whisper of a blip on the entertainment or news media radar. It isn’t even acknowledged in the Memoriam section on the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences…

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…

Christmas Holiday

Oh My Goodness…A Deanna Durbin Film Festival in Palo Alto, CA from December 1st until January 7th. Finally the public will be able to watch Christmas Holiday at the time of year it was meant to be watched. I’m not sure what the Studio was thinking by releasing this movie on June 28th of 1944…

The Greeks Had a Word for Them…

I believe the word was Pre-Code girls. Otherwise known as Three Broadway Girls this 1932 pre-curser of How to Marry a Millionaire is a gem in the rough.  Presented by Samuel Goldwyn and distributed by United Artists it featured Joan Blondell as Schatze, Madge Evens as Polaire, and Ina Claire as Jean(Betty Grable’s character was called…

‘Classichollywood, take it or leave it…and she did’

Who better to Post about in February, the month of Valentines, but America’s Sweetheart from the mid-1930’s to the late 1940’s;  Deanna Durbin.  Who knew that Universal Studio actually had a musical singing star?  Previously when I thought of Universal Studio I associated them with either Monsters, or Abbott and Costello. Obviously I was wrong….