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…

Pride of the Marines

Two of my favorite Warner Brothers actors John Garfield and Eleanor Parker portray real life characters in Pride of the Marines the story of Al Schmid a Marine machine gunner during a battle at the Tenaru River on Guadalcanal August 21, 1942. Dane Clark another favorite portrays LeRoy Diamond, Al’s fellow gunner they both receive…

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…

A Story of Illicit Sex

Part of Warner Bros. new Archive Collection, The Voice of The Turtle was deemed, just that by the Breen Office in 1947, “a story of illicit sex without sufficient compensating moral values.” And they were right! Absolutely no compensating moral values whatsoever! Apart from the few tears, and weak self-imposed regulation, Sally Middleton ( Eleanor…

STAR OF THE MONTH Eleanor Parker

  June 26, 1922                     Eleanor Parker                  Valley of the Kings Eleanor Parker, this month’s TCM star, worked in Hollywood for 50 years. Yep. You know her, she’s the gorgeous baroness trying to steal Captain Von Trapp away from our little nun, Maria in Sound of Music. With experience in theater, Eleanor was one of those…

Leading Men: Errol Flynn

  June 20, 1909 ~  October 14, 1959                   Errol Flynn With films in Glorious Technicolor that boasted scores to accompany any Sunday afternoon, Errol Flynn did nothing better than gracing the screen in sprawling films that could take up hours. Dodge City is a classic Errol-Olivia film that boasts all the earmarks of the grand theater…