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…

Teen Beach Movie & Grease

As Teen Beach Move 2 gets ready to premiere on Disney Channel June 26th at 8pm, I can’t help feel a bit glowy ( yes , that’s a word glow-y). Mainly because Disney is bringing a critical set of Classic Hollywood Smart Kid Essentials to a whole new generation via these revivals. We saw this with…

How to be a PIRATE

The lessons we learn from Classic Hollywood are always valuable. And TCM’s Pirate Fridays are no exception. 1. Your Reputation Always Precedes You: whether its true or not. Double Crossbones thrusts Donald O’Connor in a revered “false” reputation, much like the Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride. The good part? You don’t even have…

Pirate Fridays on TCM

Pirate Fridays on TCM             What better way to kick off June and Summer than with pirates at sea. TCM hosts Pirate Fridays all through June. Before we fell in love with Captain Jack of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Dread Pirate Roberts of The Princess Bride, Classic Hollywood did…

Pirate Fridays on TCM

                        What better way to kick off June and Summer than with pirates at sea. TCM hosts Pirate Fridays all through June. Before we fell in love with Captain Jack of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Dread Pirate Roberts of The Princess Bride,…

Mothers ~ Lucile Watson

Some may think it was unfortunate that Lucile Watson often got the role of meddling mother, but my what a lineup? With roles in Waterloo Bridge, The Women, Watch on the Rhine, My Reputation, Never Say Goodbye and Made for Each Other, Watson didn’t only bring film credits, but also stage credentials that would help…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Happy Birthday Cuddles!

                    February 2, 1884 ~ January 12, 1955             S.Z. “Cuddles” Sakall Catastrophe- pronounced Cat-A-Strof – is an ongoing joke at my house, courtesy of S.Z Sakall and his inability to understand Barbara Stanwyck’s predicament in Christmas in Conneticut. Whether it be creating Goulash out of Irish Stew, teaching Barbara how to flip flapjacks, or trying to…