James Bond through the years

Bond. James Bond In classic hollywood spirit I indulged in some James Bond Spectre this weekend. Even through the Daniel Craig films, which are said to be the closest representation of Ian Fleming’s true character, it’s the classic hollywood themes I see repeating that I respect most. You can still find the classic James Bond song…

Too many husbands and wives

What is it about wartime that makes people go all loopy? With so many husbands away at war, how many a wife must have dreamed of having her own husband back, or better yet, two husbands! I found it funny that so many a storyline sometimes takes the turn to multiple spouses. Watching the musical…

‘Battling Burtons’

There is no better example of the Battling Burtons than this great Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton  movie, The Taming of the Shrew. It is an entertaining version of Shakespeare’s classic play. The sparks fly between the two actors. The Supporting cast is a who’s who of great British actors; Michael York, Michael Hordern, Cyril Cusack,…

Happy Holidays

So, if you’re anything like us, as soon as the Thanksgiving trash has been taken out, you pull out every holiday film you own, and set them up nicely- right next to your t.v. Not that we would ever forget to watch Classic Holiday Films all month along with the rest of you, but we’re…

Son of Fury

When I found out one of Robert Osborne’s picks for the this month on TCM is Son of Fury, I just had to weigh in. Tyrone Power, as most of you know, is one of our favorites here at Classic Hollywood, and all for good reason too. This film, even as unrealistic at times as it…

Marilyn Monroe vs. Elizabeth Taylor

Finally getting around to all the Marilyn reading I’ve been trying to catch up on, because lets face it, if its not a book chronicling our dear Miss Monroe’s tragic life, it’s a movie, or in this case a magazine article. Needless to say, stuff piles up. When the Lost Nudes of Marilyn Monroe resurfaced…

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…

Essential Classic Hollywood

Skimming the lineup of classics on TCM this month, I stumbled across a few Go-To classichollywood films. You know the ones; Frankenstein, Tom Jones, Rebel Without a Cause, Pygmalion, The Music Man. Those films that even those not-so-knowledgeable old movie watchers probably viewed once on a sunday afternoon. Which brings to me to question…what makes…

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….

Memorial Day Tributes in Classic Hollywood

In attempt to prove that Memorial Day is more than just a reason to go shopping in this here great country of ours, annstj, and I decided to round up a few sure fire Classic Hollywood reminders of what Memorial Day is all about. Between 1937 and 1945 Hollywood made a point to fit the…

The Three Musketeers…Again

In the age of mashups, and remixes, it seems we just keep adding new twists to the same old stories. Let classichollywood be no exception! Lets take count shall we? what great stories have hit theaters near you recently? Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre, Little Red Riding Hood, … and they just keep coming. The…

Teen Mania

Ever heard of Twilight? Harry Potter? The Hunger Games? I am Number Four? Yep, you guessed it. They’re books. Teen Books. And all with their own slew of Movie related hype, with young actors served up as the main course. Half intrigued and half annoyed with this runaway teen culture we all seem to be…

‘Be Mine…or Not…’

Well Rochellelynn I am taking you up on the challenge stated in your ‘Be Mine…Classic Hollywood’ Post. I don’t have a list but I have a movie that I had never seen before last month, not even a teeny tiny clip.  I am not a Marlene Dietrich nor Charles Boyer fan but I took a…

Holiday Classics @ ClassicHollywood

During this most wonderful time of the year, I, along with many other classic hollywood fans, pull out those old and new favorites. I say new because sometimes I discover old movies I haven’t seen. A few years ago I stumbled along It Happened on 5th Avenue, one that I now watch every year. I…

Remake of the Thin Man?

Remakes, I don’t know, I agree with Rochellelynn there are just too many remakes. Are there not any original idea’s out there? Johnny Depp as Nick Charles though, gosh that is a possibility that is hard to pass up. I have given this considerable thought, since reading the news that Johnny Depp himself is the…

Too many husbands and wives

What is it about wartime that makes people go all loopy? With so many husbands away at war, how many a wife must have dreamed of having her own husband back, or better yet, two husbands! I found it funny that so many a storyline sometimes takes the turn to multiple spouses. Watching the musical…

Raindrops are fallin’ on my head…

So it could be, because like any normal person, I am completely and utterly infatuated with two of the best actors of our time- Robert Redford and Paul Newman-that I chose to watch Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid again this weekend. Or maybe it was just because for my birthday I received a larger-than-life-size…

breakfast at Tiffany’s or breakfast in bed?

So here I am knee deep in 5th Avenue, 5 AM, and the Dawn of the Modern Women by Sam Wasson , when low and behold the same issue- women in the 50’s and 60’s- starts glaring at me from the tv screen in the form of The Tender Trap (1955). Frank Sinatra plays the…

Sweet Sixteen

Elizabeth Taylor, the girl with the lavender eyes, had turned 16 in 1948, while filming the Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon film, Julia Misbehaves. Peter Lawford plays the boy in love with Elizabeths character and she wouldn’t have had it any other way. “Peter, to me” Elizabeth said, ” was the last word in sophistication, and…

….for one night with Gilda

When Peter saw Rita Hayworth, across a crowded room, he could do little more than stare. Though what could his stare be to the sea of stares that seemed to be on Rita at all times. Young and new in Hollywood he had little more than his looks and his fabulous accent to recommend him….

Buffoonery or Just Bad?

So, like most people, when I see a film called Sex and the Single Girl, I simply must watch it! Especially when the director is Robert Quine. While Quine is no Billy Wilder, he was the director behind many a decent film. My Sister Eileen, It Happened to Jane, and How to Murder Your Wife,…

A Tale of Two Lauries

I have finally watched ‘Little Women’ 1949 version and while Rochellyn found herself ‘smitten like a kitten’ over Peter Lawford, I find I cannot stop thinking about Douglass Montgomery in the 1933 version. Both Laurie’s seemed to fit their parts well but there was just something about Douglass… I first saw it in the 1931…

The good, the bad, but mostly just the ugly!

I must start by reaffirming our general love and adoration for the wonderful Ginger Rogers, because that which is to follow will not reveal very much love or adoration. As many of you know, in the spirit of preservation of our film heritage, a few reknowned production companies have taken to FINALLY offering those little…

smitten like a kitten

Peter Lawford had a habit of falling in love with beautiful women. Famous Women, Influential Women,Married Women. June Allyson was in the midst of astonishing the country with her perfect marriage to Dick Powell when Peter Lawford strolled onto the MGM set of Two Sisters from Boston. Six years older than Peter and very happily…

Happy Un-Valentines Day or…. divorce in classichollywood

Fresh from the tails of the 1930’s Hays code which regulated just about everything in Classic Hollywood, came movies with spunk, wit and lots and lots of humorous divorces. These films were nothing like the divorce films prior the Hays code regulations. The Divorcee with Norma Shearer is a prime example of how divorces were…

“He’s sending me a sailor for Christmas”

Christmas in Connecticut. 1945. Barbara Stanwyk. Dennis Morgan. A wonderful christmas film set during the prime of WWII. My favorite, to be honest. Loosley based on a Family Circle magazine writer from the 1940’s Ms. Stanwyk, plays the perfect homemaker, Elizabeth Lane. She’s married, owns a country farm, is a new mother, and an exquisite…

‘Taming of the Shrew’

What better way to spend Richard Burton’s Birthday than to watch this great Taylor, Burton movie.  It is an entertaining version of Shakespeare’s classic play.  The sparks fly between the two actors. The Supporting cast is a who’s who of great British actors; Michael York, Michael Hordern, Cyril Cusack, Victor Spinetti to name a few….

‘The Major and the Minor’

What better day than Halloween is there to comment on one of classichollywood’s most versatile actresses?  She could sing, she could dance, she made you laugh and she sure could make you cry.  One of my most favorite screwball Ginger Roger’s movies (without Fred) teamed her up with Ray Milland, in ‘The Major and the…

Screwballs- Ginger Rogers

So I decided to award one of these coveted posts to one of my favorite actresses, Ginger Rogers. The zany girl, who first caught the eye of the public in Gold Diggers of 1933, would be both blessed and cursed in her career in film. Of all the places in all the world, she had…

Ditto, Claudette…

I agree with rochellelynn I had never intentionally watched a Claudette Colbert movie. It was always to watch the leading man, be it: Clark Gable, Joel McCrea, George Reeves, Sonny Tufts, or Sessue Hayakawa.  I had also read that she ‘worked the camera’ always insisting she be filmed featuring the left side of her face…