Actresses of Forbidden Hollywood

I’ve been in a Kay Francis and George Brent phase lately. This usually warrants long periods of Forbidden Hollywood film watching. So I realized it was about time to make this list. AnnStj and I watch these films a lot, mainly because it’s terribly intriguing to see what people put in films before censorship. Lots…

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…

Week-End Marriage

Week-End Marriage 1932 (First National) “I like being independent.” “Because you’re not in love, that’s why.” This is the story of the Independent Woman in the 1930’s. If you were a working woman it was usually because you were single and needed to support yourself, or because you were stupid. See if you weren’t single,…

Road to Paradise

  Road to Paradise 1930 (First National) Loretta Young Times Two A 17 year old Loretta Young plays double roles as Mary- the girl mixed up with jewel robbers, and Margaret- the high society lady they plan to rob. Both can read minds. This is a fast-paced cat vs. mouse story laced with twists and…

Loose Ankles

Loose Ankles(1930 ~ First National): Douglas Fairbanks Jr.  and Loretta Young “Where there’s a will, there’s a lot of relatives” Upon being left a substantial amount of money, and a large set of rules about marriage, in her grandmothers will, Ann goes about placing a classified ad to catch herself a man that will upset…

Come to the Stable

Too Sentimental but hard to resist declared MSN earlier this month. Much like Blossoms in the Dust, you just have to be in the mood it seems to be dealt that hard of an emotional blow. Still, in Classic Sunday Afternoon Holiday Movie tradition, we like the mushy stuff.

Edmund Gwenn

September 26, 1875 ~  September 6, 1959 Miracle on 34th Street,  The Doctor Takes a Wife Everyone who has ever seen Miracle on 34th Street with Edmund Gwenn, automatically gains a soft spot for the actor that plays Santa. He’s insightful, sleeps with his whiskers out, and stands up for Alfred the janitor. What’s not to…

Three Blind Mice

I have a rule about movies. If they start with a cartoon, or animation, they’re usually pretty great. In fact, I haven’t run across one yet that wasn’t. Three Blind Mice , opens with cute little cartoon caricatures of three sisters, which needless to say, gave me high hopes right off the bat. In fact, I…

George Brent

March 15, 1904 George Brent Female, Baby Face I never liked George Brent more than I did in the pre-code film Female. Playing opposite Ruth Chatterton, who I had only known prior in the Simone Simon vehicle, Girls Dormitory, Brent plays the Alpha Male. Brent’s status as a man matters of course, because until now,…

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…

Franchot Tone

February 27, 1905 ~ September 18, 1968 Midnight Mary, Three Comrades, Bombshell Knowing full well that we should be assigning Bombshell to Jean Harlow’s b-day, given it being her signature piece, we chose instead to highlight Franchot’s debonair and dashing man for hire instead. Why? Well, he had the tendency, sometimes to come across a…

Forbidden Hollywood Volume 5

Like most true Classic Hollywood Fans, we’ve been loving Forbidden Hollywood. Volume 5, however, it is not the comedic jewel we find in Volume 4. Forbidden Hollywood Volume 5 contains the darker side of humanity. The mysteries, murders, and set ups we’ve come to associate with films like Manhattan Melodrama, and Double Indemnity. In Ladies They…