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…

The Thin Man ~ New Year’s Eve

What better way to end this noirish year than sitting back on New Year’s Eve and enjoying two of our favorite Dashiell Hammett characters Nick and Nora Charles. When ‘The Thin Man’ was made in 1934 Noir films hadn’t yet been labeled. However the James Wong Howe photography, the angles, shadows, lighting set the tone…

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Melvyn Douglas narrates this film, and as Bill Cole( aka the best friend/lawyer) shares the billing with Cary Grant and Myrna Loy ( Mr. and Mrs. Blandings). Trapped in a small apartment in NYC, the uptight  Mr. Blandings needing something, anything… sees the potential for salvation in a broken down old house, while trying to…

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…

Summer Under the Stars ~ William Powell

A William Powell Favorite? Love Crazy. Part of the Loy and Powell film collection, this film adds slapstick humor to an already crazy storyline. Whether its getting his head stuck in an elevator, or his mustache shaved off, Powell does everything he can think of to keep his wife from divorcing him. Such devotion. I…

Mothers ~ Jane Darwell

Jane Darwell played the mother to or mothered some of our greatest stars. She appeared in five Shirley Temple films. Her sometimes gruff but wise advice finally paid off for her in her Oscar winning performance as Ma Joad in the Grapes of Wrath. She is quoted as saying, “ I’ve played Henry Fonda‘s mother…

Good Girl Myrna Loy

  Myrna Loy earned the title as the woman most men wanted to marry in 1946. Her stints in the Thin Man movies, and very successful comedies costarring William Powell, totally wiped out the fact that she used to play the “exotic woman.” In fact, after The Best Years of Our Lives, Men Must Marry…

Naughty Flirt

Naughty Flirt(1931 First National): Alice White and Myrna Loy. Kewpie Doll cutie Alice White plays Katherine or K as her friends call her. The spoiled little rich girl of a wealthy lawyer she has managed to get herself expelled from every proper school there is. She likes games, tricks, and using what she can to…

Leading Ladies: Myrna Loy

August 2, 1905 ~ December 14, 1993 Choosing three favorite movies from Myrna Loy’s extensive filmography (123 films) list is as near to impossible as picking out three from William Powell’s (97 films). I repeat we love all of their movies. And like Williams Birthday Post I’ll list three favorites of Myrna’s that are also…

Leading Men: William Powell

July 29, 1892 ~ March 5, 1984 ~ Choosing three favorite movies from William Powell’s extensive filmography list is near to impossible because as far as we are concerned all of William Powell’s movies are our favorites. So I’ll list three films that are not shown in the media as much as the more popular ones…

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 New Year Hangover

In the grand spirit of Classic Hollywood, we’re honoring the first day of the New Year with much needed respite, reflection and regrets about last night. If your cocktail parties look even a little like Nick and Nora’s you know what I mean. But, we must push forward into the New Year, along with the…

Grieving Done, Back to Fun…

I’m glad that Rochellelynn did get a chance to watch the excellent Splendor in the Grass, and I hope if we have any classichollywood followers out there that they also get a chance to watch it. It is a tri-fecta of a classichollywood dramatic movie, writing, directing, and acting. Besides newcomer Warren Beatty, it is…