Happy Land

TCM’s NOW PLAYING guide for April lists tonight as Frances Dee night. However the TCM website lists tonight as Faye Dunaway night and if you do a Happy Land search it lists May 17 as Frances Dee night, well whichever night this movie is premiered it is well worth watching. Rochellelynn this is not a…

Oscar ~ Best Actress 1963

Gregory Peck the Best Actor in the previous year presented the Best Actress Award. The Best Actress nominees for 1963 were: Leslie Caron for The L-Shaped Room, Shirley Maclaine for Irma La Douce, Rachel Roberts for This Sporting Life, Natalie Wood for Love with the Proper Stranger, and Patricia Neal for Hud. Three out of…

Oscars

If it isn’t one thing it is another, controversy seems to swirl around the ceremony. It’s either ‘Oscar so white’, ‘Oscar so right’ or ‘Performers so political’. This is also the time of year when TCM features 31 Days of Oscar movies. This year they are featuring Oscar winning or nominated film from A to…

Scandalous Comedies of the 1960’s

Follow our blog with Bloglovin Perhaps its the winter weather, but I’ve been really into these old movies that simply reek of scandal with a side of social awareness..and a little fun. The Great Race is a classic 1960’s flick following the familiar storyline found in the classier Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines, and…

James Dean ~ Young Rebel

Sixty years ago today the world was shocked at the tragic death in a car accident of 24 year old actor James Dean. Sadly we only have three movies to turn to when needing a James Dean fix. If you want new material to study Dean’s acting style and early television in the 1950’s I…

JAMES DEAN

Kudo’s to TCM for premiering some historic rare live Television appearances of one of Hollywood’s 1950’s classic icon’s: James Dean on September 25th . September 30th will be the 60th Anniversary of Dean’s death. He first appeared opposite Natalie Wood in the General Electric Theater presentation of ‘I’m a Fool’ November 14, 1954. March 30th…

Gregory Peck Academy President 1967

Sometimes the Oscar show is rescheduled due to a National Tragedy which happened April 10, 1968. The assassination of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968 shocked the nation. The Oscars were programed for April 8th but due to Dr. King’s funeral the show went on, only a couple of days later. Gregory Peck…

Classic Holiday Films from Classic Hollywood

Getting ready to jump into the Holiday Season, we wanted to share our ABSOLUTLEY ESSENTIAL Holiday Films from the days of old. While there are quite a few classic movies out there we decided to narrow it down to ones we’ll definitely make time for. Christmas in Connecticut(1945): My absolute favorite Christmas film! Dennis Morgan…

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…

Leading Men: Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis June 3, 1925 ~ September  29, 2010 Probably best known, depending on who you are, for his bare-chested slave/tutor role in Spartacus, OR his dead-on Cary Grant impersonation in Some Like it Hot, Tony Curtis made a living being “willing”.  Willing to seduce possible “virgin” Natalie Wood in Sex and the Single Girl…

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…

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…

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…

We will grieve not

Overbearing Parents, Need for Social Conformity, Preoccupation with Money. Its enough to make one spit! Who wouldn’t go absolutely INSANE? Splendor in the Grass attempts what so many movies of this time attempt… a view into the tragic and real trials of love. Written in the Wind ( Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall) did it with…

‘Gritty but maybe a Little Better…’

Well it certainly isn’t a ‘Doris and Rock 60’s romantic comedy’ but I still enjoy ‘Love with the Proper Stranger’ (TCM is featuring Natalie Wood on Monday’s in June and Rochellelynn and I were discussing Natalie’s co-stars). It’s a pretty serious movie for the time period (1963) but Natalie’s co-star is Steve McQueen, a Four…

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,…