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…

Let Us Be Gay

It took me almost 10 minutes to realize that the frumpy wife that looked like Ann B. Davis in this movie was actually Norma Shearer. Of all the Shearer films I’ve watched I am most impressed by Norma’s acting in this film. Norma was pregnant during the filming it’s fun to see the creativity the…

Happy Un-Valentines Day or…Divorce in Classic Hollywood

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 to the Hays code regulations. The Divorcee with Norma Shearer is a prime example of how divorces were…

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…

Julie Andrews Best Actress 1964

Sidney Poitier Best Actor 1963 presenting Julie Andrews Best Actress 1964. Sometimes the Academy actually honors the stuff you like. Upon discovering that The Continental (from the film The Gay Divorcee) won for best music, I began to realize how “right” the Academy actually got the awards for those early films. Seeing Norma Shearer’s out-of-the-box…

Donna Reed Best Supporting Actress 1953

Walter Brennan three times Best Supporting Actor Presenting Donna Reed Best Supporting Actress of 1953 Donna Reeds dash down the aisle in her heels and strapless evening gown to accept her award for the character Alma that she portrays in From Here to Eternity isn’t an academy first but it might be the fastest. I…

Robert Montgomery and Norma

  Robert Montgomery here with Norma Shearer in The Divorcee. May 21, 1904 ~ September 27, 1981   Robert Montgomery We love Bob Montgomery. Favorite films right off the bat are Mr. and Mrs Smith with Carole Lombard, Private Lives with Norma Shearer and the very cute, very early in his career flick, Love in the Rough. Bob Montgomery was…

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…

Classic Hollywood Films: Private Lives

Noel Coward’s play Private Lives  is on my must-buy list. Apart from being one of the most grown up romantic comedy’s done and re-done multiple times, nothing compares to the Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery classic. Amanda( Shearer) and Elyot( Montgomery), freshly divorced, and newly married to other bland people, run into each other in neighboring…