Agatha Christie murder mysteries

  Agatha Christie, queen of murder mysteries, was not only the brain child behind notorious sleuths like Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, and Tommy and Tuppence, she is also the best selling author of all time . She wrote 78 crime novels, six other novels, 150 short stories, four non-fiction books and 19 plays. Thankfully TCM…

How to be a PIRATE

The lessons we learn from Classic Hollywood are always valuable. And TCM’s Pirate Fridays are no exception. 1. Your Reputation Always Precedes You: whether its true or not. Double Crossbones thrusts Donald O’Connor in a revered “false” reputation, much like the Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride. The good part? You don’t even have…

Pirate Fridays on TCM

Pirate Fridays on TCM             What better way to kick off June and Summer than with pirates at sea. TCM hosts Pirate Fridays all through June. Before we fell in love with Captain Jack of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Dread Pirate Roberts of The Princess Bride, Classic Hollywood did…

Pirate Fridays on TCM

                        What better way to kick off June and Summer than with pirates at sea. TCM hosts Pirate Fridays all through June. Before we fell in love with Captain Jack of Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Dread Pirate Roberts of The Princess Bride,…

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…

The Get Girl

November 20, 1920  ~November 6, 1991       Gene Tierney Gene Tierney was unquestionably the “most beautiful woman in movie history”, stated Darryl F. Zanuck, founder of 20th Century Fox, though even the most beautiful have their insecurities. Gene brought an exotic quality to the screen that many latched onto from the start, especially in a very…

Movie Mogul Darryl Zanuck

  September 5, 1902 ~ December 22, 1979 If Darryl F. Zanuck knew about anything- it was how to pick good actors. But producing a wide array of films, Zanuck often left his jovial and fun side at the studio lot gate. Movies were a business, and he treated them seriously. When Shirley Temple saved…

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…

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…