Oscar ~ America America

The only nominated film for Best Oscar in 1963 that I had seen at the local theatre was How the West Was Won and at the time I was very disappointed that this film featuring Debbie Reynolds, Gregory Peck, Jimmy Stewart, Carroll Baker, and a cast of thousands did not win Best Picture. However fifty…

Kisses for my President

What better movie to talk about during Fictional Presidents day on TCM than the 1964 Warner Brothers comedy ‘Kisses for my President’? TCM is featuring the men. During our current strange campaign for president it seems appropriate to feature an obscure 52 year old movie that had the novel idea that a woman could be…

Summer Under the Stars ~ Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford TCM’s star for the day acted in eleven Noir movies between 1945 and 1956. She received the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Mildred Pierce in 1945. Joan was nominated for Best Actress in the Film Noir thriller about ‘who was going to kill whom’ Sudden Fear in 1952. However the Oscar…

Palm Springs Weekend

As Spring Break time winds down throughout the country we reflect on the 1963 West Coast version of fun in the sun with the Troy Donahue, Stephanie Powers Warner Brothers film Palm Springs Weekend. The 1963 movie Palm Springs Weekend starred some of the last of the Warner Brothers contract players. Most were popular television…

John Williams ~ 1980’s

In the 1970’s John Williams Original Music Score Nominations for the Oscars enlivened ten memorable movies of the decade with three wins. In the 1980’s Williams was nominated for eleven movies with one win. All were unforgettable movies with remarkable music scores. Besides congratulations on this fantastic feat since this is John Williams Birth month…

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…

Rock Hudson Star of the Month

One Year. One year of diligent focused efforts, in 1947, handing out his headshot to agents all over Hollywood would land Rock Hudson in the hands of talent scout Henry Willson. On a contract with Warner Bros. and no acting background to speak of, Rock Hudson would gain a role in Fire Squadron ( 1948). So impressed…

TCM Film Festival

Another year another missed TCM Film Festival, Rochellelynn and I are taking the month of April to lament that fact and what better day to challenge ourselves towards making that goal happen for next year but April Fool’s Day. Today’s theme on TCM is Slapstick Comedies. And what better choice to watch on TCM but…

Smarty

Smarty (1934 Warner Brothers) Warren William and Joan Blondell play the magically in-love married couple Tony and Vicky. Then one day Vicky goes a little too far mentioning impotence and baby carrots in the same sentence, and Tony slaps her in the face, in front of friends. This of course is just a little marital…

Dames

Dames (1934 Warner Brothers): Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell James( Powell) is trying to get money from the rich Uncle Ezra for his new broadway  show, but Uncle Ezra wants nothing to do with that one branch of his family tree who is not an upstanding moral citizen. In fact, upon swearing that…

Gold Diggers of 1933

Gold Diggers of 1933 (Warner Brothers): Joan Blondell, Ginger Rogers, and Dick Powell “I believe I can make this girl transfer her affection from him to me.” Down and out in the Depression, Ginger Rogers, Joan Blondell, and Dick Powell get it together to put on what they hope to be a successful show. But…

Girl Missing

Girl Missing(1933 Warner Brothers): Lyle Talbot and Glenda Farrell “I brought you to Palm Beach, I had no intention of being a gentleman.” Gold digger Daisy gets a headache when she realizes her playboy husband only married her to satisfy the stipulations of his father’s will, and subsequently goes missing. But when the cops arrive…

Illicit

Illicit(1931 Warner Brothers): Barbara Stanwyck “There have been women who want to park their heads on this manly bosom.” Illicit Fearing the loss of her freedom Ann refuses to get married to a man desperately in love with her. The thing is is she’s absolutely hopelessly in love with him too…but her parent’s divorce left…

Blonde Crazy

Blonde Crazy (1931 ~ Warner Brothers): James Cagney and Joan Blondell “If I can’t get it from you, I’ll get it from someone else” As most of what we find in Forbidden Hollywood, Blonde Crazy is a movie about sex, not romance. How to use it, how to get it, and when to withhold it….

Remembering Eleanor Parker

June 26, 1922 ~ December 9, 2013 Eleanor Parker started out in film as a Warner Brothers girl. Her most notorious role was as the ‘Baroness’ in The Sound of Music. Here at Classic Hollywood Rochellelynn and I prefer to remember Eleanor for one of her lighter Holiday roles costarring with Errol Flynn in ‘Never…

Virginia Mayo November 30, 1920~ January 17, 2005          Virginia Mayo                    The Kid From Brooklyn View Post

Virginia Mayo

November 30, 1920~ January 17, 2005          Virginia Mayo                    The Kid From Brooklyn Virginia Mayo almost lost her chance at Hollywood when Selznick decides she wouldn’t fit into films. Luckily, Goldwyn saw the potential and tried her out in a few small roles. She hit the big time with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and…

Claude Rains

November 10, 1889 ~ May 30, 1967          Claude Rains Nominated for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Mr. Skeffington, Casablanca, and Notorious, Claude Rains seemed to get the cream of the crop in movie scripts. He didn’t however have similar luck with women; married six times he sometimes threw things, and often complained of not having…

Al St. John

September 10, 1892 ~ January 21, 1963 Out of Place (1922), His First Car (1924), Harem Scarem (1932) Al St. John was a pioneer of Old Hollywood and a native Californian. He started his film career over 100 years ago in 1912. He worked with Mack Sennett then was joined by his Uncle Roscoe Arbuckle…