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…

Actors of Forbidden Hollywood

Forbidden Hollywood is one of those Risqué topics only whispered about after everyone else has gone home. Why? Well before the “Hays Code” set up the rules, films were on the verge of going to the dark side. Clothes got skimpier, decision making got more lax, and divorce was running rampant as was sex, drugs,…

Top 5 Classic Hollywood Actors You Should Know

These are the men that defined Classic Hollywood and held roles in some of the most popular and influential films. Here you’ll get classy, debonair, rugged, wholesome and manly. Cary Grant In 1933 Mae West saw Cary Grant and quickly thrust him into her latest film She Done Him Wrong. You will know Cary Grant,…

JEAN HARLOW ~ TCM Summer Under the Stars

Rochellemariah and I are suckers for Jean Harlow movies. My favorite Jean Harlow movies are Red Dust with Clark Gable and naturally Dinner at Eight with that MGM big guns ensemble cast. Rochellemariah, well she love, love, loves Personal Property with Robert Taylor and Libeled Lady with William Powell. Jean Harlow had that rare chemistry…

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…

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…

TCM Film Festival 2014 DAY TWO

BIG SCREEN PICK OF THE DAY APRIL 11th Our TCM Film Festival Day Two pick is The Thin Man at 9am at the Egyptian Theatre. This is a film that we’ve seen oh so many times but couldn’t pass up the chance to see it on the Big Screen. We would of course watch the…

Good Girl Myrna Loy Myrna Loy earned the title as the women most men wanted to marry in 1946. Her stints in the…

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 Myrna…

The Mad Russian November 17, 1905 ~ March 5, 1967    Mischa Auer Three Smart Girls, My Man Godfrey, One Hundred… View Post

The Mad Russian

November 17, 1905 ~ March 5, 1967    Mischa Auer Three Smart Girls, My Man Godfrey, One Hundred Men and a Girl Happy Birthday Mischa Auer!

Al St. John September 10, 1892 ~ January 21, 1963 Out of Place (1922), His First Car (1924), Harem Scarem(1932) View Post

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…

Joan Blondell August 30, 1906 ~ December 25, 1979  Joan Blondell  ~ Lawyer Man, Three on a Match, Footlight… View Post

Joan Blondell

August 30, 1906 ~ December 25, 1979  Joan Blondell  ~ Lawyer Man, Three on a Match, Footlight Parade, Night Nurse In the Gable-Garson film, Adventure, Joan Blondell gets the never- envied third billing, but the ever envied proposal from Clark. Yep, he liked the blondes. Apparently confessing to Joan that she reminded him of late…

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… View Post

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…

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe! June 1, 1926 ~ August 5, 1962                      Marilyn Monroe               How to Marry a… View Post

Happy Birthday Marilyn Monroe!

  June 1, 1926 ~ August 5, 1962                      Marilyn Monroe               How to Marry a Millionaire The Blonde Bombshell role has been  a staple in Hollywood for what feels like the beginning of time. In the now we get Halle Berry and Scarlett Johannson, in the 1940’s we had Betty Grable- pin-up girl of WWII, in…

Maureen O’Sullivan May 17, 1911 ~ June 23, 1998 Tarzan the Ape Man, The Thin Man, Never Too Late Happy Birthday Jane! View Post

Maureen O’Sullivan

May 17, 1911 ~ June 23, 1998 Tarzan the Ape Man, The Thin Man, Never Too Late Happy Birthday Jane!

Thin Man. Myrna Loy and William Powell. The marriage we wish we all had- with just enough whiskey

janiewyman: Carole Lombard dancing with ex-husband William Powell at Ciro’s nightclub, 1940

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MANDATORY CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FILM LIST…PART DEAUX

LIST TWO… Rochellelynn is correct we have watched A LOT of Classic Hollywood films. And making this list only confirms what I believed in the past. I am a Warner Brothers Studio Girl and Rochellelynn is an MGM Studio Girl. And I mean Studio as opposed to Archive. Because any Studio film can end up…

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…

Franchot Tone

February 27, 1905 ~ September 18, 1968 Midnight Mary, Three Comrades, Bombshell Knowing full well that we should be assigning Bombshell to Jean Harlow’s b-day, given it being her signature piece, we chose instead to highlight Franchot’s debonair and dashing man for hire instead. Why? Well, he had the tendency, sometimes to come across a…

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…