Friday, 31 December 2010

I'm Always Chasing Rainbows

This comes from the title of one of my favourite Judy Garland songs, "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows".


(If you click the speechbubble button, it goes away.) I just watched Ziegfeld Girl (1941) with Judy Garland, Lana Turner, Jimmy Stewart and Hedy Lamarr. It was really gritty! Lots of alcoholism and emotional distress (yes, I've decided I'm going to re-write the blerb of the DVD cover), and... JIMMY STEWART AS A GANGSTER!!! It was very good. I heard this song only once and fell in love with it. It is so lovely and thoughtfull. So happy new year!!! Here is 2010 in review.
July
I decide to start a movie blog. It was going to be called "Don't Lets Ask For The Moon... We Have The Stars" but that was quite lengthy so I thought I'd keep it simple with Bette's Classic Movie Blog. I had many panic attacks over my blog security (all sorted now) and started to tell you all about the movies I love.

August
I came back from my holiday and posted like mad about the films I was watching over the summer break. I also found out about a whole community of classic film bloggers through Whitney over at We Have The Stars and went on a following rampage. I posted reviews of films like Notorious, Spellbound, The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness, Gentleman's Agreement and Jezebel.

September
I went back to school and had to tear myself away from the blog for a bit. I posted about my adventures as a year 8 student (7th grade to you Americans) while still maintaining a considerable amount of sanity on the blog (it took a while to restrain my craziness). I reviewed films like The Little Foxes, A Star Is Born, Dark Victory, Kiss Me Kate and The Trouble With Harry. I also started to post about the film industry in general.

October
This blog's popularity shot up like a skyrocket. To keep my followers happy, I redecorated my blog with a pretty vintage flower pattern for my background. I felt like Doris Day in Calamity Jane!



I reviewed lots of films like The Philidelphia Story, Sabrina and Mrs Skeffington. I took part in my first survey and analyzed My Judy Garland Life by Susie Boyt while trying to keep up with my week-long intensive sailing course (and keeping dry!). I also dressed up as Mrs. Skeffington (above) for halloween.

November
In November I decided to take the plunge and do my first blogging event, Bette's Classic Movie Survey. It went surprisingly well, and I gained some followers and pageviews from all the great bloggers that took the survey. I reviewed even more films. Funny Girl, Rebecca, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? and The Apartment to name a few.

December

I applied to two different movie blog associations (Classic Movie Blog Association, LAMB) and got voted onto the Classic Movie Blog association. I realized I had 33 followers and posted about Christmas films, and my distress at having to stay at school till 11pm to finish the Christmas show.

I leave you with a few more great musical numbers from Calamity Jane and other Doris Day movies.








~Bette

Thursday, 30 December 2010

A Stolen Life (1946)

Glenn Ford! How DARE you cheat on Bette with Bette?! In this film, Bette Davis plays New England twins (!) Kate and Pat Bosworth. I was thrilled when I got this film for Christmas as I've been looking for it in England for ages and haven't been able to find it! It was well worth the look, and it is seriously cool to see:
  1. Bette Davis opposite Glenn Ford
  2. Bette Davis play twins on screen at the same time
  3. And see Bette Davis' first and last producing venture.

Before I review, lets get this clear. Glamorous evil twin = Pat. Lovely painter twin = Kate.

A Stolen Life
Cast:
Plot:
New England painter Kate Bosworth is on her way home to her family house on the island where her sister and cousin live. She misses the last ferry across to the island and hitches a ride with handsome lighthouse technician, Bill Emerson. She asks to paint the old lighthouse keeper so she can be near to Bill, and they start a relationship.
Kate tries desperately to keep him out of the reach of her attractive and glamorous sister Patricia, but one day when Bill is waiting on the pier for Kate, the inevitable happens. Bill mistakes Patricia for Kate, and Pat makes no attempt to correct the situation. In fact, she more than goes along with it, and after lunch Bill declares, "You know Katie (this is actually Pat at the moment), yesterday you were... You were... Let me explain it like this. Yesterday you were a cake without any frosting. And lots of men like the frosting." Finishing his train of thought Pat adds, "So today you think I have the frosting?" They are about to embrace when Kate comes by the gates and says, "So I see you did keep our luncheon date."
In time, after some two timing from Bill, Pat gets married to him. Katie does more painting to take her mind off it, she even lets a young man paint in her studio in her new house in Boston. But one day she goes to the island and is surprised to see pat who should be in Chile with Bill. Pat says it was because she had an awful cold. They go sailing one day, as Pat has taken it up, but they hit a squall and the mainsail of their dinghy rips and they tip all over the place (as a dinghy sailor this is my worst nightmare, AND THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE LIFE-JACKETS! *hyperventilates*). Unable to steer with the wind, they hit rocks and Pat is knocked out of the boat. In a desperate attempt to save her, Kate grips onto her hands but Pat is pulled away by the waves. When Pat slips out of her grasp Kate finds Pat's wedding ring in her hand just before collapsing back onto the floor of the boat.
The lighthouse keeper has seen the accident and goes out to rescue the surviving twin. Assuming Kate is Pat, he calls Bill to come and sort out the incident as if it was Kate who had died. When Kate first comes to and realises the situation, she takes it as a bonus that she will now have the life she wants, the husband she wants and the glamorous look she always envied. But soon after, she realises that Pat and Bill's marriage is about to come to an end with Bill about to file for divorce. It also seems that Pat had had numerous affairs during their marriage which she has to straighten out. With no one knowing the secret of her true identity except her trustworthy cousin (who guessed), she has to try and live a lie to survive...

The Review:
Bette Davis is lovely as Kate, hideous and pompous as Pat, and nervous and tentative as Kate pretending to be Pat. Glenn Ford is ok - he serves his purpose well and doesn't try to steal the show from Miss Davis (such an act would be impossible for an actor of his stature, and since she was also producer, could prove catastrophic for his career), and he has lovely hair, which I understand caused a lot of upset with the makeup department. Davis, however, didn't like producing very much and stated:
"I was no more allowed to be a producer than the man on the moon. As star in a dual role, I simply meddled as usual. If that was producing I'd been a mogul for years."
Nevertheless, the way they get Bette on as both twins at the same time is genius, and must have been very technically trying in 1946. A riveting watch.

Sorry I haven't posted since Christmas, I've been quite busy with film watching and recuperating after a long school term. Now the two language homework projects I have been postponing have caught up with me as I am going on a little three day trip to the seaside from Sunday to the end of the holiday, so I better start working on them soon. Before I go, I just have to say that I went shopping yesterday and I went into Hollister (sister shop of Abercrombie and Fitch, retro clothing) to buy a jumper and a pair of trackies and I have never been more traumatized in my life. They made the shop look like a beach hut and then painted everything dark brown with a few yellow pointed lights. This alone is enough to give you a migraine, but then once we had selected our items, they made us go all around the shop to get to the queue (cleverly they make you see everything before checking out). So yeah, there's my rant. Hopefully the things I bought will last forever and I won't have to go back in, or at least not until they redecorate!

~Bette

Friday, 24 December 2010

We All Need A Clarence, Don't We?

This title refers to the need for a guardian angel like Clarence from It's A Wonderful Life.
Everything about It's A Wonderful Life has already been said. All I can say is that it is one of the most magical movies ever. You all probably know the plot (if not, click here), and know that it stars James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore. Comment if you are annoyed that they colourized it. It's not natural! Here are some random quotes, thoughts and photos from it. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!!!

"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings!"

"No man is a failure who has friends."


GEORGE: Now will you do something for me?
ZUZU: What?
GEORGE: Will you try and get some sleep?
ZUZU: I’m not sleepy. I want to look at my flower.
GEORGE: I know, I know, but you just go to sleep. And then you can dream about it, and it’ll be a whole garden.
ZUZU: It will?
GEORGE: Uh-huh.
 Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?


~ Clarence, It’s a Wondeful Life 


"Buffalo Gals won't you come out tonight?"

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!
~Bette

I'm A Yankee Doodle Dandy

Since we were so disappointed about nor going to our various family Christmases, and with nothing planned, that we had to open our present A.K.A a film projector. We have watched North By Northwest, Star Wars: A New  Hope, and Yankee Doodle Dandy. After watching James Cagney's yet again spot-on performance as the real life singer-songwriter-playwright-dancer-actor-patriot George M. Cohan, he knocked William Holden out of his place in my top 10 actors list. With some rearranging it put him in 4th place. Here is the review.

Yankee Doodle Dandy






Cast:
Plot:
WW2 has recently started and coaxed out of retirement by his devoted wife, Mary, aging theatrical star and composer George M. Cohan is playing Franklin Roosevelt in a new musical "I'd Rather be Right Than Be President". One night he gets a telegram from the president asking him to go and see Roosevelt at the White House. Still theatrical in his old age, his immediate reaction is that he is to be shot at sunrise. When he gets there he is pleasantly surprised to meet a Cohan enthusiast who wants to hear his life story...
~~~Curvy fade into flashback~~~
It's 1878 and on the 4th of July baby George Micheal Cohan is being born. As soon as he could walk and talk he joined his family in their act as a dancer/singer. "The Three Cohans" soon became four as George's mother Nellie had another baby named Josie. They toured the country playing in vaudeville shows. As George says, "They kept adding new stars to the flag and The Four Cohans kept rushing out to meet them."
One month they all get jobs in the new show "Peck's Bad Boy", and George is cast as the lead. After finishing the play with the line, "But I can still lick any kid in town!" he becomes a nightmare with his showing off, and when he goes out to meet some boys backstage he is severely beaten up. Sure he has had the beating he deserves, Jerry Cohan leaves spanking him for a while. A few minutes after, big-time producer Mr. Albee comes to offer them a job, but is put of by George's narcissistic behaviour. Never the less, they get employment in theatres around the country. George meets and falls in love with young singer/dancer Mary, but after he instructs her to sing one of his songs on stage without permission, he is blacklisted by all theatres.
Auditioning a musical for musical producers Dietz and Goff
Partnered up with Sam Harris he produces hit musical after hit musical. Now a one man band with Josie married, Nellie dead and his father aging fast, he travels to see his father as he lies on his deathbed. In an attempt to comfort his father, he says his thank-you speech from the shows they did, "My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you," moments before he dies.
Now retired on a farm, George gets an offer from his old partner Sam Harris to star in a show about the president.
~~~Curvy fade into the present~~~
President Franklin Roosevelt presents him with the Congressional Gold Medal. Overcome with emotion, he tap dances down the stairs of the White House.

The Review:
If you want a good patriotic film this is the best you can do. Watching this on my screen with the perspective of a few years since I last watched the film, I realized just how incredible James Cagney's performance is. I cried my way through Jerry's death scene and felt extremely emotional during "It's a grand ol' flag". The direction is really good, It's by Micheal Curtiz who I think is generally known to be a trustworthy good filmmaker. Another amazing performance is that of Joan Leslie who was only 17 when she played opposite 43 year old Cagney.

~Bette

Monday, 20 December 2010

The Shop Around The Corner (1940)

Brrrrr. It's so cold here! I'm starting to rekindle my love affair with snow today after it stopped me traveling to a wedding and various family gatherings yesterday. I have had some comments about my snow, and the general consensus is that there has been lots of it. Please be a white Christmas! I've never seen one in England before. I just remembered that The Shop Around The Corner (starring James Stewart and Margaret Sullivan) was a Christmas film! So I thought it would be nice to review.

The Shop Around The Corner

Cast:
The Plot:
Klara Novak and Alfred Kralik work together the fine goods shop, "Matuschek and Company". They don't get along. They are complete opposites who are constantly disagreeing with one another. What they don't know is that they are also sending each other anonymous letters to an unknown "pen friend", each writing to the other without realizing. They fall in love through these letters, and arrange to meet at a restaurant each wearing a red flower. She will be reading a book that he has instructed her to read, and they will recognize each other by these things. Kralik has just been fired for no clear reason from Matuschek and Company and takes his best friend and colleague Pirovitch to walk with him to meet Klara. Too nervous to look for her, he asks Pirovitch to do it for him. His reply is "Oh she's pretty. Very pretty... In fact she bears an uncanny resemblance to our Klara." Realizing what has happened, Pirovitch turns to Kralik and says, "Well, you know Kralik, Klara's a very pretty girl, and a very good person -" Growing impatient, Kralik replies with "I don't want to talk about Klara." "What? You don't like Klara? The  you will definitely not like this girl, because this girl IS Klara!" Another story running alongside this one, is Matsuchek's suspicion of his wife having an affair with Kralik (for people who don't want to feel depressed by this, it is actually Kralik's evil colleague Vadas), which adds another layer of interest to the plot...

The Review:
I think that the plot for this film is really good. I like the twists and turns which are directed amazingly by Ernst Lubitsch. It doesn't get too serious though, because there is always Matsuchek's wise-cracking errand boy Pepi making everyone laugh. James Stewart is amazing yet again. I swear that there is nothing that man can't do. He's solved murders from his flat in a wheelchair; he's found his missing child in a strange country and almost won Katharine Hepburn over from Cary Grant. Lets face it, he is seriously awesome. Margaret Sullivan is good too, but all the time I watch I am wishing Klara was played by Irene Dunne. It would have been her birthday today so, happy birthday!

Just had to post this GIF with this quote from Singnin' In The Rain.
Kathy: “Oh, no offense. Movies are entertaining enough for the masses but the personalities on the screen just don’t impress me. I mean they don’t talk, they don’t act, the just make a lot of dumb show. Well, you know. Like that.”
I also found some cool "Now that's classic" TCM photos on Tumblr. I don't know who made them/scanned them, but they sure are great! (If you made them and have a problem with them being on my blog, post so in a comment and I will take them down.)



~Bette
P.S. The results came in a while ago from my "Favourite Cary Grant Film" poll. They are:
North By Northwest: 7 votes (1st place)
The Holiday (Holiday?) and Bringning Up Baby: 4 votes each (2nd place)
Arsenic And Old Lace: 2 votes (3rd place)
To Catch A Theif and My Favourite Wife: 1 vote each (4th place)

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Love Me Or Leave Me

This is title of one of my favourite gangster-showbiz movies, and I suppose the same could be said of it's two main stars. You either love em'... or leave em'. Said stars are Doris Day and Jimmy Cagney. I guess this could be said more of Doris than Jimmy and... Oh my goodness, I have to interupt the post just to tell y'all that... IT'S SNOWING!!! That's big in England, and it's not just little flakes, IT'S BIG ONES!!! Yay!!!
Taken in my kitchen (with the french window open, much to my family's dismay ;D)
A-N-Y-W-A-Y... There are Doris Day obsessives, and Doris Day hate groups. I love her. She is so moving in this, and The Man Who Knew Too Much - so funny in things like Send Me No Flowers and Pillow Talk - and has one of my favourite singing voices. Here is the review. But first, R.I.P to Blake Edwards: director of the stupendous Pink Panther movies, and Husband to my beloved Julie Andrews.

Love Me Or Leave Me
Cast:
Plot:
(This film is in colour, but all the pics I liked from it are in black and white. No change there!)
Ruth Etting is a dancer in a "rent a dancer" club (not unlike in Sweet Charity), but yearns for a career in singing. One night after she kicks a man in the leg for dancing "innapropriately" with her, she is fired. She then meets Martin Snyder, owner of a laundrey service, who offers to get her a job at a club he's "involved" with. She jumps at the oppertunity. As she had told him of her singing aspirations, she had assumed it would be a singing job. It was as a backup dancer. Quite angry, she tells Martin that she wanted a job as a singer he replies with "Ya said j'a wanned ta be awn stage, didn't cha?!".
He agrees to let her rehearse with the pianist, Myrl Alderman, to train. One day he arranges for her to be the announcer-singer for the main artist, but she is still not satisfied. She gets the chance to sing as the main act. From then on it's up, up, up for Ruth's career. One day she is offered a job in The Zigfield Follies to sing "Shakin' The Blues Away" amoung other classics.
This goes well, until Martin has a fight with a stage-hand and takes her out of the show. She manages to get her way to Hollywood through her own radio show. Now married to Snyder, Ruth grows more and more unhappy. Martin really loves her, despite his attitude, but she is too ambitous. And in love with her piano player...

The Review:
This film is really great. Great songs and great performances. The only thing I have to say against it, is that they don't show how much Martin loves her enough. The movie could have done with that. I know it's just a fictionalized bio-pic, but I still wanted Cagney to have more tender scenes than he did. I really find Jimmy Cagney amazing in this film. I seem to be forever excusing someone of their accused one-dimensional-ness, but Jimmy Cagney is an amazing singer and dancer! In Yankee Doodle Dandy (one of my favourite musicals) he does both amazingly. Just thought I'd tell ya that. Also, whenever I see clips of Bette Davis and him in movies together, it astounds me how similar their speech pattern and habits are. I found this Bette Davis blooper video (sorry, no embeding code! I think I've posted this before, but it's really cool.) a while ago. It's so funny. There are some bits with her and Jimmy Cagney in them, but beware, there is quite a bit of strong language from Miss Davis!

Can't wait for Christmas. I can't remember if I've told you all this, but we are getting a film projector for Christmas, and we are having a double bill of Christmas movie showings on Christmas Eve on it (if we didn't open it on Christmas Eve we wouldn't be able to watch Christmas Movies!), Meet Me In St. Louis at 4:30ish, and It's A Wonderful Life at 7:30ish. Can't wait!

~Bette

Sunday, 12 December 2010

Happy Would-Have-Been Birthday Mr. Sinatra!

I do try and limit my birthday posts so as the awesomeness doesn't clogg up the review space, but Frank Sinatra is just so cool he almost deserves a blog of his own. He is on of my all time favourite singers. Not to mention a wonderful actor. He makes me weep in Young At Heart with Doris Day and Gig Young. He was such an individual performer. It makes me so depressed with some of the music nowadays. I love people like Paloma Faith (British pop-rock individual singer), and watching The X-Factor yesterday, there was one girl I loved for her individual style, a mix of ballads and raps, and she was voted off the show. We are so restrictive with individual artists these days. I noticed I had 30 followers this morning. Wow. That's a lot of followers. Thanks you guys for making me happy!
Frank Sinatra, King of all things awesome, 1915 - 1998
Frank Sinatra and his wife, Ava Gardener

~Bette

Thursday, 9 December 2010

The VIPs

The VIPs is a real ensemble piece. I read somewhere about Love Actually that, "If the set burned down British showbiz would be in trouble." Well, this has *gasps*: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Maggie Smith, Louis Jourdan, Rod Taylor, Margaret Rutherford (I wish she was my, ancient benefactress, or... something)
In Murder Most Foul (I think, they all morph into one!), one of her amazing characterizations of Agatha Christie's Ms. Marple
and the incomparable Orson Welles. That's a lot of awesome people for one building. Just to say, how amazing is Maggie Smith in like, everything? She doesn't get the credit she deserves! My grandma called my mum up a few weeks ago to tell her that some newspaper had done a top 100 British actresses list, and guess what. SHE WASN'T EVEN FLIPPIN' ON IT!!!!!!!!! That makes me so mad. She is one of the best actresses evah. After this long intro, here is some VIP stuff.

The V.I.Ps

Cast:
Plot:
Famous actress Frances Andros is flying out to New York from a London airport to get a connecting flight to Jamaica for a holiday escorted to the airport by millionaire husband Paul Andros. What he doesn't know is that she is really eloping aging playboy Marc Champselle because she is despairing of his checkbook generosity in place of emotion.
Les Mangrum is about to fly to New York to stop his business being sold, all of which has to be done within 24 hours. His secretary Mrs. Mead (who is secretly in love with him) is doing everything she can to ensure a safe journey for him.
The Duchess of Brighton is traveling to Florida to become a hostess at a resort in an attempt to save her stately home with the new money she will be earning.
Max Buda, movie tycoon has to leave London by midnight to avoid a hefty British tax bill. He takes his new protégée, Gloria Gritti with him.
But then a thick layer of fog moves in around the airport and they are all grounded. Leaving time for Frances and Marc to be descovered, Les to lose his business, The Duchess to go crazy with all of her hypocondriac pills and Max Buda to lose a fortune...

The Review:
This film (much like Maggie Smith) does not get the credit it deserves! It has amazing acting in it and great script! I love the Taylor/Burton story, but my favourite is the Taylor (Rod)/Smith story. There is a hilarious scene on a plane where Margaret Rutherford's hat box keeps falling on this Sidney Poitier lookalike's head. Great film. I gotta start reviewing some bad ones. All my reviews are of good films!



Ok, so I have one film I don't really want to rewatch; Suddenly Last Summer. Elizabeth Taylor in a mental asylum, Katherine Hepburn in a tropical garden in an advance state of insanity, Montgomery Clift as a brain surgeon and some guy in a white suit being eaten by cannibals. Disturbing on so many levels. Joseph Mankiewicz at his worst co-writing with Tennessee Williams.

As my blogger friend Libby posted the other day, I love listening to Doris day's christmas album. She is so cheerful and christmassy. I especially like her rendition of "White Christmas".




~Bette

Monday, 6 December 2010

Dail M For Murder ~ Another Hitchcock Classic

Well, my piano exam went Ok. I think. It's hard to tell with them. There always seems to be some sort of trouble with something when the exam starts. We shall see, we shall see. A-N-Y-W-A-Y. I am really happy with this blog at the moment, I seem to be getting lots of positive feedback. Thanks to all those bloggers who did my survey, I am not particularly good at rounding up answers, but it looks like lots of people would have liked to see Erroll Flynn fight a dragon.... Hmmmmm. Here is a review about one of the best Hitchcock films (in my opinion) evah, Dial M For Murder.

Dial M For Murder

Cast:
Plot:
Tony Wendis and his Wife Margot are the perfect stereotypical British couple. So it seems. Tony used to be a professional tennis player but retired on Margot's request after she complained about his busy schedule. Bored by Tony's dull personality, Margot starts an affair with friend and crime writer Mark Halliday. Tony secretly follows them one night and discovers their affair. Instead of confronting his unfaithful wife, he spends years plotting her murder. One night when Mark is with them on a friendly visit, Tony tells them to go to the theatre alone on account of his "bad headache". He calls up a man about a used car he wants to buy and asks him to come over to talk money £. Upon arriving it becomes obvious that he has no intention of buying a car, and Tony starts to explain about how he found his wife and another man, and how he feels undermined by his wife's beauty and social skills. The stranger's name is Charles Alexander Swan, and after the long lecture Tony concludes with "I was going to go back and kill them both but I saw something that changed my mind." Bored by this tedious war and peace speech, Charles replies with "What did you see?" *Pause* "I saw you." Tony takes a photo off the wall and points a college version of Charles out to the aging present version (Hitchcock is sat next to him in the photo). Tony starts to interrogate him about several shady incidents that he has been a part of, and ends with asking him to kill his wife for him - as you do. Tony has a letter from Mark to Margot in his coat, and if Charles refuses to kill her, he will turn him in as the blackmailer. He tells him that tomorrow he and Mark will be at a party and she will be home, he is to take the latchkey from under the stair carpet.
Grace Reading The Times
He will then go in and hide behind the curtains until the phone rings and she stands behind the table (as she always does). He is then to murder her from behind. The plan goes wrong when the phone call is late because Tony's watch stopped, and Charles is about to leave but the phone rings and he jumps behind the curtain.
He tries to strangle her with a stocking but she finds some scissors and stabs him in the back. After Tony finds out that Margot couldn't be murdered, he does everything he can to get her beheaded for murder herself...

Review:
This is one of my favourite Hitchcock films, (not as great as rear window, but...) and he does a great job with Grace Kelly. I sometimes find her slightly superficial, but whenever she is directed by Hitch, there are few other actresses I would rather watch. This was originally a play, and Alfred Hitchcock - being the genius that he was - said "We don't need to change a thing. Someone has written the script for us already. Lets play with it and make it a success." Or something like that. The film was filmed in 3D as you can see with the arm shot earlier, but by the time it came out the fad was over and the film was somewhat of a flop. Ray Milland is enchanting as Tony, his cold and calculating attitude (trying to big up my drama keywords) remind me a bit of the way Bette Davis plays Leslie Crosby in The Letter. The calmness building up to madness (Milland never gets quite that far, but you can see it in his eyes). Just another great thriller from the master! Is there anything he can do wrong? (Except The Trouble With Harry, but I've forgiven him now.) Do you find it disturbing that a twelve year old watches these movies? Yeah, me too.

Just come home from a rehearsal for the Christmas show, and my throat hurts even more than it did before (hardly possible) and I am very tired. She liked my monologue, so that it a positive.On the subject of shows, my family were having this conversation while watching All About Eve the other day, about when Anne Baxter (Eve) says "So little, so little did you say. Well if there's nothing else there's applause. I've listened backstage to people applaude. It's like waves of love coming over the footlights and wrapping you up. That alone is worth everything." It went like this:
Dad: So is that the main reason you act?
Mum: No, it's more the whole experience, and the feeling. Of course every actor likes to be appreciated.
Me: Yeah. For me it's also about being that other person, and... stuff. I think it's just because Eve has an elephantine ego.
My sister: Are we all agreed she is just and ego maniac?
All: Agreed.
As a performer myself, and from a family of them, I find it interesting to see how people feel about being on stage or acting. Must be the psychoanalyst deep... deep... deep... deep down in me.

~Bette


P.S. Found this picture of the lobby card for The Little Foxes, and I rarely see ones that say "Not suitable for general exhibition." It must be that murder scene. MUAHAHAHAHAHA...