Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Spotlight on a Character Actress: Jessie Royce Landis

Even though I've only seen her in two films, she is definitely in that category of Thelma Ritter awesomeness (and that is saying a LOT :-D). She also played the mother of Grace Kelly and Cary Grant (at different times of course). How can ya go wrong?


Jessie Royce Landis (1904-1972)


Jessie Royce Landis, like many other actresses of her time, started as a stage actress and only progressed on to films in the 1950s. Favoured by Hitchcock, she was featured in two of his films, To Catch A Theif and North By Northwest and one of his "Hitchock Presents..." TV episodes.

Now, I couldn't find that much info on her, but I'm just going to ramble instead! In all the films I've seen, she has played either Grace Kelly's or Cary Grant's mother (didn't do badly, did she?) and in To Catch A Thief she even gets to wear super cool costumes and ask cary Grant to call her Jessie, while conversing about his being a lumberjack in Portland Oregon. I mean, could you get any more awesome than that conversation? Er, no you can't. So don't even try. You will FAIL EPICLY!!!!! So yes. Jessie Royce Landis has the nerve to scold Grace Kelly and laugh at the remark that Cary Grant is "a sensible man" therefore making her one of the best character actresses ever. I share this opinion with Millie who wrote one of my favourite posts of hers about Jessie Royce Landis, which you can read here.

Best Movies To Start With:
  1. To Catch A Thief
  2. North By Northwest
~Bette

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Photo Of The Day


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Christopher Columbus!!! What orangeness!!! Seriously wow! Such an autumnal colour. Plus, I just felt like this blog needed a bit more Bogie right now :-) This photograph was taken by Bert Six, and it came from my Hollywood Colour Portraits book.

~Bette

Monday, 19 September 2011

CMBA Guilty Pleasures Movie Blogathon: Lover Come Back (1961)




This was my guilty pleasures choice. This isn't my favourite Doris Day/Rock Hudson film, but the other two, Pillow Talk (1959) and Send Me No Flowers (1964) - in my opinion - are actually really fantastic films. This one... not so fantastic but great fun to watch and I do get that great, guilty, "I shouldn't be laughing at this.. But I am and I will," feeling. Love.


Now, Doris Day and Rock Hudson are two of my very favourites. You probably know, as I'm always protesting that Doris Day is just as good dramatically as she is comically and this film just seemed like a good idea. I came across it in the Doris Day collection that we have and it was the last of the Day/Hudson ones for us to watch. Lover Come Back was directed by Delbert Mann. If you don't know the plot, here is a brief summary.


Madison avenue advertising executives Jerry Webster and Carol Templeton have very different attitudes to their work. At least that's one way to put it. Jerry gains accounts by wining (and other slightly stronger spirits) and dining and partying with his guests so that they love him so much that they sign. Carol, on the other hand, likes to work the morally and intellectually correct way. She gains the clients by working hard.



But when Jerry steals one too many accounts from her firm, she decides to take drastic action. She takes a case accusing him of immoral conduct to the advertising council. Carol sends one of Jerry's "chorus girls" to the council to testify that he is a rat, but at the same time, he has just bribed her to tell them he is amazing by putting her in a commercial advertising 'VIP', a product that doesn't exist.


Everything seems to be going fine when suddenly - while on holiday in the mountains with his neurotic boss, Peter Ramsay - he finds out that Ramsay gave leave for the company to start showing the commercials. And suddenly everyone wants VIP! And of course it doesn't exist. So pooling their brian power (and funds...) they hire a genius chemist to create a miracle product to be VIP. But in the meantime, Carol Templeton has heard about the fact that they have the account of a product everyone wants, so she hires a private detective to find out what is afoot. She goes to the chemist's house/laboratory to find out what's going on. And having never seen Jerry Webster before, she mistakes him for the chemist, who happens to be out looking for something! She ends up taking the "innocent genius" under her wing and falling in love with him... What will happen when she finds out that he is Jerry Webster? And what will happen when they find out - after consuming many - that VIP is actually a sweet that turns into pure alcohol when it hits the bloodstream?


This is actually a crazy film. There aren't many other ways to describe it. It couldn't be called emotionally deep, or culturally significant or anything. And I love it. I think that the film is fantastic in its own little funky ways now and again. My personal favourite scene is the oner where Jerry and Pete go up to the mountains to stay in Pete's lodge and they go canoeing on a lake and Pete keeps blowing a horn which he says is, "the mating call of the moose!". He intends to attract the moose and then take its picture, but the plan goes a little awry when the moose starts stalking them across the lake...


Now my spin (hopefully the general spin taken...) to this blogathon was that we should blog not only about why the film is good or bad, but about why we in particular love the film ourselves.


I love this film for several reasons. One of them being its sheer velocity. It just keeps going at a fast pace that keeps the slightly strange plot seeming reasonable. This mainly being because you don't have time to question anything or go, "Wait... A moose just chased them through a lake... Why are they suddenly back on Madison Avenue with beards..."


It's pretty risque for the early sixties. I thought this insane kind of film only started being made during the mid-late sixties. The main scenes like this are one scene where Doris Day and Rock Hudson go to a strip club and another where Rock Hudson is trying to make her follow him into his room by stating his insecurities and making her comfort him. At one point during this scene he exclaims, "A kiss? What does that prove? It's like finding out you can light a stove. It doesn't make you a cook!" But throughout the film there are little remarks and comments which do make you think a little. The ending is also quite out there. After waking up in a motel room married, Rock Hudson and Doris Day have a big fight and she states that she is going to get an annulment. But 9 months later her secretary calls him to a hospital to re-marry her because she is about to give birth. As they and the vicar enter the maternity ward, a passing doctor says, "Now that's what I call close!"


Now, I will just have to dedicate a little section here to Tony Randall.


I don't think I've ever expressed it before on my blog, but I adore Tony Randall. I will watch anything with him in. And every time I watch Send Me No flowers a little piece of me dies inside because he is Rock Hudson's next door neighbour. Not mine. Life has never been so unfair. He is just spot on all the time. His timing is spot on. His facial expressions are also spot on (in this, his face actually becomes purple and blue). There is this bit where they are in the canoe rowing back to shore and Jerry tells him that there is no VIP and he just goes, "HNGAHH!" And it sounds like a moose call! LOL! Super amazing. I also love where he comes down atop the elevator after becoming highly intoxicated by mint candies and yells "I'M KING OF THE ELEVATOR!" A phrase that my sister and I seem to have strangely coined as a joint catchphrase... Don't ask. I don't know.


{Sorry for the bad GIF quality!}

And the chemistry between Rock Hudson and Doris Day is great as always. Plus, this time Rock Hudson has a beard and is generally pretty cool, until you realize his character is an idiot. But you know, it's Rock Hudson, so it's all good.

Just as a last note, Doris Day's outfits and entire wardrobe in Lover Come Back are pretty beautiful (and if you have seen this film. Yes. We are ignoring the tasseled cone beach hat).


There are some great 60s dresses and coats and things for her. This and Bewitched (obviously along with other films) are the main basis for the Mad Men costume designers, I swear. I actually haven't seen the series, but even if they weren't very good, at least they brought 50s styles back into fashion!  They were designed by "Irene". One of those costume design companies which has only a first name... No second... Like "Adrian". Who are these people?

Overall it is a very silly film. If you have a low nonsense tolerance don't put yourself through it. But if you love Doris Day and Rock Hudson and Tony Randall and will watch almost anything for these three actors (*Cough* My family *cough*. Who said that?) then definitely give it a try. It's a total laugh a minute flick!

This is my contribution to the Classic Movie Blog Association Guilty Pleasures Movie Blogathon. Head over to their site to read some of the other great reviews!



~Bette

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Ten Reasons To LOVE The Philadelphia Story (1940)

Here are the ten reasons I completely ADORE The Philadelphia Story, one of my favourite films. I did a comparison post about this and High Society the 1956 musical remake starring Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Celeste Holm and Bing *shudder* Crosby which is nowhere near as good - but I didn't think I covered my thoughts rambles on it well enough. So here you go! More rambles than you could ever hope for. By the way, I'm assuming you know the plot but if not then take a look here. {If you still want to read this post, well done.}


Left to right: George Cukor, John Howard, Katharine Hepburn and cary Grant (Photo from Doctor Macro as are many others, thanks Dr. Macro!)

Reason 1.



Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn



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One of my very favourite on-screen couples. I've actually seen all of their pairings together except the perpetually doomed and apparently awful Sylvia Scarlett (about which Fanny Bryce said to Katharine Hepburn, "What were you thinking when you made that movie?")! They are just too fantastic and put together... AWESOMESAUCE! No, seriously. One of the best pairings, even though they aren't together for the whole film :-)

Reason 2.


"OH C. K. DEXTER HAVEN!!!" OH C. K. DEXTER HAAAVVEEEN!!!!"

Just the name. That is actually the second best thing. It is the most completely stupendous name to ever grace the silver screen. How much cooler can you get? You could just scream it out for ages. Try it. It's soooo fun (no joke). What does the C. K. stand for? We shall never know...

Reason 3.



The Drunk Scene

Where Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart get drunk on champagne together. It's just so funny and then romantic and then quite random... IT'S EVERYTHING!!! GAH! But yes it really is cool. I love the bit where they go swimming and then he carries her back belting out "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and she says to her three suitors (Dexter, George and Mike), "Hello, Dexter. HULLO GEORGE. Hellooo Mike!" Favourite quote from the scene: Tracy Lord, "The Time to make up your mind about people is never."

Reason 4.


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Katharine Hepburn

This part was basically written for her by playwright Phillip Barry and she backed the production on broadway and then (after being gifted the film rights by Howard Hughes) made a package deal with MGM stating that they could have the rights as long as she played Tracy. After that it was basically her production. She supervised most things from lighting to costumes and some people credit her as executive producer. But she gave a lot more than just that. This performance is one of my all time favourites and you really feel she was Tracy Lord. She said herself "The role of Tracy Lord fit me like a glove." I love all the delivery and everything. Great performance.

Reason 5.


Virginia Wiedler a.k.a. Dinah Lord

Virginia Wiedler is one of my favourite child actresses and this is my favourite role of hers. Her rendition of "Lydia The Tattooed Lady" is so funny. My mum also told me that this song was also sung by The Muppets! I also really like the bit when she comes down and says she must talk urgently with Uncle Willy about the last night (see The Drunk Scene) and she arrives at his house in a little carriage drawn by a Shetland pony.

Reason 6.


THE DRESS

Oh yes. It deserves the capital letters and the underlining. I love it. It's long and white and silky and sparkly and flowey and awesome. I love the way that the sleeves gather in as well. Hmm... But seriously. I love this dress.

Reason 7.


{Scanned by me, this photo has little to do with anything I've written about, but it's good, so why not? Tracy Lord and George Kittredge roll in the mud :-)}


The Script

Hmm. Maybe this should be a little higher in the list... Oh well. I love the script. Some favourite quotes are:

Tracy Lord: I'm going crazy. I'm standing here solidly on my own two hands and going crazy.

Macaulay Connor: Doggone it, C.K. Dexter Haven. Either I'm gonna sock you or you're gonna sock me. 
C. K. Dexter Haven: Shall we toss a coin?

C. K. Dexter Haven: Orange juice, certainly.
Tracy Lord: Don't tell me you've forsaken your beloved whisky and whiskies.
C. K. Dexter Haven: No-no-no-no. I've just changed their colour, that's all. I'm going for the pale pastel shades now. They're more becoming of me. How about you, Mr. Connor? You drink, don't you - alcohol, I mean?
Macaulay Connor: Oh, a little.
C. K. Dexter Haven: [Amused] A little? And you a writer? Tsk, tsk, tsk. I thought all writers drank to excess and beat their wives. You know, at one time I think I secretly wanted to be a writer.
[He and Tracy exchange scornful looks

Macaulay Connor: [speaking of Tracy, wearing a trilby hat] What are her leading characteristics?
C. K. Dexter Haven: She has a horror of men who wear their hats in the house.
Elizabeth (Liz) Imbrie: Leading characteristics to be filled in later. 

Sidney Kidd: You hate me, I trust, Miss Imbrie. 
Elizabeth (Liz) Imbrie: No, I-I can't afford to hate anybody. I'm only a photographer.

Reason 8.

The "Talking Room" Scene

This is where a drunk James Stewart and Cary Grant discuss their plans for writing an article putting "Spy" magazine editor, Sydney Kidd, to shame. It's so funny. Apparently is was partly improvised and I just adore it. James Stewart and Cary Grant together in one room for a whole 10 minutes alone with a typewriter... WHAT AWESOME MADNESS HAPPENED IN THIS SCENE! Love.

Reason 9.


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The Wedding

The wedding scene is beyond all imagination of fantasticness. It starts being amazing as soon as *SPOILER* Dexter proposes by telling Tracy to say it while she is talking to the wedding guests and it just gets better and better. Ending with a great shot of the Tracy, Dexter, Liz, Mike and the vicar completely shocked!

Reason 10.


The Whole Cast

They all mesh so well together as a team and a cast. I love all their scenes as a group and in pairs or other  combos. One of the best casts.

Hope you liked the post!

~Bette

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Spotlight on a Character Actress: Mildred Natwick

Mildred Natwick is actually quite hilarious and adorable in both of the films I've seen her in and a very good actress at that. Definitely deserving of a solo post!


Mildred Natwick (1905-1994)


Mildred Natwick was again a character/supporting actress who usually played characters who were sweet hearted but had authority and was a firm favourite of director John Ford's. John Ford featured her in some of his big hits like The Quiet Man. She may be most fondly remembered as Jane Fonda's mother in the Neil Simon comedy, Barefoot In The Park, for which she earned her first and only academy award nomination (why not The Quiet Man, cruel world, why?).


Now, I love Mildred Natwick but have only seen her in two whole films, Barefoot In The Park and The Quiet Man. They are both very, very good though and I love that line that she has in Barefoot In The Park after climbing up six flights of stairs after a long night with Robert Redford, Jane Fonda and a Kimono wearing Charles Boyer, "I feel like we've died... and gone to heaven... only we had to climb up!" Note that The Trouble With Harry doesn't even get a mention. Grrrr.

Best Films To Start With:
  1. The Quiet Man
  2. Barefoot In The Park
  3. And if you really want to see it, she is the best thing in The Trouble With Harry.
~Bette

Thursday, 8 September 2011

The Keeper Of The Flame (1943)

This was the last of the four new Katharine Hepburn and Spencer tracy films that came in this little set and I really enjoyed it! It wasn't the best of the lot - the lot being Pat and Mike, Woman Of The Year, Adam's Rib and Keeper Of The Flame - but there were some really interesting things about it. I don't know how known this movie is in the classic film watching community, because judging by things I've read about it on the internet, it seems like the least successful film starring the famous duo. I can guess why, but it's not because of the quality of the film. Sorry about the long plot summary, you kind of need to know for the review to make sense.


Keeper Of The Flame (1943) directed by George Cukor
Cast:

Plot:
The sudden and tragic death of world renowned hero Robert Forrest strikes a deep note in everyone in the United States as well as in other countries and the whole of America goes into mourning. One night a terrible thunderstorm hits Forrest's hometown he doesn't see a break in the old wooden bridge he is driving over and he goes straight into the river underneath.

Though she is receiving millions of fan letters and letters of condolence, Christine Forrest - the widow of Robert Forrest - refuses to reply or see any men of the press. But when famed writer and journalist Steven O'Malley comes back from Europe (where he was working as a war correspondant) to write a tribute biography of Robert, he realizes that he will need to dig deeper into Robert Forrest's life and family. After befriending the guilt-stricken son of the Gate Keeper of Forrest's house he manages to get into the house and finds Christine. 


Had he not been who he was, she would have turned him out, but he happened to be a favourite writer of her's, and Robert's. She understands what he wants to do and appreciates it, but has to refuse because she is too upset to talk about it. He convinces her that she needs to help him maintain the flame that burns so bright for Robert Forrest in the country's eyes.



But later that evening, she pays a visit to the bed and breakfast Steven is staying in and tells him that yes, she will help him write the book. But as Steven finds out more about the family, he becomes more and more suspicious about the "accident". Along the way to writing the book he finds out that Robert had a mother no one knew about, and more than a few people in the neighbourhood who weren't on the best terms with him, including Christine's cousin. And as soon as he finds a shoe from Christine's horse near the bridge, he knows he needs to find out more.


{To write what I want to in the review, I kind of need to write a bit more of the story. But if you don't want the ending spoiled, don't read this bit.}

Finally cornering Christine in "The Arsenal", Robert's study and library (conveniently with no windows) while she is burning the documents that Robert ordered to be unread and destroyed, Steven tells her that he has fallen in love with her. He also lays down the horse-shoe on the table, and Christine finally tells all. For months she had been getting more and more worried about Robert's wellbeing. She says he used to look down on her as "a useless creature who couldn't give him sons". At first she grew mad, but then started to pity him because she thought he might have been going insame like his mother. But then she couldn't take it any longer and on the morning of the accident, she stole his keys and ran down to The Arsenal and went through all his secret files only to find that he had been running a Fascist organisation and had piles and piles of evil racist articles that he had written. All of them ready for publication.

It made her feel ill. It wasn't what she believed in at all and she knew that he had changed beyond recognition from the man that she had married. So she went out riding to think alone and she saw the bridge breaking - and thought that it was best not to warn Robert. If his plans for America worked then this fatal accident seemed like the only way to stop him.


Her secretary and advisor has been spying on them and, realising what they are talking about, sets The Arsenal alight and locks the only door. Of course there are no windows. Only a thin opening just wide enough for him to shoot at Steven and Christine. He fatally wounds Christine who tells Steven in her last moments that he must write the book and tell the world about what Robert was really like.


The Verdict:

This was a really different film. It felt like a cross between a film noir and a Murder Mystery and it had many similarities with Rebecca. Although it wasn't the best of films, it was entirely worth watching for the interesting portrayals and the strong political subject matter.

Made in only 1943, it seems quite early for there to be a film made about the possibility of Fascism taking hold in America if people don't wake up fast to the danger. Based on an unpublished book, the film rights were acquired by RKO, but they had serious casting difficulties so the rights were sold to MGM for $50,000. But when Eddie Mannix realised how political the material was, he tried to stop the film. They wanted Spencer Tracy from the start, and then hired George Cukor as the director - as he was known for dealing well with difficult actors.

Katharine Hepburn was on the hunt for good scripts for Tracy and herself after appearing in Woman Of The Year with him. When she saw this story, she was fascinated by Christine, and she thought the part might provide her way of contributing to the war effort. Though when she joined the cast she asked that the story be restored to the way it was in the novel, where there was more romance and Steven and Christine had more equally sized roles. But everyone else in the cast and crew disagreed with her so she gave in and left the script the way it was.



MGM didn't want Katharine Hepburn to take the role, and thought that it would be a bad follow-up to Woman Of The Year. But she protested and eventually became a great help to Spencer Tracy with his drinking. George Cukor was so impressed that he asked her to talk to Judy Garland about the need to sober up (according to Wikipedia...).


This is really Spencer Tracy's film. There's no denying it. He is in almost every single scene and he does fantastically with a character that could have become quite weak had anyone else attempted playing him. He maintains his cool all the way through, but we still manage to get that he is in love with Christina. You really find yourself working with him to find out what happens.

Katharine Hepburn is also amazing again. She has this fantastic monologue where she tells Steven about everything in The Arsenal and she just keeps it going for what seems like ages. There is no music and it's like she's talking directly to you. It really isn't a humongous part, but she plays it very well.


The reason this film didn't do very well in the box office was that there was some political controversy. Republican Members of the congress were disturbed by its political views and ordered that there should be new laws against films with such overtly left-wing political propaganda. One thing that was noted was that it was the first real time that Fascism was linked with wealth in a film. Critical comments aside from the political were mainly about the pace of the dramatic part of the film, and the suspenseful part. Though the Wikipedia page of the film says that after looking at the reviews it's evident that it was generally received more positively in the East of the United States.


I can see why people aren't crazy about this cinematically. There isn't much super fast paced dialogue and the second half does drag a little. But I really enjoyed all the performances and George Cukor's direction (even though Katharine Hepburn was apparently quick to criticise it, despite the fact they were very good friends). I say good on them for making such an important film at the time it was made. Definitely worth a watch.

~Bette

Monday, 5 September 2011

Back To Reality...

My holiday is over.


{Via}

And tomorrow morning I'll get up and be like this.


{Via}

Then I'll go back to school where Doris Day doesn't teach journalism, Katharine Hepburn doesn't teach PE and Maggie Smith doesn't teach Defence Against the Dark Arts.


And I'll see my friends and we'll all go...


{Via}

And then some random irritating guy will sit next to me in my new maths seating plan and I'll be like,


"Young man... Remove yourself!"
{My GIF}

But what use does that do, because hey. That guy won't be Cary Grant (unfortunately).


Then I'll go home and be super hyped up despite back to school blues and after about five minutes I'll go to sleep.

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Doesn't sound too bad, does it?

(And yes. The Women and The Philadelphia Story are always relevant)

I am devastated to say, that today is my very last day of Freedom. Of holiday. Of unlimited film watching and blogging. Tomorrow, I'm going back to school to a very different type of atmosphere from last year. I won't be in any classes with the whole of my form that I've been with for around 2 years. I've chosen my GCSE courses and I'll be in lessons with other people who have chosen the same ones. So it will be good, I hope, but this means I can't blog the three times a week I have been this holiday, watch films whenever I want, run around the house belting out show-tunes to my ukulele (this is where my family go "Oh. What-a-shame." *Sarcasm intended*), swim, or run around the field with my dog before lunch. But I will be occupied, no mistake! Here is a compilation of my holiday as on this blog and the awesome world of Classic Film :-)

So here's what's happened this holiday Classic Movie wise.

{One thing you've probably guessed happened by now, I have become uncontrollably obsessed with The Philadelphia Story.}

The stars of this holiday's main movie watching have to be Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. As you have noticed I've posted a lot about them... This even led Caftan Woman to leave a comment referencing it as my, "adventures in Tracy/Hepburn land". Best comment ever. I've learned a whole lot more about them both, but particularly about Katharine Hepburn who my whole family now love. We discovered her documentary "All About Me" on the other disc of our copy of The Philadelphia Story and loved it. She just talks to you (well, the camera really) about her whole life and legacy and all that jazz. It was amazing (and, she was playing tennis, buying groceries, drying the laundry, buying ice cream and riding on a golf-cart thing on camera. And... SHE WAS 86 FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!)


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I managed to acquire some great Vintage/Classic Movie objects this summer. I went to a 1940s weekend event at a local disused airfield and it had loads of amazing stalls. There, I got a pair of navy blue high-waist-ed pleated trousers made from a 1940s pattern and a Modern Screen magazine from December 1936 which has includes articles about Norma Shearer, Errol Flynn, Robert Taylor, Claudette Colbert, Ginger Rogers, Frederick March and many others! The trousers are amazing and look totally like Katharine Hepburn ones, and the magazine is beyond all amazingness. I also found two amazing little Hollywood picture books chronicling the life of two of my very favourite stars in TKMaxx (TJMaxx in America) for only £3 each! One of Cary Grant and one of Katharine Hepburn. They have amazing photos in that I've never seen before! I've already scanned nearly all the first half of the Katharine Hepburn one and the Cary Grant one is amazing as well.

I was given a blog award by some of my favourite bloggers and got to share some extremely random facts about myself with you (sorry...), and that was quite fun. But I watched so many films! Here is the list of what I watched in (kind of...) chronological order.

{Links link back to my review of the film, if I've reviewed it!}
  1. Holiday (1938), new, I watched it and then showed it to my sister and we showed it to my whole family. So I actually watched it 3 times.
  2. Roman Holiday (1953), Re-watch.
  3. An Affair To Remember (1957), Re-watch.
  4. Sabrina (1954), Re-watch, but still one of my favourites :-)
  5. Pride and Prejudice (1940), Re-watch.
  6. Casablanca (1943), Re-watched for all it's amazingness.
  7. The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Re-watch. Not the best, but kind of addictive.
  8. The Talk of The Town (1942), Re-watch x2 because it is just too cool.
  9. Modern Times (1936), New. It was totally and utterly stupendous.
  10. Showboat (1951), New. Meh. Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel are completely amazing and so is Ava Gardener, but come on. The story isn't all that great and Gower Champion needs a bucket of water thrown over him, he looks like a plank of wood!
  11. Adam's Rib (1949) Re-watch.
  12. Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) New. Great movie. Myrna Loy is the best :-D
  13. Pat and Mike (1952) New. Awesomesauce.
  14. Woman Of The Year (1942) New. Best new film of the holiday.
  15. My Man Godfrey (1936) New. "Godfrey loves me, he put me in the shower!!!" LOL!
  16. The Keeper Of The Flame (1943) New. Review to follow shortly...
  17. The Philadelphia Story (1940) Re-watch. Forever one of my very favourites. This film can do no wrong.
  18. All About Me (a 1993 documentary about and presented by Katharine Hepburn) New. Fantastic.
  19. Little Women (1933) Re-watch. Such a great film.
  20. Vertigo (1958) Re-watch. I hadn't seen this film in a while and I'd forgotten how fantastic it is.
And numerous other re-watches but it would be pointless to list them all.

I hope to keep posting just as before but I can't promise the same consistency :-S. Yay for the new school year!

~Bette