This month's Royal Film Performance post was on the Walt Disney film, Rob Roy the Highland Rogue (1953). In it, Glynis Johns wears a lovely wedding dress. I thought it would be fun to feature it today.
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Bette's twelfth picture - and eighth of 1932 - was, according to her autobiography, a “dull 'B' picture called Three on a Match. My school friend Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak and I were the unlucky trio, and Mervyn Leroy was my next unsympathetic director. He kept talking of what a great dramatic star Joan was to become and I was glad for her; but his pointed references and indifference to me hardly encouraged me in my daily work ... I had daydreams about the Director with Vision who would see what I knew I had” (The Lonely Life, 135-136).
That's not quite how Leroy remembered it, at least, that's not what he told The New Movie Magazine (June 1933):
Joan is a swell girl to direct [...] You ought to see her garden [...] Joan does all the work herself. Bette is a peach too. She isn't the actress Joan is; not yet. She'll take a lot of directing. But she can take it. That kind usually goes a long way. And what a figure! Did you notice those beach scenes? (see the end of the post)
Miss Davis' role is but that of an added starter and superfluous other than to fully interpret the picture's title. The three girls lighting cigarettes from one match indicates that one of them must go. [...] Studio apparently realized a weakness as evidenced by the inclusion of Miss Davis, who has nothing to do.
Bette Davis was ravishing in appearance, but had very little to do.
I love Bette's bathing suit in the film. You can see a few more screenshots on my blog Facebook page (including some great hats on the other girls).
Davis, Bette. The Lonely Life: An Autobiography. G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1962.Ringgold, Gene. Bette Davis: Her Films and Career. Citadel Press. 1966, 1985.
The New Movie Magazine, June 1933.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
For the 8th Annual Royal Film Performance, a live-action Walt Disney picture was chosen. You can't go wrong with Walt Disney, right? Well... you can if the movie portrays the British suppressing the Scottish Highlanders and forcing them to obey unjust laws and pay double taxes with the intent of taking away their land in the future and stripping the name away of the clan MacGregor. And that's exactly what happens in Disney's Rob Roy the Highland Rogue, starring Richard Todd in the title role.
The only sympathetic figure on the side of the British is a Highlander himself, the Duke of Argyll (James Robertson Justice), a kinsman of Rob Roy's mother from the Campbell clan. and the King, George I, is not even English but German, needing an interpreter. Not to mention he looks like this...
In the last moments of the film however, the King pardons Rob Roy - after he comes to the London court to give himself up and prevent further fighting - leading Rob Roy to praise the King as a great ruler.
The Royal Film Performance took place at the Leicester Square Odean Theatre on Oct. 26, 1953 (less than a month later, the newly crowned Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip would leave on a six-month tour of the Commonwealth, not returning to England until May 1954). There were 19 stars in attendance, among them several from the cast of the film, including Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice, and Finlay Currie (Justice and Currie both in kilts); other British stars such as Jack Hawkins, Kay Kendell, Kenneth More, Alec Guiness, and Moira Shearer; and eight from Hollywood, including Gary Cooper (who was spending time abroad for tax reasons), Jeanne Crain, Dennis O'Keefe, and studio head Adolph Zukor.
Friday, January 7, 2022
In the year 2021 I watched 262 new-to-me movies and 74 movies that were rewatches for a total of 336.
New to me: 262 (216 pre-1970, 45 post-1970)
Rewatches: 74 (51 pre-1970, 23 post-1970)
Total: 336 (267 pre-1970, 68 post-1970)
Where I watched them:
TCM: 232 (38 rewatches)
Library (DVD & Apps): 7 (2 rewatches)
Personal DVD: 38 (27 rewatches)
YouTube & OK: 10 (1 rewatch)
Paid Streaming Services: 31 (2 rewatches)
TV & Free Streaming Services: 12 (2 rewatches)
Here are my top
ten five movie discoveries:
11/8 Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) - Anne Shirley (downloaded off YT - not on DVD)
Classics I finally watched:
The Gay Divorcee (1934) - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
Destry Rides Again (1939) - Marlene Dietrich & James Stewart
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) - Roger Livesy & Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook
Leave Her to Heaven (1945) - Gene Tierney & Corel Wilde, Jeanne Crain
Born Yesterday (1950) - Judy Holliday & William HoldenMarty (1955) - Ernest Borgnine
Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich
The Misfits (1961) - Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift
West Side Story (1961) - Natalie Wood & Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno
Dr. No (1962) - Sean Connery
Dear Heart (1964) - Glenn Ford & Geraldine
Goldfinger (1965) - Sean Connery
Battle of the Bulge (1965) - Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Robert RyanIn the Heat of the Night (1967) - Sidney Poitier
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) - everybody lol
The Towering Inferno (1974) - Paul Newman, Steve McQueen
All the President's Men (1976) - Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman
Anne of Green Gables (1985) - Megan FollowesPretty Woman (1990) - Richard Gere & Julia Roberts
Number of movies per decade:
1910s: 0 (0 rewatches)
1920s: 3 (0 rewatches)
1930s: 69 (16 rewatches)
1940s: 103 (21 rewatches)
1950s: 45 (6 rewatches)
1960s: 47 (8 rewatches)
1970s: 7 (0 rewatches)
1980s: 13 (5 rewatches)
1990s: 20 (6 rewatches)
2000s: 17 (7 rewatches)
2010s: 7 (5 rewatches)
Number of movies per month:
January: 45 (10 rewatches)
February: 31 (6 rewatches)
March: 22 (5 rewatch)
April: 25 (6 rewatches)
May: 16 (5 rewatches)
June: 17 (4 rewatches)
July: 36 (6 rewatches)
August: 32 (9 rewatches)
September: 20 (1 rewatch)
October: 29 (3 rewatches)
November: 28 (5 rewatches)
December: 35 (12 rewatches)
Number of Foreign Language Films: 10
Robert Young - 16 films
Stars I discovered/grew to love/admire: Robert Sterling and Steve McQueen
*To see last year's stats, click here.
Did you keep track of the movies you watched in 2021? Was there a star or movie you discovered that you can't live without now? Let me know in the comments! Also, no matter how hard I try there are always discrepancies in my numbers... It NEVER adds up perfectly!
Friday, December 31, 2021
This month I finally watched No Time To Die (2021). I really liked the moment at Vesper Lynd's grave where they played her theme in the background and the part near the end where Bond turns and fires a shot down a circular tunnel, mimicking the famous shot in the opening credits of every Bond film.
I also finally watched the Pride and Prejudice (1995) mini-series! It was very good. Colin Firth reminded me of Laurence Olivier but conveyed his emotions to the viewer better - but then again, he had more screen time to do so. I like the Greer Garson one and hated the Kiera Knightly version (I probably need to give it a second chance).
I read My Husband, My Friend by Steve McQueen's first wife, Neile McQueen Toffel. I skimmed some of the chapters on the disintegration of their marriage.
And ICYMI, I finally wrote a post on getting to see the White Christmas (1954) costumes back in January. Here is Part I. Part II has been delayed until next month.
- *No Man of Her Own (1932) - Clark Gable & Carole Lombard
- The Count of the Old Town (1935-Swedish) - Ingrid Bergman, Edvin Adolphson, Sigurd Wallén
- Swedenhielms (1935-Swedish) - Gosta Ekman, Hakan Westergren, Ingrid Bergman, Tutta Rolf
- Follow the Fleet (1936) - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott & Harriet Hilliard, Lucille Ball
- Dollar (1938-Swedish) - Ingrid Bergman, Tutta Rolf, Hakan Westergren, Edvin Adolphson
- The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939) - Joan Crawford, James Stewart, Lew Ayres, Lewis Stone
- Dance, Girl, Dance (1940) - Maureen O’Hara, Louis Hayward, Lucille Ball
- *Remember the Night (1940) - Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck, Beulah Bondi
- Adam Had Four Sons (1941) - Ingrid Bergman, Warner Baxter, Fay Ray, Susan Hayward
- Washington Melodrama (1941) - Frank Morgan, Ann Rutherford, Kent Taylor, Dan Dailey Jr., Virginia Grey
- Wing and a Prayer (1944) - Don Ameche, Dana Andrews, Charles Bickford
- *Conflict (1945) - Humphrey Bogart & Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet
- Leave Her to Heaven (1945) - Gene Tierney & Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crane, Daryl Hickman
- *My Reputation (1946) - Barbara Stanwyck & George Brent, Eve Arden
- Christmas Eve (1947) - George Brent & Joan Blondell, George Raft, Randolph Scott
- *The Bishop’s Wife (1947) - Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven, Gladys Cooper, James Gleason, Elsa Lanchester
- *That Way with Women (1947) - Sydney Greenstreet, Dane Clark & Martha Vickers
- A Date with Judy (1948) - Jane Powell, Wallace Beery, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, Robert Stack, Xavier Cugat
- The Big Punch (1948) - Wayne Morris, Gordon MacRae
- Malaya (1949) - James Stewart, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, John Hodiak, Sydney Greenstreet, Gilbert Roland
- Scandal at Scourie (1953) - Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon, Donna Cocaran, Agnes Moorehead
- *White Christmas (1954) - Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes
- The Warriors (1955) - Errol Flynn, Peter Finch, Joanne Dru
- Elena and Her Men (1956-French) - Ingrid Bergman, Mel Ferrer
- Witness for the Prosecution (1957) - Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich, Tyrone Power, Elsa Lanchester
- Another Time, Another Place (1958) - Lana Turner, Barry Sullivan, Glynis Johns, Sean Connery
- *The War Lover (1962) - Steve McQueen, Robert Wagner
- Midnight Run (1988) - Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin
- *National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) - Chevy Chase & Beverly D’Angelo, Randy Quaid
- *Home Alone (1990) - Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Catherine O’Hara, John Candy, John Heard
- Crimson Tide (1995) - Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman
- One Special Night (1999) - James Garner & Julie Andrews
- *Elf (2003) - Will Farrell, Zoey Deschanel, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner
- *Spectre (2015) - Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Christopher Waltz
- No Time To Die (2021) - Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Christopher Waltz, Naomie Harris