Saturday, October 22, 2016

Cinema Wedding Gowns: The Long, Long Trailer (1954) & Forever, Darling (1956)

Recently for the first time I watched The Long, Long Trailer (1954) & Forever, Darling (1956). Both films star real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, popular from the television sitcom I Love Lucy (1951-1957). Both are about a couple who gets married, has some difficulties, and reconcile in the end. Both use Yosemite National Park as a filming location. And both feature gorgeous 1950s lace wedding gowns (they are also in color but I was unable to take screenshots from either movie).

Left: The Long, Long Trailer; Right: Forever, Darling

As you can see, both dresses have a strapless bodice with a lace overlay featuring a high stand-up collar and long sleeves. They also both have a lace apron-like skirt over a full skirt of another type of fabric. Helen Rose designed the gowns for the first film and Eloise Jenssen designed those of the second. Both are ultra-glamorous and chic, as only the fashion-conscious Lucille Ball would have it. While the dresses are both featured somewhat briefly in the films, there are several lovely promo shots that show much more detail.

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The sketch by Jenssen (note how the veil is different) and the gown as seen on a model.

Lucy in the dress with a matching doll

The veils are tulle attached to a cap-like headpiece made of lace. While the one from The Long, Long Trailer sits on the back of the head and is a very typical 1950s look, the headpiece from Forever, Darling is much more over-the-top and falls well onto the face.

A coloring page to promote Forever, Darling

Saturday, October 15, 2016

How to Get Your Ex-Husband Back, According to Maureen O'Hara

There comes a point and time in a man or woman's life (especially the cinema life) that he or she wishes they hadn't gotten that divorce after all and try to win their ex back. The Parent Trap (1961) is a film that lays the steps out for us perfectly and clearly.

1. Get yourself a stylish haircut and wardrobe. You certainly don't want him to see you as a matronly woman, especially a "proper" one from Boston. Let him know you still have allure! Show of that fabulous figure! You will want to look your best next to his new, younger fiancé!

Before and after

2. Leave your lingerie in his bathroom. Make him realize what he's missing. Sure, he might get confused and think it's his daughters (did she grow up that fast?) but in his state of confusion he will have less energy to send you away or get involved in a fight between you or your daughters and his fiancé.

3. Recreate your first date (especially if it was romantic). Nothing will get a man in the mood better than good food, soft candlelight, and music. It will make him reminiscent and give him a glimpse of how his life could be if he goes back to you.

4. Reveal his fiancé's true colors. Send her on that camping trip instead. He will almost immediately see that she won't be a good companion for him and that she must just be after him for his money.

5. Make him your special stew when he gets back. Barefeet and a soft, clingy top in a color that goes well with your hair helps. Make an excuse to get him close to you (like get your apron knot too tight). He will really start to crave the home life he used to/could have. If you don't have him by then, see the next step.

6. If you need to, a good sock in the eye may help him see straight, no pun intended. That's right, let him know you don't need him. He'll come around.

7. And lastly, get help from your teenage daughter's. They can be immensely helpful in this sort of thing, especially if they are twins separated at birth ;)

And, in the words of Miss Inch, they "will all be one big, happy family."

How to DIY some of the costumes
Screenshots of the California Ranch House
The original puppets from the opening song!

This post is part of the Things I Learned From the Movies Blogathon hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. To learn more, check out all of the other fantastic posts!

Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Sunday, October 9, 2016

My 2nd Anniversary and a Sunshine Blog Award

Wow. I can't believe it has already been two years since I started this blog and became part of a wonderful, unique group of people known as Classic Movie Bloggers!! I don't know how I lived without this outlet for all of my Classic Movie adventures and discoveries. In the past year alone I have:

  • Hosted a Costume Awards to vote and give Oscars to the costumes that came before the institution of the Best Costume Award category
  • Listed my Top Ten on nearly every topic imaginable (ok, not really, but a lot)
  • Wrote what I consider my best posts to date in the month of August (especially the first half of the month)

And started a Cinema Wedding Gowns series.

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I have also been nominated by Virginie of The Wonderful World of Cinema for a Sunshine Blog Award. Below are my answers to the questions she asked (since I just did a Liebster I will not be tagging anyone or asking 11 questions). Thanks Virginie!!

1. Except for the USA… which country do you think makes the most interesting and worthy movies?
- Well, the only other country I've watched movies from is England...

2. If your life had to be like a movie, which movie would you choose?
- Gidget?

3. Which movie star inspires you the most? It doesn’t necessarily have to be your favorite.
- Carole Lombard

4. What is your favourite catastrophe movie of the 70s (the golden decade of catastrophe movies)?
- I haven't seen any...

5. To you, who is the most iconic actress of all times and the most iconic actor of all times?
- Audrey Hepburn and John Wayne 

6. Is there a book you would like to see a movie adaptation of? Who would star in it?
- Maybe a Trixie Belden mystery book with Sandra Dee

7. You think Audrey Hepburn made her best movies with Billy Wilder, William Wyler or Stanley Donen? I chose the movie directors with whom she made more that just one film.
- William Wyler

8. If you had the chance to own all the costumes of one movie, which one would it be?
- White Christmas (1954) & The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015)

9. What do you think was the prettiest Oscar dress?
 - Audrey Hepburn

10. The ugliest?
- Haha most of the ones from the 70s-90s

11. If you could go back in time, what would you change from the movie history? But you can choose only ONE thing (it can be a movie ending you didn’t like, prevent the premature death of one of your favourite actors, choose another actress for Scarlett O’Hara, anything!) I know, hard choice.
- I would have Carole Lombard not die.
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While my blog will never look like what I intended it to in the beginning, I am enormously proud of the way it has turned out and how it continues to bring me joy. I am also thankful for the friends I have made along the way (you know who you are) and for all the discoveries I have made through their blogs and comments. Here's to many more years :)

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Cinema Wedding Gowns: The Parent Trap (1961)

When I started this series I mentioned that some of the gowns I would cover are only seen for a brief moment on screen. One of these gowns is the wedding dress worn by Maureen O'Hara at the end of The Parent Trap (1961). Not only is it on screen for less than a minute, it is also only seen in Hayley Mills' dream.

Here is what we see in the film:

Susan and Sharon's matching bridesmaids dresses:
Here are some publicity photos that show more of the dresses:

This is a great photo. Maureen O'Hara is so beautiful.
This shows the entire dress, minus the veil.

This photo shows the lace on the bodice.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Cinema Wedding Gowns: I Married a Witch (1942)

I Married a Witch (1942) is a delightful film preceding the extremely popular Bewitched television series of the 1960s and early 70s. Starring Veronica Lake and Fredric March, it is about a witch who returns to life in order to fulfill an ancient curse on the descendant of a witch burner. The curse is that all male descendants will marry the wrong girl. Jennifer (Lake) takes on bodily form in order to make Wallace Wooley (March) fall in love with her on the eve of his wedding to Estelle Masterson (Susan Hayward). Hayward wears an exquisite wedding gown in this movie and it is the second gown in this series.

If Estelle doesn't exactly look happy at her wedding, it is because things keep happening to make them start over. First there's a hurricane, caused when Jennifer shows up at the Masterson home. Then Wally hears a gunshot and rushes back upstairs thinking Jennifer has killed herself. Finally Estelle goes upstairs to see what in the world is going and finds Jennifer and Wally kissing, this ending any chance of nuptials that day, and probably the future.


The costumes for this film were designed by Edith Head. I could not find any pictures of her original sketches to include. This dress is another vision in lace with a plunging illusion neckline, gathered bust-line, and full hooped skirt with tiers. The veil features large stand-up scallops around the face as well as scallops down the sides and bottom.


Here are some screenshots from the movie:

Looking happy for a brief moment

Wondering why the groom is running down the aisle.

The back of the veil.

The skirt in motion.