Thursday, June 1, 2017

Movies I Watched in May

I love the packaging of this set (except for the fact that there's a picture of Carole and Clark Gable on the back and on the menu for Hands Across the Table when it's supposed to be Fred MacMurray).

This month I finally pulled out my Carole Lombard Glamour Collection dvd set and watched the four films on it that I hadn't yet seen. I've had it for over two years but kept putting off watching any of the films because I felt that if I did I would have to write a blog post on it. Believe me, I put off watching movies I really want to see for this reason all the time. But I was in the mood for some Carole so I just went ahead and watched it.

I also caught quite a bit of Clark Gable, who is TCM's Star of the Month, as well as his frequent co-star Joan Crawford. I definitely got a little misty eyed watching the documentary Clark Gable: Tall, Dark, and Handsome.

Another thing I accomplished was to finally watch the entire Back to the Future trilogy. Before this month I had only seen the end of the first one and the entire third one (three times). I am now working my way through the hours of special features included on the 40th anniversary Blu-ray set.
  1. Laughing Sinners (1931) - Clark Gable & Joan Crawford
  2. Possessed (1931) - Clark Gable & Joan Crawford
  3. Chained (1934) - Clark Gable & Joan Crawford
  4. We're Not Dressing (1934) - Carole Lombard & Bing Crosby, George Burns & Gracie Allen
  5. Hands Across the Table (1935) - Carole Lombard & Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy
  6. After Office Hours (1935) - Clark Gable & Constance Bennett, Billie Burke
  7. The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935) - Bette Davis & Ian Hunter
  8. The Golden Arrow (1936) - Bette Davis & George Brent
  9. The Princess Comes Across (1936) - Carole Lombard & Fred MacMurray, William Frawley 
  10. Love Before Breakfast (1936) - Carole Lombard, Cesar Romero
  11. And So They Were Married (1936) - Melvyn Douglas & Mary Astor
  12. Cain and Mabel (1936) - Clark Gable & Marion Davies (my first of her films)
  13. Varsity Show (1937) - Dick Powell, Priscilla & Rosemary Lane
  14. Lucky Night (1939) - Myrna Loy & Robert Taylor
  15. Strange Cargo (1940) - Clark Gable & Joan Crawford, Ian Hunter, Peter Lorre
  16. Happy Land (1943) - Don Ameche, Harry Carey, Frances Dee
  17. Adventure (1945) - Clark Gable & Greer Garson, Thomas Mitchell, Joan Blondell
  18. Miranda (1948) - Glynis Johns, Margaret Rutherford
  19. Pinky (1949) - Jeanne Crain, Ethel Waters, Ethel Barrymore 
  20. Above and Beyond (1952) - Robert Taylor & Eleanor Parker
  21. Mad About Men (1954) - Glynis Johns, Margaret Rutherford
  22. *Smokey and the Bandit (1977) - Burt Reynolds & Sally Fields, Jackie Gleason (in theaters!!)
  23. Back to the Future (1985) - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
  24. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989) - Rick Moranis
  25. Back to the Future Part II (1989) - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
  26. *Back to the Future Part III (1990) - Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
  27. *Sleepless in Seattle (1993) - Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks, Rosie O'Donnell
  28. Ransom (1996) - Mel Gibson, Gary Sinise
  29. Just My Luck (2006) - Lindsey Lohan & Chris Pine
  30. *This Means War (2012) - Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Tom Hardy 
  31. Hell or High Water (2016) - Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster
Favorite Film of the month: I watched a lot of great films this month but I have to say seeing Smokey and the Bandit on the big screen was a blast. I also really enjoyed Hands Across the Table.

Least favorite film: Although I love Carole Lombard, I'm going to have to say Love Before Breakfast. The Carole I know would not have put up with Preston Foster, whose character in the movie is a huge jerk. I'm pretty sure I had a look of disgust on my face whenever he showed up. Carole is gorgeous though and the Pekinese he gives her is absolutely the cutest thing ever (according to Carole and Co. it was Carole's best-known pet, Pushface).


  1. Quite a month. I bet Carole was glad to be let out of the package. I have a fondness for The Princess Comes Across because of the way it spoofs my beloved B movie detectives, and the early pairing of MacMurray with Frawley.

    I know someone who quit blogging because she felt compelled to post about everything they watched. I think we take what we do seriously enough to do our best, but no need to act like it's a job with a supervisor holding a whip over our heads.

    1. Yeah, sorry about the lack of posts over here lately. I don't have a laptop anymore and the home computer isn't always free when I'm ready to write something :/

      I loved Lombard's Garbo impersonation!

  2. How're the second person in as many days to mention Smokey and the Bandit (1977)...I guess that's a sign that I'm long overdue to rewatch it. Great viewing month you've had.

  3. I wish I had time to watch that many movies (although I say that having spent last weekend binge watching seven Cary Grant movies plus two others :p). I love the Back to the Future movies, although I definitely prefer the first two!