Sunday, April 5, 2020

Movies I Watched in March

This shot of George Sanders in Ivanhoe cracks me up :D

This month was more Robert Taylor (I mean, after last month I might as well watch any that TCM shows that I’ve never seen before, right?) and, fittingly, disaster movies.

I’ve been wanting to rewatch The Ghost and Mrs. Muir for some time now and finally got around to it. I noticed it was based on a book in the opening credits (by R. A. Dick) and so checked it out and read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main differences were that she also had a son, her meddling sister-in-law was even more meddlesome, and  she only saw Captain Gregg in a dream at the beginning. The rest of the time she only heard his voice in her head. She also met Miles differently. Oh, and she called Martha back to apologize for getting angry. That part made me happy.

I also downloaded the Hoopla library app and HOLY COW!!!! So many good books!! There’s also a small selection of classic movies and television shows. I’m reading Me and Jezebel by Elizabeth Fuller. Fuller is a psychic so some parts are kind of different (she speaks to spirits and holds a séance) but I’ve discovered that first-hand accounts of Bette make for delightful reading.
  1. Battling Butler (1926) - Buster Keaton
  2. The Divorcée (1930) - Norma Shearer & Chester Morris, Robert Montgomery 
  3. Pygmalion (1938) - Leslie Howard & Wendy Hiller
  4. The Long Voyage Home (1940) - John Wayne, Ian Hunter, Thomas Mitchell, Barry FitzGerald, Arthur Shields, Mildred Natwick 
  5. Lucky Partners (1940) - Ronald Colman & Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson, Spring Byington
  6. Johnny Eager (1941) - Robert Taylor & Lana Turner, Van Heflin, Edward Arnold
  7. Bombardier (1943) - Pat O’Brien, Randolph Scott, Anne Shirley, Eddie Albert, Robert Ryan
  8. *The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) - Gene Tierney & Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Natalie Wood, Vanessa Brown
  9. B. F.’s Daughter (1948) - Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Charles Coburn, Richard Hart, Keenan Wynn, Spring Byington, Margaret Lindsey
  10. I Want You (1951) - Dana Andrews & Dorothy McGuire, Farley Granger & Peggy Dow, Martin Milner, Jim Backus
  11. Ivanhoe (1952) - Robert Taylor, Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor, George Sanders
  12. Knights of the Round Table (1953) - Robert Taylor & Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer
  13. The Master of Ballantrae (1953) - Errol Flynn
  14. D-Day the Sixth of June (1956) - Robert Taylor, Richard Todd, Dana Wynter, Edmond O’Brien
  15. The Law and Jake Wade (1958) - Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Patricia Owens
  16. Countdown (1968) - James Caan, Robert Duvall
  17. The Poseidon Adventure (1972) - Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowell, Leslie Neilson
  18. The Swarm (1974) - Michael Caine & Katherine Ross, Richard Widmark, Olivia de Havilland, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, Richard Chamberlain, Slim Pickens
  19. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) - Michael Caine, Sally Field, Karl Malden, Telly Savalas, Shirley Jones, Slim Pickens 
  20. Best Friends (1982) - Burt Reynolds & Goldie Hawn, Jessica Tandy, Keenan Wynn
  21. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) - Mel Gibson & Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt
  22. The River (1984) - Mel Gibson & Sissy Spacek
The Sea Around Us (1953)

Even in a WWII movie Robert Ryan's face is made for noir.

Least Favorite Film: The Long Voyage Home was kind of depressing and The Swarm was kind of ridiculous. The first half of Knights... was slow but I finally got into it.

Favorite Film: Lots of solid movies but none really stood out. I loved Ronald Colman in Lucky Partners.

I love Burt Reynold's goofy grins :)


  1. We're going to get in a lot more movies than usual these days.

    I'm always hopeful TCM will have something I really like scheduled for Saturday afternoons during my dialysis treatment. This weekend was great with The Set-Up and Winchester '73. The week they had The Swarm - not so much.

    1. Even Olivia couldn’t save that one lol. Hope you are staying safe! :)

  2. I'm about ready for a re-reading of the Ghost and Mrs. Muir, it really is a delightful read. :) The last few months I seemed to have been on a sci-fi, horror, and mystery streak (Bela Lugosi in the The Corpse Vanishes was certainly interesting), but with everything going on I'm thinking I'm ready for some movies that are fluffier. Hope you are staying well!

    1. It was so good ❤️ I’ve definitely been watching out of the norm movies for me the past couple of months. Same to you!!

  3. You did another month without a single movie that I've seen! I do want to watch Ivanhoe and I didn't know there was a 1938 Pygmalion! I'm interested now.

    1. Well you definitely need to watch The Ghost and Mrs. Muir!! Pygmalion is on YouTube. It was kind of weird because a lot of the dialogue was exactly the same as My Fair Lady but they said it differently. Also, it was set in the “present.”

  4. I was so sad to miss the Dana Andrews film I Want You. Did you enjoy it?

    1. It was good but since it’s basically a Korean War version of The Best Years of Our Lives it seems a little weak. I still enjoyed it :)