Thursday, December 1, 2022

Movies I Watched in November

I’ll Be Seeing You (1944)

This month was a pretty good month. Aside from these movies, I also watched season 5 of The Crown (only episode I really objected to was ep. 6). My brother bought the new Planes, Trains and Automobiles release with a disc of never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes that were recently discovered among John Hughes things - some adult/crude humor but very funny. I also started watching season 3 of Leave it to Beaver. I’ve probably seen most of them but so far I’ve only watched the first two seasons in order (you may remember this post of June’s season 1 dresses. I’ve spotted a few of them in season 3 too).

  1. Lady of the Tropics (1939) - Robert Taylor & Hedy Lamarr
  2. I’ll Be Seeing You (1944) - Ginger Rogers & Joseph Cotten
  3. *Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara & John Payne, Natalie Wood
  4. On Our Merry Way (1948) - Burgess Meredith, Paulette Goddard, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Dorothy Lamour, Fred MacMurrey, William Demerest
  5. *Battle Cry (1955) - Tab Hunter, Aldo Ray & Nancy Olson
  6. Fate is the Hunter (1964) - Glenn Ford, Suzanne Pleshette, Rod Taylor, Nancy Kwan, Dorothy Malone, Jane Russell
  7. Freebie and the Bean (1974) - James Caan, Alan Arkin, Valerie Harper, Loretta Swit 
  8. Silkwood (1983) - Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher
  9. Suspect (1987) - Cher, Dennis Quaid, Liam Neeson, John Mahoney
  10. *Funny Farm (1988) - Chevy Chase
  11. Rush Hour (1998) - Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker
  12. The Christmas Chronicles (2018) - Kurt Russell, Darby
  13. The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two (2020) - Kurt Russell & Goldie Hawn
Least Favorite Film: Definitely The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two. It had none of the charm, humor, and originality of the first one. I wish the elves had been like the ones in Elf, instead of gremlin-like. There were some parts of Freebie and the Bean that I didn’t care for, though I liked the buddy chemistry between Caan and Arkin. They could have had a good buddy cop tv show. 

Kurt Russell sings an Elvis Christmas song in the first film. 
He still has the moves from when he played Elvis in the 1979 TV movie!

Favorite Movie: Aside from Silkwood (which I shouldn’t have watched before bed) and my least favorite movie listed above, I really enjoyed all of them! I’ve been wanting to see I’ll be Seeing You for a long time based on the image below. It wasn’t what I expected but I really enjoyed it. I’m not always a fan of how Ginger Roger acts but she was very good in this one and Joseph Cotten was excellent (sadly he doesn’t mention the film in his autobiography). On Our Merry Way can only be described as quirky. If you ever get a chance to watch it, do. Suspect was really good (except for the first 7 minutes with a suicide, murder, and upsetting robbery/assault). I’ve seen parts of the Rush Hour movies so I knew I’d enjoy it. They don’t make funny movies like that anymore..

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Movies I Watched in October

I finished watching all of M*A*S*H. I had stopped after Winchester replaced Frank but my brother told me to give him a chance and I'm glad I did. They are definitely more drama than comedy as opposed to the first five seasons, but I was sad when I got to the end. As you can see, the result is I didn't watch a ton of movies. 

A sad thing that happened this month is that the WatchTCM app is no longer supported on my 2016 iPad. Now if I want to take a screenshot of a costume I'll have to do so on my laptop, which is a lot more time consuming than just pressing two buttons at the same time :( However, there are only 4 movies showing on TCM in November that I want to watch so I will probably watch more old movies on YouTube and Tubi.

  1. Good Girls Go to Paris (1939) - Joan Blondell & Melvyn Douglas 
  2. So Ends Our Night (1941) - Fredric March, Glenn Ford, Margaret Sullivan, Frances Dee
  3. Twice Blessed (1945) - Lyn & Lee Wilde, Preston Foster, Gail Patrick, Marshall Thompson
  4. Sylvia and the Phantom/Sylvie et le Fantรดm(1946 - French) - Jacques Tati, Odette Joyeux
  5. The Company She Keeps (1951) - Lizabeth Scott, Jane Greer, Dennis O’Keefe 
  6. The Tall Men (1955) - Clark Gable & Jane Russell, Robert Ryan
  7. Cowboy (1958) - Glenn Ford, Jack Lemmon, Brian Donlevy, Dick York
  8. *Clambake (1967) - Elvis Presley & Shelley Fabares, Bill Bixby, Gary Merrill 
  9. Deepwater Horizon (2016) - Mark Wahlburg, Kurt Russell, Kate Hudson, John Malkovich
Irving Thalburg: The Prince of Hollywood (2005) 

Least Favorite Film: Cowboy had some cruel scenes and was a little more down than I thought it would be. Still a good movie though. Twice Blessed was a movie I’ve been wanting to see for a long time with its “Parent Trap” storyline. I’m not a fan of Preston Foster though so I didn’t enjoy it as much as I'd hoped. 

Favorite Movie: Sylvia and the Phantom was a nice non-scary ghost movie for October. The score was lovely. It was fun seeing famous femme fatale's Scott and Greer in a The Company She Keeps together. There aren't enough old movies with two women leads that aren't "women's pictures." I really liked Glenn Ford's performance in So Ends Our Night

Fun fact: I was watching The Tall Men (which has a score by Victor Young) and at the 25:45 mark (on YT) I suddenly recognized about 15 seconds of part of the Shane soundtrack (also Young)!

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Movies I Watched in September

The Trouble with Harry (1955), The perfect autumn film.

Didn’t get a lot of movies watched this month with the death of Queen Elizabeth (if you follow me on Twitter you know I mostly post Royal family stuff) and going on a mini vacation to the North Carolina Outer Banks (the weather was perfect) - naturally on the same weekend. I also went on a day trip to a large outdoor flea market, where I bought several Elvis movies for $2 each, including his first two movies (VHS). 

  1. Mad About Music (1938) - Deanna Durbin, Herbert Marshall, Gail Patrick, Arthur Treacher, William Frawley, Marcia Mae Jones, Helen Parrish
  2. *Road to Singapore (1940) - Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Charles Coburn, Anthony Quinn 
  3. For the Love of Mary (1948) - Deanna Durbin, Edmond O’Brien, Don Taylor, Jeffrey Lynn
  4. Tokyo Joe (1949) - Humphrey Bogart 
  5. *Hondo (1953) - John Wayne & Geraldine Page, Ward Bond, James Arness 
  6. *The Trouble with Harry (1955) - Shirley MacLaine, John Forsythe, Edmund Gwenn, Mildred Natwick, Jerry Mathers
  7. Wild in the Country (1961) - Elvis Presley, Hope Lange, Tuesday Weld, Millie Perkins, John Ireland
  8. Operation Crossbow (1965) - Sophia Loren, George Peppard, John Mills
  9. What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966) - James Coburn, Aldo Ray
  10. The Hot Rock (1972) - Robert Redford, George Segal
  11. Nights at Rodanthe (2008) - Diane Lane & Richard Gere, Christopher Meloni, Viola Davis, James Franco
Least Favorite Film: Well, I didn’t like the end of Nights at Rodanthe (which I watched because I was going to be driving through there on the way to Avon for a few days - I saw the Rodanthe Inn from the road as we drove through!).

Favorite Movie: Of course I liked Wild in the Country (listen to my favorite song from the film below). I didn’t remember much of Honda but I liked it much better this time around. 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Movies I Watched in August

River's End (1940)

This month I started watching M*A*S*H again (I had stopped after Frank left). So far I've watched season 6-8. They are definitely more serious in tone. I also started The Persuaders (1971-1972), starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore. I liked the first couple of episodes enough to buy the complete series on dvd ($10 on Amazon for 24 episodes). 

* indicates a rewatch
  1. A Lady of Chance (1928) - Norma Shearer 
  2. Cynara (1932) - Ronald Colman & Kay Francis
  3. My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937) - Edna May Oliver, Maureen O’Sullivan & Walter Pidgeon, Rita Johnson
  4. The Drum (1938) - Sabu, Roger Livesy, Raymond Massey
  5. River’s End (1940) - Dennis Morgan, George Tobias
  6. Meet the Stewarts (1942) - William Holden & Frances Dee
  7. In Which We Serve (1942) - Noel Coward, John Mills, Celia Johnson, Richard Attenborough 
  8. Dear Ruth (1947) - William Holden & Joan Caufield, Edward Arnold
  9. *Every Girl Should Be Married (1948) - Cary Grant & Betsy Drake, Franchot Tone
  10. Little Women (1949) - June Allyson, Janet Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, Margaret O’Brien, Peter Lawford, Mary Astor, C. Aubrey Smith, Rossano Brazzi 
  11. Barricade (1950) - Dane Clark, Raymond Massey, Ruth Roman
  12. *Shane (1953) - Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon de Wilde
  13. Dunkirk (1958) - John Mills, Richard Attenborough 
  14. *Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982) - Steve Martin + archive footage of old Hollywood stars 
  15. Captain Ron (1992) - Kurt Russell, Martin Short
  16. Little Women (1994) - Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Christian Bale, Kirsten Dunst, Mary Wickes
  17. We Are Marshall (2006) - Matthew McConahay
  18. *The King’s Speech (2010) - Colin Firth
  19. *The Tourist (2010) - Angelina Jolie & Johnny Depp
  20. Elvis (2022) - Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Olivia Delange (in theaters)
Least Favorite Film: Cynara. No one likes a girl who steals another woman’s husband than gets hysterical when he goes back to her.

Favorite Movie: Meet the Stewarts was really cute and funny. I also really enjoyed the 1994 Little Women. I've never really been a huge fan of the book (when I first read it I saw that one of the girls died and didn't finish it). I really liked Christian Bale as Laurie. In most adaptations the character of Laurie is forgettable, or too... for lack of a better word, feminine - maybe it's because his name is similar to mine (Laura). Anyway, Bale did a great job and I think this adaptation is my favorite, followed by the 1978 TV mini-series, which had a great cast. Captain Ron was pretty funny. 

I thought Elvis (2022) would be added to HBO Max in early August and, since I hadn't gotten around to going to see it in theaters yet (I like early weekday showings when there's not a lot of people - even pre-covid I preferred it that way), I had decided to wait. Then they pushed the date and, since it stayed in theaters so long, I finally had a chance to go. I'm glad I saw it on the big screen. Not going to lie, the first hour dragged a little but once we got to the '68 Special it was really good. That was my favorite part of the movie, partly because it was more like a regular biopic, had more actual Elvis songs than the first hour, and had less of Colonel Tom Parker. Austin Butler, who I thought he was a horrible choice when he was cast (despite having never seen him act), was absolutely incredible. He had the moves and voice down to a T. He even managed to catch that twinkle in his eyes that Elvis had. I really do hope he is nominated for an Oscar and wins. He seems like a pretty humble guy in his interviews too and seems to genuinely love Elvis. I hope that one day an extended cut is released. I sobbed at the end of the movie and had trouble holding it together the entire drive home (20 min - while listening to an Elvis cd). The end was perfect (I usually stay until the credits finish but it moved on to a rap song so I hot footed it out of there). The film was added to HBO Max today. 

Saturday, August 13, 2022

The Mad About Ladd Tag!

Waaaaayyyy back in June, Hamlette's Soliloquy tagged me to take part in the Mad About Ladd Tag. Here are the rules:

Of course I have to start with a picture of Ladd in character
 as Shane, as that is the movie that made me a fan.

I know smoking is bad for you, but those Old Hollywood 
stars sure looked cool and classy when they lit up.

Ladd made several noir films, and this shot is super cool. You can't get this effect with color folks!

On the other end of the spectrum, here's a sweet photo of Ladd with his daughter Alana.

I'm going to one up the gif to a video of Ladd saying my name. This is from the movie Guns of the Timberland (1960) and he pronounces my name, Laura, EXACTLY the way I like it pronounced. People from the north and west tend to pronounce it "lore-ah," which I don't like. 

And lastly... I always struggle with the tag part so since I'm already two months late I'm going to skip it ;)

BONUS: some Alan Ladd recipes I came across while picking out my four photos.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Movies I Watched in July

Isn't this floating card table in Maisie was a Lady (1941) amazing?

This month was much better movie-wise. I even started back up watching White Collar! Also I FINALLY watched both The Lady Vanishes and Brief Encounter! Loved both of them! If you like Brief Encounter you should watch Falling in Love (1984). It's not a remake but it's very similar. I've never been a fan of Meryl Streep but I really liked her in this one. She actually reminded me of my cousin's teenage daughter. I watched it on Kanopy.

I also finally posted another Recycled Costume Roundup!

  1. New Morals for Old (1932) - Robert Young, Myrna Loy 
  2. The Lady Vanishes (1938) - Margaret Lockwood & Michael Redgrave, Dame May Whitty
  3. The Four Feathers (1939) - Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith
  4. That Hamilton Woman (1941) - Vivian Leigh & Laurence Olivier, Gladys Cooper
  5. My Life with Caroline  (1941) - Ronald Colman & Anna Lee, Charles Winninger, Reginald Gardiner, Gilbert Roland
  6. Maisie was a Lady (1941) - Ann Sothern, Lew Ayers, Maureen O’Sullivan, C. Aubrey Smith
  7. Brief Encounter (1945) - Celia Johnson & Trevor Howard
  8. Lady Luck (1946) - Robert Young & Barbara Hale, Frank Morgan
  9. *The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) - Fredric March & Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews & Teresa Wright, Harold Russell & Cathy O'Donnell, Virginia Mayo
  10. Sword in the Desert (1949) - Dana Andrews, Marta Toren, Jeff Chandler
  11. Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) - Dana Andrews & Gene Tierney, Karl Malden, Gary Merrill
  12. Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) - Joseph Cotten & Alida Valli
  13. *Westward the Women (1952) - Robert Taylor & Denise Darcel, Hope Emerson
  14. *River of No Return (1954) - Robert Mitchum & Marilyn Monroe 
  15. Elephant Walk (1954) - Elizabeth Taylor, Dana Andrews, Peter Finch
  16. The Sharkfighters (1956) - Victor Mature 
  17. *Gidget (1959) - Sandra Dee & James Darren, Cliff Robertson 
  18. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) - Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
  19. Number One (1969) - Charlton Heston, Bruce Dern
  20. Falling in Love (1984) - Robert De Niro & Meryl Streep
  21. Tough Guys (1986) - Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach, Alexis Smith
  22. The Fugitive  (1993) - Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones 
  23. When in Rome (2010) - Kristen Bell & Josh Duhamel, Danny DeVito 
  24. *Safe Haven (2013) - Julianne Hough & Josh Duhamel 
  25. Bravetown (2015) - Lucas Till, Josh Duhamel, Laura Dern
  26. *The Lost Husband (2020) - Leslie Bibb & Josh Duhamel 
Least Favorite Film: The Sharkfighters wasn't very good. Some of Number One was good but then some was like ??

Favorite Movie: Tough Guys was really funny. Eli Wallach was hilarious, especially the part where he picks up the walker. Also Brief Encounter and Falling in Love.

Favorite Quote
A dream is alright. It's an island everybody can sail to. But you can't stay on it or make a life on it.
~ Alida Valli in Walk Softly, Stranger (1950)

I hope I spot this gown from Maisie was a Lady (1941) in another movie someday! 
It looks like it has a sparkly crescent moon on the front. And love the back too!

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Recycled Costume Roundup - July

Long time no see!! Spotted several recycled costumes this month so I finally sat down and put together a post. 

The Movies! channel had a commercial for Ida Lupino movies they were airing this month and I instantly recognized this unique gown from The Man I Love (1946) as one I had saved on pinterest on another actress.

Here it is seen in a publicity photo on Alexis Smith. I wonder if she wore it in a movie? She was five inches taller than Lupino so if she did it may not have been shown full length. 


First up, I was skipping through The Merry Andrew (1958) to take screenshots of a wedding gown and, in doing so, happened to spot two Esther Williams costumes!

This swim cover-up cape from Bathing Beauty (1944) is one of my favorite film costumes, so I instantly recognized it on a rack of circus costumes!

The bright pink and black and white striped costume looks familiar too...

In the wedding gown scene, I spotted this red sparkly bathing costume from Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) on an extra. 


Whenever I watch an RKO movie I keep an extra sharp eye out for recycled costumes, so when I watched Maisie was a Lady (1941) I was rewarded with five!

First was this extra in a very short scene wearing one of Jeanette MacDonald's gowns from Sweethearts (1938). I was actually surprised I spotted this one!

In the same scene, I recognized this gown as being the same worn by Joan Crawford in Susan and God (1940). As I was looking on pinterest for a picture of it to share on Twitter, I was reminded of other costumes in the movie, which I then also spotted in Maisie was a Lady

They both appeared in a breakfast scene. There was another dress of Crawford's:

And one worn by Rita Hayworth:

The last one was a set of matching gowns worn originally in Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), which I shared in my very first Recycled Costume Roundup (a year ago!). I updated that post (scroll almost to the bottom of the post).

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you spotted any recycled costumes this month?