Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Summer Break

Just a quick post to let everyone know I have decided to take a short break for the month of July to focus on the Hitchcock class I'm taking and to get a head start on August blogathon posts. I may still do my Cinema Wedding Gown series and I'm hoping to announce a blogathon near the end of the month.

Irene Dunne

Monday, July 3, 2017

The 2nd Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon + Errol Flynn Day 3

Today is the third day of our blogathon in honor of Olivia and Errol. Day 1 and 2 were fantastic so I can't wait to see what's in store for today!

 The Posts:

Realweedgiemidget Reviews shares her guilty pleasure The Swarm (1978).

Old Hollywood Films covers the film that started it all, Captain Blood (1935).

Movies Meet Their Match reviews the beloved classic The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938).

I would like to thank Crystal who graciously agreed to co-host this event with me again this year and to all the dedicated bloggers who participated in celebrating Dame Olivia de Havilland's 101st birthday and her friend and co-star Errol Flynn. See you again next year - same time, same place!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The 2nd Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon + Errol Flynn Day 2

Yesterday started off great and it is continuing today with more great posts from around the blogosphere.

The Posts:

Musings Of A Classic Film Addict shows how a great film can be made even if the stars aren't happy with their roles in Dodge City (1939).

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society discovers Olivia for the first time in The Strawberry Blonde (1941).

The Stop Button looks at the downside of The Adventures Of Robin Hood (1938).

Life With Books & Movies writes about the emotional To Each His Own (1946).

The Dream Book Blog takes a look at the psychological side of The Heiress (1949).

"Are you talking about me?"
Critica Retro writes about the under-seen comedy It’s Love I’m After (1937).

Sat In Your Lap compares It’s Love I’m After (1937) to another famous screwball film.

Sat In Your Lap also shares the under-seen and touching Gentleman Jim (1942).

Movies I Watched in June

Parker and Garfield, Pride of the Marines (1945)

This month I finished up the Clark Gable movies on the dvr from last month. I also re-watched the Bourne trilogy and FINALLY got to see Jason Bourne (2016), which I wanted to see in theaters but was unable to. (* means it's a re-watch)

Jeannette MacDonald in San Francisco (1936). Does her dress look familiar?
Click here to see what movie it was reused for!
  1. Rafter Romance (1933) - Ginger Rogers
  2. San Francisco (1936) - Clark Gable & Jeanette MacDonald (my first of her films), Spencer Tracy
  3. That Certain Woman (1937) - Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Ian Hunter
  4. Gaslight (1940) - Anton Walbrook & Diana Wynyard
  5. Honky Tonk (1941) - Clark Gable & Lana Turner
  6. Buck Privates (1941) - Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, the Andrews Sisters
  7. Slightly Dangerous (1943) - Lana Turner & Robert Young, Walter Brennan, Dame May Whitty
  8. No Time for Love (1943) - Claudette Colbert & Fred MacMurray
  9. Phantom Lady (1944) - Ella Raines, Franchot Tone
  10. Pride of the Marines (1945) - John Garfield & Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark
  11. Undercurrent (1946) - Katharine Hepburn & Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum
  12. Honeymoon (1947) - Franchot Tone, Shirley Temple
  13. Flamingo Road (1949) - Joan Crawford, Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott
  14. Montana (1950) - Errol Flynn & Alexis Smith, S. Z. Sakall
  15. Never Let Me Go (1953) - Clark Gable & Gene Tierney
  16. Witness to Murder (1954) - Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders, Gary Merrill
  17. Desk Set (1957) - Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn, Gig Young, Joan Blondell
  18. The Reluctant Debutant (1958) - Rex Harrison & Kay Kendell, Sandra Dee, Angela Lansbury
  19. Ride the Wild Surf (1964) - Fabian, Tab Hunter, Peter Brown, Barbara Eden, Shelley Fabares, Susan Hart, James Mitchum
  20. Mister Buddwing (1965) - James Garner, Katharine Ross, Suzanne Pleshette, Jean Simmons, Angela Lansbury
  21. Batman: The Movie (1966) - Adam West, Burt Ward, Burgess Meredith, Caser Romero
  22. Cool Runnings (1993) - John Candy
  23. *The Bourne Identity (2002) - Matt Damon, Franka Portente
  24. *The Bourne Supremacy (2004) - Matt Damon, Franka Portente, (Karl Urban)
  25. *The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) - Matt Damon, Julia Stiles
  26. Trouble with the Curve (2012) - Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake 
  27. *Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) - Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban
  28. Jason Bourne (2016) - Matt Damon, Alicia Vikander, Julia Stiles
  29. *The Finest Hours (2016) - Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster (This is an incredible true story about the greatest Coast Guard small boat rescue that everyone should watch, set in 1952)
  30. My Favorite Wedding (2017) - Hallmark movie with Maggie Lawson from Psych
Least Favorite Movie of the Month: Mister Buddwing (1965). It started out promising, then went to depressing, weird, and finally what the...??? After I watched it I found out it was James Garner's least favorite of his films.

Favorite Movie of the Month: Phantom Lady (1944) because it led me to discover Ella Raines and Undercurrent (1946) which sounded interesting and turned out even better. Ride the Wild Surf (1964) was surprisingly good. I also finally got to see Pride of the Marines (after missing it on TCM the last time they aired it). John Garfield is amazing in it.

This shot in Phantom Lady (1944) ♥♥♥

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The 2nd Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon + Errol Flynn Day 1

The first day of The 2nd Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon + Errol Flynn is finally here! I can't wait to read all of the post on two of my favorite actors.

The Posts:

I start the day off with My Journey with Olivia.

I think he's hiding something...

Love Letters to Old Hollywood writes about the incredible pairing of Errol Flynn and Barbara Stanwyck in the NON-swashbuckler Cry Wolf (1947).

Hamlette's Soliloquy tells the story of Errol and Olivia on the Santa Fe Trail (1940).

Taking Up Room looks at Olivia's most famous role in Gone With the Wind (1939).

I'd imagine this is a factor...

Maddy Loves Her Classic Movies discusses why she loves the Errol/Olivia pairing in Dodge City (1939) the best.

The Wonderful World of Cinema shares her Top Ten Olivia de Havilland Movies.

I also shared some interesting articles in my pre-Blogathon post yesterday.

My Journey with Olivia

My favorite photo of Olivia

Everyone's journey with Olivia de Havilland starts somewhere. For most it's her role as Melanie in Gone With the Wind (1939). Mine began when I was little. My dad was watching The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) on the old square tv. It was the scene where Robin Hood visits Maid Marion in her castle room. I wasn't much on the guy at the time - I've never been a fan of long hair on men - but Maid Marion, with her shining brown eyes, long thick braids, and shimmering blue dress definitely left a mark on me. She was the most beautiful woman I had ever seen and I wished I looked just like her.

In the years following (and pre-internet at my house), I wondered what version of Robin Hood my dad had been watching and who that lady was who played Maid Marion so well (even better than the fox Maid Marion in my favorite Disney film).

Fast-forward to the year 2012. I was watching You've Got Mail on dvd for the first time (after seeing it countless times on television - though usually it was just the ending). After it was over, and with "Over the Rainbow" still playing in my head, I checked out the special features. One of them was titled "You've Got Chemistry" and it introduced me to many on-screen couples I would soon come to know and love. I already knew and loved Mickey and Judy (and of course Hanks and Ryan from the feature film). New-to-me couples included Bogie and Bacall, Powell and Loy, and lastly Olivia de Havilland and Errol Flynn. As I watched clips from their eight films together, scenes from their most famous pairing in The Adventures of Robin Hood let me know that I had finally found my childhood Maid Marion.

Over the next year I acquainted myself Powell and Loy as Nick and Nora and the sizzling on-screen love affair between Bogie and Bacall. Then, in 2014 we finally got Turner Classic Movies and I recalled that last couple I had yet to delve in to.

April 5, 2014 - I watched They Died with Their Boots on (1941), my first Flynn/de Havilland film and their last pairing. They were instantly a new favorite (and last year's post for the blogathon as well as the subject for one of my Cinema Wedding Gown posts). Three days later I watched The Adventures of Robin Hood in it's entirety for the first time, in all its Technicolor splendor. It far exceeded my expectations. Rather than feel dated, it leapt off the screen, as fresh and vibrant as if it had been filmed the day before. Olivia de Havilland was everything that Maid Marion should be: beautiful, smart, strong-minded, principled, courageous, and did I forget to mention gorgeous?

The next film I watched with one of these newly discovered stars was The Sea Hawk (1940) starring Errol Flynn and, in the lead female role, Brenda Marshall. If I could remake any classic film, I would remake this one with Olivia in the lead (and a more substantially part of course). Olivia never needed the hero, rather, he needed her.

After that was The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) with Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, and in a tiny part, Olivia. It pained me when Errol and Olivia didn't end up together. It just didn't feel right, like something was terribly wrong in the world! It was the same with The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), which aired on TCM a few days later.

In between those two films, I saw my first Olivia film without Errol, My Love Came Back (1940). And while it seemed wrong for her to love someone other than Flynn, it instantly became a favorite. Olivia, being the fantastic actress that she is, is very convincing as a violinist. Not to mention she can get a man to ask her to dance all the while acting like she's not interested but will oblige him anyway.

Other Olivia films that year included Hard to Get (1938), Gold is Where You Find It (1938), Wings of the Navy (1939), The Dark Mirror (1946) - another favorite where Olivia plays twins, Princess O'Rourke (1943) - a BIG favorite, Dodge City (1939) and Santa Fe Trail (1940) - both with Flynn, The Male Animal (1942), and In This Our Life (1942).

The year 2015 brought me The Ambassador's Daughter (1956), The Irish in Us (1935), Alibi Ike (1935), Government Girl (1943), The Strawberry Blonde (1941), Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943) - a cameo appearance, and Captain Blood (1935) - her first with Flynn.

Last year started off with her Oscar-winning performance in The Heiress (1949), Gone With the Wind (1939) for the first time in its entirety, and My Cousin Rachel (1952) - three powerful performances.

I was therefore extremely excited when Olivia was named the Star of the Month for July on TCM, especially since I was hosting a blogathon in celebration of her 100 years here on earth. Her birthday being on the first of the month couldn't have been more ideal as, while reading all of the posts, I was able to decide which films I HAD to watch. As it turned out, I wanted to watch every one of them.

The order in which her films were shown, and in which I watched them, somewhat mirrored her career, beginning with period pictures and comedies then serious dramas. I was able to watch Raffles (1939), Call it a Day (1937), The Great Garrick (1937), It's Love I'm After (1937), Devotion (1943/1946), To Each His Own (1946), Hold Back the Dawn (1941), Light in the Piazza (1962), and Libel (1951). I saved Four's a Crowd (1938) - the only Errol/Olivia film I hadn't yet seen - for as long as possible.

There are still several I have yet to see (I didn't have room on the dvr last year to record all of the great films they showed. In fact, I had to make a list of the ones I could get from the library). I finally watched Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964) this year after finishing Feud: Bette and Joan. I will definitely be recording Anthony Adverse (1936) next Saturday and hope to actually get around to checking out some others from the library. I also need to make a new Top Ten List of her films, as I've seen so many more great Olivia movies since I originally published it.

The fact that Olivia is still with us and turned 101 today is a gift indeed to the Classic Movie Fan. I hear her goal is 110 and I plan on hosting a blogathon every year to celebrate her amazing body of work and her continued impact on people's lives.

This post is for the blogathon I am co-hosting with In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. Here's hopefully to many more blogathons.

I just love these photos of Olivia from 2015 ♥♥♥