Friday, September 1, 2017

Movies I Watched in August

Well August was certainly a busy month for me movie wise! There were so many great movies airing for TCM's Summer Under the Stars. I was most excited for the days devoted to Eleanor Parker and Dennis Morgan. I also was able to get even more acquainted with Greer Garson and watch my first real Esther Williams swimming movie (I'd only seen The Hoodlum Saint and Easy to Wed) on Ricardo Montalban day. What days were you the most excited for/watched the most movies on? Did one of the features stars become a new favorite?

Not listed below as I didn't watch the entire movie but I also watched the first 30 or so minutes of the (definitely!) French film La Ronde (1950) for the segment with Simone Simon.
  1. Today We Live (1933) - Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Franchot Tone, Robert Young
  2. The Unguarded Hour (1936) - Franchot Tone & Loretta Young, Roland Young, Lewis Stone
  3. The Sisters (1938) - Bette Davis & Errol Flynn
  4. The Mad Miss Manton (1938) - Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda
  5. Remember? (1939) - Robert Taylor & Greer Garson, Lew Ayres, Billie Burke
  6. Wings for the Eagle (1942) - Dennis Morgan, Ann Sheridan, Jack Carson
  7. What a Woman! (1943) - Rosalind Russell & Brian Aherne
  8. The Desert Song (1943) - Dennis Morgan
  9. *The Very Thought of You (1944) - Dennis Morgan & Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark & Faye Emerson
  10. Shine on Harvest Moon (1944) - Dennis Morgan & Ann Sheridan, Jack Carson
  11. Cover Girl (1944) - Rita Hayworth & Gene Kelly, Eve Arden
  12. The Locket (1946) - Larraine Day, Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum
  13. The Late George Apley (1947) - Ronald Colman
  14. On an Island with You (1948) - Esther Williams, Ricardo Montalban, Peter Lawford, Jimmy Durante
  15. Three Husbands (1950) - Eve Arden
  16. The Law and the Lady (1951) - Greer Garson, Fernando Lamas, Marjorie Main
  17. Niagara (1953) - Marilyn Monroe & Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters
  18. Jeopardy (1953) - Barbara Stanwyck & Ralph Meeker
  19. Her Twelve Men (1954) - Greer Garson & Robert Ryan, Tim Considine
  20. Valley of the Kings (1954) - Robert Taylor & Eleanor Parker
  21. Many Rivers to Cross (1955) - Robert Taylor & Eleanor Parker
  22. *Lilies of the Field (1963) - Sidney Poitier
  23. Shenandoah (1965) - James Stewart, Doug McClure, Patrick Wayne, Katharine Ross, Glenn Corbett
  24. Do Not Disturb (1965) - Doris Day & Rod Taylor
  25. The Liquidator (1966) - Rod Taylor & Jill St. John
  26. The Undefeated (1969) - John Wayne, Rock Hudson
  27. Mrs. Brown (1997) - Judi Dench, Billy Connolly
  28. Allied (2016) - Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
  29. Moana (2016) - Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson
Least Favorite: Today We Live should have been called "Today We Die." Also, what was up with Joan holding a roach?!? Gross!!! Many Rivers to Cross was somewhat painful to watch because Taylor and Parker are putting on backwoods accents... (I loved the Victor McLaglen and James Arness storylines though so worth a watch). Three Husbands wasn't very good either, despite a story and screenplay by Vera Caspery, you know, the one who wrote the novel Laura?

Favorite Movie of the Month: Niagara was all kinds of amazing. Valley of the Kings was pretty exciting too, even with the clich├ęs.


  1. Oh, good! I'm not the only person who likes Niagara fairly well.

    1. It was so good!! I really want it on Blu-ray. I took so many screenshots! It was also cool because I've been to the American side of the falls :)

  2. I was pleased to see Eleanor Parker in the line up also since I've fallen in love with her this year. But I agree with you about Many Rivers to Cross. Taylor and Parker just don't fit their roles. Looks like you watched quite a few fun films. The Mad Miss Manton is one of my favorites!

    1. I've liked her for a couple years now and with her SUTS day I'm infatuated with her again. I'm trying to watch as many of her films as possible. I really want to get her one biography. I wish there was more books about her!

      The Mad Miss Manton was so funny!!!

  3. A movie with Bette Davis and Errol Flynn! How cool! I need to see it!

    August wasn't a very good movie watching month, too much work. I only saw 3 and a half new to me movies! I always miss Summer Under the Stars, hopefully next year I will get it. But, I am really hoping to watch a ton of new movies this month!

    What did you think of Moana? I didn't really like it...

    Talk to ya' later!

    1. Flynn and Davis are also in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex together. Flynn looks delicious in both of them ;)

      I hope you get to see SUTS next year! It really is the best month on TCM. I'm so thankful I have a dvr because so many of the movies I watched aired during the night or very early in the morning. A lot of the afternoon ones were ones they've shown more often and I've already seen.

      I thought Moana was actually pretty good compared to some of Disney's other movies. I really prefer the classic Disney films though :)

  4. Two of my all-time faves caught your eye this month, The Late George Apley and Lilies of the Field.

    I haven't seen it in years, but I recall getting a kick out of Many Rivers to Cross. It had, what I call, an agreeable goofiness.

    1. My family LOVES Lilies of the Field. Wasn't it you who wrote a post on Apley? If you did though that's why I watched it.

      Many Rivers did have an agreeable goofiness to it. It was mainly the accents that bothered me but the rest of the movie, especially the parts with Victor McLaglen and James Arness, was great.

    2. You remembered my piece on The Late George Apley?! I'm very pleased. I hope the movie fell on the favourite side of the ledger.

    3. I really enjoyed it. The family gatherings were fun, especially with Mildred Natwick. And when Apley starts talking about birds and everyone looks bored (we've all had to deal with those kind on conversations). My whole family has always been interested in birds :)