Sunday, December 31, 2017

Movies I Watched in December

I NEVER thought I'd say this but... I have a thing for Robert Ryan now. It started last month with Tender Comrade and has continued this month with me watching whatever movies of his I could get my hands on. I also discovered there is a shameful lack of Robert Ryan gifs out there. I'm going to have to fix that...

Also this month I watched, you guessed it, Christmas movies. I didn't watch some of the ones I usually watch - Miracle on 34th Street, The Bishop's Wife - as it literally felt like I had just watched them. Some were not classic Christmas films but set at Christmas (Susan Slept Here, Period of Adjustment).

  1. Anne of Green Gables (1934) - Anne Shirley, Tom Brown
  2. A Slight Case of Murder (1938) - Edward G. Robinson 
  3. Golden Boy (1939) - William Holden & Barbara Stanwyck, Adolph Menjou, Lee J. Cobb
  4. *Meet John Doe (1941) - Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold, Walter Brennan
  5. Manpower (1941) - Edward G. Robinson & Marlene Dietrich, George Raft
  6. Dressed to Kill (1941) - Lloyd Nolan
  7. Rage in Heaven (1941) - Robert Montgomery & Ingrid Bergman, George Sanders
  8. One Foot in Heaven (1941) - Fredric March & Martha Scott
  9. The Constant Nymph (1943) - Joan Fontaine & Charles Boyer
  10. Marriage is a Private Affair (1944) - Lana Turner & John Hodiak, James Craig
  11. Action in Arabia (1944) - George Sanders, Virginia Bruce
  12. *Christmas in Connecticut (1945) - Barbara Stanwyck & Dennis Morgan, S.Z. Sakall
  13. Homecoming (1948) - Clark Gable & Lana Turner, John Hodiak, Anne Baxter
  14. Berlin Express (1948) - Robert Ryan & Merle Oberon
  15. Act of Violence (1949) - Van Heflin & Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Mary Astor, Phyllis Thaxter
  16. The Breaking Point (1950) - John Garfield, Patricia Neal, Phyllis Thaxter
  17. Three Little Words (1950) - Fred Astaire & Vera-Ellen, Red Skelton, Arlene Dahl
  18. I'll See You in My Dreams (1951) - Doris Day & Danny Thomas
  19. Duchess of Idaho (1951) - Esther Williams & Van Johnson
  20. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) - Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe
  21. Lovely to Look At (1952) - Kathryn Grayson, Red Skelton, Marge & Gower Champion, Howard Keel, Ann Miller
  22. The Naked Spur (1953) - James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan, Ralph Meeker
  23. Dream Wife (1953) - Cary Grant & Deborah Kerr
  24. Pushover (1954) - Fred MacMurray & Kim Novak, Dorothy Malone
  25. *White Christmas (1954) - Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes
  26. Susan Slept Here (1954) - Dick Powell & Debbie Reynolds
  27. *Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) - Clifton Webb & Dorothy McGuire, Louis Jourdan & Maggie McNamara, Rossano Brazzi & Jean Peters
  28. Betrayed (1954) - Clark Gable & Lana Turner, Victor Mature 
  29. The Last Voyage (1960) - Robert Stack & Dorothy Malone, George Sanders
  30. Period of Adjustment (1962) - Jane Fonda & Jim Hutton, Anthony Franciosa 
  31. *Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) - Alan Young
  32. *Elf (2003) - Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner
  33. Psych: The Movie (TV Movie-2017) - James Roday, Dule Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Zachary Levi
Least Favorite Movie: Lovely to Look At but ONLY because I can't stand Howard Keel. Oh, and the end of Susan Slept Here was pretty disturbing. Apparently there were no 35 year old actors in Hollywood that year and the closest they could get was a 50 year old actor that looked 50.

Favorite Movie: There were lots of movies I really enjoyed this month but my favorite performance by far was Danny Thomas in I'll See You in My Dreams. I was so excited that TCM aired it this month as I read Thomas's autobiography recently and really wanted to see it after reading his memories of the film. He was adorable in it and I learned that his character Gus Kahn wrote the lyrics to a couple of my favorite songs. I'll leave you with this scene.

"It Had to Be You"


  1. Early in my marriage, the hubby came back from the library having borrowed the videocassette of I'll See You in My Dreams because that's my kind of music. I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the movie and its stars.

    1. I had to make sure it was on dvd before I deleted it off the dvr. I loved it so much :)

  2. Wow! I haven't seen a lot of these, but I have seen Elf. :D

    Happy New Year, Phyl!!

    1. Elf's a good one! Happy New Year to you too! Thanks for always commenting :)