Saturday, September 8, 2018

Announcing the Remake of the "They Remade What?!" Blogathon

My first ever blogathon was the "They Remade What?!" Blogathon in October of 2015 and I have decided it would be fun to bring it back, or "remake it" ;) It's a little late to have it on the same days, so this one will run from November 9-11!

Below is a short list of remakes to get you started (You can also look at the films listed in the original post and to see what bloggers wrote about for the "original" blogathon). Please make sure the original film was made before 1970 or whose principal actors are from the Golden Age of Hollywood (ex. Murder on the Orient Express - 1974). The remake of course can be up to the present (A Star is Born anyone?). Book adaptations almost always have several versions - I didn't allow them in my first blogathon but this is a "remake" so I've changed it ;) Also keep in mind foreign films remade in the US, some with the same actors (A Woman's Face, Intermezzo, etc.).
  • Daddy Long Legs (1919, 1931, 1955 - also Adam and Evelyne - 1949 is based on the same book)
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920, 1931, 1941. etc.)
  • All the Brothers were Valiant (1923 & 1953) & Across to Singapore (1928)
  • Raffles (1930 & 1939)
  • Outward Bound (1930) & Between Two Worlds (1944)
  • No, No, Nanette (1930 & 1940) & Tea for Two (1950)
  • The Man in Possession (1931) & Personal Property (1937)
  • A Free Soul (1931) & The Girl Who Had Everything (1953)
  • The Front Page (1931) & His Girl Friday (1940)
  • Smilin' Through (1932 & 1941)
  • Of Human Bondage (1934, 1946, & 1964)
  • Magnificent Obsession (1935 & 1954)
  • Roberta (1935) & Lovely to Look At (1952)
  • Mutiny on the Bounty (1935 & 1962)
  • My Man Godfrey (1936 & 1957)
  • These Three (1936) & The Children’s Hour (1961)
  • Satan Met a Lady (1936) & The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • The Petrified Forest (1936) & Escape in the Desert (1945)
  • Nothing Sacred (1937) & Living it Up (1954)
  • Mother Carey's Chickens (1938) & Summer Magic (1963)
  • Five Came Back (1939) & Back From Eternity (1956)
  • The Letter (1940) & The Unfaithful (1947)
  • The Ghostbreakers (1940) & Scared Stiff (1953)
  • Ball of Fire (1941) & A Song is Born (1948)
  • Joe Smith, American (1942) & The Big Operator (1959)
  • To Have and Have Not (1944) & The Breaking Point (1950)
  • And Then There Were None (1945) & Ten Little Indians (1966)
  • My Cousin Rachel (1952 & 2017)
  • Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) & The Pleasure Seekers (1964)
  • Gambit (1966 & 2012)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1974 & 2017)
Once you've chosen your remakes, leave a comment below with the titles you will be writing about and the LINK TO YOUR BLOG. So many of your profiles go to Google+ and I can't always find the name of your blog.

There are plenty of remakes to go around so NO DUPLICATES please (unless the film has been remade more than twice like the above-mentioned A Star is Born and someone is only covering the Garland and Streisand version or the Pickford and Gaga version).

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Phyllis Loves Classic Movies: High Sierra (1941) & Colorado Territory (1949) AND The Count of Monte Cristo (1934 & 2002)

Caftan Woman: When Ladies Meet (1933 & 1941)

Back to Golden Days: A Guy Named Joe (1943) & Always (1989)

Movies Meet Their Match: The Shop Around the Corner (1940), In the Good Old Summertime (1949), & You've Got Mail (1998)

The Story Enthusiast: The Male Animal (1942) & She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)

The Flapper Dame: The Front Page (1931) & His Girl Friday (1940)

The Wonderful World of Cinema: Cape Fear (1962 & 1991)

Critica Retro: Magnificent Obsession (1935 & 1954)

Love Letters to Old Hollywood: The Major and the Minor (1942) & You're Never Too Young (1955)

The Midnite Drive-In: Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) & Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Realweegiemidget Reviews: The Thing from another World (1952) & The Thing (1982)

I'm in the path of Hurricane Florence (hopefully my area will just get rain) so if you don't see me adding you to the roster in the next few days it may be because my power is out. I should be fine though as I'm pretty far inland. All we got was two days of regular rain.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Movies I Watched in August

TCM's Summer Under the Stars was this month. On the "bigger" stars (Loy, Bacall, Gable, Crawford) I've usually already seen all but one or two of the films. This year there seemed to be a little more lesser-known films. I was excited about Dana Andrews, as I haven't seen a lot of his films despite liking the few films I have seen, and Miriam Hopkins. My surprise "discovery" was Virginia Mayo. There was also some great Clark Gable films (I haven't watched the Joan Crawford movies yet but they expire on the WatchTCM app tomorrow and I dvr'd a couple). And although Joel McCrea didn't have his own day he featured in several films.
  1. Trouble in Paradise (1932) - Herbert Marshall, Kay Francis, Miriam Hopkins
  2. Secret of the Blue Room (1933) - Lionel Atwill, Gloria Stuart, Paul Lukas, Edward Arnold
  3. Roberta (1935) - Randolph Scott & Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
  4. Splendor (1935) - Miriam Hopkins & Joel McCrea, David Niven
  5. These Three (1936) - Miriam Hopkins, Merle Oberon, Joel McCrea, Bonita Granville
  6. Green Light (1937) - Errol Flynn & Anita Louise
  7. *Test Pilot (1938) - Clark Gable & Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy
  8. It All Came True (1940) - Humphrey Bogart, Ann Sheridan, Jeffrey Lynn, Una O’Conner, Zasu Pitts
  9. Honeymoon for Three (1941) - George Brent & Ann Sheridan 
  10. Cairo (1942) - Jeanette MacDonald & Robert Young
  11. Night Song (1948) - Dana Andrews & Merle Oberon, Ethel Barrymore, Hoagy Carmichael
  12. The Girl from Jones Beach (1949) - Ronald Reagan & Virginia Mayo, Eddie Braken 
  13. Colorado Territory (1949) - Joel McCrea & Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone
  14. Any Number Can Play (1949) - Clark Gable & Alexis Smith, Audrey Totter
  15. Command Decision (1949) - Clark Gable, Walter Pidgeon, Van Johnson, Brian Donlevy, Charles Bickford, John Hodiak
  16. Adam & Evelyne (1949) - Stewart Granger & Jean Simmons
  17. Please Believe Me (1950) - Deborah Kerr, Robert Walker, Peter Lawford, Keenan Wynn
  18. Backfire (1950) - Gordon MacRae & Virginia Mayo, Viveca Lindfors, Dane Clark, Edmond O’Brien
  19. Double Dynamite (1951) - Frank Sinatra & Jane Russell, Groucho Marx
  20. Sealed Cargo (1951) - Dana Andrews, Claude Rains
  21. The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) - Ginger Rogers, Carol Channing, James Arness, Clint Eastwood
  22. South Pacific (1958) - Rossano Brazzi & Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, Juanita Hall
  23. *Three Men and a Baby (1987) - Tom Selleck, Ted Danson
  24. Like Father (2018 Netflix Original) - Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogan 
Least Favorite Movie: Honeymoon for Three was rather tiresome, mainly because the role didn't suit George Brent at all. I loved Sheridan though!

Favorite Movie: Too many to choose one but I really liked Roberta, Night Song, Adam and Evelyne, Backfire, Double Dynamite, and South Pacific (I've been singing "Some Enchanted Evening" for DAYS! Send help). If you have Netflix Like Father was really good (someone just give Kelsey Grammer an Oscar already!).

Who was your favorite star during TCM's Summer Under the Stars? Did you discover a new star?

Keep your eyes peeled for a blogathon announcement!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Fred MacMurray Blogathon is Here!!!

The Fred MacMurray Blogathon is here!!! I apologize for the lateness at getting this post up. My aunt decided earlier this week to come visit this weekend so I've been getting ready for her and I keep forgetting about my own blogathon!! So if I'm a little late in seeing your posts that's why.

P.S. If you share your post on Twitter make sure to tag @solidmoonlight and I will retweet!

P.S.2. Don’t worry if your post is a day or two late. I’ll be happy to add it 😊


The Midnite Drive-In kicks off the day with The Caine Mutiny (1954).

Wide Screen World looks at one of MacMurray's comedic roles in Too Many Husbands (1940).

The Stop Button discusses the well-executed but slightly unbelievable Pushover (1954).

The Story Enthusiast revisits a childhood favorite, The Happiest Millionaire (1967).

Silver Screenings looks at MacMurray's study in ego in Swing High, Swing Low (1937).

Caftan Woman share's a lesser known film of MacMurray and Stanwyck in There's Always Tomorrow (1956).

Back to Golden Days takes a look at The Collaborations of Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert.

Top Ten Film Lists writes about another MacMurray/Stanwyck pairing in the holiday film Remember the Night (1940).

Movie Rob gives us double the fun with The Absent Minded Professor (1961) and...

Kisses for My President (1964)!

Realweegiemidget Reviews looks at MacMurray's most famous "bad guy" roles in The Apartment (1960).

The Flapper Dame writes about one of MacMurray's films with his favorite co-star, Carole Lombard, in The Princess Comes Across (1936).

Sat in Your Lap takes an in-depth look at The Caine Mutiny (1954).

Taking Up Room looks at a new side of MacMurray in Double Indemnity (1944).

Hamlette's Soliloquy is kept guessing with A Good Day for a Hanging (1959).

Love Letters to Old Hollywood is pleasantly surprised with the odd Murder, He Says (1945).

It Came from the Man Cave takes us along on The Oregon Trail (1959).

Critica Retro examines the Collaborations between MacMurray and Billy Wilder.

Thanks to everyone who participated!!!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Movies I Watched in July & Visiting Gary Cooper's Grave

Another light movie month as I went on vacation. And then my cousin introduced me to Chuck (2007-2012).
  1. Annapolis Salute (1937) - Marsha Hunt, Van Heflin
  2. A Damsel in Distress (1937) - Fred Astaire & Joan Fontaine, George Burns & Gracie Allen
  3. Petticoat Larceny (1943) - Joan Carroll
  4. Four Jill’s in a Jeep (1943) - Carole Landis, Kay Francis
  5. The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) - Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Faye Emerson 
  6. Merton of the Movies (1947) - Red Skelton & Virginia O'Brien, Gloria Grahame
  7. The Inside Story (1948) - Marsha Hunt
  8. The Man Who Cheated Himself (1951) - Lee J. Cobb & Jane Wyatt
  9. Dangerous When Wet (1953) - Esther Williams & Fernando Lamas, Jack Carson
  10. The Girl He Left Behind (1956) -Tab Hunter & Natalie Wood, James Garner
  11. Zero Hour! (1957) - Dana Andrews & Linda Darnell
  12. The Honeymoon Machine (1961) - Steve McQueen, Jim Hutton & Paula Prentiss, Dean Jagger
  13. The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962) - Jim Hutton & Paula Prentiss
  14. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Harrison Ford & Karen Allen
  15. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) - Harrison Ford
  16. Thor (2011) - Chris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins
  17. Thor: The Dark World (2013) - Chris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
  18. Thor: Ragnarok (2017) - Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo 
Least Favorite Movie: There were several movies that, while not unwatchable, were not exactly amazing experiences. They were just ok.

Favorite Movie: The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) had a bit of a slow start but an exciting finish. The on-location shooting really added to the atmosphere of the film and it was nice to see Lee J. Cobb in a leading man role instead of playing somebody's father. I also enjoyed the first Indiana Jones movie (I'd only seen the snake pit part before - I have also already seen the Holy Grail one) and the Thor Trilogy (I'm not really a comic book movie person. If Hollywood stopped making them I wouldn't be upset at all).

Full movie - not great quality though

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I visited my aunt on Long Island and while I was there I drove out to Montauk Lighthouse. On my way back I stopped by Gary Cooper's grave at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Cemetery in Southampton. He was moved there from Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California when his wife remarried in 1974 and moved to New York. Here is the  Find a Grave entry.

Here's the coordinates so you can see exactly where his grave is located within the cemetery.

I picked a couple flowers off his grave to press. Someone else had left a nickel on his grave so I left a dime. It seemed the most appropriate coin since he played characters affected by the Great Depression and one of the popular songs of the time was "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"

I felt kind of weird taking a selfie but I was by myself and if I didn't take one was I even there??

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Dark Mirror (1946)

Twins! One who loves, and one who loves to kill!

That's one of the taglines used for The Dark Mirror starring Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, and Thomas Mitchell. The film was, to me, reminiscent of Gaslight (1944), where Charles Boyer slowly drives his wife, Ingrid Bergman, to insanity. In this case however, one twin is slowly driving the other twin crazy. I found this film particularly intriguing as one is not used to seeing the sweet Olivia de Havilland acting so evil and ruthless.

The ink blot test plays a big part in the film.

She plays twins Terry and Ruth Collins. One of them murdered someone. Both have perfect alibis. One is psycho. The other is slowly being made psycho. There are several scenes involving psychology, as the film was made in a time where psychoanalysis was a new field. There are several scenes involving the Rorschach ink blot test and it is even used in the opening credits. The twins are told this is for a twin personality study, but really they are trying to determine which one is the killer.

Terry and Ruth wear lots of personalized jewelry to help others tell them apart. The pieces from the film, which were created by Joseff of Hollywood, were auctioned off last year and can be seen in the catalog pages below.

Meanwhile, the evil twin (Terry) is driving the good twin (Ruth) out of her mind slowly. She plays music on a record during the night and pretends not to hear it or remind her of things that one of them said that she doesn't remember. This causes the Ruth to start to lose her grip and wonder if  she maybe didn't commit the murder after all. She also begins to rely on sleeping pills to get a good night's rest, taking more than she needs at her sister's suggestion.

Ayres plays Dr. Scott Elliot. While conducting the tests on the twins, he falls in love with Ruth. After he has completed the tests, he knows which one is the killer and sets a trap. He invites Terry up to his apartment to tell her something "important" (the identity of the killer). He makes Terry believe that he thinks she is Ruth. When Terry comes to his apartment, he confronts her and tells her that he knows she's Terry and that she did it. She still tries to blame it on Ruth. They are interrupted by a call that Ruth has committed suicide. They rush to the apartment and Scott goes into the bedroom to confirm the death. Terry, thinking that Ruth is dead, now pretends that she is Ruth and that she was trying to help cover up Terry's crime. As she talks, she becomes more and more into her lie. Suddenly, the real Ruth's reflection appears in the mirror. Terry throws an object at the mirror and completely breaks down. After she is taken away, Scott explains why the had to pretend she was dead and comforts her.

You can watch the full movie here on YouTube.

This post is for The Third Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon hosted by myself and In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood. Please check out the other posts and come back next year to celebrate the lovely Olivia!

The Third Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon is Here!!!

It's here!! The Third Annual Olivia de Havilland Blogathon is here!!! It's smaller than the previous two celebrations but that doesn't make it any less special. Crystal and I are excited to be hosting this event again and can't wait to read all the entries celebrating the amazing and beautiful Dame Olivia!!!


"I do hope people don't think I'm really like this..."

The Wonderful World of Cinema kicks things off with The Snake Pit (1948).

"I wonder if there will be a remake of this...?"

The Stop Button gives us an analysis of what does and doesn't work in My Cousin Rachel (1952).

"Don't be so angry, Bette. There's an annual blogathon for you too!"

Musings of a Classic Film Addict discovers In This Our Life (1942).

"So wait.. which one of us is real?"

I cover Olivia's duel role in The Dark Mirror (1946).

"I don't always make TV movies, but when I do I still look fabulous."

Realweegiemidget Reviews takes a look at one of Olivia's TV Movies, Murder is Easy (1982).

"I'm no angel?"

The Dream Book Blog finds Olivia to be no angel as famous author Charlotte Bronte in Devotion (1946).

"Next years' blogathon seems so far away!"

Caftan Woman sees Olivia de Havilland come full circle from her early Westerns in The Proud Rebel (1958).

"Just because you don't get the guy doesn't mean you can't look fabulous!"

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society looks at The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) from a historical and code perspective.

"I just love blogathons, don't you?"

Taking Up Room discovers a different side of  Olivia in It's Love I'm After (1937).

"Hello? 2018?"

Critica Retro finds Hold Back the Dawn (1941) to be a timely film.

"I'm not always window dressing!"

Movies Meet Their Match finds a deeper meaning in Santa Fe Trail (1940).

Old Hollywood Films wraps things up with The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936).

A huge thank you to all who helped celebrate and to Crystal for once again co-hosting this event with me!!! I hope to see you all again next year!!