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??