Monday, October 1, 2018

Movies I Watched in September

Tragedy struck this month. Our TV provider  decided it would be fun to remove TCM without warning. We were already thinking of going to a cheaper package but there were a few movies this month that I really wanted to see first. So, I did not get to finish The Story of Three Loves or watch Robert Ryan in Born to Be Bad and Marsha Hunt in None Shall Escape. :'(

* means a rewatch
  1. Our Blushing Brides (1930) - Joan Crawford & Robert Montgomery, Anita Page
  2. Live, Love and Learn (1937) - Robert Montgomery & Rosalind Russell, Monty Woolley
  3. Idiot’s Delight (1939) - Norma Shearer & Clark Gable
  4. *The Uninvited (1944) - Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp
  5. The Hucksters (1947) - Clark Gable & Deborah Kerr, Ava Gardner, Sydney Greenstreet, Adolph Menjou 
  6. The Red Shoes (1948) - Moira Shearer, Anton Walbrook
  7. *Come to the Stable (1949) - Loretta Young, Celeste Holm, Hugh Marlowe
  8. Goodbye, My Fancy (1951) - Joan Crawford & Robert Young, Eve Arden
  9. Torch Song (1953) - Joan Crawford & Michael Wilding, Gig Young
  10. The Story of Three Loves (1953) - Moira Shearer & James Mason, Agnes Moorehead (only the first "love")
  11. Living It Up (1954) - Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, Janet Leigh
  12. The Barefoot Contessa (1954) - Ava Gardner, Humphrey Bogart, Rossano Brazzi (just last half with Brazzi)
  13. Summertime (1955) - Katharine Hepburn & Rossano Brazzi
  14. The End of the Affair (1955) - Van Johnson & Deborah Kerr, Peter Cushing
  15. *Houseboat (1958) - Cary Grant & Sophia Loren
  16. The Bat (1959) - Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead
  17. Ship of Fools (1965) - Vivian Leigh, Simone Signoret, Jose Ferrer, Lee Marvin
Least Favorite Movie: As I mentioned above, I only watched the last half of The Barefoot Contessa. The first 20 minutes were kind of boring so I skipped to the part with Rossano Brazzi, my current movie crush ;)

Favorite Movie: I loved Summertime (Brazzi + Italy = ♥). The first part of The Story of Three Loves was beautiful and made me finally check out The Red Shoes. I really enjoyed Ship of Fools, especially the performance by Simone Signoret. And this part with Vivien Leigh ;)


  1. I showed my daughter Summertime a couple of years ago. It is a movie you can't help loving.

    How was The Bat? I have never been able to watch it all the way through. I've never been able to get through any of Mary Roberts Rinehart's novels either. Although I absolutely adore her short stories.

    1. There was the usual frustration of “If people keep dying why are you still staying in that house?” but I enjoyed it for Moorehead. And the beginning is definitely slow.

  2. Summertime turned me on to Brazzi too. Plus, the Venetian setting is just so beautiful.

  3. I had a hard time getting through "The Barefoot Contessa" when I watched it a few years ago and it's probably not one I'll ever seek out intentionally to re-watch. I think I ended up enjoying it more from a costuming standpoint than anything else.

    1. Sometimes costumes are the only good part!

  4. You seem to be watching some interesting new films, Phyllis! I just watched "The Red Shoes" for the first time a few days ago. I found it to be very interesting. A lot of films I really like are on that list.

    By the way, I would like to invite you to join "The Second Annual Great Breening Blogathon." This blogathon, which will be taking place on October 12-17, is a celebration of the Code, its Era, and its enforcer, Joseph I. Breen. We are using this blogathon to honor Joseph Breen on his 130th birthday, which would have been on October 14. However, we are extending the blogathon to October 17 to celebrate the second anniversary of PEPS, which was founded on October 17, 2016. You can participate by breening a film that is not from the Breen Era (1934-1954) or by analyzing a Code films. You can also discuss an aspect of the Code, its influence on Hollywood, or Mr. Breen itself. You can find out more and join here:

    I would also like to invite you to join a blogathon which my sister, Rebekah, is hosting in November. On November 9-11, PEPS is hosting the Claude Rains Blogathon in honor of this marvelous actor's 129th birthday on November 10. You can read the announcements and sign up here:

    I hope that you'll be able to join! We could really use your talents.

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

    1. I’ll be out of town the entire month of October so I’ll have to pass on that one but I’ll definitely have to join the other one!!

      Happy two year anniversary!

  5. Dear Phyllis,

    Thank you so much for joining my blogathon! We're sorry you can't participate in the "Great Breening Blogathon," but we completely understand.

    I put you down on the roster for the "Claude Rains Blogathon" as To Be Announced, and I look forward to recieving your topic. If you would help me spread the word about my blogathon by advertising it on your website, I would greatly appreciate it!

    Thank you again!


    Rebekah Brannan