Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Movies I Watched in November

William Powell in Too Many Kisses (1925)

This month I started watching The Donna Reed Show (free with ads on IMDb TV - watched half of season 1 with my aunt last year) and season 4 of The Crown

  1. Too Many Kisses (1925) - Richard Dix, William Powell, Harpo Marx
  2. A Successful Calamity (1932) - George Arliss & Mary Astor
  3. Penthouse (1933) - Warner Baxter & Myrna Loy, Mae Clarke
  4. The Vampire Bat (1933) - Melvyn Douglas & Fay Ray, Lionel Atwill 
  5. *The Smiling Ghost (1941) - Wayne Morris, Brenda Marshall, Alexis Smith, Willie Best, Alan Hale
  6. *Whistling in the Dark (1941) - Red Skelton, Conrad Veidt, Ann Rutherford, Virginia Grey, Rags Ragland, Eve Arden
  7. Whistling in Dixie (1942) - Red Skelton & Ann Rutherford, Diana Lewis
  8. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) - Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt, Anne Baxter, Agnes Moorehead 
  9. *Ball of Fire (1942) - Gary Cooper & Barbara Stanwyck, Dana Andrews, S.Z. Sakall, Henry Travers
  10. Whistling in Brooklyn (1943) - Red Skelton & Ann Rutherford, Rags Ragland, William Frawley
  11. The White Cliffs of Dover (1944) - Irene Dunne & Alan Marshall, Gladys Cooper, Frank Morgan, C. Aubrey Smith, Roddy McDowell, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford, Van Johnson
  12. Mr. Skeffington (1944) - Bette Davis & Claude Rains
  13. Two O’Clock Courage (1945) - Tom Conway & Ann Rutherford 
  14. *It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) - James Stewart & Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Thomas Mitchell,  Gloria Graham, Beulah Bondi, Ward Bond
  15. Deception (1946) - Bette Davis & Paul Henreid, Claude Rains 
  16. Dead Reckoning (1947) - Humphrey Bogart & Lizabeth Scott
  17. *Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O’Hara & John Payne, Natalie Wood
  18. *Red River (1948) - John Wayne, Montgomery Clift & Joanne Dru, Walter Brennan, John Ireland, Harry Carey, Harry Carey Jr.
  19. The Woman on Pier 13 (1950) - Robert Ryan & Lorraine Day, John Agar
  20. Harriet Craig (1950) - Joan Crawford & Wendell Corey
  21. *Mara Maru (1952) - Errol Flynn & Ruth Roman, Raymond Burr 
  22. Top Secret Affair (1957) - Kirk Douglas & Susan Hayward, Jim Backus  
  23. Good Day for a Hanging (1959) - Fred MacMurray, Robert Vaughn, Joan Blackman
  24. The Great Impostor (1960) - Tony Curtis, Karl Malden, Gary Merrill, Edmund O’Brien, Joan Blackman 
  25. G. I. Blues (1960) - Elvis Presley & Juliet Prowse
  26. The Candidate (1972) - Robert Redford, Peter Boyle, Melvyn Douglas 
  27. Running on Empty (1988) - River Phoenix & Martha Plimpton
  28. Dogfight (1991) - River Phoenix & Lili Taylor
Robert Ryan in The Woman on Pier 13 (1950)

Least Favorite Film: For some reason I didn't really like The Candidate. Nothing wrong with it, just worn out hearing about politics I guess. 

Favorite Movie: It's been a few years since I watched Red River and I felt like I got more out of it this time. I also read the book by Borden Chase. I loved G. I. Blues, especially this song...

Song starts at 1:20

Friday, November 6, 2020

Movies I Watched in October

This month I watched Citizen Kane for the first time! It was different from what I expected. The story line didn't seem that unique to me but the cinematography and editing was interesting! I also watched the classic Dracula. Last October I watched half of The Story of Mankind (1957) but was bored so I didn’t finish it. TCM aired it again this month and, like I mentioned in last years post, I am a completest and therefore watched the second half. It was better. The Marx Brothers were funny.

The part they gave Anna May Wong in Impact was insulting to her talent and embarrassing to watch. 

I read the novel Rebecca and rewatched the 1940 film. You can read my thoughts on them here (including the new Netflix adaptation).
    1. Our Modern Maidens (1929) - Joan Crawford & Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Anita Page, Rod LaRoque
    2. One Heavenly Night (1931) - John Boles & Evelyn Laye, Leon Errol
    3. The Erl King (1931-French) 
    4. Dracula (1931) - Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler 
    5. The Solitaire Man (1933) - Herbert Marshall & Elizabeth Allen, May Robson, Mary Boland, Lionel Atwill
    6. Murder on the Blackboard  (1934) - Edna May Oliver, James Gleason
    7. The Mark of the Vampire (1935) - Lionel Barrymore, Elizabeth Allen, Lionel Atwill, Jean Hersholt, Bela Lugosi
    8. Stolen Holiday (1937) - Kay Francis, Claude Raines, Ian Hunter
    9. Breakfast for Two (1937) - Herbert Marshall & Barbara Stanwyck, Eric Blore, Glenda Farrell, Donald Meek
    10. *Rebecca (1940) - Laurence Olivier & Joan Fontaine, Judith Anderson, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Florence Bates
    11. Citizen Kane (1941) - Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Ruth Warrick, 
    12. Mr. & Mrs. North (1942) - Gracie Allen & William Post Jr., Virginia Grey, Tom Conway, Felix Bressart, Keye Luke, Jerome Cowan 
    13. Impact (1949) - Brian Donlevy & Ella Raines, Charles Coburn, Anna May Wong
    14. Across the Wide Missouri (1951) - Clark Gable, Ricardo Montalban, John Hodiak, Adolph Menjeu, J. Carroll Naish, Jack Holt
    15. Flesh and Fury (1952) - Tony Curtis, Jan Sterling, Kim Hunter
    16. Bright Road (1953) - Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte 
    17. The Runaway Bus (1954) - Margaret Rutherford, Petula Clark
    18. The Story of Mankind (1957) - Ronald Colman, Vincent Price, Marx Brothers
    19. Jailhouse Rock (1957) - Elvis Presley & Judy Tyler, Mickey Shaughnessy, Dean Jones
    20. The Blob (1958) - Steve McQueen 
    21. The Journey (1959)  - Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Jason Robards Jr., Ronny Howard
    22. *Psycho (1960) - Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam 
    23. Alice of Wonderland in Paris (1966) - Carl Reiner (voice) 
    24. Double Trouble (1967) - Elvis Presley 
    25. The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) - Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway 
    26. The Lonely Guy (1984) - Steve Martin
    27. *Letters to Juliet (2010) - Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan
    Least Favorite Film: Double Trouble was terrible!

    Favorite Movie: Loved The Thomas Crown Affair!!! Breakfast for Two was really cute and The Runaway Bus was unexpectedly funny. Tony Curtis was adorable in Flesh and Fury (the film would have been more effective if the sound had been handled differently). 

    Monday, November 2, 2020

    Rebecca - First Time Reading of Book and the Two Films (1940 & 2020)

    The Novel and 1940 Film

    Last week I realized that the new Netflix adaptation of Daphne Du Maurier's Rebecca was about to drop so I finally pulled out my copy of the original novel to read first. Now, my introduction to the story was with Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 classic starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine as Mr. and Mrs. De Winter and Judith Anderson as the creepy Mrs. Danvers. It's such an amazing movie, as I'm sure many of you will agree. The book was equally amazing. Only a few chapters in I was already dreading getting to the end. It is exquisitely written, with descriptions that would have made it come alive even if I had not already had seen the visual masterpiece that came about with the Hitchcock/Selznick adaptation.

    Florence Bates IS Mrs. Van Hopper

    One of the things that immediately struck me was how faithful the movie was to the novel. We have David O. Selznick to thank for that. Another was that Florence Bates WAS Mrs. Van Hopper. She is probably the most perfectly cast character in the 1940 film. Yes, even over Mrs. Danvers, as brilliantly portrayed by Judith Anderson. As I read, I never fully imagined Olivier and Fontaine in the roles. Most of the characters are described slightly different in the novel than the stellar actors that portrayed them in the film. The cast is ridiculously talented. I mean, George Sanders, Reginald Denny, Gladys Cooper, C. Aubrey Smith... I could go on. The most notable character differences were with the Favell character, played in the film by Sanders, and the old servant Frith. Frith seemed a tad more sinister in the novel. In the film he definitely seems more kindly. Jack Favell is described vastly different from the suave George Sanders. Here is the introduction to his character:

    He was a big, hefty fellow, good-looking in a rather flashy, sunburnt way. He had the hot, blue eyes usually associated with heavy drinking and loose living. His hair was reddish like his skin. In a few years he would run to fat, his neck bulging over the back of his collar. His mouth gave him away, it was two soft, too pink. I could smell his breath from where I stood. He began to smile. The sort of smile he would give to every woman. 

    One has trouble seeing Rebecca even associating with him! 

    I wish I had a gif of this moment. Sanders even jumps through the window gracefully!

    The character of Frank Crawley, played by Reginald Denny, seems less sophisticated and rather socially awkward in the novel but always a gentleman and very tactful. It's hard to imagine Denny being awkward. He plays Crawley quiet and dependable.

    The other big change from the novel seems to be Manderley itself. Throughout the book it mentions its "perfect symmetry. In the film, while Manderley is extremely impressive (it was a large model built on a table) it is rather rambling, with nothing being repeated in its outward design. The interior however is very symmetrical, with its central staircase in the great hall with rooms and passages leading to the east and west wings. 

    I revisited the film after reading the book and was surprised that the novel was almost entirely there (only chapter 15 where Mrs. De Winter meets Maxim's grandmother was left out ). Sometimes a different character said a certain line or the action took place in a different room, but it was virtually all there exactly as it was in the book. However, after reading the slow-pace novel with its many descriptions of Manderley and the grounds and Mrs. De Winter's thoughts, the film seemed to rush a little, with sometimes several chapters condensed into fifteen minutes. And the film is over two hours long!

    Warning! If you have not read the novel or watched the 

    1940 film yet you may want to skip the next two paragraphs.


    There are two major departures from the novel in the film, one of them a direct result of the Hays Code. In the novel, Maxim actually kills Rebecca - he shoots her after she tells him she is going to have a child, which is of course a lie. In the film, Rebecca's death becomes and accident, as a character cannot go unpunished in a film if he commits a crime according to the Hays Code. 

    The second difference is the fate of Mrs. Danvers. Who can forget that terrifying scene when she sets Manderley on fire and stands there in Rebecca's room surrounded by flames with that creepy smile on her face? In the book she still sets fire to the De Winter ancestral home, but she doesn't stay and die. One knows this immediately upon reading the novel as Mrs. De Winter wonders where she is in the first chapter. 

    End of Spoilers

    The 2020 Film

    I almost didn't want to watch this version, despite my initial excitement when I first learned of it (I like both Armie Hammer and Lily James), as the novel was SO GOOD! But I decided to watch it anyway and... stopped after 30 minutes. It was underwhelming, crude, and in general not very well made. The early interior shots of Manderley looked like they were trying to go for a horror movie look but minus the horror? I don't know. They DID get the symmetry of the exterior correct.

    Menabilly, Du Mauriers home that she based Manderley on.

    Manderley 2020

    I thought Mrs. Danvers would be the character I would be most critical of, but her portrayal by Kristin Scott Thomas seems fine. I HATED Mrs. Van Hopper. 

    I didn't get this far of course, but the creative choice of changing the dress pitured below from white to red is baffling to me. The irony of Rebecca wearing the white dress is that, while she may have fooled everyone around her but her husband, she was definitely not innocent and sweet and virginal like the white gown suggests, whereas it IS perfect for the second Mrs. De Winter (Fontaine). Changing it to a more seductive red dress takes that underlying meaning away and the viewer is easily able to imagine Rebecca flaunting herself in it. 

    I may still finish this film one day. If it had been an original story I probably would have watched it and liked it, loved it even. If you look at the films I watch every month you've most likely noticed I rarely watch anything from this century, and if I do it's usually a rewatch (or it stars a current crush). As movies rely more and more on sex, crude humor, and excessive violence to entertain their audience, I find myself staying away from them more and more. There are many times when I see a movie trailer that looks really good but then I discover it has nudity or lots of violence so I decide not to watch it. And if I DO end up watching it I'm quick to use the skip/fast-forward button. 


    Who do you imagine Rebecca to be when you watch the film or read the novel? Who would you cast as Rebecca if a prequel had been made? I have always subconsciously imagined a combination of  Gale Sondergaard and Gail Patrick and, suddenly realized recently, Wallis Simpson! A friend of mine imagines Vivian Leigh in the role (she tested for the lead role of the second Mrs. De Winter but was all wrong for the part). I could also easily see Joan Crawford playing Rebecca if Hollywood had made a prequal in the early 40s. Many of her characters in the 30s were likable yet, as we see in The Woman (1939) she could also play the "There's a name for you ladies, but it isn't used in high society... outside of a kennel" type.

    In which adaptation is her presence most strongly felt? Which version is your favorite (there is also a 1997 TV movie which I have not seen). Did you watch the 2020 version?

    I previously wrote about the 1940 film here for a blogathon in 2015. I hope you'll give it a look as well. 

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Six Year Anniversary!

    It has been six years since I began this blog. Last year I shared a list with my favorite film from each year starting with 1928. I had to skip a few years because I either hadn’t seen any from that year or the ones I had seen I didn’t really care for. This year I’m able to fill in a few of those “blanks:”

    1929 - 
    1930 - Wide Open - Edward Everett Horton 

    1970 - 
    1971 - 
    1972 - A Warm December - Sidney Poitier 
    1973 - Paper Moon - Ryan & Tatum O’Neal
    1974 - 
    1975 - Three Days of the Condor - Robert Redford & Faye Dunaway

    CHANGE 1978 from Hooper to - Foul Play - Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase 

    1981 - Gallipoli - Mel Gibson (likely to change)
    1984 - Protocol - Goldie Hawn (likely to change)

    1991 - 
    2013 - 
    2020 - this would have probably been the new James Bond...

    Saturday, October 3, 2020

    Movies I Watched in September

    The League of Gentlemen (1961)

    This month I watched some movies that have been on my “to watch” list for a long time: The Gold Rush, Foreign Correspondent, Sun Valley Serenade (Sonja Henie was cute!), and Sergeant York. I also started binging Sister, Sister on Netflix. Who else misses the 90s?
    1. The Gold Rush (1925) - Charlie Chaplin 
    2. The Last of Mrs. Cheney (1929) - Norma Shearer & Basil Rathbone, Hedda Hopper
    3. Flying Down to Rio (1933) - Dolores Del Rio & Gene Raymond, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 
    4. Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) - Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek
    5. Sky Murder (1940) - Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek
    6. Foreign Correspondent (1940) - Joel McCrea & Laraine Fay, Herbert Marshall, George Sanders, Edmund Gwenn 
    7. Sergeant York (1941) - Gary Cooper & Joan Leslie, Walter Brennan, George Tobias, Ward Bond
    8. Sun Valley Serenade (1941) - Sonja Henie & John Payne, Milton Berle, Glenn Miller
    9. *Now, Voyager (1942) - Bette Davis & Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville
    10. We Were Dancing (1942) - Norma Shearer & Melvyn Douglas, Gail Patrick, Lee Bowman, Marjorie Main, Reginald Owen, Alan Mowbray
    11. Her Cardboard Lover (1942) - Norma Shearer & Robert Taylor, George Sanders, Frank McHugh
    12. The Crystal Ball (1943) - Ray Milland & Paulette Goddard, Gladys George
    13. Pan-Americana (1945) - Philip Terry & Audrey Long, Eve Arden, Robert Benchley
    14. Of Human Bondage (1946) - Paul Henreid & Eleanor Parker, Alexis Smith, Edmund Gwenn, Janis Paige
    15. A Dangerous Profession (1949) - George Raft & Ella Raines, Pat O’Brien, Jim Backus, Bill Williams
    16. The Secret Fury (1950) - Claudette Colbert & Robert Ryan
    17. Devil’s Doorway (1950) - Robert Taylor, Louis Calhern, Paula Raymond, Marshall Thompson, Edward Buchanan, Spring Byington 
    18. Westward the Women (1951) - Robert Taylor
    19. Latin Lovers (1953) - Lana Turner & Ricardo Montalban, John Lund, Louis Calhern, Jean Hagen, Beulah Bondi, Rita Moreno
    20. Carmen Jones (1954) - Dorothy Dandridge & Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey, Diahann Carroll
    21. Nightfall (1956) - Aldo Ray & Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith
    22. The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) - Marilyn Monroe & Laurence Olivier 
    23. Cry Terror! (1958) - James Mason & Inger Stevens, Rod Steiger, Angie Dickinson, Neville Brand
    24. Party Girl (1958) - Robert Taylor & Cyd Charisse, Lee J. Cobb, John Ireland
    25. The Wreck of the Mary Deare (1959) - Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Michael Redgrave 
    26. The League of Gentlemen (1961) - Jack Hawkins, Robert Livesly
    27. Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) - Elvis Presley, Laurel Goodwin, Stella Stevens
    28. *Come Fly with Me (1963) - Dolores Hart & Karlheinz Bohm, Karl Malden & Lois Nettleton, Hugh O’Brian & Pamela Tiffin 
    29. *Man’s Favorite Sport (1964) - Rock Hudson & Paula Prentiss 
    30. Charro! (1969) - Elvis Presley 
    31. Skyjacked (1972) - Charlton Heston, Yvette Mimieux, James Brolin, Mike Henry, Walter Pidgeon, Nicholas Hammond, Jeanne Crain
    Elvis: That’s the Way It Is (1970)
    This is Elvis (1981)

    Anne Bancroft & Aldo Ray in Nightfall (1956).

    Least Favorite Film: Flying Down to Rio needed a stronger leading man. I don't really get the charm of Gene Raymond but apparently he had appeal in the early 30s. Also the finale was ridiculous. Charro! could have been better. Pan-Americana would have been better with Robert Cummings in the lead.

    Favorite Movie: Her Cardboard Lover was hilarious. Also greatly enjoyed The Wreck of the Mary Deare. The first half was especially exciting. I highly recommend Westward the WomenNightfall was really good. What are some of your favorite snowy noirs?

    John Payne in a cozy sweater in Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

    Sunshine Blogger Award!

    Hamlette of Hamlette's Soliloquy nominated me for a Sunshine Blogger Award! Thanks Hamlette!!


    1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in the blog post and link back to their blog.
    2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
    3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
    4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


    1.  What's something good that's happened to you this year? Everyone in my family is still healthy and have been able to keep working. And we've been able to go to church since May (a month or so of outdoor services followed by indoor with plenty of precautionary measures). And in the recent hurricane named after me (Laura), my relatives survived with only minor damage to their homes.

    2.  What was your favorite movie when you were ten years old? Probably The Quiet Man (1952). John Wayne has been the guy for me for as long as I can remember ;)

    3.  Have you ever discovered you now like a movie or book that you used to dislike? When I first saw The Maltese Falcon (1941) I was so disappointed by the ending I said the entire movie stunk. Then I gave it a second chance and realized how amazing it is. But usually my first inclination stays with me.

    4.  How long have you been blogging? Well, I started my first blog, Solidmoonlight, in late 2012. I started my movie blog in October 2014. 

    5.  What's your favorite joke? "Fat and Skinny went to bed. Fat rolled over. Skinny's dead."

     ~ Morey Amsterdam

    6.  What's a movie or book that people are surprised to learn you enjoy? They might be surprised when they first learn I love Rocky (1976). I have three Rocky t-shirts so I don't always have to tell them ;)

    Wearing my Rocky shirt on another set of stairs that Sylvester Stallone ran on. I didn't know it at the time, but Jack Lemmon chased Stallone down these stairs located at the Bethesda Terrace in Central Park in The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975). You can watch the scene below. 

    7.  Do you play croquet? *opens mouth extremely wide and curtsy's* YES! Your Majesty.

    8.  How many blog posts have you published? On this blog, 420.

    9.  What's the next book you plan to read? Well, the next book I WANT to read is Straight Shooting by Robert Stack. As soon as my library starts letting people request items from other libraries I will!

    10. What's the next movie you plan to watch? Whatever's next on my TCM watchlist :)

    11.  Do you want to build a snowman? I'd rather go sledding :)

    I always struggle to come up with bloggers who haven't already been nominated so I'm just going to stop here :)

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020

    Movies I Watched in August

    King Creole (1958)

    This month I finally got to see all of Duel at Diablo (1966). I caught the end of it on tv several years ago and have wanted to see it since. I started The Barbara Stanwyck Show (free trial of Amazon Prime).

    I read three Classic movie books this month: Errol & Olivia: Ego & Obsession in Golden Era Hollywood by Robert Matzen (his books are so informative), The Many Faces of JosĂ©phine Baker by Peggy Caravantes (the first couple chapters were tough to read, she had a horrific childhood), and Images of America: Early Warner Bros. Studio by E.J. Stephens.
    1. A Dog’s Life (1918) - Charlie Chaplin & Edna Purviance
    2. Thirty Day Princess (1934) - Sylvia Sidney & Cary Grant, Edward Arnold
    3. Romeo and Juliet (1936) - Norma Shearer & Leslie Howard, John Barrymore, C. Aubrey Smith, Reginald Denny, Edna May Oliver, Andy Devine
    4. Phantom Raiders (1940) - Walter Pidgeon, Donald Meek, Florence Rice, John Carroll, Cecil Kellaway 
    5. Lady of Burlesque (1943) - Barbara Stanwyck 
    6. Escape in the Fog (1945) - Nina Foch
    7. Embraceable You (1948) - Dane Clark & Geraldine Brooks, S.Z. Sakall
    8. *Room for One More (1952) - Cary Grant & Betsy Drake, George ‘Foghorn’ Winslow
    9. Against All Flags (1953) - Errol Flynn & Maureen O’Hara, Anthony Quinn
    10. Blackout (1954) - Dane Clark
    11. The Weak and the Wicked (1954) - Glynis Johns, Diana Dors
    12. Escape to Burma (1955) - Robert Ryan & Barbara Stanwyck, Reginald Denny 
    13. Great Day in the Morning (1956) - Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman, Raymond Burr
    14. King Creole (1958) - Elvis Presley & Dolores Hart, Carolyn Jones, Walter Matthau, Dean Jagger, Vic Morrow
    15. Sergeant Rutledge (1960) - Woody Strode, Jeffrey Hunter, Constance Towers, Billie Burke
    16. *The Birds (1963) - Tippi Hedren & Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette
    17. Fun in Acapulco (1963) - Elvis Presley, Ursula Andress, Paul Lukas 
    18. Seven Days in May (1964) - Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Fredric March, Ava Gardner, Martin Balsam, Edmond O’Brien
    19. Duel at Diablo (1966) - James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Anderson, Bill Travers
    20. Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) - Elvis Presley 
    21. Easy Come, Easy Go (1967) - Elvis Presley, Dodie Marshall, Pat Priest, Frank McHugh, Elsa Lanchester
    22. Foul Play (1978) - Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase, Burgess Meredith 
    23. Protocol (1984) - Goldie Hawn
    24. Little Nikita (1988) - Sidney Poitier, River Phoenix 
    25. Submergence (2017) - Alicia Vikander & James McAvoy 
    Charlie Chaplin shorts (1914-1922)
    Screen Directors Playhouse: Rookie of the Year (1955) - John Wayne, Patrick Wayne, James Gleason
    Theatre 62: Rebecca (1962) - James Mason & Joan Hackett, Nina Foch
    Elvis Thru the Years (2007)

    Least Favorite Film: Paradise, Hawaiian Style was not that great. Even the gorgeous Hawaiian scenery couldn’t save it.

    Favorite Movie: Foul Play was hilarious!! I loved Embraceable You (1948). It was so sweet. I was really impressed with Elvis’s acting in King Creole!

    Friday, July 31, 2020

    Movies I Watched in July

    House of Bamboo (1955)

    Well, this month I randomly fell for Robert Stack. Maybe because I finally watched a movie where he didn’t fall apart lol (Written on the Wind, The High and the Mighty, etc.). I started watching John Paul Jones because Bette Davis was in it (she basically just has a cameo scene at the end) and ended up really enjoying it. Then I watched House of Bamboo, which I’ve been meaning to watch for Robert RYAN but hadn’t been in the mood for. I’m glad I waited. Then of course I watched anything I could find with Stack online, including some of his television appearances (YouTube and Internet Archive). I really want to watch The Untouchables but my library is only allowing in-house checkouts so I can’t request it from another library :( Same goes for Stack’s autobiography, Straight Shooting. There are some great interviews on YouTube, especially one from 1999 where he talks about Hollywood in length.

    Robert Stack and Olivia de Havilland

    I’ve also been getting a hoot out of listening to The Jack Carson Show. Side effects include singing the Campbell’s Soup jingle constantly... Other familiar voices are Arthur Treacher and Irene Ryan (Granny from The Beverley Hillbillies). Take a listen!

    I was greatly saddened to hear of the death of Olivia de Havilland a few days ago. I hosted four blogathons in her honor beginning with her 100th birthday in 2016. I did not end up hosting one this year however. I wanted to share a post I wrote for that first blogathon on My Journey with Olivia


    1. The Cocoanuts (1928) - Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont 
    2. Wide Open (1930) - Edward Everett Horton, Louise Beavers
    3. Arrowsmith (1931) - Ronald Colman & Helen Hayes, Myrna Loy
    4. Consolation Marriage (1931) - Pat O’Brien & Irene Dunne, Myrna Loy
    5. Gambling Lady (1934) - Barbara Stanwyck & Joel McCrea, Pat O’Brien, Claire Dodd, C. Aubrey Smith
    6. Blackwell’s Island (1939) - John Garfield & Rosemary Lane
    7. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) - Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers 
    8. The Mortal Storm (1940) - James Stewart & Maureen Sullavan, Frank Morgan, Robert Young, Irene Rich, Maria Ouspenskaya, Bonita Granville, Robert Stack, Gene Reynolds, Ward Bond, Dan Dailey
    9. The House of Seven Gables (1940) - George Sanders, Margaret Lindsey, Vincent Price 
    10. Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) - James Cagney & Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, George Tobias, S.Z. Sakall
    11. Casanova Brown (1944) - Gary Cooper & Teresa Wright, Frank Morgan, Anita Louise 
    12. The Sign of the Ram (1948) - Susan Peters, Phyllis Thaxter, Peggy Ann Garner, Diana Douglas, Dame May Whitty
    13. Silver River (1948) - Errol Flynn & Ann Sheridan, Thomas Mitchell
    14. The Bribe (1949) - Robert Taylor & Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price, John Hodiak
    15. Stranger from Venus (1954) - Patricia Neal
    16. The Long Gray Line (1955) - Tyrone Power & Maureen O’Hara, Donald Crisp, Ward Bond, Harry Carey Jr., Patrick Wayne
    17. House of Bamboo (1955) - Robert Stack, Robert Ryan
    18. Trapeze (1956) - Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Gina Lollobrigida, Katy Jurado 
    19. Saddle the Wind (1958) - Robert Taylor & Julie London, Donald Crisp
    20. The Gift of Love (1958) - Lauren Bacall & Robert Stack, Lorne Greene
    21. John Paul Jones (1959) - Robert Stack, Charles Coburn, Jean Pierre Aumont, Bette Davis
    22. Scent of Mystery (1960) - Denholm Elliot, Peter Lorre, Beverly Bentley, Paul Lukas
    23. Spartacus (1960) - Kirk Douglas & Jean Simmons, Lawrence Olivier, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, Tony Curtis, Woody, Strode, John Ireland, John Gavin, Nina Foch
    24. Captain Newman, M.D. (1963) - Gregory Peck & Angie Dickinson, Tony Curtis, Bobby Darin, Eddie Albert, Robert Duvall
    25. Cattle King (1963) - Robert Taylor
    26. Three Days if the Condor (1975) - Robert Redford & Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson 
    27. International Velvet (1979) - Tatum O'Neal, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Hopkins, Nanette Newman
    28. Airplane! (1980) - Leslie Neilson, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack
    29. Seems Like Old Times (1980) - Goldie Hawn & Chevy Chase
    30. Bird on a Wire (1990) - Mel Gibson & Goldie Hawn 
    31. *The Bourne Identity (2002) - Matt Damon & Franke Potente
    32. Psych 2: Lassie Come Home (2020) - James Roday Rodriguez, Dule Hill, Timothy Odmunson, Maggie Lawson, Jazmyn Simon Hill, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernson, 
    This is Cinerama (1952)
    The 20th Century-Fox Hour: A Portrait of Murder aka Laura (1955) - Robert Stack, Dana Wynter, George Sanders

    Least Favorite Film: Cattle King wasn't anything special. I only watched it for Robert Taylor since earlier this year I ended up watching several of this films so now I'm watching any that TCM shows that I haven't seen yet.

    Favorite MovieThree Days if the Condor was soooo good!! I also read the book it was based on by James Grady, Six Days of the Condor. House of Bamboo was really good. I loved the way it was filmed. Airplane! was hilarious! I also really liked The Bribe  and Wide Open, which was cute.

    My favorite part is at 3:06.

    Sunday, July 19, 2020

    Movies I Watched in June

    This month I watched my first Elvis movie (actually four)! I also finally finished watching The Golden Girls as well as the final three seasons of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

    Read The Purple Diaries by Joseph Egan. If you have a library card you can read it free on Hoopla. The day I finished it TCM aired Dodsworth, which was perfect timing.

    1. Show of Shows (1929) - John Barrymore, Chester Morris, Myrna Loy, Dolores Costello, Noah Beery 
    2. Animal Crackers (1930) - Marx Brothers, Margaret Dumont, Lillian Roth
    3. King Kong (1933) - Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong, Bruce Cabot 
    4. Sadie McKee (1934) - Joan Crawford, Franchot Tone, Gene Raymond, Edward Arnold 
    5. Annie Oakley (1935) - Barbara Stanwyck & Preston Foster, Melvyn Douglas 
    6. Dodsworth (1936) - Walter Huston & Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, Mary Astor, David Niven, Maria Ouspenskaya, Spring Byington, John Payne
    7. Kid Galahad (1937) - Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart, Wayne Morris, Jane Bryan, Harry Carey 
    8. They Made Me a Criminal (1939) - John Garfield & Gloria Dickson, the Dead End Kids, Claude Rains, May Robson, Ann Sheridan 
    9. Design for Scandal (1941) - Rosalind Russell & Walter Pidgeon, Edward Arnold, Lee Bowman
    10. Gangway for Tomorrow (1943) - Robert Ryan
    11. Assignment in Brittany (1943) - Pierre Aumont & Susan Peters
    12. *Pride of the Marines (1945) - John Garfield & Eleanor Parker, Dane Clark
    13. Saratoga Trunk (1946) - Ingrid Bergman & Gary Cooper, Flora Robson
    14. Pitfall (1948) - Dick Powell & Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt, Raymond Burr
    15. The Red Badge of Courage (1951) - Audie Murphy 
    16. Diplomatic Courier (1952) - Tyrone Power, Patricia Neal, Karl Malden, Lee Marvin, Charles Bronson
    17. The High and the Mighty (1954) - John Wayne, Robert Stack, Claire Trevor, Phil Harris
    18. Uranium Boom (1956) - Dennis Morgan, William Talman 
    19. Blue Hawaii (1961) - Elvis Presley & Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury 
    20. Kid Galahad (1962) - Elvis Presley, Gig Young, Lola Albright, Joan Blackman, Charles Bronson
    21. Roustabout (1964) - Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck 
    22. Viva Las Vegas (1964) - Elvis Presley & Ann-Margaret, William Demerest 
    23. *Ride the Wild Surf (1964) - Fabian Forte & Shelley Fabares, Tab Hunter, Peter Brown & Barbara Eden, Susan Hart
    24. S.O.S. Titanic (1979) - David Janssen, David Warner, Cloris Leachman, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm
    Least Favorite Film: I skipped through Show of Shows. Uranium Boom is definitely under my least favorite Dennis Morgan movies. It’s on YouTube.

    Favorite Movie: I really liked several movies this month, but the one I wanted to watch again the next day was Blue Hawaii. I LOVE early 60s Hawaiian movies (Donovan’s Reef is a big favorite in our house). Others I really enjoyed were Dodsworth, the 1937 Kid GalahadThey Made Me a CriminalAssignment in Brittany, Saratoga Trunk, Pitfall, and Diplomatic Courier. King Kong was a lot better than I thought it was going to be. I guess I expected it to be more campy.

    Friday, June 12, 2020

    The Disaster Blogathon! On Board the Poseidon

    Everyone always wonders how they would react in the event of a disastrous incident. Would you be a leader? Follower? Or that one guy who is a pain in the you-know-what to everyone around him (or maybe you’re the sexy lady running around in the strategically torn dress 😉).

    Disaster movies are a way for us to imagine ourselves in these situations. From the dawn of film to the present, whether it be fire, flood, or earthquake, an erupting volcano or a shipwreck, killer mutant insects or zombies, to the modern apocalyptic films Hollywood loves so much, there is literally a movie for every disaster imaginable.

    It was in the 1970s however, that the disaster movie became a genre of it’s own. And the man behind it was none other than the “Master of Disaster” himself, Irwin Allen.

    One of his biggest hits, grossing over $84 million, was The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Based on the novel by Paul Gallico and directed by Ronald Neame, the film has an impressive cast of Oscar winners and nominees: Gene Hackman (2x winner), Ernest Borgnine (1955 winner), Shelley Winters (2x winner and 1 nomination), Red Buttons (1958 winner), Carol Lynley (2x Golden Globe nominee), Roddy McDowell (Golden Globe nominee), Stella Stevens (Golden Globe winner), Arthur O’Connell (2x nominee), and Jack Albertson (1969 winner). The cast also newcomer Pamela Sue Martin and child Actor Eric Shea (The Magical World of Disney). Playing the captain of the doomed Poseidon: Leslie Nielsen.

    It’s New Year’s Eve and the Poseidon is making her final voyage before being scrapped. But Mother Nature has other plans. Just after midnight, the luxury liner going faster than is safe in order to arrive at it’s destination on time, is hit by a tidal wave caused by a sub-sea earthquake. Everyone on the bridge watches in horror as the wall of water sweeps towards them, killing them instantly when it hits and capsizes the ship, throwing partygoers to the ceiling now far below them as it rolls completely over. Chaos ensues until Reverend Scott (Hackman), a preacher who believes that “God helps those who help themselves,” takes charge of the situation. He informs everyone that they need to make their way to the hull of the ship, now above them, where the propeller shaft is located, as the steel there is only an inch thick. With the help of some of the men, the giant fake Christmas tree is pushed upright to serve as a ladder. Only a few passengers follow him, the majority listening to the ship’s purser who encourages everyone to wait until help comes. No sooner does the little group reach the top of the tree when explosions rock the ship, filling the great hall with water and drowning those who stayed behind.

    As they make their way through the ship there are more explosions, including ones of temper as Hackman and Borgnine have constant disagreements. At one point the group comes to a seemingly dead end - a flooded corridor. In the original script, Winters character, a now overweight former Olympic swimmer, swims through but becomes trapped and has to be rescued by Hackman. Hackman suggested it be switched and the resulting scene, in which Winters rescues him only to die of a heart attack minutes late, earned her an Oscar nomination (Esther Williams was originally offered the role but turned it down on her husband’s advice). Winters studied with an Olympic swim coach prior to filming to give the scene authenticity.

    More people die before the small group finally reach their destination and are rescued by the coast guard who cut a hole in the hull and pull them to safety.

    There are several great intense scenes that made this movie enjoyable and entertaining. It would be fun to see it on the big screen!

    The film was nominated for an Oscar in nine categories and won for Best Song and Best Special Effects, for which it also won a Special Achievement Award. Hackman won the BAFTA for Best Actor and Winters won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

    A sequel, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, was released in 1979 also with an all-star cast, including Michael Caine, Sally Field, Karl Malden, Telly Savalas, Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Shirley Knight, Slim Pickens, Angela Cartwright, Mark Harmon, and Shirley Jones. Directed by Irwin Allen himself, the film was unfortunately a “disaster.”

    Taking place minutes after the helicopter full of survivors has taken off, Caine, his partner Malden, and passenger Field (nicknamed Monkey), come across the Poseidon, with only a small area of its hull showing above water (the earthquake of the first film is changed to a tropical storm). He declares salvage rights and prepares to enter. Savalas and his crew show up posing as medics (later we find out he is looking for a certain bit of cargo containing... plutonium.

    Here is where the film enters a major problem. They enter the ship and begin making their way “down,” Caine to the pursers office where the gold is kept, and Savalas to the baggage hold. Now in the first film, as the survivors made their way to safety, there was no possible way to turn back, as the explosions had caused the ships passageways to fill with water. Yet suddenly the salvagers have no problem walking through the ship! If I had watched the sequel first it wouldn’t have been that unbelievable. But given what I had just seen, their actions were impossible. And for some reason EVERYONE enters the ship, including passenger Sally Field. I mean, would YOU enter an almost completely submerged ship just so you wouldn’t be left alone topside?

    Naturally after they enter there is an explosion that cuts them off from the outside. Their only way is forward. They come across a group of survivors (that helicopter left a little prematurely don’t you think?) and head to the pursers office where everyone’s dreams of becoming rich come true. At this point the true identity of Savalas is revealed. There is a shootout, people are killed, and then Caine and his group escape and miraculously find a way out - a hole in the ship and scuba equipment. Despite it being a short swim, not everyone makes it. Then, just as they reach Caine’s tugboat, the ship finally sinks, killing Savalas and his remaining crew. Caine and Field kiss and chug away into the sunset.

    Can you see why the film didn’t do well?

    It's not a total loss though. There are some good performances by Malden and Pickens. It's just unfortunate the story doesn't hold up.

    I hope you enjoyed this post. It is part of the DISASTER BLOG-A-THON hosted by The Midnite Drive-In and Dubsism. Please be sure to check out the other "disastrous" articles!

    Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    Movies I Watched in May

    Eve Arden, The Unfaithful (1947)

    Have you been listening to TCM’s new podcast The Plot Thickens? Season 1 is about director Peter Bogdanovich. It is very interesting! There are a few of his movies I want to watch now.
    1. Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928) - Buster Keaton 
    2. Horse Feathers (1932) - Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd
    3. *Hide-Out (1934) - Robert Montgomery & Maureen O’Sullivan, Mickey Rooney, Edward Arnold 
    4. Intermezzo (1936-Swedish) - Ingrid Bergman 
    5. Married Before Breakfast (1937) - Robert Young & Florence Rice
    6. Marie Antoinette (1938) - Norma Shearer & Tyrone Power, John Barrymore, Gladys George, Robert Morley, Anita Louise, Ruth Hussey 
    7. Daughter of Shanghai (1938) - Anna May Wong, Charles Bickford, Anthony Quinn
    8. The Citadel (1938) - Robert Donat & Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson
    9. June Night (1940-Swedish) - Ingrid Bergman 
    10. Double Indemnity (1944) - Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson 
    11. The Unfaithful (1947) - Ann Sheridan & Zachary Scott, Lew Ayres, Eve Arden
    12. *The Voice of the Turtle (1947) - Eleanor Parker & Ronald Reagan, Eve Arden
    13. The Caddy (1953) - Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin, Donna Reed
    14. Pickup on South Street (1953) - Richard Widmark & Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter 
    15. Johnny Guitar (1954) - Joan Crawford & Sterling Haydn, Ernest Borgnine, Ward Bond
    16. Quentin Durward (1955) - Robert Taylor & Kay Kendall
    17. *Our Miss Brooks (1956) - Eve Arden, Don Porter
    18. *North to Alaska (1960) - John Wayne & Capucine, Stewart Granger, Ernie Kovacs, Fabian
    19. The Wheeler Dealers (1963) - James Garner & Lee Remick, Chill Wills, Phil Harris
    20. Masquerade (1965) - Cliff Robertson, Jack Hawkins 
    21. The Family Jewels (1965) - Jerry Lewis (x7), Sebastian Cabot
    22. Three on a Couch (1966) - Jerry Lewis & Janet Leigh, James Best
    23. *The Green Berets (1968) - John Wayne, Aldo Ray, Jim Hutton, Patrick Wayne
    24. Executive Action (1973) - Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan
    25. Paper Moon (1973) - Ryan O’Neal, Tatum O’Neal, Madeleine Kahn
    26. *Rocky (1976) - Facebook live with Sylvester Stallone!
    27. Gallipoli (1981) - Mel Gibson, Mark Lee 
    28. Attack Force Z (1982) - Mel Gibson 
    29. The Patriot (2000) - Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger
    30. *What Women Want (2000) - Mel Gibson & Helen Hunt, Alan Alda, Marisa Tomei, Judy Greer
    American Experience - Walt Disney (2015)
    Wait for Your Laugh (2017) - Rose Marie 
    The Lost City of Cecil B. DeMille (2017)

    Least Favorite Film: Johnny Guitar was PRETTY bad. “Emma” had a major problem... The patients in Three on a Couch were annoying (I liked Jerry Lewis’ more restrained character though).

    Favorite Movie: Intermezzo was really good. Ingrid Bergman was ridiculously luminous. Paper Moon was really good. Also, it's a crime Thelma Ritter didn't win the Oscar for Pickup on South Street.

    Saturday, May 2, 2020

    Movies I Watched in April

    Underwater! (1955)

    Well this month certainly looks different! I actually watched some movies from the last two decades!! Lol. You may have already guessed it, but I’m crushing on Mel Gibson right now. I also started watching Hot in Cleveland. Betty White is a hoot and I’m enjoying the show more than I ever expected. I also burst into tears unexpectedly at the opening of 2:1. It’s on YouTube. I keep starting “new” shows instead of finishing the ones I’m nearly through with... It’s always sad to end a good show. Anyway, here’s what I watched this month:
    1. The Navigator (1924) - Buster Keaton
    2. Monkey Business (1931) - Marx Brothers, Thelma Todd
    3. Ship Ahoy (1942) - Eleanor Powell & Red Skelton, Bert Lahr & Virginia O’Brien, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra (uncredited singer)
    4. The Next Voice You Hear (1950) - James Whitmore & Nancy Reagan 
    5. No Way Out (1950) - Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Linda Darnell
    6. Kim (1950) - Errol Flynn, Dean Stockwell, Paul Lukas
    7. Underwater! (1955) - Jane Russell, Gilbert Roland, Richard Egan 
    8. There’s Always Tomorrow (1956) - Fred MacMurray & Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Bennett
    9. Love in the Afternoon (1957) - Audrey Hepburn & Gary Cooper, Maurice Chevalier
    10. Cinderfella (1960) - Jerry Lewis, Ed Wynn, Judith Anderson 
    11. *The Thrill of It All (1963) - Doris Day & James Garner, Arlene Dahl, Carl Reiner
    12. Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (1970) - Robert Ryan, Chuck Conners
    13. Annie Hall (1977) - Woody Allen & Diane Keaton
    14. Tim (1979) - Piper Laurie & Mel Gibson
    15. Baby Boom (1987) - Diane Keaton
    16. Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) - Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Rene Russo, Joe Pesci
    17. Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) - Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Chris Rock, Joe Pesci, Rene Russo
    18. *Salt (2010) - Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofer
    19. The Conspirator (2011) - James McAvoy, Robin Wright
    20. Daddy’s Home 2 (2017) - Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlburg, Mel Gibson, John Lithgow, John Cena
    21. The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017) - Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer
    Least Favorite Film: Sorry Robert Ryan but Captain Nemo was a little hard to get through... Kim was a little boring too but I had put off watching it too long.

    Favorite Movie: I really enjoyed Baby Boom. My aunt told me about it when I was describing the plot of Bachelor Mother to her. I also FINALLY watched Love in the Afternoon, which despite the subject I quite enjoyed. Audrey can be so heartbreaking. 

    What’s been keeping you going this month?

    LOVE this jacket worn by Stanwyck in There’s Always Tomorrow.

    Sunday, April 5, 2020

    Movies I Watched in March

    This shot of George Sanders in Ivanhoe cracks me up :D

    This month was more Robert Taylor (I mean, after last month I might as well watch any that TCM shows that I’ve never seen before, right?) and, fittingly, disaster movies.

    I’ve been wanting to rewatch The Ghost and Mrs. Muir for some time now and finally got around to it. I noticed it was based on a book in the opening credits (by R. A. Dick) and so checked it out and read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The main differences were that she also had a son, her meddling sister-in-law was even more meddlesome, and  she only saw Captain Gregg in a dream at the beginning. The rest of the time she only heard his voice in her head. She also met Miles differently. Oh, and she called Martha back to apologize for getting angry. That part made me happy.

    I also downloaded the Hoopla library app and HOLY COW!!!! So many good books!! There’s also a small selection of classic movies and television shows. I’m reading Me and Jezebel by Elizabeth Fuller. Fuller is a psychic so some parts are kind of different (she speaks to spirits and holds a sĂ©ance) but I’ve discovered that first-hand accounts of Bette make for delightful reading.
    1. Battling Butler (1926) - Buster Keaton
    2. The DivorcĂ©e (1930) - Norma Shearer & Chester Morris, Robert Montgomery 
    3. Pygmalion (1938) - Leslie Howard & Wendy Hiller
    4. The Long Voyage Home (1940) - John Wayne, Ian Hunter, Thomas Mitchell, Barry FitzGerald, Arthur Shields, Mildred Natwick 
    5. Lucky Partners (1940) - Ronald Colman & Ginger Rogers, Jack Carson, Spring Byington
    6. Johnny Eager (1941) - Robert Taylor & Lana Turner, Van Heflin, Edward Arnold
    7. Bombardier (1943) - Pat O’Brien, Randolph Scott, Anne Shirley, Eddie Albert, Robert Ryan
    8. *The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) - Gene Tierney & Rex Harrison, George Sanders, Natalie Wood, Vanessa Brown
    9. B. F.’s Daughter (1948) - Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Charles Coburn, Richard Hart, Keenan Wynn, Spring Byington, Margaret Lindsey
    10. I Want You (1951) - Dana Andrews & Dorothy McGuire, Farley Granger & Peggy Dow, Martin Milner, Jim Backus
    11. Ivanhoe (1952) - Robert Taylor, Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor, George Sanders
    12. Knights of the Round Table (1953) - Robert Taylor & Ava Gardner, Mel Ferrer
    13. The Master of Ballantrae (1953) - Errol Flynn
    14. D-Day the Sixth of June (1956) - Robert Taylor, Richard Todd, Dana Wynter, Edmond O’Brien
    15. The Law and Jake Wade (1958) - Robert Taylor, Richard Widmark, Patricia Owens
    16. Countdown (1968) - James Caan, Robert Duvall
    17. The Poseidon Adventure (1972) - Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine, Shelley Winters, Roddy McDowell, Leslie Neilson
    18. The Swarm (1974) - Michael Caine & Katherine Ross, Richard Widmark, Olivia de Havilland, Fred MacMurray, Henry Fonda, Richard Chamberlain, Slim Pickens
    19. Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979) - Michael Caine, Sally Field, Karl Malden, Telly Savalas, Shirley Jones, Slim Pickens 
    20. Best Friends (1982) - Burt Reynolds & Goldie Hawn, Jessica Tandy, Keenan Wynn
    21. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) - Mel Gibson & Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt
    22. The River (1984) - Mel Gibson & Sissy Spacek
    The Sea Around Us (1953)

    Even in a WWII movie Robert Ryan's face is made for noir.

    Least Favorite Film: The Long Voyage Home was kind of depressing and The Swarm was kind of ridiculous. The first half of Knights... was slow but I finally got into it.

    Favorite Film: Lots of solid movies but none really stood out. I loved Ronald Colman in Lucky Partners.

    I love Burt Reynold's goofy grins :)

    The Greer Garson Blogathon is HERE!!!

    It’s here!! The Greer Garson Blogathon is here!

    Musings of an Introvert kicks things off with the classic The Winsome Qualities of Greer Garson in the 1940 Pride and Prejudice.

    Taking Up Room discusses Garson’s most famous role as Mrs. Miniver (1942).

    Movies Meet Their Match watches Garson for the first time in Sunrise at Campobello (1960).

    The Wonderful World of Cinema discusses Greer Garson’s Elegant Entrance: Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939).

    Hope this Blogathon was a welcome distraction from the world! Don’t worry if your post is late. I’ll happily accept them all week. Hope all of you stay healthy and thanks so much for participating!!