Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Movies I Watched in January

Patricia Neal in The Fountainhead (1949)

This month I ended up watching several short movies. I also ended up watched several of Patricia Neal's films (TCM's star of the month). I used to not like Patricia Neal but that was because I didn't like the first two movies of hers that I saw. Then I saw her in Hud and was impressed by her Oscar winning performance. And last year I ended up seeing a handful of her films that I was watching for a co-star (Eleanor Parker, Jack Carson, etc.). When I looked at her filmography I realized that by watching a few more of her films I would have watched all her work up to 1954 (there are two movies I'm going to watch online from 1952 that TCM didn't show to complete that). Because of that, Neal will definitely end up on my end-of-year stats for 2020 as one of the stars I watched most (7 this month!).
  1. Our Dancing Daughters (1928) - Joan Crawford, Anita Page, John Mack Brown
  2. The Secret 6 (1931) - Wallace Beery, Lewis Stone, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable
  3. The Phantom of Crestwood (1932) - Karen Morley, Ricardo Cortez, Anita Louise, H.B. Warner
  4. Is My Face Red? (1932) - Ricardo Cortez, Helen Twelvetrees, ZaSu Pitts
  5. Before Dawn (1933) - Stuart Erwin & Dorothy Wilson, Warner Oland, Jane Darwell
  6. Bachelor Bait (1934) - Stuart Erwin & Rochelle Hudson
  7. Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935) - Gene Raymond, Walter Brennan, Henry Travers, Eric Blore
  8. Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) - Dick Powell, Adolph Menjou, Gloria Stuart
  9. Things to Come (1936) - Raymond Massey, Ralph Richardson
  10. Topper Takes a Trip (1939) - Roland Young, Constance Bennett, Billie Burke
  11. The Adventures of Jane Arden (1939) - Rosella Towne, William Gargan 
  12. Sporting Blood (1940) - Robert Young & Maureen O’Sullivan, Lewis Stone, William Gargan 
  13. Background to Danger (1943) - George Raft, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Brenda Marshall 
  14. The Verdict (1946) - Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre
  15. The Stranger (1946) - Edward G. Robinson, Orson Welles & Loretta Young, Richard Long
  16. Repeat Performance (1947) - Joan Leslie & Louis Hayward
  17. The Search (1948) - Montgomery Clift, Ivan Jandl, Wendell Corey
  18. The Hasty Heart (1949) - Richard Todd, Ronald Reagan, Patricia Neal 
  19. The Fountainhead (1949) - Gary Cooper & Patricia Neal, Raymond Massey
  20. Bright Leaf (1950) - Gary Cooper & Patricia Neal, Lauren Bacall, Jack Carson 
  21. Raton Pass (1951) - Dennis Morgan & Patricia Neal, Steve Cochran
  22. *Operation Pacific (1951) - John Wayne & Patricia Neal, Ward Bond, Martin Milner
  23. Weekend with Father (1951) - Van Heflin & Patricia Neal, Gigi Perreau
  24. Washington Story (1952) - Van Johnson & Patricia Neal, Louis Calhern
  25. You for Me (1952) - Jane Greer, Peter Lawford, Gig Young
  26. Sombrero (1953) - Ricardo Montalban, Pier Angeli, Vittorio Gassman, Yvonne de Carlo, Rick Jason, Cyd Charisse, Nina Foch
  27. The World, The Flesh and the Devil (1959) - Harry Belafonte, inger Stevens, Mel Ferrer
  28. *Sunday in New York (1963) - Jane Fonda & Rod Taylor, Cliff Robertson 
  29. The Great Escape (1963) - Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn
  30. The Cincinnati Kid (1965) - Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margaret, Karl Malden, Tuesday Weld, Joan Blondell
  31. Knives Out (2019) - Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon
Conquest of the Air (1940) - Laurence Olivier
Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor (2018)

Patricia Neal wore the same exact wedding dress and veil in both Bright Leaf and Raton Pass!

Least favorite film: Knives Out. The puking storyline turned me off. I wouldn't have even watched it had I known about it.

Favorite movie: The Search was beautiful and heartbreaking and I sobbed at the end. I also liked The World, the Flesh and the Devil, especially the first half (before Mel Ferrer showed up). The Mary Astor documentary was fascinating!