Saturday, April 3, 2021

Movies I Watched in March

This month I started watching the 70s/80s show Taxi. I was watching SWAT but there was a certain storyline in season two that really turned me off of the show. I was finally able to watch the 1957 remake of My Man Godfrey. I've been curious about it for a long time. It wasn't too bad! June Allyson couldn't quite pull off that type of character (daffy but lovable) like Lombard could (I did have to skip her faked stomach ache or whatever it was supposed to be), but I could see watching it again. I finally watched Murder on the Orient Express. Albert Finney looked more like my idea of Poirot than Peter Ustinov but I didn't really like him. Last Sunday I had an unintentional Denzel Washington triple feature: two favorites and a new-to-me film. If you're a Denzel fan you MUST watch Deja Vu!!

* indicates a rewatch

  1. Indiscreet (1931) - Gloria Swanson 
  2. *Jewel Robbery (1932) - William Powell & Kay Francis 
  3. Mandalay (1934) - Kay Francis 
  4. Show Boat (1936) - Irene Dunne & Allen Jones, Charles Winninger, Paul Robeson, Hattie McDaniel
  5. Fingers at the Window (1942) - Lew Ayres & Laraine Day, Basil Rathbone 
  6. *The Fallen Sparrow (1943) - John Garfield & Maureen O’Hara, Walter Slezak
  7. Marine Raiders (1944) - Robert Ryan & Ruth Hussey, Pat O’Brien 
  8. A Matter of Life and Death (1946) - David Niven & Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Raymond Massey
  9. Tea for Two (1950) - Doris Day & Gordon MacRae, Eve Arden, S.Z. Sakall
  10. *I’ll See You in My Dreams (1952) - Danny Thomas & Doris Day, Patrice Wymore
  11. Everything I Have is Yours (1952) - Marge & Gower Champion 
  12. Big Leaguer (1953) - Edward G. Robinson, Vera-Ellen
  13. The Iron Petticoat (1956) - Bob Hope & Katharine Hepburn 
  14. My Man Godfrey (1957) - David Niven & June Allyson, Jessie Rolls Landis
  15. It Happened to Jane (1959) - Doris Day & Jack Lemmon, Ernie Kovacs 
  16. Follow Me, Boys! (1966) - Fred MacMurray & Vera Miles, Kurt Russell, Lillian Gish, Charles Ruggles
  17. Murder on the Orient Express (1974) - Albert Finney, Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Anthony Perkins, Sean Connery, Wendy Hiller
  18. Tequila Sunrise (1988) - Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kurt Russell
  19. *The Pelican Brief (1993) - Julia Roberts & Denzel Washington, Sam Shepherd
  20. Just Like Heaven (2005) - Reese Witherspoon & Mark Ruffalo
  21. *Deja Vu (2006) - Denzel Washington & Paula Patton, Jim Caveizel, Val Kilmer
  22. Inside Man (2006) - Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer
Least Favorite Film: Big Leaguer was a short movie but the first 45 minutes dragged. It didn’t get exciting until the game at the end.

Favorite Movie: Just Like Heaven was really sweet. Mark Ruffalo is so cute. I also really liked A Matter of Life and Death. 

I ordered a copy of Arden's autobiography online for $6.29 and when 
I got it I discovered it was an autographed first edition!!!!
Her son authenticated it (he runs a facebook page for his mom)!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Movies I Watched in February

I was excited that John Garfield was Star of the Month on TCM. I have already seen most of his movies so there were only two in the lineup I hadn't seen before. Now I just have three of his films left: two cameos (Jigsaw and Daisy Kenyon) and Under My Skin (1950). I also finally got to see The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp!!!! It did not disappoint. I read A Twist of Lemmon: A Tribute to My Father by Chris Lemmon.

* indicates a rewatch

  1. Let Us Be Gay (1930) - Norma Shearer & Rod LaRoque, Marie Dressler
  2. Smart Woman (1931) - Mary Astor, Edward Everett Horton 
  3. Their Big Moment (1934) - Zazu Pitts, Slim Summerville
  4. Vagabond Lady (1935) - Robert Young
  5. The Longest Night (1936) - Robert Young & Florence Rice
  6. This is My Affair (1937) - Robert Taylor & Barbara Stanwyck, Victor McLaglen, Brian Donlevy
  7. *Knight Without Armour (1937) - Robert Donat & Marlene Dietrich
  8. *Joy of Living (1938) - Irene Dunne & Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Lucille Ball
  9. Spring Madness (1938) - Maureen O’Sullivan & Lew Ayres, Ruth Hussey, Burgess Meredith
  10. Destry Rides Again (1939) - Marlene Dietrich & James Stewart, Brian Donlevy, Charles Winninger, Una Merkel
  11. East of the River (1940) - John Garfield & Brenda Marshall
  12. Flowing Gold (1940) - John Garfield & Frances Farmer, Pat O’Brien 
  13. The Falcon’s Brother (1942) - George Sanders
  14. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) - Roger Livesy & Deborah Kerr, Anton Walbrook
  15. *Shadow of a Doubt (1943) - Joseph Cotten, Teresa Wright, Henry Travers
  16. Faithful in My Fashion (1946) - Donna Reed & Tom Drake, Edward Everett Horton, Sig Rumen, Spring Byington, Margaret Hamilton
  17. *Humoresque (1947) - John Garfield & Joan Crawford 
  18. An Ideal Husband (1947) - Paulette Goddard, Michael Wilding, C. Aubrey Smith, Glynis Johns 
  19. If Winter Comes (1948) - Walter Pidgeon & Deborah Kerr, Angela Lansbury, Janet Leigh, Dame May Whitty, Binnie Barnes, Reginald Owen
  20. Mrs. O’Malley and Mr. Malone (1950) - Marjorie Main, Ann, Dvorak, Dorothy Malone
  21. The Brothers Karamazov (1958) - Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Lee J. Cobb, Richard Basehart, William Shatner 
  22. Flower Drum Song (1961) - Nancy Kwan, James Shigeta, Miyoshi Umeki, Jack Soo, Benson Fong, Juanita Moore, Reiko Sato, Patrick Adiarte
  23. Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol (1962) - Jim Backus
  24. Marriage on the Rocks (1965) - Frank Sinatra & Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin, Nancy Sinatra 
  25. Frankie and Johnny (1966) - Elvis Presley & Donna Douglas, Harry Morgan
  26. Hotel (1967) - Rod Taylor, Melvyn Douglas, Merle Oberon & Michael Rennie, Karl Malden
  27. Downhill Racer (1969) - Robert Redford 
  28. Change of Habit (1969) - Elvis Presley & Mary Tyler Moore
  29. Oh, God! (1977) - John Denver, George Burns, Teri Garr
  30. *Running on Empty (1988) - River Phoenix 
  31. *13 Going on 30 (2004) - Jennifer Garner & Mark Ruffalo
Least Favorite Film: An Ideal Husband was pretty boring. I watched it for Glynis Johns but she was hardly in it. 

Favorite MovieThe Life and Death of Colonel Blimp was so good. I also enjoyed Flower Drum Song.

I just LOVE this outfit from Marriage on the Rocks (1965)!

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Movies I Watched in January

Detail of Edith Head gown worn by Rosemary Clooney 
in "Sisters" number of White Christmas (1954).

This month I watched more movies than normal as I had purchased a month of HBO Max and wanted to get my money's worth :) Notable this month: I watched my first Mae West movie, then kept going "mmm" to myself lol. I finally rewatched Twentieth Century - I thought it was ok the first time I saw it but a little too zany. I still think it's too much ;) Hamlette's Soliloquy will be happy to see I watched two Alan Ladd movies. The only parts of The Glass Key I remembered were the ones with Bendix, mainly the scene where Ladd gets beat to a pulp. I also noticed that the country house is the same set as Holiday Inn (1942)!! Parts of the set were also used in White Christmas (see this article on Hooked on Houses). 

The bottom images show the same wallpaper and grandfather clock. The stairs may be the same as in the main room of the lodge but in a different configuration. 

TCM showed several movies for Elvis Presley's birthday so already he's going to be on my most watched list this year. I also FINALLY watched Born Yesterday. My favorite Judy Holliday movie is still It Should Happen to You (which I also rewatched. See the end of the post for a note on that). I went to see an exhibit of White Christmas costumes (post on that coming soon) so when we got home we of course had to watch the movie again. 

Read Blonde Venus: A Life of Marlene Dietrich by Leslie Frewin. 

  1. Their Own Desire (1929) - Norma Shearer & Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone
  2. The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - Maurice Chevalier, Claudette Colbert, Miriam Hopkins 
  3. Design for Living (1933) - Gary Cooper, Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Edward Everett Horton
  4. I’m No Angel (1933) - Mae West & Cary Grant, Edward Arnold 
  5. *Twentieth Century (1934) - John Barrymore & Carole Lombard 
  6. The Price of Wisdom (1935) - Roger Livesey
  7. Woman Chases Man (1937) - Miriam Hopkins & Joel McCrea, Charles Winninger, Broderick Crawford, (watched twice)
  8. Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938) - Robert Young & Ruth Hussey, Lew Ayres, Lana Turner
  9. When Were You Born (1938) - Anna May Wong, Margaret Lindsey, Lola Lane
  10. Down Argentine Way (1940) - Betty Grable & Don Ameche 
  11. The Great Mr. Nobody (1941) - Eddie Albert & Joan Leslie, Alan Hale, John Litel, Dickie Moore
  12. Major Barbara (1941) - Wendy Hiller & Rex Harrison, Robert Morley 
  13. Lydia (1941) - Merle Oberon, Joseph Cotten, Alan Marshal, Edna May Oliver, George Reeves
  14. *The Glass Key (1942) - Alan Ladd & Veronica Lake, Brian Donlevy, Bonita Granville, Dane Clark
  15. Bride by Mistake (1944) - Laraine Day, Marsha Hunt
  16. Along Came Jones (1945) - Gary Cooper & Loretta Young, William Demerest, Dan Duryea 
  17. *I Know Where I’m Going (1945) - Wendy Hiller & Roger Livesey
  18. The Blue Dahlia (1946) - Alan Ladd & Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard de Silva, Hugh Beaumont 
  19. Criss Cross  (1949) - Burt Lancaster & Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea
  20. Born Yesterday (1950) - Judy Holliday & William Holden, Broderick Crawford 
  21. *It Should Happen to You (1954) - Judy Holliday & Jack Lemmon, Peter Lawford
  22. *White Christmas (1954) - Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera-Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes 
  23. Flaming Star (1960) - Elvis Presley, Dolores Del Rio, Barbara Eden
  24. *Blue Hawaii (1961) - Elvis Presley & Joan Blackman, Angela Lansbury 
  25. It Happened at the World’s Fair (1963) - Elvis Presley 
  26. Girl Happy (1965) - Elvis Presley & Shelley Fabares
  27. Harum Scarum (1965) - Elvis Presley 
  28. Spinout (1966) - Elvis Presley, Shelley Fabares, Deborah Walley, Cecil Kellaway & Una Merkel 
  29. Stay Away, Joe (1968) - Elvis Presley, Burgess Meredith, Katy Jurado, Joan Blondell
  30. The Trouble with Girls (1969) - Elvis Presley, Vincent Price
  31. The Towering Inferno (1974) - Paul Newman, Steve McQueen, Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Robert Wagner, Jennifer Jones, Fred Astaire 
  32. Death on the Nile (1978) - Peter Ustinov, David Niven, Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Maggie Smith, Angela Lansbury, Olivia Hussey, George Kennedy, Jack Warden
  33. Murphy’s Romance (1985) - Sally Field & James Garner
  34. *Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) - Steve Martin, John Candy
  35. Overboard (1987) - Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell, Roddy McDowall
  36. My Blue Heaven (1990) - Steve Martin, Rick Moranis
  37. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993) - Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Alan Alda, Anjelica Huston
  38. The Pentagon Wars (1998) - Cary Elwes, Kelsey Grammar  
  39. *Ocean’s Eleven (2001) - George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Andy Garcia, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Carl Reiner
  40. Spy Game (2001) - Robert Redford, Brad Pitt
  41. A Good Year (2006) - Russell Crowe & Marion Cotilliard 
  42. *Tangled (2010) - Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi
  43. Victoria & Abdul (2017) - Dame Judi Dench
  44. Ad Astra (2019) - Brad Pitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, Liv Tyler
God is the Bigger Elvis (2012) - Mother Dolores Hart 
Andre the Giant (2018)
Elvis Presley: The Searcher (2018)

Least Favorite Film: I thought Harum Scarum was bad, but Stay Away, Joe was painful to watch. The Great Mr. Nobody was not as good as I thought it would be and was therefore a letdown. It was the first movie I watched this year. Ad Astra was depressing. Brad Pitt was good in it though. 

Favorite Movie: Woman Chases Man was so good I watched it again the next day with my family. They loved it too. Manhattan Murder Mystery was also really funny and the end was absolutely brilliant!

The stairs to Holliday's apartment are marked with an X. Behind them is an identical set. In the image below you can see they are no longer there. 


Detail of the stonework under the window. It is different under each set of windows. It is circled in the Google Maps screenshot above. I wanted to visit this apartment when I was in NY in 2019 but it was a little out of the way. If I had I would have taken pictures on the wrong set of steps!

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2020 Movie Stats



This year I watched 293 new-to-me movies and 43 movies that were rewatches for a total of 336.
New to me: 293 (241 pre-1970, 52 post-1970)
Rewatches: 43 (33 pre-1970, 10 post-1970)
Total: 336 (274 pre-1970, 62 post-1970)

Where I watched them:
TCM: 243 (22 rewatches)
Library (DVD & Apps): 11 (0 rewatches)
Personal DVD: 23 (16 rewatches)
YouTube & OK: 15 (1 rewatch)
Paid Streaming Services: 23 (2 rewatches) 
TV & Free Streaming Services: 18 (2 rewatches)
Theater: 0

          Other: 1


Here are my top ten movie discoveries:


4/17 Baby Boom (1987)
6/18 Blue Hawaii (1961)
7/11 Airplane! (1980)
7/26 Three Days of the Condor (1975)
8/5 Embraceable You (1948)
8/10 Foul Play (1978)
8/29 King Creole (1958)
10/17 The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
11/19 G.I. Blues (1960)
11/30 Dogfight (1991)



Classics I finally watched:

          The Gold Rush (1925) - Charlie Chaplin

          The Divorcee (1930) - Norma Shearer

          Dracula (1931) - Bela Lugosi

          King Kong (1933) - Fay Wray

          Dodsworth
(1936) - Walter Huston
Dark Victory (1939) - Bette Davis
          Sergeant York (1941) - Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan 

          Citizen Kane (1941) - Orson Welles

          The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) - Joseph Cotten, Tim Holt
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) - James Cagney
On the Waterfront (1954) - Marlon Brando
Magnificent Obsession (1954) - Jane Wyman & Rock Hudson
The Red Badge of Courage (1951) - Audie Murphy 

          Jailhouse Rock (1957) - Elvis Presley

          The Blob (1958) - Steve McQueen 

          Spartacus (1960) - Kirk Douglas

          Sergeant Rutledge (1960) - Woody Strode, Jeffrey Hunter
The Great Escape (1963) - Steve McQueen, James Garner
Viva Las Vegas (1964) - Elvis Presley & Ann-Margaret

          The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) - Steve McQueen & Faye Dunaway 

          The Poseidon Adventure (1972) - Gene Hackman

          Annie Hall (1977) - Diane Keaton
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) - Drew Barrymore

Number of movies per decade:

1910s: 1 (0 rewatches)
1920s: 10 (0 rewatches)
1930s: 61 (2 rewatches)
1940s: 79 (15 rewatches)
1950s: 81 (7 rewatches)
1960s: 42 (9 rewatches)
1970s: 17 (1 rewatch)
1980s: 18 (1 rewatch)
1990s: 8 (2 rewatches)
2000s: 6 (4 rewatches)
2010s: 11 (2 rewatches)
2020s: 2 (0 rewatches)


Number of movies per month:

January: 31 (2 rewatches)
February: 37 (6 rewatches)
March: 22 (1 rewatch)
April: 21 (2 rewatches)
May: 30 (7 rewatches)
June: 24 (2 rewatches)
July: 32 (1 rewatch)
August: 25 (2 rewatches) stop
September: 31 (3 rewatches)
October: 27 (3 rewatches)
November: 28 (7 rewatches)
December: 28 (7 rewatches)


Most Watched (Leading) Movie Stars:

Robert Taylor - 20 films
Elvis Presley - 13 films
Mel Gibson - 13 films
Barbara Stanwyck - 12 films
Walter Pidgeon - 11 films
Gary Cooper - 10 films
Patricia Neal - 9 films
Robert Stack - 9 films
Greer Garson - 8 films
Robert Ryan - 8 films
Karl Malden - 8 films

Norma Shearer, Errol Flynn, Bette Davis, George Sanders, Joan Crawford, Marsha Hunt, John Wayne, Marx Brothers (together & separate), River Phoenix - 6 films

Tony Curtis, James Garner, Eve Arden, Goldie Hawn - 5 films


Stars I discovered/grew to love/admire: Elvis Presley, Robert Taylor, Mel Gibson, Robert Stack, River Phoenix


*To see last years stats click here.

Did you keep track of the movies you watched in 2020? Was there a star or movie you discovered that you can't live without now? Let me know in the comments!

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Movies I Watched in December

Dangerous Mission (1954)

This month I had the typical Christmas rewatches and then randomly ended up watching quite a few “new” movies: nearly half of this list are post-1970 films! I even watched a movie on “opening weekend” (WW84). Oh, btw... HBO Max doesn’t offer a free trial anymore :/ Luckily there’s enough exclusive content on there that the $16  will be worth it.

I never got around to writing about the free classic movies on the Peacock streaming service. They had over 100 but as of Jan. 1, 2021 they have exactly two movies made before 1970 (not counting James Bond): a Columbo Movie and Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol... So basically the only thing left for me to watch on there is Murder, She Wrote.

* indicates a rewatch

  1. The Prizefighter and the Lady (1933) - Max Baer & Myrna Loy, Walter Huston
  2. Sabotage (1936) - Sylvia Sydney 
  3. Desire (1936) - Gary Cooper & Marlene Dietrich
  4. A Yank at Oxford (1938) - Robert Taylor & Maureen O’Sullivan, Vivian Leigh
  5. Flight Command (1940) - Robert Taylor, Ruth Hussey, Walter Pidgeon, Paul Kelly, Red Skelton, Nat Pendleton, Marsha Hunt
  6. To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) - John Payne & Maureen O’Hara, Randolph Scott, Pat O’Brien
  7. *Christmas in Connecticut (1945) - Barbara Stanwyck & Dennis Morgan, 
  8. Deep Valley (1947) - Ida Lupino & Dane Clark, Wayne Morris, Fay Bainter, Henry Hull
  9. Fighter Squadron (1948) - Edmund O’Brien, Robert Stack, Rock Hudson
  10. The Damned Don’t Cry (1950) - Joan Crawford 
  11. My Man and I (1952) - Ricardo Montalban & Shelley Winters, Claire Trevor, Wendell Corey, Jack Elam
  12. Dangerous Mission (1954) - Victor Mature & Piper Laurie, Vincent Price, William Bendix, Bette St. John
  13. *White Christmas (1954) - Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Vera Ellen, Dean Jagger, Mary Wickes 
  14. Bombers B-52 (1957) - Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Karl Malden, Natalie Wood, Marsha Hunt
  15. *We’re No Angels (1957) - Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray, Peter Ustinov, Joan Bennett, Leo G. Carroll, Basil Rathbone
  16. The Cat O’Nine Tails (1971) - Karl Malden 
  17. *Mickey’s Christmas Carol (1983) - Alan Young
  18. Explorers (1985) - Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, Jason Presson 
  19. The Mosquito Coast (1986) - Harrison Ford, Helen Mirren, River Phoenix, Martha Plimpton
  20. *Home Alone (1990) - Macaulay Culkin
  21. The Thing Called Love (1993) - River Phoenix, Samantha Mathis, Dermot Mulroney, Sandra Bullock 
  22. I Spy (2002) - Eddie Murphy, Owen Wilson
  23. *Elf (2003) - Will Ferrell & Zooey Deschanel, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner
  24. *The Lake House (2006) - Keanu Reeves & Sandra Bullock, Christopher Plummer
  25. Destination Wedding (2018) - Winona Ryder & Keanu Reeves 
  26. Gemini Man (2019) - Will Smith
  27. Last Christmas (2019) - Emilia Clarke & Henry Golding, Emma Thompson
  28. Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) - Gal Gadot & Chris Pine, Kristin Wiig 
Marsha Hunt’s Sweet Adversity (2015)
Natalie Wood: What Remains Behind (2020)

Least Favorite Film: Explorers was very dated. Fighter Squadron needed a stronger leading man. 

Favorite Movie: Destination Wedding was hilarious!! I also really liked Desire.