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)!


  1. I watched both versions of My Man Godfrey for the first time and enjoyed different parts of each, but really liked June Allyson. Murder on the Orient Express is one of my favorite mysteries so I liked being able to see that older version. I liked the acting but the pacing felt a little slow.

    That is thoroughly awesome that you got a signed copy of that biography without planning on it!

    1. I want to see the recent MotOE too! And read the book :)

  2. What an enjoyable viewing list! Some films on it I've enjoyed, and it's a good reminder to watch or revisit some titles in my stack. I've never seen THE PELICAN BRIEF and have meant to do so for ages.

    As a baseball fan I did like BIG LEAGUER a lot -- for me it was kind of a "baseball procedural" about the tryout camp process, but I can see someone else not finding it as interesting as I did (grin). I liked JUST LIKE HEAVEN also!

    Best wishes,

    1. I had seen The Pelican Brief several times but it was always kind of confusing to me with all the legal terms. I actually understood it this time though lol.

      I usually like baseball movies (I watched The Natural) last weekend and loved it). I think it was just different from what I was expecting.

  3. Big Leaguer was a pleasant enough time-waster, but all of the actors cast as the rookies constantly being referred to as "kids" didn't make me think any of them were just out of high school!

    The Depression-era gave the original version of My Man Godfrey something special to spin the story around and that is something that is lacking in the 1950s movie.

    Congratulations on that wonderful Eve Arden book with a surprise!

  4. Oh my word, how amazing that you got an autographed copy of Arden's autobio!!!!