Sunday, July 31, 2022

Recycled Costume Roundup - July

Long time no see!! Spotted several recycled costumes this month so I finally sat down and put together a post. 

The Movies! channel had a commercial for Ida Lupino movies they were airing this month and I instantly recognized this unique gown from The Man I Love (1946) as one I had saved on pinterest on another actress.

Here it is seen in a publicity photo on Alexis Smith. I wonder if she wore it in a movie? She was five inches taller than Lupino so if she did it may not have been shown full length. 


First up, I was skipping through The Merry Andrew (1958) to take screenshots of a wedding gown and, in doing so, happened to spot two Esther Williams costumes!

This swim cover-up cape from Bathing Beauty (1944) is one of my favorite film costumes, so I instantly recognized it on a rack of circus costumes!

The bright pink and black and white striped costume looks familiar too...

In the wedding gown scene, I spotted this red sparkly bathing costume from Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) on an extra. 


Whenever I watch an RKO movie I keep an extra sharp eye out for recycled costumes, so when I watched Maisie was a Lady (1941) I was rewarded with five!

First was this extra in a very short scene wearing one of Jeanette MacDonald's gowns from Sweethearts (1938). I was actually surprised I spotted this one!

In the same scene, I recognized this gown as being the same worn by Joan Crawford in Susan and God (1940). As I was looking on pinterest for a picture of it to share on Twitter, I was reminded of other costumes in the movie, which I then also spotted in Maisie was a Lady

They both appeared in a breakfast scene. There was another dress of Crawford's:

And one worn by Rita Hayworth:

The last one was a set of matching gowns worn originally in Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), which I shared in my very first Recycled Costume Roundup (a year ago!). I updated that post (scroll almost to the bottom of the post).

I hope you enjoyed this post! Have you spotted any recycled costumes this month?

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Movies I Watched in June

We passed a Good Humor ice cream truck. Jack Carson starred 
in a movie called The Good Humor Man (1950)

Didn’t get to watch very many movies this month. I went to Long Island for a week for a family event and, before I left, had to get ahead in my work (I work from home verifying patient insurance for a dentist office. I don’t get any vacation time yet but had planned this before I was hired) so I was working like crazy and preparing for my trip. 

Anyway, my trip was amazing. I got to go back to Old Westbury Gardens and take a better photo on the steps where Cary Grant walks up in North By Northwest (1959) - I wasn’t happy with the way my photo came out last time so I never ended up sharing it here, I will try to finish that post soon. On the way home we stopped at Gettysburg, where my 4x great grandfather fought (on the Union side). I brought a photograph of him with me and took a picture with it by the memorial to his regiment. We also went to a little museum in the town that had some uniforms of Audie Murphy’s as well as one of Marilyn Monroe’s bras... I also popped into the library to use the restroom and ended up buying a bag of books (including a biography of Mary Wickes) in the book sale room... did I mention the car was already packed very tight? Lol.

Lock of Monroe's hair

Here's what I watched this month (* means a rewatch):

  1. The Bride Walks Out (1936) - Barbara Stanwyck & Gene Raymond, Robert Young
  2. Bridal Suite (1939) - Robert Young & Annabella, Billie Burke, Walter Connelly
  3. The Guilty (1947) - Bonita Granville
  4. *Tonight’s the Night (1954) - David Niven & Yvonne De Carlo, Barry Fitzgerald 
  5. Secret of the Incas (1954) - Charlton Heston, Robert Young, Thomas Mitchell, Glenda Ferrell
  6. Drum Beat (1954) - Alan Ladd, Charles Bronson, Audrey Dalton
  7. *Jailhouse Rock (1958) - Elvis Presley 
  8. Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) - James Mason, Arlene Dahl, Pat Boone, Diane Baker
  9. Romancing the Stone (1984) - Kathleen Turner & Michael Douglas, Danny DeVito 
  10. Spaceman (2016) - Josh Duhamel 
Least Favorite Film: Gene Raymond’s character was annoying in The Bride Walks Out. The Guilty was ok, but it’s not going on a list of favorite Noirs. 

Favorite Movie: Romancing the Stone was fun! I also enjoyed Journey to the Center of the Earth.