Sunday, December 3, 2023

Movies I Watched in November

I guess Alfred from Miracle on 34th Street still has a complex that 
compels him to play Santa Claus. Seen here with Thelma Ritter (who 
was also in Miracle on 34th Street!) in The Proud and Profane (1958).

It was a good Noirvember. I've never watched this many noirs in one month! After I watched Abandoned on Noir Alley I looked up more Dennis O'Keefe movies on Tubi. Cover Up is a good noir to transition from Noirvember to Christmas :) I also watched watched several Glenn Ford noirs. How many noirs did you watch? 

* indicates a rewatch

  1. Thieves Fall Out (1941) - Eddie Albert & Joan Leslie, Jane Darwell, Alan Hale
  2. *The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) - Fredric March & Myrna Loy, Dana Andrews & Teresa Wright, Harold Russell & Cathy O’Donnell, Virginia Mayo, Hoagy Carmichael 
  3. The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) - Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott, Kirk Douglas, Judith Anderson
  4. *Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Edmund Gwenn, Maureen O'Hara & John Payne, Natalie Wood
  5. T-Men (1947) - Dennis O'Keefe, Wallace Ford, Charles McGraw
  6. Framed (1947) - Glenn Ford
  7. The Dark Past (1948) - William Holden, Lee J. Cobb, Nina Foch
  8. Walk a Crooked Mile (1948) - Dennis O'Keefe, Raymond Burr
  9. Cover Up (1949) - Dennis O'Keefe & Barbara Britton, William Bendix
  10. Abandoned (1949) - Dennis O'Keefe & Gale Storm, Raymond Burr
  11. Affair in Trinidad (1952) - Glenn Ford & Rita Hayworth
  12. The Big Heat (1953) - Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin
  13. Human Desire (1954) - Glenn Ford & Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford
  14. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) - Richard Carlson & Julie Adams
  15. Storm Fear (1955) - Cornel Wilde
  16. The Proud and Profane (1956) - Deborah Kerr & William Holden, Thelma Ritter
  17. The Black Bird (1975) - George Segal ("sequel" to The Maltese Falcon)
  18. The Cheap Detective (1978) - Peter Falk
  19. The Concorde... Airport ‘79 (1979) - Alain Delon, George Kennedy, Eddie Albert
  20. *Moonstruck (1987) - Cher, Nicholas Cage
  21. JFK (1991) - Kevin Costner
  22. *You’ve Got Mail (1998) - Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks
Least Favorite Film: I did not like The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. I had started watching it once and stopped it when Judith Anderson killed the cat. My brother told me it was good so I gave it another shot. I just didn't like it.

Favorite Movie: If you like spoofs than The Cheap Detective is a must watch. It spoofs The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca, with a little bit of To Have and Have Not. It was so funny. 

Can you tell who this is a sketch of? From The Proud and Profane (1956).

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Movies I Watched in October

What does Gene Tierney always see in Vincent Price? Lol

Checked off some movies I've been wanting to watch for a while this month. I’ve also been binging Father Knows Best (spotted a couple recycles-see one at the bottom of the post) and started reading Tony Curtis' memoir, American Prince, which I got for a quarter at the library book nook. A little TMI but still an interesting read.

* indicates a rewatch

  1. Here Comes Happiness (1941) - Mildred Coles, Edward Norris
  2. The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942) - Fay Bainter, Edward Arnold, Richard Ney, Van Johnson, Spring Byington
  3. Shadow of a Woman (1946) - Helmut Dantine & Andrea King
  4. Dragonwyck (1946) - Gene Tierney & Vincent Price, Spring Byington, Anne Revere, Walter Huston
  5. A Woman of Distinction (1950) - Rosalind Russell & Ray Milland, Edmund Gwenn
  6. Boots Malone (1952) - William Holden
  7. Bad for Each Other (1953) - Charlton Heston & Lizabeth Scott
  8. Storm Center (1956) - Bette Davis 
  9. *Operation Petticoat (1959) - Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Dina Merrill
  10. Jason and the Argonauts (1963) - Todd Armstrong, Honor Blackman, Nancy Kovack, Laurence Naismith
  11. Mirage (1965) - Gregory Peck & Diane Baker, Walter Matthau, George Kennedy
  12. Who’s Minding the Mint? (1967) - Jim Hutton, Dorothy Provine, Walter Brennan, Milton Berle, Joey Bishop
  13. No Escape (1994) - Ray Liotta
  14. Corrina, Corrina (1994) - Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Majorino, Ray Liotta, Don Ameche (final film)
  15. A Perfect Murder (1998) - Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortenson
Least Favorite Film: Storm Center, while not a bad movie, isn't a movie anyone's going to watch more than once. For a book lover, it was tough watching the library burn. 

Favorite MovieA Woman of Distinction was funny, though I don't really see anyone falling that quick for older Ray Milland. Sadly, it's not on dvd. I watched it on tubi before it was removed, but I'm sure it will show up on there again. There's a fair copy on youtube. I finally got to watch Who’s Minding the Mint?, which I've been wanting to see for a while. It was very funny and a little stressful. My favorite moment was when Dorothy Provine was tiptoeing in her ballet slippers. Mirage felt similar to a Hitchcock film but without any of Hitchcock's signature humor. 

Leaf print couch in the Anderson's den on Father Knows Best...

...the same couch in Storm Center (1956)!! Both were filmed at Columbia Studios.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Missed My Blog Anniversary...

That face you make when you realize you've missed your blog anniversary... again. 

October 8th marked nine years since I began this blog. In 2019 I shared a list with my favorite film from each year starting with 1928 and the following year I filled in a few blanks from years I had skipped because I either hadn’t seen any from that year or the ones I had seen I didn’t really care for. Here are a few more “blanks” I've filled in: 

1929 - The Love Parade 

1970 - (I need some recommendations for this year lol. The only 1970 film I've seen is Airport)
1971 - Fools' Parade - James Stewart, Kurt Russell
1974 - The Towering Inferno (could change)

CHANGE 1984 from Protocol (Goldie Hawn) to - Swing Shift - Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell
CHANGE 1986 from The Three Amigos! to - Tough Guys - Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach

1991 - Oscar - Sylvester Stallone

2013 - Safe Haven - Jullianne Hough & Josh Duhamel
CHANGE 2018 from Like Father to - Destination Wedding - Keanu Reeves & Wynona Rider

2020 - The Lost Husband - Josh Duhamel
2021 - Jungle Cruise - Dwayne Johnson & Emily Blunt
2022 - Downton Abbey: A New Era
2023 - haven't seen any yet

One day I hope to start my different series up again and get back into hosting blogathons. Thank you to those who keep sticking around this barren landscape lol :/

Movies I Watched in September

Had trouble deciding on my favorite movies and what picture to put at the top, which is why this post is incredibly late. Thought I was going to have a short list for September (I was out of town for two weeks) but made up for it at the last minute. Any guesses who I crushed on this month? Lol

* indicates a rewatch

  1. The Lady is Willing (1942) - Marlene Dietrich & Fred MacMurray
  2. Over 21 (1945) - Irene Dunne, Alexander Knox, Charles Coburn
  3. The Return of October (1948) - Glenn Ford & Terry Moore, James Gleason, Dame May Whitty
  4. The Man From the Alamo (1953) - Glenn Ford & Julie Adams, Hugh O'Brian, Chill Wills
  5. The Big Land (1957) - Alan Ladd & Virginia Mayo, Edmund O’Brien, David Ladd
  6. The Italian Job (1969) - Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Rossano Brazzi
  7. Superdad (1973) - Bob Crane, Kurt Russell, Barbara Rush
  8. Father Knows Best Reunion (1977) - Robert Young & Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin
  9. Father Knows Best: Home for Christmas (1977) - Robert Young & Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin
  10. Field of Dreams (1989) - Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan
  11. Article 99 (1992) - Ray Liotta, Keifer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Eli Wallach, John Mahoney
  12. *Robin Hood Men in Tights (1993) - Cary Elwes, Dave Chapelle, Roger Rees, Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise
  13. Operation Dumbo Drop (1995) - Danny Glover, Ray Liotta
  14. Unforgettable (1996) - Ray Liotta
  15. Pilgrim (2000) - Ray Liotta
  16. Heartbreakers (2001) - Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman, Ray Liotta, Jason Lee, Anne Bancroft
  17. A Rumor of Angels (2002) - Vanessa Redgrave, Trevor Morgan, Ray Liotta
  18. Miracle (2004) - Kurt Russell, Eddie Cahill
  19. *Beastly (2011) - Alex Pettyfer & Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris
Reinventing Elvis: The ‘68 Comeback (2023) - Paramount+

Least Favorite Film: I couldn't really get into The Man From the Alamo. Beastly wasn't as good as I remembered from when I watched it in college. I think Austin Butler would be great in a modern Beauty and the Beast retelling.

Favorite Movie: Hard to pick a favorite. Over 21 was a fun discovery. The Father Knows Best reunions were well done. I liked several Ray Liotta films but only because he was in them (I love elderly Eli Wallach ♥). Liotta wasn't in much of A Rumor of Angels but it was very good, and something that would have never come across my radar if I hadn't been watching every Liotta movie I could find online (it's on Freevee). 

Friday, September 1, 2023

Movies I Watched in August

Walter Brennan and Robert Ryan in Best of the Badmen (1951)

What a great movie month! I watched more movies on TCM than I did in the first five months of the year combined. This is due to August's Summer Under the Stars, which always has a fantastic lineup. I watched several movies for Alan Ladd, Ronald Colman, and Carole Lombard (and Ernest Borgnine in the process). I also watched more Glenn Ford, but he didn't have his own day for SUTS. I also started listening to the old radio show "The Halls of Ivy" starring Ronald Colman and his wife Benita Hume. If you like Colman then you need to give it a listen. It's on YouTube and can also be found as a podcast, if you want to be able to download and listen on the go. It was also made into a TV show, but there's only one ep. on YouTube :(

Also this month I *gasp* wrote a blogthon post!! You can read my review of A Woman's Face (1938) for the Ingrid Bergman Blogathon here.

* indicates a rewatch

  1. Condemned (1929) - Ronald Colman & Ann Harding
  2. Bulldog Drummond (1929) - Ronald Colman & Joan Bennett
  3. No More Orchids (1932) - Carole Lombard & Lyle Talbot
  4. Lady by Choice (1934) - Carole Lombard, May Robson
  5. *Swing High, Swing Low (1937) - Carole Lombard & Fred MacMurray, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Lamour
  6. The King and the Chorus Girl (1937) - Joan Blondell, Edward Everett Horton, Jane Wyman
  7. *Lost Horizon (1937) - Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton, Thomas Mitchell
  8. *The Prisoner of Zenda (1937) - Ronald Colman & Madeline Carroll, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., C. Aubrey Smith, Raymond Massey, Mary Astor, David Niven
  9. *A Woman’s Face (1938-Swedish) - Ingrid Bergman 
  10. The Light That Failed (1939) - Ronald Colman, Walter Huston, Ida Lupino
  11. Joan of Paris (1942) - Paul Henreid & Michelle Morgan, Laird Cregar, Thomas Mitchell, May Robson, Alan Ladd
  12. *The Senator was Indiscreet (1947) - William Powell, Ella Raines
  13. *Julia Misbehaves (1948) - Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon, Elizabeth Taylor & Peter Lawford, Cesar Romero, Nigel Bruce
  14. Lust for Gold (1949) - Glenn Ford & Ida Lupino
  15. The Whip Hand (1951) - Raymond Burr 
  16. The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) - Lloyd Bridges, Ernest Borgnine
  17. Best of the Badmen (1951) - Robert Ryan, Claire Trevor, Preston Foster, Bruce Cabot, Walter Brennan
  18. The Iron Mistress (1952) - Alan Ladd & Virginia Mayo
  19. The Violent Men (1955) - Glenn Ford, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Brian Keith
  20. The McConnell Story (1955) - Alan Ladd & June Allyson, James Whitmore
  21. Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957) - Robert Mitchum & Deborah Kerr
  22. Fire Down Below (1957) - Rita Hayworth, Robert Mitchum, Jack Lemmon
  23. The Deep Six (1958) - Alan Ladd, James Whitmore, Keenan Wynn
  24. The Badlanders (1958) - Alan Ladd, Ernest Borgnine, Katy Jurado
  25. Torpedo Run (1958) - Glenn Ford, Ernest Borgnine
  26. Cry for Happy (1961) - Glenn Ford, Donald O'Conner, James Shigeta
  27. Advance to the Rear (1964) - Glenn Ford & Stella Stevens, Melvyn Douglas, Joan Blondell, Alan Hale Jr.
  28. Rage (1966) - Glenn Ford & Stella Stevens
  29. Unlawful Entry (1992) - Ray Liotta, Kurt Russell
  30. Erin Brockovich (2000) - Julia Roberts, Albert Finney
Least Favorite Film: I hate to pick a least favorite. Liotta was creepy in Unlawful Entry.

Favorite Movie: Advance to the Rear was so funny!! I was very distracted by Glenn Ford’s open shirt collar though..! And I finally got to see Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, which I've been wanting to see for over a decade. I will definitely be getting both movies on dvd. The Whistle at Eaton Falls is another one. The cinematography was great. I had recalled hearing about it before and when I found out it had Lloyd Bridges in it I had to watch it. 

Favorite Line: "You mean to say you were a physical wreck before you used Peptona?" Carole Lombard in No More Orchids (1932).

Random Thoughts: Douglas Fairbanks would have been great as ex-King Alfred in The King and the Chorus Girl. ••• Kind of weird to cast Thomas Mitchell as a Parisienne priest in Joan of Paris. A French actor would have made more sense. Also, why didn't Henreid go to his rendezvous just in case, even though he was late? And I thought the priest was going to get Ladd a doctor? ••• Rock Hudson would have made a great lead in The Whip Hand and elevated the film from a B to an A picture. ••• The end of The McConnell Story :( ••• Cry for Happy had too much Donald O'Conner and not enough James Shigeta. Torpedo Run should have been more tense than it was.

I LOVE Claire Trevor's wardrobe in Best of the Badmen (1951).

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

A Woman’s Face/En Kvinnas Ansikte (1938)

A Woman's Face/En Kvinnas Ansikte (1938) was the first of Ingrid Bergman's Swedish films I had ever seen, and to say she impressed me is an understatement. I've been wanting to revisit it ever since, and The 6th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon hosted by The Wonderful World of Cinema gave me the push I needed (make sure to visit her blog and see all of the other entries celebrating this great actress' birthday).

Bergman plays Anna Holm, an embittered young woman whose face was disfigured in a fire as a child. Anna and her gang of criminals are in the business of blackmail. One of her "coworkers" provides the group with names of wealthy men and women he sees going out with someone who is not their spouse at the establishment where he works as a waiter. One of the persons they are blackmailing is a woman whose letters to a man not her husband are now in the possession of the group. Just before Anna goes to her house to collect the money in exchange for the letters, they entertain a prospective client, a young man named Torsten Barring, who could become heir to his uncle's fortune IF a certain something should happen to the current, heir, his little six-year-old grandson. The job would require a young woman to pose as a nanny for several months, earn the love and respect of the family, and then engineer an "accident," eliminating the little boy so that the millions he is set to inherit will go to the nephew instead.

Ingrid's performance in this scene is masterful. She alternates between steeliness and ruthlessness, unconscious shame as she covers her scar with her hand when the client looks at her - in a gesture meant to look like she's simply rubbing something away, diffidence, and anguish when her disfigurement is pointed out. It is especially that last action that reveals the self under the tough facade. She reacts as if she has been slapped. A wild, wounded look in her eyes springs forth as her hand flies to her face to cover it. 

We see the anguish again when she goes to collect the money from the wife of a wealthy doctor. She arrives with hat pulled low and collar turned up but reveals her face to frighten the wife into meeting her demands. The wife gives her some jewels, then leaves to get more money. While she is away, Anna walks around and, going into the doctor's home office, comes across a book showing before and after photos of the facial reconstruction of WWI soldiers. At the sound of the doctor coming home unexpectedly she tries to hide but she stumbles in the dark and injures her foot. Seeing the jewels in her bag, he thinks she was robbing them. He goes to call the police before noticing she is injured. All of the bravado is gone and she is like a child, frightened and needing help. Being a doctor, he binds her foot.

The wife arrives home and convinces her husband to not press charges, pretending to "feel sorry for the girl." The doctor asks Anna why she doesn't have "honest work." "With my looks?" she scoffs bitterly. As he questions her further the defenses come up. "But what's it to you? It's my face! It's none of your business! I know I'm a monster." And when he tells her the next time she is caught she won't be so lucky she screams out "I don't care! The way I look, life is hell anyway. If I look this terrible my life must be terrible." Before she becomes hysterical, he turns the subject back to her injured foot. After finding out she has no one to take care of her, he tells her he will send her to his clinic to heal her foot and possibly give her a better outlook on life. "I'm afraid I will disappoint you," she replies." You think I can compete with honest people? Not a chance!" He examines her face and then asks her a life-altering question: "What if I gave you a chance?"

The day arrives for Dr. Wegert to remove the bandages from her face. If he is successful then Anna will return the letters to Mrs. Wegert for free. However, as Anna is being wheeled out of the room, she hands them over to her, her bitterness gone. The scene where the bandages are removed is tense, with that half of her face hidden from the camera by the doctor, the light, and the mirror she uses to see the positive results.

Suddenly we jump to a scene at the train station. Torsten, the young man from earlier, is putting Anna on the train to Forsa. He doesn't recognize her as Miss Holm, thinking she is a Miss Paulsson recommended by Miss Holm. It is only when he introduces her to Harald Berg, another uncle to the little boy she is going to take care of, and she moves her hand in the old familiar gesture to conceal her face that he realizes who she is. Harald and Anna make the journey to Forsa together and he introduces her to the family. Lars-Erick, the little boy, is loved and spoiled his grandfather and the housekeeper Emma. Grandfather Barring is a little concerned at how serious Anna is at first, and tells her his hopes for her and Lars-Erick, whose parents died when he was a baby.

After putting Lars-Erick to bed, he asks her to kiss him goodnight. Anna leans over stiffly but the little boy embraces her and showers her face with kisses. She is shaken at this uninhibited demonstration of love and a change comes over her face. It doesn't take long afterwards for Anna to dote on Lars-Erick the way the rest of the family does. Her newfound happiness doesn't last long, however. Torsten comes for a visit and, getting Anna alone, tells her his plans for the "accident." There are some falls nearby, very treacherous to anyone getting too close to the edge. When Anna refuses, he becomes the blackmailer, telling her he knows who she is. He threatens to expose her. Anna fights back, saying she will tell his uncle that Torsten had been forging checks in his name. Back up in her room, Anna cries, then comforts Lars-Erick when he has a bad dream. The caresses she gives him are no longer wooden, but tender and natural. 

Anna and Harald go skiing up to the falls, where Harald tells Anna how he feels about her. Meanwhile her old gang has arrived and they try to control Anna, as they have been involved with the forged checks. Anna once again refuses, saying she'll quit first. Torsten declares that if she doesn't come through with the deed he will do it himself. 


The opportunity arises at a birthday sleigh ride. Torsten takes Lars-Erick in his sleigh, while Anna rides with Harald, who plans to propose. A fallen torch spooks the horses of Torsten's sleigh and it takes off. Anna screams that he will kill Lars- Erick and spills out the entire story as she and Harald chase after the runaways. They manage to catch up and get Lars-Erick into their sleigh, but Harald falls out, seriously injuring his head, and Torsten is killed. When Anna's old gang hears the news, they take the next train out of town. 

Later, a baffled Grandfather informs Anna that Harald has quit his job and is going away to recover, instead of staying with them. Anna reassures him that Harald will come back. We know by the way she looks sadly at Lars-Erick that she intends to leave.

Harald is sent to Dr. Wergert's clinic. Anna goes to see Harald, and tells the Dr. she took the chance he gave her to change her life. She goes in to see Harald and tells him about her dismal childhood and the fire that scarred her and took her parents. He tells her he wants to run away with her where no one will know who they are, but she knows it would never work, and they part. 

She is unsure of the future until Dr. Wergert, who is going to China with the Red Cross Ambulance (he is also starting a new life after splitting from his wife), offers her the job of governess to his cousin's child living in China. The movie ends with hope for the future. On the boat as it leaves the harbor, Dr. Wergert says to Anna, "Let's agree on one thing. Nothing has existed before this moment The future begins now."

* * *

Bergman had to beg for the role of Anna in A Woman's Face. At first Swedish Films refused, saying her fans wouldn't want to see her disfigured. But she eventually won by agreeing to do another film they wanted her to do, Only One Night, which she considered "a piece of junk." And it was her husband, Petter, who devised the brace Ingrid wore in her mouth to distort her face. Once, she accidentally went out with her disfiguring makeup and noticed people looking at her in horror, pity, or averting their gaze. She quickly left. "I learned a valuable lesson that day. We all live in different worlds, and I am one of the luckiest people ever. Some people are so terribly tested by life. From the first days I could remember, I had known only smiles and compliments" (Ingrid Bergman: A Personal Biography, Charlotte Chandler).

If you've never seen any of Ingrid's Swedish films, I highly recommend that you seek them out. If your library has Kanopy you can watch it on there, as well as elsewhere online or on Criterion dvd.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Movies I Watched in July

LOVE this dress on Lauren Bacall in Woman’s World (1954).

I finally read the Fred MacMurray biography by Charles Tranberg (the copy at the library disappeared and I finally found an inexpensive used copy-signed by the author!). I also read Shane by Jack Schaefer (been waiting for the library copy to be returned so I could check it out lol). I want to buy my own copy now but I want one with Alan Ladd on the cover and so far I've only seen one pictured online. I would have thought there would be several to choose from, given the popularity of the film. I also finally finished reading Mrs. Miniver. I had started reading it on the Internet Archive, liked it, ordered a copy, and then when I got it didn't get back to reading it. It doesn't have a flow to the story like the film, as each chapter was originally an article in a magazine. Some chapters felt very much like the film, while others not so much. I greatly enjoyed it though. 

* indicates a rewatch

  1. Passport to Destiny (1944) - Elsa Lanchester
  2. Horizon’s West (1952) - Robert Ryan, Rock Hudson, Raymond Burr, Julie Adams, James Arness 
  3. *Shane (1952) - Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon de Wilde, Jack Palance, Ben Johnson
  4. Plunder of the Sun (1953) - Glenn Ford, Sean McClory
  5. The Las Vegas Story (1952) - Victor Mature & Jane Russell, Vincent Price, Hoagy Carmichael
  6. Woman’s World (1954) - Clifton Webb, Lauren Bacall & Fred MacMurray, June Allyson & Cornel Wilde, Arlene Dahl & Van Heflin
  7. The Tarnished Angels (1957) - Rock Hudson, Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Jack Carson
  8. *This Could Be the Night (1957) Jean Simmons, Paul Douglas, Anthony Franciosa 
  9. Third Man on the Mountain (1959) - James MacAurthur, Michael Rennie, Janet Munro, Laurence Naismith
  10. *Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curst of the Black Pearl (2003) - Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush
  11. *Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) - Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom
  12. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007) - Johnny Depp, Keira Knightly, Orlando Bloom, Naomi Harris
  13. Viceroy’s House (2017) - Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson
  14. *Wonder Woman (2017) - Gal Gadot & Chris Pine
  15. *Downton Abbey: A New Era (2022) - Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, etc.

Least Favorite Film: Hmm, probably Plunder of the Sun. I love Glenn Ford but I don't like Sean McClory, and I just couldn't get into the story. I picked up the dvd at Goodwill. The special features were great though! Fascinating history tidbits and behind-the-scenes photos!

Favorite Movie: I really enjoyed Elsa Lanchester's performance in Passport to Destiny. A unique little film. It's been over a decade since I saw the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and I definitely enjoyed them more this time around. I'd seen several scenes from the third film before but am counting it as a first-time watch. I liked the first one best.

Love Lauren Bacall's outfit here!

Monday, July 3, 2023

Movies I Watched in June

This month kind of felt all over the place. I also watched the first 10 episodes of Good Morning World (directed by Carl Reiner). Very funny!!

*indicates a rewatch

  1. Dangerous Number (1937) - Robert Young & Ann Sothern, Reginald Owen
  2. Trapped (1949) - Lloyd Bridges
  3. Shadow on the Wall (1950) - Ann Sothern, Zachary Scott, Gigi Perreau, Nancy Davis (Reagan)
  4. Storm Warning (1951) - Ginger Rogers, Ronald Reagan, Steve Cochran, Doris Day
  5. *The Racket (1951) - Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, Lizabeth Scott, William Talman, Don Porter
  6. Split Second (1953) - Stephen McNally, Alexis Smith, Jan Sterling, Keith Andes, Arthur Hunnicutt, Paul Kelly, Richard Egan (directed by Dick Powell)
  7. *Titanic (1953) - Barbara Stanwyck & Clifton Webb, Robert Wagner & Audrey Dalton, Brian Aherne, Thelma Ritter, Richard Basehart
  8. Tokyo Story (1953-Japanese) - Setsuko Hara
  9. The Black Shield of Falworth (1954) - Tony Curtis & Janet Leigh, Barbara Rush, Herbert Marshall 
  10. Full of Life (1956) - Judy Holliday & Richard Conte
  11. *Separate Tables (1958) - Rita Hayworth, Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Wendy Hiller, Gladys Cooper, Rod Taylor, Audrey Dalton 
  12. Battle of the Coral Sea (1959) - Cliff Robertson, Gia Scala 
  13. Love Has Many Faces (1965) - Lana Turner & Cliff Robertson, Hugh O’Brian, Ruth Roman, Virginia Grey 
  14. Around the World Under the Sea (1966) - Lloyd Bridges, Keenan Wynn, Marshall Thompson, David McCallum, Brian Kelly
  15. Air Force One (1997) - Harrison Ford, Glenn Close, Gary Oldman
  16. *Mansfield Park (1999) - Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller
  17. War of the Worlds (2005) - Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin
  18. *Letters to Juliet (2010) - Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Egan, Gael Garcia Bernal, Franco Nero
  19. Ticket to Paradise (2022) - George Clooney & Julia Roberts
Least Favorite Film: War of the Worlds left me very unsettled. I didn't realize until partway through that I had already seen Mansfield Park. It's only ok. I also wasn't much on Air Force One. I've seen several scenes before, but this was the first time I watched it from start to finish. The Gary Oldman character made me too angry. 

Favorite Movie: The Noir movies I watched were all very good. Split Second was interesting. Full of Life wasn't at all what I was expecting but I enjoyed it. My favorite was probably my rewatch of Separate Tables though. 

Who else is a Wendy Hiller fan? 

Thursday, June 1, 2023

Movies I Watched in May

Alida Valli in The White Tower (1950)

Not being a member of the CMBA, I really missed celebrating National Classic Movie Day with a blogathon. I was very annoyed when I saw that they stole it from the Classic Film & TV Cafe blog. 

* indicates a rewatch

  1. *Sullivan’s Travels (1941) - Joel McCrea & Veronica Lake
  2. This Gun for Hire (1942) - Robert Preston & Veronica Lake, Alan Ladd, Laird Creger
  3. Lucky Jordan (1942) - Alan Ladd & Helen Walker
  4. The Mating of Millie (1948) - Glenn Ford & Evelyn Keyes
  5. The White Tower (1950) - Glenn Ford & Alida Valli, Claude Rains, Lloyd Bridges
  6. The Miniver Story (1950) - Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon, Cathy O'Donnell, John Hodiak
  7. South Sea Woman (1953) - Burt Lancaster & Virginia Mayo, Chuck Conners
  8. Deadly Game (1954) - Lloyd Bridges
  9. Wichita (1955) - Joel McCrea & Vera Miles, Lloyd Bridges
  10. The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956) - Marlon Brando, Glenn Ford, Machiko Kyo, Eddie Albert, Harry Morgan
  11. *The Gazebo (1960) - Glenn Ford & Debbie Reynolds, Carl Reiner
  12. Airport (1970) - Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Jean Seburg, Jacqueline Bisset, George Kennedy, Van Heflin, Helen Hayes, Dana Wynter, Barbara Hale, Maureen, Stapleton, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Grey
  13. Airport 1975 (1974) - Charlton Heston & Karen Black, Dana Andrews, George Kennedy, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Nancy Olson, Gloria Swanson, Myrna Loy, Martha Scott, Beverly Garland, Jerry Stiller
  14. Airport '77 (1977) - Jack Lemmon, James Stewart, Lee Grant, George Kennedy, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Christopher Lee
  15. Guilty by Suspicion (1991) - Robert De Niro, George Wendt
  16. Backdraft (1991) - Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland
  17. *Unstoppable (2010) - Denzel Washington, Chris Pine
  18. *Hell or High Water (2016) - Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges, Ben Foster
Call Me Kate (2022) - doc about Hepburn with home video footage and recorded audio interviews

Least Favorite Film: Well, I didn't like the prison part of Sullivan's Travels, though overall I appreciated the film better than I did when I first saw it several years ago. The first half of The Teahouse of the August Moon was kind of tiresome but once Eddie Albert showed up it was really good. He's so great at playing an enthusiastic farmer lol. And, out of the three Airport movies, the last one was the most unrealistic. And it was the one I had most looked forward to due to de Havilland being in it. 

Favorite Movie: The Mating of Millie was delightful! It had me tearing up one minute and laughing out loud in surprise the next. Highly recommend. Of course it's not on dvd :'( Alan Ladd in This Gun for Hire broke my heart (in a good way). 

Monday, May 29, 2023

Movies I Watched in April

It looks like I didn’t watch a lot of movies this month, but I rewatched The Hobbit and LOTR films - the extended versions. So those six movies were really like watching twelve movies lol. I haven’t seen the LOTR films in probably a decade and, whenever I saw them it was because I was with other people watching them (pretty sure the first time was on a college bus trip). I’ve seen the first one for sure twice (I was at a sleepover and all the girls - except me - were obsessed with Elijah Wood). I wasn’t much on the films at the time - too many ugly/creepy characters. And, while I still don’t like ugly/creepy characters (Gollum creeps me out so much I cover his face with my hand most of the time), I definitely liked the films waaay better this time around (a big part being Aragorn lol). It also got me to finally reread the book (I read both The Hobbit and LOTR long before seeing the films). 

* indicates a rewatch

    1. A Lady Takes a Chance (1943) - Jean Arthur & John Wayne, Charles Winninger
    2. Casanova’s Big Night (1954) - Bob Hope & Joan Fontaine, Audrey Dalton, Basil Rathbone, Vincent Price
    3. Island in the Sun (1957) - Harry Belafonte, James Mason, Joan Fontaine, Joan Collins, 
    4. *Until They Sail (1957) - Jean Simmons & Paul Newman, Joan Fontaine, Piper Laurie, Sandra Dee
    5. *Airplane! (1980) - Robert Hayes & Julie Hagarty, Leslie Neilson, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack
    6. *Baby Boom (198) - Diane Keaton & Sam Shephard
    7. *Speed (1994) - Keanu Reeves & Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Daniels
    8. *The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) - Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Ian McKellan, Viggo Mortenson, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, etc.
    9. *The LOTR: The Two Towers (2002) - above cast plus Karl Urban, Miranda Otto, Bernard Hill
    10. *The LOTR: The Return of the King (2003) - above cast
    11. *The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) - Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, etc.
    12. *The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) - above cast plus Luke Evans
    13. *The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) - above cast
    Least Favorite Film: No bad movies this month!

    Favorite Movie: I only watched three new to me films. A Lady Takes a Chance was really funny. It was kind of weird seeing John Wayne in it but he worked and had surprisingly good chemistry with Jean Arthur. And of course Bob Hope always makes me laugh. Spotted a couple of recycled gowns from Marie Antoinette (1938)!

    Favorite Line: “Women are like socks, they should be changed regularly.” Charles Winninger in A Lady takes a Chance.

    Friday, April 7, 2023

    Movies I Watched in March

    Lloyd Bridges as Mike Nelson in Sea Hunt

    This month I got into Lloyd Bridges. I started watching Sea Hunt on YouTube which led me to The Loner, both of which I then had to buy on dvd. I rewatched a couple Clark Gable movies I've been wanting to revisit for a while and finished the Sean Connery Bond movies. 

    * indicates a rewatch
    1. *It Happened One Night (1934) - Claudette Colbert & Clark Gable
    2. *Gone With the Wind (1939) - Clark Gable & Vivian Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland, Hattie McDaniel, Butterfly McQueen, Thomas Mitchell, Evelyn Keyes, Ann Rutherford, etc.
    3. The Tall Texan (1953) - Lloyd Bridges, Lee J. Cobb, Marie Windsor
    4. You Only Live Twice (1967) - Sean Connery
    5. Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Sean Connery
    6. Chapter Two (1979) - James Caan, Marsha Mason, Joseph Bologna, Valerie Harper
    7. Witness (1985) - Harrison Ford 
    8. Appointment with Death (1988) - Peter Ustinov, Lauren Bacall, Piper Laurie, Hayley Mills, Carrie Fisher
    9. Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) - Julia Roberts (basically the same story as Safe Haven)
    Least Favorite Film: Appointment with Death was ok. I did not guess the correct killer. Diamonds Are Forever is definitely my least favorite of the Connery Bond films. 

    Favorite Movie: I really liked Witness (aside from the unexpected nudity - I didn't think I needed to check the parental guide for a movie about the Amish). I also liked You Only Live Twice. Marie Windsor's character was named Laura in The Tall Texan so I got to hear Lloyd Bridge and Lee J. Cobb say my name multiple times :)

    Marie Windsor and Lloyd Bridges in The Tall Texan (1953)

    Saturday, March 25, 2023

    Movies I Watched in February

    I read a two volume WWII time traveling book by Connie Willis last month and now I’m reading and watching a lot of things on the London Blitz, which has led to me watching a few more British films. Then I got on a Charles Boyer kick. I'd been wanting to rewatch Love Affair for a long time and on Valentine's Day I discovered someone had put a clear copy on YouTube!

    *indicates a rewatch

    1. Polly of the Circus (1932) - Marion Davies & Clark Gable, C. Aubrey Smith
    One doesn't think of a minister and Clark Gable at the same time but he was surprising effective in the role. I've only seen a couple Marion Davies films but I thought she was very good in this one and has nice chemistry with Gable (Cain and Mabel is another film of theirs I enjoyed). Trapeze scenes always make me hold my breath. 
    2. The Garden of Allah (1936) - Marlene Dietrich & Charles Boyer, Basil Rathbone, C. Aubrey Smith
    3. *History is Made at Night (1937) - Charles Boyer & Jean Arthur, Colin Clive
    The only part of this movie I remembered was the Titanic/iceberg scene near the end, so it was like a new movie. Arthur and Boyer were very good together.  
    4. *Love Affair (1939) - Irene Dunne & Charles Boyer, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lee Bowman
    The only thing that puts this film second to An Affair to Remember is the soundtrack. 
    5. When Tomorrow Comes (1939) - Charles Boyer & Irene Dunne
    If you like the chemistry between Dunne and Boyer in Love Affair, make sure you watch this one too. 
    6. Calling Dr. Kildare (1939) - Lew Ayers, Lionel Barrymore, Laraine Day, Lana Turner

    7. *All This and Heaven Too (1940) - Bette Davis & Charles Boyer

    8. Week-End for Three (1941) - Dennis O’Keefe & Jane Wyatt, Edward Everett Horton
    You have to watch this just for Edward Everett Horton's delivery of the line of what he thinks about women lol. 
    9. *Mrs. Miniver (1942) - Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon, Teresa Wright, Dame May Whitty, Henry Travers, Richard Ney
    This was my third viewing of this film and I think I liked it the best this time. I wish I didn't know that Garson and Ney married after this film though. It makes watching the movie a little awkward. And I've always thought Teresa Wright looks to "old" for Ney. She has one of those faces where you know exactly what she was going to look like in her 80s. I also purchased the original book by Jan Struther.
    10. This Happy Breed (1944) - Celia Johnson, Robert Newton, John Mills

    11. *Since You Went Away (1944) - Claudette Colbert, Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones & Robert Walker, Shirley Temple, Monty Wooley, Hattie McDaniel, Agnes Moorehead
    I haven't watched this since I was a teen. I remember I didn't like it very well at the time. I still didn't love it, mainly because I don't think Colbert and Jones were "typical" enough for their roles. I'm also not a fan of Walker. The first movie I ever saw of his was Strangers on a Train so I always see the creepy side of him a little bit. 
    12. Kiss the Blood Off My Hands (1948) - Burt Lancaster & Joan Fontaine, Robert Newton

    13. The Magic Box (1951) - Robert Donat 

    14. Thunderball (1965) - Sean Connery 
    Really liked this one, even if the underwater battle was a little ridiculous 
    15. A Bridge Too Far (1977) - Dirk Bogarde, Sean Connery, etc.

    16. The Cat and the Canary (1978) - Honor Blackman, Michael Callan, Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey 
    Been wanting to watch this one for a while for Michael Callan. A little to creepy for me but an interesting murder mystery. 
    17. *Uncle Buck (1989) - John Candy, Macaulay Culkin

    Least Favorite Film: The Garden of Allah was pretty boring.

    Favorite Movie: Probably Thunderball.

    Thursday, February 9, 2023

    Movies I Watched in January

    Usually January is a heavy movie month (one year I watched over 40 movies!), but with my job it was a hectic month (a lot of insurance benefits change with the new year). I also got hit with a bad cold out of nowhere. Under each movie I've added a couple of my thoughts. 

    * indicates a rewatch.

    1. *The 39 Steps (193) - Robert Donat & Madeleine Carroll 

    I mean, it’s Robert Donat ;) I watched this with my brother. His first Donat and first British Hitchcock! 


    2. Smilin’ Through (1941) - Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond, Ian Hunter 
    I was really impressed with Raymond's acting at the end of the movie - that's something I never thought I would say! This version was good, but I prefer the Norma Shearer one. 
    3. The Spider Woman (1943) - Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gale Sondergaard 
    4. *Vacation from Marriage (1945) - Robert Donat & Deborah Kerr, Glynis Johns 
    I love this movie so much. I want to be Glynis Johns when I grow up lol. 
    5. The Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946) - Gale Sondergaard  
    A "sequel" in name only to the Holmes movie.  
    6. The Falcon’s Alibi (1946) - Tom Conway, Rita Corday, Jane Greer, Elisha Cook Jr.
    Conway looked like he could be Errol Flynn's brother in this movie. I've never noticed it before.  
    7. Beauty and the Beast (1946-French) - Josette Day & Jean Marais
    Good, but the eyes creeped me out. IYKYK 
    8. Gold Raiders (1951) - George O’Brien, Three Stooges  
    The scenes with the Three Stooges were funny of course, but the rest of the movie was very predictable. I didn't realize until days later that George O'Brien was the same actor in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and Fort Apache! While watching it I felt like I should know who he was. 
    9. Ride, Vaquero! (1953) - Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Howard Keel, Anthony Quinn, Jack Elam 
    Normally I don't like Howard Keel, but I liked him in this movie. Usually his character is obnoxious and full of himself. 
    10. *Roman Holiday (1953) - Gregory Peck & Audrey Hepburn, Eddie Albert
    Saw this on the big screen!!! I teared up when the credits started. 
    11. Thunder Road (1958) - Robert Mitchum, James Mitchum, Keely Smith
    Loved seeing Mitchum's son play his brother. They look so much alike! 
    12. Twenty Plus Two (1961) - David Janssen, Jeanne Crain, Dina Merrill, Agnes Moorehead
    Really enjoyed this one! Was fun to see Robert Osborne in it for a few seconds as an obnoxious sailor. I thought Dina Merrill did a good job in this film. I watched a couple episodes of The Fugitive last year with Kurt Russell in them. I would like to watch the entire series one day. 
    13. *Cactus Flower (1969) - Walter Matthau, Ingrid Bergman, Goldie Hawn  
    This movie is so good. Most dancing scenes in 60s movies are cringe but this one is just hilarious.
    14. Nickelodeon (1976) - Ryan O’Neal, Burt Reynolds, Tatum O’Neal, Brian Keith, Stella Stevens, Harry Carey Jr. 
    A zany comedy about the early days of filmmaking (they played clips of it in the Carl Laemmle doc). It was hilarious!! You can watch it free on Tubi right now. 
    15. Private Benjamin (1980) - Goldie Hawn 
    16. 84 Charing Cross Road (1987) - Ann Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench 
    Read the book by Helene Hanff after watching this. I would like to watch more Bancroft films. I teared up when they played God Save the Queen during the Coronation viewing party scene.
    17. Breathe (2017) - Andrew Garfield & Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville 
    I saw a clip of Andrew Garfield while scrolling through instagram and suddenly realized he reminded me of Robert Donat. I wanted to then watch one of his movies and since I like Claire Foy I watched this one. It was very good, except for the end when he *spoiler?* chooses to end his life with a doctor's assistance. 
    Carl Laemmle (2019) - great doc about a great filmmaker and Universal Studios

    Least Favorite Film: Gold Raiders felt like it lasted forever lol. 

    Favorite Movie: Well, my four rewatches were all pretty solid ;) My favorite new-to-me movie was Nickelodeon.

    Robert Osborne and Dina Merrill :)

    Saturday, January 21, 2023

    2022 Movie Stats

    In the year 2022 I watched 181 new-to-me movies and 52 movies that were rewatches for a total of 233. That's just over 100 LESS than last year :/

    New to me: 181 (105 pre-1970, 76 post-1970)
    Rewatches: 52 (38 pre-1970, 14 post-1970)
    Total: 233 (143 pre-1970, 90 post-1970)

    Where I watched them: 

    TCM: 87 (20 rewatches)
    Library (DVD & Apps): 19 (1 rewatch)
    Personal DVD: 30 (19 rewatches)
    YouTube & OK: 32 (6 rewatches)
    Paid Streaming Services: 40 (3 rewatches) 
    TV & Free Streaming Services: 21 (2 rewatches)
    Theater: 2

              Other: 2 (1 rewatch)

    Here are my top five movie discoveries:

    Brief Encounter (1945) - Celia Johnson & Trevor Howard

    Mr. Soft Touch (1949) - Glenn Ford & Evelyn Keyes

    Shane (1953) - Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin

    Tough Guys (1986) - Burt Lancaster & Kirk Douglas, Eli Wallach, Alexis Smith

    The Lost Husband (2020) - Leslie Bibb & Josh Duhamel

    Classics I finally watched: 

              Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) - Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone

              The Good Earth (1937) - Paul Muni & Luise Rainer

              The Lady Vanishes (1938) - Margaret Lockwood & Michael Redgrave, Dame May Whitty

              Brief Encounter (1945) - Celia Johnson & Trevor Howard
    Shane (1953) - Alan Ladd, Van Heflin & Jean Arthur
    Judgement at Nuremberg (1961) - Spencer Tracy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Judy Garland, Montgomery Clift
    Bullitt (1968) - Steve McQueen
              Westworld (1973) - Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin
    The Fugitive (1993) - Harrison Ford
    Little Woman (1994) - Wynona Ryder, Susan Sarandan, Christian Bale, Mary Wickes


    Number of movies per decade:

    1910s: 0 (0 rewatches)
    1920s: 1 (0 rewatches)
    1930s: 26 (4 rewatches)
    1940s: 44 (8 rewatches)
    1950s: 45 (18 rewatches)
    1960s: 27 (8 rewatches)
    1970s: 16 (0 rewatches)
    1980s: 25 (4 rewatches)
    1990s: 19 (4 rewatches)
    2000s: 6 (1 rewatch)
    2010s: 17 (4 rewatches)
    2020s: 7 (1 rewatch)

    Number of movies per month:

    January: 36 (6 rewatches)
    February: 25 (8 rewatches)
    March: 24 (1 rewatch)
    April: 20 (6 rewatches)
    May: 20 (6 rewatches)
    June: 10 (2 rewatches)
    July: 26 (6 rewatches)
    August: 20 (5 rewatches) 
    September: 11 (3 rewatch)
    October: 9 (1 rewatch)
    November: 13 (3 rewatches)
    December: 19 (5 rewatches)

    Number of Foreign Language Films: 1 (French)

    Number of Documentaries: 18 

    Most Watched (Leading) Movie Stars: (I do this very scientifically, I think of names and search my word document lol)

    Kurt Russell - 37 films (plus multiple TV episodes)

    Josh Duhamel - 11 films

    Elvis Presley - 7 films (5 were rewatches)

    Kirk Douglas - 6 films

    Glenn Ford, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum, Robert Young, Goldie Hawn - 5 films

    Clark Gable, William Holden, Dana Andrews, Brian Keith, Gilbert Roland, John Mills - 4 films

    Stars I discovered/grew to love/admire: Kurt Russell, Josh Duhamel


    *To see last year's stats, click here.

    Did you keep track of the movies you watched in 2022? Was there a star or movie you discovered that you can't live without now? Let me know in the comments!