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).


  1. I would recommend Glen Ford in the Italian horror The Visitor from the 1970s, it's great fun and has an amazing cast. Always like Ernest Borgnine so definitely checking him out, and adore your fave line, this month. Consider me intrigued..