Tuesday, November 25, 2014



Thursday, November 20, 2014

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
Released Date: 1938

Ebenezer Scrooge (Reginald Owen) was a grumpy old man. Always shutting people out of his life and never really caring about anyone (even himself) or anything (except money). On Christmas Eve, after a long day at the office, Scrooge went home to unexplainable events. His door, for instance, had a knocker on it with an animals face on it, but when he  went to open his door, the lion changed into what he believed was his late work partner's face. He went inside quickly and shook it off. Scrooge sat down with his meal, in his cold house. When all of a sudden, a ghost appeared. It was in fact, his late partner's ghost. Marley (Leo G. Carroll). Marley's Ghost, weighed down by chains, explained that Scrooge would have three ghosts appear that night to explain what being a grump would lead in his life. He already didn't have friends or loved ones near.  Even Scrooge's nephew didn't bother to see him much. Scrooge went to bed with a odd feeling, and was awoken out of his sleep late into the night by the first ghost. She was the Ghost of Christmas Pasts. She showed him the life he was leading was a lonely one. He shut his nephew out after his sister died. And was always sitting down working on his notes in class, instead of running around with friends outside in the snow. After the Ghost of Christmas Pasts took Scrooge back to his nice warm bed, Scrooge fell back to sleep. Then the Ghost of Christmas Present appeared, and showed Scrooge what his coworker, his family and even people that knew him from around town were saying about the old man. About how evil and nasty Scrooge is, and how he has no happiness. A new light began to show in Scrooge. He was upset and hurt by what he was seeing. And realized that he didn't want to see that anymore. So the Ghost of Christmas Present took Scrooge back to his home. He again,  fell back to sleep. The the Ghost of Christmas yet to come, came. And showed Scrooge in the grave!!! Without a flower or notes, or any sign of love around his grave. Scrooge was upset and the Ghost then showed him what people were saying about his death. Nobody seemed to care. Nobody was sad of his passing. Scrooge began to cry and scream. He wanted to be happy. He awoke, punching his bed, in his home. He was up and seemed light and gay. He started laughing and joyously parading about his house. Scrooge then opened his window and saw a little boy outside, Scrooge asked him what day it was. The boy replied that it was Christmas day. He got dressed and began going about through the town and stopping by his nephew's house and showed his nephew his new side. One that made his nephew proud. He started his new life the way life is meant to be.


I absolutely love Christmas. I love the music, lights, snow, Christmas trees, movies and of course spending time with the family. But this year, theaters across the world will be showing Christmas in Connecticut and A Christmas Carol. Everyone should go see it. I  was fortunate that the 7:00 PM showing was still available. The 2:00 PM was already sold out! 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Adolf Hitler and Clark Gable

During WWII, Adolf Hitler offered a reward to any German Soldier who could capture screen legend, Clark Gable, alive. The "Gone With The Wind" star -- who was then flying combat missions as a B-17 gunner -- was reportedly the Fuhrer's favorite actor, in part because of his German ancestry. Despite news of the bounty on his head, Gable continued to serve and later earned the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. 

Ladies They Talk About

Ladies They Talk About
Released Date: February 4, 1933
Directors:Howard Bretherton and William Keighley
Actors: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Lyle Talbot, Dorothy Burgess, Lillian Roth, Maude Eburne, Ruth Donnelly, Harold Huber and Robert McWade

     This is by far my favorite Pre-Code film! Watch it, and it might be your favorite too.

     This movie begins with a woman at a telephone booth, she is calling the police to inform them that there is a man running a muck and stabbing people left and right. When she leaves the booth, she has a sly smile on her face. We then see her getting into a car with her dog in her arms. She is still smiling and nothing seems to be happening around the area, people don't seem frightened or scared. She goes into the bank, a few minutes before opening because she had a train to catch. Or so she says. Then the boys she got into the car with, come inside and hold up the bank. Nan (Barbara Stanwyck) the woman who helped hold up the bank, ends up going to jail. The prison seems like home. Women are sitting around reading, and talking, smoking and laughing, they all also get to listen to the radio. It does not seem like jail. It seems like an okay place to be. But Nan tries to escape and ends up getting more in trouble with the law. It is such a great film guys, I hope you'll watch it and soon!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

True Confession

True Confession
Released Date: December 24, 1937
Director: Wesley Ruggles
Actors: Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray, John Barrymore, Una Merkel, Porter Hall, Edgar Kennedy, Lynne Overman, Irving Bacon, and Fritz Feld

     Carole Lombard's birthday was two days ago. And I have to say, TCM had a great lineup of movies staring Lombard. This was not shown on that day, but I did see it during her day on TCM's Under The Stars. I fell in love with it immediately. Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray and Una Merkel are amazing together. So funny and so witty. Also John Barrymore, who is Drew Barrymore's grandfather. I can't tell you how great this cast is. I seriously laughed through the whole thing.

     Helen Bartlett (Carole Lombard) becomes worried about money after her husband Kenneth (Fred MacMurray) says no to yet another client. Kenneth is a lawyer, and will only take clients that are truthful. He also won't take on a client that actually did the crime they are being charged for. Which is very good but also really bad. Because that means less clients. His wife Helen sends him a client, that stole chickens to sell for money. When Kenneth asked him if he stole the chickens the man said no. But when Kenneth asks him for money, the man said that he would give it to him after he sells the chickens. When Helen hears that Kenneth said no to the man, she gets herself a job. They are very poor, but Kenneth does not want his wife to work. So she gets the job but does not tell her husband about it. But when Helen's new boss is murdered, she is the first suspect. And so Kenneth now finds out about her secret job, and on top of it all, he has to help her get out of this mess. This movie sounds heavy, but trust me, you will be laughing the whole time. 

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen
Released Date: April, 1950
Director: Walter Lang
Actors: Clifton Webb, Myrna Loy, Jeanne Crain, Betty Lynn, Edgar Buchanan, Barbara Bates, Mildred Natwick, and Sara Allgood

     This movie was remade in 2003 with Steve Martin and Bonnie Hunt. The movie is based off of a real family, the Gilbreth family. As you will notice throughout, they have a daughter by the name of Mary. She does not say anything throughout the movie and she is always in the background. The reason being that the real Mary died from an illness as a child. You may also recognize the house that the family moves into (not the house they start the movie in). That house was used in Meet Me in St. Louis. Pretty neat huh? Yeah, I thought so too.

     Frank Bunker Gilbreth (Clifton Webb) and his wife, Mrs. Lilian Gilbreth (Myrna Loy) are raising 11 kids together. They go through a lot of changes in the household. Their eldest daughter Ann (Jeanne Crain) for instance, is a young woman, and has her eyes set on a boy, Lilian becomes pregnant with baby number 12, and all the children, plus the father, get tonsillitis and have to have surgery. The surgery takes place inside their home. A very common thing back in the old days. The family also moves to a new house. Which makes  everyone excited and  nervous all at the same time. This movie is very funny, sweet, charming, smart and packed with a great cast. You may need a tissue, from tears of  sadness,  but also tears of laughter too. One of my favorite parts in this movie is the family all packed in one car, on a road trip!! You can imagine everything that happens on family trips, times 12!  Hope you enjoy this movie, I did.