Thursday, January 31, 2013

RIP Andrews Sister

I heard the sad news today, that the last survivor from the highly loved group, The Andrews Sisters, died yesterday. Patty Andrews died at 95. RIP Ms. Andrews, I hope you and your sisters are singing all your hits up there in heaven. Singing with Bing Crosby and laughing with Abbott and Costello.


The best idea ever, came to me when I ordered a very cool DVD set from Amazon. It includes the most amazing movies I have ever seen in my life...

Rebel Without a Cause:

East of Eden:

A Streetcar Named Desire:

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Gay Divorcee

The Gay Divorcee 
Released Date: October 12, 1934
Director: Mark Sandrich
Actors: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Alice Brady, Edward Everett Horton, Erik Rhodes, Eric Blore, Lillian Miles, Charles Coleman, William Austin, and Betty Grable

     For the past month, I have been on a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers kick. I've had so much fun watching the talent of the amazing duo. Out of all the movies they did together, this one, so far, has been my favorite. I ordered part two of the collection and am waiting patiently. Did you know that Fred Astaire did not want to work with Ginger at first? This just happens to be the couples second out of ten movies they made together. And, Fred Astaire wanted to make a second movie with Ginger Rogers, after their first film together. I have also been reading Ginger Rogers book and I must say, she is an amazing woman. She is a great dancer, actress, and also, as I was pleased to find out, a great story teller.

     Do you believe in love at first sight? Well Guy Holden (Fred Astaire) is proof that it can happen. After pulling Mimi Glossop's (Ginger Rogers) dress out of a trunk, he is hopelessly head of heels. The two Americans meet in England of all places. Mimi's Aunt Hortense (Alice Brady) is going to help her get a divorce. The last thing Mimi was expecting, while trying to get her divorce, was to fall in love. But Guy is so persistent that he even looks all over the streets to find Mimi. And when he finally runs into her (literally) with his car, he follows her and blocks her just to talk to her. They soon realize that they have amazing chemestry and dance well together. Which is pretty neat, considering that the real life Fred and Ginger, had to find that out too. And so did we! Meanwhile, Aunt Hortense finds her old flame. Which also happens to be Guy's best friend and manager, Egbert "Pinky" Fitzgerald (Edward Everett Horton). Will Guy find out that Mimi is married? If he does, will he be upset? Will they end up together? Hopefully, right? Because the world would not be the same without the most amazing dancing partners ever! If you end up buying the couples Collection films, you won't be disappointed. I promise.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I Love You Again

I Love You Again
Released Date: August 9, 1940
Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Actors: William Powell, Myrna Loy, Frank McHugh, Edmund Lowe, Donald Douglas, Nella Walker, Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, Pierre Watkin, Paul Stanton, Morgan Wallace, Charles Arnt, and Hooper Atchley

     Number nine out of fourteen movies that star William Powell and Myrna Loy. Truly a fun film and one that I have gotten a kick out of watching a few times. Enjoy, I know I have!

     The mean Larry Wilson (William Powell) is on a cruise, not drinking! When he meets Doc Ryan (Frank McHugh) who is a drunk but fun loving man. Doc ends up falling off the ship due to drinking. With Larry falling in the ocean to save him and ends up getting hit on the head with an oar. He ends up getting amnesia and forgets the important things in life, like his wife. Kay Wilson (Myrna Loy) and what's worse is the moment he sees her, he thinks she's beautiful and is happy that he is married to her. What's so bad about that? She wants a divorce. She wants a divorce from the guy before the cruise. But now after having amnesia, he is a totally different guy. Kay ends up being confused and is not sure what to do about her husband. What do you think will happen? Watch this cute movie and find out now!!! :)


Monday, January 21, 2013

Hitchcock Jokes

Did you know that Sir Alfred Hitchcock was a practical joker? He used Whoopie Cushions and make prank phone calls.

My favorite practical joke of his was this: he made a bet that his floor manager, Richard "Dickie" Beville, couldn't last all night handcuffed. Unable to use the bathroom. Dickie made the mistake of going on with the bet. Hitchcock gave the man coffee that was laced with a very strong laxative.... We all know how that night went.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Studs from yesterday

Here are some of the good looking guys I could think of to post. If you can think of more or would like to see someone on the stud list, let me know ;)

Farley Granger:

James Dean:

Gregory Peck:

Cary Grant: 

Gary Cooper:

Richard Carlson:

John Laurie:

Tom Brown:

Dennis Morgan:

Montgomery Clift:

James Stewart:

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House

Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Released Date: June 4, 1948
Director: H.C. Potter
Actors: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Melvyn Douglas, Reginald Denny, Sharyn Moffett, Connie Marshall, Louise Beavers, Ian Wolfe, Harry Shannon, Tito Vuolo, Nestor Paiva, Jason Robards Sr., Lurene Tuttle, and Lex Barker

     My apologies, it has been a long time since my last blog. And I was really starting to missing it.
     I have been watching the lovely Myrna Loy in a whole bunch of movies this week, and last. I have enjoyed every minute with her and her wonderful costars. I have loved her pairing with William Powell, but I must say that she works well with just about anyone. And you can say the same about Cary Grant. I have also been reading two books about the two main actors. One about Cary Grant and one about Myrna Loy. Grant said that Loy had a very mild temper. And only showed anger when she got a line wrong during filming. He said that she would walk about the room saying "Oh Shucks" because cussing was not in her vocabulary. Myrna Loy is a great roll model and one that deserves recognition. I would truly recommend any movie with Loy or Grant in them but they are wonderful together as well. Check out this film and also another one called The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer. 

     Mr. and Mrs. Blandings live in a tiny apartment with their two children. Jim Blandings (Cary Grant) wakes up every morning with his wife Muriel (Myrna Loy). They get ready for the day at the same time. And in their tiny apartment, they share a bathroom between the four Blandings. It has been the same struggle for fifteen years, to go about and get ready while everyone else does the same. Jim's best friend, Bill Cole (Melvyn Douglas) comes over to let Muriel know the price to fix up the place. After all they need more space. While Jim is at work, he discovers that it would be cheaper to go ahead and just buy a new house instead of fixing up the old apartment. So off to Connecticut they go. They find a fixer upper that Mr. Blandings is ready to fix. Everyone is saying to just go ahead and start from scratch. Thousands of dollars later, the house is ready to be lived in. However, their are thousands of problems along the way. Both funny and real issues that need to worked out before they turn their house into a home. Jealousy, money issues, pipe issues, flooding, door jams, missing windows. But can a couple survive all of the bickering? Take a chance, take a look at Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. 


Wednesday, January 2, 2013