Monday Serenade: Get Happy

Filmed months after the completion of the rest of the film, this closing number from Summer Stock (1950) shows a slender, happy and buoyant Judy Garland. The number was a far cry from the rest of the production, where she had been bloated, ill and prone to mood swings--reportedly due to her increased dependency on drugs. It was her last film for MGM, the studio where she had grown up.

Classic Links

Giving Kim Novak her due-- New York Times

Giving Doris Day her due-- Detroit Free Press

Celebrating Mae West’s Birthday-- Mae West Blog

Hitchcock makes a cameo in drag?-- Telegraph

A classic movie starter kit-- TCM/ Movie Morlocks

Advertising: For 60 Years, the Ad Game Has Been Fodder for Scripts-- New York Times

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Classic Links

Marilyn Monroe 2 and Audrey Hepburn Faces Combined Together -

Audrey Hepburn morphed with Marilyn Monroe. Weird, but sort of pretty!-- Morph Thing

Universal to release all three versions of Orson Welles’ A Touch of Evil-- Zoom in Online

Tilda Swinton’s classic film festival-- Inverness Courier

Olympic Movies You’ve Never Seen-- Cinematical

Quote of the Day

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.

-Joan Crawford

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Classic Links

Bette Davis: underrated horror queen?-- AMC

Cary Grant home on track to be named historic site--

Four Alfred Hitchcock Secrets-- Mental Floss

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Jane Russell Woos the Olympic Team

In honor of the Olympic games: Jane Russell flirts with the entire Olympic team in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), but they hardly cast her a glance!

Classic Links

Mae West biography review-- Film in Focus

New Joan Blondell Biography-- Twenty Four Frames

The oldest restaurant in Hollywood-- Iamnotastalker’s Weblog

Celebrity Ads for Lustre Cream-- Found in Mom’s Basement

A Toddler’s Review of the Classics-- Cinema OCD

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The BFI honors Clint Eastwood--

Godard: Everything is Cinema--The Guardian

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Night of the Hunter outtakes to screen at UCLA Film & Television Archive festival-- LA Times

Phillip French’s Screen Legends: Joan Crawford-- The Observer

Mere glimpses of Marilyn in exhibit-- Seattle Times

Taylor hopeful of leaving hospital soon-- Times Now

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Classic Links

Remembering Hollywood's Hays Code, 40 Years On-- NPR Online

Busby Berkeley: Sex and the Single Girl-- Los Angeles Times

Is the Golden Age of DVD Over?-- Onion AV Club

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Classic Links

Roger Ebert writes about the discovery of more Metropolis footage--Sun Times

Classe Tous Risques on DVD--Onion AV Club

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TCM’s Summer Under the Stars

All time worst beach movies-- NPR Online

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