Classic Birthdays


Josette Day (1914-1978)

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Classic Links

A recent interview with Kim Novak— LA Times (via Laura's Miscellaneous Musings)

The Edward G. Robinson pre-code The Man With Two Faces (1934)— Mondo 70

Lots of great images:

Buster Keaton and Anita Page— Vintage Images

A huge Clara Bow gallery—in celebration of her birthday yesterday— Art, Movies, Wood and Whatnot. . .

Actresses who modeled before their Hollywood careers—with ads featuring Tippi Hedren, Carol Lynley, Tuesday Weld and Ali McGraw— Movie Morlocks/TCM

Classic Links

I think this post has made the rounds already, but if you haven’t seen it, Raquelle found a hilarious clip of a sketch from Robert Mitchum’s SNL hosting gig in the late 80’s-- Out of the Past

W.C. Fields elusive So’s Your Old Man (1926) is restored— Art and Culture of Movies

Another round of Classic Chops from the LAMB-- LAMB

This is a nice tribute to Mickey Rooney-- Movie Morlocks/TCM

There are some great blogathons planned for this summer—a couple are coming up soon, so I thought I’d repost the links:

The John Huston Blogathon
The Summer Movie Blogathon

And then here’s a new one that looks like fun:

Sequels, Remakes and Reboots Blogathon

Classic Links

I love these silhouette cards for the TCM Summer Under the Stars promotion— TCM

Orson Welles filmed a pilot for a talk show in 1979. Can you imagine what he would have done with that format if the show had been picked up? (judging from the first clip, you would have seen a LOT of the audience—and you might have puked from the swooping camera shots)—
The Intro, An interesting interview with Burt Reynolds, The Muppets
(via About.com)

I like the observations and variety of sources cited in this review of the Ophuls flick The Earrings of Madame de. . . (1953) (now available on Netflix instant play)-- Motion Picture Gems

Audrey Hepburn is so charming in this pic from the 1956 set of Funny Face.— The Guardian

Oh Gary Cooper—you were one gorgeous man. This is an amazing gallery— Via Margutta 51

Quote of the Week


A tragedy relieved by heavy doses of gloom and good honest tedium.

-Charles Laughton's assessment of Arch of Triumph (1948), in which he appeared

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Classic Birthdays


Alan Curtis (1909-1953)
Delmer Daves (1904-1977)

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Classic Links

Two reviews in one day of one of the best Deanna Durbin flicks—Because of Him (1946). She was better with Charles Laughton than she ever was with one of her supposed romantic partners--
Noodle in a Haystack
The Amazing Deanna Durbin

This is a great argument for Caged (1950) as a classic, not camp movie. The title does sound campy—and women in prison flicks don’t tend to be taken seriously, but this truly is a classic—and Eleanor Parker convincingly takes her character through a dramatic change— Film Noir Foundation( via The Night Editor)

I’ve never seen this pic of James Dean with a pig. How random-- If Charlie Parker Were a Gunslinger. . .

This is a great interview with Robert Osborne. I can’t get over how well he expresses himself-- Viv and Larry

Elizabeth Taylor insists that a movie will not be made of her life while she is still alive. I don’t think they could make a movie that is nearly interesting as her real life anyway.-- IMDB

Classic Links

Fantastic pics of Basil Rathbone and Boris Karloff. I agree with Lolita: Rathbone was a dreamboat— Lolita's Classics

Joseph H. Lewis and So Dark the Night (1946). A review w/ spoilers, but the first portion is worth a read even if you want to save the twists for when you watch the movie— Movie Morlocks/TCM

Part II of the Mythical Monkey’s epic Jean Harlow post— A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies

Kenneth Branagh as Laurence Olivier? Eh—I guess I can see it— Empire

I thought this was a sweet Ilene Woods (aka. the voice of Cinderella) obituary-- The Guardian

Dream Casting: The Classic Duos That Never Happened

Have you ever seen a classic movie and wished it would have been cast differently? Or have you seen a perfect pair in a supporting role and wished they were the leads? And then there’s the role that was nearly perfectly cast—but for some reason wasn’t.

I nearly always think in pairs when I pine for that kind of perfect casting. Here are some of the duos I wish could have been (some of which almost became a reality):

Joan Blondell and Louise Beavers run a numbers racket together As much as I love Edward G. Robinson in Bullets or Ballots (1936), my favorite part of this crime drama is the lively relationship between numbers racket business partners Joan Blondell and Louise Beavers. Their story was the movie I really wanted to see. Blondell runs the primary business, while her former maid Beavers handles the Harlem sector. I loved their snappy dialogue and gal pal chemistry—and I was so frustrated by how few scenes these two had together. Their relationship could have been the basis for a fantastic crime comedy. When I imagine it taking place in the pre-code period, I practically weep for the lost possibilities.

Carole Lombard and Clark Gable costar in a screwball comedy It’s hard to say how real life couples will play off each other on the big screen. They definitely aren’t all Bogey and Bacall. In fact, some of the worst romantic screen pairings are real life lovers (maybe they get self-conscious?) Lombard and Gable had such big personalities; I can see how they may have been too overwhelming together in a screwball comedy. And yet, what an idea! Imagine these two getting wild together on the screen. They were both comfortable in comedies, and they had the bravado and courage necessary to go for the big laughs. This could have been a dynamite pairing.

Marie Dressler and Jean Harlow costar in a comedy According to biographer David Stenn, Harlow was so proud of her comic performance in Dinner at Eight (1933) that she burst into tears in her dressing room after filming her last scene. Co-star Dressler was also impressed with the young star, and hoped that she could star in comedy with her. It could have been the start of an entirely new kind of comedy team—the glamour girl and the matron. Unfortunately, Dressler died in 1934 before the movie could be made.

A film noir with Marie Windsor and Robert Mitchum Windsor and Mitchum had a similar laid back menace, strangely interwoven with a down-to-earth quality. They stole scenes on their own, so I’m guessing they’d either cancel each other out, or be absolutely electric together in a noir. I envision Mitchum as a detective and Windsor as the tough-talking owner of a nightclub. Maybe she helps him solve a crime?

Cary Grant with Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina (1954) I only learned last year that Billy Wilder wanted Cary Grant for the part of Linus, the older man who seduces Audrey Hepburn’s Sabrina away from her girlhood crush, but that he wasn’t available. Now I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to watch that movie without imagining him in the role. I think that bit of casting could have made Sabrina my favorite romance. As it is, I can’t accept Bogie in that role; I never believed Linus loved Sabrina. I just wanted her to go back to David. I could see Grant playing the role in some Bringing up Baby-style glasses—and gradually revealing the handsome romantic beneath the serious businessman. It would have made so much more sense.

What classic duos do you wish could have been?

Classic Links

Early Chaplin short discovered in antique sale— Cinematical

This is a great profile of Jean Harlow (part one of I don’t know how many) There’s lots of tidbits that raise it above a typical biography— A Mythical Monkey Writes About the Movies

An interesting bio of Hedda Hopper as actress. I never realized how many movies she made.— Allure

Movie locations: the many screen appearances of Long Beach airport— Another Old Movie Blog

RIP Raymond Roe, the Broadway child star who appeared in a handful of Hollywood flicks— IMDB

Quote of the Week



If Irene Dunne isn’t the first lady of Hollywood, then she’s the last one.


-Gregory La Cava
 
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Classic Links

The 1916 version of Snow WhiteSilent Volume

Jacques Tati vs. the modern world—I love the pics in this post— Movie Morlocks/TCM

A fun summer movie blog-a-thon at Silents and Talkies— Silents and Talkies

More information about Kim Novak’s July 30 appearance in Hollywood— Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

Classic Links

Check out this comparison between the 1932 and 1941 versions of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde-- Lolita's Classics

A fascinating history of Fantsamagorie (1908), the first fully animated movie— Film: Ab Initio

Champagne for Caesar (1950) sounds like a lot of fun-- Classic Film and TV Cafe

A tribute to Buster Keaton as director-- Cinematical

Marilyn Monroe’s bungalow is being sold for over $3 million— IMDB

A tribute to Skippy (1930)— Edward Copeland on Film

Classic links from the LAMB-- LAMB

Ethel Merman: A Showstopping, Ripsnorting Swan Song



I recently re-watched Airplane (1980), and I was stunned to see Ethel Merman in a brief cameo. I couldn't believe that I had forgotten this hilarious moment. I checked out her filmography later, and realized that this was Merman's last movie role. What a great way to go! Singing your most famous song with gusto while getting a laugh in an enormously successful comedy. Good work Ethel!

(Too bad this didn't happen for more classic actresses who worked past the studio age. Can you imagine an exit like this for Joan Crawford, Bette Davis or Veronica Lake?)

Changes: Classic Links, Clips



Due to a heavier work load and a general need to carve out more time in my schedule, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit here at Classic Movies.

I’ve been posting Classic Links every weekday for over a year now, and I’ve adored doing it. I have also had a lot of fun posting for Monday Serenade, TV Tuesday and Saturday Cartoons and Newsreels. However, all this rooting around the web has severely cut into my writing time—something I never intended to happen. I started this blog to write about the movies--everything else was supposed to be frosting. Well, the frosting took over.

As I am too hooked on web scavenging to give it up entirely, I’ll still be posting favorite clips and links, just on a lighter schedule. At least for the near future, I’ll still post links Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I’ll post great clips in a more random fashion—as I find things that strike my fancy.

I’m excited to try something new! This is going to be fun.

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Classic Links

Kim Novak to make an appearance in Los Angeles-- LA Times

A follow-up to the Siren’s brilliant post about Mary Astor— Self-Styled Siren

Airplane drama 13 Hours By Air (1936)-- Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

A tribute to that fabulous motor mouth Lee Tracy— Movie Morlocks/TCM

Vintage Mitchum: a 1997 remembrance with excerpts from a great interview— Salon (via: Cinematical)

Quote of the Week



Hollywood--an emotional Detroit.

-Lillian Gish

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Classic Links

A wonderful account of the recent “An Evening with Jane Russell” at the Hollywood Heritage Museum-- Fluttering Ivy Media

Classic Hollywood and LSD— Vanity Fair

More information about the BFI campaign to rescue nine early Hitchcock movies— Movie Morlocks/TCM

A review of the biography of Republic western and serial actress Peggy Stewart (who is still alive and acting today!)— Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

Classic Links

The Siren has a fascinating email conversation with Mary Astor’s daughter. Lots of great links too— Self-Styled Siren

All about an amazing site that strives to identify lost and orphaned films (there are thousands to be identified-- Slate

Kim Novak’s wishes for 1956— Time Machine to the Twenties

This is a cute pic of Karina and Godard!— If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger. . .

If you haven’t checked out the Shatnerthon yet, it is very entertaining— She Blogged by Night

Classic Links

AIP and I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)— Antagonie & Ecstasy

A review: Dead Reckoning (1947)— M. Carter At the Movies

The BFI wants you to “adopt” a Hitchcock— IMDB

Check out the latest Classic Chops from the Large Association of Movie Blogs— LAMB

Classic Links

This is an interesting Hammer Films viewing list— Watching Hammer

Apparently this is Errol Flynn’s last interview—he talks about his experiences in Cuba. (I wish that distracting soundtrack hadn’t been added)— The Wikipedia Hall of Shame

Check out the side column on Nicole’s blog. She has watched, and reviewed, one movie a day for almost an entire year—and it’s a great list of titles.— Vintage Film Nerd

A birthday tribute to Janet Leigh— Noir and Chick Flicks

TV Tuesday: Lana Turner on Donahue (1982)



I've got another great Lana Turner clip to share this week. I love the way she is holding court on this 1982 episode of The Phil Donahue Show. It's a marvelous performance! I especially like the way she uses that fan as a dramatic prop.

Classic Links

This is a nice guide for anyone wishing to tackle the Universal Sherlock Holmes series--Movietone Cameos

The Shatnerthon begins!— She Blogged By Night

The BFI is on the hunt for a missing Hitchcock silent and several other titles— The Guardian

RIP the singer who voiced Disney’s Cinderella— IMDB

I’m still so excited that schlock classics Where Love Has Gone (1964) and Harlow (1965) are coming out on DVD. September 28 seems so far away!— ClassicFlix

Quote of the Week


In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness-otherwise how would you know when you're happy?

-Leslie Caron

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Great Pre-code Quotes


I found this little list of quotes from pre-code movies in my files. I can’t remember what I planned to do with them, so I thought I’d share them:

Vantine (Jean Harlow): You can check the wings and halo at the desk.
Dennis (Clark Gable): I'll be right up.
-Red Dust (1932)

Nan (Joan Blondell): You scram, before I wrap a chair around your neck!
Vivian (Claire Dodd): It's three o'clock in the morning - where do you want me to go?
(Nan starts to speak, but Vivian cuts her off)
Vivian: You cheap stenographer...
Nan: Outside, countess. As long as they've got sidewalks YOU'VE got a job.
(Shoves her out, kicks her in the bum, and slams the door)
-Footlight Parade (1933)

Lil (Jean Harlow): I'm not gonna spend my whole life on the wrong side of the railroad tracks.
Sally (Una Merkel): I hope you don't get hit by a train while you're crossing over.
-Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Lily (Miriam Hopkins): Well, I'll leave you alone with that lady. But if you behave like a gentleman, I'll break your neck.
-Trouble in Paradise (1932)

I know there are so many more good ones out there. Leave a comment if you’ve got a favorite to share.

Classic Links

Why have I not heard of the Alfred Hitchcock Wiki until today?-- Hitchcock Wiki (via Classic Montogmery)

This piece by David Thomson is my favorite tribute to Corey Allen so far— The Guardian

A great post about the Crime Does Not Pay shorts-- Thrilling Days of Yesteryear T

his new Joan Crawford book looks interesting—lots of rare pics— Bear Manor

The surreal world of Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906)— Film Ab Inito

The 22 most iconic dresses in movie history. There are just enough surprises here to warrant a look (love that silver dress Hepburn wore in Two for the Road)— LA Times Magazine (via Kitty Packard Pictorial)

Classic Links

There are a lot of new classic movie-focused blogs on the LAMB now. This is the latest, a blog about classic Hollywood horror-comedies (it’s a companion site to a new book)— Scared Silly

And here are the recent Classic Chops from the LAMB— LAMB

I like this review of All That Heaven Allows (1955)—it gives the movie its proper due— Criterion Reflections

Errol Flynn at sea— Edward Copeland on Film

A great review of The Ruling Class (1972), one of Peter O’Toole's most fascinating roles— Cinematical
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