Classic Links

I’m back! Did you like the haikus? They may not be art, but I sure had fun writing them. I have missed doing the links—why don’t I just get right back to it?

Though it doesn’t quite work, I would recommend Track of the Cat (1954) with Robert Mitchum to just about any classic movie fan. If anything, it is interesting because the setting was made as colorless as possible so that it would appear to be a black and white movie made with color film. This review pretty much sums up my feelings about the flick— Mondo 70

What inspired this guy to make an 8x5 foot portrait of James Dean out of dice and then change the image to Marilyn Monroe? It looks amazing. Maybe that is reason enough.-- YouTube (via )

Supposedly there is a rare Charlie Chaplin film being auctioned --another man claims to have found several rare photos of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield . Both the film and photos were purchased for very little money. Whether or not these finds are legit they do have me wondering how many other movie-related treasures are yet to be found.

I’m looking forward to seeing this documentary about Jack Cardiff, the legendary cinematographer of gorgeous Technicolor flicks such as The Red Shoes-- NPR

Haiku: The Letter (1940)

Boom, boom, boom, boom, click
Your story is wearing thin
Karma is a bitch

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Quote of the Week

An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument. Issac Stern takes good care of his violin. What if everybody jumped on his violin?

-Marilyn Monroe

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Haiku: Bachelor Mother (1939)

That isn't my child
And I'm not really Swedish
I told you, ha-ha

Haiku: Trouble in Paradise (1932)

First there were two thieves
Then there was rich girl too
Then there were two thieves

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Haiku: Some Like it Hot (1959)

They aren't real ladies
He's not a real millionaire
Nobody's perfect

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Quote of the Week

Jimmy Stewart is a soul mate, a real soul mate. . . I miss him so much. I missed him the day I met him.

-Kim Novak

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Haiku: Top Hat (1935)

Art deco hotel
Tapping steps on the ceiling
Dancing cheek to cheek

Haiku: Queen Christina (1933)

Bachelor monarch
My roommate has a secret
Gazing into space

Haiku: Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)

We lost the house dear
No one wants me like you do
It's been lovely dear

Quote of the Week

The best thing about Frank Capra's directing was that he knew a lot and said very little.

-Peter Falk

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The Classic Films of 1939 Blogathon

Hey all--just wanted to give you a heads up on a big blogathon starting tomorrow. The Classic Movie Blog Association will be reviewing over 40 movies from this legendary year in Hollywood.

Here's the line-up--with lots of great poster shots:

My Love of Old Hollywood

Haiku: Night of the Hunter (1955)

Where is the money?
Floating through a night of fear
An apple held dear

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Baby Classic Movies Has Arrived!

I got quite the Mother's Day present at 10:10 pm, Sunday, 5/8. She was 8lbs 3ozs and 21 inches long. We've been home for a couple of days now--happy and healthy.

Last movie seen before delivery: Jazz on a Summer's Day (1959)

(I still haven't finished it, but it was a re-watch!)

Haiku: Red Dust (1932)

Stranded street walker
Raging storm with adultery
Hippity-hop, smooch

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Haiku: The Lady Eve (1941)

Broken heel on boat
He tumbles over the couch
Who is that lady?

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Quote of the Week

Being a housewife and a mother is the biggest job in the world, but if it doesn't interest you, don't do it. It didn't interest me, so I didn't do it. Anyway, I would have made a terrible parent. The first time my child didn't do what I wanted, I'd kill him.

-Katharine Hepburn

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Haiku: Bell, Book and Candle (1958)

She casts a love spell
He doesn't handle cats well
The streetlights are out

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Ginger Rogers on "Here’s Lucy"


In this 1971 clip from Here's Lucy, 60-year-old Ginger Rogers shows she still has it as she dances a lively Charleston with Lucille Ball and Lucie Arnez. The also 60-year-old Ball does pretty well herself. That crack she makes about Rogers winning the Texas state Charleston competition is actually true; she won the contest as a teenager.

Jackie Cooper, 1922-2011


Seattle Times/NYT

BBC Obituary

My post about Jackie's autobiography

Haiku: Shanghai Express (1932)

Lady wears feathers
Choo-choo stopped by a warlord
She buys a new watch

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Haiku: My Man Godfrey (1936)

A man in the dump
A horse in the library
A club in the dump

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Quote of the Week

They let the studio janitor cut The Magnificent Ambersons in my absence.

-Orson Welles

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