Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Babes In Arms...

Ethel, Lionel, and John Barrymore

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

Doris Day

Clark Gable

Bette Davis

Carole Lombard

Humphrey Bogart

Betty Grable

Ava Gardner

Audrey Hepburn

Marilyn Monroe

Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave

Tonight on TCM!

TCM takes flight:

Birdman Of Alcatraz (1962) True story of Robert Stroud, the prison lifer who became an expert on birds.Cast: Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Betty Field Dir: John Frankenheimer

The Birds(1963) In a California coastal area, flocks of birds unaccountably make deadly attacks on humans.Cast: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Bye Bye Birdie (1963) A rock star's personal appearance turns a small town into a disaster area.Cast: Janet Leigh, Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Maureen Stapleton Dir: George Sidney

Thunderbirds Are Go (1968)
Puppet heroes race around the world to rescue a stolen experimental plane.Cast: Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Alexander Davion, Peter Dyneley Dir: David Lane

Classic Crush

Oh, Robert Montgomery! He first caught my eye in Hitchcock's comedy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, then in Our Blushing Brides, and the other night I saw him in Night Must Fall. He was comical and adorable in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a forgivable jerk in Our Blushing Brides, and downright nasty in Night Must Fall. I love to watch how his face lights up. He's so dapper!

He also happens to be the father of a witchy woman:

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Gable's Girls

"Hell, if I'd jumped on all the dames I'm supposed to have jumped on, I'd have had no time to go fishing."

Clark & Carole

Clark & Loretta

Clark & Joan

It's Lionel Barrymore Day on TCM!!!

Babes In Arms

Julie Andrews

Jeanette McDonald

Mickey Rooney

Joan Crawford

Hoagy Carmichael

Irene Dunne

Ingrid Bergman

Henry Fonda

Jean Harlow

Greta Garbo

Totally looks like...

I noticed this when I was watching The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Lauren Bacall and Lizabeth Scott totally look alike.

Sunday, April 26, 2009


Bea Arthur: 1922-2009

From one Dorothy Zbornak to another, you will be missed dearly.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Private Screening: Angela Lansbury

Thus far, I think Angela Lansbury has given the best Private Screening. She's articulate, down to earth, and isn't at all long winded or dramatic. And she doesn't mind taking a poke or two at her co-stars...diplomatically, of course. Not to say that this isn't to be expected when interviewing legendary actors but it's refreshing to get a full scope on their career when there is no one to ramble on or sigh about times gone past. I saw the Private Screening for Anthony Quinn and although it was nice to get a look into his career, there were times when he rambled on and I wasn't sure if he even knew what he was talking about. This isn't the first time I felt uncomfortable for Robert Osborne. He always handles it like a champ though.

I, like most in my generation, remember Angela Lansbury best because of her very successful TV show, Murder She Wrote and perhaps for some might also remember Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Although unknown to me at the time I watched it, Robert Osborne brought up the fact that she often had classic film stars guest star on Murder She Wrote. I'll definately have to check that out again. The first movie I ever saw her in is a favorite of my mother's, National Velvet. I remember my mother telling me that Edwina was Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote and being in awe to see Angela Lansbury looking so young.

She is one of few actresses who was able to successfully transcend the big screen. Although the Oscar has always eluded her, she has won four Tony Awards and six Golden Globes, and has been nominated for eighteen Emmys. I have only recently seen her in a few more films- Nanny McPhee, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gaslight, and Samson and Delilah. My favorite of her characters thus far is Nancy from Gaslight, her first role. I guess I like it because I'm so unused to seeing her be such a betch. I obviously have not seen the original version of The Manchurian Candidate.
At the end of the interview Ms. Lansbury stated that she would like to have one more fruitful role in a movie. She feels that would be a good end to a wonderful chapter in her life. Though she is not a favorite actress of mine, she is a very talented and beautiful individual and I hope her wish is granted.

Tonight on TCM!

Miracle of Morgan's Creek, The (1944)
During World War II, a 4F tries to help the woman he loves cover up a surprise pregnancy.
Cast: Eddie Bracken, Betty Hutton, Diana Lynn, William Demarest Dir: Preston Sturges

Sunday, April 19, 2009


"I dress for myself. Not for the image, not for the public, not for the fashion, not for men."

- Marlene Dietrich