Forbidden Fruit

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My Silents are golden theme continues with another look upon another classic silent movie classic as i continue to explore the many facets of silent movies as this era has such vast richness and depth to its storytelling. Today’s review is Forbidden Fruit (1921) a movie that is Cinderella-of-the-Tenements tale, Forbidden Fruit is also a decadent slice of the twenties, as viewed through the extravagant lens of Cecil B. DeMille.  So another review of a classic movie today is presented of a classic movie as today’s review of when Forbidden Fruit (1921)r is presented now.

Forbidden Fruit review

Cecil B. DeMille is in good form in this drama centering on a poor seamstress (Agnes Ayres) who gets caught up in a web of deceit and murder when she accepts an invitation by a social climber (Kathlyn Williams) to fill out her dinner table by posing as Natalie Webb. The scheme is to fill the table with pretty young women to stall a potential business partner (Forrest Stanley) from leaving town before he can invest in the husband’s (Theodore Roberts) oil venture.

This movie has a good story with good acting that has such wonderful ideas by its director.  The DeMille/Macpherson team could not resist driving home their Cinderella point without a decadent fantasy sequence which happens to be a highlight of this movie as its truly one of those marvelous scenes.  I rather enjoyed the scenes and felt that they blended nicely into the narrative. Okay, so it’s obvious. Still, the scenes are imaginatively staged and fun to watch. Another notch in the film’s favor is the delightfully over-the-top set and costume design. Natacha Rambova took the usual Rococo look that Cinderella is often saddled with and made it transparent. We end up with a kind of science fiction French court that stands out among classic movies sets of this sort. A light-up skirt for the fairy godmother. The look is amplified by the glass sets and stylized performances. Forbidden Fruit could have benefited from better leads its acting is still good. The costumes are divine, the supporting performances are excellent and the script is surprisingly smart. With its nimble pacing and flip zaniness, it is never boring to watch this very fun classic that i hope comes out on DVD soon.

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Ella Cinders

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The theme for august is silents are golden as i begin to explore the many facets of what makes silent movies magical.  Movies are memories of a lifetime we must keep them alive as silent movies are often overlooked by movie lovers as they forget about these golden classics. Its a shame as many of these movies are wonderful tales that tell diffrent takes on the classic stories and many orginal ideas that shine brightly. Movie magic does not need to talk to be magical as silents are golden in this month’s theme.  So i begin with a delightful look upon a new twist on the classic  Cinderella story.

Ella Cinders review

Cinderella is one of those stories that often is retold on the screen to many different takes on the classic tale. Cinderella has been performed set in hundreds of times and places as this version takes us on the Hollywood dream of the tale. Poor Ella Cinders is much abused by her evil step-mother and step-sisters. When she wins a local beauty contest she jumps at the chance to get out of her dead-end life and go to Hollywood to be a star.
ELLA CINDERS (First National, 1926) a John McCormick production, directed by Alfred E. Green is a star vehicle for Colleen Moore, a popular silent screen flapper of the 1920s in one of her more notable comedies of her career that has become forgotten through the passage of time. It’s a Hollywood story taken from both comic strip character and Cinderella fairy tale, and reminiscent to Mabel Normand performance in THE EXTRA GIRL (1923).  Ella Cinders is based on a comic strip (or, as the main title has it, “comedy strip”) of the same name that started appearing only the year before the film version was made.

Colleen Moore is brilliant as Ella, funny, warm, beautiful, vivacious. The scene when she finds she has won the contest will move you to tears. Colleen Moore’s performance as Ella Cinders is truly what makes this movie click as Coleen makes the movie a riot with her comedic talent that really seems to match with many other great comedy legends.  Colleen Moore was the real revelation of the picture for me as she carries the story with her delightful charm. This movie mocks Hollywood as its ironic it mocks as it’s basically the Hollywood dream tale it is spoofing.
This silent classic has Terrific trick photography with the delightful Colleen Moore’s performance and Harry Langdon, and even director Alfred E. Green making an appearance with the  comedic charms of Colleen Moore make this silent movie classic a delightful comedy classic you can enjoy anytime.

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Silent movie thoughts

Silent movie thoughts

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Movies are memories of a lifetime we must keep them alive.  I am a huge lover of movies. Its the always the dark and those wonderful people on the screen. To me when you watch a good classic movie it sets upon many things as it opens one’s eyes to what many calls movie magic as today i talk some thoughts on silent movies. 

Way Down East quick review.WDE-PosterWay Down East is a parable with simple values told on a bravura scale.  Lillian Gish is wonderful in her role as she truly nails home the role as she brings home one of the finest performances all time. D.W Griffith shows his considerable skills in this film as he crafts out such a wonderful melodrama. Billy Bitzer again shows why he is such an influential cinematographer with long shots and intimate close-ups, and occasional use of tracking and panning. The scenery in the countryside is lush and beautiful, and is captured superbly by  Billy Bitzer’s lens. Way down East has fine performances with wonderful cinematography that is a moving drama for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

flesh and the devil(1926) quick review

In this silent drama, lifelong school chums Leo (John Gilbert) and Ulrich (Lars Hanson) are soldiers in the German army. Leo falls in love with Countess Felicitas (Greta Garbo) and courts her, which enrages her husband (Marc McDermott). When Leo fights a duel with and kills the Count, he is deployed to Africa for five years as punishment. Leo returns to find that Ulrich has fallen for Felicitas, but she resumes her amorous pursuit of Leo, thus pushing the limits of their friendship.

I had seen this movie as i have the collection of Garbo. I really admire her work on Cinema. This chemistry between Gilbert and Garbo which has them fall in love. It’s really shows as they did really fall in love during filming. Its melodramatic as they come but i love it even more for that trait. It’s the magic of Gilbert and Garbo together that really makes me love this movie even more. It’s a classic that moves you and makes you feel for them both as one of the true classics.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Way Down East Icy scene thoughts

The famous climax on the floating river of ice is still amazing as it is one of finest Cinematography shots all time as it’s a real shot really shot over such a dangerous condition. Lillian Gish showed true heroism as she braved all the dangers to bring out one of the most remarkable scenes all time. It was inspired by a scene in uncle tom’s cabin this famous scene. It was so dangerous that Lillian couldn’t stand it at all as she demanded a double it was same treatment for the double. Its truly one scene that did break ground in many ways as this scene is often considered to be daring for its time.

Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish lead this silent movie classic as we see these two sisters overcome everything in their paths. It’s an emotional journey for both sisters in this classic gem as we see them struggle throughout this classic gem. The movie really lands home because of the remarkable acting of the Gish Sisters, Lillian & Dorothy. Acclaimed for her comedic talents, Dorothy here gives an almost completely serious performance, portraying a blind girl cruelly separated from her beloved sister and forced to beg in the streets. Lillian, her classic face mirroring a myriad of emotions, plays the sibling persecuted by both lecherous aristocrats and rapacious revolutionaries. They both together give us a role that is profoundly deep and wonderfully crafted. It’s The scope of the film is enormous with lavish sets and costumes also standing out too as it’s amazing to see on screen. Its one finely acted gem that you should check out today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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A boy (Harold Lloyd) moves to New York City to make enough money to support his loving girlfriend (Mildred Davis), but soon discovers that making it in the big city is harder than it looks. When he hears that a store manager will pay $1,000 to anyone who can draw people to his store, he convinces his friend, the “human fly,” (Bill Strother) to climb the building and split the profit with him. But when his pal gets in trouble with the law, he must complete the crazy stunt on his own.(goggle plot)

Safety last is a funny silent movie throughout it. This movie is likely among the best of silent movie comedies. Harold Lloyd is very wonderful as an earnest young man trying to make good in the big city so that he can impress his girlfriend. Mildred Davis really is such a joy in her role as she truly is fun in that role. Bill Strother is wonderful in his respective role. The plot is very soft before the bigger gags come into play with slight gags. The daredevil stunts of him truly is something wonderful as the many scenes really are such a fun joy to watch unfold on the screen. Harold Lloyd climbing in the most famous stunt of the movie really is a wonder to watch on screen. This movie is a fun little gem to watch.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

The Circus (1928) quick reviewWrongfully accused of criminal acts, a tramp (Charlie Chaplin) unwittingly ducks into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter and applause of the circus-goers. Impressed, the ringmaster (Allan Garcia) decides to employ the tramp as an entertainer. In between getting trapped in a lion’s cage and partaking in clumsy high wire escapades, he falls for a beautiful show rider (Merna Kennedy), who unfortunately has eyes for a daring tightrope acrobat.(goggle plot)

The little tramp is chased into a Circus during a performance as his antics prove to be more funny then the clowns. This movie is more aware of its comedy elements. This movie is not considered as noteworthy as City Lights or Modern Times or The Gold Rush yet this movie contains some of his best work on the screen. Charlie Chaplin’s tramp in his funniest role on the screen. The Circus’ is an all-around Chaplin effort. In addition to playing the lead role, he wrote, directed, produced and edited it, and composed the music as well as this movie is such a wonderful production of all regards that he did for it. Each sequence was made to make the most of the humor to make the  audience laugh. Its Charlie at his funniest ever in this movie as he is so amazing and funny each scene. The ending sequence is especially heartrending as it does what many of his movies do jerks at the emotions at same time as makes us make us laugh or smile. This movie has a blend of comedy and poignancy throughout it with  sympathetic characters to balance out the clowning on the screen. This may be  Charlie Chaplin’s truly overlooked gem that is a classic for anyone to watch anytime.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Today I talked about some silent movies that I adore as there is more to silent movies then just pies in faces as it has so much depth to them that many forget about that silent movies are far deeper movies. They are such classics to enjoy often. Silent movies will forever remain timeless as these classics are bound to be watched for ages to come. I hope you enjoyed my look upon these golden classic movies form the silent movie era of movies. 

 

Romeo and Juliet

The Barrymore Trilogy Blogathon review of Romeo and Juliet 

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It’s an event that is made In commemoration of Ethel Barrymore’s, 136th Birthday on August 15th,An event hosted by in the good old days of classic Hollywood an outstanding blog that is ran by Crystal Kalyana Pacey. It’s an event honoring entire Barrymore family the royal family of Hollywood whom have been acting for ages. An outstanding family full of many talented legends. So i join this event to honor a member of this outstanding family. This is the second time we do such honors and its well deserved. I hope you check out this event, thanks for this event. I hope check out this event’s other outstanding entries too, thanks again for this event.barrymore-banner-2https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/the-second-annual-barrymore-trilogy-blogathon-has-now-arrived/

Romeo and Juliet review 

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ROMEO AND JULIET does bare being the frist time MGM did the work of Shakespeare for the sliver screen as its a lavish production by  MGM and Irving Thalberg showcasing many of its talents in one truly golden classic. 

John Barrymore amply displays his celebrated talent in one of his finest hours on the screen. It’s such a wonderful performance by one of the finest legends of the golden age. Edna May Oliver steals the show as she gives such wonderful acting. Norma Shearer truly shines as Juliet in one of her fine roles as she gives us a fine display of acting in her performance on the screen. Leslie Howard’s Romeo truly does give us such a wonderful performance as he does such a wonderful acting in his respective role on the  screen. This movie has such wonderful sets and costumes that really are some of the finest at that time on the screen of its production. George Cukor’s direction is on display at his finest as he really does nail home the performances of the cast that do make out such dramatic roles that are outstanding performances by them. ROMEO AND JULIET remains one of those timeless classics that i can watch often as i find such joy in watching john Barrymore ham it up in so many scenes. It has wonderful acting-direction-sets and production all coming together to make it one of the finest movies of the 1930’s and finest of the golden age.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) quick review.

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John Barrymore played the dual role of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde which was his big silent era debut. Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was published in 1886 and was an immediate hit. Dozens of film adaptations have been made, starring everyone from Spencer Tracy to Adam Baldwin, the 1931 Fredric March version being arguably the most famous John Barrymore had been appearing in motion pictures since 1914 but had not yet enjoyed the same level of success that he had achieved on the stage until this movie. It’s his debut into the movie scene. Its considered an early classic of horror. I wouldn’t call it scary at all as it’s a very haunting performance by John Barrymore which was one of his best roles to date on the screen at that point, this movie has some amazing dramatic acting by John Barrymore as it does have its moments of scares but it’s truly more a role that is driven by great acting. One amazing early horror classic gem.

The ruth rating:five bette's                                      Today The entire Barrymore family the royal family of Hollywood whom have been acting for ages. An outstanding family full of many talented legends. So thanks to outstanding hosts for this wonderful event as i reviewed two classic movies in one review for this honorary day.

 

Why i love screwball comedies

Why i love screwball comedies

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I am a very huge fan of screwball comedies. I often review more screwball comedies on my blog often also i review many noir classics and talk about hitchcock often. I would say they are my three favorite movie areas to talk about. I love fondly screwball comedies.  Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. Films definitive of the genre usually feature farcical situations, a combination of slapstick with fast-paced repartee and show the struggle between economic classes. They also generally feature a self-confident and often stubborn central female protagonist and a plot involving courtship and marriage or remarriage or cross-dressing. Some comic plays are screwball in nature. It was a genre that was made in movies until 1942. Many flims of the 1950’s also have traits of screwball comedies.  Time to talk these golden classics.

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how would ‘Lubitsch do it? to start with the start of the traits in a talk about something that would test nerves for years.  Trouble in Paradise.  This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex in its very first scene between Hebert Marshall and Miriam Hopkins An utterly charming comedy classic. Time talk about the Lubitsch touch of comedy.

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This pre-code sophisticated comedy epitomizes the European attitude toward sex. It is more open in sex. It is pre-code in that nature toward how it plays sex. It is based on Laszlo Aladar’s play The Honest Finder which was the springboard for the movie. The sexual undertones is very frank. I would not call it as sexually open as Design for Living which is far more sexual in nature. This was a taste of what was to come for his works.  Trouble in Paradise is a comedic counterpart to a melodrama as it is a melodrama mixed with comedy. The acting of Herbert Marshall and Kay Francis and Miriam Hopkins really shines greatly. This movie opens the door for many comedy traits to come. It was a big game changer i would suggest you see it today.

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Design for living really is a bold pre-code comedy that i really would call the movie comedy that changed the face of comedy yet it did not show that change for many years. It was written originally by  Noël Coward but the movies screenplay was written by Ben Hecht. A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship. Miriam Hopkins is amazing in her role in this movie as she stars alongside Fredric March and gary cooper as both actors give us fine roles.  Miriam Hopkins could do no wrong in a Lubitsch film, and her work here is brilliant. She’s intelligent and uncompromisingly honest. The key to the Lubitsch Touch was in the perfect timing of physical gestures and the delivery of the lines. Trouble in Paradise and Design for Living were the best in this respect as both shine.   This movie is very sexually bold for its time. It even had the leads suggest a gentlemen’s deal of no sex between the three which is broken but it is very much ahead of its time in that regard. Intelligent script, witty dialogue, sexy stars, sophisticated story with a great direction and acting. It is a must see classic gem.  

Ernst Lubitsch really had a golden touch when it came to comedy. I would say he was one of the first modern comedy directors in a way. He directed some of the finest comedies of his day. It was also known if you starred in a Ernst Lubitsch you were going to be starring in something special. He often stirred up with his movies. Many of the movies were very -sexual in nature. One of his movies was a mix of both politics and sex which is very hard subjects to talk about in movies. He was a master of comedy directing. Ninotchka and To Be or Not to Be were two of his later gems often regarded as two highly loved gems of comedy. I talked two of his movies above in a short review but you can read about his movies and watch them and enjoy one of the greatest directors all time.

Frank Capra golden comedies. 

Frank Capra is often regarded as one of finest flim makers all time. He was not considered much in his time. The critics used to call his works capra corn. It is now very diffrent as he is such a wonderful director that crafted out many wonderful gems.

Lady for a Day(1933)

Apple Annie is an indigent woman who has always written to her daughter in Spain that she is a member of New York’s high society. With her daughter suddenly en route to America with her new fiancé and his father, a member of Spain’s aristocracy, Annie must continue her pretense of wealth or the count will not give his blessing. She gets unexpected help from Dave the Dude, a well-known figure in underground circles who considers Annie his good luck charm, and who obtains for her a luxury apartment to entertain the visitors – but this uncharacteristic act of kindness from a man with a disreputable reputation arouses suspicions, leading to complications which further cause things to not always go quite as planned. This is before it happened one night for frank capra. This charming comedy is often overlooked for that movie. this is the film that precedes IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT for the team of Frank Capra (director) and Robert Riskin (screenwriter). Sadly it’s not regarded as one of his beloved classics.it deserves to be regarded more highly. Frank Capra’s excellent direction which was ominated for an Oscar. May Robson is wonderful in this early capra gem.  Glenda Farrell & Guy Kibbee and Walter Connolly are great in suprorting roles. Warren William is wonderful in his role as Dave the Dude, the criminal boss who comes to Annie’s aid because her apples are good luck for him. It is a truly overlooked comedy gem that you must see today.

It happened one night,winner of 7th oscars. I have seen this classic many times over the years,its just as timeless as ever each time i watch this classic oscar winning film i just adore and delight in this classic comedy. There were many points in It Happened One Night where the true state of the country was indicated. Homeless people hitching rides on trains seemed perfectly normal. Rather than regard them with apprehension and pity, you smile and wave at them. Another example is the hostile reaction proprietor Zeke’s wife had to the fact that her husband had let Peter and Ellie stay the night with promises of being paid. Upon seeing Peter and Ellie’s car missing, they rush to the cottage to see if Peter and Ellie are still there. They cannot afford freeloaders.

In another scene, a child’s mother has passed out from hunger, because they have no money to buy food. Peter and Ellie have nearly depleted their funds, but decide that the mother and child need money more than they do and give some to them.

Despite these instances, the movie was altogether cheerful in its depiction of the world. In the throes of the stock market crash, this movie signaled the birth of the screwball comedy. At a time when the country needed release, they could find that release and laughter in movies like It Happened One Night. Audiences were amused by scenes in the film, such as the segment in which Peter teaches Ellie how to dunk a donut. Or, when forced to share a room, Peter puts a blanket between his and Ellie’s beds and calls it the `wall of Jericho,’ which is revisited when the walls of Jericho come tumbling down after Peter and Ellie’s marriage. Probably the most famous scene in the film is the hitchhiking sequence, which features Peter standing by the roadside trying to thumb a ride unsuccessfully, finally giving up after more than a dozen cars speed by without paying any heed to his attempts. After he gives up, beaten, Ellie simply lifts her skirt above her knee. The first car that passes stops, as we see extreme close-ups of a foot slamming down on the brakes and a hand applying the hand brake.

Claudette Colbert is a spoiled young girl who meets a worldly, attractive newspaper reporter (Clark Gable),its combination of two its two talented leads in the movie that brings home this classic gem in many ways. Everyone else in cast brings home this classic same too as they all shine greatly. A master in his profession, Capra left his mark on the films he directed. With an almost childlike cheerfulness, he maintains a sense of dignity and class. The viewer is left with a feeling of hope for humankind, even if its only that a person’s ideals could be used to make such a film. Capra’s films are still regarded as masterpieces. It Happened One Night arguably remains to this day unparalleled in screwball comedies. It was one of many movies made during the Depression, a sometimes sad and even lonely time in our history. It gave its audience a chance to escape and forget their troubles for a few moments in time.  It truly is a classic you must see today. 

Mr deeds goes to town is about Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers. In this fable, Mr. Capra gives an answer to those of us that always pondered: what would one do if one inherited a lot of money, or if one won the lottery or had chance get rich. It does really bring about it in a fable that is very moving comedy. Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur are wonderful. Leonard Standing, one of the best character actors of the era  is equally effective as Cobb the man who knows a thing or two about those society folks. George Bancroft is wonderful in his role. This is a frank capra gem you should watch today. 

You Can’t Take It With You won for Best Picture of 1938 and got Frank Capra his third Oscar for Best Director.  This was James Stewart’s first and Jean Arthur’s second film with Frank Capra. Next year they would do their second and last in the much acclaimed Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It’s a tale of two men and their families. Edward Arnold plays Anthony Kirby millionaire banker and industrialist who is obsessed with both making money and his social position, though the latter is more in deference to his snooty wife Mary Forbes. Their son James Stewart is preparing uneasily to step into his father’s world. What really is Stewart’s main interest is the romance he’s got going with the only normal member of that other family, Jean Arthur. It is such a great movie with wonderful acting and great direction. Watch this classic today. Frank Capra movies have traits that you will love i have talked about some of his classics.

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn comedy gems. 

Some of the finest comedies all time are the duo pairing of Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as both legends starred in such wonderful classic comedies .Woman of the Year (1942) started the pairing which was not a comedy but a Sport/Romance movie that started their acting duo together.  So to talk their comedies.

State of the Union(1948)

Based on a 1945 play by Howard Lindsay and Russell Crouse, State of the Union marked Frank Capra’s return to the political. This film is also the third of nine pictures featuring Spencer Tracey and Katharine Hepburn. Van Johnson is very funny and charming as a newspaperman who becomes Grant’s campaign manager. Adolphe Menjou is perfect as Kaye’s mouthpiece who wants to go after the money people and court big business and the union heads. Katharine Hepburn co stars as Grant’s wife Mary in a role intended for Claudette Colbert, and she’s excellent in this role. Spencer Tracy is wonderful as Grant Matthews. This comedy gem is a must see for anyone.

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Two New York lawyers, husband Adam Bonner (Spencer Tracy) and wife Amanda Bonner (Katharine Hepburn), work out the marital tension and fight the sexual wars in the courtroom on opposite sides of a wife (Judy Holliday) shoots cheating husband (Tom Ewell) case. Adam’s masculinity is seemingly challenged and his sense of justice offended by his wife’s insistence on showing how smart she is while furthering her feminist agenda at the expense of the law as the drama unfolds you see a wonderful duo really shining together on screen.

The script by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon is wonderfully witty and smartly crafted. Judy Holliday as the lower middle-class Doris Attinger (on her way to her signature role in Born Yesterday (1950) and David Wayne, as the song-writing neighbor who adores Amanda, shine in supporting roles. George Cukor’s direction is clear, crisp and always focused.

George Cukor does a brilliant job with directing it. I particularly like how he often sets the camera in a room and lets the characters weave in and out of the area in a way that evenly presents both the disconnect and the miscommunication of the couple from both perspectives. This movie is brilliant in that it is capable of maintaining two (or more) points of view entirely at the same time.It is a battle of the sexes at its comedy best. It is wonderful with a wonderful supporting cast that shines throughout this courtroom comedy. You should watch this comedy gem today.

desk set a postmodern classic(REPOST OF MY ARTICLE OF SAME NAME FOR REVIEW OF THIS MOVIE.)

Desk set is a very odd and offbeat movie. It feels somewhat very much modern in some ways as as it feels very postmodern and ahead of its time.  Its office setting with a computer seems very ahead of its time period.  It is not like the classic screwball comedy or battle of sexes movies of the 1940’s but it is one of those movies that is does not fit into any of those areas.  Nor is this second-to-last Tracy/Hepburn collaboration a throwback to their 40s battles. Desk set was as adapted from William Marchant’s stage play,The Desk Set. Lang’s  Desk Set  truly stands out as something diffrent form the other team ups of this duo. This is the duo’s last comedy together. Its an office comedy gem. 

Katherine Hepburn is in top form of her acting as she truly shines in this role as a middle aged head of the all girls research department. Its no wonder as Katherine Hepburn is my second favorite actress this movie remains one of my most watched movies of her many movies as i just adore this movie even with its simple story. Spencer Tracy truly shines as an  “efficiency expert that has plans to introduce his great invention “EMEREK”, the ultimate information source. Now the ladies in research fear that a computer will make their “human brain work obsolete. It does not go the way he planned as he truly learns the human brain is more key then a computer. Its no wonder that his acting here is in top form as he feels at home in this movie as he truly gives out one of his finest roles. He is one of my top ten favorite actors. This role is one is among one his best of roles. The supporting cast contains Joan Blondell and Gig Young and Phoebe Ephron acting out in top form as they give out such wonderful performances. All of the cast give out such wonderful performances.   relies on the intelligence of the audience and draws on that of the cast to produce a humor that never ages as it truly has such wonderful wit and humor. 

The best part of the film is the interplay between the two principals, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Its a tribute to them, as actors, they could work so well together. Also, toward the end of the movie, at the company’s Christmas party, we see a playful, and drunk Bunny singing Cole Porter’s “Night and Day” to the beat of the bongo playing of Richard Sumner. That scene shows a playful Katherine Hepburn having a great time in front of the cameras. This movie has also a smart screenplay and direction. Its very much a modern day comedy almost but wait this movie was not made in modern times but the 1950’s that puts this movie very much a ahead of its time. Tracy and Hepburn are the magical charm of this movie as this movie never ages as this is a classic for the ages. Watch it today

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn as a duo starred in movies together for years.They both really were wonderful together on screen. They also had a love that never became more off-screen. It is such a magical set of movies.

Preston Sturges’ Comedies

Writer/director Preston Sturges, one of the greatest comic geniuses, was known for his many social satires in the 1940s, poking fun at sex/love, politics, war and the military, and death. He made eight screwball comedies in five years for Paramount as many of those movies are hailed as such gems that starred some of the finest legends in many roles. His movies are jewels of comedy.

The Great McGinty (1940)

In a dive south of the border, bartender Dan McGinty (Brian Donlevy) stops a young man from committing suicide after a moment of dishonesty, and relates how a moment of honesty brought him down in a flashback. As a young man, McGinty joins a crooked political boss and rises from extortionist to alderman. Urged by the boss to marry his secretary to give respectability to his run for mayor, McGinty agrees only to fall in love with his wife and decide to do an honest thing for once in his life. In his debut as a director Preston Sturges turned in one of the brightest political satires ever done for the cinema in The Great McGinty.  Brian Donlevy truly shines in his role. Muriel Angelus as Catherine McGinty is truly wonderful in her role as she truly acts out in one of her finest roles. William Demarest  and Akim Tamiroff and Allyn Joslyn truly all shine in their respective roles. It is such a wonderfully acted movie. A very underrated and unknown film that many should watch as you should today.

The Lady Eve (1941)

It’s no accident when wealthy Charles (Henry Fonda) falls for Jean (Barbara Stanwyck). Jean is a con artist with her sights set on Charles’ fortune. Matters complicate when Jean starts falling for her mark. When Charles suspects Jean is a gold digger, he dumps her. Jean, fixated on revenge and still pining for the millionaire, devises a plan to get back in Charles’ life. With love and payback on her mind, she reintroduces herself to Charles, this time as an aristocrat named Lady Eve Sidwich.

The Lady Eve is one of my favorite movies of the 1940’s. It is one of the best movies that Barbara Stanwyck starred in too. This comedy treat truly always delights me. Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck truly shine together as a duo as both acting legends give us their finest performances all time.  brilliant writing and direction provided by Preston Sturges.Mr. Sturges  Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda make the ideal players for Jean Harrington aka Lady Eve Sidwish, and Charles Pike. The saying that opposites attract is well demonstrated in the film when we watch these two different characters fall for one another. Ms. Stanwyck shows in this film her great timing. The tight direction of  Preston Sturges. It is a comedy treat you must see today.

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

Successful movie director John L. Sullivan (Joel McCrea), convinced he won’t be able to film his ambitious masterpiece until he has suffered, dons a hobo disguise and sets off on a journey, aiming to “know trouble” first-hand. When all he finds is a train ride back to Hollywood and a beautiful blonde companion (Veronica Lake), he redoubles his efforts, managing to land himself in more trouble than he bargained for when he loses his memory and ends up a prisoner on a chain gang.

Sullivan’s Travels is one of the best films that came out of Hollywood in 1941. Preston Sturges showed he was an original with this story about self-discovery for a man that has a different view of the world. In a way, this is a satire about the movie industry. It is one of the best movies ever made as its very boldly daring and diffrent for its time. Preston Sturges achieves the impossible in this movie as he made the hollywood version of  Gulliver’s Travels. The film tells of the ‘mission’ of ‘Sully’ (Joel McCrea), a big-shot Hollywood director of lightweight comedies to experience suffering in the world before producing his next socially-conscious film of hard times – an epic titled ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ about the common man.

With this film, Preston Sturges made one of the smartest and most insightful comedies ever to come out of Hollywood with such great acting by Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake.
The supporting cast includes Robert Warwick (Mr. Lebrand), William Demarest (Mr. Jones), Franklin Pangborn (Mr. Casalsis), Porter Hall (Mr. Hadrian), Byron Foulger (Mr. Valdelle), Margaret Hayes (Secretary), Robert Greig (Sullivan’s Butler) and Eric Blore (Sullivan’s Valet) all giving us such fine performances. Preston Sturges combines a social commentary with comedy so greatly that it makes Sullivan’s Travels is a movie you will remember as it stands as one of hollywood’s finest movies ever that you should see today.

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

This screwball comedy finds married couple Tom (Joel McCrea) and Gerry Jeffers (Claudette Colbert) in a strained relationship, largely due to financial difficulties. Gerry decides to leave Tom, a struggling architect, and head to Palm Beach in order to marry a wealthy man who could fund Tom’s projects. When Tom follows Gerry, they cross paths with the quirky millionaire John D. Hackensacker III (Rudy Vallee) and his chatty, husband-seeking sister, Princess Centimillia (Mary Astor).

Claudette Colbert in one of her finest roles on the screen as she knocks this movie out of the ballpark. Joel McCrea shines in his role in this movie. A very funny performance by Robert Dudley. This is a  Lightning paced comedy gem with such great acting and direction. It is a comedy gem you must see today.

so far in my article i have talked about so many great comedies. It is time to talk about the gems of the screwball genre. This genre had such great movies. Comedy under screwball movies was its best it could go with being creative and funny. So i hope enjoy the gems of the genre.

Screwball Comedy gems

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Midnight is one of those overlooked gems. Its in same level as all the other known screwball comedy classics such as bringing up baby, The Philadelphia Story (1940), It Happened One Night (1934) etc as it’s not as known as those classics which is a shame because this classic gem is one of those gems that really is a special screwball comedy that is very funny and witty as ever to watch and ever charming as its one of my favorite screwball comedies all time.

Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche are the leads of this comedy classic which also stars the ever wonderful John Barrymore and Mary Astor. The acting is one of leading graces of this classic comedy as they are all wonderfully great at giving us some of the greatest and witty lines together as a cast. John Barrymore is spectacular in one of the funniest performances ever on the screen. Midnight has everything work perfectly together: The acting, the direction, the crackling writing of Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett.

Midnight is a comedy delight worth watching any day at any time as it’s so charming and funny with an amazing cast that makes this comedy a classic for the ages. Claudette Colbert’s comedy masterpiece has your hearts forever after you watch this delightful comedy.

The ruth rating:five bette's

Bringing Up Baby 

Bringing Up Baby baby is a flim i love so much as this movie is just such a joy to watch. This screwball comedy gem truly shines. Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant truly shine in this movie. The duo truly shines together. Featuring one classic comic scene after another as it will have you laughing your ass off so much. Hawks never loses sight of the pastoral romance that Bringing Up Baby at its core.  The supporting cast is also one of the things that make this film the fun it is. Charles Ruggles, May Robson, Barry Fitzgerald, George Irving, and the rest of the cast do a marvelous job in the roles they created. Even Asta, the Charles’ dog, made a valuable contribution to the proceedings by appearing at key moments, even fighting Nyssa, the tamed leopard that is the “baby” of the title. All of the cast truly give such marvelous roles. One of the most remarkable things about Bringing up Baby is the extent to which it remains enjoyable today as it’s truly a classic gem to watch any day.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Twentieth Century 

When down-on-his-luck Broadway impresario Oscar Jaffe (John Barrymore) meets his discovery and former flame, Lily Garland (Carole Lombard), on the glamorous 20th Century Limited train between Chicago and New York, he uses every scheme at his disposal to win the movie star back both professionally and romantically. However, Lily, along with her new beau, George (Ralph Forbes), and Jaffe’s rival producer, Max Jacobs (Charles Levison), who hired Lily to star in his latest play, have other plans.

Twentieth Century is one of the most beloved screwball comedies. It is one of my favorite screwball comedies of all time. A manic screwball comedy directed by Howard Hawks. It is likely John Barrymore at his Comedic best as a comic actor as he is a riot in this movie. This movie is one of the funniest movies all time.

Directed by Howard Hawks from an inspired script by Ben Hecht & Charles MacArthur, this is one of the seminal screwball comedies which would set the high-water mark for years to come as it features zany characters, living at a frenetic pace, throwing outrageous lines at each other with such great witty timing that would set the mark for comedies for years to come. It was made in the great depression to lift spirits as this movie does lift one’s spirit for sure as it is a riot form the start to its ending. It is one of Howard Hawks finest ever.

John Barrymore is one of those comic actors that seems always to have such great timing and wit to his comedy as this movie showcases John Barrymore at his comedic best in Twentieth Century as he leads each scene with such a spark for the madness of this comedy that each time he goes off you crack up laughing from his comedy as this movie can make one go into tears with laughter as it is that funny to watch him do his comedy as this is amazing comic acting at its finest.Carole Lombard is one those comic actresses that always seems to have have such great timing and wit to her comedy as this movie showcases her at her comedic best as she plays the role of Lilly so funny yet grounded at times but when she cracks up the wit and banter with John Barrymore it will have you laughing your ass off with the zany madness of this comedy as She does not slow down at all with the comic acting as this is comic acting at its finest.

The Comedic spark between John Barrymore and Carole Lombard Really sets off big fireworks in terms of comedy gold as it is a riot to watch those two together on screen as they both are at the Comedic best they can give us with their respective roles. This is amazing comic acting at its finest for both leads as we see them do such amazing comic acting that we just laugh our asses off each scene they crank it up. It’s the spark of comedy that just brings this movies magic home to us at its finest.

The others in this amazing cast of other actors stand out greatly too as we see Walter Connolly give us one of his finest roles ever on screen and Roscoe Karns as Owen O’Malley is one great character actor here as he really stands out giving us such a great performance and Ralph Forbes as George Smith nails home a great performance in his respective role and Charles Lane as Max Jacobs aka Max Mandelbaum as Charles Levison nails home another performance.

Twentieth Century may set the bar with its strong acting and direction and the madness and zany wit that would be trademark of the genre are all set upon us in this classic gem as this movie is a comedy at the finest levels of depths as we see Howard Hawks craft out of the finest comedies any era of comedy as this comedy is a mad and zany ride from beginning to end as it is comedy gold at its finest as This movie is one of the funniest movies all time as it’s a masterpiece of comedy. I would say watch this movie today you will be laughing your ass and enjoying one of the greatest movies ever made.

The ruth rating:five bette's

 

Talk of the Town stars  Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman in A capra like movie. It is not as highly regarded as many other classics. It is a great screwball comedy mixed with legal drama.

This movie has such great acting by Cary Grant, Jean Arthur and Ronald Colman and every other member of the movie’s cast. Its acting is very great and wonderful. The blend of romance, comedy and drama makes for an engaging movie to watch.

It is sad as many overlooked gems like this movie does not get the attention it does deserve as one of the movies many sad things was that Jean Arthur never won the award for her wonderful role which was one of her finest on the screen.

Director George Stevens directs a fine comedy gem that he crafted out to a level of perfection with writers  Sidney Buchman and Irwin Shaw whom all together crafted a comedy gem that has such fine acting and a wonderful level of passion beyond it to make it one overlooked gem of any age.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

Today i talked many classics of the genre of screwball comedy. You can say this genre was a gem of a genre that created and crafted many great legends of acting too. It is sad it is not made today as this genre really was comedy at its finest. I hope you enjoyed it. I will put a small tribute one of the legends of the genre to end it up.

Starred in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, You Can’t Take It With You, The Devil and Miss Jones, The More the Merrier as some examples of her many movies as she was one fine actress i feel the role in Talk of the Town really was one of her finest roles as she really plays the character to a level of greatness not matched by many actresses. It’s such a shame she lost that award as you can see her due in many other great classics. She truly was one legend for all time.

She was one legend i cannot forget as one of my favorite actresses so to thank that remarkable legend for all time. I do think Jean Arthur truly will remain one of the finest legends all time. I hope enjoyed my trip through the gems of screwball comedy. 

Beyond the Mysterious lady

Beyond the Mysterious lady:Finding Greta Garbo

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An enigmatic and elusive star that was Greta Garbo is arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest stars. A legendary actress who combined remarkable beauty with a modern spirit and irresistible allure and mystique that she remains one of the finest actresses of the golden age that always remains a mystery to everyone. Greta Garbo is arguably one of Hollywood’s greatest stars all time. Today i explore the movies and performances by this remarkable legend for the The Marathon Stars Blogathon. Hosted by Virginie Pronovost thanks to the wonderful host for this wonderful event. Be sure to check out others form this event too. So let me talk about her now.

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 The Marathon Stars Blogathon reviews of Greta Garbo movies

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Queen Christina (1933) review

“I,m tired of being a symbol, Chancellor, I long to be a human being! This longing I cannot suppress!” (Greta Garbo as queen Christina)

Its Greta Garbo at her finest as she truly is a queen on the screen in queen Christina. One of silent cinema’s greatest pairings, Greta Garbo and John Gilbert starred together one last time in Queen Christina as both legends shine together. It is really Greta Garbo that is the big star here as she shines truly as she acts in one of her finest roles all time. John Gilbert was on hard times by time this movie came as he was offered this role. He does a fine job in one of his finest roles on the screen. He does give us such a wonderful performance. The cinematography is beautiful and enchanting. The costumes are truly such a wonder to look at on the screen. Its full of wonderful dialogue. The cast are excellent. as all gives out such wonderful performances as Greta Grabo truly shines as one of the finest of the golden age.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Camille(1936)Review

The novel/play by Alexandre Dumas Fils LA DAME AUX CAMELIAS has attracted a lot of artists. Verdi wrote his opera LA TRAVIATA basing its content on this play. The film industry have also made a lot of adaptations of the play from the period of silent era up till modern times. However, if one hears a movie title CAMILLE, what usually comes to one’s mind is the film by George Cukor with Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor, I would rank this as garbo’s finest hour on the screen.

Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor are really magical together on the screen as both really lights up the screen with a romance that really is such a wonder to watch unfold on the screen. Greta Garbo gives out one of her finest performances if not her finest on the screen as she truly acts with a range of acting that is beyond compare. Robert Taylor is outstanding in his role in this movie. Its acting truly shines in this classic movie as everyone in the cast really gives out such fine performances.


George Cukor directed this movie with such wonderful skill of hand as he directs the wonderful acting  with such great flare and craft to craft a masterpiece.

The cinematography is superb. Almost each scene has a “soul” which makes watching the movie a real admiration of beauty. The most memorable decorations are in the scene in a candle-lit boudoir filled with delicate lighting and shadows. Marguerite is looking at her reflection in the mirror and suddenly notices Armand from behind. A delicate classic musical piece is being played in the background. UNFORGETTABLE! The film’s gorgeous imagery is a very strong point for the movie. Its costumes and sets are also remarkable as they also stand the test of time.

Camille is a film that will live forever thanks to the luminous Greta Garbo and the inspired direction of George Cukor and its wonderful  cinematography and acting as it truly is one of the finest movies ever on the screen.

The ruth rating :five bette's

Grand Hotel(1932)Review

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Based on Vicki Baum’s novel and produced by Irving Thalberg, this film is about the lavish Grand Hotel in Berlin, a place where “nothing ever happens.” That statement proves to be false, however, as the story follows an intertwining cast of characters over the course of one tumultuous day. Greta Garbo is Grusinskaya, a ballerina whose jewels are coveted by Baron von Geigern (John Barrymore), a thief who fancies Flaemmchen (Joan Crawford), a stenographer and the mistress of Preysing (Wallace Beery), businessman boss of Kringelein (Lionel Barrymore), a terminally ill bookkeeper who is under the care of alcoholic physician Dr. Otternschlag (Lewis Stone). Grand Hotel won Best Picture at the 1932 Academy Awards.

This classic featured an all star cast of talents. They all brought something magical to the table as Greta Garbo leads this all star cast as she shines ever greatly. John Barrymore as  a thief is very wonderful indeed to watch on screen. Joan Crawford a stenographer and the mistress of Preysing is enchanting to watch on screen as she gives us a powerful acting job here. Wallace Beery is ever wonderful as ever as he gives us one of his best roles ever. Lionel Barrymore is ever wonderful as he gives us a powerful performance. Grand hotel has an outstanding cast of actors that really bring class and wonderful acting to the table as it won best picture of 1932 as i can see why as this is an outstanding acting force of nature.  A classic worthy to watch anytime.

The ruth rating :five bette's

Ninotchka(1939)Review

This is one of the best Greta Garbo movies all time. Its famous tagline is garbo laughs. Ninotchka was a great classic by the wonderful Ernst Lubitsch that is one of his crown jewels. A no-nonsense diplomat of the Soviet Union, Nina Ivanovna “Ninotchka” Yakushova (Greta Garbo) arrives in Paris to ensure the sale of jewels seized during the Russian Revolution. Meanwhile, carefree bachelor Count Leon d’Algout (Melvyn Douglas) attempts to intercept the valuables on behalf of their former owner, the Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire). Despite their conflicting allegiances, the icy Ninotchka soon warms to Leon’s charms, reluctantly going against her better judgment. Does Greta Garbo really shine? Yes she does in her one of her finest hours.

Garbo laughs was the headlines tagged it to be. It does indeed sum up the charm of this movie too. It has Greta Garbo loosen up in a fun and charming comic gem. It really has Greta Garbo in one of her finest roles on the screen. She really makes us love this character and captures in such raw detail the character. Greta Garbo is amazing as ever as she gives us one of her finest performances on the screen ever. Melvyn Douglas shines in his role. Richard Carle shines and gives us a fine acting job. Ina Claire is amazing in her role .Béla Lugosi as Razinin in a short bit of the movie even that small bit is enough for him to shine greatly. The acting is just amazing and top notch as ever as Ernst Lubitsch gets some fine performances by everyone in the cast.

Ninotchka has Ernst Lubitsch direct and craft out such wonderful acting performances that has garbo turn in a role that is very much From the moment she appears in this film belongs to Greta Garbo as Ninotchka. She is dazzling and has perfect comic delivery both in her stern and rigid and romantic stages. It really has her give us a performance that is unlike anything she did before as she gives us one of her finest roles and a different role then her other roles. The humor in this film is consistently excellent and has two dimensions to it. First, it is funny as a romantic comedy. However, secondly it is also funny as a critique of the Stalinist regime in the Soviet Union as it does make fun of it softly but does it in way to be fun and nice.

Ernst Lubitsch directs with his usual wit and flair while also poking fun at serious subjects at the time as Greta Garbo gives us one of her finest hours with such a wonderful performance that has such great comic wit and charm that rivals the great Cary grant. Melvyn Douglas has never been more suave with such a wonderful and charming role. It has all of the actors give us top performances at their finest hours. A true masterpiece of the Golden Age, Ninotchka is not to be missed by anyone who loves the movies.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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So today I talked about 4 of her classic movies. I would say that Greta Garbo was An enigmatic and elusive star with such Beauty and talent. She starred in 32 movies from 1920 to 1939 as she always remained one of those fine legend’s many did not ever understand yet her magic and beauty made her a legend that will never leave our hearts as she is such a magical actress of talent and charm. So today check out the classics of Greta Garbo as she remains one of the finest legends all time. Thanks to wonderful host of The Marathon Stars Blogathon hosted by Virginie Pronovost thanks to the wonderful host for this wonderful event as it such a joy to talk about this wonderful legend.