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The Devil and Miss Jones

The Devil and Miss Jones

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TODAY i talk about The Devil and Miss Jones. It is the screwball comedy classic that frankly stands among the classics. It stars one of my favorite actresses of the golden age Jean Arthur whom frank Capra called the gem of the screen.  It is a requested review by a friend on facebook named Mike Dirienzo. So thanks so much to him for this wonderful choice. so to begin this this review.

The Devil and Miss Jones review

J.P. Merrick (Charles Coburn) is a very rich and very grumpy department store owner. When his employees decide to start unionizing, hoping to get higher pay and better conditions in the workplace, he decides to take action to stop them. Determined to find and take down the union organizers, J.P. takes a job in his own store as a shoe salesman under the name of “Mr. Higgins.”  but soon finds their grievances are genuine through Miss Jones, Merrick’s co-worker and O’Brien’s girlfriend. Eventually, Merrick leads the fight for decent rights and also finds a girl of his own. (plot form goggle)

Sam Wood (Goodbye, Mr. Chips) directs 1941’s The Devil and Miss Jones, a romantic dramedy written by Norman Krasna (Indiscreet). Charles Coburn- jean Arthur-Robert Cummings and Spring Byington stars in this comedy classic with one of my favorite intros of any classic movie, The image of a good jean contrasted to the image of Charles Coburn as the devil is just such a delight to see.

Jean Arthur really shines wonderfully in her role. She makes the role as much driven by her very strong witty charming acting and her dramatic acting. She truly does give us among her finest of hours. It may be next to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as one of her finest roles i ever seen her play on the screen.

Charles Coburn truly shines in his role. He starred alongside jean in a few movies each of them he always matches her greatly as he feels perfectly cast in each role. He is truly a wonderful actor that always feels so charming to watch on the screen. Robert Cummings may be very much the perfect Joe as he truly makes its feel very much like the every-man in the movie. He truly is wonderful in his respective role.

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Spring Byington plays a truly wonderful role. Charles Coburn stands out. His character makes the greatest personal journey from disgruntled and closed-minded to happy and loving and willing to compromise as we see by end of the movie.  Jean Arthur is also a stand-out. She lights up the screen with her natural charm and bright personality.

The subplot of union’s organization drama drives the plot forward. It’s the sharp wit and charm of its cast that brings out the magic of this wonderful gem which in part is Sam Wood’s inspired direction that brings home the magic of this special comedy classic.This comedy has a moral depth to it that is a rarity in the genre of comedy.  Jean is truly the queen of dramedy. Frank Capra was right she was jewel indeed for all ages.  It is a must see for any one that loves a good screwball comedy or a movie lover as this movie will always delight you anytime you see it.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

The Princess Comes Across

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TODAY i talk about The Princess Comes Across with a review that honors  Carole Lombard for the Carole Lombard: The Profane Angel Blogathon hosted by my good friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey  form IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD and also hosted by Laura from Phyllis Loves Classic Movies Thanks to both wonderful hosts for hosting this event to honor this great actress and legend.  So thanks to both wonderful hosts as you can check out others form the event at both sites and thanks so much both hosts. Lets begin the honors of this wonderful legend whom is the queen of screwball comedies in my eyes.

The Princess Comes Across review(tribute to the great comedy legend)poster-princess-comes-across-the_03

THE PRINCESS COMES ACROSS (Paramount, 1936), directed by William K. Howard, based on story by Philip MacDonald and adapted from novel by Louis Lucien Rogger, reunites Carole Lombard with Fred MacMurray in their second team up on the screen after HANDS ACROSS THE TABLE (1935) which was their first paring on the screen of both legends. In the1930’s they loved a good mystery story as they also did love the screwball comedy so when paramount combined both and starred a pair together that worked together in the past it was a fun match in heaven.

The Princess Comes Across may be one of the early movies that makes fun of the movies which really is a trait often used by great filmmakers such a Mel brooks among others today. It made fun of thrillers which happens to be one of the biggest draws of that era. It made fun of publicity that the public thrives on too often in the media.

Carole Lombard plays a plays an American who can’t get a job in Hollywood, so she pretends to be a Swedish princess named Princess Olga. Fred MacMurray plays the role of  a popular bandleader who is also on board and takes a shine to the Princess as the princess is indifferent to him until the mystery begins to unfold,

Carole Lombard plays a good that comes off as funny making an impression upon you instantly as she plays up the garbo element of her comedy to a tee. It’s one fun role for her. Fred MacMurray plays a very good role one of his earlier roles on the screen as we see him really making an impression upon us. Douglass Dumbrille plays a very fun role. The rest of the cast really play such very solid roles. It’s very much a funny and fast paced comedy that really does make such fun of many tropes of the time. Its impression of Greta Garbo by carol Carole Lombard really does shine greatly. We have a somewhat fun gem that does try hard to make an impression upon you. It isn’t the best classic in world but a very fun classic to watch time to time.

The ruth rating:three and half bettes

Mysterious Gems

Mysterious gems

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The 1930’s had many classic mystery movies that had such a wonderful depth to them. So today i am talking about them. Many of them had the traits of noir to come in the future in a slight way. So what movies do are the mystery gems that captured the decade of the 1930’s.

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Ginger Rogers whom later would be headlines one of the mystery classics of the 1930’s as she starred in The Thirteenth Guest which was a very early role for her as she wasn’t yet the key name of Hollywood. The Thirteenth Guest was directed by y Albert Ray, from the novel by Armitage Trail. It’s a very fun little mystery gem that was a poverty row thriller that had many of the traits of the The Cat and the Canary an earlier film. It was pre-code as many scenes are very much pre-code era in its tone. It is A good mystery movie with a good supporting cast of James Eagles as Bud Morgan, Marie’s brother; Erville Alderson as Uncle John Adams; Frances Rich as Marjorie Thornton; Ethel Wales as Joan Thornton; William B. Davidson as Captain Browne; Eddie Phillips as Thor Jensen; and Phillips Smalley as Dick Thornton and an early ginger Rogers. It’s very much a fun little gem you can enjoy anytime.

Its the stuff that dreams are made of. This is not the famous version of the movie. Its the early pre-code crime flim which is based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett. This is a fascinating version of the story definitively filmed ten years later by John Huston, because of the ways in which it comes close to capturing the Hammett novel but doesnt come close to the the classic version we hold dear. It stars Bebe Daniels in likely one of her very wonderful roles as she really does bring home this role. Ricardo Cortez gives us a very good role. Thelma Todd is another fine actress that does give a good job in her role. Dwight Frye gives us a good role that isn’t universal horror as he does a good job here. Una Merkel really gives such a good role. Its acting is very good. Both the 1931 and 1941 films lifted great chunks of dialogue from Hammett’s novel, and very often the dialogue is line-for-line the same. But two more completely different films could scarcely be imagined. Where the 1931 film strives for an urbane quality which the 1941 inspires to be gritty. Its the orginal version of the tale which really is a good mystery classic of the 1930’s

In the 1920s and 1930s Philo Vance became a household name with publication of the wildly popular S.S. Van Dine (alias for Willard Huntington Wright) novels featuring the patrician amateur detective. This movie based upon one of the novels of this series stars William Powell and mary astor. I would say this is one of the better movies based upon the novels. William Powell really gives us a fine role as the lead directive in which he really gives us one charming role which would later shape his thin man role to come. It is fine acting by mary astor.  I would point out rest of cast give us good roles. As far as murder mystery films go, it just doesn’t get any better than this one. Populated with suspicious characters, all connected to a dog show and all having very good reason to murder the apparent suicide victim Archer Coe as this mystery is one juicy movie that really does give us a tale that really is among the classics of the 1930’s. Its a fun little gem that you can enjoy to watch sometimes.

“The Thin Man a deliciously superb mix that keeps getting better with every single viewing. The first time I missed a bit of the murder plot, but repeated viewings just enhance the movie as very few movies can i just repeat on same day and yet still love it dearly as this movie. W.S. Van Dyke’s 1934 film “The Thin Man stars Myrna Loy and William Powell as Nora and Nick Charles, upper class sleuths who unwittingly become caught up in the case of a missing friend and former client. William Powell may be one very amazing actor in this movie as he really is not bogat level cool but he really embodies the family man. He gives likely one of his finest roles on the screen here which would later mark a series of thin man movies which each movie is very charming in their own way.  Myrna Loy Really shines in her break out role in my eyes of that era as really embodies the housewife that gets caught up in a mystery to only play part in one. She truly is one amazing actress that i adore highly this is likely among this movie and her later movies that really made me adore this actress highly.  “The Thin Man is a great detective story that is enhanced by its humor and wit in which William Powell may be the funniest man of the pair. They both bring class and wit and humor to the mix. All of the characters are made believable by the wonderful actors and its direction is just amazing as ever. Its a true classic of the golden age of movies.

As I wrap up my talk today i choose one last gem to talk about which is The Hound of the Baskervilles made in the great year of 1939. Its stars thee the duo of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Sherlock and Holmes. 1939 was a great year for Basil Rathbone. Not only did he star in Son of Frankenstein, but he began his string of Sherlock Holmes flicks that even now are as popular as ever. This version of the classic The Hound of the Baskervilles stands among the classics. Sidney Lanfield directs a fine mystery tale that really does a great job of bringing the moors to the screen. Basil Rathbone shines as Sherlock Holmes in a fine role that may be among his finest roles. Nigel Bruce shines in his role as Holmes. Richard Greene plays a very amazing role as another hero of the picture. The rest of the cast is also wonderful as they give such wonderful supporting roles. The Hound of the Baskervilles may be among one of the classics of the era of the 1930’s and also among the classics. It’s a fine gem that one can watch anytime. So today i talked about some of the notable mystery classics of the 1930’s i would suggest look into the era deeper you may find many other gems i did not talk about as this era is one of the defining eras of movies. So enjoy movie magic each day.

 

Lover Come Back

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So today i am reviewing one of my favorite comedies all time. lover come back is one of those wonderful comedy gems that i just delight to watch often and repeat watching often as i been so busy lately this is my return to blogging i hope you enjoy this review folks of this classic movie.

Lover Come Back review

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Rock Hudson and Doris day movies are often called very silly by today’s standard by many people but I just adore watching this movie.

It’s the screwball wit and charm of Doris day that brings the movie to life as she captures wonderfully as an actress what it means to be a screwball on film. She truly has such a charm that really works greatly for you to enjoy her.
I would say Rock Hudson really is another charming lead actor that gives one of those good wonderful roles that he manages to balance out Doris day.

The comic chemistry between Doris Day and Rock Hudson was unique and ranks with other classic pairings such as Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell among other pairings. Tony Randall shines in his his insecure character that is among one of the funniest ever performances on the screen.

The simple story of warring advertising executives works well as a good story that has such comic gold with its story making it among the best of the Doris day and Rock Hudson movies.
All the cast members do just fine in this very bright comedy that has me splitting a gut with laughter every time see this wonderful comic gem.

Lover Come Back is really a delightful and witty romantic comedy that really with such wonderful comic talent really is one of those wonderful little gems that really shines greatly with such wonderful humor making it a comedy to see over and over again.

 The Ruth rating:five bette's

His Girl Friday

So today i am honoring one of my favorite actors all time  Cary Grant for  the Cary Grant Blogathon which is hosted by phyllislovesclassicmovies. So thanks to the wonderful host of this Blogathon for hosting it as i would also be sure to check out other posts form it. So today i am reviewing my girl Friday in honor of Cary grant.                                                        When hard-charging New York newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant) discovers that his ex-wife, investigative reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), has gotten engaged to milquetoast insurance agent Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy), he unsuccessfully tries to lure her away from tame domestic life with a story about the impending execution of convicted murderer Earl Williams. But when Hildy discovers Williams may be innocent, her reporter instincts take over.(goggle story info)

His girl Friday review 

 This classic comedy done by Howard hawks is one truly classic comedy gem that is one of my favorite movies all time. I truly adore this screwball classic. Cary Grant stars in this classic movie as he truly makes one of his fine performances on the screen.  Its truly one of his finest roles as he is truly a fun actor to watch on the screen.

It’s madcap all right as there is no better people then Grant and Russell, who make a great team together on the screen. It’s truly fine acting by both of the duo as they have great comic timing and wit that brings both their roles to the screen in such a wonderful way. The film’s supporting cast is no less impressive, with every single role cast to perfection as all of them truly shine in their respective roles on the screen. Its truly fine acting by everyone in this wonderful cast of talents.his-girl-friday-04Howard hawks was truly a wonderful director that crafts out such a wonderful tale with such wonderful wit and timing that is comedy gold to watch unfold on the screen. My Girl Friday successfully combines screwball romantic comedy with biting satire that truly makes it  the true comedy classic.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

What does it take to be a leading man. You have to have a sense of humor about yourself. Cary Grant truly had an image that was always something truly one of a kind. He was a true movie star. It was always so easy for Cary grant to anything in his moves. I truly want to be like Cary grant but cannot match him sadly. He truly is one of the finest actors all time. So glad to honor him.

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Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier second annual Blogathon

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BLOGATHON RULES: Bloggers are more than welcome to write about any film or topic relating to Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier the Blogathon will be held on November 02 Until November 05 2016. Please send your posts into me on any one of those days. Duplicate entries allowed. So all have fun and join in to honor him. These banners below was created by the wonderful world of cinema. I would love to thank Virginie Pronovost form that blog so much for making them. She is one is one my close friends. I would say check out her wonderful blog if you can too. You can use them for the event if you like.

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Viven Leigh was a petite classically trained legend of the silver screen.  She remains best-known for her two most successful screen roles as American Southern belles as i have been enchanted by her charms since I saw Vivien Leigh in gone with the wind. Her film career spanned 30 years yet she only starred in 19 films but each role showed us a different facet of her talent that talent earned her two academy award Her life with one of the greatest actors of the stage and screen made her the center of attention for millions. She had repeated illnesses in her lifetime. She still remains unknown to us even today. She said every role she played was a part of her real personality. Viven Leigh was all of these elements and much more as she was such a wonderful actress of the stage and screen. So to honor her on her birthday with a Blogathon honoring both Viven Leigh and Laurence Olivier for her birthday. It starts on November 02 lasting to November 05. She truly deserves this honor so join into this event to honor her for her birthday by signing up below to join into the event.

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ROSTER WITH THE LIST OF PARTICIPATING BLOGS:

The Wonderful World of Cinema:Gone with the wind

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood:Wuthering Heights and Storm In A Teacup

Old Hollywood Films:Anna Karenina

la-explorer:Rebecca

Dbmoviesblog:Gone with wind and Street car named desire

Gene Wilder:The mad Mad Hatter of comedy

Gene Wilder:The mad Mad Hatter of comedy

https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest-Gene-gene-wilder-31438119-1200-1200 (1)It’s so hard and heartbreaking to think that we lost this amazing man of comedy. He turned Off-Screen Neurosis Into Comedy Gold as often he also would do same on screen. Gene Wilder was one of a kind in comedy as he was a mad-hatter of comedy. It would be often said that gene was truly a gifted actor that could make any role magical. It was because he starred in some movies they became classics as he could turn any movie into pure magic. I re I recall when I first saw him in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971),it was purely magical as I adored this classic movie so much. I recall often watching him on VHS tapes of his movies I started to adore this man as he would make me crack up each time in his comedy classics such as Blazing Saddles and See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Stir Crazy and The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother and Young Frankenstein they always made me crack up so much. I always found his movies to make me laugh and smile as he always brought you joy then pure magic. What made him magical was he way of bringing such wonderful characters to the screen.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory quick reviewWilly Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a a truly magnificent piece of film-making and remains one of the most fascinating fantasies ever made. It’s one of those wonderful classics that was truly timeless that would be able to be made any period of time. It’s an imaginative family movie that truly has such wonderful charm to it. I think next to wizard of oz it was one of my favorites that i watched often as a child. I truly adore Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory as it stands among the classics in my eyes.

One of the best elements of this film is its wonderful screenplay that captured many great elements of a fantasy classic book to the screen. It has some of the best songs ever that came to the screen even rivaling Disney movies. I would say many songs can lift up your spirit as many of the songs really stand out.

Its acting and dialogue contains some of the most interesting little tidbits in the entire movie. Gene Wilder truly nails home one of the finest roles he ever played on the screen as its a whimsical performance with such infectious joy as its one fine acting performance. Jack Albertson gives one fine performance as the grandfather as its one of those fine performances on the screen. Peter Ostrum gives out one fine performance as Charlie as he plays this poor boy that has big dreams that truly you wish will come true for him as he truly is a good boy in one fine performance.

The acting of everyone else in cast give such wonderfully charming performances. This movie’s great sets truly captures the magic of the book to screen in such a wonderful way. The Cinematography stands out truly too as its finely crafted out. Its direction is truly fine too that really crafts out many of the books elements to screen with such charming magic. This truly is one magical fantasy movie that is a family classic for all ages even adults so it’s truly a must see classic movie.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Blazing Saddles quick review

Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies to ever come to the screen as its among of Mel brooks finest comedies ever to the screen. Its movie that deconstructs the traditional western by pointing out its racism. It also has such over the top characters that really are some of the funniest ever put on the screen. It’s a funny spoof comedy of westerns that stands as one of the finest of its type as it’s a Mel brooks classic.

Mel Brooks broke new ground with this spoof of westerns that really was something boldly daring for its time. Blazing saddles really courted a film courted controversy like no other major-release film of its time along with it breaking ground for the comedy spoofs to come. Cleavon Little playing the role of Sheriff of Rock Ridge really did bring us such charm to that role as its truly such a good performance of an actor.

Gene Wilder is brilliant as the “Deputy Spade as he brings such a great charm to the role as he truly makes it his own and its truly a fine performance. The acting of everyone else is top notch too. The dark humor in this movie is very smartly crafted and acted out by the cast which give it such wit and charm yet it’s so funny as it leaves no one beyond by its humor. This is Mel’s brooks comedy at its finest as it’s such a fine comedy that really will leave you laughing your ass off anytime you see it.
Blazing Saddles is such a great comedy classic is one of the finest ever crafted out spoof movies as its truly one funny classic for the ages.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Young Frankenstein quick review               

Mel Brooks’ tribute to the Frankenstein movies of universal’s golden age of horror is such a joy as its truly such a funny comedy classic that stands among the best of comedy.

Gene Wilder truly shines as Dr. Frankenstein as its one of his funniest roles he ever did on the screen as he truly hams it up and makes the character a parody of the mad doctor in a nutshell as its truly so funny to watch him do it with such wit and charm. It’s such a joy to watch him in this wonderful performance. Peter Boyle really is amazing as The monster as he truly makes it this monster such a joy to watch on screen as it’s such a wonderful performance. Marty Feldman truly is such a comic joy to watch on screen as its one of those oddball character actors that nails home such a fun role on the screen as he gives such a great performance on screen. Madeline Kahn truly nails home such a fine performance in her role as Elizabeth. Its acting is truly top notch by everyone in the cast as they give such fine performances.

The cast is beyond superb. e late, wonderful British comedian Marty Feldman (Igor), who turned his congenital wandering eyes into comedic foils, never misses a beat as second banana to Gene Wilder, who plays the distraught Dr. Frankenstein to the hilt and beyond. the marvelous Madeline Kahn, who gave a bravura performance as the doctor’s fiancée. The late comedienne’s burst into operatic ecstasy during her rape by the monster is simply inspired as its one of the most inspired moments of the movie it’s a shame we lost her so soon. This movie stands among the classics as its one of the finest comedy classics ever to the screen.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Silver Streak quick review

The first film to team legendary funny men Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, Silver Streak is a respectful Hitchcock homage to Hitchcock classics with such humor and wit to match to those movies.

Gene Wilder plays a normal man of sorts as a book publisher as it’s a nod to the normal man of Hitchcock movies whom is wrongfully accused of a crime he didn’t commit sounds like a Hitchcock movie you know? Well it is a comedy spoof of north By Northwest. He plays this role so wonderfully skilled as it would even make the master of movies pride as he nails home such humor and charm as this is one of his finest performances. Richard Pryor’s casting was a mark of steer inspiration as this gave birth to one of the greatest comic duos on the screen. Richard Pryor really plays such a wonderful Character in Glover a very good and wonderful performance. It is known that both gene and Richard didn’t really click off screen as much as they were not the best of friends but on screen the duo is one of the finest of comedy ever as they both give us such wonderful performances together on screen. Jill Clayburgh also plays a fine role. Its good acting that makes this comedy classic really last for ages as its the wit of all the cast as they play off the types of a Hitchcock movie. Silver Streak is truly a fine classic comedy.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Stir Crazy quick review

A Gene Wilder-Richard Pryor comedy classic as combining these two legends of comedy really works as they truly are so funny on screen together. Stir Crazy” once again brings together the comedic talents of Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor as they play  Skip and Harry two slackers as both of them give us such comic gold to their roles. Its them leading the show as this is a duo comedy at its finest. It’s a funny classic that is a joy to watch just not so much of a masterpiece as silver streak.

The Ruth rating:three and half bettes

Gene wilder’s gene_wilder_split_featuredGene wilder passing away  two days ago hit me hard as i truly loved him in so many movies even his lesser movies such as stir crazy and see no evil which is fun movies yet not his best of his roles and range as an actor. It’s truly a sad day to lose such a legend. He truly was one of a kind. I always found his movies to make me laugh and smile as he always brought you joy then pure magic. What made him magical was he way of bringing such wonderful characters to the screen. He was a kind and gentle soul that really wanted to make the world laugh and smile as he truly was one of the greatest comedy legends all time. Come with me you will be with you will go into pure imagination as gene took us into the madness in a way that was a journey that was one of a kind for the medium of film.  I think there will never be anyone like him again to grace our screen.