Portrait of jenny

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So today I talk about Portrait of jenny which was a beguiling fantasy that was a David O. Selznick production that truly shines in every way as its a poetic and lyrical tale that may be one of the screen’s finest gems ever put to the screen as this ethereal, inspiring fantasy-romance in the vein of The Ghost and Mrs Muir, Somewhere in Time and The Time Traveller’s Wife really is one of those tales you can watch anytime. I will tell you why in my review.

Portrait of jenny review

Robert Nathan’s book truly is one marvelous book that is lyrical the flim captures it perfectly.  Portrait Of Jennie is a romance/drama/fantasy was produced by David Selznick, who produced most of Jennifer Jones film whom was her husband as he is best remembered for producing gone with wind.  It’s the middle of the Depression, 1934, and struggling artist Joseph Cotten can’t seem to find his muse but he finds one day inspiration by meeting an enchanting girl while in Central Park. He resolves right then and there to paint a Portrait of Jennie.

This is one of my favorite movies of all times and especially because of the performance of Jennifer Jones as truly she is so lovely and enchanting to watch on screen as I think this movie and song of Bernadette both show how truly amazing her talent as an actress. It’s her role in this movie I feel is one of her finest ever as an actress. Joseph Cotton gives us one of his finest hours as he tries find out more about this girl to be inspired paint one amazing painting of her. , Ethel Barrymore plays Miss Spinney as she plays this old woman whom often buys the paintings as she plays such a remarkable role. Lillian Gish plays a remarkable role. It has amazing acting by everyone in its cast.

This film has a very haunting theme with black and white and then a color background as it’s truly a wonderful film to watch unfold. The last shot in Technicolor is breathtaking to watch on screen. I love the special effects, especially the opening with the canvas effect to the filming it deservedly won the Oscar for special effects that year as it does show how amazing it is in that department. Its simply one of best special effect driven classics of that era.

Dmitri Tiomkin’s lush score is truly one of the best scores of classic era of movies as also with its wonderful seductive visuals. It has wonderful performances from one of the finest classics of that era with memorable supporting roles for Lillian Gish, David Wayne and especially Ethel Barrymore and wonderful acting of Joseph Cotton and Jennifer Jones as this kind of grand sweeping romance is only found in books and movies that simply is a marvelous classic that is one of finest classics of any age making it this classic a must see classic.

The ruth rating:five bette's

 

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damsel in distress or persecuted maiden is a classic theme in world literature,art,film and video games. The trope involves a beautiful or innocent woman placed in danger by a villain or monster that requires a knight or hero to rescue her. In movies it has become common trope in storytelling. The golden age of movies turned this trope into a different light by turning it into women-in-peril sub genre of movies that started out in 1940’s as they were a sub genre for horror and thrillers that follows a female protagonist who is subjected to prolonged physical and emotional torture. These tortures are aimed at womanhood or what it means to be a woman. Women portrayed as victims is fertile ground for movies today I talk about movies of this sub genre that are a classics of the golden age of cinema as I talk about these Gothic melodramas or thrillers of the golden age of movies So let’s begin this talk about it.

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So I begin with a review of gaslight(1944) which is a mystery thriller based upon a play that tells a story about a woman whose husband slowly manipulates her into believing she is insane.

Patrick Hamilton’s Angel Street an American stage classic was turned into a classic Gothic melodrama on the screen in 1944 as gaslight. This Gothic melodrama about a woman being driven out of her mind was directed by George Cukor. This film is beloved by film fans all over the world because it holds the viewer interested in watching the psychological drama with echoes of Gothic overtone unfold on the screen. 

Ingrid Bergman plays a wonderful role as  Paula as she  born to play this troubled woman as she truly captures the raw depths of this person perfectly. The movie starts with her as a young girl at the begining of the flim to a blooming woman that is affaid of her own shadow. One look at Ingrid Bergman  you get sense what is in her mind each moment of the movie as she truly gives us one amazing performance. Charles Boyer also makes a great Gregory Anton as he plays the perfect villain as he truly is sly and  duplicitous with a hidden agenda to get whatever he can out of poor Paula. Gregory Anton is an evil man that will go to any lengths to get what he wants.  Its truly a wonderful role. The supporting cast all give out such amazing performances as young  Angela Lansbury stands out among them as a maid. Joseph Cotten gives a good performance.  Dame May Witty truly is a good actress giving us an amazing performance. Gaslight is an excellent Gothic melodrama that you should see today.

House of wax review

Wax sculptor Henry (Vincent Price) is horrified to learn that his business partner, Matthew (Roy Roberts), plans on torching their wax museum to collect on the insurance policy. Henry miraculously survives a fiery confrontation with Matthew and re-emerges some years hence with a museum of his own. But when the appearance of Henry’s new wax sculptures occurs at the same time that a number of corpses vanish from the city morgue, art student Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk) begins suspecting wrongdoing.
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Vincent Price was a known caracter actor by time he played Wax sculptor Henry. House of wax. House of Wax was one of the few films made in 3D which was a huge success. It really is likely because of the movies strong acting by its cast.  Vincent Price plays one of his finest villain roles that he gives all his charm as as an actor to the role of  Henry Jarrod, a sweet and dedicated artist who creates lifelike mannequins for a wax museum. He crates wax figures of many people whom he loves like his kids. is partner sets the museum on fire, hoping to collect a tidy sum in insurance money. Henry supposedly perishes in the flames, trying in vain to rescue his beloved wax friends in a scene which is truly heartbreaking as you see him try to save them to be almost burned alive.
Henry reappears, wheelchair bound and just a tad bitter. He has opened a new wax museum which features realistic scenes of murder and horror, many of them taken from current headlines. Unfortunately, some of them are just a little TOO realistic: one looks like Henry’s ex-partner, who was found hanging in an elevator shaft. It really is a very great shift in his persona as this guy now is a wicked villain of charm. Vincent Price played up this role as he really gives out charm in this role.
This is a wonderful, creepy scare-fest with great sets, beautiful colors and strong performances. Vincent Price as Henry Jarrod really is lovable and and horrifying as the kind man driven mad. Charles Bronson, in a very early role, is super freaky as Henry’s mute and morbid assistant. Carolyn Jones. it is really price that steals the show as many scenes he plays up to the camera which was used the 3d effect such as him playing ping pong to the camera that scene you see price’s great charm as an actor come out. Phyllis Kirk is the sensible Sue a slightly uptight but genuinely believable victim that has such charm in her role too.  Vincent Price seems to enjoy playing the villain as he seems to just make it seem like such a joy as he plays it with glee like a school boy. He really loved to play villains he often said as he could have such fun in playing evil. I would love talk about how the wax figures he creates of horror really can creep you out. House of wax is a horror gem that you must see today.

 Black cat reviewca75bfe0b446b1c7e75b4f3208772409Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat was released in 1934; it was the first feature film to famed Universal horror actors Bella Lugosi (“Dracula”) and Boris Karloff (“Frankenstein”) in the same film together which may explain why it is one of the beloved cult classics.

Bella Lugosi plays the good guy in this movie.  The role of Dr. Vitus Werdegast is among the finest ever played by Bella Lugosi. it is so much of a departure from many of his other roles it does stand out among his roles.Boris Karloff plays Hjalmar Poelzig, a Satanic architect whom is among one of his finest roles on the screen as he plays a wonderfully creepy role. He plays a devil worshiper that holds black masses and a penchant for the ladies only when they are put to the  devil’s business. He plays it so dark and twisted as this evil devil worshiping priest. He was once friends to Dr. Vitus Werdegast whom he betrayed during the war which led to a long imprisonment.  This bond really plays off well in parts you see shades of the friendship yet you know truth that both men don’t like each other. They play both together in a horror classic in a fine manner as both of the duo really lights up the screen.

Peter Alison (David Manners), a pulp mystery writer, and his newlywed bride, Joan (Julie Bishop,) both plays both roles finely i may add as both really are good at playing off this couple stuck in middle of this game between both men. Julie Bishop of course plays Joan the victim in the middle of it all.She is used as a pawn in Hjalmar Poelzig’s rituals. Both of the couple really stands out as both give out wonderful performances. The Black Cat contains some of the most unsettling scenes of any classic Universal horror film. It is the darkest of them all. I just wonder how it was viewed by audiences in 1934. Two scenes that immediately come to mind are the black mass performed by Karloff and the torture scene at the end of the film. These scenes are not typical of the Universal classics as this is darker than normal universal horror movies.  I adore the darker elements that make this movie really stand out among horror movies of that era. The setting of this movie is different than other universal horror movies as its futuristic house really stands out among universal horror movie movies.  It’s wonderful set design and cinematography and lighting really shines that makes it stand out along with its wonderful acting and makeup work and direction makes this universal classic stand out. This is one classic movie you should see today.

The Canterville Ghost review

The Canterville Ghost is loosely based upon the  a short story by Oscar Wilde starring  Robert Young and  Margaret O’Brien with Charles Laughton as the ghost whom he plays with a delightful charm to the role. It’s a very charming little gem that will make you smile as it’s a very delightful and charming ghost story for the whole family that you will laugh and adore. It’s a classic charming ghost story that is timeless as ever that you should see today.

Gothic Melodrama is a very special brand of the ever popular Melodrama style that emerged in the late 30’s and that featured not only old Gothic mansions, dozens of burning candles, foggy streets illuminated by gaslight, mysteries and haunting family secrets, Victorian ladies walking through dark corridors, Byronic heroes like Orson Welles or James Mason, tall dark villains like Vincent Price and tragic ghost stories. I showed some of these stories today that present as many classics exist in this area you can enjoy many times over and over again i hope you enjoyed my look upon this area today.

happy birthday Charles Laughton

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Charles Laughton was born July 1, 1899. The Oscar-winning star of “Witness for the Prosecution and Mutiny on the Bounty among many other classic flims.   A talented and diverse actor  Charles Laughton was a character actor who portrayed a wide variety of roles throughout his career. He also worked as a director, producer and screenwriter. He turns 101 today so  i am honoring this wonderful legend whom was one of best actors ever to grace the screen. 

The Night of the Hunter review
It is a shame that  Charle Laughton, the distinguished actor, didn’t direct more films. As he clearly indicates with The Night of the Hunter”, he had a rare gift for guiding a production into achieving greatness as this flim didnt get the love it deserved when it came out now has turned out to be a classic. Its a children’s fairy-tale story with the horrors of a good fairy-tale with its light touches too of a fairy-tale.
Lillian Gish plays the saintly Ms. Cooper, guardian of unwanted children whom are now in dreamlike place compared to the nightmare of their home before. Charles Laughton’s small town America is a stylized and dreamlike as it would exist in a fairy-tale. Robert Mitchum is the evil Harry Powell. It’s without a doubt, one of Mr. Mitchum’s best screen work ever as he plays one wicked role. This classic is one truly amazing classic with wonderful acting and a wonderful story and direction and wonderful music makes it a very wonderful classic you should see anytime.

The Paradine Case review

It is often considered one of Hitchcock’s lesser movies. Many people dislike it and many people love it and praise it. Its acting is good that is not issue. It has such layers to this movie that it works for some and others it does not work right. The talents of Gregory Peck and Ann Todd and Charles Laughton and Ethel Barrymore and Louis Jourdan and other great talents all make up the cast of this movie. Its moody love story that centers on many of the leads of this movie really does bring some of its layer. One thing this movie misses is the Hitchcock humor does not seem to be in this movie. The acting of everyone is very good. Its Hitchcock’s noir classic in a way. It captures the soul of noir as you have a moody love story mixed with poisoning. It really is a fun noir gem to watch that really is such a fun case of it being a classic that is a mixed bag for many. Watch it today if you want a very good classic gem to delight you.

The Canterville Ghost review

The Canterville Ghost is loosely based upon the  a short story by Oscar Wilde starring  Robert Young and  Margaret O’Brien with Charles Laughton as the ghost whom he plays with a delightful charm to the role. It’s a very charming little gem that will make you smile as it’s a very delightful and charming ghost story for the whole family that you will laugh and adore. It’s a classic charming ghost story that is timeless as ever that you should see today.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame review

This version of The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is the finest film version that I’ve ever seen and the critics normally agree that it’s the best screen adaptation of the classic novel. Charles Laughton is simply amazing in his role as Quasimodo as he plays it to the finest level i seen this character played as he truly gives us one wonderful performance. Maureen O’Hara’s  as Esmerelda truly also gives one of her most charming roles as it made her also an icon too as this is one great role for this wonderful legend. Every one of the actors gives us such wonderful performances. It’s a wonderful classic for the ages you should see today.

Island of Lost Souls review

This controversial adaptation of H.G. Wells’ short novel was outlawed in many nations around the globe due to the unpalatable ethical and religious issues it raised at time of release. This version of this classic tale remains to be the finest version of this classic tale ever on the screen. Charles Laughton delivers one of the best performances in the history of horror as the mad Dr. Moreau as he truly gives one amazing performance as one of truly mad man.  Bela Lugosi stands out in his small role which is one of his finest on the screen ever as the sayer of the law. This timeless movie has been neglected for far too long and the time as it’s the best version of this tale as simply few tales of human horror compare to this classic horror gem. It remains one of finest classics that you should see today.

The wonderful Charles Laughton whom was a Tortured but brilliant British actor Charles Laughton’s unique performances made him a compelling performer both on stage and in film as he also was married to Elsa Lanchester whom was one of the finest character actresses of the golden age.  He would star in many classics that remain timeless today such as Witness for the Prosecution and the big clock and Captain Kidd and The Hunchback of Notre Dame as each displayed a small part of this amazing talented man of acting that was one of our finest ever on the screen. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to this wonderful legend.

Island of Lost Souls review

This controversial adaptation of H.G. Wells’ short novel was outlawed in many nations around the globe due to the unpalatable ethical and religious issues it raised at time of release. This version of this classic tale remains to be the finest version of this classic tale ever on the screen. Charles Laughton delivers one of the best performances in the history of horror as the mad Dr. Moreau as he truly gives one amazing performance as one of truly mad man.  Bela Lugosi stands out in his small role which is one of his finest on the screen ever as the sayer of the law. This timeless movie has been neglected for far too long and the time as it’s the best version of this tale as simply few tales of human horror compare to this classic horror gem. It remains one of finest classics that you should see today.

The wonderful Charles Laughton whom was a Tortured but brilliant British actor Charles Laughton’s unique performances made him a compelling performer both on stage and in film as he also was married to Elsa Lanchester whom was one of the finest character actresses of the golden age.  He would star in many classics that remain timeless today such as Witness for the Prosecution and the big clock and Captain Kidd and The Hunchback of Notre Dame among many other classics as each displayed a small part of this amazing talented man of acting that was one of our finest ever on the screen. I hope you enjoyed my tribute to this wonderful legend.

Time bandits

Time bandits

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So today I review Time Bandits which stands as one of my favorite movies all time.  Terry Gilliam is one of the more innovative, creative, and fantastical directors as his films easily bear his stamp of absurdist humour, witty dialogue, sheer fantasy, dream-like sequences, and always a generous dose of black comedy. Time Bandits is certainly no exception but to me i seen this movie many times out of all of terry’s flims i love it the most as this movie is so fun to watch.

Young history buff Kevin (Craig Warnock) can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they’ve purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) before the Supreme Being catches up with them.(plot off goggle)

In the world of sci-fi comedy this movie remains timeless.  Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits is that rare thing a kids movie that is truly one of the most imaginative children’s movies. Time bandits is a fairy-tale that is truly one fun fairy tale classic. , Kevin as played by Craig Warnock truly shines in the role as he is the moral center of the flim.  The whole cast are great.  Warner and David Rappaport playing head bandit Randall are especially good, and there are a handful of fun cameos including Sean Connery, Shelly Duvall, and Gilliam’s old pal John Cleese playing a hilarious Robin Hood. It’s not a new notion, but the love with which Gilliam depicts the past and the imagination beautifully highlights the relative mundanity of the kind of inventions that often seem like lifesavers. In fact, much of the film skates by on the pure love of making it, giving perfect expression to Truffaut’s notion that a film should express either the joy of film-making or the agony of it.

Gilliam has had his share of agony, but when he’s got joy in his heart, he’s unstoppable.  Time Bandits, illustrating the imaginings of children, represents the first film in what has become known as Gilliam’s “Dreams Trilogy.” Brazil, the middle chapter, depicts the dreams of a middle-aged individual. And The Adventures of Baron Munchausen does something similar for an old man as each flim is part of this dream series as i do think out of three i adore time bandits the most as its truly a time traveling comedy classic that remains timeless.

Time Bandits is a film about a child’s imagination being set free. The script (written by Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin) features plenty of Python-esque humor, and director Gilliam brings his usual visual flair and surrealism. For the most part, this is a very funny and charming fantasy adventure suitable for the whole family but also highly recommended for fans of Python and/or Gilliam. Its truly one classic gem that remains timeless.

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Judy Garland a vaudevillian legend of the screen

Judy Garland a vaudevillian legend of the screen

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So today I honor Judy Garland the woman that began my love for movies. When I was a boy I recall first seeing wizard of oz as she played Dorothy as she entered the world of oz.

Dorothy entering oz began my love for movies as that sparked my love for movies. She was the first icon of stardom that I loved truly as i admired this wonderful woman that managed to take me a new world of magic as she sparked forever my love of movies. So today i am honoring her for her grand tribute to give her due as I feel to honor this wonderful woman that sparked my love for movies. The tribute to Judy garland i is done today for the THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend crystal of in the good days of classic Hollywood thanks to her for hosting this wonderful event. check out other posts form the event for days of the event. So lets begin to honor Judy garland.

So Judy garland began preforming as a little girl with her sisters at a very young age as she was always able stand out among them all. She was quite the little charmer as i will show you a clip of her early gum sisters singing now.

You can see the sisters of Judy garland and her preforming together as Judy stands out as she is the little charmer among them all.

Judy garland preformed in Pigskin Parade as she is able to convey such longing and emotion at age 14 is simply amazing. What a powerhouse! and it was just a sample of things to come for her talent. These early samples give you a small taste of the magical charm of this wonderful lady. Babes in Arms begins her larger impact as her charm and wit was starting to be mined.

Babes in Arms review

The struggle of two talented young artists, to make their own way in the show business.(plot form IMDb)

This charming classic is a very fun movie because it’s simply start of a duo that really clicked together. It was made after she shot wizard of oz which would bring her to stardom. She was a bit player and supporting actress to the bigger star of Mickey Rooney at the time. Mickey Rooney was even nominated for Best Actor which was just to put a name on ballot.  A babe in arms is a charming little gem that is fun little musical comedy that really makes both of the stars stand out as their performances are magical together. This classic gem has very good acting and direction with very fun musical numbers very much reflection of the times. It’s a fun movie that you will enjoy to watch anytime.
everybody Sing review
When boisterous Judy Bellaire (Judy Garland) encourages her fellow school chorus members to sing a classical piece with a modern swing beat, her scandalized teacher uses the musical mutiny as an excuse to expel her from the Colvin School for Girls. With the encouragement of Ricky Saboni (Allan Jones), her family’s cook, Judy decides to follow her dream and audition for a stage musical. Meanwhile, Ricky struggles to gain the affections of Judy’s sister, the lovely Sylvia (Lynne Carver).
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Everybody Sing” is a delightful 1938 film filled with music but frankly not Judy’s best with a cast of good stars such as Judy garland and Billie Burke and Fanny Brice and Lynne Carver and Allan Jones as each do a good job with what they are given here. its frankly not their best work by a long shot honestly. Its an okay movie you may enjoy.
wizard of oz introduction 

Wizard of oz was one of first movies I seen as a boy. I recall fondly when she frist enters oz it was a strike like a match to me. I instantly found a new love in my life as my love for movies.

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This scene still makes me feel a smile as i just feel its truly one of the most magical scenes in movie history.  I fondly remember as boy running TV each time it came on TV on CBS. I was so happy it was about to air on TV as it was an event to see wizard of oz. I had the tape too which watched so often as that tape had a feature that i never found ever again about making of wizard of oz which talked about this classic movie. I fondly remember Judy garland being the frist icon i ever loved as a child as an she stood as my favorite actress. The wizard of oz is the most beloved classic all time as billions of people saw this movie. a flim historian said that the magic of wizard of oz touches the child in all of us. I frist saw wizard of oz as boy later I realized this movie is a very special picture.

Wizard of oz review

Wizard of oz was one of first movies I seen as a boy. I really adore this classic so fondly the cast of legends really stands out. Judy garland gives out a wonderful performance in a star making role as Dorthy as she made the movie magical as her charm is what made it click. She sings somewhere over rainbow which may be one of my favorite songs ever as its a song that feels so magical. Frank Morgan played five roles as he played Professor Marvel / The Wizard / Doorman / Cabbie / Guard. one of few actors to play such wonderful range on a movie as he could make each role feel like their own roles as he truly makes each role stand out as he gives out such ranged acting in his wonderful acting in the wizard of oz. Ray Bolger as Hunk/Scarecrow. I would say ray’s main role as scarecrow truly shines as you see such a wonderful performance as he plays a second role as hunk in which he gives same level of wonderful charm.  Bert Lahr as Zeke/Cowardly Lion. Bart lahr as the Cowardly Lion really stands out among the cast as he was a very wonderful character actor. Jack Haley as Hickory Twicker/Tin Man. Jack Haley gives out a very wonderful performance in his acting of his role.

Margaret Hamilton as Miss Gulch/The wicked Witch of West. Margaret Hamilton plays two roles as she plays miss gulch in the intro in which she gives out such a wonderful performance in her role.The main role she plays is the wicked witch role in which she became famous for for many years as she would often come back to this role. Margaret Hamilton plays the wicked witch in such a wonderful way that she makes the wicked witch a very fun villain role that does make you far her.

Billie Burke plays Glinda the Good Witch. Billie Burke gives out such a wonderful perfomance that really is so sweet and charming as she helps make us feel happy. She always adored the role as it felt closest to her roles on the stage. Pat Walshe as Nikko may be one of the other stand out roles as he has look like a wicked monkey for movie as he truly makes us fear him but also plays the sidekick to our villain. Charley Grapewin plays Uncle Henry and Clara Blandick plays Aunt Em both of them give such good performances.

The whole cast of oz all give out such good acting. Its charm does mainly come from its musical numbers as a few were cut from the film which are all famous little songs that stood out like the jitterbug and scarecrow’s song that was cut. The movies story connects to us via a dream is how Dorothy connects to us as she faces a crisis in her life that ends her up dreaming about oz. The movie has a magical charm that always touched my heart. The ending has always seemed very wonderful to me as its ending does have a feeling that you fell like oz is what we wish upon as the farm or home may not feel as magical at times yet as it says there is no place like home in the end.

The wizard of wizard offers the cinema lover looking for magic everything they want, it’s all here, in about two hours of pure entertainment in every way from its wonderful casting to wonderful score it’s lovely sets and makeup design that’s rich and detailed and its costumes that are so amazing too. It’s wonderful in every way. Its a wonderful classic that is timeless classic you can watch anytime

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This was Judy Garland’s first young adult movie role after starring role as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz. It is among one of her best roles. I can say her as Nellie Kelly as a feisty whom feels very modern. It is Judy’s charm that gives out one of her finest roles.The cast all give out very good acting. Its a very good classic you should see today.

THE HARVEY GIRLS is one of my favorite Judy Garland movies all time. Judy Garland stars as Susan Bradley, an impressionable and very naive young woman on her way west by train, as a mail order bride. On board the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe she meets a bunch of other equally young and naive young women heading west to work as Harvey Girls. Judy plays the role with such a charm and power. She shines in this role. The cast all do a good job here. This movie is a fun little musical gem you will enjoy anytime.

Don’t you just love those old 40’s musicals? Easter Parade is certainly one of the best musicals all time. It is a classic gem that has Fred Astaire and Judy garland both together giving out their finest acting and charm to boot. It is just a charming magical duo that shines. This is one of my favorite Judy garland movies.

Fred Astaire Judy Garland Vaudeville Medley really has to be among one of my favorite musical numbers it is just pure magic and charm to watch them do this number together.

This charming beat is just a fun little beat that i just adore. I can say it is truly one of those wonderful charming song beats.

The year 1954 proved to be one of the professional best for Judy Garland as she gave out one of her finest hours on the screen. She truly shines in this role. The quintessential story of a couple, one who’s career is on the rise, the other on the decline is made extraordinary by the performances by its talents. It is just a gem to watch.

Two tragic wonderful performers, Robert Walker and Judy Garland, star as a soldier and the girl he meets in The Clock. I would say that Judy Garland shines in her finest dramatic performance as she truly gives out one of her finest hours on the screen. Robert Walker shines in his wonderful role on the screen too. This movie truly is one classic that i do love truly so much with its wonderful acting that makes it stand out. It’s a timeless classic love story you will enjoy anytime.

Vincent Minnelli makes sumptuous use of color, costumes and settings in this lush MGM musical teaming Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in their prime in this wonderful classic with wonderful songs by Cole porter produced by the Arthur freed of the MGM unit. Its cast all give out such good acting. It’s very good musical numbers all stand out. It’s truly a classic you should watch today.

A star is born was a comeback picture for Judy garland as she truly managed to give out a role that almost earned her an Oscar as she truly is one wonderful actress in this role. James mason stands out by giving a wonderful performance. The whole cast all stand out by giving out such wonderful performances. Its songs in this classic all feel natural to each part of the movie as it’s very much a reflection into a star’s life. This classic is one wonderful classic that shines among movies that you will enjoy anytime.

Judy garland will always remain in my fond heart as since a boy to now i just adore and love her truly. I can say that she had that magical charm to her that many talents today cannot match ever. She was an amazing and talented lady that could really give out such great and charming performances. She is a magical legend for all time. I am highly in love with this legend as she will forever remain in my heart as one of a kind in legends as no legend seems compare to her. Thanks for joining me in honoring this legend today for the THE JUDY GARLAND BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend crystal of in the good days of classic Hollywood thanks to her for hosting this wonderful event. Check out other posts form the event for days of the event. Thanks for joining me in honoring this legend today.

Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan

Ray Harryhausen, Special Effects Titan

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For me as a child they were the films that always stood out form anything i seen in many special effects driven movies, they may be monsters but they feel so real. I was a fan of stop motion before even knowing what it was about as a boy. He inspired many special effects artists and directors. When i did start learning names as I was able find his name and i adored his work even more and learned more about it. I learned more about it.  Long before CGI ray created the monster magic of movies. Even with CGI now I find ray’s movies truly wonderful as his creatures always feel more life then many CGI creations. It’s truly a marvelous marvel to me to watch his magical movies anytime. So I talk about this special effects titan and his magical movies and his craft today as I honor him.  He did his frist animations for George Pal’s Puppetoons which  were a series of animated puppet films made in Europe in the 1930s and in the U.S. in the 1940s. They are memorable for their use of replacement animation: using a series of different hand-carved wooden puppets (or puppet heads or limbs) for each frame in which the puppet moves or changes expression, rather than moving a single puppet, as is the case with most stop motion puppet animation,many of these shorts are very good to watch. During World War II, Ray Harryhausen served in the United States Army Special Services Division under Colonel Frank Capra, as a loader, clapper boy, gofer and later camera assistant whilst working at home animating short films about the use and development of military equipment. During this time he also worked with composer Dimitri Tiomkin and Ted Geisel (“Dr. Seuss”). Following the war he salvaged several rolls of discarded 16 mm surplus film from which he made a series of fairy tale-based shorts, which he called his “Teething-rings. So he started work in 1947 on mighty Joe young as he was the animator on that movie.  So he did most of stop motion animation on mighty Joe young which won an Oscar in 1949 for best special effects. So to talk him as i gave some starting info on him. Mighty Joe Young (1949)Mighty Joe young had animation based upon  O’Brien’s design and storyboard. He carefully animated many frames of Joe as we see Joe is very much more alive than king Kong ever was. Mighty Joe Young is a a stop-motion gorilla really carefully animated the many scenes with him being roped among other scenes.  The animation work truly is remarkable based upon storyboards. Robert Armstrong, a veteran of both King Kong and The Son of Kong fame stars in this movie is amazing. Terry Moore plays one of her first really significant roles as Jill as she truly is sweet in her role as she makes us believe in such. Ben Johnson gives a great role in this movie. The acting is so great in this charming gem of a movie. 

The scene of Beautiful Dreamer is one of my favorite movie scenes all time as this scene shows off the animation of ray as its truly magical to see Terry Moore held by mighty Joe young as each animation frame here you see the animation of his face and his expressions it’s just a joy to see the scene. It’s a wonderful wonder this scene. Mighty Joe young is a must see today.The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)Ray Harryhausen’s first solo opportunity to supervise special effects (after apprenticing under Willis O’Brien, the technician behind 1933’s KING KONG) is the archetypal model for dozens of sci-fi monster flicks that followed, during the 1950’s, and beyond as it served as model for the monster movies to come. Cecil Kellaway is wonderfully cast as he is just wonderful in this movie. Lee Van Cleef whom is known to play alongside Clint Eastwood in many movies gives us a wonderful role. Kenneth Tobey and Donald Woods both give great roles. Its acting is very strong as the cast really do give us such wonderful acting. Ray Harryhausen’s landmark effects sequences are the star in this movie as it’s his first effort as headliner for it as he did animate many of those scenes to great levels of skill. The Rhedosaurus itself remains a definitive creature as his animations are skillfully done frame by frame in many of the scenes as he did such scenes as him destroying the lighthouse which was done frame by frame. The beast eating the cop was one famous scene as we see it was done with a cop figure toy getting ate by a slow motion frame by frame movement of Rhedosaurus. One of ray’s great inventions was the Dynamation process which roots form 1938 to figure ways to animate better with stop motion. So he would place his model on an animation stand in front of this screen and then place a large pane of glass in front of that. On this glass he painted in black the foreground that he wished to block out. After filming the animated sequence so that the creature interacted with the actors as planned which is how  Rhedosaurus is animated. The beast form 20,000 Fathoms truly is a fun monster movie at its best you should watch. It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)

It Came from Beneath the Sea is one of the most famous  giant octopus feature ever made. A vintage science-fiction thriller that makes sublime use of Ray Harryhausen’s legendary stop-motion animation. It’s very much a b-movie at heart with some b-movie level acting. It’s the stop motion animation truly is what makes this movie last the test of time. The octopus had six arms carefully animated by ray instead of eight arms. It’s not shown quite often. It’s not his best movies by a mile this is an enjoyable movie.Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)

This is quintessential 1950’s scfi. It’s very b-level acting with many silly elements yet its charm is Harryhausen’s visual effects as you see the animations of the  Saucers.  the titular flying saucers are the reason to watch the film. Ray Harryhausen designed the saucers so that the top and bottom halves rotate in opposite directions with a shape that looks very out-worldly in its feel as you never think of them as models on a string as they would shape many alien movies to come for ages to come. Ray Harryhausen’s reached its peak in this movie. It’s a fun b-movie to watch anytime. 20 million miles to earth(1957)

The first spaceship to visit Venus crash lands in the sea, freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size, it threatens the city of Rome.  Ray Harryhausen always wanted to do Europe and monsters so he did it with this movie. This is Harryhausen’s personal favorite movie and he has a cameo appearance in the zoo sequence. Its acting is very b-level as much of cast is same form his last movie before it. This is often considered one of Ray Harryhausen’s finest monster features as its just one monster which is given tons of personality and charm as we see him grow throughout the movie destroying  the city of Rome. The sulphur- eating, reptilian-like Venusian creature, “the Ymir’s” titanic struggle with an elephant in the streets of Rome, preceding the climatic confrontation in the Colosseum with mankind, remains one of the greatest one-to-one creature battles of all time. It’s truly a fun b-movie to watch. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)

The 7th Voyage of Sinbad features elements form Greek mythology with some fairy tales and monster movies mixed together in its elements. This movie reminds me more of  Odyssey, which is cited as one possible influence on the original Sinbad stories. Its monsters is by far some of the best elements of this short movie as its monsters are some of the best ever done by Ray Harryhausen. The cyclops truly is a fun thing to watch on screen. The celebrated skeleton duel truly is such fun to watch. Ray’s stop-motion monsters are the charming elements as so many of them in this movie truly are marvels to watch on screen. The movie’s cast includes Kerwin Mathews as Sinbad and Torin Thatcher  and Richard Eyer all giving such wonderful acting. Its music by Bernard Herrmann is magnificent as ever its score is very wonderful. This is one of the best Sinbad movies standing among the best of  Ray Harryhausen movies. This is a wonderfully fun gem to watch today. The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960)The Three Worlds of Gulliver takes the tale of Gulliver’s Travels with Ray Harryhausen’s charm. This movie is not considered among the best of Ray Harryhausen as likely due to its lack of creatures. Kerwin Mathews, the star of Sinbad, was cast as Lemuel Gulliver gives a fine perfomance. June Thorburn gives a good job of acting. Jo Morrow, Lee Patterson, Basil Sydney, Martin Benson, and Sherri Alberoni all give good performances. This movie is geared more to kids. The optical illusions that Harryhausen created for the film is well done along with its creatures as they are greatly done by Ray Harryhausen. This is a fun movie to watch.Mysterious Island (1961)Ray Harryhausen and jules verne is a match made in heaven with such wonderful stop motion animation. I would say out of his many movies he helped craft this movie truly marvelous . The flim departs form the book in so many ways. I fondly enjoy many of his movies one is a treat to watch anytime. The caracters are given so many conflicts that its a joy to see the story unfold. The icing on the top of this cake is the music by Bernard Herrmann as his wonderful score. The stop motion animation really is such a work of art as all of the many creatures are animated with such great depth and skill as this movie has the best of his ray’s wonderful work.  Mysterious Island is the type of old-fashioned adventure film that they just don’t make anymore which you should watch today.One Million Years B.CPre-Jurassic Park dinosaur b-movies get no more fun than in One Million Years B.C as its truly a fun b-movie. It’s very silly movie in many ways yet it’s very much a fun b-movie at heart and soul as it’s a hammer remake the 1940 fantasy film by the same name. It’s very much b-movie acting at its finest as all of them are good in their roles yet it’s all cheesy.  Raquel Welch is the big selling point of this movie with ray’s wonderful stop motion dinosaurs really stealing the show form her many time as these creatures are a joy to watch on the screen then again so is Raquel Welch. This is a fun b-movie that you will enjoy to watch.The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

Those years of obscurity were unfair, because The Valley of Gwangi is one of my favorite films from the team of Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. It’s a huge sugary ball of all the things I love to see in a pulp adventure tale as this western gem mixed monster movie. It’s a gem for sure. Originally written by King Kong’s Willis O’Brien, Gwangi script was never filmed, but a copy owned by Ray Harryhausen stored in his garage was resurrected in 1966. With additional work by writer William Bast. It has wonderful acting by its cast as James Francious headlines it with Gila Golan and Richard Carlson. It’s very much a fun gem with many fun moments of joy as the prehistoric mayhem of the stop motion dinosaurs vs. dinosaurs all animated by Ray Harryhausen is marvelous as its many dinosaurs are such marvels of animation. It’s a treat to watch anytime. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)

The Golden Voyage of Sinbad was released in 1974.Tom Baker is terrific in the role as Koura as he plays a sinister role as its pre-doctor who for him. He truly gives us one of the best villains i ever seen on screen. John Phillip Law truly is wonderful as Sinbad. Caroline Munro is great in her respective role. The acting of everyone does shine in this movie. This movie has more of the layers of the Sinbad stories in it such as the a Muslim elements which he quotes many verses of that faith. The monsters are the stand out part of this classic gem such as a centaur and a griffin and Kali. The lengthy, incredibly-rendered sword-fight with Kali is the undisputed highlight of the film, a terrific set-piece that still captures the imagination as its truly one of the best monster fights ever on film. It’s such fun as the monsters by Ray Harryhausen are such fun. The sword fights truly is another fun element of this classic movie as the sword fights bring great fun and joy to watch on the screen. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad is a fun adventure movie with wonderful acting and wonderful effects and great action scenes as its truly a marvel to watch. Clash of the Titans (1981)

By answering a seemingly impossible riddle, Perseus, the son of Zeus, wins the hand of the Princess Andromeda in marriage. Trouble appears in the shape of Calibos, the princess’s former love, and his mother, the Goddess Thetis. In order that the dreaded Kraken not be released, Andromeda has to be sacrificed and Perseus searches for the Medusa; her head is the only thing that can stop the Kraken. Clash of the Titans has been a favorite of mine since i was a kid.  I recall often watching and re-watching this 80’s gem as it got me into  Greek mythology as a boy.  It introduced me to Ray Harryhausen.   Greek mythology creatures by Ray Harryhausen are wonderful creations in this movie as he brings forth his best efforts to craft out some of the finest monsters ever on the screen. The cast is another standout element as many great legends of the screen give us such wonderful acting. Sir Laurence Olivier, who plays Zeus to such great efforts as he gives us something truly amazing as this is fine acting by him as we see him in one of his last roles on the screen. Maggie Smith gives a great performance. Burgess Meredith truly stands out as  Ammon.  Harry Hamlin truly gives a good role.  Claire Bloom as Hera, Zeus’s long-suffering wife; Ursula Andress as Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty; and Susan Fleetwood as Athena, goddess of wisdom, fertility, the useful arts, and prudent warfare, and Jack Gwillim as Poseidon all give good acting in their roles. The gods playing a game of chess with them is an interesting story trait. Harryhausen’s creations. the mechanical owl, Bubo; the two-headed dog, Dioskilos; the snake-headed, Medusa; the Pegasus; the giant scorpions; and of course the famous monster known as The Kraken all of them are amazing in action as its stop motion at its finest.  The score by composer Lawrence Rosenthal is one great musical score. The movie truly is a marvelous adventure movie you can watch today. 

This is Ray Harryhausen if reading this I am sure he was your hero too. He made the monsters the star which is the coolest thing in the world. Ray Harryhausen is A childhood hero of mine. I can say that i have been obsessed with his work since I was a boy. His monsters had more personality then me as a boy but it was truly magical when I first saw his movies i was in awe and wonder. it showed me that one man can make such wonders. I knew these monsters were not real but they touched my heart. it is still so true to my heart because I seen them when i was a boy and not know how they were done. I remember many as boy saying they were not real but i didn’t care. I seen many things that passed in such effects but I never could get over how amazing this guys truly stands out. Ray Harryhausen truly is the greatest artist of special effects. One of the my true heroes to my heart. thank you ray for teaching me to let my imagination soar and showing what magic can be, thanks sir please join to honor this great hero as he truly is one of my heroes so for me to talk his movies and his creations was a joy to me for my Ray Harryhausen Blogathon. Thanks everyone remember to love the magic of the movies.

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Dinosaurs have been really fascinating us since we found them. It is a wonder that when a new medium called cinema was invented many tried to make dinosaurs to varying levels of success in early movies. Before Jurassic park we had the dinosaur creations of ray harryhausen.Ray Harryhausen is one of my heroes. I would say he made dinosaurs more realistic then many others at that time. Jurassic park may have changed the game but it was ray that inspired that game changing movie among others. Ray Harryhausen inspired many of today’s filmmakers among others in cinema.

Ray Harryhausen’s love of dinosaurs dates from 1925, when he first saw Willis O’Brien’s film The Lost World in the cinema at the age of five, which he described with the words, I was about five years old when I had my first taste of dinosaurs. My parents took me to see the movie of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World (1925) in which an intrepid group of explorers, led by the fearless Professor Challenger, discover a dinosaur-infested plateau in the South American jungle. I had never dreamt that such huge and terrifying creatures might exist and they captured my imagination immediately, setting me on the path to a career in animation.
The Lost World inspired him to make papier mâché puppets of dinosaurs. These puppets, and the sets in which they performed, became increasingly sophisticated, allowing him to develop model making skills that would prove key in later life. After seeing King Kong at the age of 14 in 1933 he made more marionettes of the main creatures; those of King Kong 1 as well as a brontosaurus, pterodactyl, triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex. These puppets remarkably still exist, photographs of which were published in Ray Harryhausen’s Fantasy Scrapbook. So it inspired him to create many ideas which would inspire this great man among many other things would inspire him greatly so I talk about dinosaurs he created.

Harryhausen’s Dynamation dinosaurs 

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

This movie pre-dated Godzilla by one year it was As a result of an arctic nuclear test, a carnivorous dinosaur thaws out and starts making its way down the east coast of North America is basic story of this monster movie.  It was ray’s frist movie after mighty joe young. Ray Harryhausen love of dinosaurs is used in this movie to great effect. The prehistoric creature was a dinosaur of some kind yet he never named it.

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms dinosaur

Ray Harryhausen’s special effects are fantastic. The dinosaur moves very fluidly and has a very convincing sense of realism to it. All the sets and models look great too. If you watch Giant Monster movies to see Giant Monsters this movie will not disappoint you. t. It’s fairly well written and there’s never any really cheesy dialogue at all it. Its characters are very well written too and very easy to sympathize with. Its must see for any fan of b-movie movies or Godzilla or Giant Monster (Kaiju) films in general, along with fans of 50s sci-fi films its just that darn good.

 

The Animal World (1956)

The Animal World is a 1956 documentary film that was produced, written and directed by Irwin Allen. The film includes live-action footage of animals throughout the world, along with a ten-minute stop motion animated sequence about dinosaurs. Its very rare as they come as it is a short documentary with stop motion animation. Its one of rare times where ray animated a t-rex.  I put you-tube link of the view-master slides of it. Its very much a fun thing to see as this video is a treat to see a dinosaur come to life by the master the process.

Ray Harryhausen and jules verne is a match made in heaven. I would say out of his many movies he helped craft this movie truly marvelous. The flim departs form the book in so many ways. I fondly enjoy many of his movies one is a treat to watch anytime. The caracters are given so many conflicts that its a joy to see the story unfold. The icing on the top of this cake is the music by Bernard Herrmann as his wonderful score really is such a joy. Mysterious Island is the type of old-fashioned adventure film that they just don’t make anymore which you should watch today.

Pre-Jurassic Park dinosaur b-movies get no more fun than in One Million Years B.C as its truly a fun b-movie. It’s very silly movie in many ways yet it’s very much a fun b-movie at heart and soul as it’s a hammer remake the 1940 fantasy film by the same name. It’s very much b-movie acting at its finest as all of them are good in their roles yet it’s all cheesy.  Raquel Welch is the big selling point of this movie with ray’s wonderful stop motion dinosaurs really stealing the show form her many time as these creatures are a joy to watch on the screen then again so is Raquel Welch. This is a fun b-movie that you will enjoy but do not expect it to set world on fire.

Those years of obscurity were unfair, because The Valley of Gwangi is one of my favorite films from the team of Ray Harryhausen and producer Charles H. Schneer. It’s a huge sugary ball of all the things I love to see in a pulp adventure tale as this western gem mixed monster movie. It’s a gem for sure. Originally written by King Kong’s Willis O’Brien, Gwangi script was never filmed, but a copy owned by Ray Harryhausen stored in his garage was resurrected in 1966. With additional work by writer William Bast. It has wonderful acting by its cast as James Francious headlines it with Gila Golan and Richard Carlson. It’s very much a fun gem with many fun moments of joy as the prehistoric mayhem of the stop motion dinosaurs vs. dinosaurs really is such a treat to watch. I would suggest you see it today. Today i talked about some classic gems you should see today. I was hoping to inspire you to check out the works of ray harryhausen. I will be hosting a The Ray Harryhausen Blogathon,which you can join by clicking the picture below. I hope you enjoyed my talk on these fun classic movies.

The Ray Harryhausen Blogathon