happy birthday Charles Laughton

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.

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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.

Dorothy entering Technicolor

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.

Cinematography of the third man

Cinematography of the third man

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TODAY i talk about The Cinematography of the third man with an in-depth review that breaks down this classic gem for 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as today for the crafts part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as Its Oscars talk time again. Today as part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon which is hosted by Once Upon a Screen,Outspoken and Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club. Thanks to the wonderful hosts for today’s event and check out others form this event.

The Third Man (1949) Opening shots. 

Similar to other international noir genres, British film noir hardly fits the rigid categorical definition of noir based on Hollywood films. It does, however, contain many of the conventions and traits of Hollywood film noir such as a focus on the underworld of society, base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world. Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949) may be stand among the greatest movies ever made and it does rank almost among top British films ever made.

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The third man follows  an idealistic American writer of Westerns as he arrives in the corrupted, disparaged city of post-WWII Vienna, Austria, which has been divvied into four sections: French, Russian, British, and American.  Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an innocent, in some ways a clod, as he blindly follows a mystery, however dangerous, until its ultimate conclusion at the end. 

The third man has many key layers that it shares with american noir that may be a common thread of both ends of the great pond as its use of shadows and lighting really does also play a huge role into the movie.  A focus on the underworld of society of  Vienna, Austria. The base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world of post war  Vienna, Austria which is divided after the second world war into four zones French, Russian, British, and American.  Plot:Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

The third man is probably the greatest British thriller of the postwar by director Carol Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene set a fable of moral corruption in a world of near-Byzantine visual complexity: the streets and ruins of occupied Vienna which is far removed from the image of the rollicking erotic’s of Ernst Lubitsch or the wistful elegance and melancholy beauty of Max Ophüls. This Vienna is a movie milieu that really is vastly different form Curtiz’s Casablanca or Sternberg’s Morocco as it is unlike them, it is primarily the real Vienna, It is the real raw streets of the rubble and look of the bleak city after the second world war. The third man is shot by Reed and cameraman Robert Krasker in such a striking style which captures the city of Vienna. The camera work of Robert Krasker shot the movie in off-angle compositions and wide-angle lens distortions along that really does give some shots that really does feel striking to see unfold on the screen.

As you see in this scene above you see One of the many great Dutch-angled shots in The Third Man (1949) as truly it is giving you an oddball look at the city in a striking style.These striking camera shots really work to capture the raw city. The macabre landscape with the outstanding camerawork captures the city with  Anton Karas’ legendary zither score as the tale unwinds on the screen.

Two symbolic settings of the movie is a Ferris wheel towering above the city, and the shadowy chaos of the sewers. Holly comes face to face with the supreme evil, the supreme betrayal: both Harry’s and his own. The two settings play key part into that ultimate end. This is one element of the third man that vastly does tell you about how the raw core of the depths that harry faces into what some call his trip down a rabbit hole. Its two settings tell the viewer this idea as key part of its shots. This what the symbolic settings tell us all about the journey of the movie to its end.

Which ends as Anna walks down road as he looks upon her as farewell to her as he knows she is still in love with a killer and he must follow her down into that place as her love is misplaced and misguided. It’s her way as she must find her back to the light. The symbolic nature of the ending and the movie really does bring to light the nature of what we feel as descend into our chaotic worlds often.

Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.

 

Harry Lime: Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs – it’s the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.
Martins: You used to believe in God. Harry Lime: Oh, I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and Mercy and all that. But the dead are happier dead. They don’t miss much here, poor devils.

Both these great quotes by Orson Welles really address the nature of our world in a collective darkness about how we think about governments in truth and how we believe in a god. It’s a collective reflection that really does feel at home in the third man as the city of Vienna afterwards of world war II. As quoted often noir is a reflection of how America and the world felt afterward of the second world war. So we see this collective expressions of its scenes and many quotes in this wonderful gem of a movie.

Joseph Cotten was not  carol Reed’s first choice for Martins; the director preferred Cary Grant, or even Jimmy Stewart but he ended up with Joseph Cotten. Joseph Cotten really gives us one fine performance as we see him really play wonderfully as he gives Martins the necessary dumfounded ignorance toward Vienna the role requires to really give us a caracter that is taking into this wild trip down a rabbit hole. He truly nails home this performance.

Orson Welles plays the elusive Harry Lime whom is one of the best villains ever put to the screen even for his limited time on screen as he plays one very convincing villain. Orson Welles was considered to be overshadowing the production of the third man. He kinda does even overshadow the director in many ways as many more recall him then carol reed. Its truly one amazing performance.

Alida Valli gives us a very convincing performance as Anna Schmidt. Its her very subtitle performance as the girlfriend. She really has a very key role into comforting holly Martin but she ends up in the twisted web herself as she has many secrets hidden away about herself. She wonderfully plays the role in a very wonderful performance that really nails home another outstanding role for this movie.

Trevor Howard wonderfully plays the role of Maj. Calloway. He leads down the chase as we see him and the other cops chasing down holly martin in one of the most infamous scenes of the movie.  We truly see him give such an amazing performance in this wonderfully crafted role.

Bernard Lee as Sgt. Paine really gives us one wonderfully outstanding role as we see him really play this role wonderfully as this wonderful actor of range gives us such a good role on the screen. Everyone else in the cast gives us such outstanding role even the smaller and lesser role as each give us such raw depth to their performances making them really all work to bring to life this world  on the screen. 

Carol Reed and his Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske devised an outstanding cinematography. It shows a world out of joint in chaos that creates unforgettable visual style.   fantastic oblique angles. Wide-angle lenses distort faces and locations. And the bizarre lighting makes the city into an expressionist nightmare. During a stakeout for Lime, a little balloon man wanders onto the scene, and his shadow is a monster as he towers over others as we really believe he is towering and overshadowing everyone. Vienna in “The Third Man is unforgettable as they come as its striking and contrasted form the lovely image we normally see of cities in movies.  This is a striking and wonderfully crafted movie form reel one to its end.

Carol Reed’s tight direction really does come to life with Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske as both of them craft out such a layered expressionist nightmare with such wonderful writing by Graham Greene with each cast member bringing home the lines of the screenplay in its depth and raw and giving more to each performance. We have a very wonderful performance by orison Welles whom overshadows the cast in light. We have a wonderfully rich acting job by Joseph Cotten whom gives us one amazing performance. We have a wonderful roles by Alida Valli and Bernard Lee and Trevor Howard each of whom give us first class acting. Its acting as directed by the wonderfully pitch director carol reed really brings out such rich and complex roles for the cast as we see them all nailing home such wonderful performances with wonderful music by Anton Karas as who can forget the theme of the third man. Its truly an artwork of direction and craft by carol reed.

Of the many movies this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies. I saw first form a Blu-ray copy at home as it really captured me truly form the first moment of the movie to its end.  It told a story of existential loss and betrayal. It was weary and knowing, and its glorious style was an act of defiance against the corrupt world it pictured. The Third Man remains one of the finest movies ever crafted to the screen form its wonderful direction to its very wonderful screenplay to its rich and striking  cinematography to its wonderful acting. It’s truly a milestone of movies that hails among the best movies ever made for the screen. It ranks among top British films all time and among the best lists of movies by many lovers of movies worldwide. This is one outstanding classic you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

Norma Shearer queen of MGM

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Today is Edith Norma Shearer’s birthday aka Norma Shearer the queen of MGM’s birthday.  She remains one of the finest legends to ever grace the screen so today is a tribute in way to the grand legend of Norma shearer .

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The Divorcee (1930) Review

The Divorcee (1930) was the one that almost got away for Norma Shearer. As the wife of MGM’s director of production, Irving G. Thalberg, she pretty much had a lock on any strong female role that ended up on the production roster. But her marital situation almost proved her undoing on this one. Thalberg had such an exalted opinion of his wife, that he initially refused to consider her for the lead in this steamy tale of divorce and infidelity.  Its movie of its time period and era as it’s a pre-code classic that really does belong in that era of pre-codes over its subject. This movie is a study on life at end of movie to view as a study of American culture at the very end of the Roaring Twenties when women were assuredly emancipating their position in society as many things were changing yet it remained the same as its pre-code era America in its heart and soul.

Norma Shearer who won the best actress for this role really comes off very strong in the role as Jerry as she plays it softly in part but she makes us feel the for the character as we see her able to really come across as real and true which is a rarity in movies as this movie earned her an Oscar for this wonderfully layered role that she nails home one of her finest performances on the screen. Chester Morris is somewhat weaker in his role than Norma Shearer as he seems to lack the raw drive as Norma Shearer does in her role yet he does a darn good job in his role. The supporting acting of everyone in the cast is simply outstanding as they give such wonderful performances.

The direction is very strong as we see the hand of Robert Z. Leonard Craft out some great acting from his cast.      The Divorcee remains one of the finest pre-code classics ever crafted out on the screen form its mirroring of the time period and era in its feeling to its great acting and direction it makes this a timeless pre-code classic that one should watch today.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's                                                                     

A free soul reviewA free soul is another one of Norma’s pre-code classics which also starred Clark gable among other great legends as it is often overlooked for many of her other classic movies. This is one classic movie that is based upon a book that truly may be one of those classics many overlook today. Norma Shearer was nominated for an Oscar for this role as its truly one of her finer roles on the screen. She gives such a wonderful performance that remains one of her stand out roles. Lionel Barrymore gives out such a wonderful role.  Clark Gable’s charm really is on play here as he plays a good role as one of his early screen roles for the sliver screen he still feels raw somewhat as its still a fine role for him. This movie is a charming pre-code classic with great witty lines and good acting and direction making it one good classic movie to watch anytime.

The Ruth rating:four bette's

romeo and Juliet review

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

12321542_764358317004117_6444927574836744861_nHappy birthday to Norma steer as she forever remains one of the queens of the golden age as she managed to nail home such wonderful roles many times. She will always remain timeless to movie fans all over the world as today’s tribute was done in her honor for her birthday so happy birthday to this wonderful legend.13713_671588202947796_2218059961674286761_n

The More the Merrier

The More the Merrier:screwball gems review

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So today i review my first screwball gems review. It’s a new feature to talk about screwball comedies. They remain one of my favorite genres to watch often. I would say screwball comedies are some of the best comedy classics ever crafted for the screen. So this new feature is to talk about screwball comedies as i begin with  The More the Merrier which stands as one of the best of the genre all time So to begin my review. The More the Merrier Review(https://www.facebook.com/Wolffianclassicmoviesdigest/)The More the Merrier is a screwball comedy classic that was more of a gem that many overlook today this Oscar nominated classic of many Oscars as it was a widely beloved movie in its time of release in 1943 and a huge box office hit at the time of its release. So much love in its time for this often overlooked classic gem.                                               Charles coburn had been a successful Broadway actor in the period 1910 – 1930s, frequently appearing with his wife in Shakespearean roles then he went to Hollywood to be one of the finer supporting actors of the golden age as he played in The More the Merrier one of his finest roles on the screen as he truly played one fine role of comedy,this is one one fun role that he did such an outstanding job of nailing home this role so its no wonder it won him an Oscar as its an outstanding role. Jean Arthur plays one of her finest comedic roles as she truly makes one laugh with her timing and wit as she also was such a remarkable actress in so many classics. I really admire her role in The More the Merrier as she makes me laugh and also admire her wit as an actress as she shines in this movie. Joel McCrea gives one heck of a performance in The More the Merrier as he truly gives out such a wonderful role in this movie. The acting of everyone else in the cast also shines as its just such a finely acted out movie. George Stevens directs another fine golden age classic which stands among the others he directed as he directed Gunga Din’, ‘Penny Serenade’, ‘Woman of the Year’, ‘A Place in the Sun’, ‘Shane’ and ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ to his credit. I feel the direction of this movie really shines to show his masterful crafting of directing actors as always he does outstanding direction and craft

A great script is written out in this classic movie. It was nominated for best orginal story by frank ross and Robert Russell as its one truly one greatly crafted out story that has such wit and charm to it. The screenplay writing truly shines in this movie as its such a smartly crafted out script.  Its no wonder it did get nominated for an award for this screenplay as its one of the finest orginal screenplays of the golden age. It’s truly sad this movie is often overlooked for many for many other classic movies of the golden age. A great script, great direction, and great acting. A great look back into life during the war and wonderful romantic story that is one of the best original stories of the golden age makes this movie one of the finest classics of the golden age.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

 

my second liebster-award:classic movie thoughts

my second liebster-award:classic movie thoughts

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This is my second liebster-award for wolffian classic movies digest. I could not be not be more happy to answer these questions and give you insight into me. I am very happy to have my work honored form my writing on this blog. I loved movies since I was a boy so this is a deep honor for me being honored for writing about movies which I love greatly. So let’s get started with the answers to the questions. Thanks for this wonderful honor. I will also give some extra insight into me for it too. I hope to make this honor a great one.

annsblyth 11 questions asked by her to me.

1:If you had to choose one classic film to be remade today, which would it be and why?I would love to see a modern day remake of Lifeboat done by Steven Spielberg, I feel it would be a great blockbuster if done right.  Its truly a magical classic i feel gets very overlooked by movie lovers today. Which modern actors would you cast in the remake, and why?I would love to see leonardo dicaprio as lead with Kate Winslet and Samuel L. Jackson and Mark Ruffalo and Saoirse Ronan and cate blanchett and Jeremy Renner and Chris Evans and Paul Bettany. I think that would be a perfect cast of many diffrent actors and it would bring rise to an interesting cast able to pull off such a remake of a Hitchcock movie.

2:Choose three of your favorite classic film directors, and list your favorite film of each?

Hitchcock is among my favorite directors all time if not in the top ten list of directors. Its so hard to list just one favorite among them all yet if i would choose one of my favorites it would be  Strangers on a Train (1951) as i feel its such a strong movie that really has one one of the finest performances by any actor in a Hitchcock movie by Robert walker. Its a marvelous classic you should watch today.

Billy Wilder is my second choice as not many match billy wilder as he truly is among one of the finest directors all time.

I would choose the vastly overlooked lost weekend as its one of the finest acted movies all time yet its overlooked for many of Billy’s more loved classics so watch it today. 

My third choice is William Wyler as he directed some of the finest movies ever to hit the screen. He is such a wonderful director able to perfectly cast each movie. I would say Mrs. Miniver as its truly a wonderful and inspiring classic movie.

4:Who is your favorite onscreen classic film couple, and why? Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart as both were truly in love in the movie screens which led to them being married off-screen. 5: Who is your favorite off-screen classic film couple, and why? Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart as they truly were in love for years as they both were the dream couple that showed love really does exist. They were a truly magical couple of the golden age.    

6:Name two classic film stars that you wish had made a film together? This is tough one as i know my answer is I really wish Carole Lombard and Cary grant starred together more often as it is who I wish made one together yet they did but not often enough it was quite sad as i feel they would have been great in comedies together onscreen.

7:What was the first classic film you saw, and what did you like about it?It was wizard of oz,well i simply loved its magical charm form frist time i saw it. Its simply a magical classic gem.8:Name one classic film that always makes you smile, and one that always makes you cry?wizard of oz always brings a smile to my face as its one of my most beloved movies all time that i love to watch. A movie that makes me cry is Mrs. Miniver as its very much a good movie that will make me cry sometimes as its heartbreaking in so many parts of the movie. Two classics that are highly adored by me.

9:List all of the classic film actors that you despise, or think are overrated (if any)?Elizabeth Taylor. I find her acting to be very bland as she does not even seem to connect to me in any movie.

10:If you could bring one classic film actor back to life (they would be in their prime), who would it be and why?Cary grant,few men will ever match the charm of Cary grant in his prime as he truly was one magical actor again to light up the screen.

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11:You just moved to Hollywood and you’re hosting a dinner party. Name nine classic film stars (producers and directors count too!) that you would invite, living or dead?Cary grant-Judy garland- Carole Lombard-Lauren Bacall-Humphrey Bogart- Billy Wilder-Alfred Hitchcock- John Barrymore-Buster Keaton as i would adore to meet all these legends and so many more of the golden age of Hollywood as i adore so many legends of that age.  So these are my answers to my questions for it.

11 things about me(repost form My frist one)

  1. I have loved movies snice i was a boy. I seen wizard of oz and disney flims snice i was a little boy. I have the reputation to be the one person in my family and friends that loves classic movies so highly as i just adore them highly. I love them to death as i am lover of movies snice a young age.
  2. I was a gamer since I was a boy as I played super Mario bros at age four. Many that know me knows i was wild into video games more highly until i slowed down as i grew older. It’s still a passion of mine.
  3. I am comic book nerd snice a young boy as i started out reading comics at a young age.
  4. I love doctor who so highly snice the reboot started in 2005. I have been a whovian and proud of the fact. My favorite doctor is the seventh doctor Sylvester McCoy.
  5. I love to read often,i started my passion of reading at a young age of 7 years,i love books and love to read often a book.
  6. I am a disney dork snice a young age as a boy. I had my grandparents buy me movies often of disney as each tape came out as a boy. I really love and adore disney movies.
  7. I consider myself a Vivien Leigh fan at heart. Ever snice i saw gone with the wind,i have always been captured by the lovely beauty of vivien leigh and her skills as an actress.
  8. I am bette davis fan so highly as she’s my favorite actress all time,i just love bette davis to death. That even my blog’s review system is named in honor of her. She is to me the finest actress to ever grace the screen. juarez-bette-davis-1939
  9. I am a huge lover of batman. I have been a batman fanboy snice i was young boy seeing him on the movies. I just love batman to death.
  10. I love history so much,it’s my favorite subject as i am just a lover of history to death.
  11. I love to write so my passion is expressed often on my blog.

The 11 blogs I nominate for the Liebster Award Congrats!

  1. the wonderful world of cinema
  2. B NOIR DETOUR
  3. Once upon a screen
  4. Margaret Perry
  5. Pop Culture Reverie
  6. Now, Voyaging
  7. Christina Wehner
  8. silverscreenings
  9. Caftan Woman
  10. cinematicfrontier
  11. Old Hollywood Films

My 11 questions to the 11 nominated blog

 

 

  1. Name two classic film stars that you wish had made a film together.
  2. Name one classic film that always makes you smile, and one that always makes you cry.
  3. Your favorite noir classic all time and why?
  4. Who is your favorite offscreen classic film couple, and why?
  5. Who is your favorite onscreen classic film couple, and why?
  6. You just moved to Hollywood and you’re hosting a dinner party. Name nine classic film stars (producers and directors count too!) that you would invite, living or dead.
  7. Choose three of your favorite classic film directors, and list your favorite film of each.
  8. Name the movie that started your love for classic movies?
  9. Name three overlooked classics you wish more would watch today
  10. If you could bring one classic film actor back to life (they would be in their prime), who would it be and why?

 

List all of the classic film actors that you despise, or think are overrated (if a

One classic movie review for this honor,thanks to  annsblyth and thanks everyone. 

The Adventures of Robin Hood  review

The adventures of robin hood is one of greatest most colorful costume dramas, swashbucklers, and romantically-tinged adventure films in film history. Its slashbucking tale can be said to one of the most fun movies you can watch ever.

Errol Flynn shines as robin hood as he plays the definitive Robin Hood. It expertly tells the story of the heroic Robin and his Sherwood Forest followers, who saved England from royal treachery by scheming nobles during the absence of the crusading and captured-ransomed King Richard the Lion-Hearted. And it tells the fairy-tale romance with nostalgic chivalry, colorful pageantry, simple righteousness triumphant over villainous and evil might, and spectacular action. The film would not be a masterpiece without the casting–not just of Flynn and de Havilland, who are indispensable, but also of such dependable Warners’ supporting stars as Claude Rains, as the effete Prince John; Basil Rathbone, as the snaky Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette and Alan Hale as (respectively) Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck and Little John, the fearless Merry Men as everyone of this movie’s remarkable cast shines in their roles as they give such remarkable permances.

Unlike modern films where superstars dominate every scene, the Hollywood films of the golden era have depth in writing and casting, so the story can resonate with more than one tone. The movie was initially directed by William Keighley (“Each Dawn I Die”), but Hal Wallis at Warner Bros thought the Sherwood scenes, filmed on location in Chico, California, lacked vitality, and they replaced him with Michael Curtiz (“Angels with Dirty Faces”; “Casablanca”), who added just that. He filmed additional scenes of the merry men preparing for and then attacking the caravan, and all of that climbing, running and jumping, sometimes directly at the camera, feel like primers for the masculine energy of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It is one of those charming classic gems that anyone can enjoy.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Thanks to   annsblyth  for the nomination! Such an honour! Its a great honor,thanks so much. This is one great honor. So happy about this wonderful honor.

 

 

Olivia de Havilland a shining legend

Olivia de Havilland a shining legend,#‎OliviadeHavilland100‬

Olivia de Havilland, the last remaining cast member from Gone With the Wind turns 100 years old. She truly has been shining on the screen for ages many can say she still remains a glowing light to show how even at her age she still shines as brightly as ever. She started out acting in 1935. She was a small supporting actress of little notice but that would change greatly in next couple of years. She would star in captain blood which would be one of her first big supporting roles. Her next bigger role in The Adventures of Robin Hood would be her big turn as a star that would bring her to light of the world. It would her next big role as . It would be in 1939 when we saw her star turn truly as she became forever a legend as she starred in gone with wind as Melanie Hamilton a role she should have won an Oscar for it as she gave us such a wonderful performance. Its 100 years of this shining legend it’s time to honor Olivia de Havilland. So time to honor this great legend.

Olivia de Havilland a shining legend 100 years of a legend.#‎OliviadeHavilland100‬

Captain Blood review

Captain blood is greatly remembered as the Hollywood debut of Errol Flynn. This is a wonderful opening to the shining action star of the golden age this is a colorful opening role for him. It’s such a great role for this fine action star. The charming and dashing captain blood is just a perfect role for this charming man of action. Colonel Bishop played by Lionel Atwill and his niece Arabella played by Olivia De Haviland. Both Lionel Atwill and Olivia De Haviland give us such wonderful performances. Captain Lavasseur played Basil Rathbone is another great role for an acting legend later. It’s such a joy to watch this movie as it’s just a fun golden age action movie with such wonderful acting and such wonderful action scenes. It is a gem you should watch today.


The ruth rating:
five bette's

The Adventures of Robin Hood  review

The adventures of robin hood is one of greatest most colorful costume dramas, swashbucklers, and romantically-tinged adventure films in film history. Its slashbucking tale can be said to one of the most fun movies you can watch ever.

Errol Flynn shines as robin hood as he plays the definitive Robin Hood. It expertly tells the story of the heroic Robin and his Sherwood Forest followers, who saved England from royal treachery by scheming nobles during the absence of the crusading and captured-ransomed King Richard the Lion-Hearted. And it tells the fairy-tale romance with nostalgic chivalry, colorful pageantry, simple righteousness triumphant over villainous and evil might, and spectacular action. The film would not be a masterpiece without the casting–not just of Flynn and de Havilland, who are indispensable, but also of such dependable Warners’ supporting stars as Claude Rains, as the effete Prince John; Basil Rathbone, as the snaky Sir Guy of Gisbourne, and Patric Knowles, Eugene Pallette and Alan Hale as (respectively) Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck and Little John, the fearless Merry Men as everyone of this movie’s remarkable cast shines in their roles as they give such remarkable permances.

Unlike modern films where superstars dominate every scene, the Hollywood films of the golden era have depth in writing and casting, so the story can resonate with more than one tone. The movie was initially directed by William Keighley (“Each Dawn I Die”), but Hal Wallis at Warner Bros thought the Sherwood scenes, filmed on location in Chico, California, lacked vitality, and they replaced him with Michael Curtiz (“Angels with Dirty Faces”; “Casablanca”), who added just that. He filmed additional scenes of the merry men preparing for and then attacking the caravan, and all of that climbing, running and jumping, sometimes directly at the camera, feel like primers for the masculine energy of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. It is one of those charming classic gems that anyone can enjoy.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex review

The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex portrays the Elizabeth of legend based on Lytton Strachey’s book Elizabeth and Essex. Bette Davis shines in her best dramatic performance ever as the voice, the mannerisms, the psychological torment between Queen and woman to her emotions and eating habits everything is nailed in this amazing character performance that is one of the clown jewels of the golden age. Errol flynn gives such a wonderful performance in a dashing role. Olivia De DeHavilland gives such a wonderful and key role as she shines in the role. This movie is really a dramatic performance acting show as all the acting is just amazing to watch unfold as they give such wonderful roles to bring these characters to life. It’s a wonderful treat to watch from start to finish.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Gone with wind review

This film shows the best of the American cinema. Whether we like the film, or not, one has to recognize the greatest achievement, perhaps, of the creative talent of the people working in the movie industry. “Gone with the Wind” represents a monumental leap, as well as a departure, for the movies, as they were done prior to this film as gone with wind is a landmark in movie history.

The vision of bringing David O. Selznick, the power behind bringing Margaret Mitchell’s massive account about the South, before and after the Civil War, pays handsomely with the film that Victor Fleming directed. This movie will live forever because it reminds us of how this great nation came into being, despite the different opinions from the two stubborn factions in the war that changed america forever. Vivien Leigh plays Scarlett O’Hara a role she truly is born to play as no one else could ever play the role as she just gets everything down path as she gives us one of the finest performances ever on the screen. Clark gable gives us one of his finest hours on the screen.  Olivia de Havilland as Melanie is truly amazing as she gives us one of her finest hours on the screen. Leslie Howard gives us a fine performance. Hattie McDaniel tuly shine in her role. The rest of cast as so many others in this movie all give us such wonderful performances. Gone With the Wind will always remain one of the timeless jewels of the sliver screen that one should watch anytime.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

 To Each His Own review

OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND’s oscar turning role after her battle with wb as she  got her big chance when Paramount offered her TO EACH HIS OWN, a script that had already been turned down by Ingrid Bergman and Ginger Rogers. Everyone shines in this movie, from the leads OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND and JOHN LUND to smallest players of this movie. Olivia  De Havilland is perfect in the role as  Jody Norris which she plays the role in such a remarkable manner really showing the growth of the caracter.  John Lund is excellent too in a dual role as her lover and later her grown son.  Bill Goodwin and  Philip Terry give such wonderful shining roles.  An intelligent script, detailed period direction by Mitch Leisen, fine background score by Victor Young and memorable moments from everyone in the cast. Its just one of those wonderful gems you can watch often.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

The Heiress review

The Heiress is among one of the finest  among the finest literary adaptations. The Heiress was based on Henry James’s novel, “Washington Square” and features arguably Olivia de Havilland’s finest screen performance. Morris Townsend , a handsome young man with ambiguous motives pursues Catherine Sloper, a plain spinster, who is slightly past marriageable age and possesses limited social skills. The young woman, who is the heiress of the title, is vulnerable prey for a penniless fortune hunter.

Catherine’s father, played by Ralph Richardson, and her Aunt Lavinia, played by Miriam Hopkins, take opposite sides in Townsend’s pursuit of Catherine. Although both her father and her aunt appear to see through the handsome suitor, Aunt Lavinia is practical and sensitive to her niece’s emotional needs, and she counsels compromise in pursuit of happiness, if only fleeting. However, Catherine’s father is unyielding and essentially unloving in his opposition to the match. Throughout, Dr. Sloper compares his daughter’s virtues to those of his late wife, and Catherine comes up lacking in every quality that he values.Sloper threatens to disinherit his daughter if she marries the suitor.

The direction, acting, casting, writing, production values, and music score of this film are perfect. Montgomery Clift plays Townsend in in an enigmatic manner, and viewers can debate his true intentions. Many fault Montgomery Clift whom plays it somewhat too modern even the director remarked it was mistake casting him yet he still shines greatly in the role. Miriam Hopkins is great as Lavinia Penniman shines just as greatly as the lead actress in her role as it plays to her strong acting skills as an actress. Ralph Richardson plays a good part in the movie does a great job with his part in the movie. Olivia De Havilland’s performance as Catherine is among her most sympathetic roles in which she turned in an Oscar winning role as she deserved it greatly for this amazing role that’s so wonderful to watch throughout it. The direction, acting, casting, writing, production values, and music score of this film are perfect.

On a technical note, this film is fascinating for director William Wyler’s use of space. When several people are conversing in one area, he does not always have them relating to each other all on one level. In the bon voyage scene, for example, Dr. Sloper stands nearest to the camera, gazing away from the action happening to his left.

The viewer then has the opportunity to see Morris and Catherine’s tender parting moment, Sloper’s disgusted reaction, and Aunt Penniman’s giddy/uncertain response. Numerous things occur simultaneously, just as they would in a real-life situation.

The multiple layers of action allow even someone who has seen the film countless times to spot something new and different with each viewing. Further, Wyler’s use of mirrors and lamp light is stunning as well, and serve to set the mood in a rather large, rather empty (physically and emotionally) mid 19th century home.

With an award-winning de Havilland performance, a handsome Montgomery Clift on the brink of stardom, and an engrossing Henry James story that makes it stand as one of the finest films ever among one of the finest of the 1940’s. Everyone in this cast shines greatly.

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

You never need to watch the flims you made again. They stay inside you always. Olivia de Havilland is an icon that forever remains one of the defining legends of the screen. She turns 100 years today. She had such wonderful performances in so many classic movies its just a joy to talk about her so here’s to you miss you earned it happy birthday Olivia de Havilland.

Happy 100 years to Melanie played by  Olivia de Havilland. A true Hollywood legend, Olivia de Havilland is the last surviving principle cast member of Gone With The Wind turns 100 years old. To paraphrase her dear friend Robert Osborne, today may be Olivia’s birthday but the gift is ours as this lovely legend turns 100.
its her officially now. a speical day to honor her. ‪#‎OdeH100‬‪#‎OliviadeHavilland‬,happy grand birthday to a legend.