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.

Jean Arthur the actress everyone adores.

Jean Arthur the actress everyone adores.

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In her film appearances, Jean Arthur projected an image of a strong, self-confident, outgoing woman. But behind the scenes, it was a very different story. She probably had a harder time being a “movie star” than anyone who has ever made it onto the silver screen. And that includes Greta Garbo.(tcm bio) Jean Arthur was called a jewel of acting by frank capra. She is a jewel of acting indeed. She was one of the finest golden age legends. I call her one of my favorite actresses. Only Angels Have Wings one of her early classics she starred alongside Cary grant as she gave a powerful role. You Can’t Take It With You and Easy Living also showed her range as an actress in two fine roles.

Jean Arthur was an intensely private person once remarking that she hated Hollywood. She would often refuse interviews. She truly was a different person then what she played on screen yet we always will recall her star power as an actress. She starred in 1936 she starred in mr deeds goes to town as she played a very wonderful role in that movie as that was her first pairing with frank capra. She would become one of his favorite actresses. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington had her play her greatest role ever on the screen to many even me. Jean Arthur whom played a wonderful role as Clarissa Saunders. She truly is one amazing legend in that movie. She next would play another one of her finest roles in The Devil and Miss Jones. She would star in two comedy gems afterward in The Talk of the Town and The More the Merrier.  She truly is one amazing actress able pull out such range in many movies. She truly is one of finest actresses ever to grace the screen form her role in seven chances to her last role she truly was a great legend that gave us such great and charming roles

Hopes you enjoyed my small tribute to this great legend.

 

Why i love screwball comedies

Why i love screwball comedies

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

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

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

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

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

Frank Capra golden comedies. 

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

Lady for a Day(1933)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn comedy gems. 

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

State of the Union(1948)

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

Adam’s ribs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

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

Preston Sturges’ Comedies

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

The Great McGinty (1940)

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

The Lady Eve (1941)

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

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

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

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

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

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

The Palm Beach Story (1942)

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

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

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

Screwball Comedy gems

midnight 

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

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

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

The ruth rating:five bette's

Bringing Up Baby 

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

The Ruth Rating:five bette's

Twentieth Century 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ruth rating:five bette's

 

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

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

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

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

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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

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

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

A Patch of Blue

The Disability in Film Blogathon review of A Patch of Blue.

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The following is my entry in The Disability in Film Blogathon, being hosted May 13-15, 2016 by Robin at the blog Pop Culture Reverie. Which is about movies depicting a wide variety of persons living with disabilities! so this review of patch of blue is done for The Disability in Film Blogathon. Be sure to check out other entries. 

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patch of blue review

When Selina D’Arcey (Elizabeth Hartman), a blind young white woman, befriends Gordon Ralfe (Sidney Poitier), a black office worker, their budding relationship eventually leads to romance. However, once Salina’s insensitive and abusive mother, Rose-Ann (Shelley Winters), finds out about Gordon, she becomes determined to keep the couple apart. With its stirring story of interracial love, this thoughtful film fittingly reflects the civil rights movement of the era.

Elizabeth Hartman plays Selina a blind girl that has no idea of color or race as she is blind. She truly has no idea of many things yet she is so friendly and kind hearted. She befriends a black man that is kind as ever. Her Hateful mother played by Shelley Winters truly is something of a different class by playing Roseanne D’arcy a mean mother that is racist as ever. It reflects the civil rights movement of the era and racism in that era. Sidney Poitier is wonderful as always, as Gordon as this kind guy that truly shines in his role. Veteran actor Wallace Ford is excellent in the pathetic role of Winters’ drunken father, a man who obviously hates his daughter so much yet has little compassion for the granddaughter who adores him. The director is presented with a real problem when deciding how to film an actor playing a blind person. Tight shots on the eyes are what makes acting for the camera so special. Unfortunately the unfocused eyes of a blind person cannot convey much emotion. What makes this movie’s role very tragic is that Elizabeth Hartman was a very broken soul suffering depression which makes this sweet role very much a sadder role. Elizabeth Hartman’s Selina is so fragile that she looks as though she will break any moment. I have a hunch that much of her excellent performance is mined from her real-life depression. Its acting is truly wonderful as ever in this movie.

Sidney Poitier admits that of all his films, “A Patch of Blue” holds a unique and special place in his heart. It touched him that much, and it will do the same for you. Please have some Kleenex handy and let yourself see “A Patch of Blue as it is a movie that will stay with you for ages.  Thank you to also the wonderful Sidney Poitier breaking down all the barriers.  A small triubte to you too sir. You truly are right that this movie is a gem for the ages.

The Ruth rating:five bette's