Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Coming in June


Summer will bring some of the brightest stars in cinema to Old Hollywood Films.

Here's what's coming up in June 2016:

* June is the traditional month for weddings. so I'll continue my 1001 classic movie series every Monday with a look at four diverse films with bride in the title: family film, Father of the Bride (1950); innovative musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954); horror classic, Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and the Cary Grant comedy, I Was a Male War Bride (1949).

*I'll celebrate the legendary career of Katharine Hepburn with a look at her films of the 1930's, like her Oscar winning performance in Morning Glory (1933).

* On June 2, I'll have a guide for TCM's star of the month, Marie Dressler. Plus, I'll have a TCM Viewer's Guide every Sunday.

There's quite a few good blogathons coming up in June.

*First, the queen of MGM meets the Queen of France in Norma Shearer's version of Marie Antoinette (1938), which I'll write about on June 3 for The Royalty  on Film Blogathon.

*I'll look at the life story of "the world's greatest athlete" Jim Thorpe as depicted in Jim Thorpe -- All-American (1951) on June 4 for the Athletes in Film Blogathon.

*I'll review the great pre-code melodrama A Free Soul (1931) on June 11 for Order in the Court! The Classic Courtroom Movies Blogathon.

*On June 15, I'll write about my movie-star crush William Holden for the Reel Infatuation Blogathon.

*Finally, I'll cover the twister scene in The Wizard of Oz (1939) on June 18 for the Nature's Fury Blogathon.

Monday, May 30, 2016

1001 Classic Movies: 1941 Best Picture Nominees



Throughout May, I celebrated the 75th anniversary of Citizen Kane, which premiered on May 1, 1941, with a look at Orson Welles masterpiece and three other great movies that lost the best picture Academy Award to How Green Was My Valley. FYI: I covered Best Picture nominee Suspicion during my Hitchcock series in February.

Citizen KaneWelles' classic about the rise and fall of a newspaper magnate is and will always be the greatest American film ever made.

The Maltese FalconDirector John Huston's adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's private eye novel was one of the first major films noir.

The Little FoxesDirector William Wyler's sharp adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play about a dysfunctional Southern family features a fearless performance from Bette Davis.

Sergeant YorkGary Cooper won his first best actor Oscar for his earnest portrayal of a real-life Tennessee backswoodsman who became a World War I hero.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Ballet Sequences in Old Hollywood Films


Today, I'm celebrating dance in film with a look at old Hollywood ballet sequences like this one from An American in Paris (1951), featuring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.

This article is part of Gotta Dance! A Celebration of Dance in Film hosted by Classic Reel Girl.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A TCM Viewer's Guide for the Week of May 23, 2016


They Were Expendable (1945), starring John Wayne, Donna Reed, and Robert Montgomery, is one of the classic movies airing on TCM this week.

Ma and Pa Kettle Plus Strawberry Rhubarb Pie


Today, I'm pairing a classic movie with a delicious dessert for the Classic Movie Ice Cream Social blogathon hosted by Movies Silently.

My selections are the always endearing Pa and Ma Kettle, as portrayed by Percy Kilbride and Marjorie Main, and a delicious strawberry-rhubarb pie that is easy to make.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

5 Movies on an Island


Today, I'm celebrating National Classic Movie Day (it's May 16) by recommending the five movies I would take on a desert island.

This article is part of the 5 Movies on an Island Blogathon hosted by Classic Film and TV Cafe.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Corn Is Green (1979)


Today, I'm reviewing the 1979 TV version of The Corn Is Green starring Katharine Hepburn. 

This article is part of The Great Katharine Hepburn Blogathon hosted by margaretperry.org.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016