Thursday, June 30, 2016

Star of the Month Guide: Olivia de Havilland

TCM's July star of the month is old Hollywood living legend Olivia de Havilland.

Coming in July

Grab some birthday cake and a party hat because Old Hollywood Films will be celebrating the 100th birthday of Olivia de Havilland next month.

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

* Ms. de Havilland will be 100 years young on Friday, so I'll continue my 1001 classic movie series every Monday (except July 4) with a look at three of de Havilland's best films: the swashbuckler The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), the psychological drama The Snake Pit (1948), and the Southern Gothic horror film, Hush . . . Hush Sweet Charlotte (1964).

*I'll have a TCM star of the month guide for de Havilland on Friday, and I'll review de Havilland's great performance in Light in the Piazza (1962) on Saturday for the Olivia de Havilland Centenary Blogathon. Plus, I'll have a series on the gowns of Gone With the Wind (1939) each Wednesday.

*I'll also celebrate Olivia's career on social media. You can follow me on TumblrGoogle+ or Pinterest or like Old Hollywood Film's page on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter @oldhollywood21.

There's some good blogathons coming in July: 

*First, I'll take a look at the never completed 1937 version of I, Claudius for the Sword & Sandal Blogathon on July 8-10.

*I'll review Warner Bros. social realism drama I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang for Hot & Bothered: The Films of 1932 blogathon on July 9-10.

*I'll celebrate the genius of special effects artist Ray Harryhausen with a review of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) for the Ray Harryhausen Blogathon on July 10-15.

*Finally, I'll celebrate Joan Crawford's legendary career with a review of Mannequin (1938) for The Joan Crawford Blogathon on July 28-30.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1001 Classic Movies: Old Hollywood Brides

June Brides: June is the traditional month for weddings, so throughout the month I wrote about  four diverse films that have "bride" in the title.

Father of the Bride (1950): Spencer Tracy plays a doting dad who is trying to give his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) the wedding of her dreams in this classic family comedy.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954): This innovative musical directed by Stanley Donen finds Howard Keel as the head of a pioneer clan of lonely brothers who are looking for some "Sobbin' Women."

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935): The monster (Boris Karloff) gets a wife (Elsa Lanchester) in this movie, which is one of the best Universal Pictures horror films of the 1930's.

I Was a Male War Bride (1949): This delightful comedy of errors starring Cary Grant and Ann Sheridan was based on a true story.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Free Soul

Today, I'm reviewing the classic legal melodrama A Free Soul (1931), starring Lionel Barrymore and Norma Shearer.

This article is part of Order in the Court! The Classic Courtroom Movies Blogathon hosted by Second Sight Cinema and CineMaven's Essays From the Couch.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Marie Antoinette (1938)

Today, I'm reviewing the 1938 biopic of French Queen Marie Antoinette, starring Norma Shearer.

This article is part of The Royalty on Film Blogathon hosted by The Flapper Dame.