Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hulinsporg!

This is one of my favorite New Year's scenes! So cute!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

"The next person that says, 'Merry Christmas' to me, I'll kill 'em."

Last week's quote: "I could dance nightly just holding you tightly, my sweet" is from Holiday Inn. Fred Astaire sings it in, "Easy to Dance With," which was written by the brilliant Irving Berlin.

This week's quote is: "The next person that says, 'Merry Christmas' to me, I'll kill 'em."

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mi mi mi mi, re re re re, do so mi do la si.

Rachel at The Girl with the White Parasol, set up a movie meme for New Year's and I decided to participate! Yay!!

1. What is your all-time favorite Grace Kelly costume?
I must confess. I've seen very few Grace Kelly movies. I know, I know. She's amazing. She's beautiful. She's pretty much perfect. But I've still only seen To Catch a Thief and High Society. And I haven't seen either in quite a while so this question is stretching my memory a great deal (and we're only at the first question!) It's honestly a toss up between one in each. I'll go with this one from High Society.



2. What classic film would you nominate for a remake?

Can I say none? I know you've all heard my rantings about contemporary remakes. They're just awful. Most of them, anyway. If it were done well, though, I think I could go for another Scarlet Pimpernel adaptation (the important phrase here being "done well" - or maybe I should say, "done right.") Despite the fact that both Anthony Andrews and Leslie Howard are flawless in their versions of Percy Blakeney, I love his character so much, I could go for more versions!

3. Name your favorite femme fatale.
Cyd Charisse. I'm not sure if that's the type this meme is talking about but that's what I think of. I suppose her most iconic role as a femme fatale would be as The Brunette in The Bandwagon.
For the most part, I feel like femme fatale roles pop up most in film noir and I'm not much into the genre (yet).

from Doctor Macro
4. Name the best movie with the word "heaven" in its title.
To be honest, the only one I've seen is My Blue Heaven with Betty Grable and Dan Dailey and I really, really, did not like it. At all. I even did a search in case there were movies I'd forgotten about. Nope. Just that one.

5. Describe the worst performance by a child actor that you’ve ever seen (since Laura gave me the idea).
Oh! I know this one! Okay. So, typically I like a lot of child actors. I'm a big Shirley Temple fan (it's only beginning to dawn on me that not everybody loves her) and I like kids in general. Even when they're not good actors, I can usually admit that they're pretty adorable and I figure that's why they were cast. I had a whole bit written about Dean Stockwell and how he needs to get it together because he's always messing people up. But then I remembered. At least Dean Stockwell is cute. There's one major child actor that I'm pretty sure I've yet to like in a role.


A good portion of the reasons I don't like Meet Me in St. Louis is that little girl up there. She lies about the incredibly good-looking and unbelievably nice boy-next-door. She tears apart her snowmen (what did they ever do to her?). And she's pretty morbid. I like her whole character less than I like Zuzu's line about the bell-ringing-angel-winging connection (which, for some reason, is a line that I really don't like).

6. Who gets your vote for most tragic movie monster?
I don't watch too many monster movies but I'm gonna go with Beast. Because, to be honest, that's really the only movie monster I can think of.



7. What is the one Western that you would recommend to anybody?

Does Oklahoma count as a Western? I do enjoy watching a cowboy Gene Nelson dance and a cowboy Gordon MacCrae sing. Aah. If more Westerns had dancing and singing cowboys, I'd be more inclined to watch them. When I think of typical Westerns, I just think of a lot of death and a lot of desert - neither of which is appealing to me.

8. Who is your ideal movie-viewing partner?
I watch movies with people to bond with them. That's kind of how I get to know them. In a way. So the people I'm closest to: my sisters, my mom, my best friends, are the ones I've watched lots and lots of movies with. I look forward to getting home from work so that I can watch a movie with my sister. (These nights are often the highlight of my week!) I've randomly driven to my mom's house because I've discovered a movie that we have to watch together. My college roommate and I made movie watching a near-nightly experience. We'd walk all the way across the dorms to pop popcorn (our hallway's microwave was broken) and then we'd settle down and watch a movie. Invariably, we'd start at our desks and then I'd joke, "do you want to take this to the bedroom?" Which was a pretty stupid joke but I always thought it was funny - and then we'd watch the movie sitting on a bed. I take great pride in introducing Fred and Ginger, Nick and Nora, Errol Flynn, Cary Grant, Gene Kelly to my roommate.

9. Has a film ever made you want to change your life? If so, what was the film?
Like every one else who's written in this meme, I would say that old movies in general have made a huge impact on my life. But, oddly enough, the movie that's impacted my way of thinking most is probably Tangled. The idea that you can have more than one dream in life has seriously freed me to a world of possibilities. I'm not nearly so stressed out about finding my dream because, hey, whether it works out or not, there's another dream waiting.



10. Think of one performer that you truly love. Now think of one scene/movie/performance of theirs that is too uncomfortable for you to watch.
I thought this one would be difficult but it wasn't. It turned out to be easy. Errol Flynn in Dodge City. I hate to say that I did not like that movie and mostly because of him. I didn't like his character at all. Now, it's very normal for Errol to be cast as a cocky, smug, self-righteous guy but in this movie, he was just insufferable! Ugh.

At least he was pretty.

from Doctor Macro

11. On the flip side, think of one really good scene/performance/movie from a performer that you truly loathe.
I can't honestly say that I truly loathe anybody. There are actors that I certainly don't care for much. And there are several that I'm still beginning to warm up to - Jean Harlow, for example. I'm not a terribly huge Bette Davis fan - mostly because I've seen so few of her movies. But I did adore her in It's Love I'm After. She was so cute!

12. And finally, since it will be New Year's soon, do you have any movie or blogging-related resolutions for 2012?
Well, I've recently hit upon the idea that I'd like to watch a new movie each week. BAHAHAHA. Right. Ah well. It was funny, wasn't it? My schedule is so crazy and so irregular that I really don't think I'll be able to hold to this one, but it would be awfully nice, wouldn't it? 52 new movies in 2012. I rather like the idea. Lots of space to expand my horizons.

P.S. If anybody knows what the blog title is quoting, I shall be incredibly impressed! It's a really weird line to quote.

Rave on. It's a crazy feeling.

People always tell me I was born in the wrong decade. I disagree. I was born at just the right time. If I had been my age in the twenties, I wouldn't have had the freedom I have now. It seems like only flappers were daring enough to wear sexy clothes and I'm not sure I'd have had the courage to be as flamboyant as a flapper. If I'd been my age in the thirties, I would have had to deal with the Great Depression. We're having bad times now, but at least I have a job and nice clothes, good food, and a nice bed to sleep in. While it would have been lovely to see Fred and Ginger on the big screen, I wouldn't want that to be an escape. I like it being integrated into my ordinary life. If I'd been my age in the forties, we'd be in the middle of a war. I'd possibly be working in a factory or a plant or something. Though I think I'd be up to the challenge, I'm sure I wouldn't enjoy it much. If I'd been my age in the fifties, I'd have to go through the McCarthyism and that just annoys me. Nope, I'm happy living now - where I can enjoy the nice parts of the past: the movies, the music, the fashion - without having to deal with the drama and the difficulties.



But, I do wish we could bring some of the fun back into fashion. Why can't there be more sock hops where I can dance to good old fashioned oldies? Or a cocktail party where I can sport a fancy cocktail dress? Or a nightclub where we go and watch a few performers and then dance a little to a live band? Wouldn't that be swell? Wouldn't that be keen?



These are the things I wish were still around. I don't wish for the ideas that women should be housewives and movies should be censored. As a society, I think we're smarter now. We're getting a little more open-minded, a little more accepting of people. It's a slow process, but we're getting there. I like living today, where I can date whoever I want, no matter what race, religion, creed (or, for that matter, gender, where I so inclined), without having to ask for my father's permission. I'm glad I can wear dresses that go above my knees without being scandalous. I like having electricity, my own car, the internet. I have a fabulous collection of movies dating from the 20s to the 60s and multiple playlists on my iPhone that I take with me wherever I go. It's nice living today!

But, having all of the movies, the books, the music at my fingertips, only makes me yearn for the old-fashioned things to make a come back. It seems that whenever we try to bring these sorts of things back, it's stagey. It's all costume parties and older people being nostalgic. I suppose it's only a pipe dream, but I think it would be neat if these sorts of things could creep back into fashion naturally. We could go to sock hops without having to wear poodle skirts and scarves. We could listen to big bands and not be the only young people in the room.

Well, a girl can dream.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Kissing the new year in...

In preparation for New Year's Eve... here's a video I made a while ago. I hope you enjoy it!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everybody!!

I hope your Christmas is filled with yummy food...


beautiful weather...



music...


magic...

photo is from Doctor Macro

with loved ones nearby!

photo is from Doctor Macro

Saturday, December 24, 2011

12 Days of Christmas movies!

Now, without further ado, a compiled list of contributions to...


1. the melody lingers on
a Christmas movie montage by Kate Gabrielle

2. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
a commentary by Millie

3. It's that time of year when the world falls in love
a Christmas movie montage by me

4. Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
a movie review by Rianna

5. Remember the Night (1940)
a movie review by Natalie

6. The Thin Man (1934)
a movie review by me

7. It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
a movie review by Audrey

8. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
a movie review by Amanda Cooper

9. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
a music discussion by Emma

10. I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
a movie review by Clara

11. It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947)
a movie review by KC

12. My Reputation (1946)
a movie review by Jacqueline T. Lynch


Once again, thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who contributed this year!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

"I could dance nightly just holding you tightly, my sweet."

Last week's quote: "'Serious calamity?' This is good?" was from Christmas in Connecticut.

This week's quote is: "I could dance nightly just holding you tightly, my sweet."

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

You act as though it were the only present you ever had.




Now, it's time for my Christmas movie review. There have been some great ones so far and I can't wait to post a full list on Christmas Eve!

This year, I held off on calling dibs on a movie because last year, I reserved a movie before everyone else did - and that didn't seem fair. So, this year, I waited. And, as I waited, pretty much every classic Christmas movie that I really love got snatched up! Yipes! So, after much deliberating, I decided on this classic Christmas movie.

The Thin Man (1934)

The plot, for those unlucky few who have not seen this movie, is as follows: Inventor Clyde Wynant is often mysterious, even to his daughter, Dorothy, his laywer, MacCauley, and his girlfriend, Julia. But when he doesn't return at Christmastime as he promised, Dorothy begins to worry and brings the disappearance to the attention of former sleuth, Nick Charles. When Julia is found dead in her apartment by Wynant's ex-wife, everyone is on the lookout for the mysterious man. But is he the culprit? With Nick and his glamorous wife, Nora, on the case, the case is sure to be solved - with plenty of drinking and joking around, of course!

How's that for a nutshell? Not too bad. Okay, so this movie has very little Christmas in it. But, let's be honest, a lot of my favorite Christmas movies have very little to do with Christmas: White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Christmas in Connecticut. They usually take place around Christmas, like The Thin Man but hardly depend on Christmas to carry the theme of the story. Even the quintessential Christmas movie, It's A Wonderful Life, takes place, for the most part, at times other than Christmas. It's just that the climactic portion of the film is on Christmas Eve. What do all of these films have in common though, besides time of year setting? They're such fun movies to watch! And they usually have some sort of feel-good part about them that makes them fun to watch with a mug of hot cocoa. The Thin Man, being a murder mystery, can be tricky to label as "feel-good fun" but it is!! It's so laugh-out-loud hilarious! It's absolutely delightful. It's one of my all-time favorite movies ever.

If you're still in doubt as to whether it counts as Christmas movie, here's some proof. Nick and Nora throw a Christmas party (in one of my favorite dresses worn by Nora. I want this dress!!!)

See? There's a Christmas tree and Nora's super cute candy-cane dress!!

and they play with their Christmas presents on Christmas morning. Such a funny scene!!



Check back again on Christmas Eve for a full list of Christmas posts!! For those participating, please continue to let me know when you've written yours so I can add it to the list!

Monday, December 19, 2011

And it's simply groovey!

It's almost Christmas! Hooray! I'm going to include 2 clips today. Both are from Miracle on 34th Street. But one is the trailer and it is, in my opinion, one of the funnest trailers ever. It's so cute! And I love all of the random cameos!



the second clip is just one of my favorite scenes. It makes me tear up every time!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Why do I believe? I guess that I believe because!

Stumbled upon this gem while perusing through Doctor Macro. Such a cute photo!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gee! That's swell!

Hooray!! All of the spots for the 12 Days of Christmas blogathon have been filled!!

Just a few notes for the lovely bloggers who are participating, please have your post written by the 23rd (the 23rd being the last day to write it) and let me know in a comment on one of my blog posts. I'd like to compile a list, like I did last year, with all of the posts so that everyone can link to each post. And I'd like to write the list up on Christmas Eve. Thank you!

I can't wait to read your posts! If anyone is concerned about style or format, feel free to do whatever you'd like. Last year, I used a format, but variety is nice, so any kind of post will be fine!

"'Serious calamity?' This is good?"

Last week's quote, "And when it's Christmas, I believe in Santa Claus," was from It Happened In Brooklyn. Okay, so it's not a Christmas movie, but it's a Christmas-y line in the song! The song was sung by Frank Sinatra in the song, "I Believe" which was written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne.

This week's quote is: "'Serious calamity?' This is good?"

Thursday, December 15, 2011

It's that time of year when the world falls in love...




So, the marvelous Kate Gabrielle contributed to the 12 Days of Christmas movies blogathon by compiling a fantastic vid, which you can see here.

I thought I'd follow her lead and do the same thing. I'll have a regular post about a Christmas movie coming up soon. Which means I'll be taking up 2 entries in the blogathon. Which means there are less spots than before: only 4 remaining, so grab one while you can!!

And here is my first contribution to the blogathon. It's another classic Christmas movie vid. I think it's interesting to see how Kate and I picked a few of the same movies but differed a great deal as well. Just goes to show that I have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to classic Christmas movies! I hope you enjoy my vid! It has one of my absolute favorite Christmas songs in it.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Oh, yeah. Deep blue.

No Christmas would be complete without a viewing of White Christmas. So, without further ado, let's look at the Sister number - both of them!





I love the part in the first one where the guys are talking about their eyes and the girls are, apparently, just standing on stage, smiling. What kind of a number is that? It's so silly! I love it!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

it must be beautiful in Vermont this time of year...

One of my absolute, all-time favorite Christmas movies ever!! White Christmas. It's also one of my favorite songs in the movie and it's probably one of my favorite dance scenes period. I don't know. I should compile a list. But it'd be a long list.

Anyhow... I think this photo is simply spectacular. Don't you?

Friday, December 9, 2011

"And when it's Christmas, I believe in Santa Claus."

Last week's quote: "I believe. I believe. It's silly, but I believe" is from Miracle on 34th Street.

This week's quote is: "And when it's Christmas, I believe in Santa Claus."

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I'm in love... with a voice.

So, I'm starting a new series all of a sudden. I don't know why. I just had a sudden urge. These are going to primarily get posted on Tuesdays. I'm not sure whether they're going to be regular or not. And I'm not sure if they'll be themed. Here's the series: movies I want to watch.

The wonderful thing (well, one of the wonderful things) about interacting in the blogging world is that you get to exchange ideas with like-minded people in a very unique way. We don't have to have long drawn out conversations. I say my piece, you say your piece, someone else says their piece and then we're all done. It's so tidy! Anyway, I already have a list going of movies I love (my 100 movies which is sadly neglected of late) so I thought it'd be nice to have an opposite list: movies I want to watch. Then, if you've seen the movie, you can tell me what you think, whether or not you think I'd like it, and so on. If you haven't seen it but want to, then it might prove to be for your edification as well as for mine!

So, let's get started. I'm actually going to start off with two (yeesh! cheating already!) because I'm happen to be debating between the two as to which one I want to buy. I'm going to be risky and buy a movie I've never seen. Yipes! I'm pretty sure I'll be happy buying either one but which one will I like more? This is the difficulty. Here are the movies:

Three for the Show (1955) - Betty Grable, Jack Lemmon, Marge and Gower Champion.
All 4 of the leads are reasons to want to see this movie in my opinion.
I'm also fascinated by the fact that the Too Many Husbands/My Favorite Wife plot line spouted so many remakes. It's incredible! I believe this one has a great deal of potential as it adds a very crucial plot point that was direly needed in predecessor Too Many Husbands - a fourth character to the love triangle. We're supposed to like both of the husbands. She's supposed to want both of them. We can't have one husband be likable and the other one unlikable; otherwise it's too obvious a choice and we'd wonder why she married him in the first place. With a second girl in the mix, we get a satisfying ending, a more palatable ending. I'm beginning to really, truly love Marge and Gower Champion and I want to see them dance together some more. Thus the main reason for my wanting to buy this film.

Rich, Young And Pretty (1951) - Jane Powell, Vic Damone, Fernando Lamas.
Vic Damone. Need I say more? Also, Fernando Lamas. The guy was pretty horrible to little Esther Williams but he was awfully pretty.
To be honest, I know very little about the plot line. I'm in love with Vic Damone so that's my main reason for wanting this one. I really like Jane Powell too so I'd like to see them together. I've read they're very cute together in this one.

Any thoughts on either movie? Have you seen one or the other?

Monday, December 5, 2011

It all started with...

Guess what? It's Walt Disney's 110th birthday! Happy Birthday, Walt! Hooray!!

Photo source here

Second of all, if you didn't catch it last time, I'm doing a blogathon: 12 Days of Christmas Movies. You can comment on either this post or the post I've linked to to sign up. There are still 6 more spots available. Now, for those who have already signed up, I want your input: would you like to do it like we did last year? Where we just posted and then, at the end, I did a list of everyone's posts?

- or, as David suggested, we have a timetable and everyone gets a day to do their posts?

Let me know what you think!!!***

***Okay, so Audrey mentioned a timetable would be too stressful. This is a pretty small blogathon and I'd like to keep it as stress-free, fun, and easy as possible. So, no timetable. But, let's have a bit of a deadline so I can have a chance to gather all of the posts up and compile my list. Can we have all of the posts done by the 23rd? That'll give me a couple of days to get a list. Thank you! If you haven't signed up yet, don't forget to let me know you're interested! And if you have signed up, don't forget to tell me when you've written your post!

I'll take it!

One of my favorite scenes from the classic Christmas movie. Although, to be honest, I'm a little disappointed that they don't have the whole scene in there. I like the whole "this is a very interesting situation!" bit.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

May your days be merry and bright

This is such a nice picture! I have a hard time listening to this song without thinking of this version - with the bells and the pipe and the whistling. It's so classic!


Image source here.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I wish I'd thought of it first.

So, I've been thinking. How would it be if we do another 12 Days of Christmas Movies blogathon this year? Would you participate? It went really well last year! There were so many good movies listed! And I really enjoyed going to everyone's sites. Let me know if you're interested. I'd like to have all of the spots filled by the 11th. Keep in mind that there are 11 spots to be filled as I'd like to do a post too!!

If interested, please comment with the movie you'd like to do. I won't hold you to it if you decide to change your mind, but this way we can avoid duplicates and so on. Oh, and it's okay if you choose a movie that was chosen last year. There are only so many Christmas movies to go around! I haven't even decided what movie I want do this year. Last year, I picked first so I'd like to see some other people pick before I do.

Here's the logo:

Friday, December 2, 2011

"I believe. I believe. It's silly, but I believe."

Last week's quote: "You oughta be wearing golashes" is from Swing Time.

This week's quote is: "I believe. I believe. It's silly, but I believe."

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Beautiful, please don't worry.

Time for a new song comparison! Yay!! Since Thanksgiving has passed, it is now officially time to start listening to Christmas music. I wanted to do this post before everyone got tired of Christmas songs. It happens to be one of my favorite wintry songs and I think it's a little silly to be considered a Christmas song, but I guess it makes more sense than "My Favorite Things." Now, I've got a long list of comparisons, so buckle up!

The song is: Baby, It's Cold Outside. It was originally written by Frank Loesser and was primarily performed by Loesser and his wife at parties. When Loesser sold the song to MGM to use in Neptune's Daughter, his wife was furious. I've heard her anger abated, however, when the song won an Academy Award. It should also be noted that in the music, the parts are written as "the mouse" and "the wolf."

1. Here's how the song was originally performed in Neptune's Daughter with Ricardo Montalban and Esther Williams.


video

It's probably unnecessary for me to say that this is my favorite version of the song. It is, pure and simple, the original intent of the song, and I like that. I like that I have complete confidence in the mouse to handle herself around the wolf. I actually really like Esther Williams and Ricardo Montalban as a pair, period. He's so sure of himself and so flirtatious but she's completely independent and able to take care of herself. A fun fact about this scene is that one of Ricardo's lines leading into the song is, "lovely lady, soft music, a warm summer's evening. You know, for an evening that started out so badly, it has definite possibilities." I love it because it gives the song a whole new twist. Well, maybe not twist. But it makes it much more humorous that he's trying to argue that it's too cold to go out when it's the middle of summer! After he sings his first line, she gives him this incredulous look like, "are you kidding me?" So funny! I love it! Okay, so that's number 1.

2. The duet immediately following this one pans over to Esther's sister, played by Betty Garrett, who is busy romancing Red Skelton (who, by the way, she thinks is Ricardo Montalban).



I think it's funny that this song is often performed this way - with the girl playing the wolf role. I love Betty Garrett. She's so cute! I like this version a lot in that I love the way they play around with the coats. It's very clever, I think. She keeps getting him to take the coat off.

3. The third film version of this song, from the movie Elf.


Other than the two versions in the original film, I find that this version is the freshest and most original. While they're singing the same words, the scene has a totally different feel. Ironically, it's potentially the sexiest scene, just because she's in the shower while she's singing - yet because the movie is the way it is, and the way the scene is played, all that comes out of this scene is innocence. That's what's so great about this version of the song: it's innocent. I don't think any other rendition of this song has that claim! And it's so sweet and kind of romantic the way he's singing along. So cute!

4. Last version I'm going to share is from television, so it's a little different than my usual set-up in that way, but it's worth a look. I should explain, first, that I am not a Glee fan. I've actually only ever seen the pilot episode. Nothing against Glee, it's just not my style. But, they did do a rather unique twist on an old classic. They performed it with two guys. Same basic idea. They sound great together. It's mostly odd to me because the mouse character does not seem at all opposed to the idea of being seduced by the wolf, but maybe that's the point. Perhaps that's an added twist. Who knows? What do you think?

Monday, November 28, 2011

I eat husbands.

So, one of my favorite screwball comedies is a lesser known Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche film called Midnight. I know I've mentioned it before. The plot is moderately simple: penniless chorus girl, Eve (Colbert), is on the hunt for a rich husband when she meets taxi driver, Tibor Czerny (Ameche). Afraid she's falling in love with him, she's runs away and runs right into a high society party and a tricky love triangle. Now, a rich husband, George Flamarian (John Barrymore), wants Eve to help him separate his wife (Mary Astor) and her lover (Francis Lederer). Eve assumes Tibor's name to put on the charade and help George out. When Tibor finds out, he's on his way to find out why she's using his name... and to make it permanent! Here's a scene from the movie and I hope it'll whet your appetite to see the whole thing; it's a delightful film!



P.S. I titled the post as such because I think that line is so funny! And weird. What kind of a line is that?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Well, you might have mentioned me first on the billing.

I hope everyone had a marvelous Thanksgiving!! Now, that it's officially past, we can now turn our minds to Christmas! Yay!! And as such, here's a wintery-type photo of Myrna, who looks like she's all ready to be comfy cozy in that robe. She's so beautiful!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Was I out yonder somewhere blinking at a star?

So. I deleted my more recent post about Gigi. The more I thought about it, the more disgusted I became with myself. Someone took the time to recommend something to me and what did I do? I bashed the movie. It was terribly bad form and dreadful manners. I want my friends to feel comfortable recommending movies to me. I do apologize.

Friday, November 25, 2011

"You oughta be wearing golashes."

Last week's quote: "I know what I like and I liked what I saw and I said to myself..." is from State Fair. The fill-in-the-blank was "That's For Me," which is also the name of the song! The song was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein and, in the '45 version of the film, was performed by Vivian Blaine.

This week's quote is: "You oughta be wearing golashes."

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanks a lot...

So, I thought this clip rather appropriate for this week. I love this scene and I've been rather addicted to this song for some strange reason lately.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

it has definite possibilities

It's almost Thanksgiving!! Hooray!! Thanksgiving is one of my all-time favorite holidays. Right next to Christmas. And my birthday. And this photograph is my favorite fall-ish photo. The trees are actually pretty green in the photo, so it's probably not really fall. But it is California, so it could have been fall. Who knows? But their outfits and the coloring of the photo just say fall to me. I love it so much! I realize that I've posted it on here a bajillion times, but I never get tired of it. It's the background on my computer, and my iphone, and my computer at work. And every time I see it, I get all happy. So, here it is again.

Friday, November 18, 2011

"I know what I like and I liked what I saw and I said to myself..."

Last week's quote: "Honey, you're the cutest piggy-bank in town" was from Kiss Me Kate.

This week, just to change things up, let's do a little fill in the blank: "I know what I like and I liked what I saw and I said to myself _____"

Hint: the fill-in-the-blank, is the name of the song.

Monday, November 14, 2011

and in Italy, everybody sings

Exciting news!!! I found one of my all-time favorite scenes from Hit the Deck on YouTube! Ah, YouTube. Seriously, what would I do without it? Anyway, this scene is one of my favorites because a) Vic Damone sings b) the song is cute and c) everybody in this scene has such good chemistry. It's incredible! I'm going to be honest; I'm not always very good at pointing out who has good chemistry with who. But. In this scene, I'm so caught up with how much fun they seem to be having with each other. You really feel like they get along famously. It's little things.
Like when:
Kay Arden winks at Tony Martin as she hands him his wine
and when Debbie Reynolds tugs on Russ Tamblyn's tie to tell him to sing
and then when Russ Tamblyn laughs after singing (probably because he really isn't)
and when Debbie Reynolds pulls Russ Tamblyn's arm closer around her and leans on his hand
and when Russ Tamblyn leans his head on Kay Arden's shoulder
and when they all dance around the room and switch partners as if it's a surprise
and when Jane Powell whispers something to Vic Damone and he laughs
and when Kay Arden taps Debbie Reynolds under the chin

can you tell I've watched this scene a couple of times?
Ahem. Yeah, I really like it. It's so fun to watch. And it's fun to sing. Try it.



Do tell me what you think of this scene!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

and you'll shoo the blues away.

I love this photo! Have I mentioned how much I love Vic Damone? Look how cute he is in that sailor outfit! hehe. Anyways...

Friday, November 11, 2011

"Honey, you're the cutest piggy-bank in town."

Last week's quote: "Thanks for the darling uranium mine!" is from the "Thanks A Lot, But No Thanks" scene in It's Always Fair Weather. The song was written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and was performed in the film by Dolores Grey.

This week's quote is: "Honey, you're the cutest piggy-bank in town."

Monday, November 7, 2011

That doesn't rhyme!

So, the other day, Brian Solomon highlighted a song on his fantastic blog, Standard of the Day: "Ain't We Got Fun?" His post led me to searching the song on YouTube and I came across this delightful scene from By The Light of the Silvery Moon. I've never seen the movie, but I want to now! This scene is so cute!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Well, gee... That'd be swell!

I don't know why, but this photo strikes me as very fall-ish - despite the fact that she's wearing shorts. The tree in the background is all bare and it's all in sepia tones, so I just see this photo and think of fall.

Friday, November 4, 2011

"Thanks for the darling uranium mine."

Last week's quote: "Oh, father, we could buy the other half of the blanket!" is from Kismet. Marsinah (Ann Blythe) says it to her father (Howard Keel) when they come into money. I love that line!

This week's quote is: "Thanks for the darling uranium mine."

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

What's your Christmas wish?

So, now that Halloween is over, we can all turn with full excitement towards the holidays. I don't care what my best friend says, I want to listen to Christmas music now! This is when I start buying my Christmas presents and start planning what I want to spend my birthday money on. I think I know where most of what I buy myself this year will come from: the Warner Bros. Archive Collection. Have you seen it? It's glorious. I have a whole wishlist of movies I want to buy. I actually haven't even seen most of them but I really want to watch them and they're not available on Netflix. And there are actually a few that I have but I'd like to own more legally. Besides, it's so awesome that they're releasing these movies that I want to support them as much as possible. So, here's my wishlist from the wonderful site:

Movies I've seen and must own:
- The Merry Widow - It's not my favorite Maurice Chevalier film, but he's so classically Chevalier-esque in this one, it's impossible to pass up!
- Bachelor Mother - I have a copy of this one already, but I love it so much, I'd like to have it again. It's so funny!
- It's Love I'm After - I've wanted this one ever since I saw it. It's so funny. I pretty much want any Leslie Howard romantic comedy I can get my hands on. There seem to be few of them.
- Small Town Girl - I'm talking about the 1953 version with Jane Powell. I love this movie! I actually haven't seen it in years but I remember it as being very funny and very fun.
- A Damsel in Distress - I am not the world's biggest Joan Fontaine fan but I do love Fred Astaire. Plus, George and Gracie Allen alone are worth buying the film.
- The Merry Andrew -
I'd really like to own this one mostly to enhance my Danny Kaye collection. I love Danny Kaye!

Movies I've yet to see:
- Meet Me In Las Vegas - I really only want this because it has "Frankie and Johnny" and I'm curious to know what context the scene has in the story.
- Athena - Vic Damone. That's really the only reason I want it.
- Hard to Get - I don't know much about this one but it has two of my favorite people in it: Olivia de Havilland and Dick Powell. I'm very curious as to how they work together.
- Having a Wonderful Time - I love Ginger Rogers and this one looks really cute!
- Rich, Young and Pretty - Again, Vic Damone.
- It's a Wonderful World - I can't get a hold of this movie anywhere but the reviews of it seem pretty stellar. It looks so funny and cute! James Stewart and Claudette Colbert - they seem so unlikely but I like the idea of it!
- Yolanda and the Thief - Ok. This one looks really weird. But it has Fred Astaire and was directed by Vincente Minelli so you know there are going to be some awesome dances in it.
- Summer Holiday - I mostly want to see this one because of Gloria de Haven. She's so gorgeous and she always gets snotty type roles. I'm hoping this one's nicer because she's so cute!
- Invitation to the Dance - I feel like any Gene Kelly fan should have the opportunity to at least watch this movie, if not own it.
- Footsteps in the Dark - Errol Flynn in a murder mystery. Errol Flynn in a murder mystery!!!
- Too Hot to Handle - Myrna Loy pushed Clark Gable off her front porch in real life. I'm very curious as to how that relationship came out on screen!
- Lovely to Look At - I really, really want this movie. But then, I think you know all about that!

So, there you have it. My Warner Archives wishlist. What's on yours? Have you seen any of the ones on mine? What did you think?

Monday, October 31, 2011

She had you there, unc!

So. It's Halloween. I confess that I'm not a huge fan of the holiday. Simply because witches, bats, spiders, and whatever is supposed to be scary isn't quite my thing. But, I absolutely love costumes! Since that's my favorite part of the holiday, here's a costume scene for your enjoyment:



By the way, fun story about this scene. Apparently, Myrna Loy originally was supposed to wear the dress that Jeanette MacDonald wears in the scene. When Myrna Loy came out look gorgeous (I mean, come on, it's Myrna Loy), Jeanette MacDonald got all nervous and demanded that she wear the dress instead! (This is why I don't like Jeanette MacDonald) So, Myrna Loy had to run down to the wardrobe department at the very last second to grab a dress. Well, turns out, she decided to go with a black one and then wear a white wig and, boy, does she look stunning in it! Myrna's friend, Lou MacFarlane said in Myrna's autobiography Being and Becoming (it's a marvelous book - I highly recommend it!), "She walked back on the set in that black dress and a powdered wig, and you didn't see anyone else in the scene. You see, all the others wore pastels--whites, pinks, things like that.[...] So if Myrna had worn the pink dress that MacDonald appropriated, she might never had made such an impact and become a star. Who knows?" I love that story. Yet another reason to absolutely love Myrna Loy.

Oh, and Happy Halloween!!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Well, I can't imagine... any pleasanter journey, ma'am, than walking through life with you beside me.

I love this photo! I also love the line that I quoted in the title. To be honest, I omitted a small part of it (thus the ellipses). But, I love the way they're holding hands. If Errol Flynn were holding my hand like that, I'd definitely be running my fingers through my hair too!

Friday, October 28, 2011

"Oh, father, we could buy the other half of the blanket!"

Last week's quote: "What stop for did you, hey!" is from the song "Come Up To My Place" from On The Town. The song was written by Betty Comden and Adolph Green and was performed in the film by Betty Garrett and Frank Sinatra.

This week's quote is: "Oh, father, we could buy the other half of the blanket!"

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Backup dancers? Holy cats!

So, there's this backup dancer that I've noticed in a lot of musicals. At first I noticed him because he was cute. Then I noticed him because I recognized him. Now, I look for him when I watch a musical because he's in so many! Seriously, here's a list of the ones I can remember at the top of my head:

- The Merry Andrew
- Hit the Deck
- Hello Dolly
- Guys and Dolls
- It's Always Fair Weather
- Mary Poppins
- The Thin Man Goes Home
- Summer Stock
- The Band Wagon
- The Music Man

He's probably in more but I've just forgotten or I haven't noticed him yet. Seriously, he's in everything! Because he's in so many musicals, he must have been a really fantastic dancer. I mean, I can tell he was fantastic; I've watched him. But, it's crazy to think of how much talent was in the musicals back then. No one even knows his name (I do, because I've researched: Bert May). Because I've noticed this random backup dancer, I've felt this sort of loyalty to cheer for him. I get pretty excited when I find him. It's like Where's Waldo. I'm linking to a movie clip with each of the titles above. Check them out and see if you can find him too!

Ok. Now, I know you may not feel like going through all of those links and trying to find him, so I'll help you out a bit (for some reason I went backwards. Don't ask me why):
- in The Music Man, he's the first guy in line with the glasses in the greenish shirt.
- in The Band Wagon, he's in the yellow turtleneck
- in Summer Stock, he's the guy who does the totally wacky leg thingy around the 2 minute mark
- in The Thin Man Goes Home, he's the sailor who dances with Nora
- in Mary Poppins, he's in that first group of 3 sweeps and he's the one on the far right
- in It's Always Fair Weather, he's Jasper (hehe)
- in Guys and Dolls, he's the guy in red who keeps losing. he gets his own solo bit.
- in Hello Dolly, he's Danny
- in Hit the Deck, he's wearing a lighter blue shirt and he has lighter hair. he's also really thin
- in the Merry Andrew, he's the guy in yellow

So, there you have it. I'm kind of obsessed with him. I don't know why. Do any of you have a random backup dancer you like? Have you seen this guy in anything else? I'm pretty sure I'm his one-girl fan club, so I'd like to see as much of his work as possible!

Monday, October 24, 2011

It suits her zodiac

I absolutely love my investment of the That's Entertainment! boxed set. No, I don't watch the movies very much. I didn't really expect to. But, I have so many wonderful musical numbers at my fingertips whenever I want them. Like these little gems. The second one is an outtake. Oh, how I love Volume 3 for all of the outtakes! If you haven't seen the That's Entertainment trilogy and you're a fan of musicals - you must check them out. They're well worth the watch. And you'd be surprised by how many movies you'll discover you absolutely need to see!

P.S. I love her dress in the outtake scene (which is the second one). In a less exaggerated and costume-y version, I'm pretty sure I'd love to wear it. It's so cute!



Sunday, October 23, 2011

Happiness is blooming all around her

In case you haven't guessed it, this month's photo theme is candid photos. Now, for another of my favorites: Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke. He's so cute! I love the way he laughs! I also love the fact that I can see the calendar in the background. I don't know why, but it just makes the whole picture seem so every-day-esque.

Friday, October 21, 2011

"What stop for did you hey?"

Last week's quote: "We'll show 'em a thing or three!" is said by Groucho in Animal Crackers but it's also said by Ginger Rogers in Flying Down to Rio.

This week's quote is: "What stop for did you hey?"

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Won't go to Harlem in ermine and pearls

Have you ever found a dress that looked like one from an old movie... and didn't buy it? I have.

There's one style that pops up often in old films and every time it does, I say, "I love that!" But when I find a dress on Modcloth or ShopRuche that has a similar style, I don't buy it because I don't think I can pull it off. Here's the style:

Sheer fabric over a dress with a sweetheart cut. I love it! Here is one of my absolute, all-time favorite versions of this style:



Lena Horne's dress also has another of my favorite things: a different colored petticoat or slip (I'm not sure of the difference between the two). It makes the dress even more eye-catching! Isn't it gorgeous?! Another example is this little number from White Christmas.

But... as much as I love it on film, when I see dresses like these in shops, I think, "meh. Sheer fabric looks weird" and then I don't buy it. Why is it that in movies, the sheer fabric is sexy and elegant but nowadays, I'm afraid people will think I'm strange for wearing it? And why do I care what people think anyway?

And another thing! Why is it that in old movies, the dresses have capped sleeves or something, but nowadays, they're sleeveless?



It's not the same, somehow. Will I ever live out my dream of wearing Lena's dress?

The dresses pictured above, by the way, can be found here, here, and here.

Do any of you have similar problems with old movie styles?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

You wonderful you

So, today happens to be the birthday of one of my very best friends in the whole world - Emma Wallace!! Hooray!! Happy Birthday!!!

She recently celebrated her birthday on her podcast, do stop by and take a listen. I think you'll find it very fun!

Since one of Emma's favorite movie stars is Gene Kelly, I'm going to post one of the happiest Gene Kelly dances. Enjoy!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Do you like hats?

Here's another movie that I want to see: Lovely to Look At. Actually, like The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, I caught the end of it on TCM. I know it won't quite hold a candle to Roberta but it doesn't have to. It just has to be a good movie with some really great scenes. Actually, it just has to have some really great scenes and I'll be sold. Actually, it already has some really great scenes and I'm already sold so can I please just see this movie?

Here's one of the reasons I want to see it:



There's a very good chance I've already posted this scene but I don't really care. It's so good!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

A lucky star's above

I love this photo of Ginger Rogers talking to George Gershwin. I had a tough time finding it, let me tell you. It was one of those photos I could picture in my mind's eye but I couldn't find it anywhere and was beginning to think I'd dreamt it! I finally remembered that I had it in a collection of photos that came with the Fred and Ginger boxed set so I scanned and voila! It's such a cute photo. And, in my opinion, Ginger is totally flirting with George (can you blame her?).


In her autobiography, Ginger: My Story, Ginger Rogers talks about going to a soiree at the Gershwins' and how George told her he'd written "But Not For Me" for her. How amazing would that be?

Friday, October 14, 2011

"We'll show 'em a thing or three!"

Last week's quote: "When the moon is in the sky, tell me what am I to do?" was sung by Dick Powell in 42nd Street. It was written by Al Dubin and Harry Warren.

This week's quote: "We'll show 'em a thing or three!" is actually from two movies! (I know. I'm doing it again. I can't help it!) Bonus points if you get both!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

and I'm not making fun with you.

Today, I'm doing another fashion inspiration post - but with a new spin! As you've probably noticed, I rarely post photos of myself on this blog. While I like getting my photo taken, I get very self-conscious about it, so I tend to do it in moderation.

But, today I picked out an outfit that I was rather proud of. I'd modeled it after the outfit Lise wears in An American in Paris during the "Our Love Is Here to Stay" scene. Her outfit is pretty simple but some of the pieces are hard to track down nowadays. The outfit is a tuxedo shirt with a bowtie, a vest, a skirt, and ballet flats. I did roughly the same outfit, with a tuxedo shirt (sans bowtie), vest, a skirt, and ballet flats. I've found it very difficult to track down a nice fitted vest like the one Leslie Caron wears here. For some reason, they seem to be out of style at the moment. Her skirt is, in all honesty, a dancing skirt, and I don't have one of the same fabric to match the vest. But who's nitpicking?


The middle photo is from Doctor Macro. To see the dance scene go here.

Monday, October 10, 2011

There's them that does and them that don't

I really want to see this movie! The Affairs of Dobie Gillis. I caught the end of it on TCM the other day so now I know how it ends... but I'd like to see the whole thing! I mean, it's got Bob Fosse and Bobby Van together in a movie! That's just magical!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Why, oh why, and wherefore?

Ok. I love this photo. It's a weird photo and no one really looks all that glamorous in it, but that's why I love it. They look like normal people just hanging out. In reality, it's Debbie Reynolds, Russ Tamblyn, Vic Damone (I told you I was obsessed), and Tony Martin hanging out on the set of Hit the Deck. But when I see it, I think of all those silly photos I used to take of my friends in high school. It makes me want to jump back in time to this moment, so I can walk in and just hang out with them. Although, to be honest, I have no idea what Vic Damone is doing with Debbie Reynolds' head...

Friday, October 7, 2011

"When the moon is in the sky, tell me what am I to do?"

So, once again I need to congratulate everyone who has correctly guessed the quotes from the past couple of months. So, let's have a round of applause to:

- Amanda Cooper who got: "The way of all flesh, Junior. The way of all flesh..."
- terryhogan who got: "If you like chicken, grab a wing."
- MC and Audrey who got: "We got a lot of votes from the farmers with a picture of a prize heifer."
- amz and emma wallace got: "Think of my life-long sorrow... if you caught pneumonia and died."
- DKoren and Meredith got: "It was written by a Latin, a gondolier who sat in his home out in Brooklyn and gazed at the stars."
- Amanda Cooper, emma wallace, AND Meredith all got: "When I find out what that means, I'll come back with a crushing reply."
- Wendymoon and erin got: "How could ignorance be compared to bliss?"
- Millie got: "In the question, you're the 'why.'"
- Irene Palfry got: "In other words, Miss Jane, you have a bad cold... and a headache."
- Matthew Conlam got: "Did someone call me schnorer?"

Last week's quote: "Testing the air... I like it but it doesn't like me" was from The Philadelphia Story.

This week's quote is: "When the moon is in the sky, tell me what am I to do?"

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Thank heaven...


My willing suspension of disbelief goes pretty far. I'm willing to believe all sorts of things when I settle down for a movie, a book, or a play. However, there is one thing that I've always had trouble with wrapping my mind around comfortably: men falling in love with girls. Not women. Girls. For example:
- Man knows girl growing up. One day realizes girl is becoming a woman. Decides he is attracted to said woman. Gut reaction is to make her his mistress (seriously?). Oh wait. They marry instead.
- Man meets girl. Thinks she's cute. Sees her in a corset. Decides to marry her.
- Man meets girl. Sends her to college. Meets her years later. Falls in love with her, even though she is his niece's best friend. (although, to be fair, I'm also weirded out by a girl falling in love with her best friend's uncle)

Here's my problem. It's not just Hollywood. Fairy tales and legends have been doing it for ages. A girl turns 16 and suddenly she's ready for marriage and happily ever after. Generally speaking, the character in question is cast or drawn to be considerably older than the suggested age, thus allowing the audience the ability to accept this. But I don't like it. I don't think that, at 16, a girl is ready to get married and have kids and raise a family.

And, I think here's the reason why I feel odd about this situation (bear with me, I'm switching gears a bit here...)



Basically, girls living in poverty are often married by the age of 14, getting pregnant and having children by the age of 15 (in case you didn't watch the video I just posted). When you think about it with real people, not characters, not fairy tale princesses, and not movie actresses, it's a horrifying thought.

Fortunately (again, for those who didn't watch the movie - or even if you did), there is a solution! (Yay! Solution!) It's an amazing campaign called The Girl Effect. If we invest in girls living in poverty, invest in their future and in their education - they can change the world. Simply by helping them to wrench themselves out of the vicious cycle of poverty, we can fight poverty, hunger, and the spread of diseases.

I'm blogging about this topic, in part, because of emma wallace, who told me about The Girl Effect and about the blogging campaign. The blogging campaign is an event taking place this week. If you have a blog then you can take part by blogging about The Girl Effect this week (October 4-11) so we can raise awareness of this solution. (I put it in bold because I want to make sure you can see it. I'm a compulsive skimmer, myself. I often skip the important bits). Even if you just have a facebook or a twitter account, it would be amazing if you could share this information (I love raising awareness of a solution as opposed to a problem. It's much happier news to spread).

Here are some links to help you research the topic, should you feel so inclined:
-emma wallace is writing her own post on the subject.
-if you want to write your own post, here is the link to the blogging campaign.
-if you don't want to read anyone else's opinion on it or don't want to write about your opinion on it and/or already have, you can go straight to the source.




The photo used at the top of the post is from Doctor Macro.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Come where the so well beloved is waiting

So, I, uh (ahem) have been a little obsessed lately with Vic Damone. Actually, with two of his movies, Kismet and Hit the Deck. And Vic Damone. I don't know why. I don't know why I fall into any of my obsessions. It's always a little inexplicable and, it seems, a little unstoppable. In any case, I'm just going to enjoy it while it lasts. The following scene is a song that I have not been able to stop listening to. Every time it comes on, I play it again. To the point where I've finally added it twice on my playlist so that I don't have to keep replaying it. As the uploader says this is "a rather wonderful movie sequence." It's so incredibly over-the-top and completely unnecessary. But it's so much fun! My favorite parts are the dancing girls that keep weaving throughout the parade. And, by the way, can you imagine being Marsinah (the girl on the receiving end of this whole thing) and having this insane parade coming towards you - and all you're expecting is this cute gardener to show up? Crazy! So, here it is. Just click on the picture to get to the video.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

to show that I was dancin' by...

This photo, I'm pretty sure, can't quite handle all of the awesome it contains. Or maybe I can't. Can you imagine being a fly on the wall for this conversation?

Friday, September 30, 2011

"Testing the air... I like it but it doesn't like me."

Last week's quote: "Did someone call me schnorer?" was from Animal Crackers and is sung by Groucho Marx in the "Hooray For Captain Spaulding" song. The song was written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby and was also featured in the biopic of the two writers, Three Little Words and was sung in that movie by Fred Astaire (and Red Skelton - only he didn't really sing that line).

This week's quote is: "Testing the air... I like it but it doesn't like me."

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

And if you want some dig-dig-dignity

Yay! A new fashion post! This one is kind of an odd one because it's really really easy... but, as this is an outfit I've really liked for a very long time, I think it's worth doing a post about, yes?

Ok. Here's a video clip with the outfit in it:



I've always loved this scene. Not only because it has Gene Kelly and it's a fun song but because the outfits are all so cute! They're so very 1950's and so casual. I love them all! But, my favorite is the one being worn by Jeanne Coyne (Gene's wife! but not at this time). The one on the left:


This is such a classic and easy outfit but I really like the way it's pulled together here. I love the tucked-in shirt, the big belt, the cuffed jeans, the rolled sleeves, and the loafers. I'm not entirely sure I'd go for socks these days... but maybe!

the shirt - this one is from Old Navy. The sleeves are already rolled up so it's ready to go! I also like that it's a neutral color but it's not white. It's kind of pinkish, just like her shirt! Yay!

the jeans - obviously, everyone has a pair of jeans they love. I'm still working on finding a good pair for me. For this outfit, however, I think a pair with a skinnier cut would be best so you could roll them up to better effect. This particular pair is from Old Navy.

the belt - I found surprisingly difficult to find a big brown leather belt with a simple buckle. I don't know why. I finally found this one at Urban Outfitters.

the shoes - these really are what pull this outfit together, in my mind. Well, these and the belt. But the outfit is so very simple that having really cute and unique shoes are what I think will make this outfit look vintage-inspired. This pair is from the one and only Modcloth.


I hope you liked this outfit post! I feel so silly writing about such a simple outfit but there's a lot to be said for simplicity. And a good classic look can go a long way.

Monday, September 26, 2011

You have the loveliest profile in all Hartfordshire!

I love when I ask people which version of Pride and Prejudice they like best, they always say, "the good one!" I like them all, really, and this scene from the 1940 version is one of my favorites. The scene is the one where Jane is sick and and Mr. Bingley has to translate what the doctor is saying. So cute! The scene starts at 2:14 or thereabouts.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Man is a fish to cook

I love this photo of Cary Grant! Priceless! And I'm afraid I don't know where I found it.


Friday, September 23, 2011

"Did someone call me schnorer?"

Last week's quote: "In other words, Miss Jane, you have a bad cold... and a headache" was from Pride and Prejudice (1940).

This week's quote is: "Did someone call me schnorer?"

Bonus points if you can name two movies that have this quote in it!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

And what did we see? We saw the sea.

So, I'm sick. I've actually been sick but now it's moved to my nose and chest where all I do is sniffle and cough. The only good thing about being sick is that it gives you an excuse to relax. This said, I'm having a movie marathon. I love movie marathons. I think it's so fun to have a theme and plan a whole line-up of films (hmm. new blog post series?). Today, I decided to go for a theme of... well, I'll let you figure it out. Here's the line up:
Follow the Fleet (1936)
Born to Dance
(1936)
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
Anchors Aweigh
(1945)
On the Town
(1949)
Hit the Deck
(1955)

And because movie marathons are no fun alone, I'll let you join me (without having to get sick too). Ready? Here we go:











I hope you enjoyed the movie marathon!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm like an ocean wave that's bumped on the shore

or

Remakes and the Contemporary Double Standard


I don't really know what I'd do without YouTube. I've discovered so many things and movies and movie stars through it. For example, I was watching movie clips and browsing through the suggestions list when I came upon this little gem:



I love Marge and Gower Champion. I actually discovered them originally through YouTube with this little number that I absolutely adore. Anyway, in watching the first clip, I remembered reading about Lovely to Look At (1952), which was a remake of the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film Roberta (1935), in a Fred and Ginger book where the author said that Marge and Gower Champion were "dizzy" as Fred and Ginger. I think that was the word she used: dizzy or dizzying or something. Anyhow, while watching this clip, I thought about that and found that I disagreed. I like them in those roles. They're different that Fred and Ginger and I don't think they're even trying to be Fred and Ginger. The whole plot is changed and characters are split and altered that they're really two different movies altogether.


Same song, Fred and Ginger style.


But. Were I watching a contemporary remake of Roberta and saw two contemporary actors dancing a dance that originated on screen with Fred and Ginger, I'd probably go out of my mind with frustration and judgment. Who do they think they are anyway? The upstarts! Trying to be Fred and Ginger?! Sickening!

What's funny to me is that there are tons of remakes that Hollywood churned out, some not even twenty years after the original (like in the case of these two movies). So why the Double Standard? I know I've discussed this before but it really fascinates me. I mean, some remakes I prefer to the originals (like in the case of Silk Stockings/Ninotchka). I don't think I have an answer for this question; it's just something I like to muse over. Your thoughts?

**I should clarify: I don't like Lovely to Look At better than Roberta. I'm just saying that some of the old remakes are so good that I like them just as much, if not better than the originals.

Monday, September 19, 2011

It changes bread and water into tea and cakes.

My favorite Disney movie of all time: Mary Poppins. I love pretty much every single song in that movie but this scene is one of my favorites. I'm not sure why. I think it's because Bert is one of my favorite characters in the movie and I just love him in this part. I love Dick van Dyke. He's so amazing.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Cleopatra and Delilah had it way over Ruth

I find this scene to be one of the craziest hyped up scenes ever. It's so random and weird and, from what I can tell, pretty unnecessary. I haven't actually seen the entire movie, to be honest, but it looks odd. It is Cecil B. DeMille so you know it's probably going to be pretty lavish and odd but still. In any case, this photo of Claudette Colbert is super cute - you can't tell at all that the milk she's bathing in smells terrible..


This photo is from Doctor Macro.

Friday, September 16, 2011

"In other words, Miss Jane, you have a bad cold... and a headache."

Last week's quote: "In the question, you're the 'why'" was from the song "I Can Do Without You" from Calamity Jane, sung by Doris Day and Howard Keel and written by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster.

This week's quote is: "In other words, Miss Jane, you have a bad cold... and a headache."

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Were there more than 24 hours a day...

I really liked that comparing covers of songs in movies post I did a little while back, so I'm going to do another one today. This one is going to be kind of funny (well, I think it's funny) because I'm comparing "All I Do Is Dream of You," sung by Debbie Reynolds to "All I Do Is Dream of You".... sung by Debbie Reynolds! Okay, so I have an odd sense of humor. Nothing you didn't already know.

The first version is from Singin' In the Rain and is sung by Debbie Reynolds and a chorus of girls. This one is, by far, the more famous of the two versions. (Just click on the picture and it will take you to the video. YouTube wouldn't let me embed.)


I love this scene because it really sounds like a 1920's song. It's so raucous and crazy and I love the dancing in it! And ever since I was little, I've loved the "cat's meow" part. Anyway, you can't hear the lyrics very well in this version which works with the scene because no one is singing it with feeling - they're nightclub performers singing at a party. Their voices reflect this too as they all have that raucous nightclub-y type of voice. This isn't a scene to show off the girls' singing pipes; it's to show off their dancing style and their nice bodies in those cute little outfits. The song works as a vehicle to show what kind of a job Kathy Seldon (Debbie Reynolds) has in this film and acts as a comedic foil to the highbrow way in which she treats Gene Kelly in the previous scene.

Now, for the second version. This one is from The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, which was released a year later, and it's sung by Debbie Reynolds and Bobby Van:



I find it kind of funny that one of the first comments below the video is "what an innocent time." But it really does explain the feel for this version of the song. It's very laid-back, very quiet, and much more intimate than the other version. It's sung in a way where you can actually hear the lyrics and it sounds more like a love song than in the previous version. There's nothing to distract you from the song (except the awesome harmonizing of Bobby Van - I love that!). This version is far from raucous and acts as a message to the audience on what kind of a relationship this couple has. In fact, it kind of makes me want to have a boy to go on a boat with, who'll play the ukulele and harmonize while I sing...

There was actually a third version of this song that was filmed but suffered as an outtake in Singin' in the Rain. Gene Kelly sang it and it's very different from both versions, although it's a little more similar to the second version. You can preview it here at last.fm. The song is, to me, a good deal sexier than either of the other two versions, probably because Gene Kelly is singing it and Gene Kelly is just sexy all-around, his voice not excluded. I know that somewhere, somewhere is a picture of Gene holding a pillow and I'm pretty sure it's from this scene. If that's the case, then that adds an extra bit of romance and whatnot to the scene as he's really thinking of her right before he goes to bed. Furthermore, this scene (which sadly, of all of them, never made the cut) best emulates the song. If I'm not mistaken, the scene was supposed to fit just after Kathy leaves Don at the party, after the cake throwing incident. It's a shame that the song didn't make it and also a shame that I can't find a video clip or photo of it anywhere! Ah well.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Domani chi lo sa, quel che sarĂ ?

I've probably posted this video before. It's such a good scene though! And I know I've said this a million times but I really wish Fran Jeffries had made more recordings and got more press as a singer. I just think she's amazing and gorgeous.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

If you don't love livin', you is slightly uncouth

He's so adorable.

This photo is from Doctor Macro

Saturday, September 10, 2011

I had an uncle who laughed sometimes.

So, I got this dvd boxed set and I've been pretty addicted to one movie in the set (it was actually the main reason I bought the set) - and I've actually been kind of obsessed with one song in this one movie in this boxed set (does anyone else get like that). To the point where I haven't even really watched any of the other movies because I just keep watching the same scenes over and over again. The boxed set is: Classic Musicals from the Dream Factory, Vol. 3. The movie is: Kismet. And the song is "Stranger In Paradise."

It's such a ridiculously beautiful song. I love the melody and I love the words (okay, well, most of them). And I love Vic Damone's voice. So amazing! If you've never seen the film, I do recommend it although it's pretty hard to find right now. It's pretty crazy but it is an MGM musical and it is directed by Vincente Minneli so you can probably pretty much expect it to be crazy. I tried to find the song on YouTube but no soap. I'll just have to make do with the very odd trailer.



There's also this clip on YouTube to give you a bit more of a taste of what to expect: http://youtu.be/fmyjsg7LwlQ
I do have to say that although my hometown did not boast of very many exciting things to do and places to see, it did have a library with a pretty stellar collection of old movies, particularly musicals. When I think back now to the shelves filled with such rarities as Kismet, Two Girls and a Sailor, Born to Dance, Top Hat, The Thin Man, and The Pirates of Penzance, I must admit that I was pretty darn lucky.

Friday, September 9, 2011

"In the question, you're the 'why.'"

Last week's quote: "We're hats, you see, and we wanted to know if we could have a lady or two to Malloy with for the afternoon..." was from Hello Dolly!

Now, for this week's quote: "In the question, you're the 'why.'"