The Golden Age of Hollywood

A companion thread to my "What's the Last DVD You Purchased?" thread. I thought it might be fun to discuss what we all are watching or have recently watched. Below will be my first post in this thread.

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Tonight I watched Thank You, Jeeves, starring Arthur Treacher as the butler Jeeves and David Niven as his employer. This was quite an early one for Niven, and I watched it mainly to see him. As a silly spy-comedy, it was only ok, but I always love seeing Niven in anything. I may buy it eventually just for the sake of collecting his films. I'm happy that 20th Century Fox has released these previously unobtainable Jeeves movies on DVD. They are available as part of a Cinema Classics Collection.

So many choices for something to watch! I have decided on The Bride Comes Home, starring Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, and Robert Young. This is a classic screwball romantic comedy, made in 1936. Like so many of her romantic comedies, this one involves a rivalry between two men (sometimes there were even three), and one of the classic rivalry actors in these movies for some reason was Robert Young. Fred MacMurray and Melvyn Douglas were also commonly involved in these rivalries, along with the ill-fated Ralph Bellamy who never got the girl.

Recently I've been watching Sylvia Sidney movies that I've discovered I have a few lying around my home that I've not seen.  Recently I was invited to join a Sylvia Sidney Facebook group, which is what's prompted me.  

I saw An American Tragedy, stars Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sidney and Frances Dee, a very interesting movie precode that focuses on a man's attempts to climb the social ladder by any means possible.  

Also enjoyed seeing Sylvia  in the charming precode 30 day Princess where she had dual roles. Versatile actress. Kinda the original princess diaries' idea I think. Bit of a Prince and the Pauper type theme.  Lovely Romcom.

I'm still to watch Sylvia in You and Me with George Raft and King Vidor's production of Street Scene also starring Estelle Taylor.

Then I saw Ten Cents A Dance starring Barbara STanwyck, interestingly a Lionel Barrymore production, also starring Ricardo Cortez.  I really enjoyed this precode movie.

Also seen recently Man of the World, starring Carole Lombard and William Powell, an most enjoyable precode and made just prior to their marriage. Also stars Wynne Gibson.

Have been in a precode mood of late. Oh too I saw Me and My Gal, SPencer Tracey and Joan Bennett, thoroughly enjoyable too.

Boy, I guess you HAVE been in a pre-Code mood, Karen! LOL You made me want to rewatch 30-Day Princess, which I have in a boxed set of early Cary Grant movies. I was a little disappointed by Man of the World. As I recall, Carole Lombard's part was rather small. What did you think?

I did like Man of the World. Yes, probably as parts go Wynne Gibson's was the juicier one.  But Carole was at a very young age still, playing daughters and girlfriends I suspect (not sure). I think she was perfect as the daughter of the wealthy man, falling for the con man. 

My son and his friend are visiting for summer vacation, and we've been watching lots of movies. We ordered some from the library, which just came in. So far we've seen Rear Window, The Third Man, and The Last Wave, among others. On our list to still watch are The Wizard of Oz, Blazing Saddles, Psycho, and Night of the Hunter. I was surprised that the kids wanted to watch The Third Man, but the other movies are what I would expect to interest a 17- and 18-year-old (assisted by my suggestions and descriptions as well as a book I have on 1001 must-see movies).

Whenever my son is here, I try to expand his knowledge of classic films, and the older he gets and the more knowledge he acquires, the more receptive to them he seems to be. This time, he's recommending classic movies he's already seen to his friend!

Good list of movies! I hope that even if your son doesn't become a fan that he at least will build an appreciation for classic films.

Watched Shanghai Express (1931) starring Marlene Dietrich,Warner Oland, Anna May Wong, Eugene Pallette and other excellent actors. Excellent film. 100% critics' score on Rotten Tomatoes.  Amazing the train sounds throughout, the bells and whistles, etc.  Directed by Josef von Sternberg

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