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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Yes, I'm wondering where I could possibly go after my comedy of the week, too... perhaps good time for some horror after all? 

Yes, do it! Halloween is almost here! They're showing Frankenstein at the Tampa Theatre on Saturday afternoon here. That would be so fun, but I can't do it, unfortunately.

I sat behind a young lady at church this last week who had a severe cold and so naturally I got it. So, spent the day at home sick. Ugh!

Anyway, Laurie and I watched several films on TCM. All of which we have seen before but had been a while. One was Ivanhoe (1952) with Robert Taylor, Joan Fontaine, Elizabeth Taylor and George Sanders and the antagonist. I seem to recall not liking this movie the first time I had seen it but found it much more enjoyable this time around. The costumes and scenery in the castles are splendid and the scene of the siege of the keep was especially well done. Sanders was also great as De Bois-Guilbert who was determined to have Rebecca, played by Liz Taylor, and destroy Ivanhoe, played by Robert Taylor. I thought Guy Rolf, who played Prince John was also exceptional. The simple plot revolves around Ivanhoe's quest to raise enough money to pay the ransom of King Richard the Lion-hearted and being thwarted by Prince John and his minions. If you like period films you will probably enjoy it. Certainly, a must-see for fans of the stars.

Also, watched the Alfred Hitchcock thriller Suspicion (1941) with Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine. Although one of Hitchcock's early films it is certainly a film worth seeing at least once. His directing is always a treat to watch. I particularly loved the ending ****SPOILER**** The final scene when Grant and Fontaine get back into the car and drive off Grant pouts his arm around her and Hitch allows the viewer to interpret how things work out. Did Grant's character pull his final scheme over on his wife and intends to use the poison that can't be traced to kill her off anyway or do they really work things out and live happily ever after? Hmmm....

Finally, we also watched Doctor Zhivago (1965) with Omar Sharif. I don't have time to go into detail about this film but I will say that the film is beautifully photographed and well acted. The story at times though is downright confusing and hard to follow. It's also a depressing film and so anyone looking for something uplifting and hopeful shouldn't look here. Although it is a love story it is one filled with tragedy. 

Anyway, I'm still sick today and will probably watch some more TCM to while away the hours.


Was it Joan Fontaine day at TCM? I hope you feel better soon, Kevin. My day was also not the best. Both my pool pump motor and my phone died today. Large, unexpected expense and time and trouble...
So tonight I'm sitting around wondering what movie to watch, as usual, and it needs to be uplifting and hopeful!

This week I went from Thirteen Women to The Mask of Fu Manchu. No masterpieces by any means but solid and enjoyable, obscure in a 1932 kind of way. More than anything I was watching Myrna Loy and trying to figure out how she went from those parts to, well pretty much everything from the following year onwards. What a way to turn your career around, hats off to a wonderful actress and beautiful lady. I'll probably keep studying some of her work next week.  

Yesterday I watched No More Ladies while finishing up some work. The plot is a little weak (new husband Montgomery is a womanizer by habit, and bride Crawford teaches him that two can play that game), but it was really fun to see Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Franchot Tone, Charles Ruggles, Gail Patrick, and ESPECIALLY Edna May Oliver, all in one movie. I love Edna!

Now I'm trying to decide what to put on in the background while I work.

Last night my son and I watched Galaxy Quest. He had never seen it before. Next will probably be some Christmas movie, but I'm also trying to get hold of Stand and Deliver to show to my son. It's a true story about a math teacher. I'm hoping I can get it from the library before he leaves.

Being the huge Star Trek fan that I am I love Galaxy Quest. One of my favorite sci0fi comedies. Have you seen the new Fox show The Orville? You might like it.

I thought of you, Kevin, when I watched it and figured you probably knew this movie! It's a great tribute to fandom. Those kids who knew the layout of the ship were wonderful. I wonder if the movie makers look for fans like that to be technical advisors. Probably not, but they should!

I haven't seen any new TV shows in a while, since I gave up cable about a year ago. What's the show about?

Thanks Rosie, might try this one for my son.

My son and I watched Stand and Deliver the other night. It's an inspiring true story, and I can recommend the movie to all, but especially to high school students or teachers.

Now I'm doing some work while watching one of my new movies, Lady in a Jam. It looks very promising so far.

Report on Lady in a Jam: the leading man (Patric Knowles) had to play a rigidly rational character, but I think he still could have injected more comedy into the role. The humor was lame. Irene was in good form, but she didn't have much to work with. It's the kind of silly, totally non-challenging fluff that I find soothing after a rough day, so I will probably watch it again, but I wouldn't rank it among my favorite screwball comedies.



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